Guided by the words of our patron saint St. Francis of Assisi, we are a welcoming community formed around the Eucharist and open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be a people of prayer, serving our faith through the principle of Christian stewardship.
Bishop’s Walk & Pot Luck – PALM SUNDAY DATE: Sunday, April 14, 2019 TIME: Walk Time is 11am WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi LUNCH: Pot Luck COST: $20 for an Individual and $50 for a Family Register online at: www.ccsomo.org/2019-bishops-walk-registration-begins/ Your Bishop’s Walk registration helps move those in southern Missouri from poverty to self-sufficiency. ... See MoreSee Less
Join your neighbors in faith, fitness, and community. Registrants by March 22 will receive a Bishop’s Walk T-shirt. Don’t miss out on a chance to participate in diocese-wide event. Bishop Rice himself will be walking. Will you?
Lent is a time for remembering and reflecting. Where would we be without the help of so many people who in many quiet ways have stretched out their hands and given us hope. Lent is not a time to rend our garments before the evil all around us, but instead to make room in our life for all the good we are able to do. It is time to set aside everything that isolates and paralyzes us.
What experience of God's love has most encouraged you to make a new beginning this Lent? ... See MoreSee Less
In his Transfiguration, we see an anticipation of the glory of Jesus' Resurrection. In each of the reports of the Transfiguration, the disciples keep secret what they have seen. Not until they also witness his Passion and death will the disciples understand Jesus' Transfiguration. We hear this story of Jesus' Transfiguration early in Lent, but we have the benefit of hindsight. In our hearing of it, we anticipate Jesus' Resurrection even as we prepare to remember Jesus' Passion and death. ... See MoreSee Less
Christ invites us to not be caught up with the prospects and fashions of the moment, but rather to constantly look to the Lord's cross to discover our program of life. He invites us to overcome temptations and experience dying to our old way of life for Jesus' sake. God's Word encourages us to draw strength from memory and to recall the good things the Lord has given us. If we lose our lives for love of Jesus, we live no longer for ourselves, but in the image of Christ, for him and following him.
What most scares you about dying to yourself and your own interests? ... See MoreSee Less
Lent is a time for us to reflect and remind ourselves how much we need the presence of the Lord Jesus in our lives. Prayer, sacrificial efforts and service to others are all essential to this time. Please consider these additional Lenten opportunities to prepare for the celebration of the Easter.