At this moment, I find myself fulfilling one of the most important, challenging, and privileged tasks I have been given as bishop of this diocese—that of making pastoral appointments for our priests. I am pleased to announce the pastoral appointments which will take effect on Thu., July 6, 2017, unless otherwise noted. We welcome Fr. John Sullivan from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the international priests who will be joining our presbyterate from the Heralds of Good News (HGN) and the Dioceses of Nellore and Gunter, all of which are located in India. Please keep these priests in prayer as they take up their new appointments and responsibilities in the Church of Southern Missouri: Know that I depend on everyone’s prayers as well. I thank these men for their fulfillment of past responsibilities. Read more
The Annual St. Mary’s Chicken Dinner is always a great way to launch the summer! Bishop Edward M. Rice and many others joined pastor Fr. Shoby Chettiyath and parishioners as they served up some 1,300 meals and netted some $7,000 for parish needs!
Individuals impacted by the recent floods were able to access information and assistance at a one-day Outreach Center held on Wed., June 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.
Disaster response staff from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri were available to meet with survivors to identify and assess unmet needs, provide support and connection to other resources, and furnish information on next steps. Unmet needs may include temporary housing, replacing personal belongings, home repairs, and long-term needs related to financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the Rite of Ordination of Brian J. Straus to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Friday evening, May 19, in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. Hundreds of family, friends, and faithful were in attendance, including many diocesan priests and permanent deacons who participated in the liturgy.
The Mirror interviewed Rev. Mr. Brian Straus: Read more
Perpetual Adoration in Springfield
The small chapel to the north of the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield is never empty. There, people will be found in constant prayer and meditation, and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the reason why.
Since the Perpetual Adoration began this year, the challenge has been to get every hour scheduled so that the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone. A city-wide effort, each parish in and around Springfield is asked to encourage parishioners to participate, and each adorer is asked to commit to a specific hour each week. Read more
‘Mary’s triumph through Jesus’
The Marian Association of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau hosted another conference to encourage spiritual growth, particularly through devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau on April 28-29. More than 100 people attended the two-day event that featured presentations by Deacon Patrick O’Toole (Diocese of Springfield, IL), Mark Kiser (convert, evangelist, and parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Ozark), Fr. Chris Alar (Marians of the Immaculate Conception), John Horvat, II (American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property), and Gregory Thompson (diocesan Marian Association). Read more
The Kona Ice truck of North Bootheel came from Dexter, MO, to Guardian Angel School, Oran, to serve students shaved ice treats. The visit was made possible by a donation to the school‘s annual dinner auction by the owners, Steve and Casey Williams. The item was purchased by Marty and Cindy Priggel for their granddaughter, Rylie Priggel, a first-grader at Guardian Angel School. She and classmate, Adisyn Seabaugh, adorned leis and grass skirts one day at school and visited classrooms, and invited them to join fellow first-graders for a kid-sized cup of shaved ice. On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 26, the truck pulled up to Guardian Angel School while students in preschool through third grade and their teachers enjoyed flavored shaved ice treats. They were also each given a Hawaiian flowered lei to wear.
On April 27, Oran’s fire chief Jimmy Watkins gave five students a ride to Guardian Angel School, fed them donuts, and arrived back at school to safely usher each of them home. This event was the result of a purchase made by Tracy Mitchell at the school’s annual dinner and auction for her two nephews and sister. The students were provided the full experience as the sirens were utilized, so of course people pulled over for them along the route. Read more
For 20th consecutive year, St. Mary Cathedral School named Renaissance National Honor Roll for Reading achievementCape Girardeau MO
Saint Mary Cathedral School was recently named to the Renaissance National Honor Roll for outstanding performance in advancing student achievement in Reading.
Renaissance®, the leader in K-12 grade analytics, recognizes educators around the nation who have implemented reading or math practice programs successfully and have led their students to meet or exceed data targets that research shows leads to significant student growth. Read more
Brother David Anthony Migliorino, OSF, principal at Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS), Cape Girardeau, recently announced three National Commended Students, a National Hispanic Commended Student, and a Missouri 100 Scholar. Congratulations graduates! Read more