Bishop celebrates Vietnamese Lunar New Year

YEAR OF THE DOG—Bishop Edward M. Rice marked the launch of the Year of the Dog Feb. 11, 2018, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, including Mass and festivities in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (The Mirror)
YEAR OF THE DOG—Bishop Edward M. Rice marked the launch of the Year of the Dog Feb. 11, 2018, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, including Mass and festivities in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. (The Mirror)

Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated the launch of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Feb. 11 with the Vietnamese community of St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. The community is served by Fr. Thomas Luu Duc M. Vu, CRM, associate pastor and member of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer of Carthage, formerly the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Also present were members of the religious community the Congregation of Mary, Queen, headquartered in Springfield. To follow is a portion of Bishop Rice’s homily: Read more

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Pope Francis confirms that Paul VI will be a Saint this year

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Pope Francis & Blessed Paul VI. (Vatican Media)

The official date will soon be made known

“Paul VI will be a Saint this year,” announced Pope Francis.

In his address during the meeting with the parish priests of Rome, which was held on Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Pope Francis announced that Blessed Paul VI will be canonized in 2018. It’s a great event for the universal Church, although the official date has yet to be established. Read more

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PCCW hosts 29th annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Each year, the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) of Holy Family Parish, Shell Knob, invites all the women from the surrounding area to an ecumenical luncheon in order to socialize and get to know one another. Special guests this year including Fr. David Baunach, associate pastor; Bp. Edward M. Rice; Fr. Hank Grodecki, CM, pastor, and Rev. Mr. Brian Straus.

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Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse

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The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau reports a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father John Wells, deceased (1972). The allegation pertains to a period in the late-1960s. The Diocese has notified civil authorities of the allegation.

John Wells was born in 1925 in Louisville, KY, and was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau in 1964. Father John Wells died Dec. 28, 1972. Read more

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PCCW retreat in Lebanon focuses on the Annunciation & Visitation

NCCW SPIRITUAL COMMISSION—Mary Rowley of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar, and Spiritual Commission chair for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) was the guest presenter at the regional PCCW Spiritual Retreat held Jan. 27 at St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. (The Mirror)
NCCW SPIRITUAL COMMISSION—Mary Rowley of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar, and Spiritual Commission chair for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) was the guest presenter at the regional PCCW Spiritual Retreat held Jan. 27 at St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon. (The Mirror)

The First Annual Spiritual Retreat of area Parish Councils of Catholic Women (PCCW) was held Jan. 27 in the Family Center Gym at St. Francis de Sales Parish hosted by its PCCW. The focus and topic was the “Annunciation and Visitation,” presented by Mary Rowley, Spiritual Commission for the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Rowley is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bolivar. Read more

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World Day for Consecrated Life coincides with release of 2017 Profession Class Survey

CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)
CONGREGATION OF MARY, QUEEN—Bishop Edward Rice with members of the Congregation of Mary, Queen religious community of Springfield. A recent survey, Profession Class of 2017, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), indicates that two-thirds of responding religious (64 percent) identify as white, more than one in six (18 percent) identifies as Asian, and more than one in 10 (11 percent) identifies as Hispanic. Most responding religious were born in the US (67 percent). Of those born outside the US, the most common country of origin is Vietnam. (The Mirror)

As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations (CCLV) released the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Card. Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: “For 21 years, the Church has designated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day, as an appropriate moment to thank God for the gift of consecrated life. Jesus is manifest as ‘light of revelation for the Gentiles’ and ‘glory for God’s people, Israel.’ Consecrated men and women reflect this light as witnesses of Jesus in a world that is often shrouded in shadow.” Read more

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