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Diocesan-wide—The Alliance for Life-Missouri is seeking runners and walkers to help run across Missouri before the end of 2011. Funds raised will benefit not only the Alliance but its many affiliates across Missouri. For details you can contact Marsha Middleton at (417) 598-1040, or visit the Web site at
Carthage–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue., 7 a.m., in St. Ann Church. For more information call the parish, (417) 358-1841, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Doniphan–The pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima is available to travel throughout the diocese. If you are interested in having the statue in your home for one week (Sat.-Sat.) please contact ambassadors Gayle and Sam Ruffino, (573) 255-3693. The only requirement is that the statue be put in a place of honor with a candle.
Springfield–Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be held each Tue.-Fri., 12:15 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m., and each Sunday, 3 p.m., in St. Agnes Cathedral. Beginning Sun., Nov. 29, Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. rather than 3 p.m. Sacrament of penance available one hour prior to Mass time. For more information call the parish, (417) 831-3565, or Richard Holland, (417) 933-2248.
Springfield–Prayer is integral to daily life for all Franciscans. With the recent opening of our Web site (, the Secular Franciscans have developed a prayer ministry. To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, go to our Web site and follow the simple E-mail instructions. Only your request itself will be seen by all our members; your identity and E-mail address will be used for solicitation by ourselves or others. Non-Internet users can submit requests to: Prayer Requests, 903 S. Prince Lane, Springfield, MO 65802-2764. For more information contact Barbara DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Springfield–The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, to drive patients to treatment centers and home again. For more information call (800) 227-2345, or visit
Springfield—Holy Family Catholic Home School Apostolate offers Catholic homeschooling families spiritual, social, and academic support, as well as fun, and enriching activities, including weekly adoration, social time, and “Adventures in Learning” for nursery-age through high school. The apostolate meets every Friday, 1:15-4:30 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. For more information, contact Shelly Pichler, (417) 838-2730, or
Brooklyn, NY–Heart’s Home, an international Catholic organization committed to promoting a culture of compassion, is currently accepting applications for volunteers. Heart’s Home provides an opportunity for young people to dedicate at least 14 months of service to the most suffering people in the world. Mission countries include France, Italy, Thiland, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Peru, India, and El Salvador. Young Catholics interested in this opportunity should visit the Web site,, or call, (718) 522-2121.
Subiaco, AR–Are you called to be a monk, nun, or priest? Take the free On-line test at or call (800) 221-1807.

September 30

Diocesan-wide–All ticket requests for the Youth Rally and Mass on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January in Washington, DC must be obtained through Kathleen Keesee. This applies to both groups and individuals whether traveling with the diocese or on your own. The diocese is not guaranteed tickets. The deadline for getting your group or name on the list is Sept. 30. We will know by Oct. 23 of ticket status.

October 1

St. Louis–The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL, will host John Allen, Jr, senior Vatican analyst for CNN, Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics for discussion will be “Which Way is our Church Moving–Forward or Backward?” and “The Future Church Emerging.” Cost: $35. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, contact the Shrine at (618) 397-7600, ext. 6270, or (314) 241-3400, ext. 6270.

October 2

Springfield–Springfield Area Life Chain will be held on Sun., Oct. 2, 2-3:30 pm. Pick up your signs from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at corner of Kimbrough and Battlefield. Please, no personal signs. Bring your families. Spend your time praying to stop abortion. It is still happening, Life Chain questions? or Facebook at Springfield Life Chain.
Springfield–The Secular Franciscans will meet Sat., Oct. 2, 1 p.m., in Holy Trinity Chapel. Open to anyone interested in a simple Catholic lifestyle. For more information contact Mike DePue, (417) 881-1381.
Laurie, MO–Everyone is invited to join the annual Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage at The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Lake of the Ozarks, on Sun., Oct. 2, in honor of family life. Registration: 10 a.m.; flag raising and Stations of the Cross: 11:15 a.m., followed by the rosary and Mass. Lunch is available at 1:30 p.m. for a cost of $10; reservations requested. For more information, please call Rick Purdon at (573) 372-6418, or Email to All Knights are invited to participate in the Honor Guard.

October 7

Kimberling City–Our Lady of the Cove Parish will hold a fall garage sale Fri., Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Harriet Poduska, (417) 739-2297.

October 8

Cape Girardeau–The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a free “Out of the Darkness” walk on Sat., Oct. 8, at Cape County Park North. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. There will be a balloon release, door prizes, and free lunch. T-shirts available for participants raising $150. To sign up your team or to donate, visit
Scott City–St. Joseph School will host a dinner auction Sat., Oct. 8, in the school gym. Advance tickets: $25; $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, call Shanna, (573) 579-0617.

