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Holy week rekindles ancient roots

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What is Holy Week?

It is the reenacting of the Passion of Our Lord.

Dates:
Holy Week is the last week of Lent:
Palm or Passion Sunday, April 13
Holy Thursday, April 17
Good Friday, April 18
Holy Saturday, April 19
– The time from sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Day is also known as the Triduum, which is Latin for “three days.” Read more

Pastor’s weekend at Conception Seminary

SEMINARIANS GREET PASTORS— Pastor’s Weekend at Conception Seminary, Conception, MO, was held March 20-21 with diocesan seminarians and Bp. James V. Johnston. Pictured were seminarian Joshua Carroll and pastor, Fr. Lewis Hejna, Immaculate Conception Church, Springfield; seminarian Nicholas Newton and Msgr. Tom Reidy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Springfield; Fr. David Hulshof, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Cape Girardeau, and seminarian Nicholas Koeppel; seminarian Luis Hernandez and Fr. Daniel Robles, St. Cecilia Church, Kennett, and St. Eustachius Church, Portageville. The weekend consisted of conversation, dinners, fellowship, and Mass. “It was great to have our pastors up here to see how we were fairing with the semester’s work,” said Josh Carroll.  “The few short days were enough to get us excited to come back this summer to begin our works in our own diocese and parishes again.” (Submitted photo)
SEMINARIANS GREET PASTORS— Pastor’s Weekend at Conception Seminary, Conception, MO, was held March 20-21 with diocesan seminarians and Bp. James V. Johnston. Pictured were seminarian Joshua Carroll and pastor, Fr. Lewis Hejna, Immaculate Conception Church, Springfield; seminarian Nicholas Newton and Msgr. Tom Reidy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Springfield; Fr. David Hulshof, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Cape Girardeau, and seminarian Nicholas Koeppel; seminarian Luis Hernandez and Fr. Daniel Robles, St. Cecilia Church, Kennett, and St. Eustachius Church, Portageville. The weekend consisted of conversation, dinners, fellowship, and Mass. “It was great to have our pastors up here to see how we were fairing with the semester’s work,” said Josh Carroll. “The few short days were enough to get us excited to come back this summer to begin our works in our own diocese and parishes again.” (Submitted photo)

Kindergarteners celebrate alphabet letters

The kindergarten class in Guardian Angel School, Oran, has spent most of the academic year learning the alphabet letters and sounds through the Letter People phonics and reading program. To celebrate the completion and mastery of the alphabet, the students came to school on April 7 dressed as their given letter in costumes designed with the aid of parents. The event kicked-off a week-long celebration of Letter People and a host of activities.

LETTER PEOPLE—Cora Woods (Miss T), Clayton Hahn (Mr. I), Lauren Williamsen (Miss S), Reid Hobbs (Mr. R), Cooper Bryant (Mr. D), Ava Forehand (Miss J), Amelia LeGrand (Miss V), and Ryder Siebert (Mr. B) celebrated Letter People week in Guardian Angel School, Oran, MO. The kindergarteners have spent most of the academic year mastering the alphabet letters and sounds. (Submitted photo)
LETTER PEOPLE—Cora Woods (Miss T), Clayton Hahn (Mr. I), Lauren Williamsen (Miss S), Reid Hobbs (Mr. R), Cooper Bryant (Mr. D), Ava Forehand (Miss J), Amelia LeGrand (Miss V), and Ryder Siebert (Mr. B) celebrated Letter People week in Guardian Angel School, Oran, MO. The kindergarteners have spent most of the academic year mastering the alphabet letters and sounds. (Submitted photo)

Bishop Johnston’s prayer intentions for April


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For the work of the diocesan Envisioning Team assisting me in helping to identify priorities and goals in the diocese for the near future—may the Holy Spirit guide us and give wisdom to our work.

For teenagers—may they discover anew and more deeply know Jesus.

Two popes—two saints for Easter


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“Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of man, is the center of the universe and of history.” –Blessed John Paul II, “Redemptor Hominis” [“The Redeemer of Man”], 1

As Easter approaches, our attention focuses on the saving work of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. We proclaim this central mystery of our faith at every Mass in the memorial acclamation: “We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.” The power of his Redemption is extended into our lives through the sacraments, especially baptism and the Holy Eucharist. This central event, the most important in all of history, is the focus not only of Holy Week, but we recall it and encounter it every Sunday in Holy Mass. 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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