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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.

The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers a variety of online formation courses to help with catechist formation and general ongoing adult formation and enrichment. Registration for the next cycle of courses is now open. This cycle runs from April 11 – May 1, 2021. Deadline to register is April 7. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/approved-formation-programs.htm for more information about VLCFF and how courses align with the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process. As a member diocese of the VLCFF program, session fees are reduced to $50 per course or $40 per seminar. Spanish language courses are available. And VLCFF has several certificate programs, too. The Certificate in Catechesis qualifies for the advanced level of catechist formation for the diocesan Catechist Formation Process. Questions? Contact Kyle Holtgrave, Director for Catechesis in the Office for Catholic Education, at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.


Journey with us this Lent – Go to dio.org/lent as we feature six stories of people who will challenge you and offer you six challenges that will change you! A new story and new challenge will come every week during Lent.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Dive Deep - A sit down with a 100 year-old WWII veteran: He served in WWII. He was married for nearly 75 years. Dive Deep sits down Jasper Madonia of Springfield as he gives us 100 years of wisdom, and how our Catholic faith has kept him going. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Growing in Sexual Integrity - February 21 - April 3, 2021 - What is sexual integrity? Is it even possible in our age? How is sexuality connected to our journey toward union with God?

This short online course explores such questions and presents the power, beauty, and challenges of living out our human sexuality as married or single Catholics. Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, presents the path to fuller sexual integrity. The course features an array of credible witnesses from a variety of vocations and life circumstances—both men and women—who share personal stories and professional insights about growing closer to God through living a more spiritual and integral sexual life.

Come and join us this Lent as we journey down the path of reclaiming integrity, wholeness, and intimacy! This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification. Go to https://equip.shms.edu/courses/growing-in-sexual-integrity to sign up.


A Lenten Evening for Couples - Have you been unable or reluctant to attend mass or normal devotional practices of the Church during COVID? Grow closer to the Lord together as a couple this holy season with Lenten dinner recipes, an edifying short film, and a Couple's Lenten Habit Tracker & Devotional. Go to https://datenight.communio.org/register-for-lent-date-night/ to learn more and to sign up.


CRS Bulletin Announcements: 

Weeks Before the CRS Collection (March 7, 2021)
Next week, our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to all people here and abroad. Next week, please give generously to the collection, and Serve Jesus by helping people in need. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.

Week of the CRS Collection (March 14, 2021)
This week, we take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to Serve Jesus by helping people in need. This collection helps six Catholic agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and work for peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.

Week After the CRS Collection (March 21, 2021)
Thank you for your generous support of The Catholic Relief Services Collection and for Serving Jesus by helping people in need. Your contributions make a difference for the poor and marginalized around the world. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Just visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections, and click on the “How to Give” link on the left.


Issues with U.S. Postal ServiceCatholic Times is aware of several locations in our diocese that have not received their Catholic Times recently or have been getting the magazine late. Unfortunately, it is out of our control as the U.S. Postal Service is responsible for mailing our magazine. You can read the latest edition of Catholic Times by visiting ct.dio.org. The online version flips just like a magazine. You can also subscribe to receive the online edition of Catholic Times to your inbox by going to: ct.dio.org/subscribe. We ask that you continue your tithe of $15 to your parish to offset the costs of production and mailing of the magazine. Thank you!


We want to share your great photos! – Got a great photo? Whether it’s of school life, parish life, or home life, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is wanting to promote Catholic life in action. Through Catholic Times, social media, videos, or marketing materials, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois wants to share your great photo to spread the joy diocesan-wide. Submit your photo or photos by going to www.dio.org/submitphoto.


There are two opportunities in our diocese to participate in a 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil. Your presence on the sidewalk matters. The "no show" rate goes up as much as 75% when people are praying outside of an abortion facility. Now more than ever your prayers are needed.

Granite City: Sign ups are open to adopt a day for your parish to pray in Granite City for 40 Days for Life! Go to 40daysgc.comto find out more about how to lead and sign up. Contact us at 618-206-6220 and . An informational meeting is coming soon! Kick Off Rally on Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at Hope facility in Granite City featuring Pastor Roy Rhodes and Pastor Aaron Turner.

