Bp. Johnston blesses ground of new Mercy Joplin Hospital

Mercy Hospital Joplin held its groundbreaking for its new hospital on Sun., Jan. 29. Among the many dignitaries on hand was Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., who performed the blessing at the new campus. The former St. John’s Hospital was destroyed during the May 22 EF-5 tornado which hit the Joplin. The force of the winds literally moved the former hospital three inches off its foundation, rendering it unusable.

According to Mercy Clinics, a new, high tech, 29,000 square-foot portable building is being constructed to replace the mobile medical unit on the campus of Mercy Hospital Joplin. The new facility will be assembled and functioning in the fall of 2012. Services offered include intensive care (ICU), surgery, X-ray, pharmacy, patient rooms, cath lab, dialysis, MRI and CT services. This facility will be used for the next nine to twelve months while a prefabricated component hospital is erected.

The afternoon’s events began on the old campus where Scripture was read from Exodus 3. Then there was a procession to the new campus where the groundbreaking and blessing occurred. The bishop’s remarks made at the demolition site are presented in part below:

“The passage we just heard from the Book of Exodus is one of the few instances, those special instances, in which we heard God’s voice directly. … God tells Moses to become aware of the holy ground he is on. … Today, we too are aware of ‘holy ground’. …

This site, this ground we stand on, was the ground upon which many sacred moments occurred over the past decades: The ministry of healing, comforting, caring, praying. … In a few moments, we will go to another site, and new ground will be blessed and made holy for what will take place there in the years to come. … God will bless and make holy the work of our hands and the work of our hearts. …

Like Moses and the people he led through the desert, we realize that we, too, are [a people] on the move, each of us on an Exodus of our own through life. …

This ending and new beginning remind us that nothing in this world is permanent: We are always on the move to our true home in heaven.”

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Eleven born at Saint Francis on 11-11-11

ELEVENS--Cael August Berry was the eleventh baby born in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family Birth Place on Fri., Nov. 11, 2011. (Photo by Saint Francis Medical Center)

Friday was a special day at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace as eleven bundles of joy made their appearances on perhaps the most memorable date of the year. Starting at 7:33 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011, the babies continued to arrive throughout the day, with number 11 showing up at 5:55 p.m.

Saint Francis averages about five deliveries each day and the 11 born on Saturday set a new record. The eleven babies, by time delivered, are:

7:33 a.m.–Payton Lee Simpson

8:17 a.m.–Colby Steven Fenwick

8:58 a.m.–Zarianna Yvonne Ricks

10:48 a.m.–Saylor Faye Rusher

11:37 a.m.–Peyton Lane Cowger

12:28 p.m.–Alyissah Skye Bolden

1:28 p.m.–Lincoln Daniel Peek (twin)

2:01 p.m.–Isabella Marie Grimes

2:04 p.m.–Jackson Dylan Peek (twin)

4:09 p.m.–Alexander Lee Abt

5:55 p.m.–Cael August Berry

Lance Berry, new father of Cael August–baby number 11–says he and his wife were not planning for a Nov. 11 birth, but Cael had other plans. Making the date even more special, Berry currently serves in the U.S. Navy as a recruiter, and his new son was born on Veteran’s Day.

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace offers expecting parents an individual, family-centered birthing experience in a comfortable, medically advanced environment. The Family BirthPlace features the region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by three board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists who care for premature and critically ill newborns; a highly experienced staff; the region’s first LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) suites; and comfortable surroundings with homelike amenities, including the Family Room, a 500-square-foot hospitality suite that features the comforts of home used by families awaiting the arrival of their newest addition. Saint Francis is proud to be the only employer in Missouri ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list for four consecutive years–2008-2011.

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Father William Hennecke sings at Steubenville

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Happening now

Diocesan-wide—The Alliance for Life-Missouri is seeking runners and walkers to help run across Missouri before the end of 2011. Funds raised will benefit not only the Alliance but its many affiliates across Missouri. For details you can contact Marsha Middleton at (417) 598-1040, or visit the Web site at www.allianceforlifemissouri.com.
Carthage–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue., 7 a.m., in St. Ann Church. For more information call the parish, (417) 358-1841, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Doniphan–The pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima is available to travel throughout the diocese. If you are interested in having the statue in your home for one week (Sat.-Sat.) please contact ambassadors Gayle and Sam Ruffino, (573) 255-3693. The only requirement is that the statue be put in a place of honor with a candle.
Springfield–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue.-Fri., 12:15 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m., and each Sunday, 3 p.m., in St. Agnes Cathedral. Beginning Sun., Nov. 29, Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. rather than 3 p.m. Sacrament of penance available one hour prior to Mass time. For more information call the parish, (417) 831-3565, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Springfield–Prayer is integral to daily life for all Franciscans. With the recent opening of our Web site (www.orgsites.com/mo/swmo-sfo), the Secular Franciscans have developed a prayer ministry. To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, go to our Web site and follow the simple E-mail instructions. Only your request itself will be seen by all our members; your identity and E-mail address will be used for solicitation by ourselves or others. Non-Internet users can submit requests to: Prayer Requests, 903 S. Prince Lane, Springfield, MO 65802-2764. For more information contact Barbara DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Springfield–The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, to drive patients to treatment centers and home again. For more information call (800) 227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org/southernmissouri.
Springfield—Holy Family Catholic Home School Apostolate offers Catholic homeschooling families spiritual, social, and academic support, as well as fun, and enriching activities, including weekly adoration, social time, and “Adventures in Learning” for nursery-age through high school. The apostolate meets every Friday, 1:15-4:30 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. For more information, contact Shelly Pichler, (417) 838-2730, or HFCHSA@gmail.com.
Brooklyn, NY–Heart’s Home, an international Catholic organization committed to promoting a culture of compassion, is currently accepting applications for volunteers. Heart’s Home provides an opportunity for young people to dedicate at least 14 months of service to the most suffering people in the world. Mission countries include France, Italy, Thiland, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Peru, India, and El Salvador. Young Catholics interested in this opportunity should visit the Web site, www.heartshomeusa.org, or call, (718) 522-2121.
Subiaco, AR–Are you called to be a monk, nun, or priest? Take the free On-line test at www.testyourcalling.org or call (800) 221-1807.

