I spent the weekend of March 24-26 in the West Plains Civic Center along with 430 teens, chaperones, and youth leaders from across the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for the 24th annual Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC). Read more
‘Dear God, we thank you for all the gifts and talents bestowed upon Springfield Catholic High School by Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer,” said Bp. Edward Rice Feb. 1 to a packed gymnasium during Catholic Schools Week. “She was a faithful servant to You, showed true commitment to her students, and was passionate about Catholic education.”
In addition to Bp. Rice, Bp.-Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, and Central Pacific Provincial Leader for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sr. Maryann Owens, participated in the Mass and dedication of the Sr. Mary Raynald Blomer Atrium and Lounge, as did many area pastors, fellow School Sisters of Notre Dame, students, faculty, and administrators at Springfield Catholic High School (SCHS). Read more
Youth of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau were challenged to pick the “right way” to “travel” toward eternal salvation during the 24th annual Diocesan Youth Conference March 25-26 in West Plains. Tying-in with the theme “Through the Narrow Gate,” based on Matthew 7:13, presenters at the conference provided the attendees with valuable insights and counsel on how to navigate through the journey of life in ways that lead to true sanctity. Read more
Saturday morning presentation
Diocesan Youth Conference, March 25, 2017
As we contemplate the theme of our gathering, “The Narrow Road” I think it is important to sort of define what we are talking about. Now each speaker will do their part to shed light on the theme, but overall, with the different paths people can take, there are consequences. There is the “easy” way, the “whatever” way, the “my” way and the “narrow” way. Read more
‘Driver’s Ed’ for Faith
Saturday, March 25, 2017, Diocesan Youth Conference
The theme for this weekend is “the narrow gate.” It implies that there are a variety of roads that lead to a variety of places. There is the “easy” road, there is “my” road, there is the “whatever” road and there is the “narrow” road. And each of them leads to a different location. Read more
St. Augustine once said, “A single tear shed at the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus is worth more than a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, or a year of fasting on bread and water.” A good way to connect with Christ’s Passion during this time of year is to begin by focusing on the empathy we have for the people we know best. Christ was torn away from family and friends in the prime of life to be unjustly executed. It’s the kind of tragic circumstance that would leave us reeling were it to happen to someone close to us. Read more
That the joy and peace of the Risen Christ permeate our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
In math, Pi is equivalent to 3.14, so March 14 is considered “Pi Day.“ At Guardian Angel School in Oran, it is also known as Pie Day. Ann Whistler, math teacher, had the eighth grade students tell interesting facts about pi to all the students. Next, the students get to go through a line and pick out a piece of pie to eat. The pies, napkins, cups, plates, juice and forks were all brought in by the students in Whistler’s fourth-eighth grade math classes. Everyone at school looks forward to Pi (Pie) Day each year.
The annual Daddy-Daughter Dinner & Dance was held March 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Springfield. Sponsored by the Home and School organization, the event is open to all girls, preschool-eighth grade, and almost 100 percent of them attend. Girls and dads were presented with a daddy-daughter framed photo. A rose was presented to each girl as the evening came to a close as well as an opportunity to fill a treat bag they’d decorated with assorted treats from the Candy Bar. Read more