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
April 11 & 12, 2017, St. Agnes Cathedral/St. Mary Cathedral
A photo gallery of diocesan Chrism Masses can be found here.
Today, I have the joy of being the main celebrant of my first Chrism Mass as a bishop and as the Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. I greet all of the priests who have gathered—I greet you as a brother, a father, and a friend—and I offer congratulations as today we recall the day of our ordination.
The readings from Isaiah highlight the anointing by the Spirit of the Lord—an anointing received by “priest of the Lord” and the “ministers of our God.” That same reading outlines how the priest is to use that anointing—to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to comfort all who mourn. Read more
St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 16, 2017
I always take comfort in the fact that the 50 days of Easter overwhelm the 40 days of Lent. And, if your Lent was not very successful or maybe your Lent was nothing at all, the good news is that Easter still comes! Thank goodness (and God) Christmas and Easter are not dependent on how well we enter into the spirit of Advent or Lent. No, it’s not about us in that sense, Christ still comes to embrace his flesh (Incarnation/Christmas) and Christ still comes to redeem us through his flesh (Passion, Death, and Resurrection). And so: a blessed Easter to all of you. Read more
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 14, 2017
The prophet Isaiah foretold of the suffering servant, this Man of suffering, who was pierced for our offenses and crushed for our sins. Who, like a lamb led to the slaughter, was “silent and opened not his mouth.” The psalmists, too, foretold of the Man of sorrow, “They pierced my hands and feet, they counted all my bones,” and Psalm 21 speaks of the man who was stripped of his garments. Read more
St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, April 14, 2017
After 30 years of obscurity, living in obedience to Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, and after three years of walking the dusty roads of Galilee—for Jesus—it all comes down to this night.
Preaching for three years about the love of God, with the audacity to call God “Abba Father,” teaching that the poor are blessed, and peacemakers are the children of God—and after all the miracles of raising the dead, healing the blind and the lepers, calming the wind and the seas, and after feeding 5,000 with three loaves and two fish—after all this, it comes down to this night. Read more
Diocesan Youth Conference, West Plains, MO, March 26, 2017
Awhile back, someone sent me an article about “youth ministry.” It was written by a young woman, now married, who was reflecting back on the experience of her high school youth group. It wasn’t good. Read more
As we contemplate the theme of our gathering, “The Narrow Road” I think it is important to sort of define what we are talking about. Now each speaker will do their part to shed light on the theme, but overall, with the different paths people can take, there are consequences. There is the “easy” way, the “whatever” way, the “my” way and the “narrow” way. Read more
Saturday, March 25, 2017, Diocesan Youth Conference
The theme for this weekend is “the narrow gate.” It implies that there are a variety of roads that lead to a variety of places. There is the “easy” road, there is “my” road, there is the “whatever” road and there is the “narrow” road. And each of them leads to a different location. Read more
The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice March 1, 2017, Springfield, MO
This might sound odd, but I love everything about Lent! I love the drama of ashes on Ash Wednesday and then seeing people leave Mass with smudges on their foreheads. I love the classic songs of Lent like, “Lord, who throughout these 40 days,” “Forty days and 40 nights,” or “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The melodies of these hymns are so haunting! Read more
On Dec. 18, at 6 PM, I found myself under a bridge off Wall Street, just northwest of downtown Springfield. I received an invitation to attend a Homeless Persons Memorial service that was held, there, under the bridge to commemorate and remember the homeless who have died on the streets of Springfield. By 6 p.m., it was dark and bitterly cold. The thought of being out on the street, homeless, on such a night like that night, so bitterly cold and alone was simply a theory for me. But for many who gathered for the service, living on the streets, in the dark and in the bitter cold, is their reality each night. I could see it in their eyes. Read more