Springfield: Calling all prayer warriors! Sign-ups are now open! Encourage your parish to adopt a day of prayer on the sidewalk or sign up individually for an hour each week. Go to https://www.40daysforlife.com/springfield to find out more about how to sign up. Contact us at 217-523-2700 or . Kick Off Rally, Thursday, February 18, 9:00 am, at Springfield Right to Life, 519 N. Bruns Lane. Bishop Paprocki will be blessing Springfield Right to Life’s ultrasound machine.


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime. Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help: 1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year B – 2021

PRINTING NOTE: Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.

¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ The Readings of Year A ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings. These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated.

About Scrutinies. We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong. As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing.

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021
Exodus 17:3-7. Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9. Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. John 4:5-42.
Year A readings
Thirsting. During the Exodus, the People of the Hebrews grumbled for water. At God’s direction, Moses provided it. At the well in Samaria, the woman came for potable water. But Jesus provided living water. She was for ever changed.

  • For what am I really thirsty?
  • How is it that only Jesus can slake that thirst for me?
  • Drinking this living water now, what words and deeds must I change?

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6. Ephesians 5:8-14. John 9:1-41.
Year A readings
Seeing. In Bethlehem, Samuel seeks out the chosen king and anoints the unlikely one. In Jerusalem, Jesus is sought by a blind man wanting to see for the first time. It is Christ who enlightens our mind and our lives. He gives us insight into right action.

  • How will I live as a child of Light today?
  • Since I am pleasing to the Lord, do I believe it? What must I do?
  • How can I help others see what God sees?

See below for St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021
Ezekiel 37:12-14. Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Romans 8:8-11. John 11:1-45.
Year A readings
Dying and Rising. Shall we open graves today? Shall we untie those who are bound up? Shall our acts of bravery help others to rise to new life?

  • How can I let the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus dwell within me?
  • What deadly thoughts and acts can I help untie?
  • How will I stand with the risen Christ in what I say and do?

¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ The Readings for Year B ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used. The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays.

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021
Exodus 20:1-17. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. John 2:13-25.
Cleansing Temples. After turning water to wine at Cana, Jesus goes to Jerusalem today and cleans out the Temple. This can be a helpful metaphor for our Lenten retreat. We say that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. How, then, are we to act? The Book of Exodus is clear. It speaks of right conduct in all areas of common life.

  • What needs cleaning in my thinking and speech?
  • What needs cleaning in my actions?
  • How will I embrace and support others who are also cleaning up?

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23. Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6. Ephesians 2:4-10. John 3:14-21.
This Is the Verdict. The gospel declares the Light of Christ came into the world. The choice is either to prefer darkness or live by the truth revealed by that Light. The Letter to the Ephesians declares that we are saved not by our own works (though good works we still need do), but by God’s gift and grace.

  • What darkness will I move out of so I may stand in the Light?
  • What good works will I continue doing to acknowledge God’s gift and grace to me and to all?
  • How can I live this truth: we are saved as a people by God’s grace?

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16. Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29. Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a OR Luke 2:41-51a.
Doing What You Are Told. Joseph is good at this – doing what he is told – even in dreams. He is the new patron for the world, one we can imitate.

  • What is God telling me to do? Will I do it?

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021
Jeremiah 31:31-34. Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15. Hebrews 5:7-9. John 12:20-33.
Outsiders Seeking Jesus. Today, visitors from Greece (outsiders to the Jews) want to see Jesus who is in the holy city Jerusalem for Passover. This reminds us that everyone, really, looks for God, wants to be good, hopes for salvation. This is the impact of the new covenant of which Jeremiah speaks today.

  • How can I be like Philip and Andrew, and bring others to Jesus?
  • How will I serve Jesus and follow him today?
  • What of my life am I willing to lose for the benefit of eternal life?

The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Thursday, 25 March 2021
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10. Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11. Hebrews 10:4-10. Luke 1:26-38.
Conception. This day is nine months away from Christmas. Mary says yes to this pending birth and what it will mean for her and for us. The Word of God will become flesh – and will dwell among us.

  • How can I listen with attention for what God wants to ask of me?

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – 28 March 2021
Procession: Mark 11:1-10 OR John 12:12-16.
Mass: Isaiah 50:4-7. Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24. Philippians 2:6-11. Mark 14:1–15:47.
Entering and Dying. This Holy Week begins with a festive entry into Jerusalem with cloaks spread around, with leafy branches waving, and with “Hosannas” crying out. But this all ends with suffering and death.

