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Eucharistic Revival – a mission for you and your family begins NOW - You are invited to join Catholics in our diocese by participating in a nationwide movement to grow into a deeper understanding and devotion of the holy Eucharist. This movement of Catholics, called Eucharistic Revival, is about healing, conversion, formation, and becoming a unified Body of Christ by focusing on encountering the real Body of Christ, present to us in the Eucharist. Visit www.dio.org to learn more about this mission, how to sign up for updates, the timeline of events, and how to get involved.

*Parishes, here is a logo you can use.

Catholic Times' Build a Church Lego Contest! - Catholic Times is hosting a free contest to see what young architect/builder can create the most impressive church from scratch out of Legos! Winners receive $100! Go to www.dio.org/buildachurch for more information, the rules, and how to submit pictures of your creations. Sponsored by O'Shea Builders of Springfield.

One-day women's retreat in Springfield - Join women from across the diocese to experience the power of Christ in Scripture and Sacrament. Elena Tejeda and Father Ervin Caliente will be presenting on Broken Vessels. This one day event will be hosted at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield on July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35. To register for the event go to, www.dio.org/vessels.

Our two new priests - Two great stories! The road the priesthood for Father Paul Lesupati and Father Zach Samples took different twists and turns, but hear what ultimately led them to say "yes" on Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins

Catholic Charities annoucements for Springfield, Beardstown, and Decatur areas:

Springfield

Catholic Charities is participating in “Cooling the Capital”. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community by distributing fans and bottles of water to people in need to help beat the brutal summer heat. This effort is made possible through the Capitol Radio Group, Noonan True Value, & Two Men & a Truck. WANT TO HELP? You can purchase a new fan and drop it off at Noonan True Value on North Grand or Capitol Radio Group on East Sangamon Ave. The fans/water will be picked up weekly by Two Men & A Truck and dropped off at Catholic Charities. NEED A FAN/WATER? Call Catholic Charities at 217-523-4551 to sign up for Cooling the Capital!

Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser” - Although Summer 2022 is now here, Springfield Catholic Charities regrets that we will not be able to hold our annual fundraiser. One of the things that hasn’t changed during the pandemic is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!  In lieu of our annual fundraiser, we are asking you to support our 2022 Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser”.  We are asking you to make a donation through our website: cc.dio.his.io/ways_to_give/donate. Select Springfield for location and Annual Fundraiser for the program.  You may also mail a check to: Catholic Charities, 1625 W Washington St, Springfield IL 62702.

Throughout 2021, the St. John’s Breadline continued its dedicated mission of serving food to the poor and homeless providing over 140,000 meals. We also served hundreds of families through our Crisis Assistance office and Holy Family Food Pantry. We maintained our professional social work and legal assistance services through our Intact Family and CCLS programs. And we helped hundreds of families over the holidays with special food baskets and toys through the Catholic Charities Christmas Store. All of these things were accomplished through the incredible dedication of our staff, volunteers, board members and donors.

*download this graphic as well if you wish

2022 Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing - The Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing is a special event where the life of Esper is remembered by raising money for the St. John’s Breadline in Springfield. Esper was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and golf buddy. She loved golfing and enjoyed volunteering at the St. John’s Breadline. The golf outing will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Lincoln Greens Golf Course in Springfield. The registration fee of $50 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, 2 drink tickets, and 2 door prize raffle tickets. The 50/50 raffle will benefit the St. John’s Breadline. For more information on this upcoming fundraiser, visit: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/home. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation by visiting: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/donate. Any donation you make to the Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing will be tax deductible.”

Beardstown
St. Anne Residence in Beardstown has affordable apartments available. The residence is a beautiful, brick two-story wheelchair accessible senior apartment community. St. Anne boasts 23 one-bedroom apartments, with full kitchen and bath, a community room, on-site coin operated laundry, a beautiful library. St. Anne is for low to moderate income seniors who are 62 or over and live independently. Rent is based on income and will never exceed 30% of household income. Call 217-321-8327 for more information. 

