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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.

Permanent Diaconate Formation Applications - The 2020 diaconate application has been extended. All men of the Diocese of Springfield who are discerning a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate are invited to complete and return the application material. Application instructions and forms can be found on our website at https://www.dio.org/diaconate. All application material should be return to the Office for the Diaconate. For more information, contact Deacon David Sorrell, Director.


Share with us about a time in your life when you conquered the mountain of fear with faith! Keep it to 200 words and send to ! We want to hear from you! #Benotafraid

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Tribunal Services Curia Job Opening - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is currently seeking a qualified candidates for the position of Tribunal Coordinator in the Office for Tribunal Services. The Tribunal Coordinator for the Office for Tribunal Services coordinates processes related to petitions for declarations of marital nullity and other judicial cases that come before the Tribunal. The Office Manager has the responsibility of seeing that the acts of the Tribunal are properly handled along with supervising the day to day operations of the Tribunal. The Tribunal Coordinator also supports the Judicial Vicar, all judges, and defenders of the bond. Please click here to view the full job description and information on how to apply.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Virtual Auction To Raise Funds For Madison County Catholic Charities - Madison County Catholic Charities is hosting a virtual auction during the month of September to make up for revenue lost from the cancelation of their annual fundraiser this year. Some of the items available include Schwinn bicycles, Kindle Fire, Formea Animal Hospital package, golf packages, champagne and diamonds package, Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Med Resources Vionic Shoes, Frozen II filled toy box and more. To view the entire list of items or register for the auction, visit cc.dio.org and click “Event Tickets” where you will be taken to the auction page. Upon registering, you will be able to begin bidding on items. Minimum bids apply. Bidding ends Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. The highest bidder at that time will take home the item(s).

Revenue from the live auction goes to Madison County Catholic Charities to help support our mission and programs: Professional Counseling Solutions, Guardian Angel Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, Homeless Prevention, Legal Services, Immediate Meds and Emergency Meds.
For more information on Catholic Charities and its programs, visit cc.dio.org.


Missions serve an important role in our Church.  They provide for the needs of the most vulnerable in places where the local church cannot reach itself.  Visit the Missionary Co-Op webpage at www.dio.org/missions/missionary-co-op-program.html. The page lists Missions that would have visited our diocese this summer, gives a link with information about a mission, and an opportunity for people to donate to a mission of your choice.  Generous donations are critical to the operation of each mission. The current pandemic has affected us all, but even more so for those who were already afflicted by poverty.   


Event for Deaf Community:  Learn About Your Faith with YOUCAT in ASL.  8 Week session.  Thursday nights, starting 1 October, 6:15-7:15 pm.  Our Saviour Parish, Convent building, located west of Our Saviour school. 453 East State St, Jacksonville.  For more information contact Fr Adam Zawadzki, .


Annual Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon, October 10, 2020.   Mass starts at 9:00am and the luncheon ends about 1:00 pm.  Cara Paschal, Executive Director of Thrive Metro-East, will be guest speaker for the luncheon.  Registration to participate in the Mass, Walk and Luncheon is required.  For more information and to register, go to: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  


The pain and sorrow of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime.  Call Project Rachel for a confidential, non-judgmental referral to those who can help:  1-877-RACHEL-5. 


Please feel free to use these notices in your parish bulletins, or as announcements at the end of Mass.

Weekend Before World Mission Sunday, October 11

Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday.  This year we are invited to support over 1100 of the youngest dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe.  Please keep the Missions in your prayers and please be generous in next weekend’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Weekend of World Mission Sunday, October 18

Today is World Mission Sunday!  In Scripture, we read that St. Paul asked the Gentile Churches to take up a collection to support the Church in Jerusalem.  Now we are asked to reach out and support the young churches throughout our world.  Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the collection today will help missionaries offer the poor of these areas practical help as they share the mercy of God.  It will ensure the development of local dioceses, and support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who serve those on the margins and in most need.  Go out to the whole world through your gift in today’s collection! 

