Bishop greets married couples at annual anniversary celebrations

61 YEARS OF MARRIAGE—Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner posed for a photo with Bp. Edward Rice during the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration Feb. 19 in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The Kluesners shared the “Longest Married Couple” distinction with Bill and Mary Loos. Photos of this event in Cape Girardeau may be found HERE. Photos of this event in Springfield may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)
61 YEARS OF MARRIAGE—Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner posed for a photo with Bp. Edward Rice during the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration Feb. 19 in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. The Kluesners shared the “Longest Married Couple” distinction with Bill and Mary Loos. Photos of this event in Cape Girardeau may be found HERE. Photos of this event in Springfield may be found HERE. (Photo by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice recently celebrated two annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations. One was held in Springfield on Feb. 12 while the other was celebrated the afternoon of Feb. 19 in Cape Girardeau. These events allow couples and their families to come together to affirm and witness to the gift of marriage to the Church, communities, and society. Representing some 6,247 years of marriage, 149 couples and their families participated in these recent liturgies and receptions. The longest married couples were designated to cut the cakes. In Springfield, Vernon and Ann Cashel, celebrating 70 years, cut the cake with Bishop Rice. The honor was shared in Cape Girardeau as two couples, Bernard and Dorothy Kluesner and William and Mary Loos, both will mark 61 years of marriage in 2017. Read more

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Theology on Tap with Bishop

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THEOLOGY ON TAP—Participants, including Mary Ann Hennecke, listened as Bishop Edward Rice spoke to students of Catholic Campus Ministry in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 16. Held at Bella Italia, the “Theology on Tap” session allowed time for conversation with Bp. Rice and refreshments. Photos of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)
THEOLOGY ON TAP—Participants, including Mary Ann Hennecke, listened as Bishop Edward Rice spoke to students of Catholic Campus Ministry in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 16. Held at Bella Italia, the “Theology on Tap” session allowed time for conversation with Bp. Rice and refreshments. (Photos by Harrison Backer/The Mirror)

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Bishop visits Saint Francis Healthcare System

NEONATAL CARE—Dr. Karlyle Christian-Ritter (left) introduced a Level III NICU infant to Bp. Edward M. Rice and Steven C. Bjelich, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO on Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy of SFHS)
NEONATAL CARE—Dr. Karlyle Christian-Ritter (left) introduced a Level III NICU infant to Bp. Edward M. Rice and Steven C. Bjelich, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO on Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy of SFHS)

Saint Francis Medical Center was recently honored with the Aim for Excellence Award (AIM) from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Saint Francis won in the small and large metropolitan statistical area hospitals category with a quality improvement initiative to reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) rates by 50 percent in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is the first year of the award which recognizes progress toward the Triple Aim—better health, improved care, and lower cost. Read more

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Marian Conference being held at St. Mary Cathedral Parish

Parishioners are invited to the first Marian Conference at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau on April 28-29, 2017. The agenda for the conference includes five speakers, Mass, Adoration, Confession, the Rosary, and spiritual resources. The Marian Conference will convene Friday afternonn with Adoration at 4 p.m., sign-in and finger foods at 5 p.m., speakers, Mass, and will close at 9:30 p.m.  Saturday’s  activities will begin with Adoration at 6 a.m., Mass at 7 a.m., donuts and coffee at 7:30 a.m., speakers, Lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by the afternoon program, and will conclude with the regular 4.p.m. parish Mass. Childcare will be available during the conference. To watch a video infomercial on the conference go to this link:  https://vimeo.com/198378706  ADMISSION AND ALL REFRESHMENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE!!   PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. For more information, or to make a donation to support the Marian Conference, please contact St. Mary Cathedral at (573) 335-9347.

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NDHS athletes donate $2,000 to ‘Pink Up’ campaign

ATHLETES GIVE BACK—Notre Dame Regional High School, Athletes Give Back (AGB) organization presented a check for $2,000 to the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation, “Pink Up” campaign. Student athletes, Taylor Allen, Ben Womack, Anna Kate Klueppel, Lindsay Parker, and Allie Ziegler, presented the check to Laura Boos Probst, Notre Dame Class of ‘09, of the Saint Francis Foundation. (??) 

ATHLETES GIVE BACK—Notre Dame Regional High School, Athletes Give Back (AGB) organization, presented a check for $2,000 to the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation, “Pink Up” campaign. Student athletes, Taylor Allen, Ben Womack, Anna Kate Klueppel, Lindsay Parker, and Allie Ziegler, presented the check to Laura Boos Probst, Notre Dame Class of ‘09, of the Saint Francis Foundation. (Submitted photo)

 

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Women tackle home repairs in Cape Girardeau

