We hope you are keeping warm as a big winter storm heads our way! Hopefully there won’t be too many delays or other disruptions to your plans. Whenever there is winter weather, there is always a chance a Mass may have to be canceled, especially if our presider is unable to make the trip. We will do everything we can to keep our Masses as scheduled and to keep everyone updated should there be any changes needed.
Blessings as we approach the second Sunday of Advent! Here are some updates for the young adult Church!
A Message from our Bishop!
Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to take place in Rome in October of 2014 to discuss the topic, “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops has invited wide consultation with the faithful on this topic. All parishioners are invited to complete a survey and learn more about the synod by visiting our diocesan website, www.dio.org, or by attending a listening session hosted by the Dean of your deanery. Please note that the deadline for responses is December 16, 2013. Your participation is welcome and appreciated.
Please check with your local Dean for the place, date and time of your local deanery listening session.
Best wishes for a prayerful Advent.
Peace and blessings,
Editor’s Note: The dean for the Springfield area is Fr. John Nolan, pastor of the Cathedral Church.
Toy Drive Extended Dates!!!
We will be collecting toys to donate this holiday season for the St. Francis Cabrini Children's Christmas Store. We need toys for ages 0-12, baby clothes, and children hats and gloves. The toy drive has been extended to run through Dec. 15th. Please give generously!!!
If you cannot make it to Mass to drop off a donate, you can bring them to the Catholic Pastoral Center during business hours, Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. Ask for Kyle at the reception desk.
Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with our partners, will provide100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies, and clean water and sanitation. We will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance.
CRS desperately needs your help so we can reach people and communities in desperate need—now and as they rebuild their lives. Make a secure donation here:
March for Life Pilgrimage
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people go to Washington, DC in a peaceful demonstration for the sanctity of life in January. The diocese sponsors a 5-day bus trip to the March for Life on January 19 – 23. If you would like participate in this year’s pilgrimage, contact Kyle Holtgrave, Associate Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (217) 698-8500 or email
. Trip details are posted online at http://www.dio.org/youthministry/mfl.
World Youth Day 2016
I know summer of 2016 seems like a long way off, but planning for a pilgrimage is already in progress! World Youth Day is a celebration of the Church each year, with international gatherings held every two or three years. Pope Francis invites us to join him in the summer of 2016 in Krakow, Poland for the next international gathering. The target age of World Youth Day is 18 – 30, keeping the European tradition of how they define “youth”. Details on pilgrimage plans are posted at www.dio.org/youthministry/wyd. If you are interested in getting involved with the pilgrimage, please contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500 or email
Catholic Times On-Line
Our diocesan paper is available electronically! You can read Catholic Times online at http://ct.dio.org/digitaledition.