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Summer Internship ~ Totus Tuus of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring summer staff for the 2019 Totus Tuus season! I am looking for college students and seminarians who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ and who are willing to travel around the diocese spreading God’s love. This summer’s theme is the Sacraments and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Dates are May 31 – July 27. Training is provided at our local retreat center and there is a break over the Independence Day holiday. More information and applications are available at https://www.dio.org/youthministry/staff-information.html or call Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

Bulletin Shorts for 2nd-8th Ordinary Time – winter – in Year C – 2019

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18-25 January 2019 
Let us pray each day that all the baptized may be gathered as one at the Table of the Lord. 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 January 2019
The beginning of his signs.  Empty vessels + Lots of water + Jesus’ action = Plenty good wine.  His first of many signs takes place at Cana.  Goodness always results when Jesus acts among us; loving us as a groom (Jesus) loves the bride (us).  And Saint Paul lists other good signs, other spiritual gifts shared with us.  These varied baptismal charisms (no one has them all) are gifts of the same Holy Spirit and Christ and God. 

  • Can I count at least one way God is active in my life each day this week? 
  • If someone asks me to do something (as Mary does today), even if I think I am not ready (as Jesus says at Cana), will I do it?  What will I do? 
  • I will surely see someone in need this week.  How will I act? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 January 2019
First words.  Jesus begins his ministry, according to Saint Luke, by reading aloud in the assembly from the Prophet Isaiah about the privileged poor, the blind, and the oppressed.  He concludes by declaring:  This is fulfilled in your hearing.  Words do matter.  Good words lead to good works. 

  • What words can I speak today to someone who needs Good News? 
  • How can my voicing love to the poor spill into action this week? 
  • How can I promote the freeing of captives and aliens? 

Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Saturday, 02 February 2019
On the 40th day following Christmas, we hear again the story of Simeon and Anna being thrilled to meet the Savior at his presentation.  We also light and bless candles, since Christ does illumine us.  The next day we bless throats.  Pretty Catholic behavior. 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 February 2019
Throw under the bus.  All he said was, God is for everybody, even the ones who you do not expect!  The home town folks get so mad at Jesus, they want to throw him off the hill into the ravine.  People get “thrown under the bus” all the time, it seems.  People at whom we get mad.  People with whom we do not agree.  Saint Paul takes a different tack.  Love, love, love, he says.  Faith and hope are good.  But love is the greatest.  The list of how we can love is long [1 Corinthians 2:31—13:13].  Let us focus on three this week. 

  • Who needs me to be patient and kind?  What will I do or not do? 
  • What truth will I seek and rejoice over? 
  • How can I love the interest of another over my own? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 February 2019
Where we live and breathe.  Saint Paul lays out in clear language the truth of our salvation – the Paschal Mystery of the dead and risen Christ.  Then he adds: 
But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. 
This is because Jesus is with us where we live and breathe – just as with Peter and the boys in their boats – and the great crowd pressing in on him at the shore. 

  • What do I hear God saying to me today? 
  • What grace is God working within me? 
  • What mercy work does this urge me to do? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 February 2019
Good-attitudes and bad-attitudes.  Jesus speaks the same words to kinsfolk, town folk, and foreigners alike:  four blesseds and four woes.  The blessed are those in need of works of mercy.  So are we.  The woeful are those who need to do mercy works.  Note well:  they are not cursed; they are reminded. 

  • Let me review the works of mercy. 
  • Even if I think I have only a little, what can I give and do for another? 
  • What will I let someone do for me? 

Corporal Works of Mercy ¨ Feed the hungry ¨ Give drink to the thirsty ¨ Shelter the homeless ¨ Clothe the naked ¨ Visit the sick ¨ Visit the prisoners ¨ Bury the dead ¨ Give alms to the poor ¨ Care of our Common Home ¨ Spiritual Works of Mercy ¨ Counseling the doubtful ¨ Instructing the ignorant ¨ Admonishing the sinner ¨ Comforting the sorrowful ¨ Forgiving injuries ¨ Bearing wrongs patiently ¨ Praying for the living and the dead ¨ Caring for our Common Home ¨