  • How will spend this day and this week emptying myself as Jesus did?
  • How can I, like Jesus, be more humble?
  • How will I be obedient?

The Paschal Triduum – 01-04 April 2021
These Holy Three Days begin on Thursday with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues with the Passion of the Lord on Friday, rests in the joyfully expectant paschal fast of Saturday and the Rites of Preparation with the elect, and comes to an end with the Easter Vigil, the Masses of Easter Day, and Evening Prayer. Plan to come if you are safely able.

  • [ dates and times for this parish ]

Journey with us this Lent – Go to dio.org/lent as we feature six stories of people who will challenge you and offer you six challenges that will change you! A new story and new challenge will come every week during Lent.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Dive Deep - Why fast? Why 40 days? Why purple? Why ashes? Why no meat on Fridays? Lent is full of symbolism, rooted deep in Catholic theology. Join Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield, for Lent 101. While it may sound like an introductory class, Dive Deep will teach you things about Lent you’ve never heard before. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award – Do you know a Catholic school teacher who strives for academic excellence with a focus on the Catholic mission? Know a teacher who left a lasting impression on you or your child? Know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his or her students and who lives authentically Catholic? Nominate that teacher for the diocesan wide St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award! Nominations are due by March 5. Go to dio.org/schools/eas.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Growing in Sexual Integrity - February 21 - April 3, 2021 - What is sexual integrity? Is it even possible in our age? How is sexuality connected to our journey toward union with God?

This short online course explores such questions and presents the power, beauty, and challenges of living out our human sexuality as married or single Catholics. Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, presents the path to fuller sexual integrity. The course features an array of credible witnesses from a variety of vocations and life circumstances—both men and women—who share personal stories and professional insights about growing closer to God through living a more spiritual and integral sexual life.

Come and join us this Lent as we journey down the path of reclaiming integrity, wholeness, and intimacy! This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification. Go to https://equip.shms.edu/courses/growing-in-sexual-integrity to sign up.


A Lenten Evening for Couples - Have you been unable or reluctant to attend mass or normal devotional practices of the Church during COVID? Grow closer to the Lord together as a couple this holy season with Lenten dinner recipes, an edifying short film, and a Couple's Lenten Habit Tracker & Devotional. Go to https://datenight.communio.org/register-for-lent-date-night/ to learn more and to sign up.


Issues with U.S. Postal ServiceCatholic Times is aware of several locations in our diocese that have not received their Catholic Times recently or have been getting the magazine late. Unfortunately, it is out of our control as the U.S. Postal Service is responsible for mailing our magazine. You can read the latest edition of Catholic Times by visiting ct.dio.org. The online version flips just like a magazine. You can also subscribe to receive the online edition of Catholic Times to your inbox by going to: ct.dio.org/subscribe. We ask that you continue your tithe of $15 to your parish to offset the costs of production and mailing of the magazine. Thank you!


We want to share your great photos! – Got a great photo? Whether it’s of school life, parish life, or home life, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is wanting to promote Catholic life in action. Through Catholic Times, social media, videos, or marketing materials, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois wants to share your great photo to spread the joy diocesan-wide. Submit your photo or photos by going to www.dio.org/submitphoto.


There are two opportunities in our diocese to participate in a 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil. Your presence on the sidewalk matters. The "no show" rate goes up as much as 75% when people are praying outside of an abortion facility. Now more than ever your prayers are needed.

Granite City: Sign ups are open to adopt a day for your parish to pray in Granite City for 40 Days for Life! Go to 40daysgc.comto find out more about how to lead and sign up. Contact us at 618-206-6220 and . An informational meeting is coming soon! Kick Off Rally on Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at Hope facility in Granite City featuring Pastor Roy Rhodes and Pastor Aaron Turner.

Springfield: Calling all prayer warriors! Sign-ups are now open! Encourage your parish to adopt a day of prayer on the sidewalk or sign up individually for an hour each week. Go to https://www.40daysforlife.com/springfield to find out more about how to sign up. Contact us at 217-523-2700 or . Kick Off Rally, Thursday, February 18, 9:00 am, at Springfield Right to Life, 519 N. Bruns Lane. Bishop Paprocki will be blessing Springfield Right to Life’s ultrasound machine.


