The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. Read more
Youth in Parish School of Religion (PSR) classes Sun., Oct. 2, prayed the rosary in honor of and in welcome to Bp. Edward M. Rice. Bp. Rice was installed the seventh bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1, 2016. Teachers and students gathered around the statue of the Blessed Mother, Mary, on the grounds of St. Francis de Sales Parish, in Lebanon, and prayed for Bp. Rice’s leadership, health, and success in shepherding the parishes and missions of the diocese. Over 50 youth, PSR teachers, and parents were in attendance.
Becoming more intentional in prayer efforts, on Wed., Sept. 28, the St. Francis De Sales Youth Group invited parishioners to a “See You At The Pole” event. Youth organized a Mass and afterward participants gathered around the flagpole to offer prayers for our nation, our schools, our families, teachers, leaders, Pope Francis, Bp. Rice, and all clergy and religious. The evening closed with over 47 participants gathered in the Mumford Building at the parish for fellowship and good food.
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) 156 was held in St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lebanon Aug. 2-4, 2014. Twenty-three candidates and three adult observers joined 27 adult and teen team members as they had the opportunity to encounter and integrate the Paschal Mystery in their lives, while making new friends and having some fun. Read more
Freed by love, acting for justice
The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs) have a great saying, “Where one BVM is, we are all there.” And although we have not had a large number of sisters serving in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, we have consistently experienced the presence of our larger Congregation through prayer, personal support, financial aid, and a variety of volunteers. Actually, there is hardly a BVM who does not know about Missouri’s Bootheel and the Ozarks! Annual fundraisers for the poor, volunteerism from our BVM Associates and friends, and our BVM communities in St. Louis have supported us during the past 35 years “down here” in southern Missouri.
Serving in southern Missouri is very much a part of our Congregation’s charism, history, and tradition. In the 1840s, our early Sisters made their way up the Mississippi with Bp. Mathias Loras to Dubuque, IA. Having endured persecution in Philadelphia for almost a decade, they were called anew to serve the pioneers “out west in Iowa.” Like many American foundations they were not monastic and so easily formed small community groups wherever and whenever needed. “Go anywhere and do anything for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls,” was our foundress’s message. Read more