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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.

Coordinator of Music and Liturgy Springfield, Illinois - The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis seeking a qualified individual to enhance the worship and prayer life of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis by planning, coordinating, and providing meaningful liturgies which honor the Franciscan tradition and charism of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.  Requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related field. Five years’ experience in program design or related ministry. Familiarity with musical accompaniment, good vocal technique and thorough understanding of the ordo and Catholic liturgical calendar. Proficiency with PC software and basic office equipment. Competitive salary & benefits.  Interested candidates submit resume by October 4 to:  Joyce Sprague, HR Director, P.O. Box 19431, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9431, , 217-522-3387 ext. 684

Dive Deep Podcast - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has launched a new podcast called Dive Deep. Join Andrew Hansen, Amber Cerveny, and Father Christopher House as they explore interesting topics surrounding our faith. Diving deep into Season One, they will cover: why God allows bad things to happen, exorcisms, the death penalty, priestly celibacy, women deacons, an Edwardsville woman’s amazing journey to Catholicism, and much more. Go to dio.org/podcast and click “listen and subscribe.” Every Friday through Nov. 1, a new episode will be available. You can also find the podcast on your favorite podcast platform, such as Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and Overcast, among others. Just search “Dive Deep Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.”

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Women Welcome to “Come and See” at Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois welcome Catholic women 18-35 for any or all of four weekend opportunities to “Come and See” how God might be calling them to consecrated religious life. 2019-2020 Come and See weekends at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704, for 2019-2020 are as follows:

  • November 1-3, 2019
    Jan 31-Feb. 2, 2020
    March 27-29, 2020
    May 29-31, 2020

The all-expense-paid weekends (exclusive of travel) begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude at Noon on Sunday. There is an opportunity for a longer stay during the November and January events. See details and register now at springfieldop.org/join-us/come-and-see. Direct questions to Sister Denise Glazik, OP, vocation director, at 217-787-0481 x. 6021 or .

Begin exploring religious life now at the Dominican Sisters website: springfieldop.org. For more than 800 years, Dominicans have preached the gospel in word and deed. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, established in 1873, are part of a worldwide Dominican family, the Order of Preachers. Today, thousands of Dominican sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity minister in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about the Dominican Sisters of Springfield visit springfieldop.org or follow us on social media @springfieldop.

Download a image of the flyer that can be included in your bulletins as well.

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 Cycle 7 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from October 27 - November 30, 2019. You do not have to wait until Cycle 1 to start – courses can be taken at any time. Deadline to register is October 23. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.htmlfor 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 diocese.

The Archdiocese for the Military Services provides a full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces and federal employees who work outside the boundaries of the USA.  A special collection to fund these ministries will be taken up the weekend of November 9/10.  Please consider giving generously to this special collection that is held only every three years.  To determine if your employer will match your gift, go to:  https://www.milarch.org/ways-to-support/

Applications are being accepted from people interested in serving on the Diocesan Immigration Commission.  To obtain an application contact  Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Bishop Paprocki will preside over a Memorial Service for the Unborn, November 6, 6:00 pm, St Viator Chapel, in the Pastoral Center, 1615 W. Washington St, Springfield.  The service is an opportunity for family members to remember the death of an unborn child do to miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, or other accident. 

Mass for the Deaf Community and Friends:  November 10, 12:00 pm (noon), 1412 9th St, Highland.  Celebrant – Father Adam Zawadzki, O.P. Miss.  For information on future Masses in American Sign Language go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/deaf-ministry.html

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. 

Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard  Retreat November 1-3 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-321-1161, or email .  Scholarships are available. 

As Veterans Day approaches, we wish to express our gratitude to the many men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and who are a part of our community of faith.  The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries offers a webpage filled with resources and information for veterans, current members of the armed services, and family members.  There are numerous agencies and organizations to help address medical, mental health, housing, employment, financial issues, educational needs and other challenges.  Go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/veteran-services.html

November 23-24, 2019 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH).  Your donations make it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to local people living in poverty.  100% of your contribution stays within our Diocese.  Please give generously. 

