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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.

Public invited to see relics of St. Padre Pio at Cathedral - He is one of the more recent saints in the Catholic Church who was known as a mystic, who suffered the stigmata (wounds of Christ), and could read people’s souls in the confessional. St. Padre Pio, who died in 1968, was an Italian Franciscan friar who was declared a saint by St. Pope John Paul II. Catholics are invited to see and venerate relics of St. Padre Pio after the 4 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 6 and after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 7 until 4:30 that afternoon in the Cathedral atrium. Four first class relics and one second class will be available to the faithful to see and venerate. While the event is free, good will donations are appreciated and a second collection will be taken up during one of the Masses.

Men interested in the diaconate? There are three informational meetings in different parts of our diocese for men interested in becoming a deacon. The first takes place in Jacksonville at the Knights of Columbus Hall (320 East State) on Saturday, November 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. The second takes place in Mattoon at Immaculate Conception Church Parish Center (320 N 20th Street) on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The third takes place in Quincy at the St. Francis Parish Center (1721 College) on Sunday, November 28 from 1-2:30 p.m.The meetings will present information for those interested in the Permanent Diaconate Formation which begins in the fall of 2022. Applications are being accepted at this time. The Permanent Diaconate is open to men between the ages of 32 and 57, who are active in the practice of our faith, and who desire to grow in their relationship with God and in their service to the Church. If interested, and if married, wives are welcome and encouraged to attend. For questions, email Deacon Sorrell:.  You can also visit dio.org/diaconate.

Answering your questions on dying and death — The Springfield diocese has put together an easy to navigate and comprehensive look at end-of-life issues. Go to dio.org/funeral for questions like: Why should one pre-plan their funeral? If my loved one is dying, what should I do? Why must one insist on Catholic funeral rites? Why should one pray for the dead? Who should one insist upon being buried in a Catholic cemetery? Also covered is the issue of cremation, among other topics. As the month of November is dedicated to praying for the dead, now is a good time to learn more about dying and death from our Catholic faith perspective. 

Dive Deep podcast - Catching up with Bishop Carl Kemme: Bishop Carl Kemme grew up in Effingham County. After becoming a priest, he spent many years in several parishes across our diocese. Then in 2014, he received a call that changed everything. Pope Francis had appointed him Bishop of Wichita. Dive Deep catches up with Bishop Kemme to see how he’s doing, what he misses about our diocese, how often he comes back, and what life is like as a bishop. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms.

DCJH Collection:  November 20-21, 2021 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH).  Donations make it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to local people living in poverty.  100% of the contributions goes to fund organizations within our Diocese.  If you miss the opportunity to help through your parish collection, you can still contribute by mail or by going to:  www.dio.org/dcjh.  The mailing address is: Catholic Pastoral Center, DCJH, Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, 1615 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

 

Project Rachel.  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 Springfield Deanery Council of Catholic Women will meet on Wed., Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 East Spruce St., Chatham. The theme of the meeting is "2021 Year of St. Joseph." Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. followed by the meeting. All women of the Springfield Deanery are invited to participate (Sangamon, Macon, Christian, Morgan, Cass, and Menard Counties). This gathering will give people the opportunity to get to know women from other parishes, learn more about the mission of the Council of Catholic Women, share what is happening in your parish, and further our devotion to St. Joseph. Please bring your face mask. If you plan to attend, contact Janet Zimmerman, President of the Springfield Deanery: or 217-494-4743. Thank you!

  

Grow your marriage! - The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend coming to Springfield this March is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It is a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It is a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. It is not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It is a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. It’s March 18-20 at the Villa Maria Conference Center in Springfield. The cost is $100. Apply at stl-wwme.org/applyWeekend.php by Jan. 17.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring!

  • IT Support Specialist
  • Coordinator for Restored Order Catechesis and Diocesan Liturgies at the Catholic Pastoral Center
  • Director for Donor Engagement
  • Web Design/Digital Production Associate
  • Administrative Asstant
  • Cook/Server (Villa Maria Conference Center)
  • Business Manager (St. Francis Property Catholic Trust)

Weekend After World Mission Sunday, October 31 - THANK YOU for your generous response to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday. Our parish raised $(insert amount). You may stay connected year-round to the Pope’s missions, continuing the commitment of World Mission Sunday, by visiting MISSIO.org

Weekend After World Mission Sunday, October 31 - GRACIAS por su generoso aporte a la colecta para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe que se llevó a cabo durante el fin de semana pasado, el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones. Nuestra parroquia recaudó $ (insertar cantidad). Puede permanecer conectado todo el año a las misiones del Papa, manteniendo el compromiso del Domingo Mundial de las Misiones, visitando MISSIO.org.

