Listening sessions slated across diocese this fall
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
“As long as you stay in tune with God’s will, there will always be victory,” said Sharon Maples, founder of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home. Now a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), LifeHouse serves young, expectant, single mothers who are homeless and lack the knowledge and resources necessary to provide a stable home life for a family. The program, housed on St. Anne Campus, is designed to offer shelter in a loving, caring environment while offering support services that will lead to a better life for the young woman and her child. Maples, who openly admits she found herself in a difficult situation at age 19 which led her to choose abortion due to a lack of other available resources, said she wanted to offer a healthy alternative for today’s young women. After years of healing from her experience, she “got the calling from God” to begin a program that would encourage women in similar situations to protect the sanctity of life and provide them with support, knowledge, and resources.
Maples launched LifeHouse in 2010, and by 2012 the program was able to serve five women and their newborns by utilizing apartments supplied by The Kitchen, Inc., a local homeless shelter. However, the program struggled to acquire funding and a permanent facility large enough to meet the need. Read more
Teens Encounter Christ weekend for high-school aged youth
A movement began in the Catholic Church in the years following the Second Vatican Council that has proven to produce numerous spiritual fruits in the lives of countless youth and young adults. Inspired by the Church’s “renewed vision” and focus on the Paschal Mystery in the mid-1960s, Fr. Matthew Fedewa of the Diocese of Lansing, MI, helped design a retreat program to share that vision and focus with young Catholics.
Begun in 1965, Fr. Fedewa’s retreat program became Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and eventually grew into an international program. Hundreds of thousands of people, in dozens of dioceses across several countries, have embraced the TEC experience and walked away with a renewed fervor for life and love for Christ. A TEC retreat will be held Aug. 10-12 in Springfield. Read more
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
Over 3,000 young Catholics from across the Midwest descended upon the campus of Missouri State University, Springfield, recently for the first of two Steubenville Youth Conferences taking place this month. Attendees spent the weekend hearing presentations on the theme “Chosen,” based upon 1 John 4:19 (“We love, because he first loved us.”).
A number of youth from parishes in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau made pilgrimage to the July 12-14 conference, one of the largest annual Catholic youth conferences in the nation. Read more
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.
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
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
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.
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