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  • Longtime catechist finds joy in teaching

    By Diane SchlindweinManaging Editor TEUTOPOLIS — At 81 years old, Sister Christina Marie Frick, SSND, continues to find joy in teaching young children — and she has been teaching so long that many of her original students now have children and grandchildren of their own. In retirement she continues to share the Catholic faith with PSR students at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Teutopolis. Sister Christina Marie was born in St. Louis and grew up being influenced by women of the order she eventually joined. She attended St. Wenceslaus Grade School, which was taught by School Sisters of Notre Dame. She Read More
  • NFL season is here! What is the Church’s position on sports gambling and for that matter, gambling in general?

    NFL season is here! What is the Church’s position on sports gambling and for that matter, gambling in general? - Andrew in Springfield Given the fact that access to gambling has drastically increased in many locations in the last few years, a frequent question being asked is, “Is it a sin to gamble?” The Catholic Church provides a good guideline for this question in Paragraph 2413 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement.” What this means is that gambling in Read More
  • Faith in action: Hundreds pack 18,000+ servings of food to help earthquake victims in Haiti

    Faith in action: Hundreds pack 18,000+ servings of food to help earthquake victims in Haiti By ANDREW HANSEN Editor  It was an ordinary morning on Aug. 14 in Haiti when the earth started to shake. As the shaking intensified, homes and buildings started to collapse, screams for help echoed in the streets, and within minutes, tens of thousands of people’s lives were left in ruins. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the country. First, in the death toll — more than 2,000. Also, in what the earthquake left behind — rubble, chaos, and hopelessness. Shelly Sands, a teacher at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton who also runs Missions International, a Highland based nonprofit organization that has been performing Read More
  • Christ the King, SHG alum and Superbowl winning coach on how he leans on Catholic Faith

    Christ the King, SHG alum and Superbowl winning coach on how he leans on Catholic Faith By ANDREW HANSENEditor  Dan Marino. Barry Sanders. Dick Butkus. Paul Brown. Marty Schottenheimer. Those are just some names of National Football League (NFL) greats to have never won a Superbowl. Winning just once on the sport’s biggest stage — perhaps the biggest stage in the world — is a moment every player and coach dreams about. For Brendan Daly, the Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, he has lived that dream four times. But getting to the big stage comes with a price. Moving constantly, long hours, working weekends, high stress, and not as much time with family Read More
  • Miracle on I-55: A sister’s reflection on escaping death is reminder to surrender to God our suffering

    Miracle on I-55: A sister’s reflection on escaping death is reminder to surrender to God our suffering By SISTER M. CLEMENTIA TOALSON, FSGMSpecial to Catholic Times The song It is Well with my Soul was written by Horatio Spafford in the year 1873 amidst deep sorrow and tragedy in his life. In 1871, he had suffered the loss of a 4-year-old son to scarlet fever while at the same time losing a fortune during the great Chicago fire. In 1873, knowing that his family, now consisting of his wife and four daughters, needed a vacation, he sent them on a boat to England with the plan to meet up with them after closing up some business dealings. Read More
  • Priests, parishioners find fulfillment in planting, growing, harvesting

    Priests, parishioners find fulfillment in planting, growing, harvesting For several priests and many parishioners growing a garden is just one way to enjoy God’s gifts over the spring, summer, and beyond. Whether the gardens are small or large, sometimes digging in the dirt, planting, weeding, and harvesting are great ways to relax, spend some time in prayer, or even burn off frustration. Father Michael Meinhart, parochial vicar of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville, says he is happy to get back to following in his family’s footsteps. “Growing up we always had a large garden. … It just seeps into your being when you grow up doing it,” he said. Read More
  • Hey, Father! What is privilege of the faith?

    Hey, Father! What is privilege of the faith? I always heard about the “privilege of [the] faith.” What is it and can it affect a divorced non-Catholic if they join the Church?                  — Anonymous in the diocese   We keep in mind that Church authority can declare marriages null if one party to the marriage petitions and facts are presented proving nullity. There also exist dissolutions of marriage (we cannot begin to examine any such marriage until there has been a divorce). For centuries, popes have dissolved marriages which were celebrated but never consummated. In the 20th century, American canon lawyers began to Read More
  • Father McGivney high school students demonstrate authentic discipleship

    Father McGivney high school students demonstrate authentic discipleship Dozens of Father McGivney Catholic High School (Glen Carbon) students traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., last month with Group Mission Trips to exercise authentic discipleship. Thirty-nine students and eight chaperones were sent in crews to different locations throughout the Grand Rapids area for one week and were assigned tasks such as painting, cleaning, building porches, and making repairs to help families in need.Dozens of Father McGivney Catholic High School (Glen Carbon) students traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., last month with Group Mission Trips to exercise authentic discipleship. Thirty-nine students and eight chaperones were sent in crews to different locations throughout Read More
  • Turning ordinary brick wall into portrait of Catholicism

