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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.

Called to serve? Come and see All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a weekend experience at the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat and Conference Center, Friday September 13, (4:00 p.m.) to Saturday, September 14 (2:00 p.m.) at no cost. During the weekend, you will meet the men and wives currently in formation, proctor classroom lecture, and join in meals and social time. In addition to attending Mass with the deacon candidates and wives, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Hours Morning and Evening Prayer. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register, contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate. 

Information Session All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a no cost informational session on October 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium. Requirements, formation experience, and application information will be presented. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register for this event please contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate.

Applications are being accepted from people interested in serving on the Diocesan Black Catholic Commission.  To obtain an application contact  Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on August 30th at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

The Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered September 28, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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. 

What is systemic racism?  Find out by attending the Crossroads workshop – “Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism”  October 3-5, Christ the King Parish, Springfield.  The Black Catholic Commission is offering scholarships for people interested in attending this enlightening workshop.  To register go to:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=sysrdbqab&oeidk=a07ega16rpm8f5fbdab.   For more information about the scholarship contact Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Annual Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon, September 7, 2019.   Mass starts at 9:00am and the luncheon ends about 1:00 pm.  Dr Pat Castle, President and Founder of Life Runners will be guest speaker for the luncheon.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  More information can be found at: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

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 Diocese of Peoria invites you to the Inaugural Respect Life Conference: “The Truth Will Set You Free!”, September 13 & 14, 2019.  Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria.  Keynote speakers – Ryan Bomberger and Kevin Burke.  Closing Vigil Mass Saturday Sept 14, 4:00 pm celebrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC.  For more information contact Suzie Meismer at: 309-966-0385, email: or go to:  : https://cdop.org/respect-life-conference/

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer in Year C – 2019

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 August 2019 
Isaiah 66:18-21.  Psalm 117:1, 2.  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.  Luke 13:22-30. 
Being saved.  Here is the truth:  many, and not just a few, will be saved.  We believe it even though we do not always behave like we do believe!  Jesus says today that the threshold to heaven is a narrow gate.  Jesus says this passing through it is constant striving.  Jesus says many will come from all directions and places to enter and dine at heaven’s table. 

  • How will I work hard to be human and Christian? 
  • How will I rely on God’s power and strength to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How can I be like God and embrace everyone from everywhere? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 September 2019 
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29.  Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11.  Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a.  Luke 14:1, 7-14. 
Being humble.  Jesus is closely watched today as he dines at a powerful man’s home.  But Jesus also pays attention.  Who has his attention today?  The poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind.  Take the last place, he says!  Be humble!  Look to the needs of others!  Really?  Really! 

  • How will I be less pushy and more humble? 
  • How will I foster the needs and even the prestige of another? 
  • The gospel urges us to look to works of mercy.  Which one will I pick and do? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 September 2019 
Wisdom 9:13-18b.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.  Philemon 9-10, 12-17.  Luke 14:25-33. 
Being a disciple.  Jesus is relentless.  One more time he tells the great crowd:  carry your cross, renounce possessions, be my disciple.  Following him requires relentless behavior.  We are to have an unwavering preference for Jesus above parents and family.  But we cannot forget that care for them and all others is also attention to Jesus Christ.  It is both-and.  Always. 

  • How will I behave to assure myself I am following Jesus? 
  • What must I do to carry my cross one more day, one more week? 
  • What possession(s) can I give away for someone else to use? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 September 2019 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.  Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.  1 Timothy 1:12-17.  Luke 15:1-32. 
Welcoming sinners and eating with them.  Some will be shocked at whom we are called to hang around.  Lost sheep.  Ungrateful children.  Sinners, the less than perfect, the prodigal.  People just like us, if truth be told.  The Church is not a place for the perfect.  We are charged to be perfect, true.  But perfection is found in God alone.  That is why we hang around those who hang around Jesus and strive to be like him. 

  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • What lost sheep will I go after? 
  • What seemingly ungrateful person will I look for, welcome back, and embrace? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 September 2019 
Amos 8:4-7.  Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8.  1 Timothy 6:1-8.  Luke 16:1-13. 
Surviving.  Jesus, this week and last, does not look on us in negative ways.  He seeks us out with love and compassion.  He urges us to be daring, trustworthy, and resourceful.  Quite a challenge!  But it is the way we survive among the temptations to seek after more things, misuse or mismanage things of others, trust possessions over God.  It is the way we heed Amos’ plea to attend fairly to the poor. 