Come Along for the Meet Our Sisters Tour! - Join the Dominican Sisters of Springfield for two virtual events during National Vocation Awareness Week. Monday, November 8, is Two Cultures, One Call, a video premiere about the lives and ministries of Sister Doris Terrel Jimenez in Jarpa, Peru, and Sister Kelly Moline in Jackson, Mississippi. After the video, chat live with the sisters. Friday, November 12, join us on Facebook Live for Preaching on the Prairie: Gospel Living at Jubilee Farm. Wander the land virtually through our premier video then chat with the four Springfield Dominican Sisters who live at Jubilee Farm. Register in advance for both events at springfieldop.org/NVAW/. There you will find your passport to other fascinating Meet Our Sisters Tour events sponsored lots more Catholic Sisters in Illinois. You can also Visit https://c4wr.org/MOST/ for a schedule of events and registration details or email for more information.

Click here to download a graphic of the Meet the Sisters Tour.


Bulletin Shorts for Fall – 2021

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 October 2021

Deuteronomy 6:2-6.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  Hebrews 7:23-28.  Mark12:28b-34. 

What Matters the Most to God?  The answer is simple:  love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  The practice is harder.  Recall the Good Samaritan who cares for the beaten man on the roadside (Luke 10:29-37).  A neighbor is not just a friend or relative or part of the tribe.  A neighbor is anyone.  We are to love everyone.  That kind of loving keeps us near the Kingdom of God. 

What of my actions show that I am loving God? 

What of my actions show that I am loving myself? 

What of my actions show that I am loving my neighbor, that is, everyone? 

01 November - All Saints, Solemnity – Monday, 01 November 2021  

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 

Nine Times Blessed.  All the saints, those named as such and those many more known now by name only to God are holy and blessed by what they did.  Mercy work is blessed work. 

In honor of the saints today, what mercy work will I do? 

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

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Tuesday, 02 November 2021 

Lectionary for Mass, no. 668 provides all the reading options. 

Praying for the Dead. Those who have gone before us need all the help they can get. 

Let me pray for the blessed dead, that they will see God face-to-face for ever. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 07 November 2021 

1 Kings 17:10-16.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  Hebrews 9:24-28.  Mark 12:38-44. 

What Bothers Jesus. False piety and arrogant behavior are two things that bother Jesus in today’s gospel.  He applauds, instead, the poor widow who is so generous with the little she has. 

How will I be generous with the money I have? 

How will I be generous with the time I have for the benefit of another? 

How will I be generous with mercy work? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Tuesday, 09 November 2021 

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 5-6, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 

The Pope’s Cathedral Church.  In this celebration of the Church for the Diocese of Rome, we give honor to every church building blessed or dedicated for use by the Church, that is, the People of God.  We set aside holy places (churches) and holy things for Holy People (the Church) to worship God. 

When I travel to my parish church, let me remember I am on the journey of my life-time to the holy city Jerusalem, that is, heaven. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 November 2021

Daniel 12:1-3.  Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11.  Hebrews 10:11-14, 18.  Mark 13:24-32. 

Is the End-Time Coming?  The liturgical year of 2021 ends in 14 days.  These past weeks have kept our focus on living in the Kingdom of God and living for its completion.  Who knows when this world will end.  None of us!  It will come when God is ready.  We know it ends here for each of us at death.  And then perdures for ever in the eternal presence of God.  Rather than fret about when the end will come, let us behave rightly now. 

What will I do today to behave as God wants? 

What will I say today that is right and true and just? 

What mercy work will guide my week? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 21 November 2021

Daniel 7:13-14.  Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5.  Revelation 1:5-8.  John 18:33b-37. 

Alpha and Omega.  Go look at the parish Easter Candle near the baptismal font. You see an Alpha (A) and an Omega (W), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  They remind us that Christ, yesterday and today, is the Beginning and the End.  To him belongs all time, all the ages, and glory and power for ever.  Amen.  Since he is more powerful than me: 

What will I believe about God’s Kingdom? 

What truth do I need to hear Jesus speak? 

What action will I do because it is right and true? 

