After collecting nominations from parishioners, our new Champaign County Parish Council has been formed! We had our first meeting on January 10th . I am excited to have a council comprised of leaders representing all four churches that have a love for the Catholic Church and a desire to work together cooperatively to strengthen our churches and the family of parishes as a whole.
The Parish Council is an advisory group to the pastor that helps to bring feedback and ideas from parishioners to guide his decisions. The representatives also will help with communication from the pastor back to parishioners. With six parishes in the family, I will rely on parish council members to help with communication. We now have one parish council for Logan County and one parish council for Champaign County. In the future, we will look at cooperation between the councils so we have a forum to discuss issues pertaining to the family of parishes as a whole in addition to a forum to address issues specific to each county.
I encourage you to become familiar with the Parish Council representatives and feel free to discuss ideas and suggestions for the future with them.
Parish Council Members: Allan Baker, Gideon Day, Kevin Day, Beth Diehl, Gary Edwards, Teresa Hill, Melissa Miller, Mark Navarre, John Schipfer, Dan Shinton, Elle Spinner, Ethan Snyder.
It is time to kick off the 2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal throughout the archdiocese! More than anyone in the world, the Catholic Church teaches, feeds, and heals. In our local community, this happens through the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Also, If we exceed our parish goal for the CMA, 50% of our over-goal stays right here in our parish. Please prayerfully consider supporting this year’s CMA. For more information or to donate online, please visit CatholicAOC.org/CMA. Thank you!
Parishioners from any of the Champaign County Parishes who wish to receive a statement of parish contributions for the year 2022 for tax filing purposes should call the parish office before January 25, 2023. Statements will be mailed out at the end of January, 2023
Please join us in praying the Novena for Pope Benedict XVI
The Secretariat for Divine Worship of the USCCB has posted the novena for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI https://www.usccb.org/novena-pope-benedict-xvi. It is available as a PDF download. The prayers are appropriate for a period of mourning and should begin on the day of the funeral – today, Thursday, Jan. 5. They will conclude on Friday, Jan. 13.
Join us for a four-week deep-dive into the behind-the-scenes aspects of our Holy Catholic Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
As the outside world puts more and more pressure on us to shop and party our way through the “Holiday Season,” we will be slowing down, taking a deep breath, and celebrating Advent, with an eye toward the coming of Christ Jesus. There will be no “homework.”
Learn about the Sacred spaces and practices that you likely have never seen or noticed, the reasons behind so many of the things that take place in the Church, and the numerous hands that carry out the necessary preparations for our Sacred Liturgy.
Sessions are in the undercroft at St. Mary Church.
Sessions continue on December 5, 12, and 19, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., and will include time in the church and time in the undercroft, along with seasonal snacks and beverages. Sessions will end by 8:00 p.m.
Our organization has registered with Rural King’s Church Week! WHAT TO DO | Shop at any Rural King store or online at www.ruralking.com April 7-20, 2022. Submit receipts to www.ruralking.com/churchweek. Receipts must be dated April 7-20, 2022 and be submitted to the website by May 6, 2022. Once the event has ended, 10% of each valid and qualifying Rural King receipt’s total (after sales tax) will be donated to the registered Christian organization chosen by YOU!