Students in St. Peter the Apostle Middle School, Joplin, recently spent a day in service the first weekend of March in the Prayer Garden at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City. The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders planted tulip bulbs, raked leaves, and cleared away debris. Sacred Heart Parish Pastor Fr. Rahab Isidor talked with the students about Lent and heard confessions. Students ended the work day with a rosary prayed in the spruced-up Prayer Garden.
My wife and I recently attended Palm Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Webb City, MO. Before Mass began, the congregants met in the fellowship hall to listen to a short homily from Fr. Rahab Isidor, pastor, and to receive palm branches to celebrate the liturgy. The kids in the fellowship hall were fidgeting with their palm fronds, poking friends with the pointed leaves, energized by this change in the Mass routine. I heard one mom whisper to her child, “Take your finger out of your nose.” As people passed around the palm fronds, I couldn’t help but think about the attacks on the churches in Egypt that had happened earlier that morning. I’m sure the Christians there were involved in similar Palm Sunday activities. And then, someone came in among them, wearing a bomb, and destroyed all of that. If you saw any pictures from the attacks, you saw that there was blood everywhere. It was horrifying. So, I was distracted; thinking about the news I had read earlier that morning and the images I had seen. Read more
The parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City continued the 65-year tradition of sponsoring a Turkey Dinner for southwest Missouri over the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the church and an even larger social gathering for the local community.
Under the direction of Will and Cheryl Roderique, the 65th annual event was a huge success with over 2,000 dinners served. Sacred Heart provided a cafeteria-style sit-down dinner as well as take-out meals for local businesses and elderly residents. In addition, a country store and silent auction allowed patrons the opportunity to bring home nice gifts for the holidays.
Members of the parish cooked, served, and cleaned for the event.