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  • Teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Brussels wins 2022 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award 

    Teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Brussels wins 2022 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award  By ANDREW HANSENEditor  She received a standing ovation. Her family, including her husband, siblings, and children made sure they were there to see it. Every student gave her a hug. That was the scene at St. Mary Catholic School in Brussels after Maureen Tepen, the third/fourth grade teacher and fifth/sixth grade language arts teacher in the small, rural school, was announced as the winner of the 2022 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois during a surprise celebration and award presentation at the school May 4. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki presented Tepen with the award. Read More
  • Hey, Father! What is the origin of Purgatory

    Hey, Father! What is the origin of Purgatory What is the origin of the concept of purgatory? Some Catholics and Protestants insist that purgatory is absolutely never mentioned in the Bible or by Jesus Himself.  Nancy in Springfield  Witnessing the majestic revelation of the new and heavenly Jerusalem, the visionary John foresees the nations of the earth passing through its gates while explicitly noting, “nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does abominable or deceitful things … ” (Revelation 21:27). No sin will be allowed into the presence of all-holy God. Yet we sin, and so will need to be purified in order to pass through the gates of Read More
  • Daughter of St. Gianna plans international center dedicated to her parents and holy marriages in Springfield

    Daughter of St. Gianna plans international center dedicated to her parents and holy marriages in Springfield Below: Watch and hear directly from Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of Italian saint, St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962) and Pietro Molla (1912-2010), on why she chose Springfield to establish the St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Pietro Molla International Center for Family and Life. She met with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki in Rome April 29, 2022. By Andrew HansenEDITOR The daughter of one the most popular modern day Catholic saints announced plans to establish an international pilgrimage site and center in Springfield to help spread knowledge of and devotion to her holy parent’s virtues and, thus, to promote the Read More
  • New priests coming to parishes across diocese.

    Effective July 1, 2022(unless noted otherwise) Pastor Emeritus Reverend John P. Beveridge is appointed Pastor Emeritus of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Collinsville, Illinois, from Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Collinsville, Illinois. Reverend Monsignor David S. Lantz is appointed Pastor Emeritus of Christ the King Parish, Springfield, Illinois, from Pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Taylorville, Illinois; Saint Rita Parish, Kincaid, Illinois; and Holy Trinity Parish, Stonington, Illinois; from Chaplain, Taylorville Correctional Center, Taylorville, Illinois; and from Chaplain, Springfield Chapter of the Catholic Physicians Guild/Catholic Medical Association.  Pastor Reverend Albert F. Allen is appointed Pastor of Saint Mary Help Read More
  • St. Gertrude Parish celebrates 150 years

    St. Gertrude Parish celebrates 150 years By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor  GRANTFORK — On Sunday, May 15, parishioners from St. Gertrude Catholic Church will welcome Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for a celebration of their parish supporting Catholics in Grantfork for 150 years. Bishop Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon in the parish hall.  St. Gertrude was established on Sep 1, 1870 — way back when Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States. At that time, a group of approximately 30 Catholic men from the Grantfork vicinity (then known as Saline) met with Father P. Peters of St. Paul Church in Highland to Read More
  • Bible studies at SIUE are thriving, bringing students closer to God

    Bible studies at SIUE are thriving, bringing students closer to God By ANDREW HANSEN Editor   EDWARDSVILLE — When Kayla Bridick, a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), took a class called Biblical Studies, the senior from Granite City said it was one of her favorite classes, but it opened her eyes to how little she knew about Scripture. For Joshua Coleman, a graduate student at SIUE, he was simply “coasting” through his faith life. Both of these students were in different places of their life spiritually, but they both recognized they desired something more. Little did they know that hunger would be filled through a Bible study, organized by FOCUS, a team Read More
  • Honoring our teachers - Presenting the third annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

    Honoring our teachers - Presenting the third annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award Honoring our teachersPresenting the third annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award We asked everyone from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois what Catholic teacher in our schools is making a big difference in the classroom? What teacher goes above and beyond, someone whose impact is deep and personal? What teacher authentically lives out what it means to be Catholic and instills our faith into his or her students? What teacher embodies St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded Catholic schools in the United States? The Office for Catholic Schools and Office for Communications for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Read More
  • Diocesan priests to celebrate special jubilees

    Diocesan priests to celebrate special jubilees By DIANE SCHLINDWEIN|Managing Editor On Wednesday, May 4, priests from around the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather at Villa Marie Retreat Center on Lake Springfield for a day of celebration. That day they will hear from special guest and speaker Bishop Michael McGovern, of Belleville. Additionally, they will take part in Evening Prayer, a social hour, and a dinner, after which Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and the priests will honor several priests who are celebrating Jubilees this year. Those priests include Father Louis Schlangen and Father Henry Schmidt, who are celebrating 65 years; Father Philip Kraft, Father Jerry Read More
  • Sacred Heart in Effingham raises nearly ,000 for refugees fleeing Ukraine

    By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor EFFINGHAM — When Father Michal Rosa, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham, first heard of the Russian attacks on Ukraine — and the plight of the people fleeing their home country for Poland — he was naturally concerned. His parishioners, knowing their pastor had grown up and was ordained in Poland, were especially eager to help the refugees and asked Father Rosa what they could do. Of course, he first requested that they pray.  However, in March “after much consideration and prayer” Father Rosa decided to reach out to his friend, Father Marcin Kokoszka, to see if the Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki receives LIFE Runners 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — There are 19,281 LIFE Runners in 3,201 cities across 41 nations, and it was Bishop Thomas John Paprocki who received the LIFE Runners 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award at the LIFE Runners annual banquet in Omaha, Neb., March 25. LIFE Runners is the largest pro-Life team of runners who wear the "REMEMBER The Unborn" jersey. Founded in 2008 by Patrick Castle after he said he had “an encounter with St. Padre Pio,” Bishop Paprocki has been the national chaplain for the group since 2011 and was also the recipient of the first LIFE Runner Man of the Year Award Read More
  • Ancestry class at Marquette Catholic brings fascination to students, unique discoveries