Decatur
The Macon County Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients. All meals are heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Specialized diets are also available. Lunches are delivered every week day to homebound seniors in Macon County. Clients must be 60 or older, homebound (not-driving) and live in Macon County to be eligible. Anyone can make a referral. Call Meals on Wheels at 217-422-6611 for more information.

Project Rachel:  Trust in the mercy of God’s love.  Do you know someone who is carrying the grief and sorrow of past abortions?  Share with them the Good News of God’s merciful love.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.  Pray that many will seek and receive the gift of God's infinite mercy.

Bulletin Shorts

 

Ordinary Time in Year C – 2022

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Wednesday, 29 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.

At Mass during the Day:  Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 

About Peter and Paul.  Here are two feisty men who fostered faith in Jesus to Jews and Gentiles.  Their zeal for the Lord was emboldened by the Holy Spirit. 

Because of belief in Jesus, who am I emboldened to be and what am I emboldened to say or do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 July 2022

Isaiah 66:10-14c.  Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20.  Galatians 6:14-18.  Luke 10:1-12, 17-20. 

About Being Disciples.  Jesus tells the chosen 72 where to go (ahead of him), what not to take (extra baggage), and how to behave (stay and accompany).  Saint Paul carries this forward by stressing what is important for those who follow Jesus (boasting in the Cross of Christ). 

What does Jesus empower me to do and say today? 

How will I embrace the Cross of Christ this week? 

How will this discipleship enrich the Kingdom of God? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 July 2022

Deuteronomy 30:10-14.  Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37.  OR Psalm19:8, 9, 10, 11.  Colossians 1:15-20.  Luke 10:25-37. 

About Doing Likewise.  Question 1:  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Question 2:  What is written in the law?  Answer 1:  Love God, love neighbor, love self.  Question 3:  Who is my neighbor, then?  Answer 2:  The one who shows mercy (In this story, it is not the one who needs mercy – though likely a neighbor, too.).  Point:  Go and do the same! 

Who is a “neighbor” beyond my acquaintances, my tribe? 

What mercy work do I see being done? 

What will I likewise go and do?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 July 2022

Genesis 18:1-10a.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5.  Colossians 1:24-28.  Luke 10:38-42. 

About Worry and Anxiety.  Jesus is invited to a home.  Martha bustles about.  Mary sits and listens.  We do not know that Lazarus does. 

What worries me, make me anxious? 

How does this rate in the scheme of Kingdom of God values? 

If I sit and listen to Jesus, what is he telling me? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 July 2022

Genesis 18:20-32.  Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8.  Colossians 2:12-14.  Luke 11:1-13. 

About Praying.  Abraham is persistent in his pleading with the Lord.  And the Lord listens and relents.  A disciple asks Jesus, after seeing him pray, how to pray.  Jesus gives a form that we use at every Mass and that we hand on to the elect each Lent.  He then goes on about persistence in our praying. 

How does my prayer plead for the Kingdom of God to come? 

How does my prayer ask for what I need to do God’s mercy work? 

How does my prayer seek and offer forgiveness? 

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 July 2022

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13.  Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.  Luke 12:13-21. 

About Greed.  Family quarrels, regrettably, are often about inheritance, about possessions.  That should be mine, we may say.  I do not have enough, we may say.  Jesus tells a story about how we are stewards only, and not owners of what we use; about how possessions can possess. 

How much is enough? 

What do I have that I can give away? 

With mercy works in mind, what will I do? 

Eucharistic Revival – a mission for you and your family begins NOW - You are invited to join Catholics in our diocese by participating in a nationwide movement to grow into a deeper understanding and devotion of the holy Eucharist. This movement of Catholics, called Eucharistic Revival, is about healing, conversion, formation, and becoming a unified Body of Christ by focusing on encountering the real Body of Christ, present to us in the Eucharist. Visit www.dio.org to learn more about this mission, how to sign up for updates, the timeline of events, and how to get involved.

*Parishes, here is a logo you can use.

