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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.

For Springfield Area Parishes Only

Greetings Parishioners! Catholic Charities is carrying on our Christmas Store tradition and is once again asking for your help! The Christmas store provides Christmas gifts for over 900 children in our community and we could not do it without your generosity. We are asking for all toy donations to be submitted by Sunday, Dec 8th. We set up our store on Thursday, Dec 12th and the store operates on Friday, Dec 13th.  We welcome volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for either or both dates, please contact Robyn More: . Thank you so much for your support at this Christmas season and all year round!


Experience the incarnation of the Word through the eyes (and hearts!) of artisans and craftspeople from around the world! Visit the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kirkwood to view a collection of more than 275 unique nativity displays. You are invited to Tau Center at 335 S Kirkwood Rd, (behind the PNC Bank Bldg) from Mon, Dec 9 through Sun, Dec 15, between the hours of 10am and 4pm each day. Suggested admission is either a $5 donation, a package of diapers, or a new or gently used baby supply item, all to benefit St Louis-area pregnancy care centers (go to www.fsolph.org for a list of their needs). New this year, we have a large Fontanini village. Join the Sisters in celebrating a Franciscan Christmas while helping babies and expectant mothers in need. Contact or (314)965-3700 to arrange for a group tour.


The Springfield Catholic Charities office currently has openings for an Office Manager and Pantry Manager. Please go to www.dio.org/jobs for more information about these positions.


The observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, is December 3rd.  Observed around the world since 1992, the day aims to promote awareness, understanding, and support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.  For more information go to:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html


The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago, January 10-11, 2020.  Information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html .  If you are interested in attending, contact Donna at 217-698-5800, ext 161 by December 2nd. 


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. 


This December 13th, Feast Day of Saint Lucy, Patron Saint of blind or visually impaired people, check out the  Xavier Society for the Blind revised website:  https://xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/    Xavier Society for the Blind offers resources for the visually impaired free of charge.  They have a library of Catholic spiritual and religious reading materials in braille and audio for the blind and visually impaired.


Bulletin Shorts for Advent in Year A – December 2019

Second Sunday of Advent – 08 December 2019 
Isaiah 11:1-10.  Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.  Romans 15:4-9.  Matthew 3:1-12. 
A Changed Mind Fosters a Changed Life.  Who would want to be accused of being part of a brood of vipers?  Appearing to be good is not good enough.  When the Lord comes again, justice and faithfulness will reign supreme from top to bottom.  Won’t that be grand?  We don’t have to wait.  Though there will be a Second Coming, Christ is also with us now!  Justice and faithfulness, hope and harmony are part of our lives already.  Saint Paul, in the Romans reading, urges three things: 

  • Heed the instruction:  Everyday, how will I let Scripture guide me? 
  • Pray in one voice:  Everyday, how will I pray alone and with others? 
  • Welcome each other:  Everyday, how will I live in harmony with others as the Lord does with me? 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 9 December 2019
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America – transferred this year to Monday
Genesis 3:9-15, 20.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4.  Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12.  Luke 1:26-38.   
Purity.  Her conception is immaculate … so that her birth nine months later on 08 September would be another sure sign for being the Mother of God.  And, thus, as also Mother of the Church, she urges us to live grace-filled lives without “spot or wrinkle” (Preface). 

  • How will I step away from the serpent, flee from sin, and attend to God’s good grace? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast – Thursday, 12 December 2019 
Patronal Feastday of the Americas
Zechariah 2:14-17.  OR  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Judith 13:18bcde, 19.  Luke 1:26-38.  OR  Luke 1:39-47. 
A Rose Filled Cloak.  Roses in winter, a miraculous image on fabric, a blessed patroness for all the Americas.  Blessed is she.  And blessed be God. 

  • Wrapped in the protection of Christ, how will I work for justice and for peace in the Americas – North, Central, and South? 

Third Sunday of Advent – 15 December 2019 
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10.  Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 5:7-10.  Matthew 11:2-11. 
Who Is the Messiah?  When even the land sings God’s praise, how can we not do the same?  When God comes for the blind, deaf, lame, and mute, how can we not care for the same?  When we know Christ has both come and is coming yet again, how can we complain about anyone? 

  • How will the words I speak be filled with what God is up to in this world? 
  • How will the deeds I do attend to mercy work for blind, deaf, lame, and mute children of God? 
  • I will stop complaining this week about ______________________?

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22 December 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Romans 1:1-7.  Matthew 1:18-24. 
To Dream and to Act.  The promised Second Coming of Christ is assured in the reality of the first.  This birth of Jesus, promised by an angel to Mary and dreamed by Joseph, results in God-with-us, Emmanuel. 