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently released the findings of a federal examination of assisted suicide laws and their effect on people with disabilities.  NCD found that the list of conditions eligible for assisted suicide has expanded, including many disabilities that, when properly treated, do not result in death. NCD reports the most prevalent reasons offered by someone requesting assisted suicide are directly related to unmet service and support needs.   NCD urges us to contact our policy makers asking for legislative changes and funding.  https://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/2019/federal-study-assisted-suicide-laws

Bulletin Shorts for Fall in Year C – 2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 October 2019 
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18.  Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.  Luke 18:9-14. 
God hears.  God hears everyone – proud and humble, pushy and contrite.  But God wants us to be as the latter in both sets – humble and contrite.  Shooting off my mouth and lauding my own good deeds can get in the way of righteous action.  We still want to be generous, honest, and fair.  We should just let God do the noticing! 

  • How will I be less pushy and humble? 
  • How can my prayer be filled with “I love you, God, for _______?” 
  • How must my prayer say, “I am sorry for ________?” 

All Saints, Solemnity – Friday, 01 November 2019 
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints named and unnamed.  Every year we hear the same readings.  Every year we give praise for those who have gone before us in faith – saints known and unknown.  Pope Francis urges us to look to the saints next door – those people of good will who strive to be good, to be human, and, yes, to be holy. 

  • What will the saint next door teach me about living holy life? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Saturday, 02 November 2019
There are at least 31 readings that may be used in the three celebrations today – too many to list here.  Here are four:  Isaiah 25:6, 79.  Psalm 23.  Romans 4:7-9, 10c-12.  Luke 24:13-16, 28-35. 
All Souls.  We do not fear to focus on death.  We pray for the living, true.  We also pray for the dead.  We want everyone to be with God for ever.  In our praying for the dead now, it is our hope and belief that others will pray for us after our own death. 

  • How will I make time this day to pray for the dead I have known and loved? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 November 2019 
Wisdom 11:22–12:2.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14.  2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2.  Luke 19:1-10. 
Up a tree. In the reading from Wisdom, we hear that God loves everything and everyone.  And on them, God shows mercy.  In the parable, we hear a story filled with details.  Zacchaeus is wealthy, hated, undignified, and short.  But Jesus turns his life around by saying, come down from your tree and take me to dinner at your house.  Do it “today”.  And Zacchaeus changes his behavior by becoming generous beyond belief. 

  • How will I treat this earth and the people on this earth today? 
  • Where will I go today and what will I climb to see Jesus in action? 
  • What will I do today to be generous?

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Saturday, 09 November
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
The cathedral church.  In honoring the cathedral church for the Diocese of Rome today, we honor all who are the Church – the Holy People of God. 

  • How can the magnificence of that building, or my own parish church, be borne out in me through the work of my hands? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 November 2019 
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14.  Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15.  2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5.  Luke 20:27-38. 
What is this resurrection?  The burning-bush-God of Moses is the God of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel and Leah.  Our God, too!  And this God is faithful.  This God assures us that death is only the end of our beginning.  Resurrection that follows is entry to the life we hope and believe is heaven, is being with God face-to-face for ever. 

  • How am I preparing for death? 
  • How do I look forward to resurrected life? 
  • If I were to die tomorrow, what would I do or not do today? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 November 2019 
and World Day of the Poor 
Malachi 3:19-20a.  Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9.  2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.  Luke 21:5-19. 
Standing with the poor.  At the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in 2017, Pope Francis established this second-last Sunday of the liturgical year as the World Day of the Poor.  How fitting it is that as we look to the end our lives, to the end of the world, and to the final coming of Christ, we look to the poor. 

  • Let us sing the Psalm each day this week:  “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” 
  • How will I equally treat each person with justice? 
  • How will I be generous?  How will I care for the poor? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 24 November 2019 
2 Samuel 5:1-3.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5.  Colossians 1:12-20.  Luke 23:35-43. 
No sneering, no jeering.  Jesus is dying.  He is sneered, jeered, and abused by those who gather round.  A king on a cross.  It may not be what we expect – but he is the one in whom we believe.  And this cross is the one we kiss and venerate on Good Friday.  This empty cross is sign for us that the One who was dead is risen now and with us today…and tomorrow…and for ever. 

  • As with Jesus, how will I trust that death is not the end for me? 
  • How will I treat no one with contempt? 
  • Let us sing of the fullness of Christ by rereading Colossians 1:12-20 each day this week.

