In parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau this Easter, 223 were brought into the Church of Southern Missouri. Seventy-six received the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, while 147 candidates, those already baptized in another faith tradition, made a profession of faith and celebrated confirmation and Eucharist. This photo gallery highlights St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, during the Easter Vigil and its reception of 10 candidates and five elect (catechumens). Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant with Fr. Tom Kiefer, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, and Msgr. William Stanton concelebrating. (All photos by Dan Williams) Read more
The following talk was presented at the St. Louis Prayer Breakfast held May 24, 2012 by Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr., DD, JCL, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
I am honored to have been invited by Abp. [Robert] Carlson and Legatus to address you this morning. I thank all of you for the love you have for Christ and his Church.
You may know that before I ventured off to seminary, I worked for several years as an engineer. One of my sisters, who works in marketing for Alcoa, sent me this little story several years ago: Read more
The heads of two committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress in April 22 letters to both chambers to weigh decisions surrounding the budget by how they impact human life and dignity, serve “the least of these” and reflect government’s shared responsibility to protect the common good. The bishops’ letters followed Pres. Obama’s 2014 budget proposal. Read more
Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Abp. Oscar Romero of San Salvador, said the process to beatify and eventually canonize the slain Salvadoran archbishop has been unblocked.
Abp. Paglia, who has been the postulator of Abp. Romero’s cause for years, made the announcement in a homily April 20, just a few hours after meeting with Pope Francis. Read more
Whenever he’s in a crowd, Pope Francis kisses lots of children. The father of one special boy, who got a special kiss and embrace on Easter, has written a blog about the embrace and its meaning.
The boy, Dominic Gondreau, has cerebal palsy. He is spending several months in Rome with his parents and four siblings while his father, a professor of theology at Dominican-run Providence College in Providence, RI, serves as faculty resident director for students studying in Rome. Read more
They were there at the 7:30 a.m. Mass in my parish on Easter Sunday as well as Masses throughout the day. Faces I had never seen before filled the pews, many finely dressed, just as they had come at Christmas. What draws this group of people these two days each year, what some call “C&E,” Christmas and Easter Catholics? Perhaps it is nostalgia for what they experienced as children–the sort feeling I have for Disney World, where I went as a kid. Or maybe they like the festive Mass and feeling of hope and renewal the seasons bring. Whatever their reasons, they are connected enough to their faith to realize that something important is held in the tradition, even if they do not attend Mass the rest of the year. Read more
Card. Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said in a press conference April 22 that “now is the time” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. Card . Dolan was joined at the press conference by Abp. José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bp. John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee.
“Let me say that now is the time to address this issue,” Card. Dolan said. “As we speak, persons are being deported and an untold number of families are being divided. Human beings continue to die in the American desert. This suffering must end.” Read more
“Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.” –“Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” US bishops, 1992.
Financial report: our stewardship
The quote above from the US bishops’ pastoral on stewardship clearly indicates that a Christian steward is a disciple of Jesus who captures the vision of Jesus in every aspect of life. Christian stewards share in Jesus’ mission: in their relationships, words, and actions. In doing so, they help to extend God’s kingdom. As disciples practicing stewardship, we are each called to receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them out of love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. Read more
I would like to offer some thoughts and principles relating to sacred music in our Catholic worship. As I have mentioned in an earlier article, music has always played an important role in the liturgical life of the Church. The role of music and its centrality in the Sacred Liturgy should not be ignored or discounted as it is meant to inspire us and help lift our minds and hearts to God. I would like to offer some suggestions and recommendations regarding the selection of music/hymns for sacred celebrations.
Very often, hymns are selected and chosen in order to reflect the Gospel reading or other Scriptural readings given for a particular liturgy. Many contemporary hymns are more rooted in the Scriptures and are certainly appropriate when that particular Scripture passage is proclaimed at Mass. Many hymns are also composed based on the liturgical seasons, feasts, and solemnities of the Church year. These hymns better reflect the nature and message of a particular liturgical season or feast. In the “extended” seasons of the Church year (e.g. Easter), it is often the practice in some parishes to sing Easter hymns perhaps the first two weeks and then after that, begin singing hymns which can more appropriately be sung during Ordinary Time. It is the intention of the Church that hymns which are composed for a particular liturgical season be sung throughout the entirety of that season. Read more
Being a faithful Catholic doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician’s assistant, etc., is challenging in the current legal and cultural environment. It is important to support you in living your faith as well as utilize your expertise to advise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on matters of health care and bioethics. Read more