September 30

Diocesan-wide–All ticket requests for the Youth Rally and Mass on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January in Washington, DC must be obtained through Kathleen Keesee. This applies to both groups and individuals whether traveling with the diocese or on your own. The diocese is not guaranteed tickets. The deadline for getting your group or name on the list is Sept. 30. We will know by Oct. 23 of ticket status.

October 1

St. Louis–The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL, will host John Allen, Jr, senior Vatican analyst for CNN, Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics for discussion will be “Which Way is our Church Moving–Forward or Backward?” and “The Future Church Emerging.” Cost: $35. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, contact the Shrine at (618) 397-7600, ext. 6270, or (314) 241-3400, ext. 6270.

October 2

Springfield–Springfield Area Life Chain will be held on Sun., Oct. 2, 2-3:30 pm. Pick up your signs from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at corner of Kimbrough and Battlefield. Please, no personal signs. Bring your families. Spend your time praying to stop abortion. It is still happening, www.justthefacts.org. Life Chain questions? pastormarkkiser@yahoo.com or Facebook at Springfield Life Chain.
Springfield–The Secular Franciscans will meet Sat., Oct. 2, 1 p.m., in Holy Trinity Chapel. Open to anyone interested in a simple Catholic lifestyle. For more information contact Mike DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Laurie, MO–Everyone is invited to join the annual Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage at The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Lake of the Ozarks, on Sun., Oct. 2, in honor of family life. Registration: 10 a.m.; flag raising and Stations of the Cross: 11:15 a.m., followed by the rosary and Mass. Lunch is available at 1:30 p.m. for a cost of $10; reservations requested. For more information, please call Rick Purdon at (573) 372-6418, or Email to rpurdon@charter.net. All Knights are invited to participate in the Honor Guard.

October 7

Kimberling City–Our Lady of the Cove Parish will hold a fall garage sale Fri., Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Harriet Poduska, (417) 739-2297.

October 8

Cape Girardeau–The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a free “Out of the Darkness” walk on Sat., Oct. 8, at Cape County Park North. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. There will be a balloon release, door prizes, and free lunch. T-shirts available for participants raising $150. To sign up your team or to donate, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.
Scott City–St. Joseph School will host a dinner auction Sat., Oct. 8, in the school gym. Advance tickets: $25; $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, call Shanna, (573) 579-0617.

October 9

Benton–St. Denis Parish will host an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner Sun., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Menu includes chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, buttered potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, and homemade desserts. Cost: Adults: $7; children (ages six-12): $4; children (ages five and under): free; carry-outs available for $8. For more information, call (573) 545-3017.
Bolivar–Sacred Heart Parish will host “Oktoberfest” Sun., Oct. 9, noon-3 p.m., under the tents behind McKenna Hall. Menu includes brats, hot dogs, German potato salad, spatzle, sauerkraut, dessert, and drinks. Admission: adult (ages 13 years and older): $12; children (ages five-12): $5; children (ages five and under): Free. Tickets on sale after weekend Masses or call the parish office, (417) 326-5596. All proceeds to benefit the church building fund.

October 14

Sikeston–St. Francis Xavier Parish will host a “Called & Gifted” workshop Fri., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the parish center gym. The workshop will help discover the ways of empowerment through the Holy Spirit. All are invited. Registration forms are on the parish Web site www.sfxpar ish.catholicweb.com, or you may contact Jan Barkett, (573) 471-6079.

October 16

Kelso–A family-style dinner will be held on Sun., Oct.16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the St. Augustine School. Carry-outs available. Menu features chicken and dumplings, dressing, baked ham, and all the trimmings. Adults: $8; children (ages 6-11): $4; children (ages 5 and under): free.

October 21

Springfield–Beginning Experience Retreat Weekend will be held Fri., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 23, in the Maranatha Retreat Center. Cost: $90. Scholarships available. The weekend is for anyone widowed, divorced, or separated who is looking for healing, hope, and support. For more information, or to register, contact Becky Carmack, (417) 859-0692; Annie Freelove, (417) 864-5518; or Becky Bower, (417) 889-8890.

October 28

Billings–St. Joseph Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) is seeking vendors for the craft fair on Fri., Oct. 28 and Sat., Oct. 29. For more information, contact the parish office, (417) 744-2490, or Pat Hutton, (417) 732-6180.

November 5

Springfield–St. Elizabeth Ann Seton PCCW will sponsor a fall bazaar Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Tourville, (417) 883-7594, or Gina Cowin, (417) 883-8945.

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