Serving those who serve

Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, November 9-10, 2013

Over 1.8 million rely in AMS for spiritual care

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Now is a time of profound transition for the men and women who serve our Country in the United States Military. In the wake of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, many remain on the front lines to face adversity, sacrifice, and danger. Handling such hardships, they rely on Catholic Chaplains for spiritual guidance and support.

Funds from the Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA make it possible for the archdiocese to ensure that all military Catholics and their families, as well as patients in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, have access to the sacraments, the spiritual guidance of a Catholic chaplain, and authentic Catholic education, wherever they are around the world. Read more

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Feast of Guardian Angel marked in Guardian Angel School

SAINT HOUSE GAMES--In Guardian Angel School, Oran, St. Michael house members Mollie LeGrand, Lauren Williamsen, Nolan Loper, & Kaitlyn Jolley worked on puzzle pieces during the Saint House game project held to mark the feast of the Guardian Angel on Wed., Oct. 2. This school year students of the school are divided into Saint "houses" to commemorate the archangels of St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. (Submitted photo)
SAINT HOUSE GAMES–In Guardian Angel School, Oran, St. Michael house members Mollie LeGrand, Lauren Williamsen, Nolan Loper, & Kaitlyn Jolley worked on puzzle pieces during the Saint House game project held to mark the feast of the Guardian Angel on Wed., Oct. 2. This school year students of the school are divided into Saint “houses” to commemorate the archangels of St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. (Submitted photo)
TEAMWORK--St. Raphael house members Courtney Dirnberger & Cooper Senciboy carryied a soda can with a spaghetti stick. during the Saint House game project held to mark the feast of the Guardian Angel on Wed., Oct. 2. This school year students of the school are divided into Saint "houses" to commemorate the archangels of St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. (Submitted photo)
TEAMWORK–St. Raphael house members Courtney Dirnberger & Cooper Senciboy carryied a soda can with a spaghetti stick. during the Saint House game project held to mark the feast of the Guardian Angel on Wed., Oct. 2. This school year students of the school are divided into Saint “houses” to commemorate the archangels of St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. (Submitted photo)

On Wed., Oct. 2, the Guardian Angel School students, faculty, and staff celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angel. In the afternoon, everybody went to the cafeteria and divided into their Saint Houses (St. Michael, St. Uriel, St. Raphael, & St. Gabriel) where the Saint House game competition began. One game was for four students of each house to put the front of a cereal box puzzle together. When one student got done, he/she could help the other members of the team. Another game was for three sets of two students of each house to carry a soda can from one end of a table to the other end by using a stick of spaghetti through the tab and carried by each student’s mouth. They had to form a pyramid with 3 soda cans. This game was a little tricky, as the spaghetti would break and the two students would have to get a new stick and begin again. Principal Katrina Kluesner shared with the students that the importance of the games was not winning, but that everyone was having fun and working together to achieve a goal. She also said that the archangels are ambassadors, and that the students should be like the archangels and spread their love and show their pride that they are members of Guardian Angel School. Following the games, everyone enjoyed a bowl of ice cream, compliments of the Home & School Association. Fr. Randy Tochtrop is the pastor of Guardian Angel Parish, Oran, MO.

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Saints celebrated in Holy Trinity, Marshfield

MARCH OF THE SAINTS--Holy Trinity Parish in Marshfield hosted its annual "March of the Saints" on Sunday afternoon, Nov . 3. Among the saints portrayed were St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul, St. Maria Goretti, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Francis of Assisi, Moses, St. Isadore the Farmer, and St. Benedict. P ictured with the little "saints" are J.B. Kelly, Director of Religious Education, and Fr. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor.  (Photo by Lydia McCall)
MARCH OF THE SAINTS–Holy Trinity Parish in Marshfield hosted its annual “March of the Saints” on Sunday afternoon, Nov . 3. Among the saints portrayed were St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul, St. Maria Goretti, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Francis of Assisi, Moses, St. Isadore the Farmer, and St. Benedict. P ictured with the little “saints” are J.B. Kelly, Director of Religious Education, and Fr. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor. (Photo by Lydia McCall)

Holy Trinity Parish in Marshfield hosted its annual “March of the Saints” on Sunday afternoon, Nov . 3, in commemoration of the recently-celebrated All Saints Day (Nov. 1). Students in the parish’s school of religion also composed reports on the lives of various saints which were displayed the in the parish hall.