Weekend After World Mission Sunday, October 25

Thank you for your generous response to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday.  Our parish raised $(insert amount).  Some people are called to go to serve in other countries to develop the Church and serve its people, but all of us can pray and support the Missions from right here in the parish.


Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer, August & September in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-28.  Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Philippians 2:1-11.  Matthew 21:28-32. 
I Don’t Want To!  Sometimes we bristle at being told what to do.  We may say a yes or a no, then do something else.  The demands of Christian living are not easy.  But we look to Jesus for guidance, for encouragement, for example.  Reread Philippians all week.  It is a longer version of what we heard on Palm Sunday.  It urges us to be like Christ. 

  • What attitude-adjustment do I need to be more like Christ? 
  • What will I do to be more compassionate and merciful? 
  • What interest of another will be important to me this week?

Bulletin Shorts for Fall, October & November, in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 October 2020 
Isaiah 5:1-7.  Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20.  Philippians 4:6-9.  Matthew 21:33-43. 
Belonging in the Kingdom of God.  Although the parable today is about who properly oversees the work of the Kingdom of God, we can easily shift the focus to who belongs within it and how must those who belong behave.  This includes every one of us.  Saint Paul provides this helpful list of suitable actions.  Do what is truthful, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious.  He ends with, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard.” 

  • What truth that needs telling will I speak this week? 
  • What just thing will I think and then do? 
  • How will I be gracious to those I meet, with those I work, with those with whom I live? 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 October 2020 
Isaiah 25:6-10a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20.  Matthew 22:1-14. 
Don’t Kill the Messenger.  We have another Kingdom of God/Heaven parable today.  It is about being gracious and prepared.  Who, in a right mind, would snub a gracious invitation to a feast?  Who, in a right mind, would kill the messenger?  It happened to Jesus.  We should not be surprised when it happens to us in little or big ways.  Still, we must announce:  “Come to the feast, come to the Kingdom.”  The required wedding garment in this gospel feast reminds us, who live in this Kingdom of God, to always imagine we wear our baptismal cloths; and, thus, always remember to act as faithful disciples. 

  • What Good News will I proclaim this week? 
  • What good deed will I do? 
  • Whom will I invite to do some baptism-inspired activity with me? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 October 2020  
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6.  Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10.  1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b.  Matthew 22:15-21. 
The Things of God.  We often encounter those who set traps for us.  They speak in half-truths, only partial stories, code language, even downright lies.  It is more than regrettable.  It helps if we always look to the One who calls us by name, who chooses and protects us, who empowers us to think clearly and act justly.  In the words of Saint Paul, be people of faith, love, and hope. 

  • What work will my faith in Jesus urge me to do? 
  • For whom will I do some labor of love? 
  • Even in stressful times, how can my hope in Jesus Christ endure? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 October 2020 
Exodus 22:20-26.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10.  Matthew 22:34-40. 
Love God, Neighbor, Self.  There are 613 Old Testament laws guiding faithful behavior.  The Exodus writer tells us some:  do not molest or oppress aliens, do not wrong widows and orphans, do to extort money from the poor, do not, do not, do not.  Jesus gives us a summary in two laws (rooted in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18):  (1) Love God with everything you have and are and (2) Love the neighbor as your very self. 

  • What will I do to love a foreigner, an alien, someone not like me? 
  • What will I do for someone who is poor, hungry, out of work? 
  • What will I do? 

All Saints, Solemnity – Sunday, 01 November 2020  
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints Next Door.  It can be easy to view the beatitudes as impossible goals for Kingdom of Heaven living.  But they are not just dreams and hopes; they are norms, achievable standards of right behaviors for baptized disciples.  The second reading helps us grasp this.  We are children of God not by blood or birth or desire.  We are God’s children by baptismal rebirth, by God’s good choice.  We constantly look, at Pope Francis’ urging, for the saint next door.  We constantly try to be one, too. 

  • I will reread 1 John 3:1-3 each day this week to cherish how I am a child of God. 
  • Let me name the “saintly” behavior of neighbors, co-workers, family. 
  • What will I do each day this week to be a saint next door? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Monday, 02 November 2020  
There are 31 possible Bible texts; check with the parish for the ones to be used. 
The Dead Matter.  It is a good and holy thing to pray for the dead as it is to console those who mourn the death of ones they love.  For they are as much a part of the Kingdom of God as those alive on earth and those alive in heaven. 

