Welcome to St. Frances Cabrini Parish
Located on Springfield’s eastern edge not far from I-55, our parish was founded in 1947 as the number of returning WWII veterans began establishing families. As the decades past our parish was a center for Catholic life for diverse ethnic peoples, especially those of Italian and eastern European heritage, who helped build the homes and businesses of the post-war growth in Springfield. The Patroness of our parish is herself the first American citizen to be canonized and an Italian immigrant who built hospitals and orphanages to assist the waves of immigrants entering the United States prior to the First World War.
Mother Cabrini remains a model for the care our parish offers to Springfield’s poor. Besides cooking for the homeless, supporting local food for the poor outlets, and offering generous care for the sick and dying, our parishioners raised $25,000 in six weeks to send a 40 foot container of medical supplies to Kenya through Franciscan Mission Outreach. While the neighborhood has aged over the decades since its founding and we no longer have enough children to fill a parish school, Head Start uses our buildings to give pre-school children an educational leg up.
Our parishioners participate in programs of adult education and formation, including “Why Catholic?” and lecture series in fall and spring on Scripture, Church doctrine, and the liturgy. Our RCIA team developed a collaborative program with other parishes for receiving people into the Church. To support Catholic education we pay the parish portion for religious education of our youth who join in neighboring parish programs.
If you come to worship with us you may discover our people sit close together at Mass, a sign one researcher says that the congregation is participating more fully in the liturgy than when people scatter throughout the church. Our liturgy team, lay ministers, and choir involve many of the Faithful in full and active participation in the Eucharist. Our music director has created a collaborative celebration of Taize prayer with other churches and regularly leads diocesan liturgical events. What makes for good worship? We think it is dynamic preaching, moving music, and reverent celebration of the Church’s liturgy. That’s what you will find among us. And we hope you do, soon!