The Solemnity of All Saints is celebrated on the first of November. It was instituted to honor all of the saints, both known and unknown, and, according to Pope Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year. Read more

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Women in our midst: Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, Central Province

Congregations of Consecrated Religious Women in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Congregations of Consecrated Religious Women in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

The Ursuline Sisters came to Missouri from convents in Austria and Germany in 1848 where they established a convent and school in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the request of Abp. Kenrick. They opened the Ursuline Academy and Convent at 12th and Russell streets in St. Louis, beginning the long tradition of Ursuline education in Missouri. The convent and school moved farther out of the city to Kirkwood, MO, in the early 1900s. Many sisters were sent from this convent to staff parochial schools in rural parishes throughout southern Missouri.

The areas in which the Ursuline Sisters have served in what is now the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (est. 1956) include Arcadia, Cabool, Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, Charleston, Fredericktown, Graniteville, Ironton, Jackson, Joplin, Kennett, Malden, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, New Haven, Ozark, Pilot Knob, Poplar Bluff, Portageville, Shell Knob, Sikeston, Springfield, Verona, Webb City, and White Church. Read more

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Initiative would launch substantial education tax credit

*Video from Abp. Carlton has been added to the end of this post.

Petition circulated to voters

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has certified a petition for circulation to voters that will offer tax credits when Missourians help K-12 school children, including scholarships for students attending Catholic schools.

Known as the Children’s Education Initiative, the proposal was filed with the Secretary of State by Barbara Swanson, a former assistant superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City. If enough voters sign the petition, the proposal will be considered at the Nov. 4, 2014 election. Read more

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St. Lawrence School marks Fire Prevention Week

RESCUE TRUCK--The third grade class at St. Lawrence Catholic School, Monett, learned about the rescue truck from the Monett Fire Department on Oct. 10, during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)
RESCUE TRUCK–The third grade class at St. Lawrence Catholic School, Monett, learned about the rescue truck from the Monett Fire Department on Oct. 10, during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)
First- and second-grade students at St. Lawrence Catholic School listened attentively as fire-fighters described details about the rescue truck from the Monett Fire Department on Oct. 10. Fire Prevention Week was marked Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)
First- and second-grade students at St. Lawrence Catholic School listened attentively as fire-fighters described details about the rescue truck from the Monett Fire Department on Oct. 10. Fire Prevention Week was marked Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)

Fire Prevention Week was Oct. 7-11 and St. Lawrence School students received educational materials and instructional tips from the Monett Fire Department. The materials addressed the importance of smoke detectors, having two ways out of a building, and having an escape strategy and where to meet once clear of the fire. The students were also able to visit with the Monett fire-fighters on Oct. 10 when the department brought their fire trucks for the students to explore.

Preschool and kindergarten students at St. Lawrence Catholic School were helped from the ladder truck of the Monett Fire Department they got to explore on Oct. 10. Fire Prevention Week was marked Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)
Preschool and kindergarten students at St. Lawrence Catholic School were helped from the ladder truck of the Monett Fire Department they got to explore on Oct. 10. Fire Prevention Week was marked Oct. 7-11, 2013. (Submitted photo)

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Annual collection benefits Catholic Charities

Second collection Nov. 23-24 directly benefits southern Missouri residents

“The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word.” –Pope Benedict XVI, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God is Love”), 2005

REACHING OUT, PROVIDING HOPE, CHANGING LIVES—A second collection in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on Nov. 23-24 will directly benefit the service base of C atholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) and the neighbors in our midst whom they serve. Catholic Charities has five offices in southern Missouri serving all of the Diocese. (Photo courtesy Catholic Charities)
REACHING OUT, PROVIDING HOPE, CHANGING LIVES—A second collection in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on Nov. 23-24 will directly benefit the service base of C atholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) and the neighbors in our midst whom they serve. Catholic Charities has five offices in southern Missouri serving all of the Diocese. (Photo courtesy Catholic Charities)

In the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) is the concrete expression of the Church in Southern Missouri’s commitment to serve the poor and vulnerable. Thousands of our neighbors of all faiths turn to the Church for help every year. Catholic Charities is able to serve so many only with the generous support of our Catholic community.

Bp. James V. Johnston has requested that a second collection be taken at all Masses throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on Nov. 23-24, 2013, in support of Catholic Charities, the social services arm of the Church. On the weekend, Catholics throughout the diocese will have an opportunity to respond directly to Christ’s call to love our neighbor and serve those in need. As Pope Francis has said: “We are to be a Church ‘for the poor.’” Read more

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Notre Dame has 3 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

MERIT SCHOLARS--Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, has three National Merit Scholars semi-finalists: Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, Claire Schafer. (Submitted photo)
MERIT SCHOLARS–Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, has three National Merit Scholars semi-finalists: Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, Claire Schafer. (Submitted photo)

Notre Dame Regional High School proudly boasts three of the 16,000 students across the nation who have earned the prestigious distinction of being National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, and Claire Schaefer, all seniors, now advance to the competition for finalist status. Read more

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