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime. Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help: 1-877-RACHEL-5.


Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year B – 2021

PRINTING NOTE: Because of Covid-19 precautions, it is decided by the Apostolic See to sprinkle ashes on the head rather than sign them on the forehead. This bulletin short for use before Lent begins can help the catechesis on this shift in practice. Use it more than once along with other information.

Second Sunday of Lent – 28 February 2021
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18. Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19. Romans 8:31b-34. Mark 9:2-10.
Listen to Him. One week into Lent, we are simply told by the voice from the cloud: Listen to Jesus. He told us last Sunday to “believe in the gospel.” What does belief in this Good News look and sound like this Lent, this year?

  • Since we are descendants of Abraham, how am I to behave with my cousins (that is, everyone)?
  • Since we are sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom do I listen? What am I told?
  • Since I am also “beloved”, what will I do?

PRINTING NOTE: Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts.

¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ The Readings of Year A ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings. These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated.

About Scrutinies. We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong. As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing.

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021
Exodus 17:3-7. Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9. Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. John 4:5-42.
Year A readings
Thirsting. During the Exodus, the People of the Hebrews grumbled for water. At God’s direction, Moses provided it. At the well in Samaria, the woman came for potable water. But Jesus provided living water. She was for ever changed.

  • For what am I really thirsty?
  • How is it that only Jesus can slake that thirst for me?
  • Drinking this living water now, what words and deeds must I change?

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6. Ephesians 5:8-14. John 9:1-41.
Year A readings
Seeing. In Bethlehem, Samuel seeks out the chosen king and anoints the unlikely one. In Jerusalem, Jesus is sought by a blind man wanting to see for the first time. It is Christ who enlightens our mind and our lives. He gives us insight into right action.

  • How will I live as a child of Light today?
  • Since I am pleasing to the Lord, do I believe it? What must I do?
  • How can I help others see what God sees?

See below for St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021
Ezekiel 37:12-14. Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Romans 8:8-11. John 11:1-45.
Year A readings
Dying and Rising. Shall we open graves today? Shall we untie those who are bound up? Shall our acts of bravery help others to rise to new life?

  • How can I let the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus dwell within me?
  • What deadly thoughts and acts can I help untie?
  • How will I stand with the risen Christ in what I say and do?

¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ The Readings for Year B ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨ ¨¨¨
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used. The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays.

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021
Exodus 20:1-17. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. John 2:13-25.
Cleansing Temples. After turning water to wine at Cana, Jesus goes to Jerusalem today and cleans out the Temple. This can be a helpful metaphor for our Lenten retreat. We say that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. How, then, are we to act? The Book of Exodus is clear. It speaks of right conduct in all areas of common life.

  • What needs cleaning in my thinking and speech?
  • What needs cleaning in my actions?
  • How will I embrace and support others who are also cleaning up?

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23. Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6. Ephesians 2:4-10. John 3:14-21.
This Is the Verdict. The gospel declares the Light of Christ came into the world. The choice is either to prefer darkness or live by the truth revealed by that Light. The Letter to the Ephesians declares that we are saved not by our own works (though good works we still need do), but by God’s gift and grace.

  • What darkness will I move out of so I may stand in the Light?
  • What good works will I continue doing to acknowledge God’s gift and grace to me and to all?
  • How can I live this truth: we are saved as a people by God’s grace?

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16. Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29. Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a OR Luke 2:41-51a.
Doing What You Are Told. Joseph is good at this – doing what he is told – even in dreams. He is the new patron for the world, one we can imitate.

  • What is God telling me to do? Will I do it?

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021
Jeremiah 31:31-34. Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15. Hebrews 5:7-9. John 12:20-33.
Outsiders Seeking Jesus. Today, visitors from Greece (outsiders to the Jews) want to see Jesus who is in the holy city Jerusalem for Passover. This reminds us that everyone, really, looks for God, wants to be good, hopes for salvation. This is the impact of the new covenant of which Jeremiah speaks today.

  • How can I be like Philip and Andrew, and bring others to Jesus?
  • How will I serve Jesus and follow him today?
  • What of my life am I willing to lose for the benefit of eternal life?

The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Thursday, 25 March 2021
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10. Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11. Hebrews 10:4-10. Luke 1:26-38.
Conception. This day is nine months away from Christmas. Mary says yes to this pending birth and what it will mean for her and for us. The Word of God will become flesh – and will dwell among us.

