Week of Oct. 9

Get your free tickets now for historic Eucharistic Congress Oct. 28 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 and once in a lifetime experience will include nationally recognized Catholic speakers, a Catholic Marketplace, motivating videos, never before seen photos, adoration of our Lord, Confession, and a historic Mass. The arena will be packed with thousands of Catholics from across the diocese. To attend, go to dio.org for free tickets and more information.

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Registered for the Eucharistic Congress but don’t have your ticket? All registered attendees will receive a ticket via their email or text message. If you have not received your ticket after 5 days of registration, please first check your spam folder. Then contact your local parish or email Erin Danaher at edanaher@dio.org.

Singers wanted for historic Eucharistic Congress Mass – If you are interested in singing in the choir for the Eucharistic Congress Mass Oct. 28 at the BOS Center in Springfield, please contact Mark Gifford at: mgifford@cathedral.dio.org. Mass is at 4 p.m. with rehearsal at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the BOS Center. Dress: white tops, dark (black) lowers and tie is requested for men. Music will be sent upon registration.

National Catholic Youth Conference – NCYC is a powerfully unique three-day experience of prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, service and empowerment for Catholic high school teenagers that will be hosted on November 16 – 18, 2023 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event includes inspiring keynote speakers, breakout sessions on a variety of topics for teenagers and the celebration of Holy Mass with people from all over the country. Registration for passes to NCYC is being coordinated through the Office for Catholic Education to get a discount. The price for passes increases October 1. For more information, please contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154 or email kholtgrave@dio.org.

White Mass for healthcare workers – Bishop Paprocki will celebrate a White Mass for those who work in healthcare to pray for their safety and continued diligence in their work and to thank them for their selfless commitment to taking care of people in our communities. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church on the grounds of Corpus Christi Priory in Springfield (4875 LaVerna Rd.)

Red Mass for those in the legal profession – Bishop Paprocki will celebrate a Red Mass for those in the legal profession such as lawyers, law students, judges, legislators, city council members, and others to invoke God’s blessings upon the members of the bench, bar, legislature, law enforcement, and governmental agencies and all protectors and administrators of the Law. Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville.

Indulgences? My soul is 100% clean? Seems made up – Indulgences are a great treasure of the Church that too few take advantage of. But, you may be confused on how they work, what you have to do, what’s the point of doing them, and where you can find out what indulgences are available. Fr. Chris House answers all things indulgences! Go to dio.org/podcast or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms to listen and subscribe.

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Springfield Calvary Cemetery has opened its final block for plot sales – Calvary Cemetery of Springfield is pleased to announce the opening of new Block 19 for plot sales. Plots can be purchased for both immediate need and for pre-planning.  Block 19 is the final Block of grave spaces available for purchase in Springfield Calvary Cemetery. For information about pricing and available plot locations or to make an appointment with us, please call our office at 217-523-3726 or e-mail us at director@calvary.dio.org. The Calvary Cemetery office is open Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Calvary Cemetery is open to visitors Monday-Sunday year-round from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Let us know how we can help you!

Mass in remembrance of miscarried babies – The Daughters of Isabella Circle 218 is inviting the public to attend a special Mass in remembrance of miscarried babies. All are welcome! The Mass will be held October 24 at 6:30pm at St. Mary’s Church in Edwardsville (1802 Madison Avenue). To have a baby’s name or family name displayed on a card with a candle during Mass, please email the baby/family name and whether you will attend to: daughtersofisabella218@gmail.com. The information can also be mailed or dropped off at the St. Mary’s Church office. Attendees/families will receive a fresh flower and prayer card after the Mass. RSVP not necessary but appreciated by Sunday, October 17th.

Respect Life Essay Contest – The American Life League is having an essay contest for middle and high school students. For essay prompts and information to submit essays go to: www.all.org/clsp/2023-pro-life-essay-contest. Essays must be submitted by November 6.

­St. John’s Breadline Souper Friday Fall 2023 Fundraiser – The Souper Friday fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities St. John’s Breadline will be serving up fresh soups to go. These made-from-scratch soups will be available on Friday, November 3 at the Catholic Pastoral Center circle driveway, 1615 W. Washington Street in Springfield from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out. Chicken noodle soup, steak & vegetable, and chili will be offered. The suggested donation is $5 for 32 oz. of soup. All proceeds will benefit the St. John’s Breadline.

Show off your talent! Art wanted for Year of the Eucharist art display at QU – Jessica Howell, the Campus Minister at Quincy University, is assembling a “Year of the Eucharist” art display in the Gray Gallery of QU’s Brenner Library in November. If you have created a piece of art (painting drawing, photograph, graphic design, sculpture, etc.) that depicts the Eucharist, the Mass, the person of Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the person of Mary, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and you would like to have your art featured in the display, please contact Jessica at howelje@quincy.edu or at 217-228-5432 ext. 3617.