Catholic Times' Build a Church Lego Contest! - Catholic Times is hosting a free contest to see what young architect/builder can create the most impressive church from scratch out of Legos! Winners receive $100! Go to www.dio.org/buildachurch for more information, the rules, and how to submit pictures of your creations. Sponsored by O'Shea Builders of Springfield.

One-day women's retreat in Springfield - Join women from across the diocese to experience the power of Christ in Scripture and Sacrament. Elena Tejeda and Father Ervin Caliente will be presenting on Broken Vessels. This one day event will be hosted at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield on July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35. To register for the event go to, www.dio.org/vessels.

Our two new priests - Two great stories! The road the priesthood for Father Paul Lesupati and Father Zach Samples took different twists and turns, but hear what ultimately led them to say "yes" on Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins

Catholic Charities annoucements for Springfield, Beardstown, and Decatur areas:

Springfield

Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser” - Although Summer 2022 is now here, Springfield Catholic Charities regrets that we will not be able to hold our annual fundraiser. One of the things that hasn’t changed during the pandemic is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!  In lieu of our annual fundraiser, we are asking you to support our 2022 Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser”.  We are asking you to make a donation through our website: cc.dio.his.io/ways_to_give/donate. Select Springfield for location and Annual Fundraiser for the program.  You may also mail a check to: Catholic Charities, 1625 W Washington St, Springfield IL 62702.

Throughout 2021, the St. John’s Breadline continued its dedicated mission of serving food to the poor and homeless providing over 140,000 meals. We also served hundreds of families through our Crisis Assistance office and Holy Family Food Pantry. We maintained our professional social work and legal assistance services through our Intact Family and CCLS programs. And we helped hundreds of families over the holidays with special food baskets and toys through the Catholic Charities Christmas Store. All of these things were accomplished through the incredible dedication of our staff, volunteers, board members and donors.

*download this graphic as well if you wish

2022 Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing - The Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing is a special event where the life of Esper is remembered by raising money for the St. John’s Breadline in Springfield. Esper was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and golf buddy. She loved golfing and enjoyed volunteering at the St. John’s Breadline. The golf outing will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Lincoln Greens Golf Course in Springfield. The registration fee of $50 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, 2 drink tickets, and 2 door prize raffle tickets. The 50/50 raffle will benefit the St. John’s Breadline. For more information on this upcoming fundraiser, visit: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/home. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation by visiting: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/donate. Any donation you make to the Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing will be tax deductible.”

Beardstown
St. Anne Residence in Beardstown has affordable apartments available. The residence is a beautiful, brick two-story wheelchair accessible senior apartment community. St. Anne boasts 23 one-bedroom apartments, with full kitchen and bath, a community room, on-site coin operated laundry, a beautiful library. St. Anne is for low to moderate income seniors who are 62 or over and live independently. Rent is based on income and will never exceed 30% of household income. Call 217-321-8327 for more information. 

Decatur
The Macon County Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients. All meals are heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Specialized diets are also available. Lunches are delivered every week day to homebound seniors in Macon County. Clients must be 60 or older, homebound (not-driving) and live in Macon County to be eligible. Anyone can make a referral. Call Meals on Wheels at 217-422-6611 for more information.

Project Rachel:  Trust in the mercy of God’s love.  Do you know someone who is carrying the grief and sorrow of past abortions?  Share with them the Good News of God’s merciful love.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.  Pray that many will seek and receive the gift of God's infinite mercy.

Bulletin Shorts

 

June and July in Ordinary Time in Year C – 2022

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity –  Transferred to Thursday, 23 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17.  1 Peter 1:8-12.  Luke 1:5-17. 

At Mass During the Day:  Isaiah 49:1-6.  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15.  Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80. 

About Preparation.  Saint John the Baptist is born first.  He is six months older than his cousin Jesus.  He spent his life preparing people for him, pointing to him, sending people to him. 

What will I say or do today to point others to Jesus? 

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 24 Jun 2022

Ezekiel 34:11-16.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Romans 5:5b-11.  Luke 15:3-7. 