Save the Parental Notice of Abortion law - State lawmakers are meeting this month and they are considering repealing the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. We must act to prevent this! 72% of all Illinois voters agree that parents or an adult guardian should be informed if their child is seeking an abortion, yet the Illinois General Assembly continues to threaten the repeal of Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion law. Please join us in contacting your state legislators to support our God-given right to support and protect our children. Go to ilcatholic.org to read the Illinois bishops letter and to find out how to contact your state legislator to defeat this bill. Please ask another family member or friend to help join the effort to defeat this bill.

Public invited to see relics of St. Padre Pio at Cathedral - He is one of the more recent saints in the Catholic Church who was known as a mystic, who suffered the stigmata (wounds of Christ), and could read people’s souls in the confessional. St. Padre Pio, who died in 1968, was an Italian Franciscan friar who was declared a saint by St. Pope John Paul II. Catholics are invited to see and venerate relics of St. Padre Pio after the 4 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 6 and after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 7 until 4:30 that afternoon in the Cathedral atrium. Four first class relics and one second class will be available to the faithful to see and venerate. While the event is free, good will donations are appreciated and a second collection will be taken up during one of the Masses.

“How the Eucharist can transform your life” webinar - "The Veil Removed" presents a webinar with the diocese’s own, Msgr. David Hoefler, Vicar General of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In the webinar, “How the Eucharist Can Transform Your Life,” Msgr. Hoefler will talk and share about the strength and true power of the Holy Eucharist. The webinar is Tuesday, Oct. 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Sign up at the link to get access: theveilremoved.com/webinar-04-signup/

Men interested in the diaconate? There is a special information meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jacksonville (320 East State) on Sat., November 13, from 9-10:30 a.m. for men interested in becoming a deacon. Deacon Dave Sorrell (Director of the Office for the Diaconate) will present information for those interested in the Permanent Diaconate Formation which begins in the fall of 2022. Applications are being accepted at this time. The Permanent Diaconate is open to men between the ages of 32 and 57, who are active in the practice of our faith, and who desire to grow in their relationship with God and in their service to the Church. If interested, and if married, wives are welcome and encouraged to attend. For questions, email Deacon Sorrell: . You can also visit dio.org/diaconate.

 

Dive Deep podcast - Catching up with Bishop Carl Kemme: Bishop Carl Kemme grew up in Effingham County. After becoming a priest, he spent many years in several parishes across our diocese. Then in 2014, he received a call that changed everything. Pope Francis had appointed him Bishop of Wichita. Dive Deep catches up with Bishop Kemme to see how he’s doing, what he misses about our diocese, how often he comes back, and what life is like as a bishop. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe or search “Dive Deep” on all the major podcast platforms.

DCJH Collection:  November 20-21, 2021 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH).  Donations make it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to local people living in poverty.  100% of the contributions stay within our Diocese.  If you miss the opportunity to help through your parish collection, you can still contribute by mail or by going towww.dio.org/dcjh.  The mailing address is: Catholic Pastoral Center, DCJH, Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, 1615 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

 

Project Rachel.  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 Springfield Deanery Council of Catholic Women will meet on Wed., Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 East Spruce St., Chatham. The theme of the meeting is "2021 Year of St. Joseph." Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. followed by the meeting. All women of the Springfield Deanery are invited to participate (Sangamon, Macon, Christian, Morgan, Cass, and Menard Counties). This gathering will give people the opportunity to get to know women from other parishes, learn more about the mission of the Council of Catholic Women, share what is happening in your parish, and further our devotion to St. Joseph. Please bring your face mask. If you plan to attend, contact Janet Zimmerman, President of the Springfield Deanery: or 217-494-4743. Thank you!

Weekend Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 17) - We will celebrate World Mission Sunday, Sunday, October 24. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Weekend Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 17) - Celebraremos el Domingo Mundial de la Misión, el domingo 24 de octubre.  El Papa Francisco invita a toda la Iglesia a apoyar a las diócesis en África, Asia, las Islas del Pacifico y partes de América Latina y Europa, donde sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos sirven a las comunidades más vulnerables del mundo. Por favor sigan orando por las misiones del Papa y sean generosos en la colecta de la semana entrante para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe.

Grow your marriage! - The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend coming to Springfield this March is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It is a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It is a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. It is not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It is a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. It’s March 18-20 at the Villa Maria Conference Center in Springfield. The cost is $100. Apply at stl-wwme.org/applyWeekend.php by Jan. 17.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring!

