Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the launch of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Feb. 11 with the Vietnamese community of St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. The community is served by Fr. Thomas Luu Duc M. Vu, CRM, associate pastor and member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer of Carthage, formerly the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Also present were members of the religious community the Congregation of Mary, Queen, headquartered in Springfield. To follow is a portion of Bishop Rice’s homily: Read more
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“Paul VI will be a Saint this year,” announced Pope Francis.
In his address during the meeting with the parish priests of Rome, which was held on Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Pope Francis announced that Blessed Paul VI will be canonized in 2018. It’s a great event for the universal Church, although the official date has yet to be established. Read more
At Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of God the Father.
“Return without fear to those outstretched, eager arms of your Father, who is rich in mercy, who awaits you. Return without fear, for this is the favorable time to come home,” the Pope said Feb. 14, 2018. Read more
My brother texted me the morning of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 a.m., saying “Happy Vash Wednesday.” I responded, “Don’t you have anything better to do this early in the morning?”
This year, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, which is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the different definitions of love. In the secular world, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and flowers and red hearts, expressing the belief that the heart is the symbol of human love. Read more
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father John Wells, deceased (1972). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1960s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.
John Wells was born in 1925 in Louisville, KY, and was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau in 1964. Father John Wells died Dec. 28, 1972. Read more
The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. Read more
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Or, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholics throughout the English-speaking world will hear one of these two blessings as a priest applies ashes to their forehead in the sign of the cross. Read more
As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations (CCLV) released the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Card. Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: “For 21 years, the Church has designated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day, as an appropriate moment to thank God for the gift of consecrated life. Jesus is manifest as ‘light of revelation for the Gentiles’ and ‘glory for God’s people, Israel.’ Consecrated men and women reflect this light as witnesses of Jesus in a world that is often shrouded in shadow.” Read more
Dr. Tom Burnford, president and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association, spoke to Jonah McKeown during Catholic Schools Week 2018 about his Catholic education and the evangelizing mission of Catholic schools in the United States. Read more