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  • Catholic schools welcome a dozen new principals

    Catholic schools welcome a dozen new principals By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor  As the 2022-2023 school years gets under way, one Catholic high school and 11 Catholic grade schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are relying on new principals to lead the way into the future. On Aug. 2, those individuals gathered at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield to meet with Brandi Borries, superintendent of Catholic schools, as well as other diocesan representatives, to prepare for the upcoming school year and their new leadership roles.  Borries was happy to meet with the new principals and has this to say about them, “We are excited to Read More
  • From a quarterback record holder to theology teacher

    From a quarterback record holder to theology teacher ‘Why are you Catholic?’ How that one question from one special person made Sean Hussey, a record-breaking high school quarterback who played at the University of Illinois, fall in love with the faith, work for the Church, and now teach theology at St. Anthony High School in Effingham  By ANDREW HANSENEditor  One thing Sean Hussey is known for at Charleston High School is dominance. A 2013 graduate, Hussey spent many Friday nights tearing apart defenses as a star quarterback. A First Team All-State selection, he holds records for passing yards, touchdowns, and completions in a game, season, and career at Read More
  • What's in a church (part 1)

    Objects you’ve seen before but didn’t know the name or rich history/symbolism behind them(Part 1 of 2) By RYAN KEHOE and GRANT WILSON Special to Catholic Times There are dozens of objects used during Mass, seen on the walls of our churches, and found in the sanctuary. Whether it is the name of the object, the history, the symbolism behind why it is used, or how it came about, Catholic Times presents to you interesting facts about objects found in our churches that may make you say, “I didn’t know that!” (Photos by Andrew Hansen taken at the Cathedral of the Read More
  • Hey, Father! Is there a good reason for omitting the Confiteor at Mass?

    Hey, Father! Is there a good reason for omitting the Confiteor at Mass? Why, with already so many of the rubrics and language changes in the New Mass, would there be a good reason for omitting the Confiteor from being said at the Sacrifice of the Mass? (Editor’s note: The Confiteor is the prayer that begins with, “I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words … .”Maxine in Collinsville/Maryville In the Order of Mass, Mother Church provides three possible options for the Penitential Act (nos. 4-6). The Order of Mass does not indicate if one of the three Read More
  • Looking back at 25 years of healing and reconciliation in Vandalia

    Looking back at 25 years of healing and reconciliation in Vandalia Our Sorrowful Mother’s MinistryLooking back at 25 years of healing and reconciliation in VandaliaBy DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor  VANDALIA — It was 1997 when, with a bare bones budget, Debbie Pryor and Vanessa Keck founded Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry (OSMM) in Vandalia. What they did have was a fervent desire to provide a place of love and mercy that encouraged reconciliation with one another and with God. Today OSMM continues to flourish, and holds frequent retreats, priests talks, confession, Mass, and has active prayer teams.  Ann Stock, a devoted community member of Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry said, “Initially, their goal was to Read More
  • Hey, Father! Will people not be in heaven until judgement day?

    Hey, Father! Will people not be in heaven until judgement day? In the part of the Mass where we recite the Nicene Creed, one line says, “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” If that be the case, then no one is in Heaven yet because no one will be risen until judgement day?Ray in Staunton We cannot earn Heaven — it is by total grace. However, we will be judged by God based on how we have used our free will in this earthly life (cf. Matthew 25:40,45 … “whatever you did or did not do ... ,” among many other citations in Scripture). Catholics believe that there will Read More
  • Dozens of women honored for building up the Kingdom of God in diocese

    Dozens of women honored for building up the Kingdom of God in diocese They are selfless, faith faith-filled Catholics who are prayer warriors, disciples of Christ, and dedicated to building up the Kingdom of God. On July 23, dozens of women from parishes across the diocese were honored for their outstanding leadership and service to God, the Church, and their parish at The Our Lady of Good Counsel Women of Distinction Mass and Award Celebration at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Springfield. This event was hosted by the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW).  Parishes in our diocese are invited each year to choose one woman to represent all the outstanding Read More
  • For the love of God and art

    For the love of God and art Click here to download the PDF Read More
  • Beauty Series - QU Chapel

    Beauty Series - QU Chapel St. Francis Solanus Chapel – Quincy University The St. Francis Solanus Chapel at Quincy University has been a gem in the “Gem City” for over a century, when Brother Anselm Wolff, OFM, designed the glorious church as a miniature of his masterpiece, St. Anthony of Padua Church in St. Louis. Today, the chapel, which is bigger than many parish churches in our diocese, continues to offer students at Quincy University a foretaste of Heaven during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as they are surrounded by dozens of images of saints, beautiful artwork, and the Eucharist. Father Daren Zehnle, pastor of Read More
  • Eight women to make next step in religious life for Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

    Eight women to make next step in religious life for Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the final profession of four junior sisters, the first profession of two novices, and the reception into the novitiate of two postulants during Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton.  The four juniors who will make final profession are Sister Maria Christi Delaney, daughter of Kathryn Delaney and the late Thomas Delaney of Williamsville, N.Y.; Sister M. Xavier Schulze, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schulze Read More
  • Springfield area Dominican Associates make commitment

    Springfield area Dominican Associates make commitment For the first time since 2019, the commitment ceremony for a Springfield Dominican Associate class was held in-person at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel last May. The new associates prepared for commitment by participation in nine monthly sessions of prayer and study about the history of the Order of Preachers and the Springfield Dominican congregation, about the theology of mission and ministry, Catholic Social Teaching, and liturgy and prayer. Each candidate was accompanied by a sponsor — a sister or an associate — who answered their questions and offered encouragement during their period of discernment before commitment. Dominican associates embrace the Dominican traditions Read More
  • Hey, Father! Whose responsibility is it to teach the rosary to children?

