Collection for the Church in Latin America, January 22, 2017
For over 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been a way for us to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection, which strengthens the faith of our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Your support is bringing the faith to people in remote villages who would otherwise not have access to church programs and outreach. Share your faith! Support the Collection for the Church in Latin America. To learn more, please visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.
2017 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant Applications Available
Each Lent, Catholics in this diocese participate in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl program which calls for them to pray together, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about global hunger and poverty and convert our sacrifices into gifts for those in need. We rejoice that our efforts allow our diocese to assist those who hunger and thirst for nourishment of body and soul in their every day lives. 25% of the funds collected in our parishes are available for distribution to organizations within our diocesan borders that work to feed the hungry and to reduce the root causes of hunger.
These organizations received a Rice Bowl Grant in 2016
Carlinville Food Pantry
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Collinsville
HELPS Ministry Outreach, Jacksonville
Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Food Pantry
Mt. Olive Care Center Kids' Cafe'
Bond County Food Pantry
Loami Area Community Pantry
St, Mary's Food Pantry, Paris
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Springfield
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Quincy
Sorento Food Pantry
Staunton Food Pantry
Cass County Food Pantry
Maryknoll Missionaries Celebrate 100 Years!
Our diocese is proud to celebrate with Maryknoll their 100 year anniversary. During the past 100 years four men and seven women from our diocese have joined Maryknoll to serve God's people in the farthest reaches of the earth. These eleven people grew up here in Central Illinois, attended our Catholic schools or parish catechism classes, and were members of parishes that continue to serve and form us.
With much help from Maryknoll, I have gathered their stories to share with you. I pray that their stories of sharing life and sharing God's love will inspire you to live your own call to holiness more deeply and more universally.
St. Therese, the patroness of the Missions
St. Therese of Lisieux is the Patroness of the Missions. Her simple life has much to teach us today about living each day with great love.