St. Vincent de Paul Parish launches monthly ‘First Sunday’ ministry

CHILDCARE AT FIRST SUNDAY--Childcare is available for First Sunday liturgies in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. Over 150 participated in the first First Sunday experience on Dec. 1, which included liturgy, faith formation for youth and adults, food, and fellowship. The next First Sunday is Jan. 5, 2014. (Submitted photo)
CHILDCARE AT FIRST SUNDAY–Childcare is available for First Sunday liturgies in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau. Over 150 participated in the first First Sunday experience on Dec. 1, which included liturgy, faith formation for youth and adults, food, and fellowship. The next First Sunday is Jan. 5, 2014. (Submitted photo)

St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, is beginning a 5 p.m. First Sunday Mass that includes contemporary praise and worship, witness, and formation for adults and youth, food, and fellowship.

“Beginning on the First Sunday of December, which is literally Dec. 1 this year, we will initiate a parish effort called ‘First Sunday,’” said pastor Fr. David Hulshof in an address to parishioners. “This parish effort, which will take place on each First Sunday of the month, will incorporate the celebration of Sunday Mass at 5 p.m. followed by faith formation for both youth and adults from 6-7 p.m.” Read more

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FOCUS Team at Southeast Missouri State University

FOCUS MISSIONARIES--Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., recently visited with the FOCUS missionary team working with Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Pictured with Bishop Johnston were Buster Adams, Maria Crippen, Vicky Allison, and team director Justin Manion. (Submitted photo)
FOCUS MISSIONARIES–Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., recently visited with the FOCUS missionary team working with Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. Pictured with Bishop Johnston were Buster Adams, Maria Crippen, Vicky Allison, and team director Justin Manion. (Submitted photo)

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., recently visited with the FOCUS missionary team working with Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.

Founded in 1998, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) work in collaboration with local Catholic Campus Ministries in order to serve students on campus. FOCUS Missionaries are recent college graduates who make a two-year commitment to service. The main goal of a FOCUS missionary is to launch college students into the lifelong Catholic mission. They do that primarily by leading Bible studies, retreats, group events on campus, and mentoring students one-on-one, in order to walk with them in discipleship with Jesus. Missionaries also help students develop skills toward evangelization and reaching out to their peers. While each FOCUS missionary makes a two-year commitment, the campus upon which they serve can change every year. Four FOCUS missionaries are currently serving at Catholic Campus Ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau, MO: Justin Manion, team director, and Buster Adams are each in their second year at SEMO; Maria Crippen and Vicky Allision are first-year FOCUS missionaries at SEMO. FOCUS is currently serving students at 83 campuses across the US involving over 250 missionaries. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focus.org.

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All-schools Mass held in Cape Girardeau

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Bp. James V. Johnston presided at an All-schools Mass in Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau on Mon., Oct. 28, the feast of Sts. Simon and Jude. Faculty, students, and clergy from area parishes and schools joined the bishop and the faculty and students of Notre Dame for the liturgy. In his homily, Bp. Johnston encouraged the students to model their lives after the apostles, reminding those present that “because of their faith and fidelity, we get to live the Faith today.” The students expressed their appreciation to Bp. Johnston at the conclusion of the liturgy, presenting him with several gifts and a performance by a Notre Dame High School choir.

ALL-SCHOOLS MASS--Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated an All-schools Mass with area Catholic schools on Mon., Oct. 28, in Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau. Pictured on the altar with Bishop Johnston were Deacon Robbie R. Huff, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; Fr. David Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau ; Fr. Michael Casteel, pastor, St. Denis Parish, Benton, and St. Lawrence Parish, New Hamburg; Fr. Maria S. Thumma, associate pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston; Fr. Jose Thundathil Antoney, CMI, associate pastor St. Teresa Parish, Glennonville, and St. Ann Parish, Malden; and Fr. David Dohogne, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Dexter, St. Teresa Parish, Glennonville, and St. Ann Parish, Malden. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
ALL-SCHOOLS MASS–Bp. James V. Johnston celebrated an All-schools Mass with area Catholic schools on Mon., Oct. 28, in Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau. Pictured on the altar with Bishop Johnston were Deacon Robbie R. Huff, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau; Fr. David Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau ; Fr. Michael Casteel, pastor, St. Denis Parish, Benton, and St. Lawrence Parish, New Hamburg; Fr. Maria S. Thumma, associate pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston; Fr. Jose Thundathil Antoney, CMI, associate pastor St. Teresa Parish, Glennonville, and St. Ann Parish, Malden; and Fr. David Dohogne, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Dexter, St. Teresa Parish, Glennonville, and St. Ann Parish, Malden. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

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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

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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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