At the start of the new year, Pope Francis said that having a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary isn’t just something that is nice or good to do, but is an obligation in the life of a Christian.
“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life,” the Pope said Jan. 1. “The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman.” Read more
The annual Fall Faculty Days sponsored by the diocesan Catholic Schools Office were held on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Jackson, and Springfield Catholic High School respectively. These days of renewal and fellowship for all faculty, educators, and principals in diocesan Catholic schools are also an opportunity to acknowledge various levels of service awards among the educators. Read more
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Migration Week from January 7-14, 2018. We have celebrated National Migration Week in the United States for nearly 50 years. This week is an opportunity for us to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. National Migration Week culminates on the Vatican’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, January 14. Read more
Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin “in carne” means “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this belief, God is not only Transcendent, but also wholly Immanent, Emmanuel (God-with-us). While remaining Transcendent (meaning we must rise above our present condition to reach Him), He is at the same time Immanent (meaning He is with us as we rise toward Him). Every Eucharist is like Christmas where the bread and wine are transformed into His flesh, His Body and Blood, and, in a sense, He is born anew on the altar. Read more
Branson, MO—Bishop Edward Rice recently announced the appointment of Fr. Samson Dorival, SMM, to Priest in Residence at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, MO. Fr. Dorival will assist pastor, Fr. David Hulshof, with Hispanic Ministry in the parish, while continuing English Language Studies at Ozarks Technical Community College. This assignment is effective Dec. 1, 2017. Fr. Dorival most recently served as associate pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Ozark. Read more
While the world celebrates the first day of the New Year, the Church has a specific focus on Mary, The Mother of God. We launch 2018 with the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Gospel for Jan. 1, Luke 2:16-21, tells us that “The Shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem. … They found Mary and Joseph, and the infant in the manger.” Then, we see the two reactions to this great event. First on the part of Mary, “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” I was recently in the eighth grade classroom at St. Agnes Cathedral School, speaking about this particular verse. I reminded the students that every year is a mystery to us. The year 2017 was a mystery that had to be lived out day-by-day, with all its ups and downs. The year we now face, 2018, is also a mystery to us, to be lived in the “joys and sorrows” of life. Mary teaches us how to face the joys and sorrows, the ups and downs—by taking life to heart with reflection, meditation, and prayer. Read more
A Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible—the first hand-illuminated bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years—is now on permanent display in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis following the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 17. Read more
Guardian Angel School, Oran, has ended its regular season play with the Christian League. The JV Redwings ended the season with 8 wins and 2 losses. Their tournament was on Dec. 4, 6, and 7 at St. Ambrose School, Chaffee. They placed Second in the league and won Second in the tournament. The Varsity Redwings had 2 wins and 6 losses for the season. Their tournament was on Dec. 9 and 10 at St. Augustine School, Kelso. They placed Fourth in the league and won Third place in the tournament. The Redwing Cheerleaders won First place in league for their performance and won Second in the tournament at Kelso. Congratulations Guardian Angel Redwings! Read more
At the news of his passing, the Church in Southern Missouri offers its condolences to the family of Bernard Law. Having served as this diocese’s Fourth Bishop, we recall with gratitude all that was accomplished during his tenure here (1973-1984). At his death, we encourage prayers for him before God. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Here is the link to our Online history, written on the occasion of our 40th anniversary, 1996.
Director—Communications, Media, Publications Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
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The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Bishop