About Sheep and Shepherd.  This Sacred Heart is filled with love.  This Good Shepherd always seeks us out, keeps us safe.  Reread Psalm 23 all day.  Even put it to song with “My Shepherd Is the Lord” or “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need” or “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”. 

On what right path will the Shepherd lead me today?  Will I follow? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 June 2022

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21.  Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11.  Galatians 5:1, 13-18.  Luke 9:51-62. 

About Our Journey.  After his ministry in Galilee, Jesus sets his face for Jerusalem.  Many disciples follow him to this destination, his destiny – as should we.  For following Jesus is our call.  It is our central task.  It is our salvation.  We do this not alone but with others. 

In following Jesus, what am I called to leave behind? 

In following Jesus, what must I pick up and take with me?  

In following Jesus, what salvation will this bring about? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Wednesday, 29 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.

At Mass during the Day:  Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 

About Peter and Paul.  Here are two feisty men who fostered faith in Jesus to Jews and Gentiles.  Their zeal for the Lord was emboldened by the Holy Spirit. 

Because of belief in Jesus, who am I emboldened to be and what am I emboldened to say or do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 July 2022

Isaiah 66:10-14c.  Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20.  Galatians 6:14-18.  Luke 10:1-12, 17-20. 

About Being Disciples.  Jesus tells the chosen 72 where to go (ahead of him), what not to take (extra baggage), and how to behave (stay and accompany).  Saint Paul carries this forward by stressing what is important for those who follow Jesus (boasting in the Cross of Christ). 

What does Jesus empower me to do and say today? 

How will I embrace the Cross of Christ this week? 

How will this discipleship enrich the Kingdom of God? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 July 2022

Deuteronomy 30:10-14.  Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37.  OR Psalm19:8, 9, 10, 11.  Colossians 1:15-20.  Luke 10:25-37. 

About Doing Likewise.  Question 1:  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Question 2:  What is written in the law?  Answer 1:  Love God, love neighbor, love self.  Question 3:  Who is my neighbor, then?  Answer 2:  The one who shows mercy (In this story, it is not the one who needs mercy – though likely a neighbor, too.).  Point:  Go and do the same! 

Who is a “neighbor” beyond my acquaintances, my tribe? 

What mercy work do I see being done? 

What will I likewise go and do?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 July 2022

Genesis 18:1-10a.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5.  Colossians 1:24-28.  Luke 10:38-42. 

About Worry and Anxiety.  Jesus is invited to a home.  Martha bustles about.  Mary sits and listens.  We do not know that Lazarus does. 

What worries me, make me anxious? 

How does this rate in the scheme of Kingdom of God values? 

If I sit and listen to Jesus, what is he telling me? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 July 2022

Genesis 18:20-32.  Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8.  Colossians 2:12-14.  Luke 11:1-13. 

About Praying.  Abraham is persistent in his pleading with the Lord.  And the Lord listens and relents.  A disciple asks Jesus, after seeing him pray, how to pray.  Jesus gives a form that we use at every Mass and that we hand on to the elect each Lent.  He then goes on about persistence in our praying. 

How does my prayer plead for the Kingdom of God to come? 

How does my prayer ask for what I need to do God’s mercy work? 

How does my prayer seek and offer forgiveness? 

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 July 2022

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13.  Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.  Luke 12:13-21. 

About Greed.  Family quarrels, regrettably, are often about inheritance, about possessions.  That should be mine, we may say.  I do not have enough, we may say.  Jesus tells a story about how we are stewards only, and not owners of what we use; about how possessions can possess. 

How much is enough? 

What do I have that I can give away? 

With mercy works in mind, what will I do? 

Eucharistic Revival – a mission for you and your family begins NOW - You are invited to join Catholics in our diocese by participating in a nationwide movement to grow into a deeper understanding and devotion of the holy Eucharist. This movement of Catholics, called Eucharistic Revival, is about healing, conversion, formation, and becoming a unified Body of Christ by focusing on encountering the real Body of Christ, present to us in the Eucharist. Visit www.dio.org to learn more about this mission, how to sign up for updates, the timeline of events, and how to get involved.

