Parish Link November 17, 2022
Pray along to a Diocesan-wide Rosary Dec. 8 - To honor Mary on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) and to pray for a Eucharistic revival during the diocesan-wide Year of the Eucharist which starts Dec. 8, join Catholics from our parishes and schools as the faithful from every corner of our diocese prays a part in the holy Rosary.
Go to www.youtube.com/diospringfield and/or www.facebook.com/diospringfield on Dec. 8 at any time to watch and pray with Catholics from our 28 counties!
Year of the Eucharist - The diocesan-wide Year of the Eucharist starts Dec. 8. https://www.dio.org/revival/ is the main website. You will also see the tab called "Learn" (https://dio.org/revival/learn/). This tab has articles that you can use however you wish (bulletin, in the classroom, print-outs, etc.). There are also several videos you can use as well.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also has a page for resources you can use. Go to The Eucharist | USCCB
SEEK Conference in St. Louis Jan. 2-6 - World-class speakers, fellowship, prayer, entertainment, and more will encourage participants to answer a new call to greatness, holiness, joy, and mission through the SEEK Conference. This five-day event, hosted by FOCUS takes place at the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Jan. 2-6 (although attendees can attend single days). SEEK23 attendees will step away from daily distractions and participate in prayer, adoration, Scripture, and the sacraments celebrated by hundreds of priests and bishops, Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Registration is open at https://seek.focus.org/. Catholics in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois also receive a discount as a neighboring diocese of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (you will receive it when you type in your zip code)
Free episode of The Chair highlights the rich story of our diocese from yesterday to today - The story of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is featured in an episode of The Chair, a television series celebrating the best of Catholicism in the United States. To watch the FREE episode and others, go to thechair.com/watchnow. Note, you’ll have to create a FREE account to watch. You can use a bulletin annoucement to promote it/talk about it with people. There is also a graphic you can use.
Answering your questions on dying and death — The diocese has put together an easy to navigate and comprehensive look at end-of-life issues. Go to dio.org/funeral for questions like: Why should one pre-plan their funeral? If my loved one is dying, what should I do? Why must one insist on Catholic funeral rites? Why should one pray for the dead? Who should one insist upon being buried in a Catholic cemetery? Also covered is the issue of cremation, among other topics. As the month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead, now is a good time to learn more about dying and death from our Catholic faith perspective. (Note, this information is also in the Bulletin Announcements section of this Parish Link for easy copy and paste into bulletins, e-communications with your parishioners)