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Road Rally Revival a ‘Tour de Faith’

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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Mt 28:19-20

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These past few weeks, the greatest cycling event in the world, the Tour de France, has taken place. It covers a bit over 2,000 miles. Next month, over the course of 17 days and a little over 2,000 miles, I intend to visit every parish and mission in our diocese—84 locations—in what might be called a Tour de Faith. I speak of what has been titled the Bishop’s Road Rally Revival, the 17-day event that will allow me to personally announce our diocesan vision, priorities, and goals for the next few years. This is the fruit of what my Envisioning Team and I have been working on over the past 13 months with the assistance of The Catholic Leadership Institute. Read more

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Mission trip reaps lessons on civil rights

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Notre Dame Regional High School’s recent mission trip to Montgomery, AL, held an added bonus for the 35 participants—a chance to meet the Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the June 16-21 trip, the group of students and adult chaperones worked in service with Resurrection Catholic Missions in Montgomery. They performed outreach work for the parish’s grade school and cleaning apartments for elderly residents in the community. They also did some painting and even delivered Meals on Wheels, among other tasks. Most of the projects were carried out in the morning so the group could visit civil rights museums and sights in the afternoon. Read more

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Crucifix returns to St. Mary Parish after three-year absence

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CRUCIFIX REPAIRED AND BACK TO PARISH—Louis Ochsenbein, Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, and Ivan Eck paused after getting the newly-repaired crucifix into its new stand at the temporary location of St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin. The crucifix, the original that had hung in St. Mary’s sanctuary since 1968, was unearthed in the 2011 tornado debris, astonishingly only mildly damaged. (Photo by Anne Brown, Joplin Globe)
CRUCIFIX REPAIRED AND BACK TO PARISH—Louis Ochsenbein, Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, and Ivan Eck paused after getting the newly-repaired crucifix into its new stand at the temporary location of St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin. The crucifix, the original that had hung in St. Mary’s sanctuary since 1968, was unearthed in the 2011 tornado debris, astonishingly only mildly damaged. (Photo by Anne Brown, Joplin Globe)

The original crucifix at St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin, has come home.

It had hung behind the altar since 1968, until the 2011 EF-5 tornado destroyed the church and nearly everything in it. Also destroyed was the nearby rectory, school, parish center, and more.

The tornado hurled the crucifix about half the length of the church. A few days later, volunteer parishioners sifting through the rubble found it beneath a mountain of debris. Read more

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Fr. Mark Binder honored as co-founder of Camp Re-NEW-All

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Camp Re-NEW-All celebrated 40 years with its 2014 season. Summer after summer, Camp Re-NEW-All brings Catholic youth together during eight sessions for community, the sacraments, good summer fun, and Christian formation, a gathering of youth not often realized in a diocese as geographically spread-out as the mission Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Read more

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A sacrament for all seasons

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One of the first things we learn about our Catholic Faith is that there are seven sacraments instituted by Christ to help us grow spiritually, to assist us in our salvation. Sometimes we have a tendency to disconnect the sacraments from each other. Actually, there is a very close connection between all of the sacraments. They all find their source and origin in the Holy Eucharist and should lead us to the Eucharist, Jesus Christ himself. Read more

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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.

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