*Parishes, here is a logo you can use.

Catholic Times' Build a Church Lego Contest! - Catholic Times is hosting a free contest to see what young architect/builder can create the most impressive church from scratch out of Legos! Winners receive $100! Go to www.dio.org/buildachurch for more information, the rules, and how to submit pictures of your creations. Sponsored by O'Shea Builders of Springfield.

One-day women's retreat in Springfield - Join women from across the diocese to experience the power of Christ in Scripture and Sacrament. Elena Tejeda and Father Ervin Caliente will be presenting on Broken Vessels. This one day event will be hosted at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield on July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35. To register for the event go to, www.dio.org/vessels.

Our two new priests - Two great stories! The road the priesthood for Father Paul Lesupati and Father Zach Samples took different twists and turns, but hear what ultimately led them to say "yes" on Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins

Catholic Charities annoucements for Springfield, Beardstown, and Decatur areas:

Springfield

Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser” - Although Summer 2022 is now here, Springfield Catholic Charities regrets that we will not be able to hold our annual fundraiser. One of the things that hasn’t changed during the pandemic is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!  In lieu of our annual fundraiser, we are asking you to support our 2022 Catholic Charities “Un-Raiser”.  We are asking you to make a donation through our website: cc.dio.his.io/ways_to_give/donate. Select Springfield for location and Annual Fundraiser for the program.  You may also mail a check to: Catholic Charities, 1625 W Washington St, Springfield IL 62702.

Throughout 2021, the St. John’s Breadline continued its dedicated mission of serving food to the poor and homeless providing over 140,000 meals. We also served hundreds of families through our Crisis Assistance office and Holy Family Food Pantry. We maintained our professional social work and legal assistance services through our Intact Family and CCLS programs. And we helped hundreds of families over the holidays with special food baskets and toys through the Catholic Charities Christmas Store. All of these things were accomplished through the incredible dedication of our staff, volunteers, board members and donors.

*download this graphic as well if you wish

2022 Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing - The Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing is a special event where the life of Esper is remembered by raising money for the St. John’s Breadline in Springfield. Esper was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and golf buddy. She loved golfing and enjoyed volunteering at the St. John’s Breadline. The golf outing will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Lincoln Greens Golf Course in Springfield. The registration fee of $50 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, 2 drink tickets, and 2 door prize raffle tickets. The 50/50 raffle will benefit the St. John’s Breadline. For more information on this upcoming fundraiser, visit: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/home. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation by visiting: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/donate. Any donation you make to the Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing will be tax deductible.”

Beardstown
St. Anne Residence in Beardstown has affordable apartments available. The residence is a beautiful, brick two-story wheelchair accessible senior apartment community. St. Anne boasts 23 one-bedroom apartments, with full kitchen and bath, a community room, on-site coin operated laundry, a beautiful library. St. Anne is for low to moderate income seniors who are 62 or over and live independently. Rent is based on income and will never exceed 30% of household income. Call 217-321-8327 for more information. 

Decatur
The Macon County Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients. All meals are heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Specialized diets are also available. Lunches are delivered every week day to homebound seniors in Macon County. Clients must be 60 or older, homebound (not-driving) and live in Macon County to be eligible. Anyone can make a referral. Call Meals on Wheels at 217-422-6611 for more information.

Project Rachel: Trust in the mercy of God’s love.  Do you know someone who is carrying the grief and sorrow of past abortions?  Share with them the Good News of God’s merciful love.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.  Pray that many will seek and receive the gift of God's infinite mercy.

Bulletin Shorts

 

June and July in Ordinary Time in Year C – 2022

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity –  Transferred to Thursday, 23 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17.  1 Peter 1:8-12.  Luke 1:5-17. 

At Mass During the Day:  Isaiah 49:1-6.  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15.  Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80. 

About Preparation.  Saint John the Baptist is born first.  He is six months older than his cousin Jesus.  He spent his life preparing people for him, pointing to him, sending people to him. 

What will I say or do today to point others to Jesus? 

