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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.

Online Faith Formation - 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 open. This cycle runs from August 22– September 25, 2021. Deadline to register is August 18. Visit 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.


A Scout’s Duty to God - Duty to God is an important part of Scouting and all Scouts in 7th grade and up are invited to earn the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem from the Catholic Committee on Scouting. There will be an orientation session on Sunday, August 29 at 6:30 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield with group meetings following every 4th Sunday through May 2022. Scouts in a Scouts BSA or Venturing Crew who are in 7th grade and older are eligible. For more information, go to https://scouts.dio.org or contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154 or email .


Job Opening at Springfield Catholic Charities: Supervisor, Intact Family Services - Springfield Catholic Charities has a full-time opening for an Intact Family Services Supervisor. Visit www.dio.org/jobs to view more information about the position, including qualifications and how to apply.


Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


Dive Deep: 12 fun things you didn’t know about Catholicism - Groundhogs Day. Cappuccino. Lay Cardinals. The Easter Bunny. Dive Deep explores those things and more in this episode that will make you say, “I didn’t know that about Catholicism!” Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Is there a young woman ready to celebrate her Quinceanera?  A six month formation program is available through St Alexius Parish.  The formation is available in person and virtually.  Formation gatherings occur the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for one-hour.  For more information contact Sr Ema,


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 August 13-15 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email .  Scholarships are available. 


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 Late Summer – August and September in Year B – 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 August 2021
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15.  Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54.  Ephesians 4:17, 20-24.  John 6:24-35. 
More Than Manna, More Than Bread and Fish.  During the Exodus, the Lord rained down bread (manna) each day to feed those in flight.  Last Sunday, after being filled with bread and fish, the crowd pursued Jesus for more food.  Rightly exasperated, Jesus patiently shifts the conversation from bread from heaven to true bread.  He ends by saying:  “I Am the bread of life.”  What looks like bread is more than bread.  More than we can imagine! 

  • What do I believe Communion to be? 
  • Why do I believe this? 
  • Why do I come in procession each Sunday to eat this bread, this Communion, this Christ? 

The Transfiguration of the Lord, Feast – Friday, 06 August 2021 
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14.  Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9.  2 Peter 1:16-19.  Mark 9:2-10. 
Whiter Than White.  Filled with light.  Dazzling clothes.  Jesus stands before them prefiguring resurrected life.  Peter says, it is good we are here.  God, from the cloud, says, listen to my beloved Son. 

  • In my listening, what am I hearing? 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 August 2021 
1 Kings 19:4-8.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 4:30–5:2.  John 6:41-51. 
“Stop Murmuring.”  Elijah is running for his life from King Ahab and Jezebel because he told the truth.  He was fed by an angel of the Lord for his forty-day flight.  This story is context for the third-Sunday-in-a-row conversation between Jesus and the crowd on bread of life.  Perhaps, with a sigh, Jesus says:  “Stop murmuring.”  Though what I say may be hard to believe, it is true, it is real.  I Am living bread.  Eat me and live for ever. 

  • What do I believe concerning what looks like bread is more than bread? 
  • How does eating this living bread affect my life? 
  • After sharing in Communion, how can I affect the lives of others? 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 15 August 2021  
At the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening 
1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28. 
Mass during the Day
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Taken to Heaven.  In the Eastern Churches, what we call the Assumption, they call the Dormition of Mary – her falling asleep in the Lord.  A wonderful image to face death that may be soon or far away. 

  • How am I preparing to fall asleep in the Lord? 
  • How can I, like Mary, sing God’s praise? 
  • How can I, like Mary, look after a cousin or friend or neighbor in need of help? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 August 2021 
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b.  Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21.  Ephesians 5:21-32.  John 6:60-69. 
One Last Bread of Life Story.  The gospel today is filled with doubt, murmuring, shock, and disbelief.  So much so, that many stopped following Jesus, returning to their former lives.  Jesus, thus, asked the Twelve:  “What about you?”  Peter answers for them:  “To whom shall we go?  We are convinced you are the Holy One of God.”  