    Ancestry class at Marquette Catholic brings fascination to students, unique discoveries By ANDREW HANSEN Editor ALTON — In digging through your family history, imagine finding out you were related to a former president of the United States? That’s what Sydney Ehrman, a senior at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton found out recently. Her distant relative is President Benjamin Harrison, who lived between 1833-1901, and was our nation’s 23rd president. The discovery was due to Ehrman taking the Living History course at Marquette Catholic, taught by Paula Mattix-Wand, the Theology Department chair and instructor in the Theology and History Department. “I’ve enjoyed digging into my family history and learning more about my ancestors Read More
  • Who makes and divides up the holy oils that the bishop blesses during Holy Week each year?

    Who makes and divides up the holy oils that the bishop blesses during Holy Week each year? Who makes and divides up the holy oils that the bishop blesses during Holy Week each year? -Rosanne Wiatrolik, Springfield  Rosanne, you have asked the right person! The past few years, I have had the happy work of setting up everything for the chrism Mass, which takes place during Holy Week, including preparing for the bishop to bless the holy oils. It is a fairly ordinary process!  The holy oils that the Church uses in the sacraments are all composed of olive oil. So, we start with several dozen gallons of pure olive oil, and through a process perfected over many Read More
  • How you can authentically live out the Easter season and beyond

    By FATHER ROBERT JALLAS Special to Catholic Times  “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation. The old things have passed away, behold, new things have come. All this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation … so we are ambassadors of Christ, as if God were appealing through us” (2nd Corinthians 5:17-20). The apostle Paul speaks frequently in his letters of entering a new creation, of allowing the mind and heart and attitude of the risen Christ to take over us, to “put on Christ.” This putting on of Read More
  • Gerald Broadwater of Granite City shares his conversion story

    ‘It was because of a promise’Gerald Broadwater of Granite City shares his conversion story  By ANDREW HANSENEditor  GRANITE CITY — At 74-years-old, Gerald Broadwater’s conversion story to the Catholic faith involves a car accident that should have killed him and a promise to his wife that will bring a tear to your eye.   Growing up in Granite City, Broadwater’s parents did not attend church of any kind, and they did not take him to church either. He does remember, however, neighbors who were a strong Catholic family that planted a Catholic seed in him that would not take root for more Read More
  • Eucharistic miracles of the world display available for your parish/school at no cost

    Eucharistic miracles of the world display available for your parish/school at no cost Catholics from across the diocese have been wowed to read and view 151 true eucharistic miracle stories from across the world over the centuries, depicted through photographs and historical descriptions on panels temporarily set up in parish centers, gyms, and vestibules. Several parishes in our diocese have already hosted this display, called The Vatican Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit. This exhibit was gifted to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and is available to parishes and schools in the diocese free of charge. The exhibit presents some of the principal Eucharistic miracles that took place throughout the ages in Read More
  • When God feels distant - How the Eucharist teaches us that God is never far away

    When God feels distant - How the Eucharist teaches us that God is never far away By Melissa PresserSpecial to Catholic Times  “And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.”Luke 6:17 Sometimes God just seems so far away. We may be praying for or about something with hearts broken and pierced and wondering where Jesus is. Does He hear me? Does He even know I am here? And even amongst good friends and family, we still feel alone because the cry of our hearts has gone unanswered. We may question God, wondering why Christ who came down to become man and stand among us feels a million miles away.   The Read More
  • Adoration of the Eucharist teaches us to reverence humanity

    Adoration of the Eucharist teaches us to reverence humanity By Kelly Ann TallentSpecial to Catholic Times “God created man in His own image… male and female he created them”  (Gen 1:27). This verse taken from Sacred Scripture is used by the Catholic Church to proclaim the universal truth that all mankind is created equal. “We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be.” This teaching can be difficult for some, but this should not be difficult for Christians because God has given us the ability to see with more than our eyes. As Read More
  • Easter Sunday Mass times throughout diocese

    Holy Week starts April 10What is the Triduum? During Holy Week, which beings on Palm Sunday (April 10), Lent comes to an end before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which is the beginning of the Easter Triduum. The three chronological days are liturgically one day and from what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops call “the summit of the Liturgical Year.” These three days witness the most exalted liturgical celebrations of the year and help us to remember Christ’s Paschal Mystery: His passion, death, and Resurrection.  The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum Read More
  • Hey, Father! What is the history of no meat on Friday?

    Hey, Father! What is the history of no meat on Friday?  When I was growing up, one could not eat meat on Fridays at all, even outside of Lent (Editor’s note: This was Church law before 1966). If one did, that was sinful. Yet now, one can eat meat on Fridays, except in Lent. Since God is well aware of future laws and events, did He forgive those folks who did not abstain from meat on all Fridays? - Margaret of Springfield The obligation to abstain from meat is found in the Code of Canon Law. Canon 1251 states: “Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Bishops’ Read More
  • Popular Totus Tuus program gears up for another summer of faith, fun

    Popular Totus Tuus program gears up for another summer of faith, fun By ANDREW HANSEN Editor  After another year of the pandemic, children are probably itching to get out of the house, socialize, and have fun. Parents are probably just as eager to have their children try some new experiences. This summer, the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is excited to have Totus Tuus, a fun and faith-filled experience, coming once again to several parishes across the diocese in June and July. Totus Tuus is a weeklong Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian Read More
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