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Webb City turkey dinner: 65 years of giving thanks

The parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City continued the 65-year tradition of sponsoring a Turkey Dinner for southwest Missouri over the weekend of Nov. 1-2. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the church and an even larger social gathering for the local community.

Under the direction of Will and Cheryl Roderique, the 65th annual event was a huge success with over 2,000 dinners served. Sacred Heart provided a cafeteria-style sit-down dinner as well as take-out meals for local businesses and elderly residents. In addition, a country store and silent auction allowed patrons the opportunity to bring home nice gifts for the holidays.

Members of the parish cooked, served, and cleaned for the event.

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2014 Distinguished Teachers honored at diocesan education in-services

2014 DISTINGUISHED TEACHER—English teacher Kaara Schrader of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, was awarded one of two Distinguished Teacher awards in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Schrader has been at McAuley 18 years. (Submitted photo)
2014 DISTINGUISHED TEACHER—English teacher Kaara Schrader of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, was awarded one of two Distinguished Teacher awards in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Schrader has been at McAuley 18 years. (Submitted photo)

Educators, administrators, staff, and principals in diocesan Catholic schools recently gathered at two in-services held in Springfield and Cape Girardeau. These days are partially underwritten by the annual Diocesan Development Fund and put on by the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools: Leon Witt is the superintendent and Debra Owensby serves as administrative assistant.

The annual events allow the recognition of the three Catholic high schools and 23 elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, their commitments to Catholic education, the faith, and the communities in which they serve. Under the theme of “A Time for Change,” new contract employees, including principals, were welcomed; service awards were given; and the Distinguished Teacher awards were bestowed. Read more

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Death is a continuation of our life in the Lord

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I recently invited reflection upon the mystery of life and death and how our beliefs and teachings regarding each are revealed to us in the Sacred Liturgy, especially the Mass of Christian Burial. In many ways, our society has conditioned us to avoid the issue of death. However, the moment of our death is one of the most sacred and paramount moments in life. What is the spiritual state of our soul at that moment? The answer to that question should be of the utmost importance to us.

At each Mass, we celebrate the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross. This death was not the end of the story, it was the beginning of the story. It was a death that leads to new life: the Resurrection! The Resurrection invites us to approach death counter-culturally. As Christians, the promise of the Resurrection is the lens through which we should view not only death, but also life. Read more

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The Last Things: Christ is the key

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“… God is a consuming fire.” —-Heb 12:29

These days in November lead to an annual consideration of what are commonly called the Last Things: Death, Judgment, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. Because these are in fact, “last,” we ought to think seriously about them from time-to-time. The Church prods us to this by setting the subjects before us in Scripture and the Liturgy during these final weeks of the Liturgical Year. Read more

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McAuley Catholic High School marks Founder’s Day

FOUNDER’S DAY WELCOME—Students of McAuley Catholic High School prepped the halls for Founder’s Day events honoring the roots of Catholic education in Joplin, MO. Three days of festivities included a visit by Bp. James V. Johnston on Fri., Oct. 3, and an Assembly of Appreciation honoring volunteers. (Submitted photo)
FOUNDER’S DAY WELCOME—Students of McAuley Catholic High School prepped the halls for Founder’s Day events honoring the roots of Catholic education in Joplin, MO. Three days of festivities included a visit by Bp. James V. Johnston on Fri., Oct. 3, and an Assembly of Appreciation honoring volunteers. (Submitted photo)
The Venerable Mother Catherine Elizabeth McAuley was an Irish nun, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. Born: September 28, 1778, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Died: November 11, 1841
The Venerable
Mother Catherine Elizabeth
McAuley was an Irish nun, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831.
Born: September 28, 1778, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Died: November 11, 1841

Three days of events recently culminated in Founder’s Day at McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin. Some of the highlights included Eucharistic Adoration with Bp. James V. Johnston; a faculty and student Quiz bowl; an 1800’s Wardrobe Day; and an Assembly of Appreciation honoring all who support Catholic education in the Joplin community. 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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