  • Why do I still follow Jesus? 
  • Of what am I convinced about him? 
  • Bread of life.  Communion.  What do I believe? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 August 2021 
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5.  James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. 
Call to Holiness.  Sometimes law and custom can be so onerous, so heavy that we can lose focus on right behavior.  That is part of the conversation today as we return to the Gospel of Mark.  Observing traditions is good and right.  But avoiding oppressing thoughts, words, and deeds is better.  In the Second Reading, Saint James says:  “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”  In short, be holy. 

  • What unholy words and deeds can I avoid? 
  • What holy words and deeds shall I do this week? 
  • Whom can I invite to holy behavior with me? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 September 2021 
Isaiah 35:4-7a.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 2:1-5.  Mark 7:31-37. 
Be Opened!  Jesus heals a deaf and mute man today who immediately speaks plainly.  Before the Baptism of adults and after that for babies and children, the Church imitates Jesus with the Ephphetha Rite [EF-fah-thah].  In opening the ears and mouth, we pray for the grace to hear the word of God and to profess it every day. 

  • To what right behavior do I turn a deaf ear, a closed mouth? 
  • What needs opening so I may hear the word of God? 
  • What needs opening so I may speak truth? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 September 2021 
Isaiah 50:4c-9a.  Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9.  James 2:14-18.  Mark 8:27-35. 
Deny.  Take.  Follow.  On the long journey to Jerusalem, Jesus clarifies that following the Christ (Peter’s response to Who am I?) requires denying self, taking up the cross, and following.  Saint James helps make this clear with the need for mercy activity.  Reread the Second Reading each day this week. 

  • Clothe the naked.  What will I do? 
  • Feed the hungry.  What will I do? 
  • Shelter the homeless.  What will I do? 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast – Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Numbers 21:4b-9.  Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38.  Philippians 2:6-11.  John 3:13-17. 
The Cross of Christ.  We say:  “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.” 

  • How will I take up my cross this day? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 September 2021 
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20.  Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8.  James 3:16–4:31.  Mark 9:30-37. 
“I’m Better Than You.”  Our lives are filled with all manner of put down, one upmanship, top dog behavior.  When the disciples where caught in a similar conversation by Jesus, their response was silence.  Perhaps, from embarrassment, even shame – especially after his teaching.  He says to them and to us, be last not first, be of service, be open to receive. 

  • Who needs to be first at something this week rather than me? 
  • Whom can I serve because they need some help? 
  • Whom will I receive with joy as I would a child or grandchild? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 September 2021 
Numbers 11:25-29.  Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14.  James 5:1-6.  Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. 
The More the Merrier.  Who cares if other Christians are also doing the good things that Catholics do?  Or other believers?  Or even non-believers?  The kingdom of heaven is not an exclusive club.  By God’s design, everyone belongs.  Jesus says:  “Whoever is not against us is for us.” 

  • What good can I affirm that someone else is doing this week? 
  • How can I foster others to do good work? 
  • How can I help others to care for “little ones”? 

Catholic Charities Legal Services Needs Your Help! Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS) believes that regardless of aperson’s ability to pay, every human being has the right to competentlegal counsel. Through CCLS, the program director matches a client’slegal case with an area lawyer who has agreed to represent them, probono in the court of law. You can help in one of two ways; through a monetary donation orthrough volunteering your time and expertise on a pro-bono case.Your gift can provide quality legal services in civil matters to anyonein need in our 28-county diocese. How to Help: Donate online at cc.dio.org or eEmail CCLS Director BillHenry at to receive information on becoming a volunteer attorney.

Click here to download a flyer to include in your bulletins


Job Opening at Springfield Catholic Charities: Supervisor, Intact Family Services - Springfield Catholic Charities has a full-time opening for an Intact Family Services Supervisor. Visit www.dio.org/jobs to view more information about the position, including qualifications and how to apply.


Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


Springfield Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women - Women living in the Springfield Deanery, which now consists of Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Menard, and Christian Counties, are invited to a brunch on Aug. 4. from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to learn about the mission of the Springfield Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women, how to get involved, and the group’s participation in the Water for Life Catholic Relief Services project. Father Peter Chineke, parochial vicar at the Cathedral and the Spiritual Advisor of the Springfield Deanery, will share his vocation story. Please RSVP to Janet Zimmerman, Springfield Deanery President, by July 27: or 217-494-4743.


Dive Deep: 12 fun things you didn’t know about Catholicism - Groundhogs Day. Cappuccino. Lay Cardinals. The Easter Bunny. Dive Deep explores those things and more in this episode that will make you say, “I didn’t know that about Catholicism!” Go to www.dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Is there a young woman ready to celebrate her Quinceanera?  A six month formation program is available through St Alexius Parish.  The formation is available in person and virtually.  Formation gatherings occur the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for one-hour.  For more information contact Sr Ema,


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 August 13-15 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email .  Scholarships are available. 


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 Early Summer, June & July in Year B – 2021

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021 
2 Kings 4:42-44. Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18. Ephesians 4:1-6. John 6:1-15. 
Enough to Share. So much in the gospel today. Large crowd following Jesus. Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery. The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal. A giving of bread and fish by a little boy. Bounty. Sharing.  Wasting nothing. Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. Download a free study guide from the USCCB: https://www.usccb.org/resources/fratelli-tutti-study-guide

  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle? 

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer – August and September in Year B – 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 August 2021
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15.  Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54.  Ephesians 4:17, 20-24.  John 6:24-35. 
More Than Manna, More Than Bread and Fish.  During the Exodus, the Lord rained down bread (manna) each day to feed those in flight.  Last Sunday, after being filled with bread and fish, the crowd pursued Jesus for more food.  Rightly exasperated, Jesus patiently shifts the conversation from bread from heaven to true bread.  He ends by saying:  “I Am the bread of life.”  What looks like bread is more than bread.  More than we can imagine! 

  • What do I believe Communion to be? 
  • Why do I believe this? 
  • Why do I come in procession each Sunday to eat this bread, this Communion, this Christ? 

The Transfiguration of the Lord, Feast – Friday, 06 August 2021 
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14.  Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9.  2 Peter 1:16-19.  Mark 9:2-10. 
Whiter Than White.  Filled with light.  Dazzling clothes.  Jesus stands before them prefiguring resurrected life.  Peter says, it is good we are here.  God, from the cloud, says, listen to my beloved Son. 

  • In my listening, what am I hearing? 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 August 2021 
1 Kings 19:4-8.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 4:30–5:2.  John 6:41-51. 
“Stop Murmuring.”  Elijah is running for his life from King Ahab and Jezebel because he told the truth.  He was fed by an angel of the Lord for his forty-day flight.  This story is context for the third-Sunday-in-a-row conversation between Jesus and the crowd on bread of life.  Perhaps, with a sigh, Jesus says:  “Stop murmuring.”  Though what I say may be hard to believe, it is true, it is real.  I Am living bread.  Eat me and live for ever. 

  • What do I believe concerning what looks like bread is more than bread? 
  • How does eating this living bread affect my life? 
  • After sharing in Communion, how can I affect the lives of others? 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 15 August 2021  
At the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening 
1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28. 
Mass during the Day
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Taken to Heaven.  In the Eastern Churches, what we call the Assumption, they call the Dormition of Mary – her falling asleep in the Lord.  A wonderful image to face death that may be soon or far away. 

  • How am I preparing to fall asleep in the Lord? 
  • How can I, like Mary, sing God’s praise? 
  • How can I, like Mary, look after a cousin or friend or neighbor in need of help? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 August 2021 
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b.  Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21.  Ephesians 5:21-32.  John 6:60-69. 
One Last Bread of Life Story.  The gospel today is filled with doubt, murmuring, shock, and disbelief.  So much so, that many stopped following Jesus, returning to their former lives.  Jesus, thus, asked the Twelve:  “What about you?”  Peter answers for them:  “To whom shall we go?  We are convinced you are the Holy One of God.”  

