Participate in Envisioning the Future of the Diocese

Listening sessions slated across diocese this fall

ENVISIONING LEADERSHIP TEAM—Assisting Bp. James V. Johnston in setting diocesan priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is the Envisioning Leadership Team. Pictured are Barb Eckert, Catholic Leadership Institute;  Deacon Alan Bandy, Sacred Heart Parish, Willow Springs, and St. Joseph Mission Church, White Church; Karen Pesek, diocesan Director of Religious Education and Child and Youth Protection Coordinator, Springfield; Annette Peterson, laywoman, youth ministry, Joplin; Louis Griesemer, layman, business owner, Springfield; Bp. James V. Johnston; Mark Kiblinger, layman, engineer, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Dave Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Cape Girardeau; Sr. Darlene Presley, consecrated religious, rural ministry, Caruthersville; and Carmen Perez, laywoman, Hispanic Ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield.  Not pictured is Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Branson, and Our Lady of the Ozarks, Forsyth. (The Mirror)
ENVISIONING LEADERSHIP TEAM—Assisting Bp. James V. Johnston in setting diocesan priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is the Envisioning Leadership Team. Pictured are Barb Eckert, Catholic Leadership Institute; Deacon Alan Bandy, Sacred Heart Parish, Willow Springs, and St. Joseph Mission Church, White Church; Karen Pesek, diocesan Director of Religious Education and Child and Youth Protection Coordinator, Springfield; Annette Peterson, laywoman, youth ministry, Joplin; Louis Griesemer, layman, business owner, Springfield; Bp. James V. Johnston; Mark Kiblinger, layman, engineer, Cape Girardeau; Fr. Dave Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Cape Girardeau; Sr. Darlene Presley, consecrated religious, rural ministry, Caruthersville; and Carmen Perez, laywoman, Hispanic Ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield. Not pictured is Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Branson, and Our Lady of the Ozarks, Forsyth. (The Mirror)

Bp. James V. Johnston has begun a process to Discern and Proclaim a Mutually-Shared Vision and set Diocesan Priorities for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. A diocesan advisory team has been assembled to walk this journey with Bp. Johnston. The process is facilitated by the Catholic Leadership Institute and will have a major impact on the diocese.

“We will be meeting for a full year, but a critical part of this process will involve the participation of everyone in the diocese,” Bishop Johnston said. This will primarily take place in the form of a series of listening sessions that will occur during the months of Sept.-Nov. across the diocese. Read more

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CCSOMO & The Kitchen break ground on housing complex

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On July 17, Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht blessed the ground that will soon become Beacon Village made possible through the partnership of The Kitchen, Inc. and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. The 44 units of affordable permanent housing for income-qualified individuals and families will include 20 units for formerly homeless families. Beacon Village will offer support services provided by Springfield-based The Kitchen, Inc. and Catholic Charities. In addition to various members of the Church and community, those in attendance included staffers from Catholic Charities, including executive director, Maura Taylor, and CCSOMO president Mike Cherry, and members of the board of directors of The Kitchen. Read more

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Catholic YOUTH night with the Springfield Cardinals, July 24

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The Office of Youth Ministry has reserved Wed., July 24, for Catholic YOUTH night at the Springfield Cardinals. The evening will include Mass in the Team Training Room on the east side of the stadium with Bishop Emeritus John J. Leibrecht and the Cardinals game. To purchase tickets, contact Chris of the Springfield Cardinals at (417) 832.3034. Families are encouraged to attend this fun summer event.

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Springfield’s North Point Church sends 300 volunteers to LifeHouse

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Approximately 300 members of North Point Church in Springfield gathered at 8 a.m. on Sat., June 8, to give three hours of hard work for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home program. LifeHouse is a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri for women in need and their children. Five large buses and dozens of cars were parked on the grounds of St. Anne Campus as volunteers organized into groups to tackle various jobs. They painted rooms, moved furniture, organized hundreds of donated items, scrubbed counters, floors , and woodwork, and washed windows. Outside, laborers collected mountains of tree limbs and yard debris and cleared a large area of tons of rocks. Read more

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Bishop announces pastoral appointments

Bp. James V. Johnston announced the following list of Pastoral Assignments that will be effective on Mon., July 1, 2013, in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

“I am asking for your prayers for those in new assignments and the continued ministry of all the priests, deacons, and religious in our diocese,” said Bp. James V. Johnston in a May 28 memorandum announcing the appointments. “I would also like to extend my personal thanks to each of you for the outstanding ministry that you provide on behalf of the Church. May God continue to bless you and the people who you serve so faithfully.” Read more

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Fortnight for Freedom

Resources available at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org

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The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year’s Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

Locally, the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will open the Fortnight for Freedom with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Fri., June 21. Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., will be the celebrant. Fr. Tom Kiefer will offer Mass in St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, on Fri., June 21 at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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Catholic Charities seeks donations for Oklahoma survivors

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) is accepting donations to fill two box trucks with needed supplies for the tornado-devastated region of Moore, OK. One box truck is located on the parking lot of Hobby Lobby, 1535 E. Battlefield, in Springfield. Another truck is located in Joplin at the Wal-Mart on Rangeline Road.

Catholic Charities is accepting only new items, including shovels, tools, work gloves, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, diapers, wipes, and canned food items. Plastic storage containers are greatly needed. Many survivors also need binders and file folders for holding insurance and FEMA paperwork. Read more

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