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Explanation of the coat of arms of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau


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Springfield has been expressed in the upper part of the shield by two “fountains” which are the equivalent of springs of heraldry. The titular of the Co-Cathedral, St. Agnes, is signified by the nimbused lamb bearing a martyr’s palm. Her symbol of a lamb goes back for centuries. This Roman maiden, her name mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass, is remembered by a basilica in her honor since the time of Constantine the Great. Innumerable artists have made the tender lamb her particular emblem, perhaps because of the similarity of her name to the Latin, “angus,” meaning “lamb.” Agnes is derived from the Greek word meaning “pure” or chaste.” On her feast every year, two white lambs are solemnly blessed in her church in Rome, from whose wool are made the pallia, which the Pope confers on all archbishops of the Western Church as a token of jurisdiction. Thus the diocesan symbols for Springfield are represented on the field as a unit. Read more

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McAuley Catholic High School honored by Southwest Center

McAuley Catholic High School faculty members, Paula Kamler and Kaara Schrader, were recognized by the Southwest Center during its annual “Celebration of Education” dinner.  The event was hosted by Missouri Southern State University and included a night of food, accolades, and recognition of people making a positive difference in education.

The Southwest Center is an organization started by a group of superintendents that serves to provide opportunities for professional development to teachers. Its membership is comprised of mostly public schools and involves a speakers bureau and monthly meetings, among other activities.

Kamler was recognized for her creation of the “McSTEM” Club (McAuley Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), whereby students compete in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math both locally and across the nation. Schrader was honored with a plaque in recognition of her recent diocesan award as one of two “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” recipients for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

The Southwest Center also recognized people outside of the classroom for their contributions to the role of education in the community.  Richard Freitas was nominated by Gene Koester, Principal of McAuley Catholic High School, for the Friend-of-Education award for his work with the Booster Club at McAuley and its efforts toward needed renovations in the school gym.

Kamler, Schrader, and Freitas are all graduates of McAuley Catholic High School. Freitas was unable to attend the ceremony, but was represented by Brendan Gubera (McAuley Athletic Director).

SOUTHWEST CENTER EDUCATION AWARDS—The annual “Celebration of Education” dinner was held ---------- at the Southwest Center in Joplin, MO. Those awarded were (front row) Kaara Schrader, Nancy Koester, Paula Kamler, and Julie Gubera; (back row) Larry Kamler, Gene Koester, and Brenden Gubera. (Submitted photo)
SOUTHWEST CENTER EDUCATION AWARDS—The annual “Celebration of Education” dinner was held Nov. 10, 2014 at the Southwest Center in Joplin, MO. Those awarded were (front row) Kaara Schrader, Nancy Koester, Paula Kamler, and Julie Gubera; (back row) Larry Kamler, Gene Koester, and Brenden Gubera. (Submitted photo)
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Webb City turkey dinner: 65 years of giving thanks

The parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City continued the 65-year tradition of sponsoring a Turkey Dinner for southwest Missouri over the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the church and an even larger social gathering for the local community.

Under the direction of Will and Cheryl Roderique, the 65th annual event was a huge success with over 2,000 dinners served. Sacred Heart provided a cafeteria-style sit-down dinner as well as take-out meals for local businesses and elderly residents. In addition, a country store and silent auction allowed patrons the opportunity to bring home nice gifts for the holidays.

Members of the parish cooked, served, and cleaned for the event.

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2014 Distinguished Teachers honored at diocesan education in-services

2014 DISTINGUISHED TEACHER—English teacher Kaara Schrader of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, was awarded one of two Distinguished Teacher awards in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Schrader has been at McAuley 18 years. (Submitted photo)
2014 DISTINGUISHED TEACHER—English teacher Kaara Schrader of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, was awarded one of two Distinguished Teacher awards in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Schrader has been at McAuley 18 years. (Submitted photo)

Educators, administrators, staff, and principals in diocesan Catholic schools recently gathered at two in-services held in Springfield and Cape Girardeau. These days are partially underwritten by the annual Diocesan Development Fund and put on by the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools: Leon Witt is the superintendent and Debra Owensby serves as administrative assistant.

The annual events allow the recognition of the three Catholic high schools and 23 elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, their commitments to Catholic education, the faith, and the communities in which they serve. Under the theme of “A Time for Change,” new contract employees, including principals, were welcomed; service awards were given; and the Distinguished Teacher awards were bestowed. Read more

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Death is a continuation of our life in the Lord

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I recently invited reflection upon the mystery of life and death and how our beliefs and teachings regarding each are revealed to us in the Sacred Liturgy, especially the Mass of Christian Burial. In many ways, our society has conditioned us to avoid the issue of death. However, the moment of our death is one of the most sacred and paramount moments in life. What is the spiritual state of our soul at that moment? The answer to that question should be of the utmost importance to us.

At each Mass, we celebrate the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross. This death was not the end of the story, it was the beginning of the story. It was a death that leads to new life: the Resurrection! The Resurrection invites us to approach death counter-culturally. As Christians, the promise of the Resurrection is the lens through which we should view not only death, but also life. 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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