  • How will I “survive” this week by trusting God? 
  • How will I look after the poor in my town? 
  • How can I not be owned by possessions? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 September 2019 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  1 Timothy 2:11-16.  Luke 16:19-31. 
Listening to someone from the dead.  In graphic detail, Jesus tells the pious – and us – about the relationship of the poor and the rich.  The take-away of the Rich Man and Lazarus parable is this:  If we do not see the poor and do not hear the prophets, we will not see and hear the resurrected Jesus Christ living among us. 

  • How can I trust the works of the dead and risen Christ? 
  • What is the Church and Jesus saying to me about poverty? 
  • Who is poor like Lazarus and how will I feed him?

Called to serve? Come and see All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a weekend experience at the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat and Conference Center, Friday September 13, (4:00 p.m.) to Saturday, September 14 (2:00 p.m.) at no cost. During the weekend, you will meet the men and wives currently in formation, proctor classroom lecture, and join in meals and social time. In addition to attending Mass with the deacon candidates and wives, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Hours Morning and Evening Prayer. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register, contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate. 

Information Session All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a no cost informational session on October 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium. Requirements, formation experience, and application information will be presented. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register for this event please contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate.

Share your story.  The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is accepting stories, articles, poems and pictures for the special October Respect Life edition of the Catholic Times.  This year’s theme is:  Christ Our Hope – In Every Season of Life.  A flyer detailing information about submitting an article is located at:   https://www.dio.org/plasm  or call Donna Moore at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on August 30th at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

FREE LUNCHEON:  You’re invited to attend the next Luncheon4Life, Friday, August 16, 11:30am-1:30, Holy Family parish, Granite City.  Sue Thayer from the national 40 Days for Life team will be this month’s guest speaker.  She led a 40 Days at the same planned Parenthood that she used to work at in Iowa.  RSVP is required.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by August 10th.   

Our Lady of the Snows presentation – “When Mental Illness Hits Home.”  Friday, August 23.  For more information go to:  https://snows.org/events-2/

The Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered September 28, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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. 

What is systemic racism?  Find out by attending the Crossroads workshop – “Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism”  October 3-5, Christ the King Parish, Springfield.  The Black Catholic Commission is offering scholarships for people interested in attending this enlightening training.  To register go to:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=sysrdbqab&oeidk=a07ega16rpm8f5fbdab.   For more information about the scholarship contact Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

RESPECT LIFE CONFERENCE:  The Diocese of Peoria invites you to the Inaugural Respect Life Conference: “The Truth Will Set You Free!”, September 13 & 14, 2019.  Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria.  Keynote speakers – Ryan Bomberger and Kevin Burke.  Closing Vigil Mass Saturday Sept 14, 4:00 pm celebrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC.  For more information contact Suzie Meismer at: 309-966-0385, email: or go to:  : https://cdop.org/respect-life-conference/

Annual Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon, September 7, 2019.   Mass starts at 9:00am and the luncheon ends about 1:00 pm.  Dr Pat Castle, President and Founder of Life Runners will be guest speaker for the luncheon.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  More information can be found at: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

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/

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer in Year C – 2019

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Thursday, 15 August 
At the Vigil Mass:  1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28.  
Mass during the Day:  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Falling asleep in the Lord.  What those of us in the Christian West call the Assumption of Mary, whole and entire into heaven, Eastern Christians call her Dormition.  This “falling asleep” of Mary gives us a goal for our own living. 

  • What can I think and do every day to prepare for that last day of falling asleep in death to enjoy new and final life? 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time –18 August 2019 
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10.  Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18.  Hebrews 12:1-4.  Luke 12:49-53. 
Being on fire.  In biblical stories, fire draws us to the pillar of fire during Exodus and the tongues of fire at Pentecost.  We also recall the new fire that was blessed last Easter Vigil.  Next to these blazing fires, we do not stand alone.  In standing “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”, we share in the faith and belief of all those who keep eyes fixed on Jesus. 

