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Donations can be made on line to The Catholic Service & Ministry Appeal by clicking here.

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Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third St.
Belleville, IL 62220

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Diocese Begins 2016 CSMA Appeal in Progress

While the 2016 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal began in diocesan parishes the weekend of March 5-6, donations are accepted year round.

Each year, stories tell the impact of donations not only on ministry but also directly on the lives of individuals.

Sometimes it is easier to see the face of need when someone shares his or her story.

Below, three stories highlight the impat of the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. These stories are uplifting and spoke of the hope not only for the Church in southern Illinois but also the Church in this country as well.

The first story speaks to youth and how the Newman Catholic Student Center responds to the youth at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and how the programs, the services and the fellowship fostered there changes the lives of the young people who call Newman home for a short period of time.

In return, the students give flesh and blood to the hope for the Church to the staff and the people in Carbondale as well as their families near and far.

Other stories speak to the impact a school and outreach agencies have on changing the present and the future.

Faith Flows from the Newman Catholic Student Center into the Community

The hub, the core, the heartbeat of a campus community: Some words just can’t capture fully what students describe as the Newman Catholic Student Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Newman creates and supports a Catholic community on campus, and it provides, for some, a lifeline to young adults who are away from home and searching for a place and people to anchor them during what can be a tumultuous time in a young person’s life.

However, Newman and its staff don’t sit inside a building just on the edge of the campus waiting for students to show up. The staff provides liturgy opportunities, service projects, retreats, discussion and prayer groups and ways for students to delve deeper into their faith life, strengthening and expanding it through the college experience.
Students can drop in, participate in group discussions, find a quiet corner to study, stop by and talk to Father Nicholas Junker, sacramental minister at Newman, meet with director, Tim Taylor, or step into the chapel for quiet prayer.

While many students belong to or drop in at the Newman Center, a small group of 10 students form the core of the Student Ministry Team that includes three basic pillars of ministry: spirituality, outreach and faith formation and social justice.

Jen Kramper, a campus ministry intern and a student from 2008-2012, said the core group “comes up with a vision for the future with students establishing goals.”

Some Newman Center students have started small groups in their dorms, especially on West Campus where they pray the rosary, conduct Bible study and now have five — four undergraduate and one graduate —small groups that meet.
Men can meet at the Newman Center on Tuesdays at 6 a.m. to pray the rosary. Once a month everyone is invited to participate in the morning rosary.

combat veteran finds peace, support at newman center

When Ben Cascarano, 28, transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he didn’t know what to expect, but he certainly didn’t know he would grow in his faith, embrace a community that he hadn’t realized he needed and forge lifelong friendships, even after he graduated and returned home to Lisle, Ill.

But that’s what happened when he began attending Mass at the Newman Catholic Student Center, and little by little, he expanded his participation for the next almost three years.

Maybe Cascarano isn’t a southern Illinois man, but his relationship with people at Newman gave him a new lease on faith while he was there which continues as he finds his niche at home once more.

CUP Reaches Out to Those in Need

When catastrophic events interrupt people’s lives that were just making it, everything changes. A chasm opens, and stretching a budget from week to week and month to month becomes impossible.

Some of the people who have lived through one catastrophe or another know they can turn to Catholic Urban Programs —CUP — in the Diocese of Belleville for help.

While CUP, one of two diocesan outreach agencies, primarily services Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties, they also provide assistance in other areas of southern Illinois that are not served by Daystar Community Program, the other diocesan outreach agency which serves counties in the southernmost part of the state.

sister thea bowman forms students in faith for life

Everyone who has ever sent a child to a Catholic school knows it’s a struggle to pay tuition.

Norkisha Epps knows this because she works two jobs to send her children to Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis, and she is beginning to see the fruits of her labors.

Epps is a product of Catholic outreach, and a true success story.

In 1986, she said she was one of the first children to enroll in the Griffin Center after-school program.

Daughter of Charity, Sister Julia Huiskamp, had arrived in East St. Louis in 1984 and began her work at Catholic Urban Programs where she saw that children needed to be engaged. She began to build the framework for the after-school program with Diane Sonneman assisting her.

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