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Bishop’s Walk March 21: ‘Families Helping Families’

GOODFINDS IN JOPLIN—Bishop James V. Johnston spoke during the ribbon-cutting of GoodFinds Resale Shop in Joplin in October 2014. A ministry of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), sales and donations from the resale store provide support for Catholic Charities programs in the Joplin area. GoodFinds is one of the many programs and services that will benefit from the annual Bishop's Walk on March 21 for Catholic Charities. (Photo by Mike Habermann)
GOODFINDS IN JOPLIN—Bishop James V. Johnston spoke during the ribbon-cutting of GoodFinds Resale Shop in Joplin in October 2014. A ministry of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), sales and donations from the resale store provide support for Catholic Charities programs in the Joplin area. GoodFinds is one of the many programs and services that will benefit from the annual Bishop’s Walk on March 21 for Catholic Charities. (Photo by Mike Habermann)

The first annual Bishop’s Walk for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri—’Families Helping Families’—will be held Sat., March 21, 2015. Catholics and other people of goodwill all over southern Missouri will walk on the same day at each parish to show and give support to our neighbors in need. Read more

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Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference held in Van Buren

LEADER’S CONFERENCE—Faith and the interior life of a youth minister were a few of the topics explored under an overall football theme by the 32 people involved in youth ministry throughout the diocese who attended the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference at The Landing in Van Buren, MO. Pictured were (front row): LeAnn Wilson (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Annette Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle​​, ​Joplin), Melissa and Orin DeLaRosa (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Dino Avellanosa (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Pat Hutcheson (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Becky Cato (Sacred Heart, ​Poplar Bluff); (second row): Chris Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle, ​Joplin), Julie Salyer (Sacred Heart, Salem), Johnna Dixon (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Mary Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Art Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Bill Barnes (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Troy Casteel (Coordinator, diocesan Office of Youth Ministry); (third row): Katie Newton (diocesan Office of Youth Ministry), Mike Wilson (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Gail Timpe (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Rebecca Ohmes (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Nick Koeppel (Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff), Crystal Pearce (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Kathi Vavra (Sacred Heart, Salem), Jennifer McCall (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Julie Ware (Sacred Heart, Webb City); (back row): Ashton Gaskill (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), Natalie Wren (Holy Trinity, Aurora), Gail Herbert (Holy Trinity, Springfield), Rachael Ryder (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Hallie Conrad (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), RuthAnn West (St. Susanne, Mount Vernon), Tori Long (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), and Jerry Nehl (Holy Trinity, Marshfield). Not pictured is Fr. Scott Sunnenberg (diocesan Youth Facilitator West). (The Mirror)
LEADER’S CONFERENCE—Faith and the interior life of a youth minister were a few of the topics explored under an overall football theme by the 32 people involved in youth ministry throughout the diocese who attended the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Youth Ministry Leader’s Conference at The Landing in Van Buren, MO. Pictured were (front row): LeAnn Wilson (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Annette Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle​​, ​Joplin), Melissa and Orin DeLaRosa (​Sacred Heart, ​Webb City), Dino Avellanosa (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Pat Hutcheson (​Our Lady of the Lake, ​Branson), Becky Cato (Sacred Heart, ​Poplar Bluff); (second row): Chris Peterson (St. Peter​ the Apostle, ​Joplin), Julie Salyer (Sacred Heart, Salem), Johnna Dixon (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Mary Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Art Theole (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Bill Barnes (Our Lady of the Lake, Branson), Troy Casteel (Coordinator, diocesan Office of Youth Ministry); (third row): Katie Newton (diocesan Office of Youth Ministry), Mike Wilson (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Gail Timpe (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Rebecca Ohmes (St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau), Nick Koeppel (Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff), Crystal Pearce (Sacred Heart, Webb City), Kathi Vavra (Sacred Heart, Salem), Jennifer McCall (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Julie Ware (Sacred Heart, Webb City); (back row): Ashton Gaskill (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), Natalie Wren (Holy Trinity, Aurora), Gail Herbert (Holy Trinity, Springfield), Rachael Ryder (Holy Trinity, Marshfield), Hallie Conrad (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), RuthAnn West (St. Susanne, Mount Vernon), Tori Long (Immaculate Conception, Jackson), and Jerry Nehl (Holy Trinity, Marshfield). Not pictured is Fr. Scott Sunnenberg (diocesan Youth Facilitator West). (The Mirror)
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Pope Francis: Make time to care for the sick

HEALING MASS AT MERCY—​Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated Mass in Mercy Hospital Springfield on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. Posing for a photo after the healing liturgy were Russ Conroy, Kevin Rash, Sr. Elizabeth BuiThiNghia, Lynda Schibler, and Dena Dishman; (back row) Jim Burke, Fr. Alexander Inke, AJ, Bp. Johnston, Msgr. Tom Reidy, and Bill Hennessy. Pope John Paul II initiated Feb. 11 as World Day of the Sick in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. February 11 is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. ​(Photo by Theresa Witt)
HEALING MASS AT MERCY—​Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated Mass in Mercy Hospital Springfield on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. Posing for a photo after the healing liturgy were Russ Conroy, Kevin Rash, Sr. Elizabeth BuiThiNghia, Lynda Schibler, and Dena Dishman; (back row) Jim Burke, Fr. Alexander Inke, AJ, Bp. Johnston, Msgr. Tom Reidy, and Bill Hennessy. Pope John Paul II initiated Feb. 11 as World Day of the Sick in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. February 11 is also the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. ​(Photo by Theresa Witt)

Pope Francis is asking people to take time out of their frenzied lives to visit the sick, spend time with them and learn from their suffering.

Marking the World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, communities, parishes, dioceses and bishops’ conferences around the world gathered in prayer with Pope Francis for the suffering and their caregivers. Read more

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Parishes open each Wednesday of Lent … How to make a good confession

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ONE CHURCH, EAST TO WEST—In each of our parishes, beginning Wed., Feb. 25 through Wed., March 25, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on all the Wednesdays of Lent. In the more rural areas of the diocese where pastors have responsibilities in more than one parish, please consult the local parish bulletin for when The Light Is On For You initiative will be celebrated.
ONE CHURCH, EAST TO WEST—In each of our parishes, beginning Wed., Feb. 25 through Wed., March 25, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on all the Wednesdays of Lent. In the more rural areas of the diocese where pastors have responsibilities in more than one parish, please consult the local parish bulletin for when The Light Is On For You initiative will be celebrated.

“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” —Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel,” 114.

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Our doors are open and the light is on!

“The Light is On For You” is an initiative of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau where, beginning Wed., Feb. 25 and continuing through Wed., March 25, Catholic churches across southern Missouri are open for quiet prayer and confessions each Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. Read more

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​Seven sacraments are spiritual gifts

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As Catholics, we are indeed a sacramental people​.​ The sacraments are at the heart of our Catholic Faith and play an essential role both in our spirituality and in our relationship with the Lord. The “sacramental system” is, to a certain degree, uniquely “Catholic” and contributes not only to our identity as Catholics, but also helps form and establish the nature and mission of the Church. 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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