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
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
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
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.
Cursillo is back in the Diocese!
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will once again have an active Cursillo Secretariat and two, three-day weekends are planned in early 2017.
Cursillo is a unique program of spiritual growth that was started in 1944 in Majorca, Spain, and by the 1970s had spread throughout the Church in the United States, including the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese. Interest waned locally once the movement lost a location at which to hold its own weekend encounters. The last diocesan Cursillo Weekend held in 2009. However, groups have been participating in Cursillo Weekend in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Read more
The annual Catholic Scouting Awards ceremony was held in Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau, on May 5, with Fr. Allan Saunders, pastor, presenting the awards to the youth. The Scouts receiving Catholic Scouting awards included youth who were from St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson.
Fr. Patrick Nwokoye is the Diocesan Chaplain for Catholic Scouting.
A Relics of the Passion tour made its way to Springfield and Cape Girardeau recently. Relics of the True Cross were present in St. Mary Cathedral on June 4 and in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Springfield, on June 5. The unique collection of relics was brought together in a program of meditations, music, and prayer in order to draw participants of all ages to a deeper faith and understanding of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notre Dame Regional High School recently released the inductees or its Athletics Hall of Fame and its Performing and Visual Arts (PAVA) Hall of Fame. The honorees are:
Athletes Hall of Fame
Ray Reinagel graduated from Notre Dame Regional High School (NDHS) in 1976. He played basketball for three years and lettered all four years in baseball. Reinagel was MVP his senior year. He went on to play a year of baseball at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), and became very active in men’s fast pitch where his teams have won numerous state, regional & national titles. In 1995, his team won the gold medal in the final Olympics sports festival in Denver, CO. In 2010, Reinagel was elected to the Missouri ASA softball Hall of Fame. He stays very active in softball by coaching several girls teams during the summer and in 2003 became the assistant softball coach at Notre Dame. During that 13-year time period they have won 322 games, won 10 district titles, made seven final four appearances and have one state championship. Read more
Along with 160 golfers, more than 30 volunteers turned out for the 13th Annual Ken Hayden Memorial Golf Tournament. Held at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO, the event raised more than $73,000 in support of patients and their families at Saint Francis Healthcare System.
Since its inception in 2004, the tournament has generated over $686,000, helping Saint Francis regional patients and their families. The tournament is named in memory of Ken Hayden, who died in 2002, and who loved helping people and playing golf. Hayden was a member of Saint Francis Medical Center Board of Directors and the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. Read more