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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MCC seeks nominations for Citizen Recognition Award

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Do you know someone who works to promote the spiritual well-being of all people of the State of Missouri, provides leadership in the area of public policy, participates in the democratic process of government, or coordinates diocesan programs and statewide projects to better the common good? If so, you may want to nominate them for the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) Citizen Recognition Award.

One individual from each of the four dioceses in Missouri will be awarded the Citizen Recognition Award at the MCC Annual Assembly on Sat., Sept. 28, 2013. The award will be presented by the Bishops of Missouri in the House Chamber of the Missouri State Capitol. Read more

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BUDS program in Sikeston works to mentor at­-risk youth ages 9­-17

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BUDS, which stands for Building Understanding, Developing Success, is a new mentoring program being offered by Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) in its Sikeston office. The BUDS program works with volunteers ages 21 and older to mentor at-risk youth ages 9-17, within the four-county area of Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott, and Stoddard counties. Youth are matched with volunteers who live nearby and have similar interests. Read more

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Springfield’s North Point Church sends 300 volunteers to LifeHouse

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Approximately 300 members of North Point Church in Springfield gathered at 8 a.m. on Sat., June 8, to give three hours of hard work for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home program. LifeHouse is a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri for women in need and their children. Five large buses and dozens of cars were parked on the grounds of St. Anne Campus as volunteers organized into groups to tackle various jobs. They painted rooms, moved furniture, organized hundreds of donated items, scrubbed counters, floors , and woodwork, and washed windows. Outside, laborers collected mountains of tree limbs and yard debris and cleared a large area of tons of rocks. Read more

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Catholic Charities donates supplies to Oklahoma


Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) delivered a truckload of donated supplies to the tornado-devastated region of Moore, OK. During the week following the May 20 EF-5 tornado, CCSOMO began collecting donations for the storm survivors. A box truck was parked in the Hobby Lobby parking lot in Springfield and another truck was located at the Wal-Mart on Rangeline Road in Joplin. Valued at over $50,000, the most requested and needed items were collected, including shovels, tools, work gloves, plastic storage containers, diapers, and baby items. Cash donations of $3,000 were also collected. Read more

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