    Turning ordinary brick wall into portrait of Catholicism DECATUR — For two weeks, Eric Weatherford worked to turn a forgettable exterior brick wall of Shamrock Hall at St. Patrick School in Decatur into something much more than a beautiful work of art. His richly colorful and detailed exterior mural of St. Patrick, the AMDG shield (Latin for “for the greater glory of God”), the school’s cornerstone, the words “Pray, Serve, Give,” and the background painted to look like stained glass is a message that we are called to live a life of authentic discipleship, go to Mass, and strive for sainthood. As a 2005 graduate of St. Patrick School, Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki implements papal document in regard to Traditional Latin Mass

    Bishop Paprocki implements papal document in regard to Traditional Latin Mass On July 16, 2021, the Holy Father Pope Francis, exercising his authority as Supreme Pastor of the Church, issued a motu proprio — a document of his own initiative — titled Traditionis custodes concerning what had been called the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite and what others call the Traditional Latin Mass. This motu proprio has caused some confusion and concern as it removes the wide permissions given to all priests by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. With his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI allowed any priest to offer the Holy Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962, Read More
  • Profession Mass held for Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

    Profession Mass held for Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George celebrated the first profession of one novice and the reception into the novitiate of four postulants during Mass on Aug. 2. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton. The novice who made first profession is Sister M. Elizabeth Grace Donahue, daughter of Neil Donahue of Lenoir City, Tenn., and Lydia Donahue of Knoxville, Tenn. Receiving the habit, veil and new religious names were Stacy Butler, daughter of Michael and Cristina Butler of Seabrook, Texas (Sister M. Giorgiana, Read More
  • Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin installs student officers

    Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin installs student officers The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2021-22 school year. Joey Brown was installed as club president. Additional officers include Vice- President Joe Humphrey, Secretary Ryan Shea, Statistical Secretary Emma Markwell, Treasurer Carter Etheridge and Marketing Chair Ethan Short. Board members are Vivian Zheng, Sylvia Peck and Caroline Lambert. The advisor from the SHG faculty is Caitlin Davis and the advisor from the Kiwanis Club of Springfield is Paul Palazzolo. Key Club International is the world’s largest student-led organization which provides its members with Read More
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  • Mass brings parents of priests together

    Mass brings parents of priests together On June 15, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated a Mass for parents of priests at Christ the King Parish in Springfield. Approximately 20 priests were at the church to concelebrate with Bishop Paprocki, while their parents were in the pews. Parents drove to Springfield from all parts of the diocese — and some came even more of a distance. Paul and Jan Zawadzki, parents of Father Adam Zawadzki, parochial vicar at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, came from Westfield, Ind. Bishop Paprocki said he hopes the Mass, which last happened before COVID, will be celebrated annually. He said the Mass was Read More
  • Men invited to share work experiences over beer and fellowship

    Men invited to share work experiences over beer and fellowship Men: Gather with guys, grab a beer, and gain some new perspectives on work and its meaning this August in Springfield Are you a man facing a heavy workload? Perhaps feeling the pressures of your job? Maybe you are just getting worn down by the daily grind? Stout Heart, a new series offered by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois about work, may be exactly what you need to refresh you mind, body, and soul. Stout Heart will take place at Anvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling Company in Springfield throughout August and will focus on different perspectives about work Read More
  • Catholics across diocese honor Quincy’s Venerable Father Augustine Tolton

    Pilgrimage procession to Father Tolton gravesite About 135 Catholics and others devoted to the Venerable Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton, a Quincy native, commemorated the 124th anniversary of his death with a pilgrimage procession in Quincy on July 9. Father Tolton is recognized as the first black priest in the United States and his Cause for the beatification and canonization of sainthood is ongoing in Rome. Read More
  • Confession: A sacrament that is exactly what you need

    Confession: A sacrament that is exactly what you need Bless me Father, for I have sinned, it has been … . How long has it been since your last confession? For most Catholics, their frequency to this sacrament is anything but frequent. Some go often, some go every year, while some have not been in decades. Are you one of them? Do you think, “What is the point? Why can’t I just confess my sins directly to God?” Are you fearful of going? Are you afraid you do not know what to do? Do you just need some inspiration? Read More
  • Catholic Times picks up two honors at Catholic Press Association awards

    Catholic Times received a third-place award and honorable mention from the 2021 Catholic Press Association Awards for two stories featured in Catholic Times in 2020. Read More
  • Women in Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Menard, Christian counties invited to Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women brunch

    Women living in the Springfield Deanery, which now consists of Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Menard, and Christian counties, are invited to a brunch on Aug. 4. from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to learn about the mission of the Springfield Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women, how to get involved, and the group’s participation in the Water for Life Catholic Relief Services project. Father Peter Chineke, parochial vicar at the Cathedral and the spiritual advisor of the Springfield Deanery, will share his vocation story. Please R.S.V.P. to Janet Zimmerman, Springfield Deanery president, by Read More
  • Totus Tuus combines faith and fun

    Totus Tuus combines faith and fun Weeklong youth mission program coming to more parishes in July Children attending Totus Tuus at St. Mary Parish in Paris last month had fun reviewing the Ten Commandments from their teachers Claire McKee and Caitlyn Pendall. Students at St. Boniface in Edwardsville also had fun learning more about Jesus, the sacraments, and the Catholic faith earlier this month. For example, teacher Joe Niemerg showed fifth and sixth grade students that they “have to keep their focus on Jesus” as they looked at a crucifix on the wall. Read More
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