A little over a year ago, Sacred Heart Parish in Salem was in a dilemma: Their main office, which was housed in the rectory, proved no longer adequate for the needs of the faith community. But, God provided and through the donation of a late parishioner, Ellen Cissell, the parish acquired a building that was right across the street from the church. Generously, that building now serves as the main parish office for all activities related to daily parish business, meetings, counseling, and sacramental preparation. Read more
When Beverly Roos planned to take her 10-year-old granddaughter on the Holy Door Pilgrimage throughout southern Missouri, they thought it would be a fun outing. It turned out to be a journey of prayer for a new life in the family.
When Teresa Matthews agreed to go on the pilgrimage with her mother, Gail, of Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, she thought it would be a way to strengthen family bonds. It turned out to be a pathway for Teresa back to the faith.
‘The Church exists to evangelize’
The above is a quote from Pope Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Nuntiandi” (“The Church in the Modern World”) promulgated in 1975. Some five years ago, the parish council at Sacred Heart Parish, Salem, was discussing the encyclical and looking at ways in which the parish could better evangelize. One of the methods discussed was the possibility of having a Catholic radio station. Read more