The Missouri Junior Beta Convention was held at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO on March 8 and 9 under the 2018 theme of “Beta on My Mind.” Read more
Easter Joy! This hopes to find each of you in a place of blessed joy after the long season of Lent has ended and the good news of the resurrection has come to fill our hearts. The powerful Alleluia comes to the hearts of all of the faithful whom God loves tremendously and most especially to those who have endured a long Lent. In a particular way, Alleluia comes to the hardened hearts of those who fool themselves into thinking that they are close to Him, when in actuality they are surrounded in a darkness that is blinding to them. Read more
That all the newly-baptized and those received into the Church may rejoice and feel welcomed throughout the Easter Season!
All across southern Missouri, the fourth annual “Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families” for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri will be held Sun., April 15. Bishop Edward Rice will walk at 2 p.m. on April 15 in Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO. Including the various events held in the many parishes and missions in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, walks will be held simultaneously that Sunday at 1 p.m. on the tracks of Springfield Catholic High School and at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. Everyone is encouraged to find a group and walk to help our neighbors most in need within the diocese. Read more
Father Frank C. Palermo, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, died on March 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. He was 88.
Father Palermo was born on Oct. 24, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, to the late Frank and Beatrice (Barona) Palermo. He attended Holy Cross Grade School and graduated from St. John Preparatory High School in Kansas City. He attended St. John Seminary in Kansas City and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis before being ordained for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on March 26, 1955, by Bp. Edwin V. O’Hara. Read more
FROM THE MIRROR ARCHIVE, Dec. 2, 2005
Fr. Frank C. Palermo
50th anniversary (ordained, March 26, 1955)
To say Fr. Frank Palermo, senior priest in residence, Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, is an active priest is an understatement. He plays tennis, rides a bicycle, washes rectory windows, fills in for priests on vacation, and is a cruise ship priest/chaplain for international cruises.
Students in St. Peter the Apostle Middle School, Joplin, recently spent a day in service the first weekend of March in the Prayer Garden at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City. The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders planted tulip bulbs, raked leaves, and cleared away debris. Sacred Heart Parish Pastor Fr. Rahab Isidor talked with the students about Lent and heard confessions. Students ended the work day with a rosary prayed in the spruced-up Prayer Garden.
The Gathering Tree, Eden Village
While Operation Rice Bowl remains a Lenten charity staple in many of our parishes and missions throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop Edward M. Rice recently asked the youth of the diocese to join him this Lent in a unique opportunity to encounter Jesus in the poor of our own community. Read more
Steps to a successful Lenten Project:
1. Distribute copies of the letter from Bishop Rice and the sheet entitled, “Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving” to all of your PSR and Youth Ministry leaders and catechists. We will be sending a short power point presentation about Eden Village to you via email as well. Please hold a brief meeting with them to introduce our Diocesan Lenten Mission of Mercy and discuss best ways to implement this project and make it successful in your parish.
In his message proclaiming the First World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis reminds us that in response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist: “If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor.” In other words, we are strengthened by the reception of Jesus in Holy Communion to go forth and encounter Jesus in the poor. We’re able to find him in the hungry, the sick, the neglected, and the homeless.
On February 28, 2017, our Holy Father offered a further challenge when working with the poor: we are called to “look them in the eyes and touch their hands.” Why? Because they are humans who possess dignity and deserve respect—that is how humans should treat one another! We are challenged to ongoing works of mercy with our brothers and sisters.
In light of all of these many beautiful challenges, I am asking the youth of our diocese to join me this Lent in a unique opportunity to encounter Jesus in the poor of our own community. Dr. David and Mrs. Linda Brown have begun a program known as Eden Village, which is a “micro-home concept” developed in response to homelessness in our community. Each tiny home is built at a cost of $30,000, and provides lifetime housing for a chronically-disabled homeless individual. It is my hope that every young person in our parish youth groups, parish religious programs, elementary schools, and high schools will make building one micro home the focus of the 40 days of Lent, knowing their prayers and good works will provide a forever home to one homeless person in southern Missouri. More information on Eden Village may be found at www.gatheringtree.org/eden-village.
In addition, I encourage you to spend some time discussing with your children how you all may practice the traditional works of Lent, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, as a family while participating in our diocesan Lenten Mission of Mercy. A prayer for the homeless can be offered daily. As we decide what foods from which we may fast, the money spent on those items can be donated to this project. In our almsgiving, we can make a difference in helping those in need and keep the works of mercy alive.
We find our mission in the motto of our Diocese, “One Church, East to West: Loving Jesus, Serving Jesus, and Sharing Jesus.” It is my hope and prayer that the youth of our diocese will embrace our mission and join me in this Lenten work of mercy.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau