Each year, the Diocese of Belleville celebrates the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as parishes bring catechumens and candidates to the cathedral where Bishop Edward K. Braxton greets each person.
Parishioners, friends and relatives gathered Feb. 16 for a final liturgy at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Francisville. Everyone was welcomed at St. Lawrence Parish in Lawrenceville the following weekend.
Many students are among the more than 100 people who walked in support of an end to abortion Jan.26 in Carbondale. Some had already attended the national march for life in Washington, D.C., but also felt compelled to march in their local communities.
Father Nicholas Junker talks to some of the young people at a reception after a liturgy at St. Mary in Chester that celebrated Father Eugene Wojcik’s 40th anniversary as a priest. Clockwise, from left are: Nick Heffernan, Father Junker, Emma Rick, Nate and Jack Heffernan.
Editor’s note: Each year students are invited to write a letter to the pope congratulating him on his birthday. The schools send the letters to Bishop Edward K. Braxton who chooses a letter to send to the pope. This year, a student from Holy Childhood Catholic School in Mascoutah was selected.