Subdiaconate Ordinations: February 11, 2017
We give thanks to God for the ten men who were ordained to the subdiaconate on Saturday, February 11, 2017, by His Excellency, Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, IL. Please continue to pray for the men as they prepare to be ordained deacons on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation.
Mundelein Seminary Basketball Tournament: February 3-5, 2017
Several OLGS seminarians travelled out to Mundelein Seminary near Chicago over the weekend of February 3-5 to participate in the annual basketball tournament hosted by Mundelein and in which 16 seminaries take part from all over the United States. After spending much of their recreation periods in the preceding weeks preparing, the OLGS basketball team, who were joined by two seminarians from St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE, performed very well in the large tournament. They reached the semi-final round against Mundelein Seminary itself; and though OLGS led for most of the game, Mundelein was able catch up at the very end and so OLGS only narrowly missed the final match. The next day, however, OLGS took on Conception Seminary for the 3rd place, and were able to beat them to clinch the prize. Congratulations to the team! May God reward the generous donors who made this trip possible, as well as Mundelein Seminary for hosting the tournament.
Feast of the Purification of Our Lady: February 2, 2017
On February 2, Fr. Joseph Lee celebrated a Sung Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every year on this day the celebrant blesses and distributes candles to those present before a procession around the chapel. At the conclusion of the procession, Mass begins.
Christmas: December 25, 2016
Priests and seminarians celebrated Christmas at the seminary with particular ceremony. After spending Christmas Eve preparing for the evening liturgies, they had Christmas Matins at 9:30pm, followed by a Solemn High Mass at midnight in honor of the great feast day of Our Lord's Nativity. The next day's festivities began with another Solemn Mass after which the seminarians gathered for an early Christmas dinner and Gaudeamus. The seminarians were able to leave the next day for their Christmas break. Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.