World Mission Sunday

The Week Before World Mission Sunday – October 15, 2023

Get Ready to Set Your “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” for World Mission Sunday!  Next weekend, we’ll unite with fellow Catholics globally to mark World Mission Sunday. As we reflect on Pope Francis’ compelling theme, we’re invited to enkindle the flames of Christ’s love and spread its warmth to mission territories in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Prepare to support the Society for the Propagation of the Faith with prayers and generosity. Thank you for being a beacon of Christ’s love!

¡Prepárate para poner tus “Corazones fervientes, pies en camino” por el Domingo

Mundial de las Misiones!

El próximo fin de semana, nos uniremos a los católicos de todo el mundo para

conmemorar el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones. Al reflexionar sobre el conmovedor

tema del Papa Francisco, se nos invita a encender las llamas del amor de Cristo y

extender su calor a los territorios de misión en Asia, África, las Islas del Pacífico y partes

de América Latina y Europa. Prepárate para apoyar a la Sociedad para la Propagación

            de la Fe con oraciones y generosidad. ¡Gracias por ser un faro del amor de          Cristo!

World Mission Sunday – October 22, 2023

Embrace the Pope’s Missions with “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” this World Mission Sunday! Today, Pope Francis echoes the universal call of our Baptism – to be Christ’s witnesses to the world. As we gather with global Catholics on this World Mission Sunday, our prayers and contributions to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith bolster the Pope’s missions, enabling:

  • Over 844,000 catechists to share the faith
  • 258,540 Religious Sisters to tend to families and children
  • 38,140 seminarians to journey towards the priesthood
  • Education for 26 million children
  • Medical assistance in 12,000 clinics
  • Comfort in 8,750 homes for the orphaned and elderly

By supporting this cause, we truly live out the call to be the spark that transforms lives. May your prayers and gifts create ripples of love and transformation. Thank you for your missionary zeal!

¡Abraza las misiones del Papa con “Corazones fervientes, pies en camino” este

Domingo Mundial de las Misiones!

El Papa Francisco nos recuerda el llamado universal de nuestro Bautismo: ser testigos

de Cristo para el mundo. Al reunirnos con católicos de todo el mundo en este Domingo

Mundial de las Misiones, nuestras oraciones y contribuciones a la Sociedad para la

Propagación de la Fe fortalecen las misiones del Papa, permitiendo:

  • Apoyar a más de 844,000 catequistas que enseñan la fe.
  • Apoyar a más de 258,540 religiosas que atienden a familias y niños.
  • Brindar ayuda económica a 38,140 seminaristas en camino hacia el sacerdocio.
  • Brindar educación para 26 millones de niños.
  • Proporcionar asistencia médica en 12,000 clínicas.
  • Sustentar más de 8,750 hogares para huérfanos y ancianos.

Al apoyar esta causa, verdaderamente vivimos el llamado a ser la chispa que

transforma vidas. Que tus oraciones y donativos creen ondas de amor y

            transformación. ¡Gracias por tu celo misionero!

The Week After World Mission Sunday – October 29, 2023

Your Generosity Ignited Change on World Mission Sunday – Thank You! Your active participation on World Mission Sunday has been heartwarming! By extending your generosity to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, you’ve ignited change, supported missionaries worldwide, nourished the hungry, and aided the building of the Church in the Pope’s mission territories. Your gifts, combined with countless others, was the spark that set “hearts on fire”! God’s blessings be upon you for embodying the true missionary spirit!

¡Tu Generosidad fue motor del cambio este Domingo Mundial de las Misiones – Gracias!

¡La participación en el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones ha sido conmovedora! Al

extender tu generosidad a la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe, ha dado fuerza al

cambio, apoyado a misioneros en todo el mundo, alimentado a los hambrientos y

ayudado a construir la Iglesia en las misiones del Papa. ¡Tus donativos, junto con

innumerables otros, fueron la chispa que encendió los “corazones fervientes”!

            Que el Señor te bendiga por haber encarnado el verdadero espíritu misionero.

The Agape Project (Effingham) – Effingham Catholic Charities announced that its special capital campaign, the Agape Project, has achieved its fundraising goal of raising $600,000 to address the facility needs of the local charity. All donations to the campaign will remain local and exclusively benefit Effingham Catholic Charities. In Christianity, agape is the highest form of love, a transcendent sacrificial love that persists regardless of circumstances. “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our campaign. The incredible generosity and support of so many people reinforces the fact that we are all blessed to live in such a loving and compassionate community,” stated Beth Lindvahl, the campaign committee chair. “I am also so grateful to all of the campaign committee members who dedicated themselves to this effort and remained determined to see it succeed.” Donate to Catholic Charities of Effingham County at cc.dio.org.

