YAM Leadership Update
July 1 started a new “year” for YAM! Our leadership team spent some time discerning who will serve as our chairperson and we are pleased to announce that Kris Kerwin will serve our ministry in this role for the coming year! Congratulations to Kris!
Our leadership team consists of:
Kyle Holtgrave - Secretary/Treasurer
Kris Kerwin - Chair
Marissa Lesko - Vice Chair
Sr. M. Loyola Miller, O.P.
James Von Boggert
Springfield YAM Events
Theology on Tap
Join us Friday, August 7 at 6 PM for our next Theology on Tap! Our guest speaker is Deacon Kyle Manno, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Rockford on the topic of “Death By Love: Becoming a Saint.” Free pizza is provided and there will be a cash bar at Coz’s Pizza and Pub, 4441 Ash Grove in Springfield. For more information, please contact Nick Gray at
Catholicism DVD Series
Join us Sunday August 30 after Mass as we explore the beauty of the Catholic Church in the DVD series by Fr. Robert Baron of Word On Fire Catholic Ministries titled "Catholicism". The series has been described as "the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America. A stimulating and compelling exploration of the spiritual, moral, and intellectual riches of the Catholic world" (George Weigel). Gatherings are the last Sunday of the Month. You won't want to miss it! Nicholas Gray ~ 309-253-7146 ~
Events from the Diocese
Humanae Vitae Mass and Luncheon
Families and couples are invited to share a meal after the 10 AM Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Sunday, August 16 to celebrate and strengthen the NFP community in the diocese. Children of all ages are most welcome and encouraged to join their parents. A free will offering will be accepted. Please RSVP by August 3 to
or call (217) 321-1139.
Endow – Educating on the Nature and Dignity Of Women
Endow is an exciting women’s ministry that is coming to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. All women are invited to refresh, renew and deepen their faith at this special event. Friday, August 28 is on Catholics and the New Evangelization, 7 – 8:30 PM at Christ the King parish in Springfield. No charge and is open to all. RSVP to Bernie Smith at
. On Saturday, August 29 and again on Sunday, August 30 (same event both days), there is a Letter to Women mini-retreat based on St. John Paul II’s Letter to Women. The Saturday event is at the Chiara Center and Sunday is at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. Cost is $35.00. Details are on the diocesan website at http://www.dio.org/familylife/events.html
Outside Events for Young Adults
Labor Day Weekend 2015! Have you ever gone camping before? Well, you haven't REALLY camped until you have done it at NC. Close your eyes... imagine, a beautiful campsite nestled in the Ozarks of Missouri. A wooded area on top of the bluffs of breathtaking Lake Pomme De Terre...camping just (literally) a stone's throw from the Pomme's rejuvenating waters. Temperature: 83 degrees. NOW THROW IN 200+ OLD AND NEW FRIENDS, LIVE MUSIC, BOATING, BEACHES, PRIESTS, A STREET DANCE, SACRAMENTS, FISHING, AUTO RACING, PICK-UP SPORTS, TREE-JUMPING, AND A MILLION STORIES IN THE MAKING! This is what a Nature's Call is all about. It's a great time with incredible people. A chance to just chill out for a few days and get away from life and get a little closer to God. Cost is $20 per person. Can't afford it? Don't let that stop you from coming - we'll figure it out. Contact Matt Gipson at
or cell 816-898-9050.
National Catholic Collegiate Conference
The National Catholic Collegiate Conference happens at the same time as the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) on November 19 - 21, 2015 in Indianapolis. NCCC is presented by the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA), and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). And the conference shares many of the same speakers as NCYC, but their messages are tailored for the young adult (ages 18 to 25) audience. Please see the NCCC website for more details about the schedule.
The NCCC website has lots of information about the conference, and is update regularly. There is also a Facebook page where new information is announced.
Encounter: Steubenville Young Adult Conference
Saturday, November 14 at the Archbishop Cousins Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Details are online at www.arisemissions.org.
Catholic Times On-Line
Our diocesan paper is available electronically! You can read Catholic Times online at http://ct.dio.org/digitaledition.
Weekly Sunday Mass
Every Sunday evening at 6:30 PM, Young Adults and their friends are invited to celebrate Mass at the St. Viator Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 West Washington Street next to the West Campus for Sacred Heart - Griffin High School. The only Sunday we will not have Mass is Easter Sunday unless otherwise announced. For more information, go to http://springfieldyam.dio.org.
See you at Mass, 6:30 PM at the St. Viator Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 West Washington Street in Springfield.