  • How can I listen with attention for what God wants to ask of me?

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – 28 March 2021
Procession: Mark 11:1-10 OR John 12:12-16.
Mass: Isaiah 50:4-7. Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24. Philippians 2:6-11. Mark 14:1–15:47.
Entering and Dying. This Holy Week begins with a festive entry into Jerusalem with cloaks spread around, with leafy branches waving, and with “Hosannas” crying out. But this all ends with suffering and death.

  • How will spend this day and this week emptying myself as Jesus did?
  • How can I, like Jesus, be more humble?
  • How will I be obedient?

The Paschal Triduum – 01-04 April 2021
These Holy Three Days begin on Thursday with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues with the Passion of the Lord on Friday, rests in the joyfully expectant paschal fast of Saturday and the Rites of Preparation with the elect, and comes to an end with the Easter Vigil, the Masses of Easter Day, and Evening Prayer. Plan to come if you are safely able.

  • [ dates and times for this parish ]

Journey with us this Lent – Go to dio.org/lent as we feature six stories of people who will challenge you and offer you six challenges that will change you! A new story and new challenge will come every week during Lent.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Dive Deep - Why fast? Why 40 days? Why purple? Why ashes? Why no meat on Fridays? Lent is full of symbolism, rooted deep in Catholic theology. Join Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield, for Lent 101. While it may sound like an introductory class, Dive Deep will teach you things about Lent you’ve never heard before. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award – Do you know a Catholic school teacher who strives for academic excellence with a focus on the Catholic mission? Know a teacher who left a lasting impression on you or your child? Know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his or her students and who lives authentically Catholic? Nominate that teacher for the diocesan wide St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award! Nominations are due by March 5. Go to dio.org/schools/eas.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Growing in Sexual Integrity - February 21 - April 3, 2021 - What is sexual integrity? Is it even possible in our age? How is sexuality connected to our journey toward union with God?

This short online course explores such questions and presents the power, beauty, and challenges of living out our human sexuality as married or single Catholics. Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway, Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, presents the path to fuller sexual integrity. The course features an array of credible witnesses from a variety of vocations and life circumstances—both men and women—who share personal stories and professional insights about growing closer to God through living a more spiritual and integral sexual life.

Come and join us this Lent as we journey down the path of reclaiming integrity, wholeness, and intimacy! This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification. Go to https://equip.shms.edu/courses/growing-in-sexual-integrity to sign up.


A Lenten Evening for Couples - Have you been unable or reluctant to attend mass or normal devotional practices of the Church during COVID? Grow closer to the Lord together as a couple this holy season with Lenten dinner recipes, an edifying short film, and a Couple's Lenten Habit Tracker & Devotional. Go to https://datenight.communio.org/register-for-lent-date-night/ to learn more and to sign up.


Issues with U.S. Postal ServiceCatholic Times is aware of several locations in our diocese that have not received their Catholic Times recently or have been getting the magazine late. Unfortunately, it is out of our control as the U.S. Postal Service is responsible for mailing our magazine. You can read the latest edition of Catholic Times by visiting ct.dio.org. The online version flips just like a magazine. You can also subscribe to receive the online edition of Catholic Times to your inbox by going to: ct.dio.org/subscribe. We ask that you continue your tithe of $15 to your parish to offset the costs of production and mailing of the magazine. Thank you!


We want to share your great photos! – Got a great photo? Whether it’s of school life, parish life, or home life, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is wanting to promote Catholic life in action. Through Catholic Times, social media, videos, or marketing materials, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois wants to share your great photo to spread the joy diocesan-wide. Submit your photo or photos by going to www.dio.org/submitphoto.


There are two opportunities in our diocese to participate in a 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil.  Your presence on the sidewalk matters. The "no show" rate goes up as much as 75% when people are praying outside of an abortion facility. Now more than ever your prayers are needed.

Granite City:  Sign ups are open to adopt a day for your parish to pray in Granite City for 40 Days for Life! Go to 40daysgc.com to find out more about how to lead and sign up.  Contact us at 618-206-6220 and .  An informational meeting is coming soon! Kick Off Rally on Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at Hope facility in Granite City featuring Pastor Roy Rhodes and Pastor Aaron Turner.

