Over the last several decades, a variety of television shows, cartoons, and movies have been produced which relate in some way to the celebration of Christmas. Some are funny, some are serious, some are spiritual and inspirational. I’m sure each of us has a favorite Christmas show that we look forward to watching, which also helps get us into the “Christmas spirit” and the right mood. What is your favorite Christmas show? What does it reveal to you about the true meaning of Christmas? Read more
‘One Church, east to west: loving Jesus, serving Jesus, sharing Jesus.’
—Diocesan vision, 2014
Our remarkable history
Ihad an amazing experience this past week: I joined Immaculate Conception Parish in New Madrid to close their year-long celebration of its 225th anniversary with Mass on the evening of Dec. 7. That’s right; you read that correctly—225 years as a parish. The impact of this anniversary of our diocese’s oldest parish really hit me when, in preparation for my homily, I began reading about the parish history that was compiled for the 150th anniversary celebration (in 1939)! It almost reads like an American history lesson, and it impressed me so much, I wanted to share a bit of it this week in my column. Read more
Catholic Scouts recently joined thousands of volunteers from the greater Springfield area to help package over one million meals for the Friends Against Hunger organization. On Nov. 15 Scouts from American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop MO1118 and Boy Scout Troop 239 and Troop 1 helped package over 700 meals for families who cannot provide for themselves. Some of the meals were shipped to such faraway places like Liberia and Mexico, but many of the meals were delivered to local food pantries serving the less fortunate in our own community. Read more
A recent ecumenical cookie exchange reaped $1,400 for Taney County Ministries and a whole lot of fun for community cookie enthusiasts. This is the second annual event held in Forsyth and five area churches participated. The 2014 Christmas Cookie Sale was held Sat., Dec. 6, in Forsyth United Methodist Church and people could not only sample but purchase an array of delicious, homemade cookies. The proceeds of the sale went to provide funds for temporary housing, vouchers for gas and food, and utility assistance—all services provided by Taney County Ministries. The churches participating in this year’s event were Forsyth Christian Church, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Connections United Methodist Church, Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church, and Our Lady of the Ozarks Parish, Forsyth.
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.