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The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has received a gift from Mr. Louis Kubacki of Plainfield, Illinois. Mr. Kubacki has spent years compiling his project, “Quotes for Sunday Bulletins.” In an act of stewardship, he has offered this incredible work to the diocese at no cost.

St. John’s Breadline Serves Up: SOUPER Tuesday. Catholic Charities is excited to announce SOUPER Tuesday!  Did you know that St. John's Breadline is serving 40 Gallons of Made from Scratch Soup EVERY DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR?!?!  We want to share with you the amazing food we are serving every day. November 20th from 2:00 - 6:00 we will be serving up our made from scratch soup TO YOU! It will be a drive thru service only at 1615 W. Washington, Springfield, IL. Suggested donation of $5 per 32 ounces of soup. Enjoy all fresh made from scratch Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup or Beef Vegetable.

Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program - The application process for the Class of 2021 is now open!  Please use the following announcement in your parish bulletin:

Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program
The application process for the Class of 2021 is now open!
Forming you to form others in the Interior Life

In collaboration with the Apostles of the Interior Life, Holy Family School of Faith Institute offers a two-year course of study combining eight distance learning courses with four one-week intensive sessions offered in-residence at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  The program aims to form Spiritual Mentors to serve as guide and companion to others on their journey to holiness.  It is designed for Catholics who have a desire to develop a deep prayer and sacramental life, to increase their knowledge of the Catholic faith, to grow in the virtues and a desire to help others do the same. More information and registration contact Cari Hillyer at 913.310.0014 ext. 10, eEmail: , Website: https://www.schooloffaith.com/spiritual-mentorship-1.

Almost all couples who attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend say: “We should have done this a long time ago!”  Why?  Their whole relationship became more alive on the Weekend, and the Weekend reminded them of what it was like as newlyweds.  The next weekends are Nov. 16-18, 2018 at the Chiara Center in Springfield, IL; Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Courtyard Marriott in St. Peters, MO; and Jan. 19-20, 2019 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, IL (no hotel provided).  If you would like to apply or get more information go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call (214) 649-7317.

2019 March for Life - Details for the 2019 Diocesan March for Life pilgrimage are now available. The trip will be from Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, January 20, departing from various locations throughout the diocese. The trip includes an option between a youth rally or the vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mass on the morning of the March itself, the March for Life rally and demonstration parade, a night tour of selected memorials and a free day in downtown Washington, DC before celebrating Mass at the Basilica Saturday evening and then returning home. For more information, please contact the pilgrimage coordinator, Kyle Holtgrave at Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

Courses for all Catholics - University of Dayton Online Learning - Sign up for the online courses through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a program of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. These adult faith formation courses support the Church's catechetical ministry and are for all Catholics.  Registration for 2019 Cycle 1 is now open and closes January 16. The courses run January 20 through February 23, 2019 at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar. The course calendar can be found at:  https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_1_2019_English. For more information, visit our website at dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html or the VLCFF web site at vlcff.udayton.edu

Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served: We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer website resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.  https://www.dio.org/plasm/veteran-services.html

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

December 3rd is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly 1992. The goal is to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and increase awareness in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This year’s theme is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.  The day is observed all over the world. For more information: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago.  Additional information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html .  If you are interested in attending, contact Donna at 217-698-5800 by November 26th. 

Bulletin Shorts for Ordinary Time – Fall in Year B

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018
Look at the trees.  Unless a pine or live oak, most trees in the northern hemisphere have already dropped their leaves.  Though looking dead, they are dormant only.  We look ahead to spring and new leaves – and new life.  But now is end-time living.  Now is end-time praying.  When my life passes away in death, I want to be with Jesus. 

  • What will I shed now for the benefit of later new life? 
  • What path does Jesus lay before me? 
  • How am I preparing for death? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 25 November 2018
What have you done?  That question of Pilate to Jesus is a key? What have you done?  On the last Sunday of this liturgical year, it becomes our final exam.  It is an essay question – with each of us filling it out in different but specific ways. 

  • What have I done this past year to bring on the Reign and Kingdom of God? 
  • How have I acted with loving-kindness, with God-like-mercy? 
  • Since my end has not come, what will I do now? 

Bulletin Shorts for Advent in Year C – 2019

Preamble to Advent and the New Liturgical Year.  With these same biblical texts, we began the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy three years ago.  Since we still have merciful acts to do, let us look with new eyes at old and cherished texts. 

