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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.

What are you afraid of? - Most people would agree we are living in fearful times. We invite you to not ignore the fear or succumb to it, but rather to invite Jesus into your fears so that they can be overcome. Visit benotafraid.dio.org to explore and experience your fears and find resources so you can have peace, hope, and courage.

Click here to download a graphic to include on your website and in your bulletins


Be Not Afraid to PRAY BIG! We currently have 16 seminarians, which is great! But wouldn’t 40 be better?? YES!!! We invite you to pray a Hail Mary EVERY DAY at 4:40 for our diocese to have 40 seminarians. 4:40 for 40 Seminarians!

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Dive Deep - Evolution – Did we come from Adam and Eve or animals? What does the Catholic Church have to say about evolution? Is the Big Bang Theory compatible with our faith? How literal are we to take the creation story? Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, tackles those questions and more. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode!

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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 Advent in Year B – 2021

First Sunday of Advent – 29 November 2020 
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7.  Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.  1 Corinthians 1:3-9.  Mark 13:33-37. 
Be Alert!  Watch!  We begin this new liturgical year as the old one ends:  alert, on the watch, looking to the end time (that is, the return of Jesus Christ) while still living in this middle time of grace.  In our watching, we make the words at the center of the Isaiah reading our own:  “Would that you might meet us doing right.”  Let us be faithful gatekeepers – of our thoughts and of our acts – actively looking for the face of the Lord. 

  • How will I maintain hope as I wait for Jesus Christ? 
  • What will I say? 
  • What will I do?  The Works of Mercy can be a start. 

Second Sunday of Advent – 06 December 2020 
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11.  Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14.  2 Peter 3:8-14.  Mark 1:1-8. 
What Sort of Persons?  In this Advent time of looking to the future while living in the now, Saint Peter’s question is the right one:  “What sort of person ought you to be?”  Saint John the Baptist offers a good response and better example.  He is not full of himself.  He knows his minor place.  He points to the One who is both with us now and is also coming. 

  • How will my waiting on the Lord make me more humble? 
  • What full-of-myself behaviors can I change, can I let go? 
  • Works of Mercy take the focus off me for the benefit of another.  What will I do? 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity – Tuesday, 08 December 2020 
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America
Genesis 3:9-15, 20.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4.  Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12.  Luke 1:26-38. 
The Lord is with You.  The Lord is not just with Mary.  That same God is also with us.  Thus, also with me.  For, as Saint Paul says, God chose us in Christ to be holy [too]. 

  • How will I choose to be holy this day?  This week?  This Advent? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast – Saturday, 12 December 2020 
Zechariah 2:14-17. OR Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab.  Judith 13:18bcde, 19.  Luke 1:26-38.  OR Luke 1:39-47. 
Being Blessed.  This holy Mary, the patroness of the Americas, is blest because she believed.  And she acted on the belief that what God said would indeed happen. 

  • In whom will I believe?  And how will I act today because of it?

Third Sunday of Advent – 13 December 2020
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11.  Luke1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24.  John 1:6-8, 19-28. 
Who Am I? As we long for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, let our Advent be perfectly holy.  To help us, Saint Paul reminds us of these basic Christian attitudes: (1) rejoice always, (2) pray without ceasing, and (3) always give thanks. 

  • In whom or in what will I rejoice this week? 
  • How will I pray every day this week? 
  • For whom and for what am I thankful?  What will I do because of this thanksgiving? 

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 20 December 2020
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16.  Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29.  Romans 16:25-27.  Luke 1:26-38. 
How Can This Be?  Words of a visiting angel:  Do not be afraid; God has this plan; you are full of grace.  Mary speaks aloud what we all are thinking:  “How can this be?”  God makes it possible because God makes us holy! 

  • What should I stop fearing? 
  • What is God’s plan for me just for this day? 
  • What will I do this week as God’s holy person that benefits someone else? 

