McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, recently inducted new members to its honor societies. Congratulations to these distinguished students: Read more
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
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.
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
Diocese celebrates 25th annual youth conference
Hundreds of teenage youth from across southern Missouri gathered in the West Plains Civic Center the weekend of March 23-25 to celebrate and participate in the 25th Annual Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC). Coordinated this year by the youth of St. Ann Parish in Carthage, the conference focused on the thematic question, “What is Your Passion?”
Featured Catholic speaker and musician Sean Forrest along with Sr. M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM, served as the conference keynote presenters. Read more
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
After a one-year run at its original, Pennsylvania location, Sight & Sound Theatres premiered “Samson” in Branson last month. The Bible character with superhuman strength is depicted in a two-hour musical, with 44 actors and 34 live animals, on a 22,000-square-foot stage that wraps around the audience.
Known for creative special effects and elaborate 30-foot-tall sets, Sight & Sound has been producing Broadway-caliber, faith-based plays in Lancaster, PA, since 1987 and in Branson since 2008. Read more
We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, wish to address the senseless gun violence that is occurring in our schools, on our streets, and in our inner cities. The disturbing frequency of these events is making us numb to the profound impact on those directly affected and it calls for serious reflection on why people are carrying out senseless acts of violence. It is also appropriate to consider the use of guns in society.
Our nation needs to have an honest discussion about the toll violent images and experiences are having upon us, especially our youth. We must work toward peace in our communities through restorative justice policies and practices, and through ongoing discussions about the presence of so much violence in our entertainment and neighborhoods. Read more