We pray through the intercession of St. Joseph for the unemployed and underemployed: may they find meaningful work that will support family life!
Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church recently presented a $500 gift to The Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks, Forsyth Unit. The Catholic Church in Forsyth holds two rummage sales a year that support not only the church, but also various organizations within the community.
Organized by the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) proceeds of the sales generate around $30,000 a year. Read more
Thirteen priesthood students in Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, received the ministry of acolyte on Feb. 15, including diocesan seminarian Nicholas Newton. Newton is a second year Theology student for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield. Installing the acolytes was Abp. Charles Thompson, of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Read more
Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the launch of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Feb. 11 with the Vietnamese community of St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. The community is served by Fr. Thomas Luu Duc M. Vu, CRM, associate pastor and member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer of Carthage, formerly the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Also present were members of the religious community the Congregation of Mary, Queen, headquartered in Springfield. To follow is a portion of Bishop Rice’s homily: Read more
Twenty years ago, Pope St. John Paul II said to an audience of Catholic educators in New Orleans, “Yours is a great gift to the Church, a great gift to your nation.” Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools, including the local communities in southern Missouri in which there is a Catholic School. Read more
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father John Wells, deceased (1972). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1960s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.
John Wells was born in 1925 in Louisville, KY, and was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau in 1964. Father John Wells died Dec. 28, 1972. Read more
The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. Read more