The Catholic Church has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus. Mary is recognized a model of faith and discipleship for all Christians to imitate. When Jesus, from the cross, entrusted the Apostle, St. John, with the care of His mother, Catholics believe that Mary became our mother as well. Catholics do not worship Mary or consider her to be a goddess. Catholics recognize that mothers can have great influence over their children, and as such, we pray to Mary to intercede with her Son on our behalf.
During the month of May, it is a tradition in the Church to honor Mary, our mother, by placing crowns of spring blossoms on the head of a statue that depicts her image, wherein the participants give thanks to Mary for bringing Jesus into the world, and pray for her guidance along the path that will lead to her Son. Read more
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is coordinating a Corpus Christi procession on Sun., June 2, 2013. The Eucharistic procession will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, in Cape Girardeau, and will conclude at Old St. Vincent Church. Parish groups are encouraged to participate and help in a variety of ways including setting up two Benediction altars along the route, handing out water bottles, and organizing a small reception following the procession. Parish choirs are also invited to provide music along the route. Interested parties can contact Fr. David Dohogne via Email by Fri., May 24 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau this Easter, 223 were brought into the Church of Southern Missouri. Seventy-six received the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, while 147 candidates, those already baptized in another faith tradition, made a profession of faith and celebrated confirmation and Eucharist. This photo gallery highlights St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, during the Easter Vigil and its reception of 10 candidates and five elect (catechumens). Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant with Fr. Tom Kiefer, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, and Msgr. William Stanton concelebrating. (All photos by Dan Williams) Read more
Upcoming retreats for young Catholics have February registration deadlines
A movement began in the Catholic Church in the years following the Second Vatican Council that has proven to produce numerous spiritual fruits in the lives of countless youth and young adults. Inspired by the Church’s “renewed vision” and focus on the Paschal Mystery in the mid-1960s, Fr. Matthew Fedewa of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, helped design a retreat program to share that vision and focus with young Catholics.
Begun in 1965, Fr. Fedewa’s retreat program became Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and eventually grew into an international program, expanding to even offer Troops Encounter Christ weekends on US military bases. Hundreds of thousands of people, in dozens of dioceses across several countries, have embraced the TEC experience and walked away with a renewed fervor for life and love for Christ. Read more
On Aug. 18, Bp. James V. Johnston and the community of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, blessed and dedicated 11 classrooms in St. Vincent de Paul Grade School, a music room, a new cafeteria and kitchen, a large tornado resistant corridor, selected renovation and seismic retrofit of the older areas of the school—including handicapped accessibility, an extra parking area, and entrance canopies. Additionally, air conditioning was added to the DePaul Center gym.
“As we celebrate the joyful dedication of our new facilities, parishioners and friends of St. Vincent de Paul Parish are to be commended for their vision, financial support, and prayers in making our parish expansion a reality,” said Fr. David Hulshof, pastor. “We have been on a five-year journey and I express my sincere gratitude and thanks for the efforts of so many!”
Discussions involving parish expansion started in 2007 and a capital campaign officially began in October 2010 to meet the estimated cost of the $4,150,000 project undertaken by Columbia Construction.
Friday was a special day at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace as eleven bundles of joy made their appearances on perhaps the most memorable date of the year. Starting at 7:33 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011, the babies continued to arrive throughout the day, with number 11 showing up at 5:55 p.m.
Saint Francis averages about five deliveries each day and the 11 born on Saturday set a new record. The eleven babies, by time delivered, are:
7:33 a.m.–Payton Lee Simpson
8:17 a.m.–Colby Steven Fenwick
8:58 a.m.–Zarianna Yvonne Ricks
10:48 a.m.–Saylor Faye Rusher
11:37 a.m.–Peyton Lane Cowger
12:28 p.m.–Alyissah Skye Bolden
1:28 p.m.–Lincoln Daniel Peek (twin)
2:01 p.m.–Isabella Marie Grimes
2:04 p.m.–Jackson Dylan Peek (twin)
4:09 p.m.–Alexander Lee Abt
5:55 p.m.–Cael August Berry
Lance Berry, new father of Cael August–baby number 11–says he and his wife were not planning for a Nov. 11 birth, but Cael had other plans. Making the date even more special, Berry currently serves in the U.S. Navy as a recruiter, and his new son was born on Veteran’s Day.
Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace offers expecting parents an individual, family-centered birthing experience in a comfortable, medically advanced environment. The Family BirthPlace features the region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by three board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists who care for premature and critically ill newborns; a highly experienced staff; the region’s first LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) suites; and comfortable surroundings with homelike amenities, including the Family Room, a 500-square-foot hospitality suite that features the comforts of home used by families awaiting the arrival of their newest addition. Saint Francis is proud to be the only employer in Missouri ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list for four consecutive years–2008-2011.