Week of Jan. 15

Dr. Scott Hahn on what Catholics need to change – Dr. Scott Hahn joins Dive Deep to discuss topics such as what habits practicing Catholics need to change; why was Dr. Hahn “anti-Catholic” before he converted; how John’s Gospel changed his entire outlook on faith; how we can have Eucharistic amazement; and what should we lean on when we’re facing hardships. Dr. Hahn joined Dive Deep from the BOS Center in Springfield on Oct. 28, 2023 when he was the featured speaker at the Eucharistic Congress. Go to dio.org/podcast or youtube.com/diospringfield or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms to listen and subscribe. Dive Deep is the podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

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Attend the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis July 17-21 – This summer, join tens of thousands of passionate Catholics will travel from every corner of the U.S. to experience the healing power of Jesus Christ, present in the holy Eucharist at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. Soak in the Presence of Jesus alongside people of all walks of life – a vivid image of the universal Church. You will participate in beautiful liturgies, lifting your voice in prayer alongside world-class musicians, hear from the most influential Catholic speakers of our day, and make history as part of the first National Eucharistic Congress in nearly 100 years. This is the beginning of a new chapter of faith in America. Will you be there? Register at eucharisticcongress.org. 

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Graphic to promote applications for Totus Tuus Missionaries Every year, Totus Tuus, a popular program for Catholic students in grades first through twelve come to parishes all around our diocese. The Diocese of Springfield is now hiring Totus Tuus Missionaries for the summer of 2024!

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Open house planned for Graduate Theology Program – Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is hosting an open house for its Graduate Theology Program in person on the weekend of February 17-18 and online Wednesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Prospective students will get a chance to visit the campus, talk to current students, get questions answered, and stay in free accommodations. Register to attend by February 9. Registration and detailed information are at saintmeinrad.edu/graduate-theology/open-house/.

Saint Meinrad’s Graduate Theology Program offers a master’s degree in theology, as well as specialization certificates in Church history, ethics and moral theology, liturgical and sacramental theology, pastoral studies, scripture, systematic theology, liturgical music, and general theological studies. Graduate certificate programs are available in spiritual direction and in reflective practices.

Those interested who cannot attend the open house may schedule a personalized visit with complimentary accommodations, sit in on a weekday course, and meet with an advisor. To request a personal campus visit, please email apply@saintmeinrad.edu or call 800-634-6723.

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Religious Awards for Scouts – Scouts of all ages can earn religious patches, emblems and recognitions through the Catholic Committee on Scouting. Activities include the Rosary, the lives of saints, Mary, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and more. Emblems and Recognition awards are available for members of Girl Scouts USA Boy Scouts of America. See dio.org/scouts for details. Or call Kyle Holtgrave at the Catholic Pastoral Center, (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

Culture of Life Essay Contest:  National Right to Life is having an essay contest for middle and high school students.  For essay prompts and information to submit essays go to:  https://www.nrlc.org/wp-content/uploads/nrlc-essay-contest-2024-updated.pdf.  Essays are being accepted from December 20, 2023 to January 21, 2024.  Essays must be postmarked by January 21, 2024.   

Gospel Mass and Soul Food Luncheon:  SAVE THE DATE:  In recognition of Black History Month, all are invited to a Gospel Mass and Soul Food Luncheon, hosted by the Black Catholic Commission. Sunday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m., Church of the Little Flower, Springfield. The Soul Food Luncheon follows Mass.

Pray to Protect Human Life:  Join others from across the country in praying the 9 Days for Life annual novena, January 16-24, 2024.  The novena is for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.  Sign up at:  www.respectlife.org/9-days-signup.

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

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat:  Retreat for people affected by abortion, September 27-29, 2024, Villa Maria Retreat Center.  Cost is $150.  Scholarships are available for those not able to pay the full registration fee.  Please let others know about this healing opportunity.  For more information  call 217-698-4456, or email projectrachel@dio.org.

Save the date for the Illinois March for Life and Mass – Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Mass, 10 a.m., Sangamon Auditorium, on the UIS Campus, 1 University Plaza, Springfield. Noon, rally in front of the State Capitol, followed by a march around the State Capitol complex. The Mass, rally and march are intended for 7th-12th graders, college students, and adults. More details coming.

MCA Christmas Artwork Contest:  Calling All Young Artists – Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) has an annual Christmas Artwork Contest for students from K-8th grade.  Entries should be sent to the Office for the Missions no later than January 31, 2023.  For information on submitting an entry go to:  https://dio.org/missions/missionary-childhood-association

Collection-Church in Latin America: 

Week Before the Collection (January 21, 2024)

Next week we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. For many in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers all present obstacles to practicing the faith. Your support for the collection provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, and other programs to share our Catholic faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ. To learn more about how your gifts make a difference, visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.

La próxima semana realizaremos la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina. Para muchos en América Latina y el Caribe, una creciente cultura secular, unos terrenos rurales difíciles y una escasez de ministros, son obstáculos para practicar la fe. Su apoyo a la colecta proporciona capacitación para el liderazgo laico, la catequesis, la formación para sacerdotes y religiosos y otros programas para compartir nuestra fe católica con aquellos que anhelan escuchar la Buena Nueva de Cristo. Para informarse más sobre cómo sus donativos hacen una diferencia, visiten, visiten www.usccb.org/latin-america.

Week of the Collection (January 28, 2024)

This weekend we take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America! Many people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have access to Church programs and ministries because of a rising secular culture, rugged rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers. Your generosity enables our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean to share in the life of the Church and grow closer to Christ. Please be generous in the special collection! To learn more, please visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.

