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  • Celebrating World Mission Sunday Oct. 24

    Celebrating World Mission Sunday Oct. 24 Click here to see how you can celebrate Mission Sunday Read More
  • He said ‘yes’ - Catching up with Bishop Kemme, former priest from Effingham, now bishop of Wichita

    He said ‘yes’ - Catching up with Bishop Kemme, former priest from Effingham, now bishop of Wichita By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor WICHITA, Kan. — While growing up and then ministering as a priest in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Bishop Carl A. Kemme didn’t know much about the Diocese of Wichita, where he has been serving as bishop since 2014. In fact, he said, “I tell people here, the only things I knew about Kansas was what I learned from The Wizard of Oz.” That all began to change on Valentine’s Day in 2014, when he received a call from the papal nuncio, telling him that Pope Francis appointed him the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Read More
  • Hey, Father! October 7 was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, in honor of Mary. What's the difference between venerating and worshiping Mary?

    Hey, Father! October 7 was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, in honor of Mary. What's the difference between venerating and worshiping Mary? Anonymous in the diocese For those who are unfamiliar with the Catholic Church’s devotion to the Blessed Mother, Mary the mother of Jesus, it may seem like the Catholic Church is lifting her up as a god. After all, many churches are adorned with pictures, statues, and images of the Blessed Mother, as well as other saints. So, what is the difference then of worshiping and venerating, in particular with regard to the Blessed Virgin Mary? The Catholic Church recognizes that there is only One Triune God — the Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Church also recognizes that only Read More
  • Beauty Series - St. Mary Church in Brussels

    Beauty Series - St. Mary Church in Brussels By ANDREW HANSENEditor   Brussels, in rural Calhoun County, an area known in Central Illinois for its tasty peaches, is home to St. Mary Church. It is simple and small, yet one of the most beautiful churches in one of the most beautiful areas in our diocese. The village of about 150 people sits between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers on rolling hills and some dense forests. In fact, this village is named in memory of the first priest in the area, Father John Molitor, a native of Brussels in Belgium. He was also the first priest to be buried in Read More
  • Emergency responders come to Cathedral for Blue Mass for them

    Emergency responders come to Cathedral for Blue Mass for them By ANDREW HANSEN Editor  Police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency responders from different parts of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield Sept. 28 for a Mass offered for them. Praying for their safety and continued diligence in their work; to thank them for their selfless commitment to taking care of people in our communities; and praying for the repose of the souls for those who died in the line of serving and protecting, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated the Blue Mass for emergency responders. “There is risk with everything as Read More
  • Public invited to venerate relics of St. Padre Pio coming to Cathedral in Springfield

    Public invited to venerate relics of St. Padre Pio coming to Cathedral in Springfield He is one of the more recent saints in the Catholic Church who was known as a mystic, who suffered the stigmata (wounds of Christ), and could read people’s souls in the confessional. St. Padre Pio, who died in 1968, was an Italian Franciscan friar who was declared a saint by St. Pope John Paul II.  Catholics are invited to see and venerate relics of St. Padre Pio after the 4 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 6 and after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 7 until 4:30 that afternoon Read More
  • How our diocese is respecting life during Respect Life Month

    How our diocese is respecting life during Respect Life Month Respect Live Month. Click here to learn more. Read More
  • QU receives transformational .5 million gift, renames its school of business

    QU receives transformational .5 million gift, renames its school of business QUINCY — Members of the Oakley family, for generations one of the most prominent families in the tri-state region, have made the largest single philanthropic investment in the history of Quincy University (QU). Quincy University is receiving a gift of .5 million, thanks to the generous financial support of multiple branches and several generations of the Oakley family.  This gift represents a substantial new investment in undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, in improvement for several QU academic facilities, and in programs to enhance the student experience and for faculty support. The Oakley gift will have a direct and university-wide impact. Some Read More
  • What is the proper hand gesture when praying the Our Father during Mass? Some people fold their hands, some are in orans position (hands outstretched sideways, palms up), and some hold hands with others. 

    What is the proper hand gesture when praying the Our Father during Mass? Some people fold their hands, some are in orans position (hands outstretched sideways, palms up), and some hold hands with others.  What is the proper hand gesture when praying the Our Father during Mass? Some people fold their hands, some are in orans position (hands outstretched sideways, palms up), and some hold hands with others. - Diann from Jasper County As you said in your question, praying the Our Father at Mass is a time when there is not uniformity among all Catholics in the pews. Because we are beings made up of both body and soul, our bodily gestures and postures during Mass are important for helping us enter more fully into the prayer of the Mass. For example, it is Read More
  • 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
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