  • What can be purified in my life by the fire of Pentecost, of Confirmation, of the Holy Spirit? 
  • With whom will I stand in faith? 
  • How will I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus this day? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 August 2019 
Isaiah 66:18-21.  Psalm 117:1, 2.  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.  Luke 13:22-30. 
Being saved.  Here is the truth:  many, and not just a few, will be saved.  We believe it even though we do not always behave like we do believe!  Jesus says today that the threshold to heaven is a narrow gate.  Jesus says this passing through it is constant striving.  Jesus says many will come from all directions and places to enter and dine at heaven’s table. 

  • How will I work hard to be human and Christian? 
  • How will I rely on God’s power and strength to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How can I be like God and embrace everyone from everywhere? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 September 2019 
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29.  Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11.  Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a.  Luke 14:1, 7-14. 
Being humble.  Jesus is closely watched today as he dines at a powerful man’s home.  But Jesus also pays attention.  Who has his attention today?  The poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind.  Take the last place, he says!  Be humble!  Look to the needs of others!  Really?  Really! 

  • How will I be less pushy and more humble? 
  • How will I foster the needs and even the prestige of another? 
  • The gospel urges us to look to works of mercy.  Which one will I pick and do? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 September 2019 
Wisdom 9:13-18b.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.  Philemon 9-10, 12-17.  Luke 14:25-33. 
Being a disciple.  Jesus is relentless.  One more time he tells the great crowd:  carry your cross, renounce possessions, be my disciple.  Following him requires relentless behavior.  We are to have an unwavering preference for Jesus above parents and family.  But we cannot forget that care for them and all others is also attention to Jesus Christ.  It is both-and.  Always. 

  • How will I behave to assure myself I am following Jesus? 
  • What must I do to carry my cross one more day, one more week? 
  • What possession(s) can I give away for someone else to use? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 September 2019 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.  Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.  1 Timothy 1:12-17.  Luke 15:1-32. 
Welcoming sinners and eating with them.  Some will be shocked at whom we are called to hang around.  Lost sheep.  Ungrateful children.  Sinners, the less than perfect, the prodigal.  People just like us, if truth be told.  The Church is not a place for the perfect.  We are charged to be perfect, true.  But perfection is found in God alone.  That is why we hang around those who hang around Jesus and strive to be like him. 

  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • What lost sheep will I go after? 
  • What seemingly ungrateful person will I look for, welcome back, and embrace? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 September 2019 
Amos 8:4-7.  Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8.  1 Timothy 6:1-8.  Luke 16:1-13. 
Surviving.  Jesus, this week and last, does not look on us in negative ways.  He seeks us out with love and compassion.  He urges us to be daring, trustworthy, and resourceful.  Quite a challenge!  But it is the way we survive among the temptations to seek after more things, misuse or mismanage things of others, trust possessions over God.  It is the way we heed Amos’ plea to attend fairly to the poor. 

  • How will I “survive” this week by trusting God? 
  • How will I look after the poor in my town? 
  • How can I not be owned by possessions? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 September 2019 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  1 Timothy 2:11-16.  Luke 16:19-31. 
Listening to someone from the dead.  In graphic detail, Jesus tells the pious – and us – about the relationship of the poor and the rich.  The take-away of the Rich Man and Lazarus parable is this:  If we do not see the poor and do not hear the prophets, we will not see and hear the resurrected Jesus Christ living among us. 

  • How can I trust the works of the dead and risen Christ? 
  • What is the Church and Jesus saying to me about poverty? 
  • Who is poor like Lazarus and how will I feed him? 

Called to serve? Come and see All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a weekend experience at the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat and Conference Center, Friday September 13, (4:00 p.m.) to Saturday, September 14 (2:00 p.m.) at no cost. During the weekend, you will meet the men and wives currently in formation, proctor classroom lecture, and join in meals and social time. In addition to attending Mass with the deacon candidates and wives, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Hours Morning and Evening Prayer. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register, contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate. 

Information Session All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a no cost informational session on October 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium. Requirements, formation experience, and application information will be presented. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register for this event please contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate.

Register Today! Online Courses offered through the University of Dayton VLCFF Program: Register Today! For the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) for Cycle 6 is September 8 - October 12, 2019 (Registration: opens July 24; Closes September 4). Visit https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_6_2019_English for course listings and descriptions. Session fees are at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar.

