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
For the millions who are in jail or prison.
For domestic workers throughout the world.
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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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.
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
Just days shy of two-year anniversary of Joplin tornado, St. Mary Parish breaks ground on new parish plantBy: The Mirror staff Joplin MO
“Each of our lives is made up of many ‘chapters,’ and so it is also with a parish family,” said Bp. James V. Johnston to the joyous crowd gathered Thu., May 16, at West 32nd Street and Central City Road in Joplin. “It is a joy and a blessing to be able to begin this new chapter for St. Mary Parish today with this groundbreaking for our new church and school.” Read more
We still need help!!
The following staff positions are still available: Read more
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
From Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr.
In accordance with the Holy Father’s decree at the beginning of the Year of Faith (Oct. 11, 2012), I wish to encourage the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to avail themselves of the plenary indulgence granted during the Year of Faith, which concludes on Nov. 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
“During the Year of Faith, which will last from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013, a Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent, take Sacramental Confession and Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.” Read more