Atrium & lounge dedicated in honor of Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer, SSND

PROVINCIAL AND BISHOPS—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Sr. Maryann Owens, SSND, Central Pacific Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Louis, and Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht celebrated the blessing and dedication of the Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer Atrium and Lounge at Springfield Catholic High School, Feb. 1. Photos of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)
PROVINCIAL AND BISHOPS—Bishop Edward M. Rice, Sr. Maryann Owens, SSND, Central Pacific Provincial of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Louis, and Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht celebrated the blessing and dedication of the Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer Atrium and Lounge at Springfield Catholic High School, Feb. 1. Photos of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)

‘Dear God, we thank you for all the gifts and talents bestowed upon Springfield Catholic High School by Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer,” said Bp. Edward Rice Feb. 1 to a packed gymnasium during Catholic Schools Week. “She was a faithful servant to You, showed true commitment to her students, and was passionate about Catholic education.”

In addition to Bp. Rice, Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and Central Pacific Provincial Leader for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sr. Maryann Owens, participated in the Mass and dedication of the Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer Atrium and Lounge, as did many area pastors, fellow School Sisters of Notre Dame, students, faculty, and administrators at Springfield Catholic High School (SCHS). Read more

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Daddy-Daughter Dinner & Dance held March 4

The annual Daddy-Daughter Dinner & Dance was held March 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield. Sponsored by the Home and School organization, the event is open to all girls, preschool-eighth grade, and almost 100 percent of them attend. Girls and dads were presented with a daddy-daughter framed photo. A rose was presented to each girl as the evening came to a close as well as an opportunity to fill a treat bag they’d decorated with assorted treats from the Candy Bar. Read more

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Bishop Rice to walk in his first Bishop’s Walk–Families helping Families

TRAVELING TROPHIES—Bishop Edward Rice presented the 2016 Bishop’s Walk traveling trophies to Tim Pashia, St. Mary Church, Lamar, and to pastor Fr. Patrick Teter. Held annually, the 2017 Bishop’s Walk is being held diocesan-wide April 1 & 2. (The Mirror)
TRAVELING TROPHIES—Bishop Edward Rice presented the 2016 Bishop’s Walk traveling trophies to Tim Pashia, St. Mary Church, Lamar, and to pastor Fr. Patrick Teter. Held annually, the 2017 Bishop’s Walk is being held diocesan-wide April 1 & 2. (The Mirror)

Annual CCSOMO event April 1 & 2

The third annual “Bishop’s Walk—Families Helping Families”—will be held across southern Missouri on Sat., April 1 and Sun., April 2, 2017. Bishop Edward M. Rice will be walking April 1 in his first Bishop’s Walk on the track at Springfield Catholic High School. Everyone in the diocese is encouraged to contact the local parish and get a group together to walk, or visit a neighboring church, make new friends, and help those in need within the diocese. Read more

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Bishop drops puck for MSU Ice Bears

A PHOTO GALLERY for the hockey match is here.
Bishop Edward M. Rice dropped the puck at the hockey match-up Friday night, Jan. 20, between the Missouri State University (MSU) Ice Bears and the Missouri University Tigers at Mediacom Ice Park. ​The Bears won Game One by a score of 10-4 over ​Mizzou.  In addition to dropping the puck, Bishop Rice sat with players in the penalty box and took photos with players and fans.

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Parish family replaces stolen bike

NEW ‘CRUISER’ FOR SISTER—Sister Frances Wessel, SSND, recently had her bicycle stolen while she was on a ministry visit at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Her ‘parish family’ of St. Joseph the Worker in Ozark held a ‘fill-the-boot’ fundraiser after Masses the weekend of Jan. 14-15 to assist Sr. Wessel with her lack of transportation. The parish raised enough money to buy her a brand-new, “sacred-heart-red”colored ‘cruiser,’ complete with basket, bell, lights, helmet, and a bike-lock. The bicycle was delivered on Jan. 18 and blessed by Fr. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor. Pictured were Carol Craig, St. Joseph the Worker Parish secretary, Fr. Sunnenberg, Sr. Wessel, and Bill Hennessey, Parish Council Member and Vice President of Mission Services at Mercy Springfield. This is a perfect example of the ‘love of one’s neighbor’ Msgr. Pope speaks about in this article. (Photo by J.B. Kelly/The Mirror)
NEW ‘CRUISER’ FOR SISTER—Sister Frances Wessel, SSND, recently had her bicycle stolen while she was on a ministry visit at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Her ‘parish family’ of St. Joseph the Worker in Ozark held a ‘fill-the-boot’ fundraiser after Masses the weekend of Jan. 14-15 to assist Sr. Wessel with her lack of transportation. The parish raised enough money to buy her a brand-new, “sacred-heart-red”colored ‘cruiser,’ complete with basket, bell, lights, helmet, and a bike-lock. The bicycle was delivered on Jan. 18 and blessed by Fr. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor. Pictured were Carol Craig, St. Joseph the Worker Parish secretary, Fr. Sunnenberg, Sr. Wessel, and Bill Hennessey, Parish Council Member and Vice President of Mission Services at Mercy Springfield. (Photo by J.B. Kelly/The Mirror)

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Fourth annual joint worship service to be held Jan. 18

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The Roman Catholic Church and the Assemblies of God will hold a joint worship service on Wed., Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. This is the fourth annual event always held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25 this year. The location of the ecumenical event alternates annually between a Catholic church and a pentecostal church. The worship service will be held Jan. 18 in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Springfield. The speaker is Rev. Mark Hausfeld, President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) at Evangel University also in Springfield. Read more

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Bishop greets Congregation of Mary, Queen

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS—Bishop Edward M. Rice and the Congregation of Mary, Queen, exchanged Christmas greetings Tue., Dec. 20, before the annual Christmas Pageant put on by the Queen of Angels daycare that the women religious run. Pictured are Sr. Maxine Ngo, CMR; Sr. Faustina Le​, CMR; Sr. Rosaline Nguyen, CMR; Sr. Rosaline Nguyen, CMR; Bishop Rice; Sr. Josephine Do, CMR, Sr. Marguerite Tran, CMR, Regional Superior; and Sr. Theresa Ha, CMR. (The Mirror)
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS—Bishop Edward M. Rice and the Congregation of Mary, Queen, exchanged Christmas greetings Tue., Dec. 20, before the annual Christmas Pageant put on by the Queen of Angels daycare that the women religious run. Pictured are Sr. Maxine Ngo, CMR; Sr. Faustina Le​, CMR; Sr. Rosaline Nguyen, CMR; Sr. Rosaline Nguyen, CMR; Bishop Rice; Sr. Josephine Do, CMR, Sr. Marguerite Tran, CMR, Regional Superior; and Sr. Theresa Ha, CMR. (The Mirror)

Pageant story can be found here.

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Queen of Angels daycare Christmas pageant

The religious community of the Congregation of Mary, Queen, next door to The Catholic Center in Springfield, coordinated its annual Christmas pageant on Tue., Dec. 20. The community runs Queen of Angels daycare. Parents, friends, Bishop Edward Rice, Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and The Catholic Center staffers enjoyed the performance, which also included gifts for the children from Bishop Rice and a visit from Santa Claus.

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