Tragedy strikes Pierce City

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From the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau:

As the investigations continue into the tragic deaths of Sara Spears, 40, and Kaydee Moerer, 10, in Pierce City, we respectfully request consideration and sensitivity for the students, faculty, and staff of St. Mary Catholic School in Pierce City. Read more

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National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11


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October 11, 2017

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the US to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Read more

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Seminarians join Bishop Rice for Cardinals baseball in St. Louis

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME—Five diocesan Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in St. Louis joined Bishop Edward Rice at the Sept. 25 National League Baseball header between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pictured were Josh Carroll, Rylee Hartwell, Bishop Rice, Daniel Belken, die-hard Cubs fan and native of Chicago Msgr. Tom Reidy, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese, and pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa; Fr. Tom Kiefer, Vice Chancellor and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; Allen Kirchner, and John Hawks. Clearly the number of Cardinal fans in this group wasn’t a factor in a Red Bird win, as the Cubs won the match-up with a final score of 10-2. (The Mirror)
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME—Five diocesan Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in St. Louis joined Bishop Edward Rice at the Sept. 25, 2017, National League Baseball header between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Pictured were Josh Carroll, Rylee Hartwell, Bishop Rice, Daniel Belken, die-hard Cubs fan and native of Chicago Msgr. Tom Reidy, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese, and pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nixa; Fr. Tom Kiefer, Vice Chancellor and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Springfield; Allen Kirchner, and John Hawks. Clearly the number of Cardinal fans in this group wasn’t a factor in a Red Bird win, as the Cubs won the match-up with a final score of 10-2. (The Mirror)

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Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) held in Lebanon

TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)—The 160th Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) was held Aug. 5-7 in St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. Participants numbered 42 candidates and their team, representing 15 different parishes. The team included (not in order): Kirk Verhoff, Daniel Mezzacapa, Jimmy Mezzacapa, Deacon Jim Walters, Susie Walters, Andrew Peters, Deacon James Soptick, John Patton, Hunter Crockett, Isaac Mezzacapa, Korrie Buckman, Kathy Werner, Jennifer Bartlett, Emily Seiler, Crystal Folks, Ian Wille, Anna Padgett, Cindy Hiatt, Rick Mulheron, and Emma Buckman. The candidates were (not in order): Lydia (DJ) Austin, Dakota Risinger, Jacob Toombs, Rita Hempel, Jesus Martinez, Cale Bartlett, Alondra Sanchez, Sarah Smith, Jack Silberberg, Lydia Prescott, Austin (AJ) Perkins, Tristen Meints, Becca Williams, Kelsey Bartlett, Philomena Hempel, Sebastian Rhoades, Alexandria (Ally) Gerant, Garrett Belken, Noah Risinger, Mary Hempel, John Hubbert,and Jozie Jensen. (The Mirror)
TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)—The 160th Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) was held Aug. 5-7, 2017 in St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. Participants numbered 42 candidates and their team, representing 15 different parishes. The team included (not in order): Kirk Verhoff, Daniel Mezzacapa, Jimmy Mezzacapa, Deacon Jim Walters, Susie Walters, Andrew Peters, Deacon James Soptick, John Patton, Hunter Crockett, Isaac Mezzacapa, Korrie Buckman, Kathy Werner, Jennifer Bartlett, Emily Seiler, Crystal Folks, Ian Wille, Anna Padgett, Cindy Hiatt, Rick Mulheron, and Emma Buckman. The candidates were (not in order): Lydia (DJ) Austin, Dakota Risinger, Jacob Toombs, Rita Hempel, Jesus Martinez, Cale Bartlett, Alondra Sanchez, Sarah Smith, Jack Silberberg, Lydia Prescott, Austin (AJ) Perkins, Tristen Meints, Becca Williams, Kelsey Bartlett, Philomena Hempel, Sebastian Rhoades, Alexandria (Ally) Gerant, Garrett Belken, Noah Risinger, Mary Hempel, John Hubbert,and Jozie Jensen. (The Mirror)

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Bishop blesses & starts Cross Country meet at SCHS Oct. 3

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Beussink named 2018 National Merit Commended Student

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Notre Dame Regional High School principal, Bro. David Migliorino, OSF, recently announced that Drew Beussink has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. Read more

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Keynote address of Apostolic Nuncio at MCC’s 50th anniversary

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Catholics throughout Missouri flocked to Jefferson City for the 50th Anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) held on Sat., Oct. 7. Since 1967, the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, has been the voice of Missouri’s Catholic Bishops and Catholic citizens in the halls of the State Capitol. Papal Apostolic Nuncio to the US Archbishop Christophe Pierre was the keynote speaker for this momentous Annual Assembly and offered a special message from Pope Francis in his remarks.

His keynote remarks follow: Read more

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