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
Few people get more excited, or are as precious, than children.
When students in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Cape Girardeau heard that Pope Francis had named the new Bishop for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, they got busy.
The preschool and kindergarten class made a sign of welcome for Bishop-designate Edward Rice—on poster board with rice—that was presented to him along with a card at the press conference announcing him on April 27. They had also written out answers to the question, “What does a Bishop do?” and those answeres were affixed to the reverse of the sign.
To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. Pope Francis had only named him the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau a day before on April 26. Bishop-designate Rice was in Springfield and Cape Girardeau less than two days in order to greet the people of the Church in Southern Missouri. He will be installed in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.
Upon his arrival, Principal Brother David Migliorino, OSF, greeted Bishop-designate Rice, who walked into the school to thunderous applause. He was quickly given a school hat and t-shirt, ushering him in as a honorary Notre Dame ‘Bulldog.’ Bishop-designate Rice quickly put it on and greeted the students concerning his excitement about being the next bishop. He talked to them briefly about the gift of Catholic education and their discipleship. He blessed them, they said the school prayer together, and he was given an all-school cheer!
“I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!”
Watch the video here of Bishop-designate at Notre Dame.
Fr. J. Friedel believes in the value of higher education and the value of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), Cape Girardeau.
“I believe that the Church and higher education are a fertile meeting ground for discussing the big issues in life,” Fr. Friedel said, recognizing that this is a time in many students’ lives in which they are contemplating who they are, what they want to be, what they want to do, and where they want to do it.
“I love when students engage in those issues,” Fr. Friedel said. Read more
CCSOMO is helping with immediate needs, temporary housing, home repairs, and long-term case management
Flooding of historic proportions affected almost all of southern Missouri from Dec. 23 through Jan. 9, 2016.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) quickly partnered with other relief organizations, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, to meet the immediate needs of those suffering. Representatives from CCSOMO attended numerous county Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) meetings throughout the diocese to discuss and plan activities. Staffers also attended multiple Resource Fairs and Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) to personally meet with disaster victims.
The annual Activity Week was held at Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, the week of Sept. 21-25. It raised over $265,000 toward the school budget.
Many activities involving students, staff, parents, and the community, selling magazine subscriptions, candy, car washes, etc., was a tremendous success. This was the first time the Notre Dame Student per capita was over $500. Read more
Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary in Cape Girardeau awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on July 31. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.
An opportunity for prayer, reflection, fraternity, and discussion for Catholic men will soon be offered at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau. Organizers of the event—billed as “Catholic Man Night”—hope to see other parishes in the eastern region of the diocese host the event in the future.
The first “Catholic Man Night” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thu., Sept. 24 at the cathedral. The evening will begin with a period of Eucharistic Adoration and a short reflection by a priest or deacon. Following Benediction, the men will gather in the parish hall for social time and a ‘manly meal’ catered by one of the local Knights of Columbus councils. During the meal, there will be discussion on a particular topic. The night will close with prayer and a blessing.