The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is coordinating a Corpus Christi procession on Sun., June 2, 2013. The Eucharistic procession will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, in Cape Girardeau, and will conclude at Old St. Vincent Church. Parish groups are encouraged to participate and help in a variety of ways including setting up two Benediction altars along the route, handing out water bottles, and organizing a small reception following the procession. Parish choirs are also invited to provide music along the route. Interested parties can contact Fr. David Dohogne via Email by Fri., May 24 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campaign goal is $2.4 million
The first weekend of May brings with it the official “kick-off” of this year’s Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign. The 2013 campaign theme, “Living in Gratitude,” reflects the exhortation of St. Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18).
“Our theme is simple, but one that emphasizes our baptismal call to serve the Lord and His people with joyful and grateful hearts,” said Bp. James V. Johnston in letters that were sent to Catholic households throughout the diocese in April. “Your support of DDF is an unmistakable way to give thanks for the bountiful blessings the Lord has given you.”
The longing heart
The story of my call to religious life began with an unconscious longing. As I started my search to satisfy that unconscious longing, I had opportunities to be with people and created things of this world. But they only filled me with more emptiness. One day the Creator planted in me a seed–the thought of giving Him a chance to journey with me in this life and to experience His love through religious life. At that time I thought to myself: “Me? A Religious Sister? Impossible!”
The seed kept growing and I asked myself, “Why do I want to become a Sister, what would I do?” And there were many other questions for both myself and for God. But, I did not get any answers. “Come and see” was all I got! Read more
Pray the rosary with Bishop and seminarians
Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., and diocesan seminarians recently recorded a CD of them praying the rosary together.
Designed as a companion for those who would like to pray the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries, and Luminous Mysteries, there are suggestions in order to enjoy the rosary throughout the liturgical year. Read more
In parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau this Easter, 223 were brought into the Church of Southern Missouri. Seventy-six received the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, while 147 candidates, those already baptized in another faith tradition, made a profession of faith and celebrated confirmation and Eucharist. This photo gallery highlights St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, during the Easter Vigil and its reception of 10 candidates and five elect (catechumens). Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant with Fr. Tom Kiefer, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, and Msgr. William Stanton concelebrating. (All photos by Dan Williams) Read more
Being a faithful Catholic doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician’s assistant, etc., is challenging in the current legal and cultural environment. It is important to support you in living your faith as well as utilize your expertise to advise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on matters of health care and bioethics. Read more
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) has been selected to participate in a mission-based leadership program cosponsored by the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Charities USA. The program consists of two oncampus modules held at the University of Notre Dame and an indepth project which will be developed over the course of the year. The local team consisted of Executive Director Maura Taylor and Greg Stark, Director of Accounting, as well as CCSOMO board members Linda Decker and Bill Hennessey. The CCSOMO team joined teams from nine other Catholic Charities organizations from throughout the nation. Read more
Joint statement concerning Judge Audrey Fleissig’s recent ruling on Missouri’s conscience protection/religious liberty law
We, the bishops of Missouri, wish to express our dismay with Federal District Judge Audrey Fleissig’s March 14, 2013 ruling striking down the conscience protections in Missouri’s insurance law relating to coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
We call upon Attorney General Koster to appeal Judge Fleissig’s ruling with all due haste. No one should be forced to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs when to do so would violate their religious convictions. Read more
The Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership is a fund to promote continuing Catholic education among the laity of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Catholic education refers to formal training in the many disciplines which affect the Church in Southern Missouri, including but not limited to: theology, music, liturgy, religious education, evangelization, family life, and youth ministry.
The grant application process is open twice annually.
Please remember that grant applications are primarily for registration and tuition. Room, board, or transportation needs will be considered on a secondary basis. Monies are granted for both parish and regional efforts. An application form and grant guidelines may be found below. Applicants who received a grant previously must have already returned a completed evaluation form before another grant can be considered. The application form must be fully completed, with recommendation and signature of the pastor, and submitted to Endowment Fund for Lay Leadership, c/o Rev. David Hulshof, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1913 Ritter Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4530. For more information, contact Fr. David Hulshof at (573) 335-7667, or Email at email@example.com.