Coordinator of Music and Liturgy Springfield, Illinois - The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis seeking a qualified individual to enhance the worship and prayer life of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis by planning, coordinating, and providing meaningful liturgies which honor the Franciscan tradition and charism of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.  Requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related field. Five years’ experience in program design or related ministry. Familiarity with musical accompaniment, good vocal technique and thorough understanding of the ordo and Catholic liturgical calendar. Proficiency with PC software and basic office equipment. Competitive salary & benefits.  Interested candidates submit resume by October 4 to:  Joyce Sprague, HR Director, P.O. Box 19431, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9431, , 217-522-3387 ext. 684

Dive Deep Podcast - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has launched a new podcast called Dive Deep. Join Andrew Hansen, Amber Cerveny, and Father Christopher House as they explore interesting topics surrounding our faith. Diving deep into Season One, they will cover: why God allows bad things to happen, exorcisms, the death penalty, priestly celibacy, women deacons, an Edwardsville woman’s amazing journey to Catholicism, and much more. Go to dio.org/podcast and click “listen and subscribe.” Every Friday through Nov. 1, a new episode will be available. You can also find the podcast on your favorite podcast platform, such as Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and Overcast, among others. Just search “Dive Deep Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.”

Download a promotional graphic that can be included in your bulletins as well.

Women Welcome to “Come and See” at Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois welcome Catholic women 18-35 for any or all of four weekend opportunities to “Come and See” how God might be calling them to consecrated religious life. 2019-2020 Come and See weekends at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704, for 2019-2020 are as follows:

  • November 1-3, 2019
    Jan 31-Feb. 2, 2020
    March 27-29, 2020
    May 29-31, 2020

The all-expense-paid weekends (exclusive of travel) begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude at Noon on Sunday. There is an opportunity for a longer stay during the November and January events. See details and register now at springfieldop.org/join-us/come-and-see. Direct questions to Sister Denise Glazik, OP, vocation director, at 217-787-0481 x. 6021 or .

Begin exploring religious life now at the Dominican Sisters website: springfieldop.org. For more than 800 years, Dominicans have preached the gospel in word and deed. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, established in 1873, are part of a worldwide Dominican family, the Order of Preachers. Today, thousands of Dominican sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity minister in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about the Dominican Sisters of Springfield visit springfieldop.org or follow us on social media @springfieldop.

Download a image of the flyer that can be included in your bulletins as well.

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 Cycle 7 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from October 27 - November 30, 2019. You do not have to wait until Cycle 1 to start – courses can be taken at any time. Deadline to register is October 23. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.htmlfor 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 diocese.

Applications are being accepted from people interested in serving on the Diocesan Black Catholic Commission.  To obtain an application contact  Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

FREE LUNCHEON - Luncheon4Life, Friday, October 18, 11:30am-1:30, Pietro’s Restaurant, 3801 Watson Rd, St Louis.  Barbara Alderfer, author of “Stop, Drop and Pray” will be this month’s guest speaker.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by October 11th. Luncheons4Life is a grass roots luncheon designed to bring together like-minded, life affirming people to network.   

Bishop Paprocki will preside over a Memorial Service for the Unborn, November 6, 6:00 pm, St Viator Chapel, in the Pastoral Center, 1615 W. Washington St, Springfield.  The service is an opportunity for family members to remember the death of an unborn child do to miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, or other accident. 

Mass for the Deaf Community and Friends:  November 10, 12:00 pm (noon), 1412 9th St, Highland.  Celebrant – Father Adam Zawadzki, O.P. Miss.  For information on future Masses in American Sign Language go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/deaf-ministry.html

The Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered October 19, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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. 

Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard  Retreat November 1-3 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-321-1161, or email .  Scholarships are available. 

For the Masses on October 19/20

Planning Study Update – Please Participate! You may be aware that we are conducting a comprehensive survey of the entire diocese. The purpose of the survey is to help gauge support for our plan to permanently fund the education of our seminarians. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki would like to thank everyone who has already participated in the study. Your thoughts are extremely valuable to him during this planning process. If you have not yet responded to a survey, you are encouraged to do so. Your input will help the diocese make an informed decision regarding its long-range plans. We hope to have all surveys completed by November 14. You may complete the survey online by going to www.dio.org/seminariancampaign, clicking on the appropriate link and entering the password: study, or by attending a regional Focus Group Meeting. Dates and locations are forthcoming.

