St. Rose News

  • Holy Week at St. Rose of Lima


    • 7:00 AM Church opens
    • 7:00 PM Church closes


    • 7:00 AM Church opens
    • 12:00 Noon Confessions until 12:30, or longer if there is a line
    • 7:00 PM Church closes

    Holy Thursday

    • 7:00 AM Church opens
    • 12:00 Noon Confessions until 12:30, or longer if there is a line
    • 5:00 PM Church temporarily closes
    • 9:00 PM Church re-opens until midnight for private, silent prayer

    Good Friday

    • 7:00 AM Church opens
    • 12:00 Noon Confessions until 12:30, or longer if there is a line
    • 5:00 PM Church closes for the day

    Holy Saturday

    • 7:00 AM Church opens
    • 12:00 Noon Confessions until 12:30, or longer if there is a line
    • 5:00 PM Church closes for the day

    Easter Sunday

    • 7:00 AM Church Opens
    • 7:30 AM Confessions until 8:00, or longer if there is a line
    • 10:30 AM Confessions until 11:00, or longer if there is a line
    • 9:00 PM Church closes

    From Easter Monday onward, we will go back to the church being open from 7am to 7pm daily, confessions Sundays 7:30 and 10:30, and all other days at 12 Noon, except no confessions on Tuesdays.

    Apr 6 2020 - 7:19pm
  • Announcements for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

    A limited number of blessed palms will be available throughout the day on Palm Sunday in the church.

    A novena to the Divine Mercy will start on Good Friday. Copies of the novena will be available in the church in advance of the novena.

    The Litany of the Sacred Heart will be prayed by Cardinal Gomez on Good Friday at 11:00 am Central Time, and all who pray the same litany then may receive a plenary indulgence under the following conditions:

    1. true repentance for your sins
    2. confession your sins at your earliest opportunity
    3. pray for the intentions of the pope

    Please remember that Bishop Paprocki has encouraged us to make spiritual communions. During these unusual weeks which lie ahead please do not let you or your family deteriorate spiritually. Remember the old sayings which apply especially to the youth: idle hands are the devil's workshop, and an idle mind is the devil's playground. Extra time is such a blessing! Now is the time for healthy family time, common praying of the rosary, common meals, and recreation together as a family. Board and card games are much better for building the family than are electronic games. The internet is not a safe babysitter. Now is also a good time for everyone to make their way through one or more wholesome books. It is important to accept the current situation out of respect for the common good, while also seeing it as coming to our civilization from the hands of God. Resignation to the will of God is an important lesson to pass along to youth at this time. Life never will be the way we want it to be, but it will always be good for our souls if we accept things in the right way.

    Thank you to all who are giving support money to the parish, even though the parish is not able to do as much as it usually does for you. Those who have urgent needs are encouraged to make them known to the parish.

    Apr 4 2020 - 4:07pm
  • St. Rose Announcements for May 26th, 2020

    1) Stations of the Cross booklets may be taken from the church for as long as church services are discontinued. You can pray them along with the online recording found on our sermons list.

    2) Copies of the Prayer in Time of Epidemics, taken from the traditional Roman Ritual, may be taken home for daily use also.

    3) Stay up to date on what the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is saying and doing through

    4) For live traditional latin masses, you may visit

    5) Be very sure to increase your personal and family prayer during this time, remembering those who have died and are dying, and to practice resignation to God's will. In your charity remember also to pray for Donna Bergbower, the mother of Fr. Dan Bergbower of this diocese. She died yesterday, the feast of the Annunciation.

    Mar 26 2020 - 7:37pm
  • March 25th Announcements

    St. Rose of Lima Schedule Beginning March 25, 2020, Lasting Until Further Notice

    Church Open Daily 7am - 7pm every day


    • Sunday: 7:30 and 10:30 for at least 30 minutes, longer if necessary
    • Tuesday: No confessions
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 Noon for at least 30 minutes, longer if necessary

    I thank everyone for their patience as the days without Mass, Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Continue. Please Remember to pray for our church and government leaders, those who have died and are dying, often without being ready to die, and for their loved ones. Pray also for our health care workers.

    While we are doing well in Quincy, Springfield and nearby counties, things are not good in Chicago and St. Louis. Illinois added 250 new cases yesterday, and 330 today. A total of 19 have died in our state.

    If your children don't understand a pandemic, this YouTube video may help them. A Catholic homeschool Mom forwarded it to me:

    Fr. Portzer

    Mar 25 2020 - 6:35pm
  • March 23: Announcement from Fr. Portzer

    Fr. Portzer is unwell and is not sure what illness he has. Although it is like a flu it is not the same as the coronavirus. He has self-quarantined and has been advised to avoid being around others for two weeks after his symptoms have ended.