Bulletin Shorts for Christmas Time in Year B – 2020-2021

The Nativity of the Lord [Christmas], Solemnity
At the Vigil Mass – Thursday, 24 December 2020 
Isaiah 62:1-5.  Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.  Acts 13:16-17, 22-25.  Matthew 1:1-25. 
At the Mass during the Night – Friday, 25 December 2020 
Isaiah 9:1-6.  Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13.  Titus 2:11-14.  Luke 2:1-14. 
At the Mass at Dawn
Isaiah 62:11-12.  Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12.  Titus 3:4-7.  Luke 2:15-20. 
At the Mass during the Day
Isaiah 52:7-10.  Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6.  Hebrews 1:1-6.  John 1:1-18. 
A Great Light.  Isaiah declares (in 9:1):  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  We have surely walked in darkness during this pandemic year.  Some of us, perhaps all of us may still be there.  We have been confined to home.  We have jobs and homes in peril.  We grieve the sickness and death of family, friends, and unknown-to-us citizens of this country and of the world.  Yet we take hope this Christmas.  For we are not alone.  We are not left in darkness.  Today, the Lord Jesus Christ is with us.  In truth, he never abandons us.  He will be with us today and tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow.  And all the tomorrows. 

  • How do I know that Jesus is with me, is with us? 

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Feast – 27 December 2020 
Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3.  Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9.  Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 7-19.  Luke 2:22-40. 
This Child.  Every parent knows a child is a blessing who is filled with innocence and wonder and grace.  Grandparents know this, too, perhaps in renewed and deeper ways. It is their hope that every child will grow strong, be wise, and be favored. 

  • How will I care for a child today even if not related to me? 
  • How can I help children be holy? 
  • How will I be holy because of the blessedness of children? 

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord [Christmas]
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God – Friday, 01 January 2021 
Numbers 6:22-27.  Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8.  Galatians 4:4-7.  Luke 2:16-21. 
Being Amazed.  All those who heard the shepherds (among the riffraff of ancient society) were amazed at what was said about angels on high … about glory to God … about the resting favor of God. 

  • How will I glorify and praise God this day? 

The Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity – 03 January 2021 
Isaiah 60:1-6.  Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.  Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6.  Matthew 2:1-12. 
Copartners in the Promise.  The readings and this solemnity are filled with competing images and persons.  Darkness and light.  Christians of Jewish heritage and Gentiles.  Chosen people and coheirs, copartners.  Herod and the Magi.  Epiphany teaches us this:  all are members of the same body, all are coheirs of God’s goodness, all are copartners in the promise of Christ Jesus. 

  • Like the Magi, how will I give homage to Christ today? 
  • Whom do I look down upon that I must see as a copartner with me? 
  • What treasure will I give away, will I offer to another? 

The Baptism of the Lord, Feast – 10 January 2021 
Isaiah 55:1-11.  Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6.  1 John 5:1-19.  Mark 1:7-11. 
God Shows No Partiality.  Saint Peter speaks the truth.  God is impartial.  For everyone who acts uprightly is acceptable.  Everyone.  Politics may be partisan at times, but Christians can never be.  Indeed, Baptism makes us all alike – with differing gifts and charisms – but all in the image of Christ whose name we bear.  God says to us as well:  “I am well pleased.” 

  • Because of Baptism, how will I cherish even those not like me? 
  • What will I do today to bear the image of Christ? 

To whom will I say, because of this ________________, I am well pleased?

What are you afraid of? - Most people would agree we are living in fearful times. We invite you to not ignore the fear or succumb to it, but rather to invite Jesus into your fears so that they can be overcome. Visit benotafraid.dio.org to explore and experience your fears and find resources so you can have peace, hope, and courage.

Click here to download a graphic to include on your website and in your bulletins


Be Not Afraid to PRAY BIG! We currently have 16 seminarians, which is great! But wouldn’t 40 be better?? YES!!! We invite you to pray a Hail Mary EVERY DAY at 4:40 for our diocese to have 40 seminarians. 4:40 for 40 Seminarians!

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Dive Deep – A voice from a grave! Father James Kurzynski, a priest from Wisconsin, joins Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, so share an incredible story about an experience he’ll never forget while praying at a cemetery. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and while you are there, make sure subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


The Annual Collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) will be the weekend of November 21-22.   It will be held in all parish churches in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. This is our opportunity to help our neighbors in our own communities.  100% of the money collected stays LOCALLY!  Approximately 159,000 people live below the poverty line in our diocese.  The collection is one way we can be a good Samaritan to those among us that are hungry, lack proper shelter, require clothing and/or need assistance finding employment. There is a DCJH envelope in your November box.  If you miss the opportunity to help through your parish collection, you can still contribute in several ways:

  • By mail: Catholic Pastoral Center, Pro-Life Activities & Special Ministries, attn. DCJH, 1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL, 62702.
  • Online: with a credit card by visiting online: www.dio.org/dcjh

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


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

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? 