First Sunday of Advent – 02 December 2018
God comes.  Even when scary signs and frightful things abound, God comes.  Even when we hear of unmerciful acts and unjust behaviors, God comes.  We know God came once in human flesh, we experience God-is-with-us still, we believe God will come again at world’s end.  This God, overflowing with mercy, gives us confidence to stand erect and, unafraid, raise our heads to all things good and just and right. 

  • How can God’s grace free me from the slavery, from the trap of being afraid? 
  • How can God’s loving mercy help me be even more merciful this year? 
  • What work of mercy will I do this week with new intensity? 

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Saturday, 08 December 2018
God comes to favor us.  From the beginning days in Eden, the man was assured by God not to hide.  Clothing helped.  From the beginning new days, God’s angel tells Mary:  Do not fear – God favors you – the Spirit will do holy things in you – nothing is impossible!  How can this be?  By God’s grace and mercy. 

  • What favor has God found in me? 

Second Sunday of Advent – 09 December 2018
God knows where we are – and comes.  This is divine revelation:  God coming, God showing, God being with us.  Always!  Let us, therefore, wear the cloak of justice and the hat of God’s glorious splendor.  That is, let us still dress like Christ – just as we were first clothed in him at Baptism – and radiate his presence – just as we were first illumined by him in that sacramental bath. 

  • John the Baptist calls us, today, to conversion.  What will I do? 
  • How can I wear mercy like a comfortable cloak, a well-worn hat? 
  • How can my daily life shine in more merciful ways? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patronal Feastday of the Americas – Wednesday, 12 December 2018
God comes to the poor.  God came, through the Virgin of Guadalupe, to poor Juan Diego.  God was manifest, kindly present in a miraculous image and a cloak full of roses.  God comes to us, comes to me. 

  • What will I do to show I am also full of God’s good grace? 

Third Sunday of Advent – 16 December 2018
God comes.  What shall we do?  God, indeed, is coming.  Near at hand.  At the door.  Be busy!  Be lovingly-kind, like God.  Do mercy work.  Being merciful does not require extraordinary behavior.  It simply means, be human.  That is, be holy.  Prove that God is here by wrestling with conversion to Christ in ongoing ways – be genuine, be just, be fair.  The gospel offers some suggestions:  clean out the closet, share from the pantry, do not take what others need.  Do mercy.  Be mercy. 

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 23 December 2018
God came in human flesh.  Mass today tells the story:  no one is too small, too insignificant to bear the presence of God.  The pre-born John [the one to be the Baptist] acts first in the story of visitation by jumping for joy in the womb.  At what?  The assurance that God comes and will be God-with-us. 

  • How will I let God come to me today? 
  • At what can I jump for joy? 
  • How will I enjoy the freedom of God’s good grace by doing this mercy work:  __________?

Week of November 5

Almost all couples who attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend say: “We should have done this a long time ago!”  Why?  Their whole relationship became more alive on the Weekend, and the Weekend reminded them of what it was like as newlyweds.  The next weekends are Nov. 16-18, 2018 at the Chiara Center in Springfield, IL; Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Courtyard Marriott in St. Peters, MO; and Jan. 19-20, 2019 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, IL (no hotel provided).  If you would like to apply or get more information go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call (214) 649-7317.

2019 March for Life - Details for the 2019 Diocesan March for Life pilgrimage are now available. The trip will be from Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, January 20, departing from various locations throughout the diocese. The trip includes an option between a youth rally or the vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mass on the morning of the March itself, the March for Life rally and demonstration parade, a night tour of selected memorials and a free day in downtown Washington, DC before celebrating Mass at the Basilica Saturday evening and then returning home. For more information, please contact the pilgrimage coordinator, Kyle Holtgrave at Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served: We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer website resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.  https://www.dio.org/plasm/veteran-services.html
The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago.  Additional information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html

Project Rachel - Short Tidbit from Project Rachel: “I finished the post-abortion reconciliation offered through Project Rachel two months ago.  I can’t find words to describe how wonderful this experience was.  I was helped to shed all the denial, anger, lies, stubbornness and tears that were in my heart. To tell you I sinned is one thing – but I grieved my God and I was so sure he had turned his back on me!  How wrong I was!  Through this care the walls came down and in their place stood compassion, forgiveness, grace, faith, and love.  Thank you for Project Rachel, for it has surely blessed me and changed my life!”  - anonymous Post-Abortive Woman (PR ministry manual pg. 23)   Diocesan Project Rachel: 1-877-RACHEL-5.   

The annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) is coming up.  Through our donations to DCJH we join in solidarity with people living in poverty.  All contributions to the campaign are distributed to programs and organizations within our Diocese that provide assistance with things such as food, clothing, housing, education and medications, to name a few.  Please give generously the weekend of November 17-18.  

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 
Legal Clinic for Immigrants to be held in Springfield.  Immigration Project is hosting a legal clinic for immigrants on Friday, November 16th, in Springfield.  To make an appointment email Immigration Project at OR call their office at (309) 829-8703, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays and holidays.

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award recognizes a parish that practices meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church. The winning parish receives $1,000.  Application deadline is Nov 16, 2018.  For further information go to:  http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/catechesis/Award/Loyola

DCJH Appeal - November 17-18, 2018 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope.  Your donations make it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to people living in poverty.  100% of your contribution stays within our Diocese.  Please give generously. 

Bulletin Shorts for Ordinary Time – Fall in Year B

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 November 2018
Beware!  Do not hanker after honors, Jesus tells us today.  Do not be big shots, Jesus says.  Do not devour the homes of widows, the belongings of the poor, Jesus says.  Let our intentions and actions be rooted in God’s own loving-kindness, God’s mercy. 

  • What is showy in my life that I can tone down? 
  • What do I want that others have that I can stop wanting? 
  • How can I be generous to the poor? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018
Look at the trees.  Unless a pine or live oak, most trees in the northern hemisphere have already dropped their leaves.  Though looking dead, they are dormant only.  We look ahead to spring and new leaves – and new life.  But now is end-time living.  Now is end-time praying.  When my life passes away in death, I want to be with Jesus. 

  • What will I shed now for the benefit of later new life? 
  • What path does Jesus lay before me? 
  • How am I preparing for death? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 25 November 2018
What have you done?  That question of Pilate to Jesus is a key? What have you done?  On the last Sunday of this liturgical year, it becomes our final exam.  It is an essay question – with each of us filling it out in different but specific ways. 

  • What have I done this past year to bring on the Reign and Kingdom of God? 
  • How have I acted with loving-kindness, with God-like-mercy? 
  • Since my end has not come, what will I do now? 

Week of October 29

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Returns to Springfield – It will be held at the Chiara Center, Nov. 16-18, 2018.  This special weekend is an opportunity for married couples to come away for a weekend and spend quality time together. Come spend time in conversation and reflection with the person you love most in the world.  Bring back that time in your life when you had time only for each other.  You will leave renewed in your commitment to love each other and return to your family and friends refreshed and ready to face the world together. Other weekends include Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Courtyard Marriot in St. Peters, MO.  To apply or obtain more information, go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule .php or call (324) 649-7317.

The annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) is coming up.  Through our donations to DCJH we join in solidarity with people living in poverty.  All contributions to the campaign are distributed to programs and organizations within our Diocese that provide assistance with things such as food, clothing, housing, education and medications, to name a few.  Please give generously the weekend of November 17-18.  

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award recognizes a parish that practices meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church. The winning parish receives $1,000.  Application deadline is Nov 16, 2018.  For further information go to:  http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/catechesis/Award/Loyola

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, along with the Immigration Project, is offering a Citizenship workshop at Christ the King Parish, Springfield on Saturday, November 10th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Information about the event can be found at the following link:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html
The Diocesan Immigration Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served: We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer website resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.  https://www.dio.org/plasm/veteran-services.html


Bulletin Shorts for Ordinary Time – Fall in Year B

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 November 2018
The dual command.  It is simple.  It is straight forward.  Love God.  And.  Love neighbor as much as self.  Today’s Gospel harkens back to the Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper when we sing “Where charity and love prevail, there is God.”  We sing it while we gather gifts for the poor.  The charge IS simple.  This constant love behavior is harder. 

  • Who is hard for me to love? 
  • What will I do to love _______ as myself? 
  • And what gifts do I have for the poor? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 November 2018
Beware!  Do not hanker after honors, Jesus tells us today.  Do not be big shots, Jesus says.  Do not devour the homes of widows, the belongings of the poor, Jesus says.  Let our intentions and actions be rooted in God’s own loving-kindness, God’s mercy. 

  • What is showy in my life that I can tone down? 
  • What do I want that others have that I can stop wanting? 
  • How can I be generous to the poor? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018
Look at the trees.  Unless a pine or live oak, most trees in the northern hemisphere have already dropped their leaves.  Though looking dead, they are dormant only.  We look ahead to spring and new leaves – and new life.  But now is end-time living.  Now is end-time praying.  When my life passes away in death, I want to be with Jesus. 