Bulletin Shorts for Fall in Year C – 2019

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 October 2019 
Exodus 17:8-13.  Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  2 Timothy 3:14–4:2.  Luke 18:1-8. 
No weary praying.  In the Exodus story, Moses needs help to be constant in prayer.  Throughout Saint Luke’s gospel, Jesus prays early and often, alone and with others.  Like Moses on the hill and like the persistent widow in today’s parable, no weary praying is faithful praying. 

  • With whom will I pray for the benefit of others? 
  • If I don’t, how and when will I pray every day?  If I do, how will I continue? 
  • What help do I need to be persistent in prayer? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 October 2019 
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18.  Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.  Luke 18:9-14. 
God hears.  God hears everyone – proud and humble, pushy and contrite.  But God wants us to be as the latter in both sets – humble and contrite.  Shooting off my mouth and lauding my own good deeds can get in the way of righteous action.  We still want to be generous, honest, and fair.  We should just let God do the noticing! 

  • How will I be less pushy and humble? 
  • How can my prayer be filled with “I love you, God, for _______?” 
  • How must my prayer say, “I am sorry for ________?” 

All Saints, Solemnity – Friday, 01 November 2019 
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints named and unnamed.  Every year we hear the same readings.  Every year we give praise for those who have gone before us in faith – saints known and unknown.  Pope Francis urges us to look to the saints next door – those people of good will who strive to be good, to be human, and, yes, to be holy. 

  • What will the saint next door teach me about living holy life? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Saturday, 02 November 2019
There are at least 31 readings that may be used in the three celebrations today – too many to list here.  Here are four:  Isaiah 25:6, 79.  Psalm 23.  Romans 4:7-9, 10c-12.  Luke 24:13-16, 28-35. 
All Souls.  We do not fear to focus on death.  We pray for the living, true.  We also pray for the dead.  We want everyone to be with God for ever.  In our praying for the dead now, it is our hope and belief that others will pray for us after our own death. 

  • How will I make time this day to pray for the dead I have known and loved? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 November 2019 
Wisdom 11:22–12:2.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14.  2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2.  Luke 19:1-10. 
Up a tree. In the reading from Wisdom, we hear that God loves everything and everyone.  And on them, God shows mercy.  In the parable, we hear a story filled with details.  Zacchaeus is wealthy, hated, undignified, and short.  But Jesus turns his life around by saying, come down from your tree and take me to dinner at your house.  Do it “today”.  And Zacchaeus changes his behavior by becoming generous beyond belief. 

  • How will I treat this earth and the people on this earth today? 
  • Where will I go today and what will I climb to see Jesus in action? 
  • What will I do today to be generous?

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Saturday, 09 November
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
The cathedral church.  In honoring the cathedral church for the Diocese of Rome today, we honor all who are the Church – the Holy People of God. 

  • How can the magnificence of that building, or my own parish church, be borne out in me through the work of my hands? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 November 2019 
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14.  Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15.  2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5.  Luke 20:27-38. 
What is this resurrection?  The burning-bush-God of Moses is the God of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel and Leah.  Our God, too!  And this God is faithful.  This God assures us that death is only the end of our beginning.  Resurrection that follows is entry to the life we hope and believe is heaven, is being with God face-to-face for ever. 

  • How am I preparing for death? 
  • How do I look forward to resurrected life? 
  • If I were to die tomorrow, what would I do or not do today? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 November 2019 
and World Day of the Poor 
Malachi 3:19-20a.  Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9.  2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.  Luke 21:5-19. 
Standing with the poor.  At the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in 2017, Pope Francis established this second-last Sunday of the liturgical year as the World Day of the Poor.  How fitting it is that as we look to the end our lives, to the end of the world, and to the final coming of Christ, we look to the poor. 

  • Let us sing the Psalm each day this week:  “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” 
  • How will I equally treat each person with justice? 
  • How will I be generous?  How will I care for the poor? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 24 November 2019 
2 Samuel 5:1-3.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5.  Colossians 1:12-20.  Luke 23:35-43. 
No sneering, no jeering.  Jesus is dying.  He is sneered, jeered, and abused by those who gather round.  A king on a cross.  It may not be what we expect – but he is the one in whom we believe.  And this cross is the one we kiss and venerate on Good Friday.  This empty cross is sign for us that the One who was dead is risen now and with us today…and tomorrow…and for ever. 