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 February 2019
Picking up from last week.  After Saint Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus continues his Sermon on the Plain (the Sermon on the Mount is Saint Matthew’s telling).  “Give to everyone … Do to others … Love your enemies … Be merciful … Stop judging … Stop condemning … Give in good measure.”  This recalls the Jewish sense of mitzvah – both the doing of the commandments and the doing of acts and deeds beyond duty that connect us to God.  Christians distill the older list of 613 to the golden rule and the 8 Corporal and 8 Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

  • Let me carry the Gospel – Luke 6:27-38 – with me this week and read it every day.  Link:  usccb.org/readings. 
  • What deed will I do beyond what I already “have to” do? 
  • What from this list is really hard for me to do?  Will I try? 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 March 2019
Tough words just before Lent.  “Projection” is the habit of assigning faults and behavior to others that are our own – perhaps even more than theirs.  Jesus puts it this way today:  seeing the splinter in another’s eye while not noticing the lumber in my own is hypocritical.  Words and acts matter.  Read on.  Sirach says:  One’s speech discloses the bent of the heart.  Jesus says:  From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  Paul says:  Be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord. 

  • Let me start a short list of what I want to attend to this Lent.  The 40 Days will help me refine it. 
  • Let me party a little on Mardi Gras…
  • …so that I can be an ambassador for Christ all Lent. 

Mardi Gras – 05 March 2019
Last day in winter Ordinary Time.  This Fat Tuesday is a last letting go before the rigors of the Lenten Retreat that begins tomorrow. 

 

Courses for all Catholics - University of Dayton Online Learning - Sign up for the online courses through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a program of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. These adult faith formation courses support the Church's catechetical ministry and are for all Catholics.

Registration for 2019 Cycle 1 is now open and closes January 16. The courses run January 20 through February 23, 2019 at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar. The course calendar can be found at:  https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_1_2019_English

For more information, visit our website at dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html or the VLCFF web site at vlcff.udayton.edu

9 Days for Life -  A virtual novena is taking place January 14-22, 2019. 9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action for life. Each day of the novena provides a different intercession, reflection, information item and suggested action. The novena is available in English and Spanish, and can be received in four ways: a free mobile app, text message, email, or social media. Please mention this opportunity in your bulletin so others may participate. You can learn more at www.9daysforlife.com.

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Rosary and Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, St. Agnes Parish to Planned Parenthood, Springfield, 9:00 am.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  For flyer and further information go to the following website:  http://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html

Bulletin Shorts for Christmas Time in Year C – 2019

Baptism of the Lord – 13 January 2019
Remember our own Baptism.  Many of us were infants in arms at Baptism.  Without actual remembering, we may have items to help recall it – pictures, garment, candle, stories told.  But we have every Easter Day with the Renewal of Baptismal Promises to help us remember – and pledge them anew.  We also have the Baptism of others to recall the impact of those saving waters for us and for all.  Just like with Jesus, the heavens open so that God is near to us, so that God calls us “my favorite”, so that God remains pleased – in us; in me. 

  • Who can I invite to join us in Christic discipleship through preparation for Baptism? 
  • How will I renew my baptismal goodness this day? 
  • What baptismal gift or charism will I use for the good of another’s need (Think works of mercy if needing suggestions.)? 

Bulletin Shorts for 2nd-8th Ordinary Time – winter – in Year C – 2019

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18-25 January 2019 
Let us pray each day that all the baptized may be gathered as one at the Table of the Lord. 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 January 2019
The beginning of his signs.  Empty vessels + Lots of water + Jesus’ action = Plenty good wine.  His first of many signs takes place at Cana.  Goodness always results when Jesus acts among us; loving us as a groom (Jesus) loves the bride (us).  And Saint Paul lists other good signs, other spiritual gifts shared with us.  These varied baptismal charisms (no one has them all) are gifts of the same Holy Spirit and Christ and God. 

  • Can I count at least one way God is active in my life each day this week? 
  • If someone asks me to do something (as Mary does today), even if I think I am not ready (as Jesus says at Cana), will I do it?  What will I do? 
  • I will surely see someone in need this week.  How will I act? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 January 2019
First words.  Jesus begins his ministry, according to Saint Luke, by reading aloud in the assembly from the Prophet Isaiah about the privileged poor, the blind, and the oppressed.  He concludes by declaring:  This is fulfilled in your hearing.  Words do matter.  Good words lead to good works. 

  • What words can I speak today to someone who needs Good News? 
  • How can my voicing love to the poor spill into action this week? 
  • How can I promote the freeing of captives and aliens? 

Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Saturday, 02 February 2019
On the 40th day following Christmas, we hear again the story of Simeon and Anna being thrilled to meet the Savior at his presentation.  We also light and bless candles, since Christ does illumine us.  The next day we bless throats.  Pretty Catholic behavior. 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 February 2019
Throw under the bus.  All he said was, God is for everybody, even the ones who you do not expect!  The home town folks get so mad at Jesus, they want to throw him off the hill into the ravine.  People get “thrown under the bus” all the time, it seems.  People at whom we get mad.  People with whom we do not agree.  Saint Paul takes a different tack.  Love, love, love, he says.  Faith and hope are good.  But love is the greatest.  The list of how we can love is long [1 Corinthians 2:31—13:13].  Let us focus on three this week. 

  • Who needs me to be patient and kind?  What will I do or not do? 
  • What truth will I seek and rejoice over? 
  • How can I love the interest of another over my own? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 February 2019
Where we live and breathe.  Saint Paul lays out in clear language the truth of our salvation – the Paschal Mystery of the dead and risen Christ.  Then he adds: 
But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. 
This is because Jesus is with us where we live and breathe – just as with Peter and the boys in their boats – and the great crowd pressing in on him at the shore. 

  • What do I hear God saying to me today? 
  • What grace is God working within me? 
  • What mercy work does this urge me to do? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 February 2019
Good-attitudes and bad-attitudes.  Jesus speaks the same words to kinsfolk, town folk, and foreigners alike:  four blesseds and four woes.  The blessed are those in need of works of mercy.  So are we.  The woeful are those who need to do mercy works.  Note well:  they are not cursed; they are reminded. 

  • Let me review the works of mercy. 
  • Even if I think I have only a little, what can I give and do for another? 
  • What will I let someone do for me? 

Corporal Works of Mercy ¨ Feed the hungry ¨ Give drink to the thirsty ¨ Shelter the homeless ¨ Clothe the naked ¨ Visit the sick ¨ Visit the prisoners ¨ Bury the dead ¨ Give alms to the poor ¨ Care of our Common Home ¨ Spiritual Works of Mercy ¨ Counseling the doubtful ¨ Instructing the ignorant ¨ Admonishing the sinner ¨ Comforting the sorrowful ¨ Forgiving injuries ¨ Bearing wrongs patiently ¨ Praying for the living and the dead ¨ Caring for our Common Home ¨

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 February 2019
Picking up from last week.  After Saint Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus continues his Sermon on the Plain (the Sermon on the Mount is Saint Matthew’s telling).  “Give to everyone … Do to others … Love your enemies … Be merciful … Stop judging … Stop condemning … Give in good measure.”  This recalls the Jewish sense of mitzvah – both the doing of the commandments and the doing of acts and deeds beyond duty that connect us to God.  Christians distill the older list of 613 to the golden rule and the 8 Corporal and 8 Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

  • Let me carry the Gospel – Luke 6:27-38 – with me this week and read it every day.  Link:  usccb.org/readings. 
  • What deed will I do beyond what I already “have to” do? 
  • What from this list is really hard for me to do?  Will I try? 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 March 2019
Tough words just before Lent.  “Projection” is the habit of assigning faults and behavior to others that are our own – perhaps even more than theirs.  Jesus puts it this way today:  seeing the splinter in another’s eye while not noticing the lumber in my own is hypocritical.  Words and acts matter.  Read on.  Sirach says:  One’s speech discloses the bent of the heart.  Jesus says:  From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  Paul says:  Be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord. 

  • Let me start a short list of what I want to attend to this Lent.  The 40 Days will help me refine it. 
  • Let me party a little on Mardi Gras…
  • …so that I can be an ambassador for Christ all Lent. 

Mardi Gras – 05 March 2019
Last day in winter Ordinary Time.  This Fat Tuesday is a last letting go before the rigors of the Lenten Retreat that begins tomorrow. 

 

Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program - The application process for the Class of 2021 is now open!  Please use announcement in your parish bulletin.

2018 St. Joseph Home Ornament - St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield and Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association present the Official City of Springfield Ornament celebrating the restored Illinois Governor’s Mansion which opened to the public the summer of 2018. Available at Joseph Home, www.saintjosephshome.org Cost $29. For information, please call (217)529-5596. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Home and Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association

9 Days for Life - A virtual novena is taking place January 14-22, 2019.  9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action for life.  Each day of the novena provides a different intercession, reflection, information item and suggested action.  The novena is available in English and Spanish and can be received in four ways:  a free mobile app, text message, email, or social media. You can learn more at www.9daysforlife.com.