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 24 Jun 2022

Ezekiel 34:11-16.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Romans 5:5b-11.  Luke 15:3-7. 

About Sheep and Shepherd.  This Sacred Heart is filled with love.  This Good Shepherd always seeks us out, keeps us safe.  Reread Psalm 23 all day.  Even put it to song with “My Shepherd Is the Lord” or “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need” or “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”. 

On what right path will the Shepherd lead me today?  Will I follow? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 June 2022

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21.  Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11.  Galatians 5:1, 13-18.  Luke 9:51-62. 

About Our Journey.  After his ministry in Galilee, Jesus sets his face for Jerusalem.  Many disciples follow him to this destination, his destiny – as should we.  For following Jesus is our call.  It is our central task.  It is our salvation.  We do this not alone but with others. 

In following Jesus, what am I called to leave behind? 

In following Jesus, what must I pick up and take with me?  

In following Jesus, what salvation will this bring about? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Wednesday, 29 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.

At Mass during the Day:  Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 

About Peter and Paul.  Here are two feisty men who fostered faith in Jesus to Jews and Gentiles.  Their zeal for the Lord was emboldened by the Holy Spirit. 

Because of belief in Jesus, who am I emboldened to be and what am I emboldened to say or do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 July 2022

Isaiah 66:10-14c.  Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20.  Galatians 6:14-18.  Luke 10:1-12, 17-20. 

About Being Disciples.  Jesus tells the chosen 72 where to go (ahead of him), what not to take (extra baggage), and how to behave (stay and accompany).  Saint Paul carries this forward by stressing what is important for those who follow Jesus (boasting in the Cross of Christ). 

What does Jesus empower me to do and say today? 

How will I embrace the Cross of Christ this week? 

How will this discipleship enrich the Kingdom of God? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 July 2022

Deuteronomy 30:10-14.  Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37.  OR Psalm19:8, 9, 10, 11.  Colossians 1:15-20.  Luke 10:25-37. 

About Doing Likewise.  Question 1:  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Question 2:  What is written in the law?  Answer 1:  Love God, love neighbor, love self.  Question 3:  Who is my neighbor, then?  Answer 2:  The one who shows mercy (In this story, it is not the one who needs mercy – though likely a neighbor, too.).  Point:  Go and do the same! 

Who is a “neighbor” beyond my acquaintances, my tribe? 

What mercy work do I see being done? 

What will I likewise go and do?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 July 2022

Genesis 18:1-10a.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5.  Colossians 1:24-28.  Luke 10:38-42. 

About Worry and Anxiety.  Jesus is invited to a home.  Martha bustles about.  Mary sits and listens.  We do not know that Lazarus does. 

What worries me, make me anxious? 

How does this rate in the scheme of Kingdom of God values? 

If I sit and listen to Jesus, what is he telling me? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 July 2022

Genesis 18:20-32.  Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8.  Colossians 2:12-14.  Luke 11:1-13. 

About Praying.  Abraham is persistent in his pleading with the Lord.  And the Lord listens and relents.  A disciple asks Jesus, after seeing him pray, how to pray.  Jesus gives a form that we use at every Mass and that we hand on to the elect each Lent.  He then goes on about persistence in our praying. 

How does my prayer plead for the Kingdom of God to come? 

How does my prayer ask for what I need to do God’s mercy work? 

How does my prayer seek and offer forgiveness? 

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 July 2022

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13.  Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.  Luke 12:13-21. 

About Greed.  Family quarrels, regrettably, are often about inheritance, about possessions.  That should be mine, we may say.  I do not have enough, we may say.  Jesus tells a story about how we are stewards only, and not owners of what we use; about how possessions can possess. 

How much is enough? 

What do I have that I can give away? 

With mercy works in mind, what will I do? 

Catholic Times' Build a Church Lego Contest! - Catholic Times is hosting a free contest to see what young architect/builder can create the most impressive church from scratch out of Legos! Winners receive $100! Go to dio.org/buildachurch for more information, the rules, and how to submit pictures of your creations. Sponsored by O'Shea Builders of Springfield.

