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  • DCJH - How you can help the needy in our diocese

    DCJH - How you can help the needy in our diocese Click here to to download the the DCJH Brochure Read More
  • How can Jesus Christ be truly present in what still appears to be bread and wine?

    How can Jesus Christ be truly present in what still appears to be bread and wine? From the very beginning, the Church has believed and celebrated according to the teaching of Jesus Himself: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:54-56). It is not “ordinary bread and ordinary drink” that we receive in the Eucharist, but the flesh and blood of Christ, who came to nourish and transform us, to restore our relationship to God Read More
  • Incredible eucharistic miracle story involving Pope Francis has science baffled

    Incredible eucharistic miracle story involving Pope Francis has science baffled Results from miracle are match to another eucharistic miracle hundreds of years earlier By ANDREW HANSENEditor  After Mass on Aug. 15, 1996 at a parish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a woman approached the priest saying that she found a consecrated Host in the church. The priest — following proper procedures in such a case — placed the Host into a glass of water so it would dissolve and put the Host into the tabernacle. Days later, to the priest’s amazement, the Host appeared bloody and had a flesh-like appearance. Then-Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, who was Archbishop of the area at the Read More
  • Receiving the Eucharist for the first time – it can get quite the reaction

    Receiving the Eucharist for the first time – it can get quite the reaction Catholics in our diocese who converted to the faith shared with Catholic Times what it was like receiving the Eucharist for the first time. Their responses will inspire you.  “I remember thinking, ‘This is it! This is it! And, you’re home. No matter what happens now, the most important thing in your life is now open to you and the rest in God’s hands.’” Father John Titus, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Mattoon and St. Columcille Parish in Sullivan “The first time I went to Mass with my spouse who is Catholic, I didn’t know what to do with Read More
  • Are you doing these 10 things when attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist? 

    Are you doing these 10 things when attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist?  Because Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist reserved in the tabernacle, commonly behind the altar, Catholics should genuflect when entering and exiting their pew to show reference to God, who is truly present.  Likewise, one should also kneel (if physically able) during and after the Consecration.  Catholics must pray and deeply prepare to receive the holy Eucharist.  Catholics must reverently receive the Eucharist. This includes, first, bowing your head before receiving. You should receive the Eucharist, not take the Body or Blood of Christ (no grabbing, pinching, or biting).  Say “Amen” after receiving, which means “It is so” or Read More
  • Does your mind go elsewhere during Mass? Are you distracted? How you can better prepare for Mass to receive our Lord

    Does your mind go elsewhere during Mass? Are you distracted? How you can better prepare for Mass to receive our Lord My answer to better prepare for Mass would be prayer, study, and live. If possible, I would arrive a few minutes early before Mass. Use the time to pray and quiet yourself. Most of us live very rushed and busy lives these days, so that time of silence allows us to focus our attention on God and offering worship to the Lord. Also, I would suggest praying over the readings before Mass on Sunday. By praying over the readings ahead of time, you will be more familiar to them and ready to let the Lord our God speak to you Read More
  • We say this at Mass as a congregation: ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.’ But, what does that mean?

    We say this at Mass as a congregation: ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.’ But, what does that mean? We believe as Catholics that in the holy Eucharist the Lord is truly and substantially present. If we believe this, we also believe that we are unworthy to receive the most holy of gifts offered by Christ, the gift of Himself — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.   This response at Mass comes after the priest, elevating the Body of Christ in the sacred Host and the chalice of the Blood of Christ says, "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to receive the supper of the Lamb” (the reference Read More
  • ‘I go in with an anxious heart and come out with peace and forgiveness in my heart’

    ‘I go in with an anxious heart and come out with peace and forgiveness in my heart’ The power of eucharistic adoration By LISA REXROAT Special to Catholic Times Eucharistic adoration. What does it mean to me? Wow, I could never explain this fully in words. I will do my best to express the pure joy and the bursting of my feelings that I get and the feeling of not wanting to leave! Eucharistic adoration is a place where I feel happy, joyful, secure, and safe. I usually attend eucharistic adoration at our church on every Tuesday when we have perpetual adoration that day. I attend at our hospital chapel on other days if I feel the need Read More
  • From Alton to Springfield - approaching a century in Springfield

    From Alton to Springfield - approaching a century in Springfield During the Year of the Eucharist in our diocese, Catholic Times and the social media channels for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will also get you ready for the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the diocesan See city from Alton to Springfield (October of 2023). This includes articles and photos about the rich history of our diocese, videos from the Office for the Archives and Records Management showcasing fascinating documents and objects from our history, and 100 trivia questions, so stay tuned!  In this edition of Catholic Times, we present to you a brief history of our diocese Read More
  • GriefShare program helps the grieving heal through Christ - Cathedral program leaders share how it helps

    GriefShare program helps the grieving heal through Christ - Cathedral program leaders share how it helps By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor Berni Ely and Bev Hoffman, both parishioners at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Springfield, agree that by helping people deal with loss, they have found their special niche in life.  The two women co-facilitate a program that helps believers of all faiths paddle through the waves of grief. That program, GriefShare, is now under way on Tuesdays, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Cathedral School library. It’s a 13-week program (the current one began Nov. 1) that allows people to join in at any time — and Cathedral runs two sessions a year.  GriefShare has existed Read More
  • A new vocation - Deacon Krug ordained to the diaconate