  • For whom among the dead will I pray?  Let me make a list. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 November 2020 
Wisdom 6:12-16.  Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Matthew 25:1-13. 
Being with Jesus – or Not.  The parable today of the ten lamp bearers is about vigilance.  Not an idle standing by merely looking and waiting.  No, a waiting that is prepared (extra oil!) for all that comes, a waiting filled with activity ready to accompany those who journey through doorways to heaven. 

  • How can I focus on the bridegroom, on Jesus, and all those he loves? 
  • How will I ready myself to do Kingdom of Heaven work this week? 
  • What will that work be?  For whom will I do it? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Monday, 09 November 2020 
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
Church Buildings and the Church.  We hold in honor today the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome.  That building is important, as are all churches, because they are places where the Church, the People of God, gather to hear Christ speak, to pray, and to be sent to do Christian work. 

  • When next I enter my parish church building, let me pray for all those who have gone before, those who enter now, and those who are yet to come. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 November 2020 
and World Day of the Poor 
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31.  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.  Matthew 25:14-30. 
Talents Given, Talents Returned.  One more Kingdom of Heaven parable today.  God gives in the great hope that these treasures, these talents, these baptismal charisms will bear fruit.  God’s gifts are not for burying or hiding in safety.  They are to be risked, to be used for the benefit of both self and others.  When that happens, God says:  “Well done.  Come share my joy.” 

  • What gifts of God must I unbury and put to use? 
  • How will I serve God this week by serving another? 
  • What action will I do that prompts God to say:  “Well done”? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 November 2020 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity  
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17.  Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6.  1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28.  Matthew 25:31-46. 
Six Grows to Nine.  We get the start of the Corporal Works of Mercy in Matthew 25.  Two more are added over time.  Pope Francis adds one more.  These are the behaviors by which each will be judged – actions toward others are, in fact, done for and to God.  What we think is important.  What we may say is also important.  But what we do is key, is more important.  Here is the list:  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. 

  • Who does not have enough that I will feed? 
  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • How will I be responsible for the earth? 

Share with us about a time in your life when you conquered the mountain of fear with faith! Keep it to 200 words and send to ! We want to hear from you! #Benotafraid

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Tribunal Services Curia Job Opening - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is currently seeking a qualified candidates for the position of Tribunal Coordinator in the Office for Tribunal Services. The Tribunal Coordinator for the Office for Tribunal Services coordinates processes related to petitions for declarations of marital nullity and other judicial cases that come before the Tribunal. The Office Manager has the responsibility of seeing that the acts of the Tribunal are properly handled along with supervising the day to day operations of the Tribunal. The Tribunal Coordinator also supports the Judicial Vicar, all judges, and defenders of the bond. Please click here to view the full job description and information on how to apply.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Virtual Auction To Raise Funds For Madison County Catholic Charities - Madison County Catholic Charities is hosting a virtual auction during the month of September to make up for revenue lost from the cancelation of their annual fundraiser this year. Some of the items available include Schwinn bicycles, Kindle Fire, Formea Animal Hospital package, golf packages, champagne and diamonds package, Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Med Resources Vionic Shoes, Frozen II filled toy box and more. To view the entire list of items or register for the auction, visit cc.dio.org and click “Event Tickets” where you will be taken to the auction page. Upon registering, you will be able to begin bidding on items. Minimum bids apply. Bidding ends Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. The highest bidder at that time will take home the item(s).

Revenue from the live auction goes to Madison County Catholic Charities to help support our mission and programs: Professional Counseling Solutions, Guardian Angel Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, Homeless Prevention, Legal Services, Immediate Meds and Emergency Meds.
For more information on Catholic Charities and its programs, visit cc.dio.org.


