Week of April 17

You are invited to a historical diocesan-wide celebration at the BOS Center in Springfield – To celebrate the Diocesan Year of the Eucharist and the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the See city from Alton to Springfield, the Eucharistic Congress is taking place Saturday, October 28 at the BOS Center in Springfield. This dynamic experience will include nationally recognized Catholic speakers, adoration, confession, and Mass. The arena will be packed with thousands of Catholics from across the diocese. To attend, contact the parish office as each parish in the diocese is given a specific number of available seats. You can inquire about reserving a seat through the parish office starting July 1, or if you are interested in volunteering, you can register now! For more information on the event or volunteering or financially supporting/sponsoring the event, visit dio.org.

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From slavery to the nation’s first black priest – Quincy’s Fr. Augustine Tolton – Fr. Augustine Tolton had to overcome many things in life – slavery, racism, prejudice, and hatred. Despite that, his love for God and neighbor makes him a model for us to follow. Learn about the incredible story of Fr. Tolton from slave to the nation’s first black priest, an update on his cause to sainthood, and what Fr. Tolton teaches us today so we can live a more virtuous life. Go to dio.org/podcast or search Dive Deep on all the major podcast platforms to listen and subscribe.

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Madison County Catholic Charities fundraiser – Catholic Charities will be hosting its annual fundraiser Help On the Move on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. The event will be held at the Bluff City Grill, 424 E. Broadway, Alton. The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, music featuring Flip The Frog, a $10,000 raffle, and activities. Dinner tickets are $50 each.  Raffle tickets are $25 each or buy 2 and get 1 free. All tickets are available on our website cc.dio.org or by calling 618-462-0634.

Effingham Catholic Charities fundraiser – Effingham Catholic Charities will be hosting the Eat & Bail Fundraiser on Monday, April 24 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pizza & Pasta. Local celebrities and friends will be in jail during the event. Will you help bail them out? Joe’s Pizza will be donating all tips and 20% of the revenue made from this event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, you can do so at cc.dio.org.

Quincy Catholic Charities fundraiser – Quincy Catholic Charities will be hosting its Band Together annual fundraiser at The Dock, 1021 Bonansinga Dr. in Quincy on Sunday, April 30. The Band Together event will start at noon. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Food by: All Puckered Up. Music by Logan Kammerer will be from noon – 2 p.m. and Eric McKay Band from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. If you are unable to attend the fundraising event, but you would still like to make a donation you may do so at:  cc.dio.org/events/quincy-annual-fundraiser. There will be a raffle and a dunk tank.  The dunk tank will feature 10 local celebrities. Whoever raises the most money will be crowned the 2023 Dunk Tank Champion!  

Visit the Cathedral in Springfield or Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Alton, receive an indulgence! – The diocesan-wide Year of the Eucharist going on now has a heavenly treasure of our Catholic faith attached to it. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki received permission from the Holy See, granting a plenary indulgence to those who make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield or Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Alton (the “Old Cathedral”) now through Dec. 8. One must also partake in the other usual conditions to receive this indulgence by going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist, and saying prayers for the intention of the Pope. These acts “may be carried out several days preceding or following the performance of the prescribed works. But it is more fitting that communion and the prayer for the pope’s intentions take place on the day the work is performed” (Handbook of Indulgences, Norms for Indulgences, 23.3). An indulgence a gift and grace that remits the temporal punishment due to a sin.

Volunteers Needed for Sacraments – The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is looking for volunteers to assist with the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Over 1,200 third graders come to the Cathedral each year from throughout the diocese to receive these holy Sacraments. Please pray about joining the Curia staff in helping to make these events run smoothly. All volunteers need to have Safe Environment on file with their parish. Contact Sister M. Clementia, FSGM for more information (or 217-321-1130), access the sign-up at ome.flocknote.com/signup/84704 or take a picture of the QR code to be sent directly to the site. Thank you!*Note, here is that QR code jpeg*

Project Rachel – Help for women and men to heal from the pain of abortion. For assistance call 1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Retreat for married couples offered –Worldwide Marriage Encounter presents weekend experiences for married couples to rekindle romance, enhance meaningful communication, and deepen and renew commitment. Sign-up now! For more information or to apply, go to wwme.org or call Terry & Eric Engholm at 314-649-7317. Next one:

5/5/2023 – 5/7/2023 – Cape Girardeau, MO

8/4/2023 – 8/6/2023 – St. Peters, MO

9/29/2023 – 10/1/2023 – St. Peters, MO

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