McAuley Catholic High School inducts new members to honor societies

McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, recently inducted new members to its honor societies. Congratulations to these distinguished students: Read more

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McAuley FBLA Chapter: Gold Level Chapter of the Year

MCAULEY CATHOLIC CHAPTER—Joplin’s McAuley Catholic High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) participated in the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, MO, on April 8-10, 2018. In addition to the McAuley Catholic FBLA Chapter being recognized as the Gold Level Chapter of the Year, other awards included: Sydney Martinez, Ben Borgmeyer,and Mary Pham: 9th place Public Service Announcement; Madison Szell: 8th place Public Speaking; and Taylor Schiefelbein and Emma Yabut: 4th place Website Design, National Qualifier. Congratulations to these McAuley Warriors! (The Mirror)

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Eagle project​ to benefit parish

FUTURE EAGLE SCOUT—On April 7, 2018, Bob Wehner of the Knights of Columbus and Judy Scheppmann of the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lebanon, each proudly donated $240 with unanimous approval from the members of each organization, to help Boy Scout Jack Silberberg complete his budget, so he could start on his Eagle Scout project. Silberberg will be working on a landscape project in front of the AC Unit at the church’s Family Center. He has gone to great lengths to collaborate with Fr. David Miller, pastor, create and draw-up plans, enlist the necessary help and volunteers to make this project happen. (Submitted photo)

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‘Dreamers’ visit diocesan religious

PEACE & JUSTICE—Susi, Rigo, Ginny, and Brayan, of St. Louis, accompanied Dr. Marie Kenyon, Director, Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in speaking to the gathering of diocesan women religious Feb. 16-17. Held at Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, the event’s central focus was on the issue of Immigration and the lived experiences of four youth who arrived in the US as children and who are presently protected under DACA legislation. (The Mirror)

Immigration central focus of gathering

At the invitation of Bp. Edward Rice, Sisters from the different congregations across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau gathered on Feb. 16-17 at Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield. The evening meal on Friday and social were provided by the Knights of Columbus Council #9533. This was the first opportunity for sisters to meet, greet, and get to know each other from East to the West in the diocese at one event. Normally, a gathering is held in Springfield and another gathering in Cape Girardeau. The event led to the discovery of new friends and finding out first-hand the happenings and ministries being undertaken in the different areas where religious sisters serve. Read more

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Catholic Man Night held in Springfield

MASS, MANLY MEAL, REFLECTION—While Catholic Man Night is being celebrated regularly in southeast Missouri, the first ever Catholic Man Night was held at St. Agnes Cathedral Parish in Springfield on March 22 with about 125 men attending. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by Miles Boyer Photography/The Mirror)

Over 125 men of all ages gathered the evening of March 22 for the first-ever Southwest Missouri Catholic Man Night held in the gymnasium of St. Agnes Catholic School. Mass celebrated by Bp. Edward Rice in St. Agnes Cathedral opened the event, concelebrated by several area priests and attending deacons. A meal followed in the St. Agnes gym, which included remarks from Bp. Rice on the roles and responsibilities of Catholic men. Keith Nanneman, Grand Knight of St. Agnes Knights of Columbus Council #13682, closed the event with a presentation about the nature of the “Catholic Man Night” program and the next steps necessary in order to keep the event going in the Springfield area.

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri named Non-Profit Organization of the Year

CCSOMO STAFF LEADERSHIP—Leadership for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) were all smiles March 1 after being awarded Non-Profit Organization of the Year (large) by Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Pictured were Maureen Jersak, CCSOMO Director of Communications; Mandy Long, Chief Development Officer; Michele Marsh Director of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO’s Executive Director; Cindy Waites, Director of Administration and PQI; and Jill Bryant, Volunteer Manager. (The Mirror)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) was named Non-Profit Organization of the Year (large), at the Southwest Missouri Non-Profit Excellence Awards ceremony held March 1. Three awards were presented in this category based on the size of the organization. The other two finalists included Convoy of Hope and Great Circle. Read more

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Social service agencies come together at Good Friday ‘Way of the Cross’

STATIONS OF THE CROSS—Dozens of worshippers gathered to walk the way of Jesus during the annual Good Friday Way of the Cross in Springfield at the historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on March 30. Now in its 10th year, the interdenominational and bilingual event gathered together various social service agencies and churches within the community to lead each “Station,” in order to highlight the command of Jesus to love and serve. Bishop Edward M. Rice closed the event. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE.(Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)

Now in its 10th year, the annual Springfield Good Friday Way of the Cross was held at noon, on March 30, at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on historic Commercial Street. Several dozen gathered to pray and highlight the command of Jesus to love and serve.

“The Cross was carried from station-to-station by the various agencies engaged in assisting the poor and needy in the area,” said Sr. Francis Wessel, SSND, who helped coordinate the 2018 event. “Though initiated by the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the 10-year tradition is interdenominational and bilingual, and it engages various community personnel who meet a variety of needs for children and adults in our community.” Read more

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