Our parishes serve as the center of our faith life. We identify strongly with our local parish—particularly when we have a long family history with the parish. Many of the important events and treasured memories in our lives are connected to our local church. We are also part of a larger faith community, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The diocese offers many beneficial ministries and services to our 131 parishes. Most parishes would not be able to afford these services on their own. The diocese offers assistance in many areas of parish life including: adult and youth catechesis, family and youth ministry, social concerns, vocation awareness, stewardship, finance, human resources, insurance and many more. A complete listing can be found here.
The work of the Church is monumental and never more important than in today's fast paced and increasingly secular society. This work can only be accomplished through the efforts and sacrifices of our faith-filled parish communities. Your generous contributions to the Annual Catholic Services Appeal make it possible for the Church to continue to build up the kingdom of God in our parish communities throughout central Illinois. Please take time to prayerfully consider a gift to the 2010 Annual Catholic Services Appeal. "Together in Faith" let us support the mission of Jesus Christ and the Church.