Springfield Life Runners run for life

2013 MARCH FOR LIFE--Sharon Weidelman, Dr. Patrick Castle, founder and director of National Life Runners, and Fr. Vincent Bertrand posed for a photo during the 40th annual March for Life held in Washington, DC, Jan. 25, 2013. One of the many events surrounding March for Life was the Nellie Gray Memorial Life Runners 5k, named for the founder of March for Life. (Submitted photo)

The Springfield Missouri Chapter of National Life Runners is celebrating its first anniversary and invites pro-life runners and walkers to consider membership! Life Runners is part of a National Life Runners organization that encourages pro-life runners and walkers of all levels and ages to pray for and witness to the right to life of all God’s people (from conception to natural death) through walks and runs. Read more

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Knights of Columbus offer invaluable support for Church, families

Membership drive: Feb. 9-10, Feb. 16-17

In 1882, a young parish priest named Fr. Michael J. McGivney, was faced with the hardships of the families in his parish whenever a husband would die at an early age. Fr. McGivney was determined to help those widows and children, as well as to combat the bigotry and poverty which he saw in his community. He also wanted to deepen the faith of the men in his parish and instill a sense of pride in their heritage as Catholic Americans. In the basement of St. Mary Church in New Haven, CT, he called the men of the parish together and discussed his ideas. Together these men, along with Fr. McGivney, formed the Knights of Columbus (K of C). The title Knights is a tribute to the Knights of the middle ages: full of faith, courage, strength, and patriotism. They selected as their patron, Christopher Columbus, the Catholic explorer who brought the faith to the New World, to emphasize their pride as Catholic Americans. Read more

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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, JACKSON--Students in third and fourth grades in Immaculate Conception School, Jackson, MO, took Second Place overall in the 2012 Running Monk race sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Road Runners Club. All Cape Girardeau-area Catholic schools are invited to participate. The annual Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2 this year, commemorates the gift of Catholic education. (Submitted photo)

The theme for the 2013 observance of National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” The annual week-long event starts the last Sunday in January and runs Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 this year. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and various other fun-filled activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. All of the diocesan Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau have a host of activities planned. Read more

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Catholic Night at the Springfield Cardinals

Bp. James V. Johnston threw out the first pitch for Catholic Night at the Springfield Cardinals held on Aug. 3, 2012. Very well-attended despite the heat, Fr. Hector Navalo, CMF, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield, even won the musical chairs competition during the Seventh Inning Stretch. (Photos by Sarah Pittman and Katie Newton)

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Mercy gives $600,000 to communities

FEED PROGRAM IN MOUNTAIN VIEW--Carol Dow, Vice President of Nursing; Sister M. Cornelia Blasko; Diane Acklin, FEED Program; Janette Haynes, FEED Program; Jonathan Wade, President & CEO of Mercy St. Francis Hospital; Karen Simpson, Vice President of the Sister M. Cornelia Blasko Foundation, all posed for a photo at the presentation of the Mercy grant to the FEED Program in Mountain View, MO. (Photo courtesy of Mercy)

Health organization provides much-needed funding to vital community projects

Whether it’s much needed funds for domestic violence shelters, teen moms, families in crisis or counseling for those still suffering from the devastating effects of last year’s EF-5 tornado in Joplin, Mercy continues to respond to the needs of the communities it serves.

Beginning in 1988, Mercy has awarded Caritas grants each year–today totaling $9 million to communities across Mercy. This year, a total of $600,000 was awarded to almost two dozen community programs across five states. The grants include a handful of programs in Springfield and the regional area.

“When our Founder Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827, the needs were great,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy across seven states. “The needs today in the communities we serve across the Midwest continue to grow, and we continue to find ways to serve those needs. It’s in our DNA to serve those who are economically poor and to work for change on their behalf.”

The money will provide everything from counseling for academically at-risk students to volunteers for a medical home for uninsured adults, bus passes and birth certificates for the homeless to vaccinations for new Americans. The breakdown includes:

Isabel’s House, Springfield, MO–$25,500, equipment and counselors to assist families in crisis

Hope Connection–Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO–$2,450, birth certificates and bus passes for homeless individuals

Care to Learn, Lebanon, Mo., Springfield, MO–$9,600, purchase of hygiene supplies for school children.

GOOD SAMARITAN CARE CLINIC— Jonathan Wade, President and CEO of Mercy St. Francis Hospital; Dr. Jon Roberts; Sherri Noble, Good Samaritan Care Clinic Administrator; Kent Smith; and Sr. M. Cornelia Blasko, Foundation Chair, posed for a photo in Mountain View, MO, as the Caritas Grant was awarded. Mercy has given $600,000 to surrounding communities. (Photo courtesy of Mercy)

Rural Food Pantries, Lebanon, MO; Mountain View, MO; Cassville, MO; Aurora, MO; and Berryville, AR–$50,000, food supplies for food pantries

Mercy Community Connections and Mercy Resilience Groups, Joplin, MO–$47,500, Skills for Psychological Recovery small group programs for those impacted by the 2011 tornado

Rural Medical Care, Berryville, AR; Eureka Springs, AR; and Mountain View, MO–$31,000, facility expansion and pharmaceuticals

Vaccines for New Americans, St. Louis, MO–$28,200, vaccines for new Americans

Volunteers in Medicine/Mercy Medical Home Collaboration, St. Louis, MO–$24,400, medical home for uninsured adults

Mercy Road to Home, St. Louis, MO–$35,100, supplies and services to transition homeless men into permanent housing

Medication Assistance and Transportation programs, Oklahoma City, OK; Washington, MO; Ardmore, OK; Lebanon, MO; Berryville, AR–$74,400, prescription medication and transportation assistance for underserved patients

ALIVE Nights of Safety Program, Washington, MO–$15,000, supplies for domestic violence shelter

Good Samaritan Clinic, Ft. Smith, AR–$43,500, medical supplies and laboratory tests for diabetes patients

Kornerstone, Berryville, AR–$9,350, services and supplies for teen moms

C/SARA Foundation, Ardmore, OK–$30,000, education, collaboration and victim advocacy for children and adults experiencing crisis around trauma or abuse

Good Shepherd Community Clinic, Ardmore, OK–$20,000, diabetes supplies for clinic and patients

Wheel Chair Ramps, Ardmore, OK–$19,000, purchase of 10 permanent and 20 portable wheelchair ramps

Comadre Program, Laredo, TX–$75,000, wellness screenings for women

Casa de Misericordia, Laredo, TX–$20,000, fees and supplies in domestic violence shelter

Mercy Learning Center, Metairie, LA–$40,000, tutoring and counseling for academically at-risk students

The Caritas grant–named after the Latin word “caritas”–means charity. The $100,000 Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant, which is funded by Mercy corporate co-worker donations each year, bears the name of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley. Co-workers have donated $550,000 since the grant’s inception five years ago. This year, the $100,000 grant will provide tutoring and counseling services in Louisiana as well as food supplies in rural communities in Missouri and Arkansas.

“We remain true to the mission of our Sisters of Mercy who have cared for impoverished women, children and the sick for almost 200 years,” said Britton. “We want to improve access to health care and reach out to the economically disadvantaged. This is about Mercy supporting the communities we serve.”

Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; five regional hospitals in the Missouri communities of Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, and Berryville, AR; Mercy Clinic, a 500-plus physician clinic with 70 locations throughout the region; and Mercy Health Plans, the largest managed care provider in the region.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the US and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.


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Father William Hennecke sings at Steubenville

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