Springfield:  Calling all prayer warriors! Sign-ups are now open! Encourage your parish to adopt a day of prayer on the sidewalk or sign up individually for an hour each week. Go to https://www.40daysforlife.com/springfield to find out more about how to sign up. Contact us at 217-523-2700 or .  Kick Off Rally, Thursday, February 18, 9:00 am, at Springfield Right to Life, 519 N. Bruns Lane.  Bishop Paprocki will be blessing Springfield Right to Life’s ultrasound machine. 


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 


Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

Weekend After the Collection (February 20/21, 2021 or shortly thereafter)
Thank you for your generous contributions to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe! As a parish we collected $[amount] to help restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries. If you missed the Collection, it’s not too late to give. Visit www.usccb.org/ccee.

¡Muchas gracias por sus generosas contribuciones a la Colecta para la Iglesia en Europa Central y Oriental! Como parroquia, hemos recaudado $[cantidad] para ayudar a restaurar la Iglesia y construir el futuro en más de 25 países. Si no alcanzaron a dar en la Colecta, aún lo pueden hacer. Visiten www.usccb.org/ccee.


Bulletin Shorts for Lent in Year B – 2021

PRINTING NOTE:  Because of Covid-19 precautions, it is decided by the Apostolic See to sprinkle ashes on the head rather than sign them on the forehead.  This bulletin short for use before Lent begins can help the catechesis on this shift in practice.  Use it more than once along with other information. 

First Sunday of Lent – 21 February 2021 
Genesis 9:8-15.  Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  1 Peter 3:18-22.  Mark 1:12-15. 
It’s Okay to Be Tempted.  True.  But it is not okay to give in.  Just as Jesus spent his forty days in the desert protected by the Spirit, let us have the same trust that God guides us on this Lenten retreat to right Kingdom thinking, speaking, and behaving.  Let us sing with the Psalmist that God’s ways are love and truth, guiding the humble to justice. 

  • Since the Kingdom of God is at hand, how will I repent? 
  • What must I stop saying and doing to embrace more fully this Kingdom? 
  • How can I work for justice? 

Second Sunday of Lent – 28 February 2021 
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18.  Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19.  Romans 8:31b-34.  Mark 9:2-10. 
Listen to Him.  One week into Lent, we are simply told by the voice from the cloud:  Listen to Jesus.  He told us last Sunday to “believe in the gospel.”  What does belief in this Good News look and sound like this Lent, this year? 

  • Since we are descendants of Abraham, how am I to behave with my cousins (that is, everyone)? 
  • Since we are sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom do I listen?  What am I told? 
  • Since I am also “beloved”, what will I do? 

PRINTING NOTE:  Check with the pastor or pastoral administrator about which readings will be used for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in order to choose the appropriate bulletin shorts. 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings of Year A   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When we celebrate the three scrutinies with the elect, the Church requires we use the Lectionary Year A readings.  These ancient biblical texts – Woman at the Well, Man Born Blind, and Raising of Lazarus – are so apt for our Christian formation, they can be used every Lent, replacing the Year B and Year C texts even if the scrutinies are not celebrated. 

About Scrutinies.  We celebrate three rites of scrutiny with the elect in the midst of Lent on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays to uncover and then heal what is sinful and wrong.  As we strengthen them, we look within ourselves, within the Church, and into the world for the same uncovering and healing. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021 
Exodus 17:3-7.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 5:1-2, 5-8.  John 4:5-42. 
Year A readings 
Thirsting.  During the Exodus, the People of the Hebrews grumbled for water.  At God’s direction, Moses provided it.  At the well in Samaria, the woman came for potable water.  But Jesus provided living water.  She was for ever changed. 

  • For what am I really thirsty? 
  • How is it that only Jesus can slake that thirst for me? 
  • Drinking this living water now, what words and deeds must I change? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021 
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Ephesians 5:8-14.  John 9:1-41. 
Year A readings 
Seeing.  In Bethlehem, Samuel seeks out the chosen king and anoints the unlikely one.  In Jerusalem, Jesus is sought by a blind man wanting to see for the first time.  It is Christ who enlightens our mind and our lives.  He gives us insight into right action. 

  • How will I live as a child of Light today? 
  • Since I am pleasing to the Lord, do I believe it?  What must I do? 
  • How can I help others see what God sees? 