October 9

Benton–St. Denis Parish will host an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner Sun., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Menu includes chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, chicken and dressing, sweet potatoes, buttered potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, and homemade desserts. Cost: Adults: $7; children (ages six-12): $4; children (ages five and under): free; carry-outs available for $8. For more information, call (573) 545-3017.
Bolivar–Sacred Heart Parish will host “Oktoberfest” Sun., Oct. 9, noon-3 p.m., under the tents behind McKenna Hall. Menu includes brats, hot dogs, German potato salad, spatzle, sauerkraut, dessert, and drinks. Admission: adult (ages 13 years and older): $12; children (ages five-12): $5; children (ages five and under): Free. Tickets on sale after weekend Masses or call the parish office, (417) 326-5596. All proceeds to benefit the church building fund.

October 14

Sikeston–St. Francis Xavier Parish will host a “Called & Gifted” workshop Fri., Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the parish center gym. The workshop will help discover the ways of empowerment through the Holy Spirit. All are invited. Registration forms are on the parish Web site www.sfxpar, or you may contact Jan Barkett, (573) 471-6079.

October 16

Kelso–A family-style dinner will be held on Sun., Oct.16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the St. Augustine School. Carry-outs available. Menu features chicken and dumplings, dressing, baked ham, and all the trimmings. Adults: $8; children (ages 6-11): $4; children (ages 5 and under): free.

October 21

Springfield–Beginning Experience Retreat Weekend will be held Fri., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 23, in the Maranatha Retreat Center. Cost: $90. Scholarships available. The weekend is for anyone widowed, divorced, or separated who is looking for healing, hope, and support. For more information, or to register, contact Becky Carmack, (417) 859-0692; Annie Freelove, (417) 864-5518; or Becky Bower, (417) 889-8890.

October 28

Billings–St. Joseph Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) is seeking vendors for the craft fair on Fri., Oct. 28 and Sat., Oct. 29. For more information, contact the parish office, (417) 744-2490, or Pat Hutton, (417) 732-6180.

November 5

Springfield–St. Elizabeth Ann Seton PCCW will sponsor a fall bazaar Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Tourville, (417) 883-7594, or Gina Cowin, (417) 883-8945.

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Military archdiocese sees increase in Catholic military chaplains

The US Archdiocese for the Military Services is reporting an increase in the number of seminarians who want to become military chaplains. For the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 31 co-sponsored and military-affiliated seminarians. Last year there were 23; in 2009-2010 there were 12 and the previous year only three. Co-sponsorship means that a diocesan bishop agrees to accept the seminarian who will participate in the chaplain candidacy program of one of the branches of the US armed forces. The bishop agrees to release him for service as a military chaplain after three years of pastoral experience as a priest in his diocese. When the priest leaves military service, he returns to the diocese. Conventual Franciscan Fr. Kerry Abbott, director of vocations for the military archdiocese, called the increase one of the “untold stories” of spiritual blessings. He said Catholic seminaries in the US and the Pontifical North American College in Rome are straining to accommodate the influx of seminarians and many seminaries have converted guest rooms to seminarian quarters. The outlook for future vocations is just as bright, he said. The archdiocese is currently processing hundreds of inquiries from prospective military chaplains. Fr. Abbott expects anywhere from five to 10 more to enter seminaries next year, with still more to come in years to follow. The timing could not be better. The US armed forces have seen a steady decline in Catholic military chaplains over the past 10 years as priests reach the military retirement age of 62. Their numbers are down from more than 400 active in 2001 to 274 this year. ©CNS

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Japanese gather in prayer to mark six months since multiple disasters

Schoolgirls observe a minute of silence for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Japan, Sept. 11, six months after the disaster struck. (CNS photo/Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters) Sept. 12, 2011)

The church bell tolled at 2:46 p.m., marking six months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan. Throughout the nation Sept. 11, Japanese gathered for memorial services and to offer prayers for the more than 20,000 people who died and the hundreds of thousands made homeless in the disaster, which also triggered a nuclear meltdown. The Japanese bishops’ conference and the National Christian Council in Japan conducted a joint memorial service at the United Church of Christ’s Shitaya Church. Approximately 180 people gathered for the service, which also had the support of the Japan Evangelical Association, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News. The congregation offered prayers in memory of the victims, for the recovery of the worst-affected regions, and for a swift resolution to the nuclear crisis that arose in the wake of the tragedy.UCA News reported that Abp. Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo participated. During the ecumenical gathering, Isao Tadokoro of Caritas Japan gave a short account of the Catholic Church’s relief work in the disaster area. Similar memorials for the dead and prayers for renewal in the disaster-struck areas were conducted throughout Japan. The president of the bishops’ conference, Abp. Leo Jun Ikenaga of Osaka, composed texts for the prayer of the faithful to be offered on the occasion. He urged all bishops to use them during the Sept. 11 Masses, UCA News reported. ©CNS

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