Missions serve an important role in our Church.  They provide for the needs of the most vulnerable in places where the local church cannot reach itself.  Visit the Missionary Co-Op webpage at www.dio.org/missions/missionary-co-op-program.html. The page lists Missions that would have visited our diocese this summer, gives a link with information about a mission, and an opportunity for people to donate to a mission of your choice.  Generous donations are critical to the operation of each mission. The current pandemic has affected us all, but even more so for those who were already afflicted by poverty.   


Event for Deaf Community:  Learn About Your Faith with YOUCAT in ASL.  8 Week session.  Thursday nights, starting 1 October, 6:15-7:15 pm.  Our Saviour Parish, Convent building, located west of Our Saviour school. 453 East State St, Jacksonville.  For more information contact Fr Adam Zawadzki, .


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 & September in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020
Isaiah 55:6-9.  Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18.  Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a.  Matthew 20:1-16a. 
How Things Work in the Kingdom of Heaven.  This parable about kingdom living may rile us up.  God is as generous to the late-comers to kingdom work as to those who labored longer and, perhaps, harder.  Really?  It is true.  God is so generous, so loving, so good – with ways above our ways and thoughts above our thoughts (reread Isaiah). 

  • What work will I do to help bring on the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How will I pour myself into Christian living without grumbling? 
  • How can I be generous to a fault like God this week? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-28.  Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Philippians 2:1-11.  Matthew 21:28-32. 
I Don’t Want To!  Sometimes we bristle at being told what to do.  We may say a yes or a no, then do something else.  The demands of Christian living are not easy.  But we look to Jesus for guidance, for encouragement, for example.  Reread Philippians all week.  It is a longer version of what we heard on Palm Sunday.  It urges us to be like Christ. 

  • What attitude-adjustment do I need to be more like Christ? 
  • What will I do to be more compassionate and merciful? 
  • What interest of another will be important to me this week?

Bulletin Shorts for Fall, October & November, in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 October 2020 
Isaiah 5:1-7.  Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20.  Philippians 4:6-9.  Matthew 21:33-43. 
Belonging in the Kingdom of God.  Although the parable today is about who properly oversees the work of the Kingdom of God, we can easily shift the focus to who belongs within it and how must those who belong behave.  This includes every one of us.  Saint Paul provides this helpful list of suitable actions.  Do what is truthful, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious.  He ends with, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard.” 

  • What truth that needs telling will I speak this week? 
  • What just thing will I think and then do? 
  • How will I be gracious to those I meet, with those I work, with those with whom I live? 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 October 2020 
Isaiah 25:6-10a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20.  Matthew 22:1-14. 
Don’t Kill the Messenger.  We have another Kingdom of God/Heaven parable today.  It is about being gracious and prepared.  Who, in a right mind, would snub a gracious invitation to a feast?  Who, in a right mind, would kill the messenger?  It happened to Jesus.  We should not be surprised when it happens to us in little or big ways.  Still, we must announce:  “Come to the feast, come to the Kingdom.”  The required wedding garment in this gospel feast reminds us, who live in this Kingdom of God, to always imagine we wear our baptismal cloths; and, thus, always remember to act as faithful disciples. 

  • What Good News will I proclaim this week? 
  • What good deed will I do? 
  • Whom will I invite to do some baptism-inspired activity with me? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 October 2020  
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6.  Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10.  1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b.  Matthew 22:15-21. 
The Things of God.  We often encounter those who set traps for us.  They speak in half-truths, only partial stories, code language, even downright lies.  It is more than regrettable.  It helps if we always look to the One who calls us by name, who chooses and protects us, who empowers us to think clearly and act justly.  In the words of Saint Paul, be people of faith, love, and hope. 

  • What work will my faith in Jesus urge me to do? 
  • For whom will I do some labor of love? 
  • Even in stressful times, how can my hope in Jesus Christ endure? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 October 2020 
Exodus 22:20-26.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10.  Matthew 22:34-40. 
Love God, Neighbor, Self.  There are 613 Old Testament laws guiding faithful behavior.  The Exodus writer tells us some:  do not molest or oppress aliens, do not wrong widows and orphans, do to extort money from the poor, do not, do not, do not.  Jesus gives us a summary in two laws (rooted in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18):  (1) Love God with everything you have and are and (2) Love the neighbor as your very self. 

