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
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
With assistance from one of their school’s alumnus, students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Sikeston will receive a technology boost in their education this school year.
Charles B. Luber, chief executive officer of the Lay Family Foundation, presented a check for $45,000 to the Sikeston school during a back-to-school open house Aug. 17. The funds will be used to purchase 72 iPads for all teachers and students in the upper grades.
In addition to the iPads, the school received a charging cart for the iPads, a traveling classroom set of iPads, cases for each iPad, Apple Care, and projectors. St. Francis Xavier currently has 122 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades.
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
Dalton lives off the highway in a rural Missouri town. The 16-year-old is being raised by his grandparents. While he plays sports and is a fair student, Dalton lives with anger and a mental-health diagnosis. He has been in the juvenile detention center three times and was referred to the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s (CCSOMO) Mentoring Program —Building Understanding, Developing Success Mentoring Program (BUDS). Enter volunteer mentor, Marvin. Read more
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
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