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 
The Diocesan Immigration Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Surviving Divorce - Thursdays, beginning January 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Christ The King Parish Library, Springfield
Please call the Parish Office, at (217) 546-3527 to register.  For additional information contact John Marruffo (217) 494-3366. Surviving Divorce features twelve video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It also includes personal testimonies of Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They courageously share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. The cost of the program for participants is $15, which includes all program materials. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic Church teachings.

The Diocesan Black Catholic Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Courses for all Catholics - University of Dayton Online Learning - Sign up for the online courses through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a program of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. These adult faith formation courses support the Church's catechetical ministry and are for all Catholics.  Registration for 2019 Cycle 1 is now open and closes January 16. The courses run January 20 through February 23, 2019 at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar. The course calendar can be found at:  https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_1_2019_English

For more information, visit our website at dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html or the VLCFF web site at vlcff.udayton.edu

Bulletin Shorts for Christmas Time in Year C – 2019

Epiphany of the Lord – 06 January 2019 
Epiphany – a Striking Appearance.  This is truly a seven-way amazing day.  (1) Easterners fix on a star.  (2) Those Magi follow yet lose their way.  (3) Magi ask for help to get to the right place.  (4) They honor God.  (5) They give away riches.  (6) They pay attention to [God speaking in] dreams.  (7) They go a new way. 

  • For what, for whom am I looking?  
  • What help do I need?  Am I brave enough to ask? 
  • What am I willing to give away? 

Baptism of the Lord – 13 January 2019
Remember our own Baptism.  Many of us were infants in arms at Baptism.  Without actual remembering, we may have items to help recall it – pictures, garment, candle, stories told.  But we have every Easter Day with the Renewal of Baptismal Promises to help us remember – and pledge them anew.  We also have the Baptism of others to recall the impact of those saving waters for us and for all.  Just like with Jesus, the heavens open so that God is near to us, so that God calls us “my favorite”, so that God remains pleased – in us; in me. 

  • Who can I invite to join us in Christic discipleship through preparation for Baptism? 
  • How will I renew my baptismal goodness this day? 
  • What baptismal gift or charism will I use for the good of another’s need (Think works of mercy if needing suggestions.)? 

Bulletin Shorts for 2nd-8th Ordinary Time – winter – in Year C – 2019

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18-25 January 2019 
Let us pray each day that all the baptized may be gathered as one at the Table of the Lord. 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 January 2019
The beginning of his signs.  Empty vessels + Lots of water + Jesus’ action = Plenty good wine.  His first of many signs takes place at Cana.  Goodness always results when Jesus acts among us; loving us as a groom (Jesus) loves the bride (us).  And Saint Paul lists other good signs, other spiritual gifts shared with us.  These varied baptismal charisms (no one has them all) are gifts of the same Holy Spirit and Christ and God. 

  • Can I count at least one way God is active in my life each day this week? 
  • If someone asks me to do something (as Mary does today), even if I think I am not ready (as Jesus says at Cana), will I do it?  What will I do? 
  • I will surely see someone in need this week.  How will I act? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 January 2019
First words.  Jesus begins his ministry, according to Saint Luke, by reading aloud in the assembly from the Prophet Isaiah about the privileged poor, the blind, and the oppressed.  He concludes by declaring:  This is fulfilled in your hearing.  Words do matter.  Good words lead to good works. 

  • What words can I speak today to someone who needs Good News? 
  • How can my voicing love to the poor spill into action this week? 
  • How can I promote the freeing of captives and aliens? 

Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Saturday, 02 February 2019
On the 40th day following Christmas, we hear again the story of Simeon and Anna being thrilled to meet the Savior at his presentation.  We also light and bless candles, since Christ does illumine us.  The next day we bless throats.  Pretty Catholic behavior. 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 February 2019
Throw under the bus.  All he said was, God is for everybody, even the ones who you do not expect!  The home town folks get so mad at Jesus, they want to throw him off the hill into the ravine.  People get “thrown under the bus” all the time, it seems.  People at whom we get mad.  People with whom we do not agree.  Saint Paul takes a different tack.  Love, love, love, he says.  Faith and hope are good.  But love is the greatest.  The list of how we can love is long [1 Corinthians 2:31—13:13].  Let us focus on three this week. 

