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  • Hey, Father! What can you say about people who leave Mass after the final blessing, but before the priest processes down the aisle and into the vestibule?

    Hey, Father! What can you say about people who leave Mass after the final blessing, but before the priest processes down the aisle and into the vestibule? Hey, Father! What can you say about people who leave Mass after the final blessing, but before the priest processes down the aisle and into the vestibule?Phil in Maryville  On one level, the Mass has technically ended. So, on one level, it is good that people are at least waiting for the final blessing to be over. It is better than leaving even earlier. With that being said, the priest processing out and everyone singing the recessional hymn is part of the Mass, at least in a loose and practical sense.   I guess the question is: What is the reason people Read More
  • St. Elizabeth Parish in Granite City celebrates 150 years

    St. Elizabeth Parish in Granite City celebrates 150 years By ANDREW HANSEN  Editor  GRANITE CITY — Three separate churches, two different cities, one parish. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Granite City has a rich history in our diocese, and this year marks their 150th anniversary.  The parish began with farm families that lived in the area in what is now Madison County. About 20 families gathered in a house in 1870 for the first Mass. Seeing the need for a church, one was constructed in Mitchell for ,900 with the cornerstone laid on Oct. 7, 1871, the Feast of the Holy Rosary.  Fast forward to the 1950s and with the Read More
  • Grafton celebrates 150 years of Catholicism at St. Patrick Church

    By MARTHA CAREY Special to Catholic Times   GRAFTON — In Grafton, a small river city that is located at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, you will find St. Patrick Church. The arrival of Jacques Marquette, SJ (sometimes known as Pere) and his fellow explorers to the area in 1673 is significant to the town of Grafton and the Catholic community there: To the town because it marked the first recorded appearance of anyone in the Illinois territory. To the church because these men were Catholics, one of them, Marquette, a Jesuit missionary priest. On Dec. 8, 2021, St Patrick Read More
  • Ten ways to make your Advent more joyful

    Ten ways to make your Advent more joyful By FATHER DOMINIC VAHLING Special to Catholic Times   Rejoice! This word echoes throughout our churches and in our hearts as we sing the Advent song, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Follow these 10 tips for a more joyful Advent.  Don’t miss the season — Stores and radio stations have been playing Christmas music since Nov. 26, but Advent should not be skipped. Advent increases our desire and longing for the coming of the Savior.  Listen to Advent music — We have a rich tradition of Advent hymnody. Look up songs such as, O, Come Divine Messiah, On Jordan’s Bank, Come, Thou Long Expected Read More
  • Beauty Series Immaculate Conception – Mattoon

    Beauty Series Immaculate Conception – Mattoon By ANDREW HANSEN Editor  Immaculate Conception Church is an iconic structure in Coles County that dates to 1884 when the cornerstone was laid. At a cost of ,000, the church in Mattoon was dedicated by Bishop John Spalding of the Diocese of Peoria in 1887, 33 years after Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed Mary’s Immaculate Conception dogmatic Church teaching. “I believe the beauty of Immaculate Conception is that it is Mary’s church,” said Father John Titus, pastor. “As a parishioner said to me, when you walk in the church, you feel like Our Lady is putting her arms around you. It Read More
  • Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) making huge impact across region

    Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) making huge impact across region Click here to read more. Read More
  • Heaven and hell: What is eternity like?

    Heaven and hell: What is eternity like? What is eternity like? What are the sights and feelings? Scripture and private revelation help paint that pictureBy ANDREW HANSEN Editor  The last four things: death, judgment, heaven (maybe a stop in purgatory along the way), and hell. That is what the Catholic Church teaches. In a culture that continues to write off life after death or paints hell as a picture of “you’ll probably be laughing with friends,” it is paramount that as believers, we always have in mind that what we do on earth, how we live our faith, and how we honor God and His creations has everlasting Read More
  • Did our Blessed Mother die before she was assumed into Heaven or was she still alive?

    Did our Blessed Mother die before she was assumed into Heaven or was she still alive? Did our Blessed Mother die before she was assumed into Heaven or was she still alive? If she did die, why would God have allowed it since she was the Immaculate Conception?- Nancy, Springfield Whether the Blessed Virgin Mary died or simply fell asleep prior to being assumed into Heaven is an open question. In the Latin Catholic Church, tradition has said Mary did die; in the Eastern Catholic Churches, tradition has said she fell asleep and did not die. Either way, we have no solid historical evidence to prove a position.  When Pope St. Pius XII defined the dogma of Read More
  • Beauty Series: St Rose of Lima – Quincy

    Beauty Series: St Rose of Lima – Quincy By ANDREW HANSENEditor St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Quincy has a rare distinction as it was designated a historic landmark by the city in 2000. Known for its impressively large, detailed, and richly colorful stained-glass windows that depict the life of Christ and images of various angels and saints, the church was built by the Irish community of Quincy and dedicated in 1912. “Spaciously it’s very high,” said Father Joseph Portzer, FSSP, pastor. “In church language, that is lifting of you to God. You walk in and immediately you look up just to see how high it really Read More
  • How do I talk to my kids about vocations?

    How do I talk to my kids about vocations? I guess that parents would want a formula on how to talk to their kids about vocations — I’m right with you there! I would like one on how to talk to my parishioners about Jesus — but we do not get one either. And yet, this lack of an easy, pre-canned, downloadable, method seems to be the way with most of the most important things in life.  As a kid, did you ever get a presentation on how to talk, or how to cook, or how to clean your room? Is there an app that can tell you how to go 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 Pope Saint 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
  • Answering God's call to religious life

    Answering God's call to religious life Answering God’s call to religious lifeCelebrating National Vocation Awareness week National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated Nov. 7-13, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the religious life through prayer and education, and to renewing our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. In this edition of Catholic Times, we highlight two religious vocations stories that prove God can work in mysterious ways. Also, for parents and grandparents who see a religious vocation in their son, daughter, or grandchild, read Hey, Father!, in which Read More
  • Catholic, then atheist, now Catholic again: Psychologist speaks out about coming back to the faith

    Catholic, then atheist, now Catholic again: Psychologist speaks out about coming back to the faith By DIANE SCHLINDWEINManaging Editor Springfield psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Vost says although he spent the first 18 years of his life as a practicing Catholic, it was reading the works of some well-known philosophers that ultimately led him to seriously doubt the existence of God, becoming an atheist. He says “then it only took him 25 years” to come back to the faith, thanks to the Holy Spirit and the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Vost, a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, was born into a Catholic family, baptized as an infant and attended Catholic school. “We went Read More
  • 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
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