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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri holds first annual Bishop’s Walk

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SPRINGFIELD—Parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, posed for a photo after joining many walkers on the track at Springfield Catholic High School March 21 for the first annual Bishop’s Walk— “Families Helping Families.” Pictured were (front row) Mary Gray, Nancy Pikey, Cindy Bennett; (second row) Sr. Diane Frederick, OSF, Darryl Gates, Sue Gates, Lisa Spragg, Diana Mullen, Anita Gilliam; (third row) Tom Gray, and Jacob Gray. (Submitted photo)
SPRINGFIELD—Parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, posed for a photo after joining many walkers on the track at Springfield Catholic High School March 21 for the first annual Bishop’s Walk— “Families Helping Families.” Pictured were (front row) Mary Gray, Nancy Pikey, Cindy Bennett; (second row) Sr. Diane Frederick, OSF, Darryl Gates, Sue Gates, Lisa Spragg, Diana Mullen, Anita Gilliam; (third row) Tom Gray, and Jacob Gray. (Submitted photo)

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) held its first annual Bishop’s Walk—“Families Helping Families” on Sat., March 21, 2015. The event was held at various times across southern Missouri on the same day in order to fund CCSOMO social services. For example, the walk was held in Joplin at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Parish and at 12-noon at St. Peter the Apostle Parish; in Springfield, the walk was held at 9 a.m. at Springfield Catholic High School. Bp. James V. Johnston walked at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau at its 12-noon event.

With people coming together as a Catholic community all over the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri raised $17,480 to fund such programs as LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home in Springfield, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and homelessness prevention even as a new initiative, the Bishop’s Walk had 1,000 parishioners walking to help neighbors in need. Read more

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Oils consecrated at chrism Mass central to Church’s sacraments

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OIL OF CATECHUMENS—Greg Gloeckner helped dispense the oil of catechumens into vials for distribution to parishes following the chrism Mass celebrated in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on March 31. Three oils were blessed by Bp. James V. Johnston during the chrism Mass: the oil of the sick, used in anointing of the sick; the oil of catechumens, which is for those preparing to be baptized; and the chrism oil which is consecrated and used for baptism, confirmation, and holy orders. Another chrism Mass was celebrated in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau the night before, on March 30. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)
OIL OF CATECHUMENS—Greg Gloeckner helped dispense the oil of catechumens into vials for distribution to parishes following the chrism Mass celebrated in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on March 31. Three oils were blessed by Bp. James V. Johnston during the chrism Mass: the oil of the sick, used in anointing of the sick; the oil of catechumens, which is for those preparing to be baptized; and the chrism oil which is consecrated and used for baptism, confirmation, and holy orders. Another chrism Mass was celebrated in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau the night before, on March 30. (Photo by J.B. Kelly)

Some of the Church’s most ancient traditions and rituals are witnessed during Holy Week, including the preparation, blessing, and distribution of oils central to the Catholic Church’s sacraments and rites.

From Jerusalem to Rome to parishes around the world, the pope and local bishops carry out the annual custom of preparing and distributing to churches the holy oils. The chrism Mass is usually celebrated on or before Holy Thursday, which is April 2 this year, in the local cathedral with the bishop gathered with his priests.

“The chrism Mass is a special manifestation of both the variety and the unity of the Church,” Bp. James V. Johnston said. “All of the faithful are present, representing clergy, religious, and laity, along with the presence of parishioners from all of our parishes and missions.”
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McAuley Warriors undefeated in Ozark 7 competition

The McAuley Catholic Highschool boys varsity basketball team recently went undefeated in Ozark 7 competition to bring home the Ozark 7 Conference Title. In addition to the team award for the Joplin school, individual players and their coach were also honored for accomplishments over the 2014-2015 basketball season:

Lathan Vlasin – Conference Player of the Year Adam Robertson –  1st Team All-Conference

Jake Dole – 2nd Team All-Conference

Coach Randy Robertson – Ozark 7 Conference, Coach of the Year. 

WARRIOR HOOPSTERS—The varsity basketball team for McAuley Catholic High School recently brought home the Ozark 7 Conference Title. Pictured are (front row) Dylan Londo, Tommy Doyle, Collin Lowry, Brendyn Taylor, Hunter Huthsing; (second row) Simeon Dohmen, Cameron Bertoncino, Adam Robertson, Jake Doyle, and Lathan Vlasin. (Submitted photo)
WARRIOR HOOPSTERS—The varsity basketball team for McAuley Catholic High School recently brought home the Ozark 7 Conference Title. Pictured are (front row) Dylan Londo, Tommy Doyle, Collin Lowry, Brendyn Taylor, Hunter Huthsing; (second row) Simeon Dohmen, Cameron Bertoncino, Adam Robertson, Jake Doyle, and Lathan Vlasin. (Submitted photo)
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General update from Missouri Catholic Conference

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When the General Assembly returns to work next week, debate over the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2016 is likely to grab most of the attention. However, other important issues will surface in the coming weeks.

Senator Jeanie Riddle (R-Fulton) has SB 302 in position for debate by the full Senate. This legislation seeks to ensure women considering out-of-state abortions receive the same information about abortion alternatives and related issues as is currently provided under Missouri law to women considering an abortion in Missouri. Meanwhile, HB 190 sponsored by State Representative Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), which would require annual state inspections of abortion clinics, has passed the Missouri House and awaits action in the Missouri Senate. The MCC will be working to pass both bills in the closing weeks of this year’s session. Read more

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Take a walk with Jesus

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Over the last several decades, many people have incorporated walking into their daily routine. If you visit the shopping malls, you will see a fairly large group of folks who are not there to shop, but to walk! People choose to walk for a variety of reasons, usually relating to one’s health. In days gone by, the main reason for walking was transportation, to get from one place to another. Walking is a simple and inexpensive way to lose weight, to strengthen muscles, and to condition the heart. In our society, people have come to appreciate and understand the mental and physical benefits of something so simple as walking. On an emotional level, a person may choose to walk with others in order to bond with them and to get to know them better. Perhaps you walked on the beach, or on a mountain trail, or even on a beautiful country road (and we have lots of those in southern Missouri!). Taking a walk with someone can be a life-changing experience! 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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