Several diocesan parishes and institutions marked significant anniversaries and dedications. Celebrating anniversaries were: St. Joseph Parish in Elizabethtown (150th); St. Pancratius Parish in Fayetteville (175th); St. Joseph Parish in Lebanon (150th); St. Patrick Parish in Cairo (175th); Sacred Heart Parish in Du Quoin (150th); and Corpus Christi Parish in Shiloh (100th).
Dear People of God:
There is a very close connection between Christmas and Easter but it is easy to overlook it. Yet the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the origin of many popular “Christmas” symbols.
The Messenger invited young people to interview their elders about Christmas traditions in their families. The following youngsters were chosen to receive a $25.00 gift card for their work.
Springfield, IL – The U.S. Army Civil Affairs Corps has a unique role within the modern military: These elite, highly trained soldiers are sent to combat zones after the primary fighting has ceased to help rebuild war-ravaged regions.
At the end of its fifth year of publication in 1912, the editors of The Messenger wrote in a front-page commentary: “There were then (in 1907) many who doubted that we should exist even a year, having no capital, not a cent to back us, and an unknown field wherein to work. The one year …