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)

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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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School-wide service project benefits foster children

ADVENT SERVICE—Students at Immaculate Conception School in Springfield filled mitten trees during the Advent Season. Mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks were collected throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas and donated to Sammy’s Window, which provides services to meet the needs of foster children in the Ozarks. (Submitted photo)

ADVENT SERVICE—Students at Immaculate Conception School in Springfield filled mitten trees during the Advent Season. Mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks were collected throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas and donated to Sammy’s Window, which provides services to meet the needs of foster children in the Ozarks. (Submitted photo)

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Sisters of Mercy celebrate first patient

Bishop Edward M. Rice recently celebrated with Mercy Springfield and the Sisters of Mercy on their 125th anniversary of serving the first patient for Mercy health. To follow is his homily on the historical occasion:

MERCY SPRINGFIELD—Mercy Springfield closed its year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of the first patient served by the Sisters of Mercy in southwest Missouri. Pictured Nov. 9 were (front) Sr. Margaret Andrews, Sr. Carmen Gonzalez, Sr. Elizabeth Bui-Thi-Nghia, Sr. Liz Koehler and Fr. Jerome Amaechi; (back row) Sr. Seraphia Matova, Sr. Rudolphia Petrikova, Sr. Chabanel Finnegan, Bp. Edward M. Rice, Sr. Richard Mary Burke, Sr. Mary Dorothy Calhoun, and Sr. Cecilia Bergschneide. (The Mirror)
MERCY SPRINGFIELD—Mercy Springfield closed its year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of the first patient served by the Sisters of Mercy in southwest Missouri. Pictured Nov. 9 were (front) Sr. Margaret Andrews, Sr. Carmen Gonzalez, Sr. Elizabeth Bui-Thi-Nghia, Sr. Liz Koehler and Fr. Jerome Amaechi; (back row) Sr. Seraphia Matova, Sr. Rudolphia Petrikova, Sr. Chabanel Finnegan, Bp. Edward M. Rice, Sr. Richard Mary Burke, Sr. Mary Dorothy Calhoun, and Sr. Cecilia Bergschneide. (The Mirror)

Mercy Hospital
125th Anniversary
Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran

Today’s celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Mercy Hospital coincides with the liturgical Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.

St. John Lateran is the cathedral for the bishop of Rome. As Pope, he has St. Peter’s. But as a bishop he has the Lateran. And it is referred to as the Mother Church, the Head of all Churches in the city of Rome itself and throughout the world. As such, in remembering its dedication, it is a sign of love and unity for the Holy Father and his role in the Church.

The first reading, from Revelations, describes the life-giving waters flowing from the foundation of the temple. Of course, we can make the immediate analogy of the waters of baptism, flowing from the Church. And St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians takes that image of a building and applies it to the People of God. “You are God’s building,” with Christ as the foundation. We can recall the words of the prophet, “Unless the Lord build the house in vain do we labor.” Paul challenges us to be living temples. And, just as we expect the church to be a place of holiness and prayer, so too each of us.

Enlivened with the Spirit we are called to be living stones, building up the temple. In our work, in our thoughts, words and actions we are to reflect the glory of lives pleasing to God. This institution has had many transformations over the past 125 years. As the needs grew, so did this institution. As advances were made, so too the expertise and professionalism of Mercy Hospital. And we can only speculate as to the advances in the medical field in the years to come. But, what should always be the foundation of this hospital is, as a reporter stated in 1891, “the ambitious cause of charity,” divine love.

This institution, similar to Mercy Joplin and Mercy St. Francis in Mt. View, is often the first and only encounter people have with the Catholic Church. You as an institution have a grave responsibility to convey the love of Christ, His healing love. To fail in this endeavor would be a failure of mercy.

Each of you has a role to play. Each of you is a living stone of this institution. It would be impossible for us to count the number of bricks used to build this medical center. And we really do not need to know. Because what is more important is the role that each of you plays in building up and continuing the mission of Mercy. When it comes to mercy and charity, every one of you contributes to the mission. In doing so you build up the Church! And as we come to the end of the Year of Mercy initiated on December 8 of last year, let us always remember that “mercy never ends.”

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