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One-day women's retreat in Springfield - Join women from across the diocese to experience the power of Christ in Scripture and Sacrament. Elena Tejeda and Father Ervin Caliente will be presenting on Broken Vessels. This one day event will be hosted at Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield on July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35. To register for the event go to, www.dio.org/vessels.

Our two new priests - Two great stories! The road the priesthood for Father Paul Lesupati and Father Zach Samples took different twists and turns, but hear what ultimately led them to say "yes" on Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms

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Catholic Charities annoucements for Springfield, Beardstown, and Decatur areas:

Springfield
2022 Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing -
The Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing is a special event where the life of Esper is remembered by raising money for the St. John’s Breadline in Springfield. Esper was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and golf buddy. She loved golfing and enjoyed volunteering at the St. John’s Breadline. The golf outing will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Lincoln Greens Golf Course in Springfield. The registration fee of $50 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, 2 drink tickets, and 2 door prize raffle tickets. The 50/50 raffle will benefit the St. John’s Breadline. For more information on this upcoming fundraiser, visit: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/home. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation by visiting: www.esperfiguerasmemorialgolfouting.com/donate. Any donation you make to the Esper Figueras Memorial Golf Outing will be tax deductible.”

Beardstown
St. Anne Residence in Beardstown has affordable apartments available. The residence is a beautiful, brick two-story wheelchair accessible senior apartment community. St. Anne boasts 23 one-bedroom apartments, with full kitchen and bath, a community room, on-site coin operated laundry, a beautiful library. St. Anne is for low to moderate income seniors who are 62 or over and live independently. Rent is based on income and will never exceed 30% of household income. Call 217-321-8327 for more information. 

Decatur
The Macon County Meals on Wheels is accepting new clients. All meals are heart healthy and diabetic friendly. Specialized diets are also available. Lunches are delivered every week day to homebound seniors in Macon County. Clients must be 60 or older, homebound (not-driving) and live in Macon County to be eligible. Anyone can make a referral. Call Meals on Wheels at 217-422-6611 for more information.

Project Rachel: Trust in the mercy of God’s love.  Do you know someone who is carrying the grief and sorrow of past abortions?  Share with them the Good News of God’s merciful love.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5.  Pray that many will seek and receive the gift of God's infinite mercy.

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June and July in Ordinary Time in Year C – 2022

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 12 June 2022

Proverbs 8:22-31.  Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 5:1-5.  John 16:12-15. 

About the News Story.  Here is the gospel declaration, the Good News for today.  Who?  Father, Son, and Spirit – aka (1) the Trinity and (2) God.  What?  The love of God has already been poured into us.  When?   Before creation and throughout our salvation down to today.  Why?  Because we stand in God’s good grace by God’s loving design.  How?  Ah, that is mystery!

What peace does the Father bring this day? 

What does Jesus have to tell me about affliction, endurance, character, hope, and love (see the Romans reading)?  

How will I let the Spirit guide me? 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – 19 June 2022

Genesis 14:18-20.  Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4.  1 Corinthians 11:23-26.  Sequence – Lauda Sion / Laud, O Zion.  Luke 9:11b-17. 

About Dining in the Kingdom of God.  Luke’s gospel is filled with meal stories.   Most of them point to the Eucharistic Meal, as does the one today.  Four verbs stand out:  take, bless, break, give.  This is eucharistic language repeated at every Mass.  It is Jesus who truly took and blessed his Body and Blood – broke it and poured it out for each and for all of us – and gives to us to eat and drink – so that we may be like him and act like him.

Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, how will I be a blessing to family, colleagues, neighbors? 

Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, how will I break open my life for the benefit of another? 

Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, what will I give away?  If stumped, think of the mercy works. 

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity24 June Transferred to Thursday, 23 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17.  1 Peter 1:8-12.  Luke 1:5-17. 

At Mass During the Day:  Isaiah 49:1-6.  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15.  Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80. 

About Preparation.  Saint John the Baptist is born first.  He is six months older than his cousin Jesus.  He spent his life preparing people for him, pointing to him, sending people to him. 