BIBLE STUDY TO HOME REPAIRS—One of the women’s bible study groups at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau volunteers with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri providing home repair services. Pictured are Jill Morris, Corrie Young, Lyn Mueller, Lisa Seabaugh, Bridget Ringstaff, Maria Gates, Michelle Pappas, Dana Parker, Melissa McGuire, Debbie Baumgart, and Lori Powderly. After prayer and discernment, the women setpped out of their comfort zones in order to learn new skills and volunteer with Catholic Charities one Friday a month. (The Mirror)
BIBLE STUDY TO HOME REPAIRS—One of the women’s bible study groups at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau volunteers with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri providing home repair services. Pictured are Jill Morris, Corrie Young, Lyn Mueller, Lisa Seabaugh, Bridget Ringstaff, Maria Gates, Michelle Pappas, Dana Parker, Melissa McGuire, Debbie Baumgart, and Lori Powderly. After prayer and discernment, the women setpped out of their comfort zones in order to learn new skills and volunteer with Catholic Charities one Friday a month. (The Mirror)

The Friday morning women’s bible study group of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau is hungry—not for kettle beef or peach cobbler—but hungry to put their love of Christ into action. Members of the group have been coming together every Friday to pray and study the Word of God. They have had many discussions about how to give back—how to put their faith into action.

“[We] had been praying that the Lord lead us in the right direction,” said Lisa Seabaugh. “Then one day over the summer I happened across a newsletter from Catholic Charities. I’m not sure where I got it. But after seeing all they did, I thought this could be the Lord pointing us where we needed to be.” Read more

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Finding God as a college student

STUDENTS ‘AWAKEN’ TO CHRIST—Fifty college students recently experienced an Awakening retreat at Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Meg Garner/The Mirror)
STUDENTS ‘AWAKEN’ TO CHRIST—Fifty college students recently experienced an Awakening retreat at Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Robert Hendrix/The Mirror)

Awakening retreat held at Southeast Missouri State University

“I loved getting out into the fresh autumn atmosphere in the woods to better hear God’s voice and to encounter His love for me,” said Madison Heisserer, one of the 50 college students that attended the annual Awakening retreat hosted by Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). Awakening is a peer-led retreat for college students facilitated by college students in hopes to lead participants closer to Christ. Read more

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Saint Francis awards 23 healthcare scholarships

HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS—Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary, Cape Girardeau, awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 area students on Aug. 5. Pictured were (front) Katy Weston, Morgan Hileman, Jenna Hawkins, Olivia Renner, Morgan Schumer, Ryan O’Rear and Sara Pilsner; (second row) Angela Dickinson, Rachel Hearnes, Shea Scholl, Alexis Engelhart, Emma Steffens and Brianna Lueders; (back row) Abigail Breite, Ethan Seyer, Cody Likens, Joshua Friess and Dana Thiele. Each student received $1,250 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. (Submitted photo)
HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS—Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary, Cape Girardeau, awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 area students on Aug. 5. Pictured were (front) Katy Weston, Morgan Hileman, Jenna Hawkins, Olivia Renner, Morgan Schumer, Ryan O’Rear and Sara Pilsner; (second row) Angela Dickinson, Rachel Hearnes, Shea Scholl, Alexis Engelhart, Emma Steffens, and Brianna Lueders; (back row) Abigail Breite, Ethan Seyer, Cody Likens, Joshua Friess, and Dana Thiele. Each student received $1,250 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. (Submitted photo)

Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on Aug. 5. Each student received $1,250 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.

The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980. Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary fund the program. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $579,000 in education scholarships to college students in an effort to encourage participation in professional healthcare careers. Scholarship recipients must have completed at least one year in an accredited healthcare program and be currently enrolled, maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and complete the application and essay requirements by the scheduled deadline. They must also reside within the Saint Francis service area, as defined in the application. Read more

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SEMO football supports Pink Up with jersey auction

PINK UP FOR BREAST CANCER—Southeast Football head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz revealed the 2016 Pink Up game jerseys to the Redhawks football team on Aug. 11. The jerseys will be auctioned off and personalized with the winners’ names then worn during a special Pink Up game on Oct. 29. Proceeds from the auction benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Dig for Life fund to provide lifesaving screenings and other cancer services to local residents who otherwise could not afford them. The auction is Online through Oct. 8 at www.pinkupcape.com. (Photo by Saint Francis Medical Center)
PINK UP FOR BREAST CANCER—Southeast Football head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz revealed the 2016 Pink Up game jerseys to the Redhawks football team on Aug. 11. The jerseys will be auctioned off and personalized with the winners’ names then worn during a special Pink Up game on Oct. 29. Proceeds from the auction benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Dig for Life fund to provide lifesaving screenings and other cancer services to local residents who otherwise could not afford them. The auction is Online through Oct. 8 at www.pinkupcape.com. (Photo by Saint Francis Medical Center)

The Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) football team recently revealed special new Pink Up jerseys to be worn during the annual Pink Up game on Oct. 29. The jerseys will be available for purchase through an Online auction now until Oct. 8 to raise money for Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Pink Up campaign.

This collaboration, led by head coach Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz, is a way for Southeast football to celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battles with cancer.

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