  • What will I do to love a foreigner, an alien, someone not like me? 
  • What will I do for someone who is poor, hungry, out of work? 
  • What will I do? 

All Saints, Solemnity – Sunday, 01 November 2020  
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints Next Door.  It can be easy to view the beatitudes as impossible goals for Kingdom of Heaven living.  But they are not just dreams and hopes; they are norms, achievable standards of right behaviors for baptized disciples.  The second reading helps us grasp this.  We are children of God not by blood or birth or desire.  We are God’s children by baptismal rebirth, by God’s good choice.  We constantly look, at Pope Francis’ urging, for the saint next door.  We constantly try to be one, too. 

  • I will reread 1 John 3:1-3 each day this week to cherish how I am a child of God. 
  • Let me name the “saintly” behavior of neighbors, co-workers, family. 
  • What will I do each day this week to be a saint next door? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Monday, 02 November 2020  
There are 31 possible Bible texts; check with the parish for the ones to be used. 
The Dead Matter.  It is a good and holy thing to pray for the dead as it is to console those who mourn the death of ones they love.  For they are as much a part of the Kingdom of God as those alive on earth and those alive in heaven. 

  • For whom among the dead will I pray?  Let me make a list. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 November 2020 
Wisdom 6:12-16.  Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Matthew 25:1-13. 
Being with Jesus – or Not.  The parable today of the ten lamp bearers is about vigilance.  Not an idle standing by merely looking and waiting.  No, a waiting that is prepared (extra oil!) for all that comes, a waiting filled with activity ready to accompany those who journey through doorways to heaven. 

  • How can I focus on the bridegroom, on Jesus, and all those he loves? 
  • How will I ready myself to do Kingdom of Heaven work this week? 
  • What will that work be?  For whom will I do it? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Monday, 09 November 2020 
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
Church Buildings and the Church.  We hold in honor today the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome.  That building is important, as are all churches, because they are places where the Church, the People of God, gather to hear Christ speak, to pray, and to be sent to do Christian work. 

  • When next I enter my parish church building, let me pray for all those who have gone before, those who enter now, and those who are yet to come. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 November 2020 
and World Day of the Poor 
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31.  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.  Matthew 25:14-30. 
Talents Given, Talents Returned.  One more Kingdom of Heaven parable today.  God gives in the great hope that these treasures, these talents, these baptismal charisms will bear fruit.  God’s gifts are not for burying or hiding in safety.  They are to be risked, to be used for the benefit of both self and others.  When that happens, God says:  “Well done.  Come share my joy.” 

  • What gifts of God must I unbury and put to use? 
  • How will I serve God this week by serving another? 
  • What action will I do that prompts God to say:  “Well done”? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 November 2020 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity  
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17.  Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6.  1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28.  Matthew 25:31-46. 
Six Grows to Nine.  We get the start of the Corporal Works of Mercy in Matthew 25.  Two more are added over time.  Pope Francis adds one more.  These are the behaviors by which each will be judged – actions toward others are, in fact, done for and to God.  What we think is important.  What we may say is also important.  But what we do is key, is more important.  Here is the list:  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. 

  • Who does not have enough that I will feed? 
  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • How will I be responsible for the earth? 

Share with us about a time in your life when you conquered the mountain of fear with faith! Keep it to 200 words and send to ! We want to hear from you! #Benotafraid

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Tribunal Services Curia Job Opening - The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is currently seeking a qualified candidates for the position of Tribunal Coordinator in the Office for Tribunal Services. The Tribunal Coordinator for the Office for Tribunal Services coordinates processes related to petitions for declarations of marital nullity and other judicial cases that come before the Tribunal. The Office Manager has the responsibility of seeing that the acts of the Tribunal are properly handled along with supervising the day to day operations of the Tribunal. The Tribunal Coordinator also supports the Judicial Vicar, all judges, and defenders of the bond. Please click here to view the full job description and information on how to apply.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Missions serve an important role in our Church.  They provide for the needs of the most vulnerable in places where the local church cannot reach itself.  Visit the Missionary Co-Op webpage at www.dio.org/missions/missionary-co-op-program.html. The page lists Missions that would have visited our diocese this summer, gives a link with information about a mission, and an opportunity for people to donate to a mission of your choice.  Generous donations are critical to the operation of each mission. The current pandemic has affected us all, but even more so for those who were already afflicted by poverty.   