  • IT Support Specialist
  • Coordinator for Restored Order Catechesis and Diocesan Liturgies at the Catholic Pastoral Center
  • Director for Donor Engagement
  • Web Design/Digital Production Associate
  • Administrative Asstant
  • Cook/Server (Villa Maria Conference Center)
  • Business Manager (St. Francis Property Catholic Trust)

Bulletin Shorts for Fall – 2021

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 October 2021

Jeremiah 31:7-9.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Hebrews 5:1-6.  Mark 10:46-52. 

Enlightened Sight.  The blind man will not be silenced today.  Insistently he calls on Jesus by name.  He asks for pity; he asks for sight.  Jesus makes it happen.  Instead of returning home to a renewed life, he throws off his cloak and jumps into action and follows.  Even when sightless, he saw with eyes of faith.  Because of this encounter with Jesus, his insight is richer. 

What do I need to beg of Jesus?  For myself?  For someone else? 

How can I keep listening for Jesus already active in my life?  In the lives of others? 

What “cloak” that holds me back will I throw off to follow Jesus? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 October 2021

Deuteronomy 6:2-6.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  Hebrews 7:23-28.  Mark12:28b-34. 

What Matters the Most to God?  The answer is simple:  love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  The practice is harder.  Recall the Good Samaritan who cares for the beaten man on the roadside (Luke 10:29-37).  A neighbor is not just a friend or relative or part of the tribe.  A neighbor is anyone.  We are to love everyone.  That kind of loving keeps us near the Kingdom of God. 

What of my actions show that I am loving God? 

What of my actions show that I am loving myself? 

What of my actions show that I am loving my neighbor, that is, everyone? 

01 November - All Saints, Solemnity – Monday, 01 November 2021  

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 

Nine Times Blessed.  All the saints, those named as such and those many more known now by name only to God are holy and blessed by what they did.  Mercy work is blessed work. 

In honor of the saints today, what mercy work will I do? 

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

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Tuesday, 02 November 2021 

Lectionary for Mass, no. 668 provides all the reading options. 

Praying for the Dead. Those who have gone before us need all the help they can get. 

Let me pray for the blessed dead, that they will see God face-to-face for ever. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 07 November 2021 

1 Kings 17:10-16.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  Hebrews 9:24-28.  Mark 12:38-44. 

What Bothers Jesus. False piety and arrogant behavior are two things that bother Jesus in today’s gospel.  He applauds, instead, the poor widow who is so generous with the little she has. 

How will I be generous with the money I have? 

How will I be generous with the time I have for the benefit of another? 

How will I be generous with mercy work? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Tuesday, 09 November 2021 

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 5-6, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 

The Pope’s Cathedral Church.  In this celebration of the Church for the Diocese of Rome, we give honor to every church building blessed or dedicated for use by the Church, that is, the People of God.  We set aside holy places (churches) and holy things for Holy People (the Church) to worship God. 

When I travel to my parish church, let me remember I am on the journey of my life-time to the holy city Jerusalem, that is, heaven. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 November 2021

Daniel 12:1-3.  Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11.  Hebrews 10:11-14, 18.  Mark 13:24-32. 

Is the End-Time Coming?  The liturgical year of 2021 ends in 14 days.  These past weeks have kept our focus on living in the Kingdom of God and living for its completion.  Who knows when this world will end.  None of us!  It will come when God is ready.  We know it ends here for each of us at death.  And then perdures for ever in the eternal presence of God.  Rather than fret about when the end will come, let us behave rightly now. 

What will I do today to behave as God wants? 

What will I say today that is right and true and just? 

What mercy work will guide my week? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 21 November 2021

Daniel 7:13-14.  Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5.  Revelation 1:5-8.  John 18:33b-37. 

Alpha and Omega.  Go look at the parish Easter Candle near the baptismal font. You see an Alpha (A) and an Omega (W), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  They remind us that Christ, yesterday and today, is the Beginning and the End.  To him belongs all time, all the ages, and glory and power for ever.  Amen.  Since he is more powerful than me: 

What will I believe about God’s Kingdom? 

What truth do I need to hear Jesus speak? 

What action will I do because it is right and true? 

