Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is offering Homeless Prevention Services for Missouri residents in the counties of Scott, Mississippi, Carter, Shannon, Jasper, and Newton. If you or someone you know is at imminent risk of becoming homeless, Catholic Charities (CCSOMO) may be able to help. For more information, please consult CCSOMO Web site: www.ccsomo.org; or call the Catholic Charities office nearest you: Sikeston, (573) 481-0659; Van Buren, (573) 323-4044; or Joplin, (417) 624-3790. Read more
Local resource center benefits
For the fifth consecutive year, the Biking for Babies initiative assembled a team of 15 ‘twenty-something’-aged men and women who pedaled to promote the sacredness of motherhood and the gift of life while campaigning for pregnancy centers across the country. Two of the cyclists, Cory and Brittany Ross, are parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Henry Parish, in Sikeston and Charleston. They also serve on the youth ministry core team. Read more
Freed by love, acting for justice
The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs) have a great saying, “Where one BVM is, we are all there.” And although we have not had a large number of sisters serving in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, we have consistently experienced the presence of our larger Congregation through prayer, personal support, financial aid, and a variety of volunteers. Actually, there is hardly a BVM who does not know about Missouri’s Bootheel and the Ozarks! Annual fundraisers for the poor, volunteerism from our BVM Associates and friends, and our BVM communities in St. Louis have supported us during the past 35 years “down here” in southern Missouri.
Serving in southern Missouri is very much a part of our Congregation’s charism, history, and tradition. In the 1840s, our early Sisters made their way up the Mississippi with Bp. Mathias Loras to Dubuque, IA. Having endured persecution in Philadelphia for almost a decade, they were called anew to serve the pioneers “out west in Iowa.” Like many American foundations they were not monastic and so easily formed small community groups wherever and whenever needed. “Go anywhere and do anything for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls,” was our foundress’s message. Read more
On July 17, Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht blessed the ground that will soon become Beacon Village made possible through the partnership of The Kitchen, Inc. and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. The 44 units of affordable permanent housing for income-qualified individuals and families will include 20 units for formerly homeless families. Beacon Village will offer support services provided by Springfield-based The Kitchen, Inc. and Catholic Charities. In addition to various members of the Church and community, those in attendance included staffers from Catholic Charities, including executive director, Maura Taylor, and CCSOMO president Mike Cherry, and members of the board of directors of The Kitchen. Read more
Over 3,000 young Catholics from across the Midwest descended upon the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield, recently for the first of two Steubenville Youth Conferences taking place this month. Attendees spent the weekend hearing presentations on the theme “Chosen,” based upon 1 John 4:19 (“We love, because he first loved us.”).
A number of youth from parishes in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau made pilgrimage to the July 12-14 conference, one of the largest annual Catholic youth conferences in the nation. Read more
The Office of Youth Ministry has reserved Wed., July 24, for Catholic YOUTH night at the Springfield Cardinals. The evening will include Mass in the Team Training Room on the east side of the stadium with Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht and the Cardinals game. To purchase tickets, contact Chris of the Springfield Cardinals at (417) 832.3034. Families are encouraged to attend this fun summer event.
Missouri law will now require a physician to be physically present when administering the initial dose of an abortion drug, such as RU-486. Gov. Jay Nixon chose to take no action (sign or veto) on Missouri HB 400 so the bill becomes effective as state law on Aug. 28, 2013. The governor has exercised a provision in the Missouri Constitution that gives the governor the option of taking no action on legislation. The bill then becomes law, as if the governor had signed it.
The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) worked closely with Missouri Right to Life, Campaign Life, and other organizations to secure passage of the bill. Read more
“I will give you shepherds after my own heart” –Jer 3:15
The above Scripture from Jeremiah was the basis of two weekends of reflection for seminarians of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Majestic Trinity Hills, the diocesan center for prayer, service, and Christian formation, was the venue. Situated just 25 minutes from Springfield, the 114 acres of pathways, pasture, rolling hills, and the James River afforded the men the perfect place to contemplate both God’s will for them and the beauty of creation.
“These weekends at Trinity Hills allow our men in formation the not-often realized time of just being together for a few days of prayer and work,” said Fr. J. Friedel, diocesan Director of Vocations/Seminarians. “During the year, they’re strung out in five different schools, and each remain far-flung in various activities this summer from Omaha [NE] to Fredericktown, so these days were good days for those who could join us.” Read more
The annual Sacred Heart Parish picnic was held May 19, 2013, in Mountain Grove, MO. At the end of Mass, local senior Nicole Hale became the first recipient of the Sacred Heart Senior Scholarship. The daughter of J.T. and Jeanette Hale, Nicole plans on attending Missouri Southern State University in Joplin where she will major in Pre-Pharmacy.
On June 26 in U.S. v. Windsor, the US Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman. The court ruled that this provision of DOMA denies same-sex couples, who have been granted marriage licenses by their state, equal protection of law under the due process clause of Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.
The ruling means that Edith Windsor, who paid taxes on her life partner’s estate at the time of her death because federal law did not recognize her Canadian same-sex marriage, will now be paid back those taxes with interest. Read more