World Mission Sunday 2017

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World Mission Sunday is Oct. 22, 2017. Each October, this celebration leads us to the heart of our Christian faith – leads us to mission, as Pope Francis explains.

On this day, we are called—as baptized Catholics—to celebrate and support local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half the territory of the globe. Through the work and witness of mission priests, religious, and lay leaders, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.

This year, we are invited as well into a special opportunity to engage with Pope Francis and learn more about his missions. To do so, visit ChatWithThePope.org.

MISSIO.ORG Fact Sheet

The Catholic Church, through the Pontifical Mission Societies, supports a global network of people working on the frontline of service for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Every year, though, the need outstrips our ability to help. Through MISSIO, projects that might otherwise remain un- or under- funded, can now be showcased via a digital platform, thereby expanding the network of potential supporters beyond the doors of a church, school or parish.

• Pope Francis launched the  first version of the Pontical Mission Societies’ MISSIO as a mobile app in 2013, which offered news from the Mission Church.

• In 2015, during the Pope’s visit to the United States, the Pontical Mission Societies updated this app to allow users to connect directly with mission project leaders overseas.

• A Web version of MISSIO—MISSIO.org—was launched on World Mission Sunday 2016.

• MISSIO.org is a crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, via the Internet/social media.

• All MISSIO projects are affliated with the local Church or with a local Religious institution (seminary, convent, school) in the Missions.

• Projects are vetted by the Pontical Mission Societies in the United States and reviewed by the Ordinaries of those (arch)dioceses in which the projects are located.

• 100% of the funds donated to MISSIO go directly to projects/project leaders.

• Funding is transferred to project leaders via the Apostolic Nuncio of the country in which the project is located.

• MISSIO is a transparent, trusted, and effective means of supporting mission projects overseas.

• Parish and school leaders in the United States can create or select projects to support in the Missions for annual sacrificial giving (such as Lent and Advent), secure in the knowledge that that funds will be directed to the Pope’s own missions. Best of all, MISSIO builds community and fosters missionary discipleship by encouraging ongoing communication with mission project leaders.

• MISSIO is an ideal platform for parishes and (arch)dioceses engaged in twinning relationships. Specific projects can be posted on the platform to expand the potential network of supporters.

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NDHS contributes to hurricane-ravaged high schools

Concerned about the recent devastation in the wakes of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, students, faculty, parents, and staff of Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS) in Cape Girardeau dug deep to support two Catholic high schools in Texas and Florida.

Brother David Migliorino, OSF, principal, recently announced that two checks were bring issued from the Notre Dame family: $10,500 to Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL, and $10,500 to St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX. Read more

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Bishop announces Diocesan Youth Endowment Fund

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September 21, 2017

As you may recall, a recent Capital Endowment Campaign was recently conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to meet the impending needs of three areas of concern: to augment existing endowments for seminarian education and retired priests, and to establish an endowment for youth formation. The people of the Church in Southern Missouri responded generously and the Capital Campaign realized pledges and cash gifts in the amount of $23,319,000, surpassing its original goal of $15 million.
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Lawrence named Director of Mission at Saint Francis Medical Center


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Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Jim Lawrence, RN, MBA, has accepted the newly-established position of Director of Mission. Lawrence officially started his new role July 31, 2017.

The mission director will support Saint Francis in fulfilling its mission: to provide a ministry of healing and wellness inspired by its Catholic philosophy and values. The roots of Saint Francis Hospital were established in 1875 when three Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from Salzkotten Germany (via Carondelet, South St. Louis), began work in a rented two-story framed house accommodating 12 patients. They came to Cape Girardeau at the request of Fr. Joseph Schmidt, pastor of St. Mary Church (now St. Mary Cathedral). Read more

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First ‘Blue’ Mass celebrated in the Diocese

2017 BLUE MASS—Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Fruitland Fire Department, and retirees from federal agencies celebrated a Blue Mass with Bp. Edward M. Rice on Sept. 9 in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. A reception followed the liturgy. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by Dan Williams/The Mirror
2017 BLUE MASS—Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, Fruitland Fire Department, and retirees from federal agencies celebrated a Blue Mass with Bp. Edward M. Rice on Sept. 9 in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. A reception followed the liturgy. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. Photos by Dan Williams/The Mirror

Bishop Edward. M. Rice and area clergy celebrated a liturgy on Sept. 9 for all First Responders in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The first-ever “Blue” Mass was well-attended and was offered as a way to honor the members of law enforcement, fire fighters, EMTs, dispatchers, chaplains, etc., who serve and minister in that area of vocation within our communities. Further, it shined a light on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and those who lost their lives in service on that tragic day and their families. Read more

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Grandparents honored at Guardian Angel School

GRANDPARENT DAY—Maebry Enderle (pre-k) soaked up the love of four grandparents Sept. 14 in Guardian Angel School, Oran. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by The Mirror)
GRANDPARENT DAY—Maebry Enderle (pre-k) soaked up the love of four grandparents Sept. 14 in Guardian Angel School, Oran. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by The Mirror)

Grandparent Day is always a highlight for both students and families. On Thu., Sept. 14, Guardian Angel School, Oran, MO, hosted a cookie social for the grandparents of the students in pre-k thru eighth grade. The day began with Mass at Guardian Angel Church. After Mass, everyone gathered at school so that the grandparents and grandchildren could sit together and enjoy cookies, milk, and coffee, as well as conversation. Entertainment was provided by two seventh graders, Traci Hency and Camryn Lynch; two eighth graders, Dalaini Bryant and Logan Dame; and music teacher Geri LeGrant. The group played guitars and sang the song, “Grandpa” by the Judds.

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Diocesan V Encuentro Sept. 30

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The past year, parishes in our diocese from east to west have been engaged in the V Encuentro Church celebration and convocation. The V Encuentro is part of the US Bishop’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. A five-week evangelization process has three prongs: evangelization, consultation, and a process of building communion. Read more

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Join us in prayer and celebration

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Southeast football supports ‘Pink Up’ with auction

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The Southeast Missouri State University football team has again partnered with Saint Francis Healthcare System to raise awareness for breast cancer through the “Pink Up” Auction.

Fans can begin bidding now at pinkupcape.com for the chance to personalize a player’s jersey with the name of a loved one on the back. These jerseys will be worn by Southeast football players during the UT Martin game on November 4. Read more

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