Mass to remember miscarried babies - The Daughters of Isabella Circle 218 invites you to attend the special Mass in memory of miscarried babies.  All Are Welcome! The Mass will be held October 13th at 6:45pm at St. Boniface Church, 110 N. Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025. To have a baby's name or family name displayed on a card with a candle during mass, please email the baby/family name and whether you will attend to:    

The information can also be mailed or dropped off at the St. Boniface Church office.  Attendees/families will also receive a fresh flower and prayer card after the mass.  RSVP not necessary but appreciated by Sunday, October 10th.

The psychology of an atheist - Dr. Kevin Vost of Springfield has a wild faith journey. Growing up Catholic, he later became an atheist. What drew him to become a non-believer and what ultimately brought him back? Dr. Vost shares his incredible story and discusses his field of psychology and how it ties to our faith. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe or search "Dive Deep" on all major podcast platforms.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins

Pray for the people of Afghanistan.  With the current crisis in Afghanistan, parents are struggling to provide their children with food, clean water and education.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been supporting development efforts in Afghanistan since 1998.  A financial gift to CRS can help provide essential relief for the people.  Go to:  https://www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/where-we-work/afghanistan

Weekends Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 3, 10, 17) - We will celebrate World Mission Sunday, Sunday, October 31. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Weekends Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 3, 10, 17) - Celebraremos el Domingo Mundial de la Misión, el domingo 31 de octubre.  El Papa Francisco invita a toda la Iglesia a apoyar a las diócesis en África, Asia, las Islas del Pacifico y partes de América Latina y Europa, donde sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos sirven a las comunidades más vulnerables del mundo. Por favor sigan orando por las misiones del Papa y sean generosos en la colecta de la semana entrante para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe.

Annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass and Rosary Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021, Holy Family Parish, Granite City. Bishop Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 9:00 am, then lead a rosary walk around the abortion facility in Granite City. Lunch and speaker will follow the rosary walk. To register send an email to: 

Project Rachel.  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.

Virtual Fall Retreat for people with disabilities. Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Oct 15-17. The event is sponsored by Victorious Missionaries, a spiritual support group for people with disabilities or who are chronically ill. For more information and to register, go to: https://snows.org/reflection21/

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring!

  • Coordinator for Restored Order Catechesis and Diocesan Liturgies at the Catholic Pastoral Center
  • Director for Donor Engagement
  • Web Design/Digital Production Associate
  • Administrative Asstant
  • Cook/Server (Villa Maria Conference Center)
  • Business Manager (St. Francis Property Catholic Trust)


Bulletin Shorts for Fall – 2021

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 October 2021

Wisdom 7:7-11.  Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17.  Hebrews 4:12-13.  Mark 10:17-30.

Living for Eternal Life.  Let us put ourselves into the gospel story today.  All of us want to “inherit eternal life.”  All of us strive to do what God commands, to do what is right and just.  All of us strive to not let the things we have possess us.  But it is hard going – impossible without reliance on God.  This eternal life for which we long, this Kingdom of God in which we live now, is begun already in us and is fulfilled in completeness when we see God face-to-face for ever. 

What gets in my way of gaining eternal life – things, attitudes, behaviors? 

What mercy work will I do that lets me share what I have with someone in need? 

How will I follow Jesus more closely this week? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 October 2021

Isaiah 53:10-11.  Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.  Hebrews 4:14-16.  Mark 10:35-45. 

What Do You Wish?  We go to Jesus all the time, asking, pleading, wanting.  We ask to be healthy; we plead to be safe; we want this, that, and the other for ourselves and for those we love.  In our going to him, Jesus asks:  “What do you wish me to do for you?”  Then he listens.  Sometimes our asking is right on.  Sometimes it is pushy, overly ambitious, seeking top-dog status.  Then Jesus says, do not be a bad king or queen; instead, act like a slave, be a servant.  Grasping the cross is the way to the Kingdom of God. 

What honor or prestige do I want that I really do not need? 

When next I ask Jesus for what I wish, what needs of others will I also add to the list? 

How will I serve and when will I serve others this week? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 October 2021

Jeremiah 31:7-9.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Hebrews 5:1-6.  Mark 10:46-52. 

Enlightened Sight.  The blind man will not be silenced today.  Insistently he calls on Jesus by name.  He asks for pity; he asks for sight.  Jesus makes it happen.  Instead of returning home to a renewed life, he throws off his cloak and jumps into action and follows.  Even when sightless, he saw with eyes of faith.  Because of this encounter with Jesus, his insight is richer. 

What do I need to beg of Jesus?  For myself?  For someone else? 

How can I keep listening for Jesus already active in my life?  In the lives of others? 