  • How will my life be a sign that God is indeed with us now? 
  • How will God’s grace spill this week into these mercy works:  ____________________?
  • How will I trust God and exorcise from my life whatever keeps me fearful? 

 

Planning Study Update – DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A SURVEY HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

If you have not submitted a survey yet, you are in luck. The deadline has been extended to December 2 for mail- in and December 6 for online submissions. This will be your last chance to participate in the diocesan planning study regarding a proposed campaign in support of the education of seminarians. Please complete a survey online by going to www.dio.org/seminariancampaign and entering the password study, or you may attend our final focus group meeting scheduled for:

  • December 3rd, 7pm at St. Boniface Church, Edwardsville

For Springfield Area Parishes Only

Greetings Parishioners! Catholic Charities is carrying on our Christmas Store tradition and is once again asking for your help! The Christmas store provides Christmas gifts for over 900 children in our community and we could not do it without your generosity. We are asking for all toy donations to be submitted by Sunday, Dec 8th. We set up our store on Thursday, Dec 12th and the store operates on Friday, Dec 13th.  We welcome volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for either or both dates, please contact Robyn More: . Thank you so much for your support at this Christmas season and all year round!


Experience the incarnation of the Word through the eyes (and hearts!) of artisans and craftspeople from around the world! Visit the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kirkwood to view a collection of more than 275 unique nativity displays. You are invited to Tau Center at 335 S Kirkwood Rd, (behind the PNC Bank Bldg) from Mon, Dec 9 through Sun, Dec 15, between the hours of 10am and 4pm each day. Suggested admission is either a $5 donation, a package of diapers, or a new or gently used baby supply item, all to benefit St Louis-area pregnancy care centers (go to www.fsolph.org for a list of their needs). New this year, we have a large Fontanini village. Join the Sisters in celebrating a Franciscan Christmas while helping babies and expectant mothers in need. Contact or (314)965-3700 to arrange for a group tour.


The Springfield Catholic Charities office currently has openings for an Office Manager and Pantry Manager. Please go to www.dio.org/jobs for more information about these positions.


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. 


The observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, is December 3rd.  Observed around the world since 1992, the day aims to promote awareness, understanding, and support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.  For more information go to:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html


The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago, January 10-11, 2020.  Information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html .  If you are interested in attending, contact Donna at 217-698-5800, ext 161 by December 2nd. 


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. 


This December 13th, Feast Day of Saint Lucy, Patron Saint of blind or visually impaired people, check out the  Xavier Society for the Blind revised website:  https://xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/    Xavier Society for the Blind offers resources for the visually impaired free of charge.  They have a library of Catholic spiritual and religious reading materials in braille and audio for the blind and visually impaired.


Bulletin Shorts for Advent in Year A – December 2019

First Sunday of Advent – 01 December 2019 
Isaiah 2:1-5.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 13:11-14.  Matthew 24:37-44. 
Coming That Is Certain Yet Unknown.  We begin a new liturgical year today, focusing on the parousia, the “end time”, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  We know its coming is certain.  Jesus says, however, we just do not know when.  How, then, shall we behave?  As if that coming is today! 

  • Since Christ is light (Isaiah and Creed), how will my merciful behaviors shine with his radiance? 
  • Since Christ is near (Romans), how will I behave with sobriety, loving-kindness, and generosity? 
  • I will stay awake for the Second Coming of Christ by _____________________? 

Second Sunday of Advent – 08 December 2019 
Isaiah 11:1-10.  Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.  Romans 15:4-9.  Matthew 3:1-12. 
A Changed Mind Fosters a Changed Life.  Who would want to be accused of being part of a brood of vipers?  Appearing to be good is not good enough.  When the Lord comes again, justice and faithfulness will reign supreme from top to bottom.  Won’t that be grand?  We don’t have to wait.  Though there will be a Second Coming, Christ is also with us now!  Justice and faithfulness, hope and harmony are part of our lives already.  Saint Paul, in the Romans reading, urges three things: 

  • Heed the instruction:  Everyday, how will I let Scripture guide me? 
  • Pray in one voice:  Everyday, how will I pray alone and with others? 
  • Welcome each other:  Everyday, how will I live in harmony with others as the Lord does with me? 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 9 December 2019
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America – transferred this year to Monday
Genesis 3:9-15, 20.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4.  Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12.  Luke 1:26-38.   
Purity.  Her conception is immaculate … so that her birth nine months later on 08 September would be another sure sign for being the Mother of God.  And, thus, as also Mother of the Church, she urges us to live grace-filled lives without “spot or wrinkle” (Preface). 