  • Who needs me to be patient and kind?  What will I do or not do? 
  • What truth will I seek and rejoice over? 
  • How can I love the interest of another over my own? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 February 2019
Where we live and breathe.  Saint Paul lays out in clear language the truth of our salvation – the Paschal Mystery of the dead and risen Christ.  Then he adds: 
But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. 
This is because Jesus is with us where we live and breathe – just as with Peter and the boys in their boats – and the great crowd pressing in on him at the shore. 

  • What do I hear God saying to me today? 
  • What grace is God working within me? 
  • What mercy work does this urge me to do? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 February 2019
Good-attitudes and bad-attitudes.  Jesus speaks the same words to kinsfolk, town folk, and foreigners alike:  four blesseds and four woes.  The blessed are those in need of works of mercy.  So are we.  The woeful are those who need to do mercy works.  Note well:  they are not cursed; they are reminded. 

  • Let me review the works of mercy. 
  • Even if I think I have only a little, what can I give and do for another? 
  • What will I let someone do for me? 

Corporal Works of Mercy ¨ Feed the hungry ¨ Give drink to the thirsty ¨ Shelter the homeless ¨ Clothe the naked ¨ Visit the sick ¨ Visit the prisoners ¨ Bury the dead ¨ Give alms to the poor ¨ Care of our Common Home ¨ Spiritual Works of Mercy ¨ Counseling the doubtful ¨ Instructing the ignorant ¨ Admonishing the sinner ¨ Comforting the sorrowful ¨ Forgiving injuries ¨ Bearing wrongs patiently ¨ Praying for the living and the dead ¨ Caring for our Common Home ¨

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 February 2019
Picking up from last week.  After Saint Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus continues his Sermon on the Plain (the Sermon on the Mount is Saint Matthew’s telling).  “Give to everyone … Do to others … Love your enemies … Be merciful … Stop judging … Stop condemning … Give in good measure.”  This recalls the Jewish sense of mitzvah – both the doing of the commandments and the doing of acts and deeds beyond duty that connect us to God.  Christians distill the older list of 613 to the golden rule and the 8 Corporal and 8 Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

  • Let me carry the Gospel – Luke 6:27-38 – with me this week and read it every day.  Link:  usccb.org/readings. 
  • What deed will I do beyond what I already “have to” do? 
  • What from this list is really hard for me to do?  Will I try? 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 March 2019
Tough words just before Lent.  “Projection” is the habit of assigning faults and behavior to others that are our own – perhaps even more than theirs.  Jesus puts it this way today:  seeing the splinter in another’s eye while not noticing the lumber in my own is hypocritical.  Words and acts matter.  Read on.  Sirach says:  One’s speech discloses the bent of the heart.  Jesus says:  From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  Paul says:  Be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord. 

  • Let me start a short list of what I want to attend to this Lent.  The 40 Days will help me refine it. 
  • Let me party a little on Mardi Gras…
  • …so that I can be an ambassador for Christ all Lent. 

Mardi Gras – 05 March 2019
Last day in winter Ordinary Time.  This Fat Tuesday is a last letting go before the rigors of the Lenten Retreat that begins tomorrow. 

Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program - The application process for the Class of 2021 is now open!  Please use announcement in your parish bulletin.

2018 St. Joseph Home Ornament - St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield and Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association present the Official City of Springfield Ornament celebrating the restored Illinois Governor’s Mansion which opened to the public the summer of 2018. Available at Joseph Home, www.saintjosephshome.org Cost $29. For information, please call (217)529-5596. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Home and Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association

9 Days for Life - A virtual novena is taking place January 14-22, 2019.  9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action for life.  Each day of the novena provides a different intercession, reflection, information item and suggested action.  The novena is available in English and Spanish and can be received in four ways:  a free mobile app, text message, email, or social media. You can learn more at www.9daysforlife.com.

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 
The Diocesan Immigration Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Surviving Divorce - Thursdays, beginning January 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Christ The King Parish Library, Springfield
Please call the Parish Office, at (217) 546-3527 to register.  For additional information contact John Marruffo (217) 494-3366. Surviving Divorce features twelve video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It also includes personal testimonies of Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They courageously share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. The cost of the program for participants is $15, which includes all program materials. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic Church teachings.

