20th Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration in Saint Francis Medical Center marked Oct. 6

HOMILY--Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht listened as Bp. James V. Johnston presented the homily Oct. 6 in Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Ron Kirby)
HOMILY–Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht listened as Bp. James V. Johnston presented the homily Oct. 6 in Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Ron Kirby)
20TH ANNIVERSARY--Betty Hopen greeted Msgr. Richard Rolwing Oct. 6 after the liturgy marking 20 years of Perpetual Adoration and Exposition in Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau.  Over 200 participated in the Mass and dinner held in Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Ron Kirby)
20TH ANNIVERSARY–Betty Hopen greeted Msgr. Richard Rolwing Oct. 6 after the liturgy marking 20 years of Perpetual Adoration and Exposition in Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau. Over 200 participated in the Mass and dinner held in Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Ron Kirby)

Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., and Bp.-Emeritus John Leibrecht recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration in Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau. The liturgy was held at noon on Sun., Oct. 6, in Old St. Vincent Church with dinner following.

The Vincentian Prayer Group in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, instituted Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in the parish in 1991, when they began the First Friday Exposition. This effort soon spread to St. Mary Cathedral Parish, Cape Girardeau, having a First Sunday Exposition, and to Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson having a last Thursday Exposition. Other parishes in the area have since followed suit with weekly Exposition. Read more

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Cape Girardeau native Fr. Jim Seyer dies Oct. 26

Fr. James Seyer
Fr. James Seyer

Fr. James Andrew Gabriel Seyer, 88, of Cape Girardeau, died Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, in The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Thu., Oct. 31, 2013, in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, with principal celebrant Bp. James V. Johnston. Concelebrating the liturgy was Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and numerous priests and deacons.
Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, in Cape Girardeau.

Fr. Seyer was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, to Joseph J. and Pauline J. (Dohogne) Seyer.
He was raised in St. Mary Parish, attended grade school in St. Mary Grade School, and had a fondness for St. Mary Cathedral Parish, where he served for several years as associate pastor. Read more

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Notre Dame has 3 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

MERIT SCHOLARS--Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, has three National Merit Scholars semi-finalists: Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, Claire Schafer. (Submitted photo)
MERIT SCHOLARS–Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, has three National Merit Scholars semi-finalists: Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, Claire Schafer. (Submitted photo)

Notre Dame Regional High School proudly boasts three of the 16,000 students across the nation who have earned the prestigious distinction of being National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. Madison Baumgart, Abby Ritter, and Claire Schaefer, all seniors, now advance to the competition for finalist status. Read more

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Annual Golf Tournament benefits families at Saint Francis

MORNING FLIGHT--The winners of the morning championship flight of the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament held at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO were Drew Anthon, Bill Tegel, John Hauck , and Kevin Simmons. (Submitted photo)
MORNING FLIGHT–The winners of the morning championship flight of the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament held at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, MO were Drew Anthon, Bill Tegel, John Hauck , and Kevin Simmons. (Submitted photo)

More than 260 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 26th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament on Aug. 23 at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson. Funds raised support patients and their families at Saint Francis Medical Center.

“This and other fundraising efforts by The Friends help Saint Francis reaffirm our mission and the people we care for,” says Linda H. Decker, executive director of Saint Francis Foundation. “Gifts to the Foundation go directly to our patients, their families, and members of our community. We are very fortunate to have the support of so many dedicated volunteers and contributors–they make all our efforts possible.” Read more

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Kiblinger professes first vows as Jesuit

JESUIT--David Kiblinger, SJ, (center) professed first vows as a Jesuit on Sat., Aug. 17. He is pictured with his parents, Mark and Debbie Kiblinger, members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Tom Rochford, SJ)
JESUIT–David Kiblinger, SJ, (center) professed first vows as a Jesuit on Sat., Aug. 17. He is pictured with his parents, Mark and Debbie Kiblinger, members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Tom Rochford, SJ)

Nine men professed first vows as Jesuits during a Mass on Sat., Aug. 17, 2013 in St. Charles Borromeo Church in Grand Coteau, LA, culminating the first phase of Jesuit formation in the novitiate at St. Charles College. Among those making a first profession was David Kiblinger, 27, from Cape Girardeau, MO, who has bachelor’s degrees in physics and math from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and a master’s degree in theology from Villanova (Penn.) University. Kiblinger is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau.

This year’s group of novices, who made first vows of poverty, chasity, and obedience, is historic: They are the last to be identified by the Missouri or New Orleans province from which they originated.

Subsequent novice groups at the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Stanislaus Kostka at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau will be part of the Central and Southern Province, when New Orleans and Missouri merge in 2014. Read more

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Become a Charter Member of CCSOMO

CHARTER MEMBERS--Bp. James V. Johnston presented a framed Episcopal Blessing to Wanda Drury, a Charter Member of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Charter Members “make the love of Christ visible to those in need through their generous and vital support of CCSOMO,” as the Episcopal Blessing notes. Charter Membership closes Dec. 31, 2013. (Submitted photo)
CHARTER MEMBERS–Bp. James V. Johnston presented a framed Episcopal Blessing to Wanda Drury, a Charter Member of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Charter Members “make the love of Christ visible to those in need through their generous and vital support of CCSOMO,” as the Episcopal Blessing notes. Charter Membership closes Dec. 31, 2013. (Submitted photo)

Charter Membership is still open for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO).

Charter Membership is an opportunity for individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses to provide a solid foundation for CCSOMO as it becomes established and expands its program base. Read more

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May crowning in St. Vincent de Paul School

MAY CROWNING--Many schools throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau held May Crownings in order to honor Mary. One such celebration was during an all-school Mass held May 2 in St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau: Jordan Huff crowned a statue of Mary and was assisted by Jack Essner. The eighth grade class was responsible for Mass preparation. (Submitted photo)
MAY CROWNING–Many schools throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau held May Crownings in order to honor Mary. One such celebration was during an all-school Mass held May 2 in St. Vincent de Paul School, Cape Girardeau: Jordan Huff crowned a statue of Mary and was assisted by Jack Essner. The eighth grade class was responsible for Mass preparation. (Submitted photo)

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.

May crowning

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

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Corpus Christi Procession, Cape Girardeau, Sun., June 2

2012 CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION--Bp. James V. Johnston carried the monstrance during the 2012 Corpus Christi Procession in Springfield. Make plans to participate in the 2013 procession to be held in Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Emily Stahl Kelly for The Mirror)
2012 CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION–Bp. James V. Johnston carried the monstrance during the 2012 Corpus Christi Procession in Springfield. Make plans to participate in the 2013 procession to be held in Cape Girardeau. (Photo by Emily Stahl Kelly for The Mirror)

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 dexter.sacred.heart@gmail.com.

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