  • What will I shed now for the benefit of later new life? 
  • What path does Jesus lay before me? 
  • How am I preparing for death? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 25 November 2018
What have you done?  That question of Pilate to Jesus is a key? What have you done?  On the last Sunday of this liturgical year, it becomes our final exam.  It is an essay question – with each of us filling it out in different but specific ways. 

  • What have I done this past year to bring on the Reign and Kingdom of God? 
  • How have I acted with loving-kindness, with God-like-mercy? 
  • Since my end has not come, what will I do now? 

Bulletin Announcements for the Week of October 22

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, along with the Immigration Project, is offering a Citizenship workshop at Christ the King Parish, Springfield on Saturday, November 10th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Information about the event can be found at the following link:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award recognizes a parish that practices meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church. The winning parish receives $1,000.  Application deadline is Nov 16, 2018.  For further information go to:  http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/catechesis/Award/Loyola

DCJH Appeal - November 17-18, 2018 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope.  Through your generosity last year, $58,563 was collected and 16 organizations and programs received grants.  Your donations made it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to people living in poverty.  100% of your contribution stays within our Diocese.  Please give generously. 

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served: We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer website resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.  https://www.dio.org/plasm/veteran-services.html

St. Rose of Lima is hosting Assumptions (Catholic Store) who will be selling Advent candles, wreaths, calendars, nativity sets; sacramentals, Catholic books; Confirmation and Christmas gifts from 10:00 am to Noon at St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall, 715 Chestnut St., Quincy on Saturday, November 17.  Entrance from parking lot on north side. This will be their last sale in Quincy for 2018.  Call at least a week before to request any particular in-stock items to be brought to the sale at (309) 833-1979. 

Bulletin Shorts for Ordinary Time – Fall in Year B

  Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28 October 2018
REAL sight.  Bartimaeus was blind and poor – but relentless.  Even when shushed, he kept calling out to Jesus.  He shed his cloak.  He jumped up.  He moved from blindness to sight, then, from sight to insight into Kingdom behavior.  All because of Jesus’ graceful mercy.  When told to go on his own way, the former blind one followed Jesus the Illumined One on the way. 

  • For what do I cry out to Jesus? 
  • What will I shed, throw off in order to follow? 
  • What blinds me to walking the Christian life? 

All Saints – Thursday, 01 November 2018
Here we go again!  Every year on All Saints Day we hear the Beatitudes.  Every year we are told how to be blessed, to be holy.  Every year!  In behaving this way, we become like him, the Risen One, the Heavenly One.  We become holy ones, too. 

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day) – Friday, 02 November 2018
Still we pray for the dead.  It is our cherished hope, our fervent prayer that every dead one will be with God for ever.  We trust that when our turn comes to die, others will hope and pray for us. 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 November 2018
The dual command.  It is simple.  It is straight forward.  Love God.  And.  Love neighbor as much as self.  Today’s Gospel harkens back to the Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper when we sing “Where charity and love prevail, there is God.”  We sing it while we gather gifts for the poor.  The charge IS simple.  This constant love behavior is harder. 

  • Who is hard for me to love? 
  • What will I do to love _______ as myself? 
  • And what gifts do I have for the poor? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 November 2018
Beware!  Do not hanker after honors, Jesus tells us today.  Do not be big shots, Jesus says.  Do not devour the homes of widows, the belongings of the poor, Jesus says.  Let our intentions and actions be rooted in God’s own loving-kindness, God’s mercy. 

  • What is showy in my life that I can tone down? 
  • What do I want that others have that I can stop wanting? 
  • How can I be generous to the poor? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018
Look at the trees.  Unless a pine or live oak, most trees in the northern hemisphere have already dropped their leaves.  Though looking dead, they are dormant only.  We look ahead to spring and new leaves – and new life.  But now is end-time living.  Now is end-time praying.  When my life passes away in death, I want to be with Jesus. 

  • What will I shed now for the benefit of later new life? 
  • What path does Jesus lay before me? 
  • How am I preparing for death? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 25 November 2018
What have you done?  That question of Pilate to Jesus is a key? What have you done?  On the last Sunday of this liturgical year, it becomes our final exam.  It is an essay question – with each of us filling it out in different but specific ways. 

  • What have I done this past year to bring on the Reign and Kingdom of God? 
  • How have I acted with loving-kindness, with God-like-mercy? 
  • Since my end has not come, what will I do now?   

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