The Diocesan Black Catholic Commission is looking for individuals to serve in this important ministry.  If interested, call Donna at 217-321-1161. 

Are you experiencing shame, sleepless nights, guilt, or other negative emotions after abortion?  You are not alone.  Call our toll-free Project Rachel helpline for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 

Courses for all Catholics - University of Dayton Online Learning - Sign up for the online courses through the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), a program of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. These adult faith formation courses support the Church's catechetical ministry and are for all Catholics.  Registration for 2019 Cycle 1 is now open and closes January 16. The courses run January 20 through February 23, 2019 at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar. The course calendar can be found at:  https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_1_2019_English

For more information, visit our website at dio.org/catechesis/vlcff.html or the VLCFF web site at vlcff.udayton.edu

Bulletin Shorts for Christmas Time in Year C – 2019

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – 30 December 2018
Holy persons, holy family.  It is, perhaps, easy to see the holiness in the Holy Family and not in our own.  But holy we are, too.  We are holy because of God’s loving-kindness and God living among us.  Pope Francis says this clearly in Gaudete et Exsultate on the call to holiness in today’s world.  Let us look to the saint next door.  Let us also be the saint next door.  God, in creation, makes us holy.  We are called to remain in holiness.  Though we need help from God and from others, it is possible for each one of us. 

  • Who can I name as a saint next door?  What do they do and say, not do and say, to make this so? 
  • What one holy and mercy work will I do in this Christmas season? 
  • What will I do and say to bring holiness to this sometimes-messy world? 

And let us all pray for the holiness of our bishops during their retreat at Mundelein Seminary 2-8 January 2019. 

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God – Tuesday, 01 January 2019
Blessed be this new civil year.  The readings invite us to rejoice in blessing.  For the Lord blesses us, keeps us, is gracious to us (Numbers).  For, in mercy, God blesses us (Psalm).  For God sent the Son and adopts us as children saved from all that needs saving (Galatians).  Like amazed shepherds, let us glorify and praise God (Luke).  For Jesus – “God saves” – is very near. 

  • Bathed in blessedness, like Mary, how will I show blessing in this new year? 

Epiphany of the Lord – 06 January 2019
Epiphany – a Striking Appearance.  This is truly a seven-way amazing day.  (1) Easterners fix on a star.  (2) Those Magi follow yet lose their way.  (3) Magi ask for help to get to the right place.  (4) They honor God.  (5) They give away riches.  (6) They pay attention to [God speaking in] dreams.  (7) They go a new way. 

  • For what, for whom am I looking?  
  • What help do I need?  Am I brave enough to ask? 
  • What am I willing to give away? 

Baptism of the Lord – 13 January 2019
Remember our own Baptism.  Many of us were infants in arms at Baptism.  Without actual remembering, we may have items to help recall it – pictures, garment, candle, stories told.  But we have every Easter Day with the Renewal of Baptismal Promises to help us remember – and pledge them anew.  We also have the Baptism of others to recall the impact of those saving waters for us and for all.  Just like with Jesus, the heavens open so that God is near to us, so that God calls us “my favorite”, so that God remains pleased – in us; in me. 

  • Who can I invite to join us in Christic discipleship through preparation for Baptism? 
  • How will I renew my baptismal goodness this day? 
  • What baptismal gift or charism will I use for the good of another’s need (Think works of mercy if needing suggestions.)? 

Bulletin Shorts for 2nd-8th Ordinary Time – winter – in Year C – 2019

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18-25 January 2019 
Let us pray each day that all the baptized may be gathered as one at the Table of the Lord. 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 January 2019
The beginning of his signs.  Empty vessels + Lots of water + Jesus’ action = Plenty good wine.  His first of many signs takes place at Cana.  Goodness always results when Jesus acts among us; loving us as a groom (Jesus) loves the bride (us).  And Saint Paul lists other good signs, other spiritual gifts shared with us.  These varied baptismal charisms (no one has them all) are gifts of the same Holy Spirit and Christ and God. 

  • Can I count at least one way God is active in my life each day this week? 
  • If someone asks me to do something (as Mary does today), even if I think I am not ready (as Jesus says at Cana), will I do it?  What will I do? 
  • I will surely see someone in need this week.  How will I act? 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 January 2019
First words.  Jesus begins his ministry, according to Saint Luke, by reading aloud in the assembly from the Prophet Isaiah about the privileged poor, the blind, and the oppressed.  He concludes by declaring:  This is fulfilled in your hearing.  Words do matter.  Good words lead to good works. 