  • As with Jesus, how will I trust that death is not the end for me? 
  • How will I treat no one with contempt? 
  • Let us sing of the fullness of Christ by rereading Colossians 1:12-20 each day this week. 

Coordinator of Music and Liturgy Springfield, Illinois - The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis seeking a qualified individual to enhance the worship and prayer life of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis by planning, coordinating, and providing meaningful liturgies which honor the Franciscan tradition and charism of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.  Requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related field. Five years’ experience in program design or related ministry. Familiarity with musical accompaniment, good vocal technique and thorough understanding of the ordo and Catholic liturgical calendar. Proficiency with PC software and basic office equipment. Competitive salary & benefits.  Interested candidates submit resume by October 4 to:  Joyce Sprague, HR Director, P.O. Box 19431, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9431, , 217-522-3387 ext. 684

Free Will Offering of the film, Unplanned. Join us on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m at the Knights of Columbus Marian Hall (335 S. 4th St., Riverton, IL 62561) for a showing of the movie Unplanned. Seating is limited and refreshments will be available. To reserve tickets, please call Karen at 341-2850 or JOhn at 494-3366. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of St. James Parish, Riverton Knights of Columns Marian Council 3914 and the Office for Pro-Life Activities.

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 Cycle 7 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from October 27 - November 30, 2019. You do not have to wait until Cycle 1 to start – courses can be taken at any time. Deadline to register is October 23. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.htmlfor 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 diocese.

FREE LUNCHEON - Luncheon4Life, Friday, October 18, 11:30am-1:30, Pietro’s Restaurant, 3801 Watson Rd, St Louis.  Barbara Alderfer, author of “Stop, Drop and Pray” will be this month’s guest speaker.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by October 11th. Luncheons4Life is a grass roots luncheon designed to bring together like-minded, life affirming people to network.   

Resource – Monthly Pro-Life Intercessions and Bulletin Quotes - November’s edition of Word of Life is now available.  Word of Life is a monthly resource for parishes.  The resource is available in both English and Spanish, in both PDF or Microsoft Word formats. Each monthly issue contains information such as:  intercessions for life, quotes for your bulletin, and art for your bulletin, webpage or Facebook page. The following link will direct you to the webpage that lists all current and past editions of this resource - http://dio.org/plasm/word-of-life.html

The Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered October 19, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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. 

Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard  Retreat November 1-3 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-321-1161, or email .  Scholarships are available. 

Bulletin Shorts for Fall in Year C – 2019

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 October 2019 
2 Kings 5:14-17.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  2 Timothy 2:8-13.  Luke 17:11-19. 
Jesus is at work.  Four things stand out in this story of ten lepers that Saint Luke alone tells.  (1) Jesus is indeed powerful.  (2) God, in Jesus, is full of mercy.  (3) God is due all thanks and praise.  (4) Even foreigners are loved, respected, and saved.  Thus, Jesus is at work.  So, must we be at work.  This will be a busy week for us. 

  • To whom and in what way will I extend mercy? 
  • For whom and for what will I give thanks and praise to God? 
  • How will I embrace the alone, the sick, the outcast, the foreigner? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 October 2019 
Exodus 17:8-13.  Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  2 Timothy 3:14–4:2.  Luke 18:1-8. 
No weary praying.  In the Exodus story, Moses needs help to be constant in prayer.  Throughout Saint Luke’s gospel, Jesus prays early and often, alone and with others.  Like Moses on the hill and like the persistent widow in today’s parable, no weary praying is faithful praying.  

  • With whom will I pray for the benefit of others? 
  • If I don’t, how and when will I pray every day?  If I do, how will I continue? 
  • What help do I need to be persistent in prayer? 

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 October 2019 
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18.  Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.  Luke 18:9-14. 
God hears.  God hears everyone – proud and humble, pushy and contrite.  But God wants us to be as the latter in both sets – humble and contrite.  Shooting off my mouth and lauding my own good deeds can get in the way of righteous action.  We still want to be generous, honest, and fair.  We should just let God do the noticing! 

  • How will I be less pushy and humble? 
  • How can my prayer be filled with “I love you, God, for _______?” 
  • How must my prayer say, “I am sorry for ________?” 