See below for St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021 

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021 
Ezekiel 37:12-14.  Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  Romans 8:8-11.  John 11:1-45. 
Year A readings 
Dying and Rising.  Shall we open graves today?  Shall we untie those who are bound up?  Shall our acts of bravery help others to rise to new life? 

  • How can I let the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus dwell within me? 
  • What deadly thoughts and acts can I help untie? 
  • How will I stand with the risen Christ in what I say and do? 

¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   The Readings for Year B   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨   ¨¨¨ 
When the scrutinies are not celebrated with the elect, the Lectionary readings for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent in Year C, though not required, may be used.  The Year A readings, however, may always be used in every year on these Sundays. 

Third Sunday of Lent – 07 March 2021 
Exodus 20:1-17.  Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11.  1 Corinthians 1:22-25.  John 2:13-25. 
Cleansing Temples.  After turning water to wine at Cana, Jesus goes to Jerusalem today and cleans out the Temple.  This can be a helpful metaphor for our Lenten retreat.  We say that we are temples of the Holy Spirit.  How, then, are we to act?  The Book of Exodus is clear.  It speaks of right conduct in all areas of common life. 

  • What needs cleaning in my thinking and speech? 
  • What needs cleaning in my actions? 
  • How will I embrace and support others who are also cleaning up? 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021 
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23.  Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6.  Ephesians 2:4-10.  John 3:14-21. 
This Is the Verdict.  The gospel declares the Light of Christ came into the world.  The choice is either to prefer darkness or live by the truth revealed by that Light.  The Letter to the Ephesians declares that we are saved not by our own works (though good works we still need do), but by God’s gift and grace. 

  • What darkness will I move out of so I may stand in the Light? 
  • What good works will I continue doing to acknowledge God’s gift and grace to me and to all? 
  • How can I live this truth:  we are saved as a people by God’s grace? 

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Friday, 19 March 2021 
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16.  Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29.  Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22.  Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a  OR  Luke 2:41-51a. 
Doing What You Are Told.  Joseph is good at this – doing what he is told – even in dreams.  He is the new patron for the world, one we can imitate.  

  • What is God telling me to do?  Will I do it?  

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21 March 2021 
Jeremiah 31:31-34.  Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.  Hebrews 5:7-9.  John 12:20-33. 
Outsiders Seeking Jesus.  Today, visitors from Greece (outsiders to the Jews) want to see Jesus who is in the holy city Jerusalem for Passover.  This reminds us that everyone, really, looks for God, wants to be good, hopes for salvation.  This is the impact of the new covenant of which Jeremiah speaks today. 

  • How can I be like Philip and Andrew, and bring others to Jesus? 
  • How will I serve Jesus and follow him today? 
  • What of my life am I willing to lose for the benefit of eternal life? 

The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity – Thursday, 25 March 2021 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10.  Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11.  Hebrews 10:4-10.  Luke 1:26-38. 
Conception.  This day is nine months away from Christmas.  Mary says yes to this pending birth and what it will mean for her and for us.  The Word of God will become flesh – and will dwell among us. 

  • How can I listen with attention for what God wants to ask of me? 

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – 28 March 2021 
Procession:  Mark 11:1-10  OR  John 12:12-16. 
Mass:  Isaiah 50:4-7.  Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.  Philippians 2:6-11.  Mark 14:1–15:47. 
Entering and Dying.  This Holy Week begins with a festive entry into Jerusalem with cloaks spread around, with leafy branches waving, and with “Hosannas” crying out.  But this all ends with suffering and death. 

  • How will spend this day and this week emptying myself as Jesus did? 
  • How can I, like Jesus, be more humble? 
  • How will I be obedient? 

The Paschal Triduum – 01-04 April 2021 
These Holy Three Days begin on Thursday with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues with the Passion of the Lord on Friday, rests in the joyfully expectant paschal fast of Saturday and the Rites of Preparation with the elect, and comes to an end with the Easter Vigil, the Masses of Easter Day, and Evening Prayer.  Plan to come if you are safely able. 

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award – Do you know a Catholic school teacher who strives for academic excellence with a focus on the Catholic mission? Know a teacher who left a lasting impression on you or your child? Know a teacher who goes above and beyond for his or her students and who lives authentically Catholic? Nominate that teacher for the diocesan wide St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award! Nominations are due by March 5. Go to dio.org/schools/eas.