    Hey, Father! Whose responsibility is it to teach the rosary to children? As my grandchildren receive the sacrament of confirmation and first holy Communion, we have been letting them pick out a rosary. It concerns us that they didn't know what a rosary was. Whose responsibility is it to teach children how to use/pray the rosary? Should parents do this or does the Catholic schools include it in their teachings? I plan to take them to the next rosary at their church.  Anonymous in the diocese  As a priest, I always find one of the most powerful parts of the Order of Baptism of Children is the blessing over parents reminding them that they Read More
  • Sacred Heart Church in Oconee celebrates 150 years

    Sacred Heart Church in Oconee celebrates 150 years By ZETTA WOLF Special to Catholic Times OCONEE — Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Oconee is celebrating a special milestone in 2022— 150 years as a parish.  Most of the current parishioners are descendants of the pioneers who worked hard to establish and build the parish.  As German settlers began to open fields and farm the land around Oconee in the 1860s, they likewise started to search out any German-speaking priest who traveled through the area, to invite him to say Mass in various homes in the Oconee area.  In 1868, Gerhardt Herman Rakers Sr. and his family came to Read More
  • Statewide grassroots effort calls for prayer, fasting on bread and water on Fridays for Illinois to become more pro-life

    Statewide grassroots effort calls for prayer, fasting on bread and water on Fridays for Illinois to become more pro-life Governor wants more pro-abortion laws passed in special session By ANDREW HANSEN Editor When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it was a monumental victory not only for the pro-life movement, but for babies in the womb and mothers across the country. At the same time, however, the decision meant Illinois would play an even larger role in the Midwest for abortion access.  In Illinois, abortion is a “fundamental right” under the law, there is taxpayer funding for abortion, minors can get an abortion without even notifying their parents, and abortion is legal throughout the nine months Read More
  • Catholics commemorate 125th anniversary of Quincy’s Father Tolton’s death

    Catholics commemorate 125th anniversary of Quincy’s Father Tolton’s death QUINCY – About 150 Catholics devoted to the Venerable Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton who grew up in Quincy, ministered in there, and is buried in there, commemorated the 125th anniversary of his death with a pilgrimage procession on Saturday, July 9 in Quincy. Father Tolton is recognized as the first black priest in the United States and the Cause for his beatification and canonization of sainthood is ongoing in Rome.  The mile-long pilgrimage procession began at the statue of Father Tolton outside St. Peter Catholic Church. After a few words of welcome and explanation, followed by a prayer, the Read More
  • 2 tank Catholic trips

    2 tank Catholic trips Two Tank Trips (PDF) Read More
  • How does one dispose of blessed objects?

    How does one dispose of blessed objects? How does one dispose of blessed objects? Is there a place in the diocese that will accept these? If not, I need guidance on what to do with them.Kathy in our diocese It is not an uncommon experience for a Catholic to acquire blessed objects, be they books, statues, pictures, medals, rosaries, etc. After a time, some of these accumulate in great number or may no longer be needed or wanted. This leads to Catholics to wonder what they can do with these blessed items. Traditionally, the Church recognizes three options: They may be given away to another person who Read More
  • He saw Communion as purely symbolic but when he received the Eucharist for the first time, it left him stunned

    He saw Communion as purely symbolic but when he received the Eucharist for the first time, it left him stunned By DEACON ADAM COXSpecial to Catholic Times  Many Catholics across the country are starting a three-year journey. This journey is about Eucharistic Revival, and it is intended to wake up that inner longing for Jesus in the most intimate way possible by placing the proper emphasis on the Blessed Sacrament.  Coming from a Protestant background, I saw Communion as purely symbolic, and this view is held by many denominations still today. The Eucharist is still a mystery to me in some respects, but as a deacon, I can’t imagine my life without it and the wonderful graces I receive from Read More
  • Beauty Series - St. Mary in Madison

    Beauty Series - St. Mary in Madison By ANDREW HANSENEditor   The honor of being one of the most unique churches in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois belongs to St. Mary Church in Madison, mainly because of its domed structure. People who visit here say it reminds them of the Pantheon in Rome because that historic church is known for its dome. The dome at St. Mary spans 93 feet in diameter, much larger than what appears on the outside.  “Being where the location was picked to build the church, because of the location itself and the property, it fit better to have a dome rather than Read More
  • Hey, Father! How does one dispose of blessed objects?

    Hey, Father! How does one dispose of blessed objects? How does one dispose of blessed objects? Is there a place in the diocese that will accept these? If not, I need guidance on what to do with them.- Kathy in our diocese It is not an uncommon experience for a Catholic to acquire blessed objects, be they books, statues, pictures, medals, rosaries, etc. After a time, some of these accumulate in great number or may no longer be needed or wanted. This leads to Catholics to wonder what they can do with these blessed items.  Traditionally, the Church recognizes three options: They may be given away to another person Read More
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