Bishop blesses town of Pierce City

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A Mass of blessing was offered 10 years to the day after a tornado on May 4, 2003, destroyed most of Pierce City, MO. Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant of the May 4, 2013, Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church, marking the storm’s effects and blessing a community that has seen healing and rebuilding. Concelebrating the Mass with Bp. Johnston were Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht; Fr. Bob Landewe, retired; and Fr. Peter Morciniec, pastor, St. Mary Parish. Attended by many from surrounding communities, the Mass was followed by a reception in St. Mary Parish hall. Read more

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Bishop announces pastoral appointments

Bp. James V. Johnston announced the following list of Pastoral Assignments that will be effective on Mon., July 1, 2013, in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

“I am asking for your prayers for those in new assignments and the continued ministry of all the priests, deacons, and religious in our diocese,” said Bp. James V. Johnston in a May 28 memorandum announcing the appointments. “I would also like to extend my personal thanks to each of you for the outstanding ministry that you provide on behalf of the Church. May God continue to bless you and the people who you serve so faithfully.” Read more

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Fortnight for Freedom

Resources available at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org

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The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year’s Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

Locally, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will open the Fortnight for Freedom with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Fri., June 21. Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., will be the celebrant. Fr. Tom Kiefer will offer Mass in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, on Fri., June 21 at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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Trinity Hills donates 10,000th egg to The Kitchen, Inc.

TRINITY HILLS EGG PRODUCTION--Trinity Hills, a diocesan center for prayer, service, and formation, just donated its 10,000th egg to Springfield’s The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen uses the eggs from the Trinity Hills free-range chickens in its resident meal program at The Missouri Hotel, a homeless shelter and education center. Pictured were Trinity Hills farm manager Clare Lund-Molfese; Misty Jordan Farrell, Coordinator of Health Services at The Kitchen; and Catherine Lund-Molfese, farm manager at Trinity Hills. To date, Trinity Hills has donated 10,068 eggs to The Kitchen. To learn more about Trinity Hills, log on to www.thills.org. (Photo by Astara T. Pearson)
TRINITY HILLS EGG PRODUCTION–Trinity Hills, a diocesan center for prayer, service, and formation, just donated its 10,000th egg to Springfield’s The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen uses the eggs from the Trinity Hills free-range chickens in its resident meal program at The Missouri Hotel, a homeless shelter and education center. Pictured were Trinity Hills farm manager Clare Lund-Molfese; Misty Jordan Farrell, Coordinator of Health Services at The Kitchen; and Catherine Lund-Molfese, farm manager at Trinity Hills. To date, Trinity Hills has donated 10,068 eggs to The Kitchen. To learn more about Trinity Hills, log on to www.thills.org. (Photo by Astara T. Pearson)

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Catholic Charities deploys disaster response team to Oklahoma

CATHOLIC CHARITIES STAFFERS HEAD TO OKLAHOMA--Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) has deployed four experienced disaster-response case managers from Joplin to the tornado-ravaged area surrounding Moore, OK. The CCSOMO staffers are (first row) Jaime Hund, Andrea Minor, (second row) Linda Robinson, and Andrea Harper. (Photo CCSOMO)
CATHOLIC CHARITIES STAFFERS HEAD TO OKLAHOMA–Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) has deployed four experienced disaster-response case managers from Joplin to the tornado-ravaged area surrounding Moore, OK. The CCSOMO staffers are (first row) Jaime Hund, Andrea Minor, (second row) Linda Robinson, and Andrea Harper. (Photo CCSOMO)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) deployed four experienced disaster-response case managers from Joplin on May 24 to the tornado-ravaged area surrounding Moore, OK. The CCSOMO staffers will be in Oklahoma for two weeks and provide services out of the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) that are being established throughout the storm-ridden region. One of the Joplin workers, Andrea Minor, was also deployed to New York in response to Hurricane Sandy. “I am honored to make use of the skills I learned in Joplin to help our neighbors in Oklahoma,” Minor said. Read more

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Camp Re-NEW-All still needs volunteers

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We still need help!!

The following staff positions are still available: Read more

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Catholic Charities seeks donations for Oklahoma survivors

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) is accepting donations to fill two box trucks with needed supplies for the tornado-devastated region of Moore, OK. One box truck is located on the parking lot of Hobby Lobby, 1535 E. Battlefield, in Springfield. Another truck is located in Joplin at the Wal-Mart on Rangeline Road.

Catholic Charities is accepting only new items, including shovels, tools, work gloves, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, diapers, wipes, and canned food items. Plastic storage containers are greatly needed. Many survivors also need binders and file folders for holding insurance and FEMA paperwork. Read more

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