Belleville Area Right to Life sponsored an essay contest to encourage young people to reflect on their pro-life beliefs.
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.
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.