  • Why do I still follow Jesus? 
  • Of what am I convinced about him? 
  • Bread of life.  Communion.  What do I believe? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 August 2021 
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5.  James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. 
Call to Holiness.  Sometimes law and custom can be so onerous, so heavy that we can lose focus on right behavior.  That is part of the conversation today as we return to the Gospel of Mark.  Observing traditions is good and right.  But avoiding oppressing thoughts, words, and deeds is better.  In the Second Reading, Saint James says:  “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”  In short, be holy. 

  • What unholy words and deeds can I avoid? 
  • What holy words and deeds shall I do this week? 
  • Whom can I invite to holy behavior with me? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 September 2021 
Isaiah 35:4-7a.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 2:1-5.  Mark 7:31-37. 
Be Opened!  Jesus heals a deaf and mute man today who immediately speaks plainly.  Before the Baptism of adults and after that for babies and children, the Church imitates Jesus with the Ephphetha Rite [EF-fah-thah].  In opening the ears and mouth, we pray for the grace to hear the word of God and to profess it every day. 

  • To what right behavior do I turn a deaf ear, a closed mouth? 
  • What needs opening so I may hear the word of God? 
  • What needs opening so I may speak truth? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 September 2021 
Isaiah 50:4c-9a.  Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9.  James 2:14-18.  Mark 8:27-35. 
Deny.  Take.  Follow.  On the long journey to Jerusalem, Jesus clarifies that following the Christ (Peter’s response to Who am I?) requires denying self, taking up the cross, and following.  Saint James helps make this clear with the need for mercy activity.  Reread the Second Reading each day this week. 

  • Clothe the naked.  What will I do? 
  • Feed the hungry.  What will I do? 
  • Shelter the homeless.  What will I do? 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast – Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Numbers 21:4b-9.  Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38.  Philippians 2:6-11.  John 3:13-17. 
The Cross of Christ.  We say:  “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.” 

  • How will I take up my cross this day? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 September 2021 
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20.  Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8.  James 3:16–4:31.  Mark 9:30-37. 
“I’m Better Than You.”  Our lives are filled with all manner of put down, one upmanship, top dog behavior.  When the disciples where caught in a similar conversation by Jesus, their response was silence.  Perhaps, from embarrassment, even shame – especially after his teaching.  He says to them and to us, be last not first, be of service, be open to receive. 

  • Who needs to be first at something this week rather than me? 
  • Whom can I serve because they need some help? 
  • Whom will I receive with joy as I would a child or grandchild? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 September 2021 
Numbers 11:25-29.  Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14.  James 5:1-6.  Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. 
The More the Merrier.  Who cares if other Christians are also doing the good things that Catholics do?  Or other believers?  Or even non-believers?  The kingdom of heaven is not an exclusive club.  By God’s design, everyone belongs.  Jesus says:  “Whoever is not against us is for us.” 

  • What good can I affirm that someone else is doing this week? 
  • How can I foster others to do good work? 
  • How can I help others to care for “little ones”? 

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 open. This cycle runs from August 22– September 25, 2021. Deadline to register is August 18. 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.


Catholic Charities Legal Services Needs Your Help! Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS) believes that regardless of aperson’s ability to pay, every human being has the right to competentlegal counsel. Through CCLS, the program director matches a client’slegal case with an area lawyer who has agreed to represent them, probono in the court of law. You can help in one of two ways; through a monetary donation orthrough volunteering your time and expertise on a pro-bono case.Your gift can provide quality legal services in civil matters to anyonein need in our 28-county diocese. How to Help: Donate online at cc.dio.org or eEmail CCLS Director BillHenry at to receive information on becoming a volunteer attorney.

Click here to download a flyer to include in your bulletins


Job Opening at Springfield Catholic Charities: Supervisor, Intact Family Services - Springfield Catholic Charities has a full-time opening for an Intact Family Services Supervisor. Visit www.dio.org/jobs to view more information about the position, including qualifications and how to apply.


Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


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.


Springfield Deanery Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women - Women living in the Springfield Deanery, which now consists of Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Menard, and Christian Counties, are invited to a brunch on Aug. 4. from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to learn about the mission of the Springfield Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women, how to get involved, and the group’s participation in the Water for Life Catholic Relief Services project. Father Peter Chineke, parochial vicar at the Cathedral and the Spiritual Advisor of the Springfield Deanery, will share his vocation story. Please RSVP to Janet Zimmerman, Springfield Deanery President, by July 27:  or 217-494-4743.


Dive Deep - Two brothers. One vocation. A sit down with the Trummer brothers - Fathers Michael and Chris Trummer, two brothers from Effingham County. Their stories to the priesthood are pretty incredible and they involve a funny story. Dive Deep sits down with the Trummer brothers. Go to www.dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Is there a young woman ready to celebrate her Quinceanera?  A six month formation program is available through St Alexius Parish.  The formation is available in person and virtually.  Formation gatherings occur the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for one-hour.  For more information contact Sr Ema,


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 August 13-15 go to:  www.dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html , call 217-217-698-4456, or email .  Scholarships are available. 


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 Early Summer, June & July in Year B – 2021

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 July 2021
Jeremiah 23:1-6. Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6. Ephesians 2:13-18. Mark 6:30-34. 
Hard Work Requires Rest. After all the traveling light last week to do ministry, Jesus tries to take the apostles away for some rest. But the people see them go, discover where they are headed, and get there first. Oh, my! So, Jesus ministers to them by teaching many things. After we work hard at mercy works, sometimes we can rest. Sometimes not. 

  • How can I find some rest from work in the quiet place of prayer? 
  • How can my restful prayer strengthen me to do more? 
  • What will I do next? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021 
2 Kings 4:42-44. Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18. Ephesians 4:1-6. John 6:1-15. 
Enough to Share. So much in the gospel today. Large crowd following Jesus. Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery. The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal. A giving of bread and fish by a little boy. Bounty. Sharing.  Wasting nothing. Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. Download a free study guide from the USCCB: https://www.usccb.org/resources/fratelli-tutti-study-guide

  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle? 

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer – August and September in Year B – 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 August 2021
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15.  Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54.  Ephesians 4:17, 20-24.  John 6:24-35. 
More Than Manna, More Than Bread and Fish.  During the Exodus, the Lord rained down bread (manna) each day to feed those in flight.  Last Sunday, after being filled with bread and fish, the crowd pursued Jesus for more food.  Rightly exasperated, Jesus patiently shifts the conversation from bread from heaven to true bread.  He ends by saying:  “I Am the bread of life.”  What looks like bread is more than bread.  More than we can imagine! 

  • What do I believe Communion to be? 
  • Why do I believe this? 
  • Why do I come in procession each Sunday to eat this bread, this Communion, this Christ? 

The Transfiguration of the Lord, Feast – Friday, 06 August 2021 
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14.  Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9.  2 Peter 1:16-19.  Mark 9:2-10. 
Whiter Than White.  Filled with light.  Dazzling clothes.  Jesus stands before them prefiguring resurrected life.  Peter says, it is good we are here.  God, from the cloud, says, listen to my beloved Son. 

  • In my listening, what am I hearing? 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 August 2021 
1 Kings 19:4-8.  Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Ephesians 4:30–5:2.  John 6:41-51. 
“Stop Murmuring.”  Elijah is running for his life from King Ahab and Jezebel because he told the truth.  He was fed by an angel of the Lord for his forty-day flight.  This story is context for the third-Sunday-in-a-row conversation between Jesus and the crowd on bread of life.  Perhaps, with a sigh, Jesus says:  “Stop murmuring.”  Though what I say may be hard to believe, it is true, it is real.  I Am living bread.  Eat me and live for ever. 

  • What do I believe concerning what looks like bread is more than bread? 
  • How does eating this living bread affect my life? 
  • After sharing in Communion, how can I affect the lives of others? 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 15 August 2021  
At the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening 
1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28. 
Mass during the Day
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Taken to Heaven.  In the Eastern Churches, what we call the Assumption, they call the Dormition of Mary – her falling asleep in the Lord.  A wonderful image to face death that may be soon or far away. 