Share your story.  The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is accepting stories, articles, poems and pictures for the special October Respect Life edition of the Catholic Times.  This year’s theme is:  Christ Our Hope – In Every Season of Life.  A flyer detailing information about submitting an article is located at: https://www.dio.org/plasm  or call Donna Moore at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on August 30th at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

FREE LUNCHEON:  You’re invited to attend the next Luncheon4Life, Friday, August 16, 11:30am-1:30, Holy Family parish, Granite City.  Sue Thayer from the national 40 Days for Life team will be this month’s guest speaker.  She led a 40 Days at the same planned Parenthood that she used to work at in Iowa.  RSVP is required.  Send RSVP to or call Joan Kane 618-781-5107, by August 10th.   

Our Lady of the Snows presentation – “When Mental Illness Hits Home.”  Friday, August 23.  For more information go to:  https://snows.org/events-2/

The Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered September 28, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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. 

Understanding Systemic Racism: What is systemic racism?  Find out by attending the Crossroads workshop – “Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism”  October 3-5, Christ the King Parish, Springfield.  The Black Catholic Commission is offering scholarships for people interested in attending this enlightening training.  To register go to:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=sysrdbqab&oeidk=a07ega16rpm8f5fbdab. For more information about the scholarship contact Donna at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

RESPECT LIFE CONFERENCE:  The Diocese of Peoria invites you to the Inaugural Respect Life Conference: “The Truth Will Set You Free!”, September 13 & 14, 2019.  Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria.  Keynote speakers – Ryan Bomberger and Kevin Burke.  Closing Vigil Mass Saturday Sept 14, 4:00 pm celebrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC.  For more information contact Suzie Meismer at: 309-966-0385, email: or go to:  : https://cdop.org/respect-life-conference/

Annual Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon, September 7, 2019.   Mass starts at 9:00am and the luncheon ends about 1:00 pm.  Dr Pat Castle, President and Founder of Life Runners will be guest speaker for the luncheon.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  More information can be found at: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

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/

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer in Year C – 2019

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 August 2019 
Wisdom 18:6-9.  Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22.  Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19.  Luke 12:32-48. 
Stewarding God’s good gifts.  This is stunning!  For those who live by faith, God is not ashamed to be called their God.  What is this living by faith?  It is living within the Kingdom of God that is already begun, though not yet complete.  Saint Luke gets specific today:  give alms, build up your treasure in heaven, be ready servants, look to the needs of others.  These are the actions of faithful and prudent stewards.  Gospel stewards understand this:  everything they have, really belongs to God.  We do not own.  We only oversee. 

  • How will I fill up my “money bags” with heavenly treasure? 
  • How will I faithfully oversee tasks, duties, possessions? 
  • Whom will I serve this week? 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Thursday, 15 August 
At the Vigil Mass:  1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28. 
Mass during the Day:  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Falling asleep in the Lord.  What those of us in the Christian West call the Assumption of Mary, whole and entire into heaven, Eastern Christians call her Dormition.  This “falling asleep” of Mary gives us a goal for our own living. 

  • What can I think and do every day to prepare for that last day of falling asleep in death to enjoy new and final life? 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time –18 August 2019 
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10.  Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18.  Hebrews 12:1-4.  Luke 12:49-53. 
Being on fire.  In biblical stories, fire draws us to the pillar of fire during Exodus and the tongues of fire at Pentecost.  We also recall the new fire that was blessed last Easter Vigil.  Next to these blazing fires, we do not stand alone.  In standing “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”, we share in the faith and belief of all those who keep eyes fixed on Jesus. 

  • What can be purified in my life by the fire of Pentecost, of Confirmation, of the Holy Spirit? 
  • With whom will I stand in faith? 
  • How will I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus this day? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 August 2019 
Isaiah 66:18-21.  Psalm 117:1, 2.  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.  Luke 13:22-30. 
Being saved.  Here is the truth:  many, and not just a few, will be saved.  We believe it even though we do not always behave like we do believe!  Jesus says today that the threshold to heaven is a narrow gate.  Jesus says this passing through it is constant striving.  Jesus says many will come from all directions and places to enter and dine at heaven’s table. 

