Week of May 1
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.
Know someone who would make a good deacon or thinking about it?
Called to serve? Come and see – All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a weekend experience at the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat and Conference Center on Friday, September 8 (4 p.m.) through Saturday, September 9, (2 p.m.). During the weekend, you will meet the men and wives currently in formation, proctor classroom lecture, join in meals, and have social time. In addition to attending Mass with the deacon candidates and wives, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Hours and Morning and Evening Prayer. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend.
To register for this event please use this link form.jotform.com/231135196152046.
Memorial Day Field Mass in Springfield – Please join us at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield on Memorial Day, May 29 at 9 a.m. for the traditional Field Mass offered at Father Howard Altar. The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki will be the principal celebrant. Accompanying Bishop Paprocki in procession will be a bagpiper, local priests, and members of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Limited seating will be available under the tent. Lawn chairs are welcome. Transportation will be available to assist visitors from the main gate to the Mass site. Call the Calvary Cemetery office at 523-3726 Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with any questions.
Springfield Catholic Charities
Springfield Catholic Charities will be hosting its Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the KC Hall, 2200 Meadowbrook Rd. in Springfield. We have been unable to have our annual fundraiser the last few years due to the pandemic and we are looking forward hosting this event.
This year’s fundraiser will be held on Mother’s Day weekend so treat all your wives or mothers to an evening out. The entertainment will be dual pianos by Damien Kaplan and Mark Gifford. Event tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Tickets may be purchased on our website at: https://cc.dio.org/events/springfield-annual-fundraiser.
Mattoon Catholic Charities
Mattoon Catholic Charities will be hosting its annual fundraiser at The Walkway located at 1501 Lake Land Blvd in Mattoon on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Unlock the mystery at this Murder Mystery Dinner by Mafia Murders. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include a meal by Griffin’s Catering. Ticket(s) may be purchased in advance on our website at cc.dio.org. If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation you may do so on our website: cc.dio.org/ways_to_give/donate/.
Carlinville Catholic Charities
Carlinville Catholic Charities will be hosting its 7th Annual Fun Run annual fundraiser at Beaver Dam State Park, 14548 Beaver Dam Ln, Plainview, IL on Saturday, May 20, 2023. We have been unable to have our annual fundraiser the last few years due to the pandemic. The Fun Run will include a 5K run and a one-mile fun walk. The advanced registration fee due by May 8, 2023 for the 5K run is $30 and $20 for the fun walk. The registration fee for the day of the event is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the fun walk. T-shirts included for advanced registration with limited availability of t-shirts for day of event registration.
Tickets may be purchased online at: https://cc.dio.org/events/carlinville-fun-run-annual-fundraiser. If you are unable to attend the fun run event, but you would still like to make a donation you may do so at our website: https://cc.dio.org/ways_to_give/donate/.
Quincy Catholic Charities
Quincy Catholic Charities will be hosting the Mt. Sterling Band Together fundraiser at The Sportsman’s, 111 N Capital Ave in Mt. Sterling on Saturday, May 20th. The Mt. Sterling Band Together event will be held from 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Food by: JR Parn. Music by Carol Jean & Jera and Memphis Mafia. There will be a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.
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 our website: https://cc.dio.org/events/mt-sterling-band-together-2023.
Catholic Home Missions Appeal
The Week Before the Appeal
Next week we will take a collection for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Today, over 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are unable to fund the essential pastoral work their communities need. Your support of this appeal helps them meet these faith formation and sacramental needs. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions.
The Week of the Appeal
Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Over 40% of dioceses United States and its territories are considered mission territories, because they are unable to fund essential pastoral activities needed in their communities. Your support funds religious education, seminary formation, lay ministry training, and other programs that build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions .
The Week After the Appeal
Thank you for your generous support of last week’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal. As a parish, we raised $[AMOUNT] to help strengthen the Church at home and ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. If you missed the appeal, it’s not too late to give! Just visit www.usccb.org/home-missions .
Semana antes del Llamado
La próxima semana realizaremos el Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Hoy, a más del 40% de las diócesis en Estados Unidos y en sus territorios no le es posible financiar las labores pastorales básicas que necesitan sus comunidades. El apoyo de ustedes a este llamado les ayuda a satisfacer estas necesidades de formación en la fe y los sacramentos. Por favor, en oración, consideren la manera de apoyar a este llamado. Pueden encontrar más información en www.usccb.org/home-missions .
Semana del Llamado
¡Apoyen hoy al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas! En estos momentos, más del 40% de las diócesis en Estados Unidos y en sus territorios es considerado territorio misionero ya que esas diócesis no pueden financiar las labores pastorales básicas que se necesitan en sus comunidades. El apoyo de ustedes financia la educación religiosa, la formación de seminaristas, la capacitación de ministros laicos y otros programas que forman entusiastas comunidades de fe, aquí mismo, en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, sean generosos. Pueden encontrar más información en www.usccb.org/home-missions .
Semana después del Llamado
Muchas gracias por su generoso apoyo la semana pasada al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas. Como parroquia, hemos recaudado $[CANTIDAD] para ayudar a fortalecer la Iglesia aquí y asegurar que el Evangelio se difunda en todo Estados Unidos. ¡Si ustedes no alcanzaron a contribuir al llamado, aún lo pueden hacer! Solo visiten www.usccb.org/home-missions.
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.
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:
8/4/2023 – 8/6/2023 – St. Peters, MO
9/29/2023 – 10/1/2023 – St. Peters, MO
12/1/2023 – 12/3/2023 – St. Peters, MO