What are you afraid of? - Most people would agree we are living in fearful times. We invite you to not ignore the fear or succumb to it, but rather to invite Jesus into your fears so that they can be overcome. Visit benotafraid.dio.org to explore and experience your fears and find resources so you can have peace, hope, and courage.

Click here to download a graphic to include on your website and in your bulletins


Be Not Afraid to PRAY BIG! We currently have 16 seminarians, which is great! But wouldn’t 40 be better?? YES!!! We invite you to pray a Hail Mary EVERY DAY at 4:40 for our diocese to have 40 seminarians. 4:40 for 40 Seminarians!

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Dive Deep – A voice from a grave! Father James Kurzynski, a priest from Wisconsin, joins Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, so share an incredible story about an experience he’ll never forget while praying at a cemetery. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and while you are there, make sure subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


The Annual Collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) will be the weekend of November 21-22.   It will be held in all parish churches in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. This is our opportunity to help our neighbors in our own communities.  100% of the money collected stays LOCALLY!  Approximately 159,000 people live below the poverty line in our diocese.  The collection is one way we can be a good Samaritan to those among us that are hungry, lack proper shelter, require clothing and/or need assistance finding employment. There is a DCJH envelope in your November box.  If you miss the opportunity to help through your parish collection, you can still contribute in several ways:

  • By mail: Catholic Pastoral Center, Pro-Life Activities & Special Ministries, attn. DCJH, 1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL, 62702.
  • Online: with a credit card by going to www.dio.org/dcjh

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


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

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? 

What are you afraid of? - Most people would agree we are living in fearful times. We invite you to not ignore the fear or succumb to it, but rather to invite Jesus into your fears so that they can be overcome. Visit benotafraid.dio.org to explore and experience your fears and find resources so you can have peace, hope, and courage.

Click here to download a graphic to include on your website and in your bulletins


Dive Deep – A voice from a grave! Father James Kurzynski, a priest from Wisconsin, joins Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, so share an incredible story about an experience he’ll never forget while praying at a cemetery. Go to dio.org/podcast to listen and while you are there, make sure subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Click here to download a graphic to include in your bulletins


Hey, Father! - Confession, Purgatory, praying to saints, the Eucharist, papal infallibility – the Catholic Church has a lot of teachings that can be hard to understand. Luckily, our priests are here to answer them and help you better know and appreciate our rich faith. Go to dio.org/videos/hey-father.html where there are 40 questions about our faith answered by our priests. Make sure to keep coming back to that website as we add more answers to questions in our “Hey, Father!” series.


Conquer - Young adults ages 19-39 looking to test their physical strength, boost their relationship with God, and make new friends in our region are invited to “Conquer: Adventure, clarity, connection.” This one day experience on Nov. 14 starts with rock climbing at Climb So Ill in St. Louis at 1:30 p.m., followed by Mass at Mother of Perpetual Help in Maryville at 4:00 p.m., dinner from Fire N’ Smoke, and a Holy Hour which includes the opportunity for confession. The cost is $30. You can sign up at benotafraid.dio.org/experience

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March for Life - Due to Covid-19, the March for Life pilgrimage will look a little different this year. Tony Cerveny (Director of Youth and Sports Ministry) and Sister M. Veritas Wilks, FSGM (Director of Youth and Women's Ministry) from the Office of Ministry and Evangelization will be heading to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. Teens accompanied by parents/guardians and other family members are invited to join us. We will be there to greet you, feed you, organize prayer and programming, and provide a place for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois to gather. Sister M. Karolyn, FSGM (Vocations Director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, in Alton, IL) will be there to speak and lead us in games, prayer, and music. Bishop Paprocki will be there to greet us, and to celebrate Mass with us.

Please visit benotafraid.dio.org/experience to learn more and to register.


November 21-22, 2020 is the annual collection for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH). Your donations make it possible to provide hope and assistance of food, clothing, housing, education and medication to local people living in poverty. 100% of your contribution stays within our Diocese. Please give generously.


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


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

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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