Our Lady of the Snows presentation – “The QPR (Suicide Prevention) Class.”  September 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Candlelight Vigil, 7:30 pm.  For more information go to:  https://snows.org/events-2/


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 & September in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020
Sirach 27:30–28:7.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12.  Romans 14:7-9.  Matthew 18:21-35. 
Seventy-Seven Times.  When is enough enough?  Can we be angry now?  When can we stop forgiving?  If we have to forgive the same person the same thing seventy-seven times, can we stop at seventy-eight?  No!  Because, as Paul declares in Romans 14, we live and die for God, to whom alone we belong.  We do not live for ourselves. 

  • Who needs my forgiveness? 
  • Whom will I forgive – and for what – perhaps, again? 
  • And what forgiveness do I need? 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast –Monday, 14 September 2020 
Numbers 21:4b-9.  Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38.  Philippians 2:6-11.  John 3:13-17. 
The Cross.  Not long ago, on 30 August to be exact, we were told by Jesus to take up the cross and follow.  Take up my cross.  Christians do fear the cross.  Its emptiness manifests the risen presence of the Christ in our midst.  This is why we embrace it on Good Friday. 

  • What will I pick up, what will I embrace, what will I bear to follow Jesus? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020
Isaiah 55:6-9.  Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18.  Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a.  Matthew 20:1-16a. 
How Things Work in the Kingdom of Heaven.  This parable about kingdom living may rile us up.  God is as generous to the late-comers to kingdom work as to those who labored longer and, perhaps, harder.  Really?  It is true.  God is so generous, so loving, so good – with ways above our ways and thoughts above our thoughts (reread Isaiah). 

  • What work will I do to help bring on the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How will I pour myself into Christian living without grumbling? 
  • How can I be generous to a fault like God this week? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-28.  Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Philippians 2:1-11.  Matthew 21:28-32. 
I Don’t Want To!  Sometimes we bristle at being told what to do.  We may say a yes or a no, then do something else.  The demands of Christian living are not easy.  But we look to Jesus for guidance, for encouragement, for example.  Reread Philippians all week.  It is a longer version of what we heard on Palm Sunday.  It urges us to be like Christ. 

  • What attitude-adjustment do I need to be more like Christ? 
  • What will I do to be more compassionate and merciful? 
  • What interest of another will be important to me this week?

Bulletin Shorts for Fall, October & November, in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 October 2020 
Isaiah 5:1-7.  Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20.  Philippians 4:6-9.  Matthew 21:33-43. 
Belonging in the Kingdom of God.  Although the parable today is about who properly oversees the work of the Kingdom of God, we can easily shift the focus to who belongs within it and how must those who belong behave.  This includes every one of us.  Saint Paul provides this helpful list of suitable actions.  Do what is truthful, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious.  He ends with, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard.” 

  • What truth that needs telling will I speak this week? 
  • What just thing will I think and then do? 
  • How will I be gracious to those I meet, with those I work, with those with whom I live? 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 October 2020 
Isaiah 25:6-10a.  Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.  Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20.  Matthew 22:1-14. 
Don’t Kill the Messenger.  We have another Kingdom of God/Heaven parable today.  It is about being gracious and prepared.  Who, in a right mind, would snub a gracious invitation to a feast?  Who, in a right mind, would kill the messenger?  It happened to Jesus.  We should not be surprised when it happens to us in little or big ways.  Still, we must announce:  “Come to the feast, come to the Kingdom.”  The required wedding garment in this gospel feast reminds us, who live in this Kingdom of God, to always imagine we wear our baptismal cloths; and, thus, always remember to act as faithful disciples. 