What “cloak” that holds me back will I throw off to follow Jesus? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 October 2021

Deuteronomy 6:2-6.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  Hebrews 7:23-28.  Mark12:28b-34. 

What Matters the Most to God?  The answer is simple:  love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  The practice is harder.  Recall the Good Samaritan who cares for the beaten man on the roadside (Luke 10:29-37).  A neighbor is not just a friend or relative or part of the tribe.  A neighbor is anyone.  We are to love everyone.  That kind of loving keeps us near the Kingdom of God. 

What of my actions show that I am loving God? 

What of my actions show that I am loving myself? 

What of my actions show that I am loving my neighbor, that is, everyone? 

01 November - All Saints, Solemnity – Monday, 01 November 2021  

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 

Nine Times Blessed.  All the saints, those named as such and those many more known now by name only to God are holy and blessed by what they did.  Mercy work is blessed work. 

In honor of the saints today, what mercy work will I do? 

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

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Tuesday, 02 November 2021 

Lectionary for Mass, no. 668 provides all the reading options. 

Praying for the Dead. Those who have gone before us need all the help they can get. 

Let me pray for the blessed dead, that they will see God face-to-face for ever. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 07 November 2021 

1 Kings 17:10-16.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  Hebrews 9:24-28.  Mark 12:38-44. 

What Bothers Jesus. False piety and arrogant behavior are two things that bother Jesus in today’s gospel.  He applauds, instead, the poor widow who is so generous with the little she has. 

How will I be generous with the money I have? 

How will I be generous with the time I have for the benefit of another? 

How will I be generous with mercy work? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Tuesday, 09 November 2021 

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 5-6, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 

The Pope’s Cathedral Church.  In this celebration of the Church for the Diocese of Rome, we give honor to every church building blessed or dedicated for use by the Church, that is, the People of God.  We set aside holy places (churches) and holy things for Holy People (the Church) to worship God. 

When I travel to my parish church, let me remember I am on the journey of my life-time to the holy city Jerusalem, that is, heaven. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 November 2021

Daniel 12:1-3.  Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11.  Hebrews 10:11-14, 18.  Mark 13:24-32. 

Is the End-Time Coming?  The liturgical year of 2021 ends in 14 days.  These past weeks have kept our focus on living in the Kingdom of God and living for its completion.  Who knows when this world will end.  None of us!  It will come when God is ready.  We know it ends here for each of us at death.  And then perdures for ever in the eternal presence of God.  Rather than fret about when the end will come, let us behave rightly now. 

What will I do today to behave as God wants? 

What will I say today that is right and true and just? 

What mercy work will guide my week? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 21 November 2021

Daniel 7:13-14.  Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5.  Revelation 1:5-8.  John 18:33b-37. 

Alpha and Omega.  Go look at the parish Easter Candle near the baptismal font. You see an Alpha (A) and an Omega (W), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  They remind us that Christ, yesterday and today, is the Beginning and the End.  To him belongs all time, all the ages, and glory and power for ever.  Amen.  Since he is more powerful than me: 

What will I believe about God’s Kingdom? 

What truth do I need to hear Jesus speak? 

What action will I do because it is right and true? 

Diocesan Respect Life Mass and Rosary Walk - This year’s annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass and Rosary Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021, Holy Family Parish, Granite City.  Bishop Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 9:00 am, then lead a rosary walk around the abortion facility in Granite City.  Lunch and speaker will follow the rosary walk. To register send an email to: . 

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat - Find Peace and Healing - Pope Francis says, "God is always waiting for you." If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child or children to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat. To find information about the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat March 25-27, 2022. Go to: dio.org/plasm/project-rachel.html, call 217-698-4456, or email . Scholarships are available. 

Dive Deep: Four-time Superbowl winning coach talks faith, family, football - A graduate of Christ the King and Sacred Heart Griffin H.S. in Springfield, Kansas City Chiefs coach Brendan Daly discusses the interesting job of coaching at the highest level in football and how he has leaned on our Catholic faith throughout the ups and downs, constant job stresses, and moving his family several times all over the country. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and subscribe.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hiring!