    A new vocation - Deacon Krug ordained to the diaconate By ANDREW HANSENEditor Husband, father, and now, a deacon for the Catholic Church. Deacon Andrew Krug was ordained to the permanent diaconate Oct. 28 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. Family, friends, priests, and deacons of the diocese were all in attendance. “The Church has always been a major part of my life,” Deacon Krug said. “My mom instilled that in my siblings and myself. So, that thought of serving has always been present. One day, Deacon David Sorrell (director for the Office for the Diaconate) brought the idea of the diaconate Read More
  • All Catholics to benefit from new Evermode Institute in Springfield

    All Catholics to benefit from new Evermode Institute in Springfield All Catholics to benefit from new Evermode Institute in SpringfieldPrior of community that will lead the Evermode Institute details timeline, mission, programing By ANDREW HANSEN Editor  Father Augustine Puchner was serving as pastor of a large, multilingual parish with a school in the Diocese of Orange in California earlier this year when he was approached by the abbot of his community with a new assignment. He remembers that moment as “a day my life changed.”  “I didn’t know too much about Springfield, Ill.,” Father Puchner said with a laugh. Since that moment, he has come to  know a lot more about Read More
  • The permanent diaconate in our diocese: Looking back helps us to look forward to restoration, renewal, and fidelity

    The permanent diaconate in our diocese: Looking back helps us to look forward to restoration, renewal, and fidelity By DEACON DAVID SORRELLSpecial to Catholic Times   As we reflect over the past 20 years, much has happened regarding the permanent diaconate in our diocesan Church. Shortly after Bishop George Lucas was installed as our bishop in 1999, he began a conversation concerning the permanent diaconate in our Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Since Vatican II had restored the permanent diaconate, many dioceses in our country had already implemented a formation program and called many men to holy orders. Members of our diocesan Curia, Quincy University, and Father Bill Burton, a Franciscan Friar at Quincy University, began collaborating on a Read More
  • Hey, Father! Why are we asking for the "Sacred Heart" of Jesus to pray for us?

    Hey, Father! Why are we asking for the Why are we asking for the “Sacred Heart” of Jesus to pray for us? Does the Heart of the Lord pray to the Lord or to God? In the traditional Mass, we ask for the Sacred Heart to have mercy on us and not to pray for us.- Jake in Springfield Dear Jake,  Thanks for your question. It brings up a couple of opportunities for clarification that I find are pretty common. First, on the distinction of asking for God's mercy versus asking the intercession of the saints: We can look at the centuries-long practice of the Church's use of Read More
  • Family tragedy plants seed of religious life

    Family tragedy plants seed of religious life Ursuline Sister shares her ‘adventure’ as the Church celebrates National Vocations Week Nov. 7-13 By ANDREW HANSEN Editor   Aug. 26, 1959 is a date that will forever be in the mind of Sister Mary Ellen Backes, OSU.  “When Janet (her identical twin sister) and I were 14 years of age, a car accident took the lives of our parents and left Janet and myself with serious injuries,” Sister Mary Ellen recalls. “A tragic event such as this changes the course of one’s history. The feeling of helplessness, not being able to awake from a bad dream, ironically became a source of Read More
  • Hey, Father! Where can the American flag be placed in church?

    Hey, Father! Where can the American flag be placed in church? Why do we not have an American flag in our church? We are "one nation, under God."  We sing patriotic songs on July 4, etc., but the flag of our great nation is nowhere to be seen. Nancy in our diocese The practice of placing the national flag somewhere inside churches seems to be an American custom. In my travels, I cannot recall seeing a national flag in the churches I have visited in Italy, Scotland, England, Spain, Turkey, Greece, or Australia; I have only seen a national flag in some churches in the United States of America. Neither the General Instruction Read More
  • Build a Church LEGO Contest - see winners/all creations

    Build a Church LEGO Contest - see winners/all creations Build a Church LEGO Contest - see winners/all creations Read More
  • The missions: how you can help people around the world

    The missions: how you can help people around the world Click here for the World Mission Sunday Flyer Read More
  • Inside the mind of former abortionist

    Inside the mind of former abortionist ‘You no longer consider that this is a human being that you are killing’After performing hundreds of abortions, this doctor is sharing the lies of the abortion industry so truth can prevail  Dr. Haywood Robinson grew up in Southern California and received specialty training in family practice medicine in Los Angeles. He learned how to perform abortions in 1978, after Roe V. Wade legalized abortion in the United States.  (This year, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled that decision.) During his residency training, Robinson met his wife and the two started performing abortions together. After performing hundreds of abortions, he and Read More
  • My twin brother and I could have easily been aborted. So, why did I ride a bike 700 miles in six days?

    My twin brother and I could have easily been aborted. So, why did I ride a bike 700 miles in six days? By NATHALIE CORBETT Special to Catholic Times March 4, 1993, 11:53 p.m. and March 5, 1993, 12:12 a.m. Those are the dates and times marking when my twin brother and I were born. But here's what they do not mark: they do not mark the beginning of our lives, nor do they mark the beginning of our stories.  Our stories begin with a brave woman named Cindy, our biological mother. A one-night stand resulted in her unplanned pregnancy, with not one but two babies. This is what Cindy was facing. She was alone and only 22 years old. I'm sure she Read More
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