From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

Each year as schools let out for the summer and as they begin in the fall, I urge parents to not forget their children’s spiritual life–the most important part of educating a child. All outside activities need to be balanced. Perhaps the best way to keep our families together and our young people strong is to keep God in the picture always. Do not wait until a crisis comes into your family’s life; come to church regularly on Sunday, and pray together as a family. Work your spiritual life and language into everyday conversation. School also brings new opportunities for parents to teach their young people respect, service, and to take responsibility for their actions.

I Love My Parish Strategic Planning Committee Update

I Love My Parish Strategic Planning Committee Update

I love My Parish Committee (formerly Stewardship Group) met for our first meeting last week. We are very excited to energize St. Agnes Parish and create a community of faith for all. We are looking for representatives who regularly attend the Vietnamese, Sunday 11:30am, or Sunday 5:00pm mass to join the group. Our next meeting is Sunday August 25th at 9:50am in the band room of the school. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact Gary Herman at 314-808-1165 or Sr. Jacinta Tran at 417-869-9842.

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

Thursday of this week we will celebrate the Assumption of Mary, a holy day of obligation. To understand this particular Marian celebration along with others, we must first understand the role of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is built upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition. This is a fundamental difference between the Catholic Church and the protestant churches. Sacred Tradition has brought the Catholic Church to a more complete grasp of God’s truth than can be attained from the Bible alone. Most Catholic dogmas which are the foundational principles which all Catholics must believe are found explicitly in the Bible, but there are some like the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary which over the centuries have been revealed by God to the Church. Such doctrines come from the same Source of truth as does the Bible and they CANNOT contradict the Bible and must be in harmony with the Bible. I know you have heard this and read this from me already, but we need to be reminded of what and why we celebrate Mary’s role in our Catholic faith.

WE ARE CALLED

WE ARE CALLED

Last Monday night we became better acquainted with G.K. Chesterton. Bishop Barron once described him as “a fine champagne: intoxicating, sparkling, and rare.” He was baptized Anglican and became Catholic at age 48, believing that Christianity would set right what was wrong with the world.

CATHOLIC NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS

CATHOLIC NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS

Get a group of friends together and join Bishop Edward M. Rice as he throws out the first pitch at Catholic Night at the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday, August 29. Gates open at 6:10pm with the game getting underway at 7:10pm. For $8, you'll get a reserved field box seat (3rd baseline, shaded); a free Springfield Cardinals Cap, Klement's $1 Bratwurst, and more! To order tickets (group or individual) contact the parish office by August 16. See you at the ballpark!

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

Our Diocese was created out of the southern counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the southern counties of Diocese of Kansas City in 1956. Since the foundation of our Diocese we have seen our Catholic population grow from 31,000 to almost 65,000.

Our Diocese has over its short history met several strong challenges and overcome them, becoming even stronger in faith and in building up the church. Found within the physical boundaries of our Diocese is the world headquarters of the Assemblies of God, Springfield; the General Baptist Church, Popular Bluff; and the Pentecostal Church of America, Joplin. There are Amish, Mormons and Mennonites, along with countless different free standing protestant churches. Our Diocese is comprised of 23,000 square miles and many of our parishes are small and in the rural areas. Lastly our Diocese has seen different waves of immigrants and has risen to meet the spiritual needs of those immigrants coming from Germany, Ireland, Vietnam, Mexico and Latin American countries. Each group of immigrants have made our Diocese more vibrant and open to new ideas and ways of working together.

We are a Diocese of 66 parishes, 18 missions. Last year we celebrated 399 infant baptisms, 589 children thru adults were received into the Church through a Profession of Faith or baptism There were 254 marriages of which 96 were mixed religion (Catholic & non Catholic). There are 2834 students enrolled in Catholic Elementary Schools, and 993 students enrolled in Catholic High Schools. There are 2781 students enrolled in Parish Grade Schools of Religion and 962 students enrolled in High School Parish Schools of Religion.

As our government struggles with the immigration issue, this is nothing new. In 1875 all Asians, especially Chinese were given a limited quota, followed by quotas of Eastern European countries from 1900 thru 1924, also limited in the 1920 thru 1930 were Italians and Irish. Northern European immigrants, especially non Catholic were welcomed. Unfortunately the Hispanics are being targeted today as lazy, as drug users and criminals, so send them back to where they came from. Immigrants as a whole regardless of where they have come from are mostly hard working and trying to use the freedoms of our country to build a better life for their families.

We have so much to be thankful for in our country and Diocese. With the grace of the Holy Spirit we will continue to meet the needs of the Church in the years to come here in southern Missouri. All of us need to be open to what the Holy Spirit is asking and directing us toward in the future. We have growing numbers of different immigrants, we have fewer priests being ordained, and we have more laity taking leadership roles in the Church; all of which need the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION INFO

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION INFO

Our Parish School of Religion is already preparing for the upcoming 2019-20 year. We are working hard to prepare to help our families share our Catholic faith with our young Catholics and with all of the parish.

Registration will be held Sunday, August 18th in the cafeteria beginning at 10:00. We invite all our families to participate whether the children attend Catholic, public or are home schooled. Just a reminder all children who plan to receive one of the sacraments, Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, or Confirmation should be attending religion classes or be enrolled in our Catholic schools a year prior to the reception of the sacraments. If you have any special family needs or considerations, we will work with you in any way possible. If you cannot make the registration, please contact us and we will get you set up.

CATHOLIC NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS

CATHOLIC NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD CARDINALS

Get a group of friends together and join Bishop Edward M. Rice as he throws out the first pitch at Catholic Night at the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday, August 29. Gates open at 6:10pm with the game getting underway at 7:10pm. For $8, you'll get a reserved field box seat (3rd baseline, shaded); a free Springfield Cardinals Cap, Klement's $1 Bratwurst, and more! To order tickets (group or individual) or for more information, contact Teresa Calhoun, (417) 832-3031, or tcalhoun@cardinals.com. See you at the ballpark!

CALLING ALL GARAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS AND PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS!

CALLING ALL GARAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS AND PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS!

As a way to thank you for your help at the garage sale, please join us for dinner on Tues, Aug 6th at 6:00 pm in the dining room. Whether you donated an hour of your time or 20 hours, we want you to know how much we appreciate you. So come join us and bring your ideas. We always want input on how we can improve for next year. All food will be provided. All parish council members are also invited to join the volunteers for dinner.

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

Continuing from last week, I want to look at young people and religion. Most teenagers practice new skills on their parents, especially arguing for the sake of what we adults might call simply for the sake of arguing, but really they are working at putting new information into ideas. This can be a trying time for parents, especially if what your son/ daughter is rejecting is a part of your family traditions, rituals, and habits. If your adolescent child rejects your religion, the practices he or she was raised with since birth, it’s not just difficult. It can create family discord and personal heartache

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus - The monthly meeting is this Monday, July 22nd. We will meet at 6:30 in the Cafeteria for officer installation ceremony followed by a pot luck dinner. All Knights and their families are invited. Bring a side dish or dessert. The Council will supply the meat and drinks..

From The Pastor’s Desk

From The Pastor’s Desk

I began this discussion last week and will continue it this week. Parents ask me often, why does my son/daughter no longer want to go to church? There are several reasons and I hope that I can answer some of them. Keep in mind I am not a specialist, but I have worked with young people my whole priesthood. Rebellion is a normal part of adolescence. As children move into pre-teens and then teens, they are seeking greater independence. They push boundaries, oppose rules, argue more, reject authority, and many times walk away from the people who love them most, mom and dad. Does this sound familiar?