¡Este fin de semana realizaremos la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina! Muchas personas en América Latina y el Caribe no tienen acceso a los programas y ministerios de la Iglesia debido a una creciente cultura secular, unos terrenos rurales difíciles y una escasez de ministros. Su generosidad hace posible que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina y el Caribe participen en la vida de la Iglesia y se acerquen más a Cristo. ¡Por favor, sean generosos en esta colecta especial! Para informarse más, por favor, visiten www.usccb.org/latin-america.

Week After the Collection (February 4, 2024)

Thank you for your generous support for last week’s Collection for the Church in Latin America. As a parish, we collected $[amount] to share the faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean, so they in turn can share the Good News in their communities. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Visit www.usccb.org/latin-america. #iGiveCatholicTogether also accepts funds for the collection— see usccb.igivecatholictogether.org. Your gift makes a difference!

Muchas gracias por su apoyo generoso la semana pasada a la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina. Como parroquia recaudamos $[poner cantidad], que utilizaremos para compartir la fe con nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina y el Caribe para que ellos, a su vez, compartan la Buena Nueva en sus comunidades. ¡Si no alcanzaron a dar en la colecta, todavía lo pueden hacer! Visiten www.usccb.org/latin-america. #iGiveCatholicTogether también acepta fondos para la colecta —ver usccb.igivecatholictogether.org. ¡Sus donativos hacen una diferencia!

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 ones:

2/2/2024 – 2/4/2024, St. Peters, MO

3/15/2024 – 3/17/2024, Cape Girardeau, MO

4/5/2024 – 4/7/2024, St. Peters, MO

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You are invited to World Marriage Day celebration in St. Louis – On Sunday, February 11 at the 12:00 pm Mass, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso will celebrate a Mass for World Marriage Day at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO. A reception will follow in Boland Hall. All married couples are invited to attend and celebrate the gift of marriage. World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family – the basic unit of society.  It emphasizes the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy of daily married life. World Marriage Day started in Baton Rouge, LA in 1981 and was later adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, who now is sponsoring this event on February 11th.


January 21, 2024

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  – Mark 1:17

Jesus’ call to “follow me” is a call to all Christians!  The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order.  Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule, but that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.

January 28, 2024

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Brothers and sisters:  I should like you to be free of anxieties.”  – 1 Corinthians 7:32

How much anxiety do we bring upon ourselves by constantly worrying about not having enough or attaining more things?  God won’t necessarily give you everything you want, but He will provide everything you need.  Try this – use the word “pray” instead of the word “worry” in the future.  Then spend your time praying instead of worrying.

February 4, 2024

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed…He told them, ‘Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come.’”
                                                                                                                                                   – Mark 1:35, 38

In today’s Gospel reading we see a perfect example of stewardship.  Jesus gives His time to do all that God wishes – healing the sick and preaching.  But before He begins, Jesus takes time to be alone with God in prayer.  It is through prayer, spending time with God, that we are given the graces needed to do what He wishes us to do.  Praying before acting is a great habit to develop.

February 11, 2024

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
                                                                                                                                                                          – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do a quick check of your priorities.  Where does God rank in that list?  If He’s not first, you have some work to do.  Putting God first in everything helps us from putting other “gods” (like our pride, ego, money and possessions) before God.  Before making a decision, ask yourself, “I’m I going this for the glory of God or for the glory of me?” 

February 18, 2024

1st Sunday of Lent

“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God….” – Mark 1:14

Have you ever thought about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to go to Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that He was proclaiming.  It took great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do.  In the same way, living a stewardship lifestyle takes great love and trust from us.  We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that He will always give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.

February 25, 2024

2nd Sunday of Lent

“’Here I am!’ he answered.”  – Genesis 22:11

It is easy to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when we are kneeling in church.  But how easy is it to say “Here I am, Lord,” when a neighbor needs our help, or when we are invited to join a parish ministry, or when we are asked to provide financial support?  Often times we are called when it’s not convenient for us.  Discipleship is not easy, most of the time it will make us uncomfortable and vulnerable.

March 3, 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent

“You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…” – Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God?    “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel.   Those are easy to recognize.   Many times they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot like pride, power, ego, time, comfort or health.  Pray for God’s help to prune our vices and to grow in virtue. 

March 10, 2024

4th Sunday of Lent

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” – John 3:16

Of all the wonderful gifts that God has given to us, the gift of His own Son is truly the greatest.  How can we ever thank God for a gift like that?  God does not ask us to sacrifice our own precious firstborn, but He does ask that we are grateful and generous with our God-given gifts.  That we nurture and develop our gifts, and in gratitude, generously give back with increase our time in prayer, our talent in charitable works and our treasure to support the mission and ministry of our parish and greater Church.

March 17, 2024

5th Sunday of Lent

“I will be their God and they shall be my people.”  – Jeremiah 31:33

What does it mean to be God’s people?  It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God.  We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us.  It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our family, our neighbors and for people we don’t know, just as God cares for each of us.

March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday

“Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?’  And they cried out again, ‘Crucify him.’” – MARK 15:12-13

Jesus told us “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”  Every day we are presented opportunities to help someone.  Every day we have the opportunity to see the face of Jesus in others and be the face of Jesus to others.  Every day we pass by someone in need.  Pray for the strength and courage to be the answer to someone’s prayer.

March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday

“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.”  – COLOSSIANS 3:2

On this day we thank God for His Son, Jesus, who died, rose and opened the gates of heaven for us.  We celebrate and sing “Alleluia.”  Let’s try to keep the joy of this Easter season in our hearts throughout the year!  Pray daily and listen for how God is calling each of us to joyfully use our gifts to fulfill His salvation plan.