  • What Good News will I proclaim this week? 
  • What good deed will I do? 
  • Whom will I invite to do some baptism-inspired activity with me? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 October 2020  
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6.  Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10.  1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b.  Matthew 22:15-21. 
The Things of God.  We often encounter those who set traps for us.  They speak in half-truths, only partial stories, code language, even downright lies.  It is more than regrettable.  It helps if we always look to the One who calls us by name, who chooses and protects us, who empowers us to think clearly and act justly.  In the words of Saint Paul, be people of faith, love, and hope. 

  • What work will my faith in Jesus urge me to do? 
  • For whom will I do some labor of love? 
  • Even in stressful times, how can my hope in Jesus Christ endure? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 October 2020 
Exodus 22:20-26.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10.  Matthew 22:34-40. 
Love God, Neighbor, Self.  There are 613 Old Testament laws guiding faithful behavior.  The Exodus writer tells us some:  do not molest or oppress aliens, do not wrong widows and orphans, do to extort money from the poor, do not, do not, do not.  Jesus gives us a summary in two laws (rooted in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18):  (1) Love God with everything you have and are and (2) Love the neighbor as your very self. 

  • What will I do to love a foreigner, an alien, someone not like me? 
  • What will I do for someone who is poor, hungry, out of work? 
  • What will I do? 

All Saints, Solemnity – Sunday, 01 November 2020  
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 
Saints Next Door.  It can be easy to view the beatitudes as impossible goals for Kingdom of Heaven living.  But they are not just dreams and hopes; they are norms, achievable standards of right behaviors for baptized disciples.  The second reading helps us grasp this.  We are children of God not by blood or birth or desire.  We are God’s children by baptismal rebirth, by God’s good choice.  We constantly look, at Pope Francis’ urging, for the saint next door.  We constantly try to be one, too. 

  • I will reread 1 John 3:1-3 each day this week to cherish how I am a child of God. 
  • Let me name the “saintly” behavior of neighbors, co-workers, family. 
  • What will I do each day this week to be a saint next door? 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Monday, 02 November 2020  
There are 31 possible Bible texts; check with the parish for the ones to be used. 
The Dead Matter.  It is a good and holy thing to pray for the dead as it is to console those who mourn the death of ones they love.  For they are as much a part of the Kingdom of God as those alive on earth and those alive in heaven. 

  • For whom among the dead will I pray?  Let me make a list. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 November 2020 
Wisdom 6:12-16.  Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Matthew 25:1-13. 
Being with Jesus – or Not.  The parable today of the ten lamp bearers is about vigilance.  Not an idle standing by merely looking and waiting.  No, a waiting that is prepared (extra oil!) for all that comes, a waiting filled with activity ready to accompany those who journey through doorways to heaven. 

  • How can I focus on the bridegroom, on Jesus, and all those he loves? 
  • How will I ready myself to do Kingdom of Heaven work this week? 
  • What will that work be?  For whom will I do it? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Monday, 09 November 2020 
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 506, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 
Church Buildings and the Church.  We hold in honor today the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome.  That building is important, as are all churches, because they are places where the Church, the People of God, gather to hear Christ speak, to pray, and to be sent to do Christian work. 

  • When next I enter my parish church building, let me pray for all those who have gone before, those who enter now, and those who are yet to come. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 November 2020 
and World Day of the Poor 
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31.  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.  Matthew 25:14-30. 
Talents Given, Talents Returned.  One more Kingdom of Heaven parable today.  God gives in the great hope that these treasures, these talents, these baptismal charisms will bear fruit.  God’s gifts are not for burying or hiding in safety.  They are to be risked, to be used for the benefit of both self and others.  When that happens, God says:  “Well done.  Come share my joy.” 

  • What gifts of God must I unbury and put to use? 
  • How will I serve God this week by serving another? 
  • What action will I do that prompts God to say:  “Well done”? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 November 2020 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity  
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17.  Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6.  1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28.  Matthew 25:31-46. 
Six Grows to Nine.  We get the start of the Corporal Works of Mercy in Matthew 25.  Two more are added over time.  Pope Francis adds one more.  These are the behaviors by which each will be judged – actions toward others are, in fact, done for and to God.  What we think is important.  What we may say is also important.  But what we do is key, is more important.  Here is the list:  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. 