  • How will I work hard to be human and Christian? 
  • How will I rely on God’s power and strength to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How can I be like God and embrace everyone from everywhere? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 September 2019 
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29.  Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11.  Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a.  Luke 14:1, 7-14. 
Being humble.  Jesus is closely watched today as he dines at a powerful man’s home.  But Jesus also pays attention.  Who has his attention today?  The poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind.  Take the last place, he says!  Be humble!  Look to the needs of others!  Really?  Really! 

  • How will I be less pushy and more humble? 
  • How will I foster the needs and even the prestige of another? 
  • The gospel urges us to look to works of mercy.  Which one will I pick and do? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 September 2019 
Wisdom 9:13-18b.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.  Philemon 9-10, 12-17.  Luke 14:25-33. 
Being a disciple.  Jesus is relentless.  One more time he tells the great crowd:  carry your cross, renounce possessions, be my disciple.  Following him requires relentless behavior.  We are to have an unwavering preference for Jesus above parents and family.  But we cannot forget that care for them and all others is also attention to Jesus Christ.  It is both-and.  Always. 

  • How will I behave to assure myself I am following Jesus? 
  • What must I do to carry my cross one more day, one more week? 
  • What possession(s) can I give away for someone else to use? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 September 2019 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.  Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.  1 Timothy 1:12-17.  Luke 15:1-32. 
Welcoming sinners and eating with them.  Some will be shocked at whom we are called to hang around.  Lost sheep.  Ungrateful children.  Sinners, the less than perfect, the prodigal.  People just like us, if truth be told.  The Church is not a place for the perfect.  We are charged to be perfect, true.  But perfection is found in God alone.  That is why we hang around those who hang around Jesus and strive to be like him. 

  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • What lost sheep will I go after? 
  • What seemingly ungrateful person will I look for, welcome back, and embrace? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 September 2019 
Amos 8:4-7.  Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8.  1 Timothy 6:1-8.  Luke 16:1-13. 
Surviving.  Jesus, this week and last, does not look on us in negative ways.  He seeks us out with love and compassion.  He urges us to be daring, trustworthy, and resourceful.  Quite a challenge!  But it is the way we survive among the temptations to seek after more things, misuse or mismanage things of others, trust possessions over God.  It is the way we heed Amos’ plea to attend fairly to the poor. 

  • How will I “survive” this week by trusting God? 
  • How will I look after the poor in my town? 
  • How can I not be owned by possessions? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 September 2019 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  1 Timothy 2:11-16.  Luke 16:19-31. 
Listening to someone from the dead.  In graphic detail, Jesus tells the pious – and us – about the relationship of the poor and the rich.  The take-away of the Rich Man and Lazarus parable is this:  If we do not see the poor and do not hear the prophets, we will not see and hear the resurrected Jesus Christ living among us. 

  • How can I trust the works of the dead and risen Christ? 
  • What is the Church and Jesus saying to me about poverty? 
  • Who is poor like Lazarus and how will I feed him? 

Called to serve? Come and see All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a weekend experience at the Villa Maria Catholic Retreat and Conference Center, Friday September 13, (4:00 p.m.) to Saturday, September 14 (2:00 p.m.) at no cost. During the weekend, you will meet the men and wives currently in formation, proctor classroom lecture, and join in meals and social time. In addition to attending Mass with the deacon candidates and wives, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Hours Morning and Evening Prayer. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register, contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate. 

Information Session All men discerning a vocation to the diaconate are invited to a no cost informational session on October 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Atrium. Requirements, formation experience, and application information will be presented. Wives of men discerning a vocation are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. To register for this event please contact Teresa Gwardys at at the Office for the Diaconate.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend coming to St. Louis area: Are you thinking about your summer vacation? A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend, away from all the distractions and pressures in your life right now, would be the best vacation of your life.  You and your spouse will always remember this WWME Weekend away as a great time together that strengthened your marriage. The next weekends are Aug. 9-11 or Sep. 27-29 at the Courtyard Marriot in St. Peters, MO. If you would like to apply or get more information, go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call 314.649.7317.

