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Diocesan-wide—The Alliance for Life-Missouri is seeking runners and walkers to help run across Missouri before the end of 2011. Funds raised will benefit not only the Alliance but its many affiliates across Missouri. For details you can contact Marsha Middleton at (417) 598-1040, or visit the Web site at www.allianceforlifemissouri.com.
Carthage–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue., 7 a.m., in St. Ann Church. For more information call the parish, (417) 358-1841, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Doniphan–The pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima is available to travel throughout the diocese. If you are interested in having the statue in your home for one week (Sat.-Sat.) please contact ambassadors Gayle and Sam Ruffino, (573) 255-3693. The only requirement is that the statue be put in a place of honor with a candle.
Springfield–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue.-Fri., 12:15 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m., and each Sunday, 3 p.m., in St. Agnes Cathedral. Beginning Sun., Nov. 29, Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. rather than 3 p.m. Sacrament of penance available one hour prior to Mass time. For more information call the parish, (417) 831-3565, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Springfield–Prayer is integral to daily life for all Franciscans. With the recent opening of our Web site (www.orgsites.com/mo/swmo-sfo), the Secular Franciscans have developed a prayer ministry. To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, go to our Web site and follow the simple E-mail instructions. Only your request itself will be seen by all our members; your identity and E-mail address will be used for solicitation by ourselves or others. Non-Internet users can submit requests to: Prayer Requests, 903 S. Prince Lane, Springfield, MO 65802-2764. For more information contact Barbara DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Springfield–The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, to drive patients to treatment centers and home again. For more information call (800) 227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org/southernmissouri.
Springfield—Holy Family Catholic Home School Apostolate offers Catholic homeschooling families spiritual, social, and academic support, as well as fun, and enriching activities, including weekly adoration, social time, and “Adventures in Learning” for nursery-age through high school. The apostolate meets every Friday, 1:15-4:30 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. For more information, contact Shelly Pichler, (417) 838-2730, or HFCHSA@gmail.com.
Brooklyn, NY–Heart’s Home, an international Catholic organization committed to promoting a culture of compassion, is currently accepting applications for volunteers. Heart’s Home provides an opportunity for young people to dedicate at least 14 months of service to the most suffering people in the world. Mission countries include France, Italy, Thiland, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Peru, India, and El Salvador. Young Catholics interested in this opportunity should visit the Web site, www.heartshomeusa.org, or call, (718) 522-2121.
Subiaco, AR–Are you called to be a monk, nun, or priest? Take the free On-line test at www.testyourcalling.org or call (800) 221-1807.

September 30

Diocesan-wide–All ticket requests for the Youth Rally and Mass on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January in Washington, DC must be obtained through Kathleen Keesee. This applies to both groups and individuals whether traveling with the diocese or on your own. The diocese is not guaranteed tickets. The deadline for getting your group or name on the list is Sept. 30. We will know by Oct. 23 of ticket status.

October 1

St. Louis–The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL, will host John Allen, Jr, senior Vatican analyst for CNN, Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics for discussion will be “Which Way is our Church Moving–Forward or Backward?” and “The Future Church Emerging.” Cost: $35. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, contact the Shrine at (618) 397-7600, ext. 6270, or (314) 241-3400, ext. 6270.

October 2

Springfield–Springfield Area Life Chain will be held on Sun., Oct. 2, 2-3:30 pm. Pick up your signs from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at corner of Kimbrough and Battlefield. Please, no personal signs. Bring your families. Spend your time praying to stop abortion. It is still happening, www.justthefacts.org. Life Chain questions? pastormarkkiser@yahoo.com or Facebook at Springfield Life Chain.
Springfield–The Secular Franciscans will meet Sat., Oct. 2, 1 p.m., in Holy Trinity Chapel. Open to anyone interested in a simple Catholic lifestyle. For more information contact Mike DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Laurie, MO–Everyone is invited to join the annual Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage at The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Lake of the Ozarks, on Sun., Oct. 2, in honor of family life. Registration: 10 a.m.; flag raising and Stations of the Cross: 11:15 a.m., followed by the rosary and Mass. Lunch is available at 1:30 p.m. for a cost of $10; reservations requested. For more information, please call Rick Purdon at (573) 372-6418, or Email to rpurdon@charter.net. All Knights are invited to participate in the Honor Guard.

October 7

Kimberling City–Our Lady of the Cove Parish will hold a fall garage sale Fri., Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Harriet Poduska, (417) 739-2297.

October 8

Cape Girardeau–The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a free “Out of the Darkness” walk on Sat., Oct. 8, at Cape County Park North. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. There will be a balloon release, door prizes, and free lunch. T-shirts available for participants raising $150. To sign up your team or to donate, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.
Scott City–St. Joseph School will host a dinner auction Sat., Oct. 8, in the school gym. Advance tickets: $25; $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, call Shanna, (573) 579-0617.

October 9

Benton–St. Denis Parish will host an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner Sun., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Menu includes chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, buttered potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, and homemade desserts. Cost: Adults: $7; children (ages six-12): $4; children (ages five and under): free; carry-outs available for $8. For more information, call (573) 545-3017.
Bolivar–Sacred Heart Parish will host “Oktoberfest” Sun., Oct. 9, noon-3 p.m., under the tents behind McKenna Hall. Menu includes brats, hot dogs, German potato salad, spatzle, sauerkraut, dessert, and drinks. Admission: adult (ages 13 years and older): $12; children (ages five-12): $5; children (ages five and under): Free. Tickets on sale after weekend Masses or call the parish office, (417) 326-5596. All proceeds to benefit the church building fund.

October 14

Sikeston–St. Francis Xavier Parish will host a “Called & Gifted” workshop Fri., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the parish center gym. The workshop will help discover the ways of empowerment through the Holy Spirit. All are invited. Registration forms are on the parish Web site www.sfxpar ish.catholicweb.com, or you may contact Jan Barkett, (573) 471-6079.

October 16

Kelso–A family-style dinner will be held on Sun., Oct.16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the St. Augustine School. Carry-outs available. Menu features chicken and dumplings, dressing, baked ham, and all the trimmings. Adults: $8; children (ages 6-11): $4; children (ages 5 and under): free.

October 21

Springfield–Beginning Experience Retreat Weekend will be held Fri., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 23, in the Maranatha Retreat Center. Cost: $90. Scholarships available. The weekend is for anyone widowed, divorced, or separated who is looking for healing, hope, and support. For more information, or to register, contact Becky Carmack, (417) 859-0692; Annie Freelove, (417) 864-5518; or Becky Bower, (417) 889-8890.

October 28

Billings–St. Joseph Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) is seeking vendors for the craft fair on Fri., Oct. 28 and Sat., Oct. 29. For more information, contact the parish office, (417) 744-2490, or Pat Hutton, (417) 732-6180.

November 5

Springfield–St. Elizabeth Ann Seton PCCW will sponsor a fall bazaar Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Tourville, (417) 883-7594, or Gina Cowin, (417) 883-8945.

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