  • Coordinator for Restored Order Catechesis and Diocesan Liturgies at the Catholic Pastoral Center
  • Director for Donor Engagement
  • Web Design/Digital Production Associate
  • Administrative Asstant
  • Cook/Server (Villa Maria Conference Center)
  • Business Manager (St. Francis Property Catholic Trust)

Please check out listings at dio.org/jobs

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

Weekends Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 3, 10, 17)

We will celebrate World Mission Sunday, Sunday, October 31. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Weekend of World Mission Sunday, October 24

TODAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. We celebrate this day by remembering our baptismal call – to bring the Gospel to all! The collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith supports the work and witness of the Mission Church, as it supports priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Thank you for your generosity.

Weekend After World Mission Sunday, October 31

THANK YOU for your generous response to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday. Our parish raised $(insert amount). You may stay connected year-round to the Pope’s missions, continuing the commitment of World Mission Sunday, by visiting MISSIO.org

Weekends Leading up to World Mission (Sunday, October 3, 10, 17)

Celebraremos el Domingo Mundial de la Misión, el domingo 31 de octubre.  El Papa Francisco invita a toda la Iglesia a apoyar a las diócesis en África, Asia, las Islas del Pacifico y partes de América Latina y Europa, donde sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos sirven a las comunidades más vulnerables del mundo. Por favor sigan orando por las misiones del Papa y sean generosos en la colecta de la semana entrante para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe.

Weekend of World Mission Sunday, October 24

MISIONES HOY ES EL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LAS MISIONES. Celebramos este día recordando nuestra llamada bautismal: ¡llevar el Evangelio a todas las personas! La colecta de hoy para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe asegura el trabajo y servicio de la Iglesia Misionera, ya que apoya a los sacerdotes, líderes religiosos y líderes laicos quienes ofrecen la misericordia del Señor y ayuda concreta a las comunidades más vulnerables de las misiones del Papa. Gracias por su generosidad.

Weekend After World Mission Sunday, October 31

GRACIAS por su generoso aporte a la colecta para la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe que se llevó a cabo durante el fin de semana pasado, el Domingo Mundial de las Misiones. Nuestra parroquia recaudó $ (insertar cantidad). Puede permanecer conectado todo el año a las misiones del Papa, manteniendo el compromiso del Domingo Mundial de las Misiones, visitando MISSIO.org.

Virtual Fall Retreat for people with disabilities - Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Oct 15-17. The event is sponsored by Victorious Missionaries, a spiritual support group for people with disabilities or who are chronically ill.  For more information and to register, go to:  snows.org/reflection21

Project Rachel - 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.

Pray for the people of Afghanistan - With the current crisis in Afghanistan, parents are struggling to provide their children with food, clean water and education.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been supporting development efforts in Afghanistan since 1998.  A financial gift to CRS can help provide essential relief for the people.  Go to:  https://www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/where-we-work/afghanistan


Bulletin Shorts for Fall – 2021

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 03 October 2021

Genesis 2:18-24.  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6.  Hebrews 2:9-11.  Mark 10:2-16. 

Making, Testing, and Deciding.  There are at least three take-aways from the readings today.  In the making of man and woman in this second creation story, God builds them up from the same stuff.  In the first creation story, read during the Easter Vigil, they are made into God’s own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).  Made as equals.  In the testing of Jesus, the Pharisees try to trip him up with legal loopholes.  Jesus does not play that game.  In deciding who belongs to the Kingdom of God, it is Jesus and not his handlers who choose.  Children are important.  So is everyone else. 

How will I foster the equality of both women and men? 

How will I avoid loopholes and, instead, tell the truth? 

Just like Jesus, how will I treat everyone the same as equal members of God’s Kingdom? 

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10 October 2021

Wisdom 7:7-11.  Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17.  Hebrews 4:12-13.  Mark 10:17-30.

Living for Eternal Life.  Let us put ourselves into the gospel story today.  All of us want to “inherit eternal life.”  All of us strive to do what God commands, to do what is right and just.  All of us strive to not let the things we have possess us.  But it is hard going – impossible without reliance on God.  This eternal life for which we long, this Kingdom of God in which we live now, is begun already in us and is fulfilled in completeness when we see God face-to-face for ever. 

What gets in my way of gaining eternal life – things, attitudes, behaviors? 

What mercy work will I do that lets me share what I have with someone in need? 

How will I follow Jesus more closely this week? 

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17 October 2021

Isaiah 53:10-11.  Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.  Hebrews 4:14-16.  Mark 10:35-45. 