  • How am I preparing to fall asleep in the Lord? 
  • How can I, like Mary, sing God’s praise? 
  • How can I, like Mary, look after a cousin or friend or neighbor in need of help? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 August 2021 
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b.  Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21.  Ephesians 5:21-32.  John 6:60-69. 
One Last Bread of Life Story.  The gospel today is filled with doubt, murmuring, shock, and disbelief.  So much so, that many stopped following Jesus, returning to their former lives.  Jesus, thus, asked the Twelve:  “What about you?”  Peter answers for them:  “To whom shall we go?  We are convinced you are the Holy One of God.”  

  • Why do I still follow Jesus? 
  • Of what am I convinced about him? 
  • Bread of life.  Communion.  What do I believe? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 August 2021 
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8.  Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5.  James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27.  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. 
Call to Holiness.  Sometimes law and custom can be so onerous, so heavy that we can lose focus on right behavior.  That is part of the conversation today as we return to the Gospel of Mark.  Observing traditions is good and right.  But avoiding oppressing thoughts, words, and deeds is better.  In the Second Reading, Saint James says:  “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”  In short, be holy. 

  • What unholy words and deeds can I avoid? 
  • What holy words and deeds shall I do this week? 
  • Whom can I invite to holy behavior with me? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 05 September 2021 
Isaiah 35:4-7a.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 2:1-5.  Mark 7:31-37. 
Be Opened!  Jesus heals a deaf and mute man today who immediately speaks plainly.  Before the Baptism of adults and after that for babies and children, the Church imitates Jesus with the Ephphetha Rite [EF-fah-thah].  In opening the ears and mouth, we pray for the grace to hear the word of God and to profess it every day. 

  • To what right behavior do I turn a deaf ear, a closed mouth? 
  • What needs opening so I may hear the word of God? 
  • What needs opening so I may speak truth? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 September 2021 
Isaiah 50:4c-9a.  Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9.  James 2:14-18.  Mark 8:27-35. 
Deny.  Take.  Follow.  On the long journey to Jerusalem, Jesus clarifies that following the Christ (Peter’s response to Who am I?) requires denying self, taking up the cross, and following.  Saint James helps make this clear with the need for mercy activity.  Reread the Second Reading each day this week. 

  • Clothe the naked.  What will I do? 
  • Feed the hungry.  What will I do? 
  • Shelter the homeless.  What will I do? 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast – Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Numbers 21:4b-9.  Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38.  Philippians 2:6-11.  John 3:13-17. 
The Cross of Christ.  We say:  “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.” 

  • How will I take up my cross this day? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19 September 2021 
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20.  Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8.  James 3:16–4:31.  Mark 9:30-37. 
“I’m Better Than You.”  Our lives are filled with all manner of put down, one upmanship, top dog behavior.  When the disciples where caught in a similar conversation by Jesus, their response was silence.  Perhaps, from embarrassment, even shame – especially after his teaching.  He says to them and to us, be last not first, be of service, be open to receive. 

  • Who needs to be first at something this week rather than me? 
  • Whom can I serve because they need some help? 
  • Whom will I receive with joy as I would a child or grandchild? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26 September 2021 
Numbers 11:25-29.  Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14.  James 5:1-6.  Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. 
The More the Merrier.  Who cares if other Christians are also doing the good things that Catholics do?  Or other believers?  Or even non-believers?  The kingdom of heaven is not an exclusive club.  By God’s design, everyone belongs.  Jesus says:  “Whoever is not against us is for us.” 

  • What good can I affirm that someone else is doing this week? 
  • How can I foster others to do good work? 
  • How can I help others to care for “little ones”? 

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 July 4 – August 7, 2021. Deadline to register is February 17. Visit 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.


Job Opening at Springfield Catholic Charities: Community Services Supervisor - Springfield Catholic Charities has a full-time opening for Community Services Supervisor. Visit www.dio.org/jobs to view more information about the position, including qualifications and how to apply.


Job Opening at Springfield Catholic Charities: Office Manager - Springfield Catholic Charities has a full-time opening for an Office Manager. Visit www.dio.org/jobs to view more information about the position, including qualifications and how to apply.