Mass for the Deaf Community and Friends:  August 11, 12:00 pm (noon), Sacred Heart Parish, 405 S. Henrietta, Effingham.  Celebrant – Father Adam Zawadzki, O.P. Miss.  For information on future Masses in American Sign Language go to:  https://www.dio.org/plasm/deaf-ministry.html

Share your story.  The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries is accepting stories, articles, poems and pictures for the special October Respect Life edition of the Catholic Times.  This year’s theme is:  Christ Our Hope – In Every Season of Life.  A flyer detailing information about submitting an article is located at:   https://www.dio.org/plasm  or call Donna Moore at 217-698-8500, ext 161. 

Legal Clinic:  Attorneys from the Immigration Project are available to answer immigration questions.  Consultants are available on August 30th at the Catholic Charities office, 120 S. 11th St, in Springfield.  To schedule an appointment, email Immigration Project at or call Immigration Project on any weekday, 10 am to 4pm, except Wednesdays and holidays at 309-829-8703.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling. 

Our Lady of the Snows presentation – “When Mental Illness Hits Home.”  Friday, August 23.  For more information go to:  https://snows.org/events-2/

Annual Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon, September 7, 2019.   Mass starts at 9:00am and the luncheon ends about 1:00 pm. Dr Pat Castle, President and Founder of Life Runners will be guest speaker for the luncheon.  Come and pray for an end to abortion.  More information can be found at: https://www.dio.org/plasm/events.html  

RESPECT LIFE CONFERENCE:  The Diocese of Peoria invites you to the Inaugural Respect Life Conference: “The Truth Will Set You Free!”, September 13 & 14, 2019.  Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria.  Keynote speakers – Ryan Bomberger and Kevin Burke.  Closing Vigil Mass Saturday Sept 14, 4:00 pm celebrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC.  For more information contact Suzie Meismer at: 309-966-0385, email: or go to:  : https://cdop.org/respect-life-conference/

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 Diocese of Belleville has a Pre-Cana program for Hispanic couples.  The next Pre-Cana class in Spanish is being offered September 28, 2019.  If interested in attending, contact Carlos and Efrend Garcia at:  618-520-3404, or

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

Register Today! Online Courses offered through the University of Dayton VLCFF Program: Register Today! For the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) for Cycle 6 is September 8 - October 12, 2019 (Registration: opens July 24; Closes September 4). Visit https://vlcff.udayton.edu/calendar/#cycle_6_2019_English for course listings and descriptions. Session fees are at a cost of $50 per course/$40 per seminar.   

Bulletin Shorts for Late Summer in Year C – 2019

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 04 August 2019 
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.  Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11.  Luke 12:13-21. 
About being greedy.  Every day, it seems, we are faced with two dilemmas:  what we want and what we need.  Our grasping for wants, our desire to amass more things, more money, more prestige, etc. can eat us up.  Ecclesiastes declares the hunger for property is a mere wisp, a puff of wind, a vanity.  Jesus is more direct:  guard against all greed.  What we need, really, are the things of God.  And in grasping the things of God, we grasp onto God – and thereby are rich. 

  • What do I want?  Make a list. 
  • In checking that list, what do I need?  Really need? 
  • Check the Corporal Works of Mercy.  How can I give up some of my wants to give to someone in need? 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 August 2019 
Wisdom 18:6-9.  Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22.  Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19.  Luke 12:32-48. 
Stewarding God’s good gifts.  This is stunning!  For those who live by faith, God is not ashamed to be called their God.  What is this living by faith?  It is living within the Kingdom of God that is already begun, though not yet complete.  Saint Luke gets specific today:  give alms, build up your treasure in heaven, be ready servants, look to the needs of others.  These are the actions of faithful and prudent stewards.  Gospel stewards understand this:  everything they have, really belongs to God.  We do not own.  We only oversee. 

  • How will I fill up my “money bags” with heavenly treasure? 
  • How will I faithfully oversee tasks, duties, possessions? 
  • Whom will I serve this week? 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Thursday, 15 August 
At the Vigil Mass:  1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2.  Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14.  1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.  Luke 11:27-28. 
Mass during the Day:  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16.  1 Corinthians 15:20-27.  Luke 1:39-56. 
Falling asleep in the Lord.  What those of us in the Christian West call the Assumption of Mary, whole and entire into heaven, Eastern Christians call her Dormition.  This “falling asleep” of Mary gives us a goal for our own living. 

