Grandparent Day was celebrated at Guardian Angel School, Oran, on Thu., Sept. 15. The day began with Mass at 8 a.m. The grandparents and students then proceeded to the school gym where everyone enjoyed cookies, milk, and coffee. The students and their grandparents made special memories together. Read more
St. Joseph Catholic Academy kindergarten and first grade classes recently experienced learning with a Pirate theme.
The students made maps, learned how to find their way with the use of a compass, and enjoyed eating Pirate snacks.
I recently received a letter of thanks from the Catholic Relief Services for the $17,414 raised through our participation in the Lenten Rice Bowl program. While we do so much to assist those in need in southern Missouri, it‘s impressive to see our witness to our concern for the poor reach the countries of Africa, for example. Through our support in Rice Bowl, farmers are being trained in innovative methods that improve harvests and prevent crop disease. Ultimately, we are ensuring that people will have enough food to eat, which is a corporal work of mercy. We should be proud!
I recently invited a group of Poor Clare sisters to open a convent in our diocese. Mother Mary Giovanna, of the Poor Clare Nuns in Belleville, IL, wrote back: “We would be happy to establish a monastery in your diocese. If you could send us 10 young ladies with Poor Clare vocations … and give us about 10 years to form them. …” While I detected a hint of sarcasm in Mother Giovanna’s letter, I do believe the vocations are out there.
When Beverly Roos planned to take her 10-year-old granddaughter on the Holy Door Pilgrimage throughout southern Missouri, they thought it would be a fun outing. It turned out to be a journey of prayer for a new life in the family.
When Teresa Matthews agreed to go on the pilgrimage with her mother, Gail, of Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, she thought it would be a way to strengthen family bonds. It turned out to be a pathway for Teresa back to the faith.
Madison Higginbotham signed up for Jean Rabe’s religious art class at Sacred Heart Parish in Bolivar because she wanted to learn more about Bible stories. When she chose the story of the miraculous catch of fish in the Gospel of Luke as the subject of her watercolor, she learned about the story but she also learned a life lesson for herself: “You should keep trying even if you fail.”
That is exactly the result Rabe was hoping for when she offered the class. She explained that she attended a Catholic grade school, where she was always encouraged in her art by the sisters. It was art that helped her deepen her faith.
“I wasn’t good at any of the other things in school, but I was good at drawing and loved to draw religious pictures,” Rabe said. “I felt like I was actually participating in the things I was drawing. I was, in some way, present.”
For a diocesan overview, see below
The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes all 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve over 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.