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Joseph Kelly ordained to the diaconate

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Deacon Kelly will minister in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau

TRANSITIONAL DEACON—Fr. J. Friedel, Director of Vocations/Seminarians; Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr.; Deacon Joe Kelly, fourth-year theology student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary​, in St. Louis; and Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, Director of Vocation Promotions, posed for a photo after Kelly was ordained to the diaconate in St. Agnes Cathedral June 21. Kelly hopes to be ordained a priest in about a year’s time. (Photo by Phil Labadie)
TRANSITIONAL DEACON—Fr. J. Friedel, Director of Vocations/Seminarians; Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr.; Deacon Joe Kelly, fourth-year theology student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary​, in St. Louis; and Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, Director of Vocation Promotions, posed for a photo after Kelly was ordained to the diaconate in St. Agnes Cathedral June 21. Kelly hopes to be ordained a priest in about a year’s time. (Photo by Phil Labadie)

A joyful standing-room-only crowd in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, on Saturday morning, June 21, was evidence in itself of the support of family, friends, schoolmates, seminarians, religious, deacons, and priests that has been with and aided Joseph Kelly in his journey toward priesthood. Kelly was ordained to the diaconate by Bp. James V. Johnston on the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga before a congregation of more than 450 faithful.

“I was overwhelmed,” Kelly said, “just by the amount of people who where there.” Read more

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Bishop to announce Mutually-Shared Vision

17-day Road Rally Revival begins Aug. 15 in Portageville and concludes Sun., Aug. 31 in Sarcoxie.

Bishop James V. Johnston will embark on a 2,000-mile Road Rally Revival in August during which he will visit each parish and mission in order to announce the diocesan vision, goals, and priorities that have been established as a result of the year-long envisioning process. Read more

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The media, marriage, and family

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“By divine favor, especially in modern times, human genius has produced from natural material astonishing inventions in the field of technology. Some of these have extraordinary bearing on the human spirit …” —“Inter Mirifica” (“Decree on the Media of Social Communications”), Second Vatican Council Read more

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Gestures expressions of faith

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As Catholics, we place importance and significance on gestures within our worship at Mass. Since the early centuries of the Christian Faith, gestures play an important part in our liturgical tradition and heritage, both in our public and communal worship as well as in our private prayer and personal devotion. Read more

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Multicultural celebration marks Pentecost at Our Lady of the Lake: Celebrate our unity in diversity

PRAYER PETITIONS—A group photo represents members of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, who participated in the call to read the prayer intentions during the June 8 liturgy in their native language and wear traditional dress from their country of origin. Languages spoken were English, by Rick Shields; Tagalog (Philippines), by Issa Avellanosa; Vietnamese, by Christine Nguyen; Sinhalese (Sri Lanka), by Rienzie Wannithantri; Chinese, by Kiara Holtkamp; and Italian, by Remy Battain. (Submitted photo)
PRAYER PETITIONS—A group photo represents members of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, who participated in the call to read the prayer intentions during the June 8 liturgy in their native language and wear traditional dress from their country of origin. Languages spoken were English, by Rick Shields; Tagalog (Philippines), by Issa Avellanosa; Vietnamese, by Christine Nguyen; Sinhalese (Sri Lanka), by Rienzie Wannithantri; Chinese, by Kiara Holtkamp; and Italian, by Remy Battain. (Submitted photo)
PRELUDE TO MASS—El mata chin (religious dancers) performed interpretive dance before Mass on June 8 in Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. Mata chine is both a dance and a symbolic reenactment of various aspects of both the Hispanic culture and the indigenous tribes that were met in the New World. Often used to teach the faith, the Mata chin here represented the struggle between good and evil, one of the first dances used by missionaries to evangelize the indigeous people of Mexico. (Submitted photo)
PRELUDE TO MASS—El mata chin (religious dancers) performed interpretive dance before Mass on June 8 in Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. Mata chine is both a dance and a symbolic reenactment of various aspects of both the Hispanic culture and the indigenous tribes that were met in the New World. Often used to teach the faith, the Mata chin here represented the struggle between good and evil, one of the first dances used by missionaries to evangelize the indigeous people of Mexico. (Submitted photo)

Held this year June 8, the annual Pentecost celebration is a multicultural experience that’s looked forward to each year in Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. Hallmarked by festive music, prayer, and dance, the entire parish gets involved in the colorful celebration of the gift of the Spirit upon the Church and its members. 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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