  • Who does not have enough that I will feed? 
  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • How will I be responsible for the earth? 

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Missions serve an important role in our Church.  They provide for the needs of the most vulnerable in places where the local church cannot reach itself.  Visit the Missionary Co-Op webpage  The page lists Missions that would have visited our diocese this summer, gives a link with information about a mission, and an opportunity for people to donate to a mission of your choice.  Generous donations are critical to the operation of each mission. The current pandemic has affected us all, but even more so for those who were already afflicted by poverty.   


Our Lady of the Snows conference – “When Mental Illness Hits Home.”  Friday, August 28.  Counselors, social workers and nurses may earn 3.25 CEU by attending the conference.  For more information go to:  https://snows.org/events-2/


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 & September in Year A – 2020

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 06 September 2020
Ezekiel 33:7-9.  Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.  Romans 13:8-10.  Matthew 18:15-20. 
Christ Is Present.  The readings today lay out our duty to dissuade the wicked from their ways (Ezekiel); to not harden our hearts (Psalm); to love, love, love (Romans); and to lead sisters and brothers out of sin (Matthew).  Important.  Necessary.  Baptismal duty.  But let the last gospel sentence become our guide this week:  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”  Christ is always present.   Christ is surely with us now in the liturgy, in Communion, in all the sacraments, in his word proclaimed, in the praying and singing Church –  and in this pandemic.  As few as two or three of us assures his presence. 

  • What is God saying to me about un-hardening my heart? 
  • Let me read a Bible passage each day this week, either reprising the Sunday readings or using this week’s gospels of Luke 7 and 8.  What is Christ saying to me each day? 
  • With whom can I gather, even if kept from the church building, to sing God’s praise? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020
Sirach 27:30–28:7.  Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12.  Romans 14:7-9.  Matthew 18:21-35. 
Seventy-Seven Times.  When is enough enough?  Can we be angry now?  When can we stop forgiving?  If we have to forgive the same person the same thing seventy-seven times, can we stop at seventy-eight?  No!  Because, as Paul declares in Romans 14, we live and die for God, to whom alone we belong.  We do not live for ourselves. 

  • Who needs my forgiveness? 
  • Whom will I forgive – and for what – perhaps, again? 
  • And what forgiveness do I need? 

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast –Monday, 14 September 2020 
Numbers 21:4b-9.  Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38.  Philippians 2:6-11.  John 3:13-17. 
The Cross.  Not long ago, on 30 August to be exact, we were told by Jesus to take up the cross and follow.  Take up my cross.  Christians do fear the cross.  Its emptiness manifests the risen presence of the Christ in our midst.  This is why we embrace it on Good Friday. 

  • What will I pick up, what will I embrace, what will I bear to follow Jesus? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020
Isaiah 55:6-9.  Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18.  Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a.  Matthew 20:1-16a. 
How Things Work in the Kingdom of Heaven.  This parable about kingdom living may rile us up.  God is as generous to the late-comers to kingdom work as to those who labored longer and, perhaps, harder.  Really?  It is true.  God is so generous, so loving, so good – with ways above our ways and thoughts above our thoughts (reread Isaiah). 

  • What work will I do to help bring on the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How will I pour myself into Christian living without grumbling? 
  • How can I be generous to a fault like God this week? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-28.  Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9.  Philippians 2:1-11.  Matthew 21:28-32. 
I Don’t Want To!  Sometimes we bristle at being told what to do.  We may say a yes or a no, then do something else.  The demands of Christian living are not easy.  But we look to Jesus for guidance, for encouragement, for example.  Reread Philippians all week.  It is a longer version of what we heard on Palm Sunday.  It urges us to be like Christ. 

  • What attitude-adjustment do I need to be more like Christ? 
  • What will I do to be more compassionate and merciful? 
  • What interest of another will be important to me this week?

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