• Local Catholics, Lutherans consider common heritage

    Catholic and Lutheran Christians from across the globe will commemorate together on Oct. 31, the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  Here in the Diocese of Belleville, local Catholics and Lutherans will come together for a “Service of Common Prayer”.  The joint observance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester.

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  • A Beacon of Christ’s Light

    The interstate location provides quicker access to necessary health care for critical ambulance transport of patients from St. Clair, Clinton, Bond and surrounding counties and closer to Scott Air Force Base and the community hospitals that refer patients to St. Elizabeth’s, such as HSHS affiliate hospitals St. Joseph’s in Highland and St. Joseph’s in Breese, as well as other surrounding community hospitals.


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  • Bishop Braxton: Silence implies consent on HB 40

    HB 40 allows taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. It also allows tax money to go to grants to organizations that refer, counsel for, or perform abortions.

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  • Lay Ministers Flock to Into My Vineyard Program

    At the kick-off session Sept. 16 the gym was nearly packed. Program assistant Dustin McSparin said there were 154 people at the session, about twice the number expected. Seventy parishes participated out of the 113 parishes in the diocese.

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