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.
Pope to grandparents, all elderly people: 'You are needed'VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to them and still has plans for their lives. "I was called to become the bishop of Rome when I had reached, so to speak, retirement age, and thought I would not be doing anything new," said the pope, who is 84 now and was elected when he was 76. "The Lord is always -- always -- close to us. He is close to us with new possibilities, new ideas, new consolations, but always close to us. You know that the Lord is eternal; he never, ever goes into retirement," the pope wrote in his message for the Catholic Church's first celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The message was released at the Vatican June 22 in anticipation of the celebration July 25, the Sunday closest to the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Jesus' grandparents. "Think about it: what is our vocation today, at our age? To preserve our roots, to pass on the faith to the young and to care for the little ones," he wrote. "Never forget this." "There is no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to your grandchildren. You just need to set out and undertake something new." ... See MoreSee Less
The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a blood drive on Friday, July 23rd, 1:00—6:00 p.m. on the parking lot. You can make a difference. Please sign up to get a convenient time for yourself. Call Virginia Pojar, 417-494-4977 to sign up or if you have questions. ... See MoreSee Less
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