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.

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:

12/1/2023 – 12/3/2023, St. Peters, MO

2/2/2024 – 2/4/2024, St. Peters, MO

4/5/2024 – 4/7/2024, St. Peters, MO

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October 15, 2023
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“My God will fully supply whatever you need…” – Philippians 4:19

God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous.  This is very difficult for people that don’t live a stewardship lifestyle to believe.  People are skeptical and say it’s just coincidence.  If you are skeptical, try living a stewardship lifestyle for just one month – be generous with your gifts of time in prayer, talent in charitable works, and treasure, then see how God provides for your needs.

October 22, 2023
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. – Matthew 22:21

Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God.  We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us.  All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us.  This is the essence of Stewardship.  God should be our first priority in everything.  All else comes second, especially our money.

October 29, 2023
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”               – Matthew 22:37

Do you put other “gods” before God?  Is your love of money, power, status, comfort or some personal possession greater than your love for God?  Do you recognize that everything you have and that everything you are is a gift from God?  Putting God first in everything helps keep us from becoming a slave to our possessions and to our pride.

November 5, 2023

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

”Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  – Matthew 23:12

The world celebrates people in the spotlight and those who have the most of everything.  We think celebrity, money and possessions is the key to happiness.  Yet, our world is filled with more loneliness, anxiety and depression than ever before.  The key to a happy life is relationship.  Relationship with God and each other.  Trust is the foundation of any good relationship and humility is the seed of trust.     

November 12, 2023
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  – Matthew 25:13

Many of us have put off doing something because we think we are too busy.  We’ve all said, “I’ll do it later when I have time.”  Unfortunately, too many of us apply this attitude to our Faith.  Jesus’ call is urgent, in the here and now, in your current circumstances.  How is God calling you to use your gifts today?  Don’t delay.  None of us is guaranteed tomorrow.

November 19, 2023
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Since you have been faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.” – MATTHEW 25:21

God calls us to nurture and develop the gifts He has given us and then generously return a portion with increase.  He doesn’t want us to waste or hoard the gifts He has given us.  He expects us to grow our gifts, to use them wisely, and to be generous with them.  Unfortunately, many of us are not generous in proportion to all that God has given us.  God asks us to be generous with all our gifts, especially the one that means the most to you.

November 26, 2023
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“…whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me.” – MATTHEW 25:40

Most of us are generous when it’s convenient for us.  We are generous when we have the time or the money.  But, real generosity is the opposite of that.  It means giving of one’s time, money, compassion, forgiveness or mercy when it’s not convenient to us, when it’s not on our schedule, but on the other person’s timeline.

December 3, 2023
First Sunday of Advent

“Be watchful!  Be alert!  You do not know when the time will come.”  –  Mark 13:33

We all take things for granted.  In particular, we take time for granted.  We make our lives too busy.  We plan our days, weeks, months, even years in advance.  Remember, our time on earth is a gift.  None of us knows how long we will be here.  Start today and begin thanking God for each and every day.  Take time in silence, every day, and listen to how God is calling you right now to help build His kingdom on earth.

December 10, 2023
2nd Sunday of Advent

“Prepare the way of the Lord…” – MARK 1:3

We are all called to live a holy life.  We are all called to invite others to live holy lives.  Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, puts us on the path to holiness and is an example for others to be holy, too.  We are responsible not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well.  How are you helping others get to Heaven?

December 17, 2023
3rd Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 thessalonians 5:16 – 18

This scripture reading sums up Stewardship.  “Rejoice always” means place your trust in God; He will provide all that you need.  “Pray constantly” means prayer should be a running conversation with God throughout the whole day, every day.  “Give thanks in all circumstances” means even in bad situations, thank God.  Suffering a little bit helps build empathy for others in similar situations and shows our dependence on God.

December 24, 2023
4th Sunday of Advent

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” – Luke 1:28

After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward.  Her entire life was lived in obedience to God’s call.  Mary teaches us to live with joy for all we have been given.  Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, Mary reflects the light of Christ.  Like Mary, we are called to reflect Christ’s light to the world through our gratitude and generosity.

December 31, 2023
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

“…as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.” –  colossians 3:13

Forgiving is one of the hardest things for people to do.   We can’t give what we don’t have.  We need to receive God’s mercy and forgiveness first before we can give it to others.  Go to the sacrament of Reconciliation and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness.   Then, share the gift of forgiveness with someone – a family member, a friend or a co-worker.  Pick up the phone or text someone right now.