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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Catholic Charities participates in University of Notre Dame mission­-based leadership program

MISSION-BASED LEADERSHIP—Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is participating in a mission-based leadership program developed by Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre Dame. Pictured were CCSOMO board member Bill Hennessey; Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, president of Notre Dame University; Linda Decker, CCSOMO board member; CCSOMO Director of Accounting Greg Stark; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO executive director; and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. (Submitted photo)
MISSION-BASED LEADERSHIP—Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is participating in a mission-based leadership program developed by Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre Dame. Pictured were CCSOMO board member Bill Hennessey; Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, president of Notre Dame University; Linda Decker, CCSOMO board member; CCSOMO Director of Accounting Greg Stark; Maura Taylor, CCSOMO executive director; and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. (Submitted photo)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) has been selected to participate in a mission­-based leadership program co­sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Charities USA. The program consists of two on­campus modules held at the University of Notre Dame and an in­depth project which will be developed over the course of the year. The local team consisted of Executive Director Maura Taylor and Greg Stark, Director of Accounting, as well as CCSOMO board members Linda Decker and Bill Hennessey. The CCSOMO team joined teams from nine other Catholic Charities organizations from throughout the nation. Read more

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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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