All Saints, Solemnity – Friday, 01 November 2019 
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints named and unnamed.  Every year we hear the same readings.  Every year we give praise for those who have gone before us in faith – saints known and unknown.  Pope Francis urges us to look to the saints next door – those people of good will who strive to be good, to be human, and, yes, to be holy. 

  • What will the saint next door teach me about living holy life? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Saturday, 02 November 2019
There are at least 31 readings that may be used in the three celebrations today – too many to list here.  Here are four:  Isaiah 25:6, 79.  Psalm 23.  Romans 4:7-9, 10c-12.  Luke 24:13-16, 28-35. 
All Souls.  We do not fear to focus on death.  We pray for the living, true.  We also pray for the dead.  We want everyone to be with God for ever.  In our praying for the dead now, it is our hope and belief that others will pray for us after our own death. 

  • How will I make time this day to pray for the dead I have known and loved? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 November 2019 
Wisdom 11:22–12:2.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14.  2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2.  Luke 19:1-10. 
Up a tree. In the reading from Wisdom, we hear that God loves everything and everyone.  And on them, God shows mercy.  In the parable, we hear a story filled with details.  Zacchaeus is wealthy, hated, undignified, and short.  But Jesus turns his life around by saying, come down from your tree and take me to dinner at your house.  Do it “today”.  And Zacchaeus changes his behavior by becoming generous beyond belief. 

  • How will I treat this earth and the people on this earth today? 
  • Where will I go today and what will I climb to see Jesus in action? 
  • What will I do today to be generous?

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Saturday, 09 November
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
The cathedral church.  In honoring the cathedral church for the Diocese of Rome today, we honor all who are the Church – the Holy People of God. 

  • How can the magnificence of that building, or my own parish church, be borne out in me through the work of my hands? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 November 2019 
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14.  Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15.  2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5.  Luke 20:27-38. 
What is this resurrection?  The burning-bush-God of Moses is the God of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel and Leah.  Our God, too!  And this God is faithful.  This God assures us that death is only the end of our beginning.  Resurrection that follows is entry to the life we hope and believe is heaven, is being with God face-to-face for ever. 

  • How am I preparing for death? 
  • How do I look forward to resurrected life? 
  • If I were to die tomorrow, what would I do or not do today? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 November 2019 
and World Day of the Poor 
Malachi 3:19-20a.  Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9.  2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.  Luke 21:5-19. 
Standing with the poor.  At the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in 2017, Pope Francis established this second-last Sunday of the liturgical year as the World Day of the Poor.  How fitting it is that as we look to the end our lives, to the end of the world, and to the final coming of Christ, we look to the poor. 

  • Let us sing the Psalm each day this week:  “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” 
  • How will I equally treat each person with justice? 
  • How will I be generous?  How will I care for the poor? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 24 November 2019 
2 Samuel 5:1-3.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5.  Colossians 1:12-20.  Luke 23:35-43. 
No sneering, no jeering.  Jesus is dying.  He is sneered, jeered, and abused by those who gather round.  A king on a cross.  It may not be what we expect – but he is the one in whom we believe.  And this cross is the one we kiss and venerate on Good Friday.  This empty cross is sign for us that the One who was dead is risen now and with us today…and tomorrow…and for ever. 

  • As with Jesus, how will I trust that death is not the end for me? 
  • How will I treat no one with contempt? 
  • Let us sing of the fullness of Christ by rereading Colossians 1:12-20 each day this week. 

Coordinator of Music and Liturgy Springfield, Illinois - The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis seeking a qualified individual to enhance the worship and prayer life of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis by planning, coordinating, and providing meaningful liturgies which honor the Franciscan tradition and charism of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.  Requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in theology, religious studies, or related field. Five years’ experience in program design or related ministry. Familiarity with musical accompaniment, good vocal technique and thorough understanding of the ordo and Catholic liturgical calendar. Proficiency with PC software and basic office equipment. Competitive salary & benefits.  Interested candidates submit resume by October 4 to:  Joyce Sprague, HR Director, P.O. Box 19431, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9431, , 217-522-3387 ext. 684

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 Cycle 7 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from October 27 - November 30, 2019. You do not have to wait until Cycle 1 to start – courses can be taken at any time. Deadline to register is October 23. Visit https://www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.htmlfor 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 diocese.