  • What can I think and do every day to prepare for that last day of falling asleep in death to enjoy new and final life? 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time –18 August 2019 
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10.  Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18.  Hebrews 12:1-4.  Luke 12:49-53. 
Being on fire.  In biblical stories, fire draws us to the pillar of fire during Exodus and the tongues of fire at Pentecost.  We also recall the new fire that was blessed last Easter Vigil.  Next to these blazing fires, we do not stand alone.  In standing “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”, we share in the faith and belief of all those who keep eyes fixed on Jesus. 

  • What can be purified in my life by the fire of Pentecost, of Confirmation, of the Holy Spirit? 
  • With whom will I stand in faith? 
  • How will I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus this day? 

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 August 2019 
Isaiah 66:18-21.  Psalm 117:1, 2.  Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13.  Luke 13:22-30. 
Being saved.  Here is the truth:  many, and not just a few, will be saved.  We believe it even though we do not always behave like we do believe!  Jesus says today that the threshold to heaven is a narrow gate.  Jesus says this passing through it is constant striving.  Jesus says many will come from all directions and places to enter and dine at heaven’s table. 

  • How will I work hard to be human and Christian? 
  • How will I rely on God’s power and strength to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? 
  • How can I be like God and embrace everyone from everywhere? 

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01 September 2019 
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29.  Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11.  Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a.  Luke 14:1, 7-14. 
Being humble.  Jesus is closely watched today as he dines at a powerful man’s home.  But Jesus also pays attention.  Who has his attention today?  The poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind.  Take the last place, he says!  Be humble!  Look to the needs of others!  Really?  Really! 

  • How will I be less pushy and more humble? 
  • How will I foster the needs and even the prestige of another? 
  • The gospel urges us to look to works of mercy.  Which one will I pick and do? 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 08 September 2019 
Wisdom 9:13-18b.  Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17.  Philemon 9-10, 12-17.  Luke 14:25-33. 
Being a disciple.  Jesus is relentless.  One more time he tells the great crowd:  carry your cross, renounce possessions, be my disciple.  Following him requires relentless behavior.  We are to have an unwavering preference for Jesus above parents and family.  But we cannot forget that care for them and all others is also attention to Jesus Christ.  It is both-and.  Always. 

  • How will I behave to assure myself I am following Jesus? 
  • What must I do to carry my cross one more day, one more week? 
  • What possession(s) can I give away for someone else to use? 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 September 2019 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14.  Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19.  1 Timothy 1:12-17.  Luke 15:1-32. 
Welcoming sinners and eating with them.  Some will be shocked at whom we are called to hang around.  Lost sheep.  Ungrateful children.  Sinners, the less than perfect, the prodigal.  People just like us, if truth be told.  The Church is not a place for the perfect.  We are charged to be perfect, true.  But perfection is found in God alone.  That is why we hang around those who hang around Jesus and strive to be like him. 

  • Whom will I welcome? 
  • What lost sheep will I go after? 
  • What seemingly ungrateful person will I look for, welcome back, and embrace? 

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 September 2019 
Amos 8:4-7.  Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8.  1 Timothy 6:1-8.  Luke 16:1-13. 
Surviving.  Jesus, this week and last, does not look on us in negative ways.  He seeks us out with love and compassion.  He urges us to be daring, trustworthy, and resourceful.  Quite a challenge!  But it is the way we survive among the temptations to seek after more things, misuse or mismanage things of others, trust possessions over God.  It is the way we heed Amos’ plea to attend fairly to the poor. 

  • How will I “survive” this week by trusting God? 
  • How will I look after the poor in my town? 
  • How can I not be owned by possessions? 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 September 2019 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7.  Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.  1 Timothy 2:11-16.  Luke 16:19-31. 
Listening to someone from the dead.  In graphic detail, Jesus tells the pious – and us – about the relationship of the poor and the rich.  The take-away of the Rich Man and Lazarus parable is this:  If we do not see the poor and do not hear the prophets, we will not see and hear the resurrected Jesus Christ living among us. 

  • How can I trust the works of the dead and risen Christ? 
  • What is the Church and Jesus saying to me about poverty? 
  • Who is poor like Lazarus and how will I feed him? 

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