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Our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign (DDF) is the annual campaign for the diocese and takes place the first weekend of May after months of discussion and planning. The funds raised through the campaign advance our mission through a ...
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America-past, present, future

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“God bless America, land that I love; stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.” —Verse from the song “God Bless America,” by Irving Berlin

recently attended an event that included the singing of the National Anthem. The host invited everyone present to join in singing the athem of “the greatest country on earth.” As a patriotic American, in my subjective opinion, I agree. But, like many, I am also very worried about America. Read more

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Each portion of the Church’s year feeds us

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Having concluded the Christmas Season on Jan. 11 with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we find ourselves celebrating a few short weeks of “Ordinary Time” before beginning the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18). These weeks of Ordinary Time seem to be a “lull in the action.” Many people are “recovering” and “rebounding” from the “hoopla” of Christmas before quickly shifting gears in order to enter into the most somber season of the Church Year. Read more

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Statement from the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
​Re: Mercy Healthcare, Springfield

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We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. We believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and strive to follow the Bible’s counsel: “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, …” (Hebrews 13:8-9). Read more

The ‘I’ road vs. the ‘Eye’ road

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A Hollywood columnist who knew everyone in the entertainment business was asked after a famous entertainer committed suicide, “Do you know anyone else in music, entertainment, or the movies who might be in danger of committing suicide?” She replied, “I don’t know of anyone who’s famous in these fields who’s not in danger, because I don’t know a single one who is happy.”

Hollywood stars seem to have everything the world wants: fame, fortune, pleasure. But these things put them on the road to unhappiness, the “I” road. The road to happiness is an “Eye” road. Although the roads sound the same, the spellings and the paths taken are significantly different! Read more

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Christmas: ‘sheer grace’ of Christ

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“And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.” —Jn 1:16

The Christmas Season that we celebrate as Catholics ended this year on Sun., Jan. 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  Already, the secular world had moved on to its next focus, Super Bowl Sunday.  Our hearts, however, ought to still be lingering in gratitude and joy over the gift that God has given us in Jesus Christ.  To that end, I offer the reflections of those who had some insight into the profound beauty and meaning of the mystery of Christmas, the saints: Read more

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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve the 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.

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