Embracing Authentic Love - A three night parish mission open to all who are interested in discovering the depths of authentic human love, especially in light of the 1968 Church document Humanae Vitae. What's God's plan for love and family life? Why is the Church against contraception? What exactly is Natural Family Planning and how can couples benefit from it? These topics and more will be covered over the course of the three nights. Vicki Thorn & Patty Schneier will be presenting as well as an NFP-Only physician. Join us OCTOBER 13 - 15, 2019 - 7 PM, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, 400 N Whitetail Cir, Mt Zion, IL 62549.

Free Will Offering of the film, Unplanned. Join us on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m at the Knights of Columbus Marian Hall (335 S. 4th St., Riverton, IL 62561) for a showing of the movie Unplanned. Seating is limited and refreshments will be available. To reserve tickets, please call Karen at 341-2850 or JOhn at 494-3366. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of St. James Parish, Riverton Knights of Columns Marian Council 3914 and the Office for Pro-Life Activities.

40 Days for Life will occur in front of the abortion facility in Granite City.  Volunteers will pray in front of the facility from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 25-November 3.  For individuals to sign up for a time slot, or parishes to adopt a day, contact Joan Kane at 618-781-5107 or

Help pick a Patron Saint for the diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH).  All are invited to vote – pastors, parishioners, students, and younger children.  Who’s your choice?  St Teresa of Calcutta? St Giles? St Joseph the Worker? Or Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati?  Cast your vote at the following website:  https://www.dio.org/dcjh/patronsaint.html.  Voting ends October 6th. 

Mass for the Deaf Community and Friends:  October 13, 12:00 pm (noon), Holy Family Parish, 410 S. State St, Litchfield.  Celebrant – Father Adam Zawadzki, O.P. Miss.  For information on future Masses in American Sign Language go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/deaf-ministry.html

Prayer in the Public Square Rosary Rally – Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 12pm to 1pm in front of the Lincoln statue at the Springfield Capitol Building on 2nd and Capitol streets. Please join us to pray and sing for America and honor Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. We will go inside to the Rotunda if it rains. Bring your prayer groups and flags. Lawn chairs and blankets.  Free parking at Capitol Building employee parking on Saturday. Please contact Donna with any questions. 217-622-8576

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. 

Find Peace and Healing:  Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard  Retreat November 1-3 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-321-1161, or email .  Scholarships are available. 

Fall retreat for people with disabilities.  Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville.  Date: Oct 18-20.  Attendant care is available.  Event is sponsored by Victorious Missionaries, a spiritual support group for people with disabilities or chronically ill.  For more information and to register, go to:  https://snows.org/ministries/victorious-missionaries/

Bulletin Shorts for Fall in Year C – 2019

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 06 October 2019 
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14.  Luke 17:5-10. 
Size matters.  There is a lot to chew on today.  Habakkuk accuses God of not listening, not helping (me, too, at times)!  Saint Paul tells the beloved (and all of us) to stir into flame the gift(s) of God.  The apostles ask for increased faith.  For disciples – that is us, for we do follow – Jesus infers that size matters.  Little mustard-seed-size faith must be planted.  With nurturing, so it grows.  As faith grows, so does discipleship.  As discipleship grows, so does the duty to faithfully serve.  Let us do our duty! 

  • How big is my faith? 
  • How do I nurture it, fan it to flame? 
  • What service do I have the duty to do? 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 October 2019 
2 Kings 5:14-17.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4.  2 Timothy 2:8-13.  Luke 17:11-19. 
Jesus is at work.  Four things stand out in this story of ten lepers that Saint Luke alone tells.  (1) Jesus is indeed powerful.  (2) God, in Jesus, is full of mercy.  (3) God is due all thanks and praise.  (4) Even foreigners are loved, respected, and saved.  Thus, Jesus is at work.  So, must we be at work.  This will be a busy week for us. 

  • To whom and in what way will I extend mercy? 
  • For whom and for what will I give thanks and praise to God? 
  • How will I embrace the alone, the sick, the outcast, the foreigner? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 October 2019 
Exodus 17:8-13.  Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  2 Timothy 3:14–4:2.  Luke 18:1-8. 
No weary praying.  In the Exodus story, Moses needs help to be constant in prayer.  Throughout Saint Luke’s gospel, Jesus prays early and often, alone and with others.  Like Moses on the hill and like the persistent widow in today’s parable, no weary praying is faithful praying. 

