Springfield area Catholics, Pentecostals to worship together Jan. 22

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Pentecostals and Roman Catholics Joint Worship Service Jan. 22 in Evangel Temple, Springfield

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25, 2014

‘The search for unity among Christians is an urgency from which today, more than ever, we cannot subtract ourselves. In our world, hungry and thirsty for truth, love, hope, peace, and unity, it is important for our own witness to be able to, finally, proclaim with one voice the happy news of the Gospel and to celebrate together the Divine Mysteries of our new life in Christ! We know well that unity is primarily a gift from God for which we must pray incessantly, but to all of us have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the ground of the heart, so that this extraordinary grace will be received.’ Read more

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St. Mary Church awarded $300,000 community grant

ST. MARY PARISH AWARDED GRANT—Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, hugged Stephanie Howard, chairman of the board for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, on Nov. 27, 2013, after she announced a grant of $300,000 for the rebuilding of the St. Mary Catholic Church and School. (Photo by Roger Nomer)
ST. MARY PARISH AWARDED GRANT—Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, hugged Stephanie Howard, chairman of the board for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, on Nov. 27, 2013, after she announced a grant of $300,000 for the rebuilding of the St. Mary Catholic Church and School. (Photo by Roger Nomer)

Christmas joy came early for St. Mary Parish in Joplin.

As the faith community labors on its new parish plant, rebuilding after the 2011 tornado, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri recently surprised Fr. Justin Monaghan with news that the parish he pastors was receiving a $300,000 grant.

“I was totally shocked; I had no idea,” Fr. Monaghan told The Joplin Globe after the grant was presented to him on Wed., Nov. 27, 2013. He was at a meeting at Hardy, Wrestler, and Associates, an accounting firm with offices about two blocks from the site of the former St. Mary Parish and School, when the surprise took place. Read more

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Seminarians gather over winter break

STROLL BY BIG SPRING—Diocesan seminarian Nick Koeppel and Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan director of vocations/seminarians, took a walk by The Big Spring in Van Buren, MO, during the Winter Seminarian Gathering on Jan. 2-3. (Photo by Dan Williams)
STROLL BY BIG SPRING—Diocesan seminarian Nick Koeppel and Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan director of vocations/seminarians, took a walk by The Big Spring in Van Buren, MO, during the Winter Seminarian Gathering on Jan. 2-3. (Photo by Dan Williams)

The 2014 Winter Seminarian Gathering took place Jan. 2-3 in Van Buren by the beautiful Current River. Mass was held in St. George Mission Church where seminarians gathered with their families. Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated the Mass; Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan director of vocations and seminarians, concelebrated. Read more

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Catholic Schools Week observed across the nation, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Career Day—Local professionals visited with St. Henry School students on Career Day as part of Catholic Schools Week 2013. Among those visiting were Myra Gunn, dietician. Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Jan. 26-Feb. 1. (Submitted photo)
CAREER DAY—Local professionals visited with St. Henry School students on Career Day as part of Catholic Schools Week 2013. Among those visiting were Myra Gunn, dietician. Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Jan. 26-Feb. 1. (Submitted photo)

National Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed in dioceses around the country, including the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Jan. 26—Feb. 1. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the principles of a Catholic education.

Begun in 1974, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the annual Catholic Schools Week. Read more

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TEC weekends scheduled in Branson & Cape Girardeau

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TEC IN DIOCESE—Two Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) weekends are scheduled in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau: one in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 18-20, 2014 and one in Branson on Feb. 15-17. A TEC weekend, a spiritual program for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates, focuses on the Paschal Mystery—the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the context and experience of the Catholic Christian tradition. (The Mirror)

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a spiritual program for high school juniors and seniors. The TEC experience focuses on the Paschal Mystery–the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ–in the context and experience of the Catholic Christian tradition.

“A few years back a high school junior approached me at the conclusion of his TEC experience and expressed deep and sincere thanks,” said Deacon Tom Schumer, who assists with River of Life TEC in southeast Missouri as diocesan youth facilitator. The young man who approached Deacon Schumer told him that he had moved to the area four years prior, shortly after his father died, “and he hadn’t been able to find peace or consolation for his loss until his TEC weekend.” Read more

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe marked in Verona

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Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., joined Fr. Ruben Restrepo, CM, pastor, and parishioners in Sacred Heart Parish, Verona, to festively mark the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. The bilingual Mass was held at 7 p.m. with standing-room-only attendance. Read more

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish launches monthly ‘First Sunday’ ministry

CHILDCARE AT FIRST SUNDAY--Childcare is available for First Sunday liturgies in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. Over 150 participated in the first First Sunday experience on Dec. 1, which included liturgy, faith formation for youth and adults, food, and fellowship. The next First Sunday is Jan. 5, 2014. (Submitted photo)
CHILDCARE AT FIRST SUNDAY–Childcare is available for First Sunday liturgies in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. Over 150 participated in the first First Sunday experience on Dec. 1, which included liturgy, faith formation for youth and adults, food, and fellowship. The next First Sunday is Jan. 5, 2014. (Submitted photo)

St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, is beginning a 5 p.m. First Sunday Mass that includes contemporary praise and worship, witness, and formation for adults and youth, food, and fellowship.

“Beginning on the First Sunday of December, which is literally Dec. 1 this year, we will initiate a parish effort called ‘First Sunday,’” said pastor Fr. David Hulshof in an address to parishioners. “This parish effort, which will take place on each First Sunday of the month, will incorporate the celebration of Sunday Mass at 5 p.m. followed by faith formation for both youth and adults from 6-7 p.m.” Read more

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Jackson students win innovation award

FIRST PLACE IN STRATEGY/INNOVATION--Students at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, MO, participated in a robotics competition that puts robots built from LEGO Mindstorm kits through an obstacle course. Under the theme of “Nature’s Fury,” the team won first place in Strategy and Innovation at the state tournament held Dec. 8 in St. Louis.  Team Immaculate Conception’s idea was a volcanic ash filtration system that ran on solar panels. (Submitted photo)
FIRST PLACE IN STRATEGY/INNOVATION–Students at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, MO, participated in a robotics competition that puts robots built from LEGO Mindstorm kits through an obstacle course. Under the theme of “Nature’s Fury,” the team won first place in Strategy and Innovation at the state tournament held Dec. 8 in St. Louis. Team Immaculate Conception’s idea was a volcanic ash filtration system that ran on solar panels. (Submitted photo)

Students in Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, MO participated in the FIRST Lego League state championship in St. Louis, on Sun., Dec. 8. The FIRST Lego League is a robotics competition that puts robots built from Lego Mindstorm kits through a themed obstacle course. Teams consisting of 4th- to 8th-graders design, build, and program the robots. In addition, there is a project component to the competition. This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury,” and the project challenged teams to come up with inventions to address the problems surrounding natural disasters. Read more

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