  • How will I step away from the serpent, flee from sin, and attend to God’s good grace? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast – Thursday, 12 December 2019 
Patronal Feastday of the Americas
Zechariah 2:14-17.  OR  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Judith 13:18bcde, 19.  Luke 1:26-38.  OR  Luke 1:39-47. 
A Rose Filled Cloak.  Roses in winter, a miraculous image on fabric, a blessed patroness for all the Americas.  Blessed is she.  And blessed be God. 

  • Wrapped in the protection of Christ, how will I work for justice and for peace in the Americas – North, Central, and South? 

Third Sunday of Advent – 15 December 2019 
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10.  Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 5:7-10.  Matthew 11:2-11. 
Who Is the Messiah?  When even the land sings God’s praise, how can we not do the same?  When God comes for the blind, deaf, lame, and mute, how can we not care for the same?  When we know Christ has both come and is coming yet again, how can we complain about anyone? 

  • How will the words I speak be filled with what God is up to in this world? 
  • How will the deeds I do attend to mercy work for blind, deaf, lame, and mute children of God? 
  • I will stop complaining this week about ______________________?

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22 December 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Romans 1:1-7.  Matthew 1:18-24. 
To Dream and to Act.  The promised Second Coming of Christ is assured in the reality of the first.  This birth of Jesus, promised by an angel to Mary and dreamed by Joseph, results in God-with-us, Emmanuel. 

  • How will my life be a sign that God is indeed with us now? 
  • How will God’s grace spill this week into these mercy works:  ____________________?
  • How will I trust God and exorcise from my life whatever keeps me fearful? 

Running for Life Runners Prolife Team - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is seeking sponsors for his November 24, 2019 Tulsa Route 66 Marathon run. Proceeds are to benefit the Life Runners team. More information on the team is available at: www.liferunners.org. To pledge go to www.dio.org/marathon or call 217-698-8500 to have a pledge form mailed to you.


Planning Study Update – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who filled out a planning study survey for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. There is still time if you’d like to fill one out. You may complete the survey online by going to www.dio.org/seminariancampaign and entering the password study. The deadline for filling it out is November 29, 2019. The Steier Group will then prepare recommendations for Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on whether the diocese should proceed with a capital campaign to support the education of our seminarians. Once Bishop Paprocki reviews the report and decides how to proceed, he will communicate the results to all parishioners.


The Springfield Catholic Charities office currently has openings for an Office Manager and Pantry Manager. Please go to www.dio.org/jobs for more information about these positions.


Resources for Catechist 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 Cycle 1 of the VLCFF is now open. This cycle runs from January 12 – February 15, 2020. You do not have to wait until Cycle 1 to start – courses can be taken at any time. Deadline to register is January 8. Visit www.dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html 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 40 Days for Life in Granite City team would like to thank everyone who came out to pray at the abortion facility in Granite City during our 40 Days for Life campaign. This was a successful campaign because all prayer hours were covered for 40 straight days, 12 hours a day, in a prayerful and peaceful manner!

  1. 480 hours of prayer.
  2. Over 1200 people praying.
  3. 36 days were “adopted” by churches/organizations and the 4 remaining days were filled by people responding to “fill the gap” emails.
  4. 19 cities participated, with Quincy, IL being the furthest away.
  5. 7 Babies were saved! (That we know of.)

God did this! This is His work! He desired our YES and many responded to his call!

This 40 Days for Life campaign demonstrates that there is power in prayer and REAL HOPE.  When God’s children work together in prayer to help women, we can put an end to the demand for abortion. 40 Days for Life works because prayer works!


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. 


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 observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, is December 3rd.  Observed around the world since 1992, the day aims to promote awareness, understanding, and support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.  For more information go to:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html


The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago, January 10-11, 2020.  Information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html .  If you are interested in attending, contact Donna at 217-698-5800, ext 161 by December 2nd. 


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 Fall in Year C – 2019

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.

Bulletin Shorts for Advent in Year A – December 2019

First Sunday of Advent – 01 December 2019 
Isaiah 2:1-5.  Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 13:11-14.  Matthew 24:37-44. 
Coming That Is Certain Yet Unknown.  We begin a new liturgical year today, focusing on the parousia, the “end time”, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  We know its coming is certain.  Jesus says, however, we just do not know when.  How, then, shall we behave?  As if that coming is today! 

  • Since Christ is light (Isaiah and Creed), how will my merciful behaviors shine with his radiance? 
  • Since Christ is near (Romans), how will I behave with sobriety, loving-kindness, and generosity? 
  • I will stay awake for the Second Coming of Christ by _____________________? 