  • With whom will I pray for the benefit of others? 
  • If I don’t, how and when will I pray every day?  If I do, how will I continue? 
  • What help do I need to be persistent in prayer? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 October 2019 
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18.  Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.  Luke 18:9-14. 
God hears.  God hears everyone – proud and humble, pushy and contrite.  But God wants us to be as the latter in both sets – humble and contrite.  Shooting off my mouth and lauding my own good deeds can get in the way of righteous action.  We still want to be generous, honest, and fair.  We should just let God do the noticing! 

  • How will I be less pushy and humble? 
  • How can my prayer be filled with “I love you, God, for _______?” 
  • How must my prayer say, “I am sorry for ________?” 

All Saints, Solemnity – Friday, 01 November 2019 
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints named and unnamed.  Every year we hear the same readings.  Every year we give praise for those who have gone before us in faith – saints known and unknown.  Pope Francis urges us to look to the saints next door – those people of good will who strive to be good, to be human, and, yes, to be holy. 

  • What will the saint next door teach me about living holy life? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Saturday, 02 November 2019
There are at least 31 readings that may be used in the three celebrations today – too many to list here.  Here are four:  Isaiah 25:6, 79.  Psalm 23.  Romans 4:7-9, 10c-12.  Luke 24:13-16, 28-35. 
All Souls.  We do not fear to focus on death.  We pray for the living, true.  We also pray for the dead.  We want everyone to be with God for ever.  In our praying for the dead now, it is our hope and belief that others will pray for us after our own death. 

  • How will I make time this day to pray for the dead I have known and loved? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 November 2019 
Wisdom 11:22–12:2.  Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14.  2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2.  Luke 19:1-10. 
Up a tree. In the reading from Wisdom, we hear that God loves everything and everyone.  And on them, God shows mercy.  In the parable, we hear a story filled with details.  Zacchaeus is wealthy, hated, undignified, and short.  But Jesus turns his life around by saying, come down from your tree and take me to dinner at your house.  Do it “today”.  And Zacchaeus changes his behavior by becoming generous beyond belief. 

  • How will I treat this earth and the people on this earth today? 
  • Where will I go today and what will I climb to see Jesus in action? 
  • What will I do today to be generous?

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Saturday, 09 November
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
The cathedral church.  In honoring the cathedral church for the Diocese of Rome today, we honor all who are the Church – the Holy People of God. 

  • How can the magnificence of that building, or my own parish church, be borne out in me through the work of my hands? 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 November 2019 
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14.  Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15.  2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5.  Luke 20:27-38. 
What is this resurrection?  The burning-bush-God of Moses is the God of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel and Leah.  Our God, too!  And this God is faithful.  This God assures us that death is only the end of our beginning.  Resurrection that follows is entry to the life we hope and believe is heaven, is being with God face-to-face for ever. 

  • How am I preparing for death? 
  • How do I look forward to resurrected life? 
  • If I were to die tomorrow, what would I do or not do today? 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 November 2019 
and World Day of the Poor 
Malachi 3:19-20a.  Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9.  2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.  Luke 21:5-19. 
Standing with the poor.  At the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in 2017, Pope Francis established this second-last Sunday of the liturgical year as the World Day of the Poor.  How fitting it is that as we look to the end our lives, to the end of the world, and to the final coming of Christ, we look to the poor. 

  • Let us sing the Psalm each day this week:  “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” 
  • How will I equally treat each person with justice? 
  • How will I be generous?  How will I care for the poor? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 24 November 2019 
2 Samuel 5:1-3.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5.  Colossians 1:12-20.  Luke 23:35-43. 
No sneering, no jeering.  Jesus is dying.  He is sneered, jeered, and abused by those who gather round.  A king on a cross.  It may not be what we expect – but he is the one in whom we believe.  And this cross is the one we kiss and venerate on Good Friday.  This empty cross is sign for us that the One who was dead is risen now and with us today…and tomorrow…and for ever. 

  • As with Jesus, how will I trust that death is not the end for me? 
  • How will I treat no one with contempt? 
  • Let us sing of the fullness of Christ by rereading Colossians 1:12-20 each day this week. 

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