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God is LIMITLESS

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​​LIMITLESS—Billy Wilson of Holy Trinity Parish in Marshfield was one of approximately 400 youth from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau who attended the Steubenville ​Youth ​Conferences held on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. ​Over 7,500 youth attended the recent Mid-America conferences under the theme LIMITLESS. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
​​LIMITLESS—Billy Wilson of Holy Trinity Parish in Marshfield was one of approximately 400 youth from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau who attended the Steubenville ​Youth ​Conferences held on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. ​Over 7,500 youth attended the recent Mid-America conferences under the theme LIMITLESS. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

Steubenville Conferences draw a record 7,500+ Catholic youth

Youth attending the 2015 Steubenville Conferences in Springfield Mid-America were encouraged through prayer, fellowship, and the witness of religious and lay speakers, to never settle for simply “what the world offers,” but rather to be drawn closer to God and to be ever-inspired by His limitless love and mercy.

The Mid-America sessions, coordinated by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and hosted on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, drew more than 7,500 youth over the weekends of July 10-12 and July 17-19.

Bp. Edward Rice, an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, said that the youth of the Church today are called to help renew the world, to rebuild a society that often seems to be hung up on expecting authentic and enduring satisfaction from limited, earthly things. Young people must live “in the world, but not of the world,” Bp. Rice said.

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Planned Parenthood videos prompt investigations

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FACILITY IN ST. LOUIS—Pro-life supporters gather outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis July 21. They held the demonstration after the release of two videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the method and price of providing fetal tissue obtained from abortions for medical research. (Photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD FACILITY IN ST. LOUIS—Pro-life supporters gather outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis July 21. They held the demonstration after the release of two videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the method and price of providing fetal tissue obtained from abortions for medical research. (Photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Over the past two weeks, The Center for Medical Progress has released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood personnel apparently discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, and ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. Planned Parenthood denounced the videos, which quickly spread through social media, and denied making a profit on the sale of aborted baby parts. In Missouri, Planned Parenthood said it does not participate in tissue donation programs and follows applicable laws and sends tissue to pathology and then for medical disposal.

The undercover videos have raised questions regarding the legal, ethical, and psychological implications of using fetal body parts procured from abortions.

In one of the videos, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, mentions the Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis as an “untapped” place to obtain specimens.

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Seamstress completes diocesan banners

During his historic Road Rally Revival last August, Bishop James V. Johnston visited each and every parish and mission in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in order to announce to our One Church, East West our vision and goals for the next five years.  All parishes and missions were encouraged to develop a quilt square representative of their faithful community, which Bishop Johnston collected during the rally.

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Camp Kilimanjaro comes to life in Joplin

One of summer’s highlights for many young families is Vacation Bible School. This year was no different as Camp Kilimanjaro was brought to life at Sacred Heart Parish, Webb City. Seventy preschoolers, kindergarteners, and young people through the fifth grade enjoyed songs, crafts, activities, and the sacraments during the event held July 20-23 for St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin; St. Mary Parish, Joplin; St. Ann Parish, Carthage, and Sacred Heart Parish.

The youth were assisted by 25 young adult-helpers in sixth grade through 10th grade who were joined by 30 adult volunteers to make the event a fun and prayerful success.

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Corpus Christi procession held in Cape Girardeau

Annual Corpus Christi procession held in Cape Girardeau

Priests, many diocesan seminarians, and area faithful participated in the annual Corpus Christi procession on June 7. The procession began at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cape Girardeau and with prayerful stops along the way, concluded at historic Old St. Vincent Church.

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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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