    Mar 23 2020 - 4:13pm
  • March 22: Laetare Sunday Announcements from Fr. Portzer

    1) My deep thanks to all who volunteered for the St. Patrick's Day meal. God wanted it to work out for us. We made over 1,100 meals, and had pleasant weather. The next day it was colder and rainy. Those involved know what an enormous project it is, and the earnings will help us weather the storm of the coronavirus.

    2) The day after St. Patrick's Day the news came that all masses were suspended indefinitely in the diocese until further notice. It has caused a great deal of sorrow, and also some anger and confusion. You know that you have an exceptionally good bishop, he has proven that many times over. Trust his judgment, even if you don't understand what he was thinking, and know that he is trying to do what is best for all of us.

    3) Normally it is forbidden to have the special liturgies of Holy Week without people in attendance. The Vatican is making an exception for this year only, and I plan to celebrate those liturgies insofar as they can be done without people and without servers.

    4) We have not received a clarification yet on the extent of the shelter-in decision of Gov. Pritzker. My reading on the decision in the Chicago Tribune makes it clear that people may make a trip to the liquor store, for example, if they need liquor, and the cannabis industry is still allowed to go on as usual. If liquor production and consumption and cannabis production are "essential," how can praying in church or making a private confession be forbidden? So until I am told to do otherwise, we will keep the church open during the day, and I will continue to hear confessions.

    Here is a new schedule for confessions:

    Sundays unchanged, that is, 7:30 am, and 10:30 am.

    Monday through Saturday, at 12:00 Noon, except for Tuesdays, when there will be no confessions.

    Please use a wet wipe, found in a container in the back pew, to wipe down everything you touch in the church. We don't want to risk any infection, so I am asking that our standard of cleanliness and caution be higher than that of grocery stores and other places. Keep 6 feet away from everyone except those family members who live in the same house with you. Wipe down your pew space, everywhere you used, and take the wet wipe with you.

    Mar 23 2020 - 3:42pm
  • March 21: Items from Fr. Portzer Following the Shelter-in-Place Decision

    We need to face the reality that as things continue to develop the rules will get more and more strict in the U.S. until the coronavirus outbreak is under control. Yesterday the U.S. added 4,530 new confirmed cases, and we now have one in Adams County. The dates given for this shelter-in are until April 7th, but if things do not go well the current situation could last much longer, and could be even more tightly controlled, even by orders from President Trump. Churches may have to be closed at some point in the future, and confessions may not be permitted. Please keep all this in mind when making decisions.

    We don't know if "essential employment" will allow Cindy to come to work, so our parish office could be nearly closed down for some weeks. I will still check for phone messages, and when I am in the rectory will answer the phone. Please be patient with what promises to be a difficult time for our nation, and offer it to God in reparation for your sins.

    Today some parishioners volunteered to assist with making a recording of stations of the cross. It is on the sermons website. The booklets for stations are available at church if you want to pick them up and take them home for the rest of Lent.

    Mar 23 2020 - 3:39pm
  • March 20: Update on COVID-19

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a "shelter-in-place" order for the state, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7th, in order to slow the pace of COVID-19. Please check local news sources for additional information regarding the governor's announcement.

    Confessions will be heard at St. Rose beginning at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 21st. Please remember to distance yourself the recommended six feet between penitents. The church will be unlocked for those wanting to come pray.

    We are awaiting details from the Diocese regarding if parish offices need to be closed.

    Please watch this website for further announcements. Because of everything constantly changing, a parish bulletin will not be posted at this time.

    Mar 20 2020 - 3:48pm
  • Public Masses Cancelled in the Springfield Diocese

    All Masses in the Diocese of Springfield are cancelled effective immediately. Please read this document from the Bishop for details in addition to the below.

    All non-sacramental parish activities are also cancelled. This includes Stations of the Cross.

    Confessions will still be heard during the normal times. Keep six-foot distance between penitents and use wet wipes which will be provided to sanitize any area you touch, including the door and ledge in the confessional. Also clean any part of a pew that you touch.

    We have asked for clarification from the Diocese regarding Exposition and Benediction. There will definitely not be Exposition on Thursday, March 19th.

    St. Rose will be open for people to come pray privately from dawn until dusk. Please use the entrance on the north side (facing the rectory). All other doors will remain locked. Hand sanitation items will be made available.

    Anyone who is sick or believes he/she may have come into contact with the virus is to remain at home.

    During this time, you may unite yourself spiritually with the Latin Mass by visiting

    Watch our website here for any updates.

    Mar 18 2020 - 3:05pm
  • Coronavirus News from the Diocese
    Mar 18 2020 - 8:49am