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The Notre Dame Regional High School Cheerleading Squad consists of 12 junior varsity and 15 varsity cheerleaders. This talented group of young ladies will kick–off Bulldog season at Open House on Aug. 26, and be “cheering on” the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs during the 2014-2015 season. Read more
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) 156 was held in St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lebanon Aug. 2-4, 2014. Twenty-three candidates and three adult observers joined 27 adult and teen team members as they had the opportunity to encounter and integrate the Paschal Mystery in their lives, while making new friends and having some fun. Read more
‘One cannot make war in God’s name,’ Pope Francis says
GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER: AUGUST 17
“The news from Iraq leaves us incredulous and appalled. Thousands of people, including many Christians, have been chased from their homes in a brutal way; children die of thirst and hunger during the flight; women are kidnapped; people are massacred; violence of every kind; destruction everywhere.” —Pope Francis, Aug. 10, 2014.
Condemning the horrific actions of Islamic State militants in Iraq, Pope Francis calls the international community to prayer; appeals for peace and for the protection of innocent civilians.
Prayer on August 17 for Peace in Iraq
Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, IA, chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the US bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sun., Aug. 17. In his letter, he recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes, and businesses and been forced to flee for their lives. Accordingly, he called on all Catholics to contact their elected representatives and ask them to ensure that humanitarian assistance reach Christians and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq and Syria.
Bishop James V. Johnston has proclaimed Aug. 17 a day of prayer in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Bishop suggests the faithful may choose a weekday upon which to fast for peace in addition to prayer. All the faithful are urged to pray the special prayer below written by Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Sako. Parishes are asked to pray this prayer and to keep the intentions for peace in the Middle East, but especially Iraq, in the Prayers of the Faithful:
Prayer for Iraq
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
† Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako
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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve the 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.