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Statement from the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
​Re: Mercy Healthcare, Springfield

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We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. We believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and strive to follow the Bible’s counsel: “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, …” (Hebrews 13:8-9). Read more

The ‘I’ road vs. the ‘Eye’ road

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A Hollywood columnist who knew everyone in the entertainment business was asked after a famous entertainer committed suicide, “Do you know anyone else in music, entertainment, or the movies who might be in danger of committing suicide?” She replied, “I don’t know of anyone who’s famous in these fields who’s not in danger, because I don’t know a single one who is happy.”

Hollywood stars seem to have everything the world wants: fame, fortune, pleasure. But these things put them on the road to unhappiness, the “I” road. The road to happiness is an “Eye” road. Although the roads sound the same, the spellings and the paths taken are significantly different! Read more

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Christmas: ‘sheer grace’ of Christ

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“And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.” —Jn 1:16

The Christmas Season that we celebrate as Catholics ended this year on Sun., Jan. 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  Already, the secular world had moved on to its next focus, Super Bowl Sunday.  Our hearts, however, ought to still be lingering in gratitude and joy over the gift that God has given us in Jesus Christ.  To that end, I offer the reflections of those who had some insight into the profound beauty and meaning of the mystery of Christmas, the saints: Read more

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Medical center employees support Catholic Charities

THE POWER OF SHARING—Through its annual Power of Sharing campaign, Saint Francis Medical Center employees again generously supported Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri with a check for $12,951. Pictured were Jason Van de Ven, Power of Sharing committee member, Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau; Kyle Schott, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri; Tyree Chapman, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri; and Christy Farrow, Power of Sharing committee member. The Power of Sharing campaign allows employees each year to designate a charity they wish to support and have their donations deducted from their paychecks. In 2014, the Power of Sharing campaign raised a total $109,000 for six human-services agencies. Catholic Charities has been part of the campaign for the last four years. For more information about Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, log on to www.ccsomo.org. (Photo by Emily Blattel)
THE POWER OF SHARING—Through its annual Power of Sharing campaign, Saint Francis Medical Center employees again generously supported Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri with a check for $12,951. Pictured were Jason Van de Ven, Power of Sharing committee member, Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau; Kyle Schott, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri; Tyree Chapman, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri; and Christy Farrow, Power of Sharing committee member. The Power of Sharing campaign allows employees each year to designate a charity they wish to support and have their donations deducted from their paychecks. In 2014, the Power of Sharing campaign raised a total $109,000 for six human-services agencies. Catholic Charities has been part of the campaign for the last four years. For more information about Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, log on to www.ccsomo.org. (Photo by Emily Blattel)
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St. Mary Parish returns home


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St. Mary Catholic Church in Joplin, MO, celebrated its happy and historic dedication and blessing on Dec. 17, 2014.  Bp. James V. Johnston, Bp. Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, and a host of area priests, deacons, religious, guests, and parishioners marked the end of what has been an exile of sorts since the former parish plant was destroyed in a May, 2011 tornado. With the help of the parish family and neighbors, some local, some from across the globe and never met, St. Mary Parish has rebuilt its place of worship under the expertise of RDG Planning and Design and Crossland Construction. The photos taken by photographer Bruce Stidham speak for themselves. Readers may find a description of the art and architecture of St. Mary Church below as well as additional photos here. Read more

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About

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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