What Do You Wish?  We go to Jesus all the time, asking, pleading, wanting.  We ask to be healthy; we plead to be safe; we want this, that, and the other for ourselves and for those we love.  In our going to him, Jesus asks:  “What do you wish me to do for you?”  Then he listens.  Sometimes our asking is right on.  Sometimes it is pushy, overly ambitious, seeking top-dog status.  Then Jesus says, do not be a bad king or queen; instead, act like a slave, be a servant.  Grasping the cross is the way to the Kingdom of God. 

What honor or prestige do I want that I really do not need? 

When next I ask Jesus for what I wish, what needs of others will I also add to the list? 

How will I serve and when will I serve others this week? 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24 October 2021

Jeremiah 31:7-9.  Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.  Hebrews 5:1-6.  Mark 10:46-52. 

Enlightened Sight.  The blind man will not be silenced today.  Insistently he calls on Jesus by name.  He asks for pity; he asks for sight.  Jesus makes it happen.  Instead of returning home to a renewed life, he throws off his cloak and jumps into action and follows.  Even when sightless, he saw with eyes of faith.  Because of this encounter with Jesus, his insight is richer. 

What do I need to beg of Jesus?  For myself?  For someone else? 

How can I keep listening for Jesus already active in my life?  In the lives of others? 

What “cloak” that holds me back will I throw off to follow Jesus? 

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 October 2021

Deuteronomy 6:2-6.  Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51.  Hebrews 7:23-28.  Mark12:28b-34. 

What Matters the Most to God?  The answer is simple:  love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  The practice is harder.  Recall the Good Samaritan who cares for the beaten man on the roadside (Luke 10:29-37).  A neighbor is not just a friend or relative or part of the tribe.  A neighbor is anyone.  We are to love everyone.  That kind of loving keeps us near the Kingdom of God. 

What of my actions show that I am loving God? 

What of my actions show that I am loving myself? 

What of my actions show that I am loving my neighbor, that is, everyone? 

01 November - All Saints, Solemnity – Monday, 01 November 2021  

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a. 

Nine Times Blessed.  All the saints, those named as such and those many more known now by name only to God are holy and blessed by what they did.  Mercy work is blessed work. 

In honor of the saints today, what mercy work will I do? 

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

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Tuesday, 02 November 2021 

Lectionary for Mass, no. 668 provides all the reading options. 

Praying for the Dead. Those who have gone before us need all the help they can get. 

Let me pray for the blessed dead, that they will see God face-to-face for ever. 

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 07 November 2021 

1 Kings 17:10-16.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  Hebrews 9:24-28.  Mark 12:38-44. 

What Bothers Jesus. False piety and arrogant behavior are two things that bother Jesus in today’s gospel.  He applauds, instead, the poor widow who is so generous with the little she has. 

How will I be generous with the money I have? 

How will I be generous with the time I have for the benefit of another? 

How will I be generous with mercy work? 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast – Tuesday, 09 November 2021 

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12.  Psalm 46:2, 3, 5-6, 8, 9.  1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17.  John 2:13-22. 

The Pope’s Cathedral Church.  In this celebration of the Church for the Diocese of Rome, we give honor to every church building blessed or dedicated for use by the Church, that is, the People of God.  We set aside holy places (churches) and holy things for Holy People (the Church) to worship God. 

When I travel to my parish church, let me remember I am on the journey of my life-time to the holy city Jerusalem, that is, heaven. 

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 November 2021

Daniel 12:1-3.  Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11.  Hebrews 10:11-14, 18.  Mark 13:24-32. 

Is the End-Time Coming?  The liturgical year of 2021 ends in 14 days.  These past weeks have kept our focus on living in the Kingdom of God and living for its completion.  Who knows when this world will end.  None of us!  It will come when God is ready.  We know it ends here for each of us at death.  And then perdures for ever in the eternal presence of God.  Rather than fret about when the end will come, let us behave rightly now. 

What will I do today to behave as God wants? 

What will I say today that is right and true and just? 

What mercy work will guide my week? 

Thirty-Fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity – 21 November 2021

Daniel 7:13-14.  Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5.  Revelation 1:5-8.  John 18:33b-37. 

Alpha and Omega.  Go look at the parish Easter Candle near the baptismal font. You see an Alpha (A) and an Omega (W), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  They remind us that Christ, yesterday and today, is the Beginning and the End.  To him belongs all time, all the ages, and glory and power for ever.  Amen.  Since he is more powerful than me: 

What will I believe about God’s Kingdom? 

What truth do I need to hear Jesus speak? 

What action will I do because it is right and true? 

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