Diocesan Life Articles

  • The fruits of practicing Natural Family Planning

    The fruits of practicing  Natural Family Planning As we celebrate Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week July 21-27, Catholic Times is highlighting the physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits of NFP, the health risks associated with birth control, and the reasons why the Catholic Church promotes NFP. So, what is NFP? The United States Council of Catholic Bishops writes that NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse during Read More
  • What they never told you in sex ed

    10 reasons why NFP beats birth control Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to the scientific, fertility-awareness based methods of — you guessed it — family planning. Unlike artificial contraception, NFP takes an all-inclusive approach and is proven to work better than its synthetic counterparts. Read More
  • Malmevik retiring after quarter century with diocesan office

    Malmevik retiring after quarter century with diocesan office On July 21, Chris Malmevik, the director of the Office for Catechesis, will observe her 25th anniversary at the Springfield Catholic Pastoral Center. The very next day she will begin her retirement, bidding farewell to friends in the Springfield office and in parishes throughout the diocese. Although her titles have changed over the years, Malmevik, who is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, says she always has been responsible for faith formation and catechesis and all that they involve. It is something she understands well. Read More
  • Peoria’s Venerable Archbishop Sheen to become ‘Blessed’ after miracle approved by Pope Francis

    Peoria’s Venerable Archbishop Sheen to become ‘Blessed’ after miracle approved by Pope Francis Beatification to take place in Peoria PEORIA ― A little more than a week after the mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were transferred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, on July 6, Pope Francis formally approved a miracle attributable to Archbishop Sheen’s intercession, paving the way for Archbishop Sheen’s Beatification, which will grant him the new title of “Blessed.” Read More
  • Alton Franciscans celebrate first profession of one novice, reception of three postulants

    Alton Franciscans celebrate first profession of one novice, reception of three postulants ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the first profession of a novice and the reception into the novitiate of three postulants during holy Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Mary Church in Alton. He will be joined by several bishops and local and visiting priests. Read More
  • Collinsville parish to hold Women’s Day 2019

    Collinsville — The ladies of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville invite you to Women’s Day 2019: “Prove it, God! And he did.” The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the parish fellowship hall, 207 Vandalia in Collinsville. Nationally known speaker Patty Schneier will be on hand to describe her journey of discovery, repentance and renewal. The presentation will be enlivened by the strong sense of God’s presence, the power of his Word, and the amazing way he worked to bring a “cafeteria Catholic” to conversion. Through song, Scripture, and journal writing, Read More
  • Studying among the saints

    Studying among the saints How Rome is shaping our future priests An eight-week crash course in learning the Italian language. That’s what seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome go through before they start attending classes in the “Eternal City.” Those classes are taught in Italian. While it is a daunting task to learn a new language in a new city so quickly, for seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, it’s worth the stress to be chosen to study among the saints in Rome. Read More
  • Springfield Catholic Build: Building up the kingdom with a hammer and nails

    Springfield Catholic Build: Building up the kingdom with a hammer and nails How you can help build a home for someone in need? When you think of the tools you need to be a disciple, do you think of a hammer or saw? Yes, being a disciple can require labor, hard work, and even a little sweat. This fall, you are called to be an active disciple with your mmer, saw, sweat, and all! That’s because parishes from the Springfield deanery are coming together and partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County for a Catholic Build. Read More
  • From the Gem City to the Eternal City

    From the Gem City to the Eternal City Quincy’s Father Harman reflects on his role leading more than 200 seminarians in Rome For Quincy native Father Peter Harman, there are plenty of perks of living full-time in Rome: the food, culture, history, and architecture for starters. Then, there is living within a five-minute walk of St. Peter’s Basilica, not to mention living among the saints, in the heart of the church universal. That said, there is still no place like home. Read More
  • Rubbing elbows with saints in the making

    Rubbing elbows with  saints in the making Quincy’s Father Rankin, new parochial vicar at the Cathedral in Springfield, calls Rome experience ’inspiring‘ The ceiling of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield is inspired from the ceiling of St. Mary Major in Rome, a papal basilica that houses a spectacular and large piece of the Holy Crib, where Jesus lay after his birth in Bethlehem. Read More
  • Springfield native is following God’s plan

