Catholic Charities offers Homeless Prevention Services

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

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Biking for Babies makes pit stop at St. Francis Parish Center

BIKING FOR BABIES--On a 1,100-mile trek from New Orleans to Chicago, pro-life Bikers for Babies, made a pit stop in St. Francis Parish Center, Sikeston, where they had Mass, a meal, and were offered shelter by host families. Two of the cyclists were Cory and Brittany Ross, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston. They also serve the parishes on the youth ministry core team.  (Photo by Monica Goodin)
BIKING FOR BABIES–On a 1,100-mile trek from New Orleans to Chicago, pro-life Bikers for Babies, made a pit stop in St. Francis Parish Center, Sikeston, where they had Mass, a meal, and were offered shelter by host families. Two of the cyclists were Cory and Brittany Ross, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston. They also serve the parishes on the youth ministry core team. (Photo by Monica Goodin)

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

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CCSOMO & The Kitchen break ground on housing complex

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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

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Catholic YOUTH night with the Springfield Cardinals, July 24

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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.

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Ban on Telemedicine abortions to become law

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon--(photo credit: www.prlog.org)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon–(photo credit: www.prlog.org)

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

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First Sacred Heart Senior Scholarship awarded

SCHOLARSHIP--Fr. Paul Wightman, pastor, presented Nicole Hale with the first-ever Sacred Heart Senior Scholarship during the parish picnic in Mountain Grove, May 19, 2013. (Submitted photo)
SCHOLARSHIP–Fr. Paul Wightman, pastor, presented Nicole Hale with the first-ever Sacred Heart Senior Scholarship during the parish picnic in Mountain Grove, May 19, 2013. (Submitted photo)

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.

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From the Missouri Catholic Conference: Supreme Court Strikes Federal Defense of Marriage Act

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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

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