Second Sunday of Advent – 08 December 2019 
Isaiah 11:1-10.  Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.  Romans 15:4-9.  Matthew 3:1-12. 
A Changed Mind Fosters a Changed Life.  Who would want to be accused of being part of a brood of vipers?  Appearing to be good is not good enough.  When the Lord comes again, justice and faithfulness will reign supreme from top to bottom.  Won’t that be grand?  We don’t have to wait.  Though there will be a Second Coming, Christ is also with us now!  Justice and faithfulness, hope and harmony are part of our lives already.  Saint Paul, in the Romans reading, urges three things: 

  • Heed the instruction:  Everyday, how will I let Scripture guide me? 
  • Pray in one voice:  Everyday, how will I pray alone and with others? 
  • Welcome each other:  Everyday, how will I live in harmony with others as the Lord does with me? 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – 9 December 2019
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America – transferred this year to Monday
Genesis 3:9-15, 20.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4.  Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12.  Luke 1:26-38.   
Purity.  Her conception is immaculate … so that her birth nine months later on 08 September would be another sure sign for being the Mother of God.  And, thus, as also Mother of the Church, she urges us to live grace-filled lives without “spot or wrinkle” (Preface). 

  • How will I step away from the serpent, flee from sin, and attend to God’s good grace? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast – Thursday, 12 December 2019 
Patronal Feastday of the Americas
Zechariah 2:14-17.  OR  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Judith 13:18bcde, 19.  Luke 1:26-38.  OR  Luke 1:39-47. 
A Rose Filled Cloak.  Roses in winter, a miraculous image on fabric, a blessed patroness for all the Americas.  Blessed is she.  And blessed be God. 

  • Wrapped in the protection of Christ, how will I work for justice and for peace in the Americas – North, Central, and South? 

Third Sunday of Advent – 15 December 2019 
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10.  Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10.  James 5:7-10.  Matthew 11:2-11. 
Who Is the Messiah?  When even the land sings God’s praise, how can we not do the same?  When God comes for the blind, deaf, lame, and mute, how can we not care for the same?  When we know Christ has both come and is coming yet again, how can we complain about anyone? 

  • How will the words I speak be filled with what God is up to in this world? 
  • How will the deeds I do attend to mercy work for blind, deaf, lame, and mute children of God? 
  • I will stop complaining this week about ______________________?

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22 December 2019 
Isaiah 7:10-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  Romans 1:1-7.  Matthew 1:18-24. 
To Dream and to Act.  The promised Second Coming of Christ is assured in the reality of the first.  This birth of Jesus, promised by an angel to Mary and dreamed by Joseph, results in God-with-us, Emmanuel. 

  • How will my life be a sign that God is indeed with us now? 
  • How will God’s grace spill this week into these mercy works:  ____________________?
  • How will I trust God and exorcise from my life whatever keeps me fearful? 

 

Running for Life Runners Prolife Team - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is seeking sponsors for his November 24, 2019 Tulsa Route 66 Marathon run. Proceeds are to benefit the Life Runners team. More information on the team is available at: www.liferunners.org. To pledge go to www.dio.org/marathon or call 217-698-8500 to have a pledge form mailed to you.


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:

  • 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.


Bulletin Announcement: Planning Study Update – Last Chance to Respond
For the Masses November 16/17

Planning Study Update – Last Chance to Respond

This week will be your last chance to participate in the diocese planning study survey. You can read about the proposed diocesan plans to support the education of our seminarians by following the website link below. You may complete the survey online by going to www.dio.org/seminariancampaign and entering the password study, or you may attend one of the final focus group meetings scheduled for this week:

• Monday , November 18, 7:00 pm, Christ the King Church, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield 62704
• Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm, Christ the King Church, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield 62704


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 observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, is December 3rd.  Observed around the world since 1992, the day aims to promote awareness, understanding, and support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.  For more information go to:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html


FREE LUNCHEON - Luncheon4Life, Friday, November 15, 11:30am-1:30, Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton.  Chuck Raymond, facilitator of the Project Joseph healing ministry for men after abortion, will be the guest speaker.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by November 10th. Luncheons4Life is a grass roots luncheon designed to bring together like-minded, life affirming people to network.   


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. 


The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is coordinating a bus to the March for Life – Chicago, January 10-11, 2020.  Information about the event can be found at:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html .  If you are interested in attending, contact Donna at 217-698-5800, ext 161 by December 2nd. 


Bulletin Shorts for Fall in Year C – 2019

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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