    Springfield native is following God’s plan Ashley Noronha’s amazing journey Ashley Noronha’s amazing journey from the classrooms of Christ the King School to the halls of the Vatican to the airwaves of the nation Ashley (Puglia) Noronha’s mantra is to live in the present and to simply follow God’s plan. Little did she know, that plan was for a world-wide adventure. After attending Springfield’s Christ the King School and graduating from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in 1992, she went off to the University of Dayton in Ohio. While working in the world of marketing in Milwaukee after college, she received a master’s in theology. Read More
  • Public invited to religious freedom celebration in Springfield

    Dinner features Denise Burke of Alliance Defending Freedom Springfield — As part of Religious Freedom Week (June 22-30), the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting Denise Burke, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the issue of religious freedom, current attacks on this fundamental right, how people can fight back, and victories in the courts. Read More
  • St. John’s College of Nursing introduces program for high school students 

    St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield will begin a Nursing Preparatory Pipeline Program (NP3) this fall for high school students. The program will give participants a sneak peek into the nursing profession and will provide them with early mentors within the Springfield nursing community. Read More
  • Pope Francis proclaims Quincy’s Father Tolton ‘Venerable’

    Pope Francis proclaims Quincy’s Father Tolton ‘Venerable’ Rome – Father Augustine Tolton of Quincy, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” by Pope Francis, making Father Tolton one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Now that Father Tolton has been declared Venerable, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is exploring having a shrine to honor Venerable Father Tolton. One possible location could be the now-closed St. Boniface Church in Quincy. An announcement on that could come later this year. Read More
  • Area Catholics to commemorate anniversary of Father Tolton’s death

    Area Catholics to commemorate anniversary  of Father Tolton’s death Quincy — Area Catholics and others devoted to Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton will commemorate the 122nd anniversary of his death with a pilgrimage procession on Saturday, July 6. Father Tolton, the nation’s first black priest, died in 1897 and is interred in St. Peter Cemetery in Quincy, where he was raised and from where he left to study for the priesthood in Rome. He returned to Quincy as a priest in 1886 and ministered in the Gem City until he left for Chicago in 1889. The cause for the canonization of Father Tolton is under way. Read More
  • Workshop focusing on black people in the Bible coming to Springfield

    Workshop focusing on black people in the Bible coming to Springfield The Black Catholic Commission of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting a workshop focusing on the life and impact of black people in the Bible. Sister Addie Walker, SSND, director of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, will conduct the workshop at The Villa Maria Catholic Life Center in Springfield at 1903 E Lake Shore Drive on Lake Springfield.   Read More
  • Major flood isn’t breaking spirit of Calhoun County

    Major flood isn’t breaking spirit of Calhoun County CALHOUN COUNTY — Getting around Calhoun County, must less the region, has been a lesson in patience for the residents there, as flood waters have wreaked havoc on several communities along the Illinois River. For weeks, there has been one way in and one way out, by car. A drive from Hardin to Alton usually takes less than an hour. Now, it takes three to four with the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin closed. During the Great Flood of 1993, it took four months for that bridge to reopen. Read More
  • Flood waters invading nearly 150-year-old church

    Flood waters invading nearly 150-year-old church GRAFTON — Heavy rains this spring have caused the Mississippi River to flood, reaching near record levels, and wreaking havoc for communities along the river. In Grafton, the inside of St. Patrick Catholic Church is currently under a couple of feet of water. Parishioners and community members worked tirelessly May 29 and 30 to build scaffolding and lifted pews, the altar, and other items to the choir loft to keep those items dry. The scene was reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993, shown here on the cover of Catholic Times that summer. Read More
  • Catholic Hockey Camp coming to Springfield combines sport and faith

    Catholic Hockey Camp coming to Springfield combines sport and faith Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19. Players will learn hockey skills, techniques, strategy and receive leadership development from several experts in the sport, including Christopher and Richard Gomez, brothers who played on the University of Illinois Illini club hockey team and Tim Healy, who played college hockey at St. Norbert College. Off-ice activities include daily Mass, faith and motivational talks, eucharistic adoration, opportunities for confession, Read More
  • Secular Discalced Carmelites hold ceremony

    Secular Discalced Carmelites hold ceremony QUINCY — On May 5, the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelite group of St. Joseph, Faithful Guardian of Carmel of Quincy, celebrated the clothing of two of their members in a ceremony presided over by their spiritual assistant, Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, of St Rose of Lima Parish, Quincy. They are Katherine Rehmsmeyer of Hannibal, Mo., and Mary Voorhis of Quincy.QUINCY — On May 5, the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelite group of St. Joseph, Faithful Guardian of Carmel of Quincy, celebrated the clothing of two of their members in a ceremony presided over by their spiritual assistant, Father Arnaud Read More
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