100th anniversary of apparitions at Fatima July 13 prayer for peace St. Eustachius Church, Portageville
Bishop Edward M. Rice on Our Lady of Fatima:
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal: St. Francisco de Jesus Marto (June 11, 1908-April 4, 1919), his sister St. Jacinta de Jesus Marto (March 11, 1910-Feb. 20, 1920), and their cousin Lúcia Santos (1907–2005). Read more
Drawing from the verse from Revelation 21:5, the theme of this year’s Steubenville Mid America Youth Conferences focused on the power of God, His Church, and the sacraments to truly ‘elevate’ modern society and all peoples to holiness. More than 8,000 young Catholics gathered together in the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield, the weekends of July 14-16 and July 21-23 to ponder that message and celebrate their faith.
There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what five students did from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau while recently attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program. Read more
Franciscan Bro. David Anthony Migliorino, OSF, was recently named Franciscan Federation Educator of the Year. Brother Migliorino has been a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 44 years, and he has served as principal at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, for 18 of them.
“I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau,” said Bp. Edward M. Rice. “One of my first visits in the diocese was to Notre Dame High School. As soon as I walked through the front doors, I experienced the strong Catholic spirit that is fully alive there.” Read more
Sixty men gathered in beautiful St. John Parish, Leopold, on July 14, for Catholic Man Night, an evening of fellowship, food, and reflection for men. Bishop Edward M. Rice was also in attendance and offered encouragement and support of the gifts the bi-monthly Catholic Man Nights afford participants. Read more
When Saigon fell in 1975 during the Vietnam war, Fr. Dominic Maria Tran Dinh Thu, put his faith and confidence in God as he and 170 other priests prepared to escape the country.
“Father knew South Vietnam would fall, and with the history of religious persecution, he knew the congregation could be erased under communism,” said Fr. Phillip Do, a member of the religious Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix in Carthage, which was founded in 1953. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the 125th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish, Caruthersville, with pastor, Fr. Jaroslaw Z. Skrzypek, Deacon James D. Darter, Sr. Darlene Presley, GHMS, and a packed church on June 25. The Mass of Thanksgiving included a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis and a renewed commitment and consecration of the community to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a reception. Read more
The Missouri Senate will reconvene Monday, July 24, at 4 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning, July 25, to consider amended SB-5, the strongest pro-life bill to be considered by the Missouri General Assembly in many decades. If the Senate passes SB-5, Governor Greitens has pledged to sign it.
Historic Pro-life Bill voted on July 24 & 25, 2017
Bishop Edward M. Rice and The Missouri Catholic Conference urges all Catholics to contact their state Senator immediately and urge his or her support of House amended SB-5, the strongest pro-life bill to be considered by the General Assembly in many decades. This legislation will protect the health and safety of women; only physicians licensed in the State of Missouri may perform or induce abortions in an abortion facility in Missouri; ensure that women hear medical information from a doctor before deciding whether to obtain an abortion; requires abortion facilities to have written policies for managing an emergency and transferring patients to a hospital, and much more. To easily send a message to your state Senator, visit www.mocatholic.org. Thank you!