Historic Village of Pinhook rebuilds with help from CCSOMO

SEVEN YEARS OF WAITING—At long last, former residents of Pinhook Village broke ground Jan. 26 on new homes after a levee was blown by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011 to alleviate disastrous flooding to a more populated area along the Mississippi. (The Mirror)
SEVEN YEARS OF WAITING—At long last, former residents of Pinhook Village broke ground Jan. 26 on seven new homes in Sikeston after a levee was blown by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011 to alleviate disastrous flooding to a more populated area along the Mississippi. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

Faith-based agencies, as well as government and community agencies, partner to rebuild homes destroyed in 2011

There is a beauty that is inherent in the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) as it labors to improve the lives of those in southern Missouri who need it the most. That beauty was clearly found in the faces and the voices of the former residents of the Village of Pinhook, MO, on Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, when they were able to break ground for what will soon be seven new homes in Sikeston, MO. Read more

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Mhoon awarded MCC Citizen Recognition Award

CITIZEN RECOGNITION AWARD—Despite being hospitalized, Margaret Ann Mhoon received her Citizen Recognition Award from the Missouri Catholic Conference. Bishop Edward Rice presented the award to Mhoon in Southeast Hospital on Dec. 1.  The annual award from the MCC recognizes individuals who promote the dignity of human life through Catholic principles. Mhoon is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston. (The Mirror)
CITIZEN RECOGNITION AWARD—Despite being hospitalized, Margaret Ann Mhoon received her Citizen Recognition Award from the Missouri Catholic Conference. Bishop Edward Rice presented the award to Mhoon in Southeast Hospital on Dec. 1. The annual award from the MCC recognizes individuals who promote the dignity of human life through Catholic principles. Mhoon is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston. (The Mirror)

Margaret Ann Mhoon is the diocesan recipient of the 2016 Citizen Recognition Award bestowed annually by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC). Mhoon is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston. Normally the award is presented at the MCC Annual Assembly, however, Mhoon was unable to attend the event, so Bishop Edward M. Rice presented the award on Dec. 1. There was to be an assembly that morning in her honor at St. Francis Xavier School, however Mhoon was hospitalized for testing in Southeast Hospital. Bishop Rice presented her with the award bedside at the hospital. Read more

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Bishop meets with consecrated Religious of diocese

‘Our souls magnify the Lord’

60TH ANNIVERSARY—Sr. Maureen Elfrink, OSF, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, headquartered in Wheaton, IL, will celebrate 60 years as a woman religious in 2014. She is pictured with Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., on Feb. 2. Although officially retired, Sr. Elfrink volunteers her time in Cape Girardeau, including serving in Saint Francis Medical Center and the St. Mary Cathedral/Old St. Vincent Church Catholic Social Ministry Food Pantry. (Submitted photo)
60TH ANNIVERSARY—Sr. Maureen Elfrink, OSF, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, headquartered in Wheaton, IL, will celebrate 60 years as a woman religious in 2014. She is pictured with Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., on Feb. 2. Although officially retired, Sr. Elfrink volunteers her time in Cape Girardeau, including serving in Saint Francis Medical Center and the St. Mary Cathedral/Old St. Vincent Church Catholic Social Ministry Food Pantry. (Submitted photo)

Bishop James V. Johnston recently met with the consecrated Religious of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in a pair of gatherings: Feb. 2 (World Day for Consecrated Life) in St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and Feb. 8 in the Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center, Springfield. Held annually, the days are a time for the diocesan Religious serving in various ministries throughout southern Missouri to come together with Bishop Johnston and one another for a day of reflection, prayer, and fellowship. Those celebrating significant anniversaries of his or her vocation in 2014 were also recognized. Read more

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Biking for Babies makes pit stop at St. Francis Parish Center

BIKING FOR BABIES--On a 1,100-mile trek from New Orleans to Chicago, pro-life Bikers for Babies, made a pit stop in St. Francis Parish Center, Sikeston, where they had Mass, a meal, and were offered shelter by host families. Two of the cyclists were Cory and Brittany Ross, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston. They also serve the parishes on the youth ministry core team.  (Photo by Monica Goodin)
BIKING FOR BABIES–On a 1,100-mile trek from New Orleans to Chicago, pro-life Bikers for Babies, made a pit stop in St. Francis Parish Center, Sikeston, where they had Mass, a meal, and were offered shelter by host families. Two of the cyclists were Cory and Brittany Ross, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sikeston, and St. Henry Parish, Charleston. They also serve the parishes on the youth ministry core team. (Photo by Monica Goodin)

Local resource center benefits

For the fifth consecutive year, the Biking for Babies initiative assembled a team of 15 ‘twenty-something’-aged men and women who pedaled to promote the sacredness of motherhood and the gift of life while campaigning for pregnancy centers across the country. Two of the cyclists, Cory and Brittany Ross, are parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Henry Parish, in Sikeston and Charleston. They also serve on the youth ministry core team. Read more

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BUDS program in Sikeston works to mentor at­-risk youth ages 9­-17

BUDS: Helping kids, one at a time

BUDS

BUDS, which stands for Building Understanding, Developing Success, is a new mentoring program being offered by Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) in its Sikeston office. The BUDS program works with volunteers ages 21 and older to mentor at-risk youth ages 9-17, within the four-county area of Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott, and Stoddard counties. Youth are matched with volunteers who live nearby and have similar interests. Read more

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