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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” –Phil 3:8
We have a pope!
This recent week was one to remember. The drama of electing a new Successor of Peter reached a climax on March 13, 2013, when to the surprise of many, white smoke emerged from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel on the first full day of the conclave, in its fifth ballot. The world was then introduced to the man chosen: the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, now known as Pope Francis. Read more
“Habemus Papam!” The world once again heard these history-making words proclaimed from the balcony of St. Peter’s on Wed., March 13. As the Church looks forward to the ministry and spiritual leadership of Pope Francis, this moment also provides us with a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the role and significance of the Sacred Liturgy in the life and worship of the Church.
During his time as Shepherd of the Universal Church, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote extensively on the Sacred Liturgy. His work and thought contributed greatly to the liturgical life of the Church. From his writings, it is quite evident that the liturgy is at the heart of his relationship with the Lord, as it should be for all of us! In his ministry to us, the former pontiff sought authentic spiritual renewal through the celebration of and living out the Liturgy of the Church. He reminded us that the liturgy is not something we merely do in the church building itself, but it should have a profound effect and influence as to how we live our daily lives as Catholics. Read more
Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), congratulated the newly elected pope, Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who took the name Francis.
Pope Francis I “stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him,” Card. Dolan said.
Pope Francis was introduced the church and the world when he walked out on the balcony at 8:22 p.m. local time.