Job Opening at the Catholic Pastoral Center: Parish Finance Administrator - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual to take on the role of Parish Finance Administrator. This role assists the Finance Officer in organizational management by interpreting and utilizing parish managerial accounting and financial information. This position oversees support of parishes through supervising parish audits, developing finance policies, establishing internal controls for parishes, and executing an accounting review program. More information including requirements and how to apply can be found at dio.org/jobs.


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.


Springfield Deanery Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women - Women living in the Springfield Deanery, which now consists of Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Menard, and Christian Counties, are invited to a brunch on Aug. 4. from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to learn about the mission of the Springfield Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women, how to get involved, and the group’s participation in the Water for Life Catholic Relief Services project. Father Peter Chineke, parochial vicar at the Cathedral and the Spiritual Advisor of the Springfield Deanery, will share his vocation story. Please RSVP to Janet Zimmerman, Springfield Deanery President, by July 27:  or 217-494-4743. You must be vaccinated.


Dive Deep - Two brothers. One vocation. A sit down with the Trummer brothers - Fathers Michael and Chris Trummer, two brothers from Effingham County. Their stories to the priesthood are pretty incredible and they involve a funny story. Dive Deep sits down with the Trummer brothers. Go to www.dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

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Cyclists from Biking for Babies will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, July 16th.  While cycling across America these pro-life enthusiasts spread awareness of and collect donations for pregnancy resource centers.  All are invited to attend 5:15 pm Mass, enjoy dinner with the cyclists, and hear their testimonies.  To RSVP contact Vicki Compton at:  217/522-3342 or email .  Biking for Babies is partnering with three pregnancy help centers within our diocese:  First Step Women's Center (Springfield), Choices Pregnancy & Health (Charleston), ThriVe Metro East (Godfrey).  Donations can be made at:  www.bikingforbabies.com/give.


The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is offering a paid internship for Catholics.  The internship is to promote the diocesan Justice and Hope program and gain experience working on behalf of those in poverty.  The internship starts September 2021.  Visit https://www.dio.org/plasm to download the application.  Application and resume must be submitted by July 16th.  Contact Donna Moore with any questions: , 217-321-1161.  


The Diocese of Belleville is having a Pre-Cana session in Spanish.  The next Pre-Cana class for Hispanic couples is being offered October 16, 2021.  If you know of any Hispanic couple that is interested in attending have them contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at: 618-632-1755, cell phone: 618-520-3404, or


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 August 13-15 go to: www.dio.org/plasm/projectrachel, call 217-217-698-4456, or email .  Scholarships are available. 


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 Early Summer, June & July in Year B – 2021

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 July 2021 
Amos 7:12-15. Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14. Ephesians 1:3-14. Mark 6:7-13. 
Travel Light. To do ministry – that includes every one of us who is baptized – the gospel, Jesus, really, tells us to travel light. No cane, food, suitcase, money. Just go and do. 

  • What encumbers me from doing what I am called to do, from doing good work? 
  • What food and drink can I give away (mercy work) to help others do good work? 
  • What money can I donate to worthy, needed causes?  

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 July 2021
Jeremiah 23:1-6. Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6. Ephesians 2:13-18. Mark 6:30-34. 
Hard Work Requires Rest. After all the traveling light last week to do ministry, Jesus tries to take the apostles away for some rest. But the people see them go, discover where they are headed, and get there first. Oh, my! So, Jesus ministers to them by teaching many things. After we work hard at mercy works, sometimes we can rest. Sometimes not. 

  • How can I find some rest from work in the quiet place of prayer? 
  • How can my restful prayer strengthen me to do more? 
  • What will I do next? 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021 
2 Kings 4:42-44. Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18. Ephesians 4:1-6. John 6:1-15. 
Enough to Share. So much in the gospel today. Large crowd following Jesus. Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery. The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal. A giving of bread and fish by a little boy. Bounty. Sharing.  Wasting nothing. Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. Download a free study guide from the USCCB: https://www.usccb.org/resources/fratelli-tutti-study-guide

  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone? 
  • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle? 

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