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Issues with U.S. Postal ServiceCatholic Times is aware of several locations in our diocese that have not received their Catholic Times recently or have been getting the magazine late. Unfortunately, it is out of our control as the U.S. Postal Service is responsible for mailing our magazine. You can read the latest edition of Catholic Times by visiting ct.dio.org. The online version flips just like a magazine. You can also subscribe to receive the online edition of Catholic Times to your inbox by going to: ct.dio.org/subscribe. We ask that you continue your tithe of $15 to your parish to offset the costs of production and mailing of the magazine. Thank you!


Hey, Father! LIVE! - Understanding Catholic teachings can be tough. Hey, Father! LIVE! will help. Join Father Daren Zehnle and Father Jeremy Paulin as they answer your questions about Catholicism LIVE on Feb. 10 at noon. Watch LIVE or on replay by going to facebook.com/diospringfield or youtube.com/diospringfield or dio.org/live. Send your question early or during the broadcast to or text it to 217-203-5100.

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We want to share your great photos! – Got a great photo? Whether it’s of school life, parish life, or home life, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is wanting to promote Catholic life in action. Through Catholic Times, social media, videos, or marketing materials, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois wants to share your great photo to spread the joy diocesan-wide. Submit your photo or photos by going to www.dio.org/submitphoto.


There are two opportunities in our diocese to participate in a 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil.  Your presence on the side walk matters. The "no show" rate goes as low as 90% when people are praying outside of an abortion facility. Now more than ever your prayers are needed.

Granite City:  Sign ups are open to adopt a day for your parish to pray in Granite City for 40 Days for Life! Go to 40daysgc.com to find out more about how to lead and sign up.  Contact us at 618-206-6220 and .  An informational meeting is coming soon! Kick Off Rally on Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at Hope facility in Granite City featuring Pastor Roy Rhodes and Pastor Aaron Turner.

Springfield:  Calling all prayer warriors! Sign-ups are now open! Encourage your parish to adopt a day of prayer on the sidewalk or sign up individually for an hour each week. Go to https://www.40daysforlife.com/springfield to find out more about how to sign up. Contact us at 217-523-2700 or .  Kick Off Rally, Thursday, February 18, 9:00 am, at Springfield Right to Life, 519 N. Bruns Lane.  Bishop Paprocki will be blessing Springfield Right to Life’s ultrasound machine. 


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 


Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

Weekend Before the Collection  (February 13/14, 2021)
This week our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries still struggling to recover from former communist rule. Funds from this Collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please be generous to the Collection today. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/ccee.

Esta semana nuestra colecta especial apoya a la Iglesia en Europa Central y Oriental. Sus donativos de hoy ayudan a restaurar la Iglesia y construir el futuro en más de 25 países que aún siguen luchando para recuperarse del antiguo régimen comunista. Los fondos de esta Colecta ayudan en la reconstrucción, educación, formación y programas sociales dirigidos a los pobres. Por favor, sean generosos en la Colecta de hoy. Para más información, por favor, visiten www.usccb.org/ccee.

Weekend After the Collection (February 20/21, 2021 or shortly thereafter)
Thank you for your generous contributions to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe! As a parish we collected $[amount] to help restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries. If you missed the Collection, it’s not too late to give. Visit www.usccb.org/ccee.

¡Muchas gracias por sus generosas contribuciones a la Colecta para la Iglesia en Europa Central y Oriental! Como parroquia, hemos recaudado $[cantidad] para ayudar a restaurar la Iglesia y construir el futuro en más de 25 países. Si no alcanzaron a dar en la Colecta, aún lo pueden hacer. Visiten www.usccb.org/ccee.


Bulletin Shorts for Winter Ordinary Time in Year B – 2021

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 February 2021 
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46.  Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11.  1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1.  Mark 1:40-45. 
Making Clean.  Jesus was not afraid to touch the untouchable leper today.  Jesus was unafraid to be cleaning and healing and teaching – right and good behaviors.  Saint Paul makes a clear implication for all of us.  Our task:  imitating Christ.  Our task:  doing all things for the glory of God. 

  • What mercy works of cleaning and healing can I do this week? 
  • What will I do, seeking not my own benefit but that of another?
  • How will I be like Christ today?  Tomorrow?  Next Week?  

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