What will I say or do today to point others to Jesus? 

Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday, 24 Jun 2022

Ezekiel 34:11-16.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Romans 5:5b-11.  Luke 15:3-7. 

About Sheep and Shepherd.  This Sacred Heart is filled with love.  This Good Shepherd always seeks us out, keeps us safe.  Reread Psalm 23 all day.  Even put it to song with “My Shepherd Is the Lord” or “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need” or “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”. 

On what right path will the Shepherd lead me today?  Will I follow? 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 June 2022

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21.  Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11.  Galatians 5:1, 13-18.  Luke 9:51-62. 

About Our Journey.  After his ministry in Galilee, Jesus sets his face for Jerusalem.  Many disciples follow him to this destination, his destiny – as should we.  For following Jesus is our call.  It is our central task.  It is our salvation.  We do this not alone but with others. 

In following Jesus, what am I called to leave behind? 

In following Jesus, what must I pick up and take with me?  

In following Jesus, what salvation will this bring about? 

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity – Wednesday, 29 June 2022

At the Vigil Mass:  Acts 3:1-10.  Psalm 19: 2-3, 4-5.  Galatians 1:11-20.  John 21:15-19.

At Mass during the Day:  Acts 12:1-11.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.  Matthew 16:13-19. 

About Peter and Paul.  Here are two feisty men who fostered faith in Jesus to Jews and Gentiles.  Their zeal for the Lord was emboldened by the Holy Spirit. 

Because of belief in Jesus, who am I emboldened to be and what am I emboldened to say or do? 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 July 2022

Isaiah 66:10-14c.  Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20.  Galatians 6:14-18.  Luke 10:1-12, 17-20. 

About Being Disciples.  Jesus tells the chosen 72 where to go (ahead of him), what not to take (extra baggage), and how to behave (stay and accompany).  Saint Paul carries this forward by stressing what is important for those who follow Jesus (boasting in the Cross of Christ). 

What does Jesus empower me to do and say today? 

How will I embrace the Cross of Christ this week? 

How will this discipleship enrich the Kingdom of God? 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 July 2022

Deuteronomy 30:10-14.  Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37.  OR Psalm19:8, 9, 10, 11.  Colossians 1:15-20.  Luke 10:25-37. 

About Doing Likewise.  Question 1:  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Question 2:  What is written in the law?  Answer 1:  Love God, love neighbor, love self.  Question 3:  Who is my neighbor, then?  Answer 2:  The one who shows mercy (In this story, it is not the one who needs mercy – though likely a neighbor, too.).  Point:  Go and do the same! 

Who is a “neighbor” beyond my acquaintances, my tribe? 

What mercy work do I see being done? 

What will I likewise go and do?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 July 2022

Genesis 18:1-10a.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5.  Colossians 1:24-28.  Luke 10:38-42. 

About Worry and Anxiety.  Jesus is invited to a home.  Martha bustles about.  Mary sits and listens.  We do not know that Lazarus does. 

What worries me, make me anxious? 

How does this rate in the scheme of Kingdom of God values? 

If I sit and listen to Jesus, what is he telling me? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 July 2022

Genesis 18:20-32.  Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8.  Colossians 2:12-14.  Luke 11:1-13. 

About Praying.  Abraham is persistent in his pleading with the Lord.  And the Lord listens and relents.  A disciple asks Jesus, after seeing him pray, how to pray.  Jesus gives a form that we use at every Mass and that we hand on to the elect each Lent.  He then goes on about persistence in our praying. 

How does my prayer plead for the Kingdom of God to come? 

How does my prayer ask for what I need to do God’s mercy work? 

How does my prayer seek and offer forgiveness? 

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 July 2022

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13.  Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.  Luke 12:13-21. 

About Greed.  Family quarrels, regrettably, are often about inheritance, about possessions.  That should be mine, we may say.  I do not have enough, we may say.  Jesus tells a story about how we are stewards only, and not owners of what we use; about how possessions can possess. 

How much is enough? 

What do I have that I can give away? 

With mercy works in mind, what will I do? 

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