Parishioners are invited to the first Marian Conference at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau on April 28-29, 2017. The agenda for the conference includes five speakers, Mass, Adoration, Confession, the Rosary, and spiritual resources. The Marian Conference will convene Friday afternonn with Adoration at 4 p.m., sign-in and finger foods at 5 p.m., speakers, Mass, and will close at 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s activities will begin with Adoration at 6 a.m., Mass at 7 a.m., donuts and coffee at 7:30 a.m., speakers, Lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by the afternoon program, and will conclude with the regular 4.p.m. parish Mass. Childcare will be available during the conference. To watch a video infomercial on the conference go to this link: https://vimeo.com/198378706 ADMISSION AND ALL REFRESHMENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE!! PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. For more information, or to make a donation to support the Marian Conference, please contact St. Mary Cathedral at (573) 335-9347.
Authentic Christian love
As we remember the early Christian martyr St. Valentine, may we recapture the essence of authentic Christian love, expressed in our sacrificial love for our neighbor in need.
The first-ever Capital Endowment Campaign in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is entering its final phase, and it is well on its way to a successful finish, thanks to the generosity of the more than 20,000 households in the diocese.
After two successful “blocks” exceeding goals, soon the 39 parishes in Block III will be asked to take the fund-raising effort over the finish line. The Block III campaign begins Jan. 9, when lay volunteers will ask their fellow parishioners to help raise the funds needed to support seminarians, retired priests, and youth formation through their prayerful sacrifices. Read more
That Mary, the Mother of God, will protect and guide the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau throughout the New Year! May Mary’s “fiat,” her “yes” to the will of God inspire each one of us in 2017.
The Roman Catholic Church and the Assemblies of God will hold a joint worship service on Wed., Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. This is the fourth annual event always held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25 this year. The location of the ecumenical event alternates annually between a Catholic church and a pentecostal church. The worship service will be held Jan. 18 in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Springfield. The speaker is Rev. Mark Hausfeld, President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) at Evangel University also in Springfield. Read more
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The religious community of the Congregation of Mary, Queen, next door to The Catholic Center in Springfield, coordinated its annual Christmas pageant on Tue., Dec. 20. The community runs Queen of Angels daycare. Parents, friends, Bishop Edward Rice, Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and The Catholic Center staffers enjoyed the performance, which also included gifts for the children from Bishop Rice and a visit from Santa Claus.
My Christmas came early this year, a week early.
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