  • What words can I speak today to someone who needs Good News? 
  • How can my voicing love to the poor spill into action this week? 
  • How can I promote the freeing of captives and aliens? 

Presentation of the Lord, Feast – Saturday, 02 February 2019
On the 40th day following Christmas, we hear again the story of Simeon and Anna being thrilled to meet the Savior at his presentation.  We also light and bless candles, since Christ does illumine us.  The next day we bless throats.  Pretty Catholic behavior. 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 February 2019
Throw under the bus.  All he said was, God is for everybody, even the ones who you do not expect!  The home town folks get so mad at Jesus, they want to throw him off the hill into the ravine.  People get “thrown under the bus” all the time, it seems.  People at whom we get mad.  People with whom we do not agree.  Saint Paul takes a different tack.  Love, love, love, he says.  Faith and hope are good.  But love is the greatest.  The list of how we can love is long [1 Corinthians 2:31—13:13].  Let us focus on three this week. 

  • Who needs me to be patient and kind?  What will I do or not do? 
  • What truth will I seek and rejoice over? 
  • How can I love the interest of another over my own? 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 February 2019
Where we live and breathe.  Saint Paul lays out in clear language the truth of our salvation – the Paschal Mystery of the dead and risen Christ.  Then he adds: 
But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me has not been ineffective. 
This is because Jesus is with us where we live and breathe – just as with Peter and the boys in their boats – and the great crowd pressing in on him at the shore. 

  • What do I hear God saying to me today? 
  • What grace is God working within me? 
  • What mercy work does this urge me to do? 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 February 2019
Good-attitudes and bad-attitudes.  Jesus speaks the same words to kinsfolk, town folk, and foreigners alike:  four blesseds and four woes.  The blessed are those in need of works of mercy.  So are we.  The woeful are those who need to do mercy works.  Note well:  they are not cursed; they are reminded. 

  • Let me review the works of mercy. 
  • Even if I think I have only a little, what can I give and do for another? 
  • What will I let someone do for me? 

Corporal Works of Mercy ¨ Feed the hungry ¨ Give drink to the thirsty ¨ Shelter the homeless ¨ Clothe the naked ¨ Visit the sick ¨ Visit the prisoners ¨ Bury the dead ¨ Give alms to the poor ¨ Care of our Common Home ¨ Spiritual Works of Mercy ¨ Counseling the doubtful ¨ Instructing the ignorant ¨ Admonishing the sinner ¨ Comforting the sorrowful ¨ Forgiving injuries ¨ Bearing wrongs patiently ¨ Praying for the living and the dead ¨ Caring for our Common Home ¨

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 February 2019
Picking up from last week.  After Saint Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus continues his Sermon on the Plain (the Sermon on the Mount is Saint Matthew’s telling).  “Give to everyone … Do to others … Love your enemies … Be merciful … Stop judging … Stop condemning … Give in good measure.”  This recalls the Jewish sense of mitzvah – both the doing of the commandments and the doing of acts and deeds beyond duty that connect us to God.  Christians distill the older list of 613 to the golden rule and the 8 Corporal and 8 Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

  • Let me carry the Gospel – Luke 6:27-38 – with me this week and read it every day.  Link:  usccb.org/readings. 
  • What deed will I do beyond what I already “have to” do? 
  • What from this list is really hard for me to do?  Will I try? 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 March 2019
Tough words just before Lent.  “Projection” is the habit of assigning faults and behavior to others that are our own – perhaps even more than theirs.  Jesus puts it this way today:  seeing the splinter in another’s eye while not noticing the lumber in my own is hypocritical.  Words and acts matter.  Read on.  Sirach says:  One’s speech discloses the bent of the heart.  Jesus says:  From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  Paul says:  Be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord. 

  • Let me start a short list of what I want to attend to this Lent.  The 40 Days will help me refine it. 
  • Let me party a little on Mardi Gras…
  • …so that I can be an ambassador for Christ all Lent. 

Mardi Gras – 05 March 2019
Last day in winter Ordinary Time.  This Fat Tuesday is a last letting go before the rigors of the Lenten Retreat that begins tomorrow. 

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