‘Dreamers’ visit diocesan religious

PEACE & JUSTICE—Susi, Rigo, Ginny, and Brayan, of St. Louis, accompanied Dr. Marie Kenyon, Director, Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in speaking to the gathering of diocesan women religious Feb. 16-17. Held at Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, the event’s central focus was on the issue of Immigration and the lived experiences of four youth who arrived in the US as children and who are presently protected under DACA legislation. (The Mirror)

Immigration central focus of gathering

At the invitation of Bp. Edward Rice, Sisters from the different congregations across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau gathered on Feb. 16-17 at Holy Trinity Parish in Springfield. The evening meal on Friday and social were provided by the Knights of Columbus Council #9533. This was the first opportunity for sisters to meet, greet, and get to know each other from East to the West in the diocese at one event. Normally, a gathering is held in Springfield and another gathering in Cape Girardeau. The event led to the discovery of new friends and finding out first-hand the happenings and ministries being undertaken in the different areas where religious sisters serve. Read more

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Catholic Man Night held in Springfield

MASS, MANLY MEAL, REFLECTION—While Catholic Man Night is being celebrated regularly in southeast Missouri, the first ever Catholic Man Night was held at St. Agnes Cathedral Parish in Springfield on March 22 with about 125 men attending. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photos by Miles Boyer Photography/The Mirror)

Over 125 men of all ages gathered the evening of March 22 for the first-ever Southwest Missouri Catholic Man Night held in the gymnasium of St. Agnes Catholic School. Mass celebrated by Bp. Edward Rice in St. Agnes Cathedral opened the event, concelebrated by several area priests and attending deacons. A meal followed in the St. Agnes gym, which included remarks from Bp. Rice on the roles and responsibilities of Catholic men. Keith Nanneman, Grand Knight of St. Agnes Knights of Columbus Council #13682, closed the event with a presentation about the nature of the “Catholic Man Night” program and the next steps necessary in order to keep the event going in the Springfield area.

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri named Non-Profit Organization of the Year

CCSOMO STAFF LEADERSHIP—Leadership for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) were all smiles March 1 after being awarded Non-Profit Organization of the Year (large) by Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Pictured were Maureen Jersak, CCSOMO Director of Communications; Mandy Long, Chief Development Officer; Michele Marsh Director of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO’s Executive Director; Cindy Waites, Director of Administration and PQI; and Jill Bryant, Volunteer Manager. (The Mirror)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) was named Non-Profit Organization of the Year (large), at the Southwest Missouri Non-Profit Excellence Awards ceremony held March 1. Three awards were presented in this category based on the size of the organization. The other two finalists included Convoy of Hope and Great Circle. Read more

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Social service agencies come together at Good Friday ‘Way of the Cross’

STATIONS OF THE CROSS—Dozens of worshippers gathered to walk the way of Jesus during the annual Good Friday Way of the Cross in Springfield at the historic Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on March 30. Now in its 10th year, the interdenominational and bilingual event gathered together various social service agencies and churches within the community to lead each “Station,” in order to highlight the command of Jesus to love and serve. Bishop Edward M. Rice closed the event. A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE.(Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)

Now in its 10th year, the annual Springfield Good Friday Way of the Cross was held at noon, on March 30, at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on historic Commercial Street. Several dozen gathered to pray and highlight the command of Jesus to love and serve.

“The Cross was carried from station-to-station by the various agencies engaged in assisting the poor and needy in the area,” said Sr. Francis Wessel, SSND, who helped coordinate the 2018 event. “Though initiated by the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the 10-year tradition is interdenominational and bilingual, and it engages various community personnel who meet a variety of needs for children and adults in our community.” Read more

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Annual Bishop’s Walk April 15: ‘Families Helping Families’

ANNUAL BISHOP’S WALK—The annual Catholic Charities Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families will be held in parishes throughout southern Missouri on Sun., April 15. Get a group together and walk with your parish family and help the most vulnerable of our neighbors. For more information and to register, log on to www.ccsomo.org.. (The Mirror)
ANNUAL BISHOP’S WALK—The annual Catholic Charities Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families will be held in parishes throughout southern Missouri on Sun., April 15. Get a group together and walk with your parish family and help the most vulnerable of our neighbors. For more information and to register, log on to www.ccsomo.org.. (The Mirror)

All across southern Missouri, the fourth annual “Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families” for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri will be held Sun., April 15. Bishop Edward Rice will walk at 2 p.m. on April 15 in Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO. Including the various events held in the many parishes and missions in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, walks will be held simultaneously that Sunday at 1 p.m. on the tracks of Springfield Catholic High School and at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. Everyone is encouraged to find a group and walk to help our neighbors most in need within the diocese. Read more

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Fr. Frank Palermo dies at age 88

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Father Frank C. Palermo, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, died on March 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. He was 88.

Father Palermo was born on Oct. 24, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, to the late Frank and Beatrice (Barona) Palermo. He attended Holy Cross Grade School and graduated from St. John Preparatory High School in Kansas City. He attended St. John Seminary in Kansas City and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis before being ordained for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on March 26, 1955, by Bp. Edwin V. O’Hara. Read more

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Students write love letters to parents

SEALED WITH A KISS—The USPS mail carrier helped kindergarten and first grade students in St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield, place postage on the love letters they wrote to their parents for Valentine’s Day during their Community Helpers unit. (The Mirror)
SEALED WITH A KISS—The USPS mail carrier helped kindergarten and first grade students in St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield, place postage on the love letters they wrote to their parents for Valentine’s Day during their Community Helpers unit. (The Mirror)

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Bishop celebrates Vietnamese Lunar New Year

YEAR OF THE DOG—Bishop Edward M. Rice marked the launch of the Year of the Dog Feb. 11, 2018, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, including Mass and festivities in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (The Mirror)
YEAR OF THE DOG—Bishop Edward M. Rice marked the launch of the Year of the Dog Feb. 11, 2018, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, including Mass and festivities in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the launch of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Feb. 11 with the Vietnamese community of St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. The community is served by Fr. Thomas Luu Duc M. Vu, CRM, associate pastor and member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer of Carthage, formerly the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Also present were members of the religious community the Congregation of Mary, Queen, headquartered in Springfield. To follow is a portion of Bishop Rice’s homily: Read more

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Springfield Catholic radio gets boost in power

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At 7 p.m., on Dec. 8, 2017, KQOH (“Our Lady, Queen of Heaven”) 91.9 FM radio in Springfield went back on the air after tower failure in Marshfield made its broadcast inconsistent and often, flat-out impossible.

“On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we came back on the air with double the power and closer to Springfield,” said Jim O’Laughlin of Catholic Radio Network, which owns and operates the station. “This should add some 250,000 people to the coverage area.” Read more

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USCCB president calls for courage and commitment to end hate

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by By Karen Neoh - Martin Luther King Jr's Death Mask)
REV. DR. KING—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by Karen Neoh)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. Read more

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