News & Updates

Parishioners Pray for Life During Silver Rose Prayer Service

The Silver Rose Prayer Service, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, was held on September 22 with 48 parishioners in attendance. The focus of the prayer service was to pray for the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death. The silver rose is on a nine-month pilgrimage that began in March and ends on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During that time, Silver Roses travel from town to town along eight routes throughout North America. Several of those routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. Parishioners present were invited to write their special intentions in the "Prayer Intentions Book" that travels with the rose.

Special thanks to all who attended and to those who helped conduct the service: David Spencer, Harry Orlandini, Jim Yancik, Sr. Janice and Flora Alfoldy, Sr. Laura Reynolds, Fr. Urban Osuji, and Harold Campbell.


Benton Knights Win State Award

Benton Knights of Columbus Council 9890 received the General Assistance Fund Award during the Illinois K of C Convention held May 28-30 in Chicago. This award recognizes councils for raising money to help alleviate human suffering and to provide financial assistance in times of sudden and catastrophic need or extraordinary loss. Ken Martinek, membership director for the Belleville Diocese, presented the award at the Council's June meeting. Congratulations, Knights, and thank you for your charitable works!

(front) David Stock, Michael Labar, David Spencer, Don Owens, (back) Harold Campbell, Ken Martinek, Jim Yancik, Pat Sanders, Louie Ferando, Ken Hungate, Bill Tasky, and Willie Wolf.

Support Our Seminarians

As young men answer the call to the priesthood, we are called to support them. There are currently six seminarians in the Belleville Diocese and you can learn more about them HERE. Consider sending a note, a card, or even a box of cookies throughout the year!

Benton Knights Donate to Food Pantry

Knights of Columbus Council 9890 recently awarded $500 to the Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. The Benton Council provided $250 which was then matched dollar-for-dollar by the K of C Belleville Chapter. The resulting $500 gift will help the Pantry continue to serve those in need.
Pictured (front): Michael Labar, Vicki Seagle, food pantry director, Harold Campbell
(back) Jim Yancik, Roland Santor, Ken Hungate, Harry Orlandini, David Stock, Pat Sanders, Louie Ferando

Bible in a Year Podcast hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz

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Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men of all ages, which urges them to embrace wholeheartedly masculine virtues in a world in crisis. This video series seeks to answer what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. The series is inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic Men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix and produced by the Knights of Columbus


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