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Annual Bake Sale - November 10-11

Posted on November 05, 2018 in: General News

Ladies and gentleman, start planning your baking now! We are asking all households to contribute HOME baked goods to our annual bake sale, on Saturday & Sunday, November 10th & 11th. The money raised will help our St. Vincent de Paul, Rare Breed, Birthright, LifeHouse; and also our Seminarians, Parish, and Community & International Projects, etc. This is our only fundraising project for the year; we appreciate all your HOME baked goodies! To volunteer to help: Noreen Penn, 881.1234; or Karen Soetaert, 887.7929.

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All Saints’ Day

Posted on October 25, 2018 in: General News

All Saints’ Day
A Holy Day of Obligation Wednesday, October 31st 5:30pm (Holyday Mass for All Saints’ will be at 5:30 PM— No 6:30 PM Mass on Wednesday of this week) Thursday, November 1st 6:20am, 8:30am, and 5:30pm Memorial of All Souls Friday, November 2nd 6:20am and, 8:30am Mass

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Trunk or Treat - October 28

Posted on October 22, 2018 in: General News

Trunk or Treat - October 28
Trunk or Treat this Sunday, October 28th, from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Bring candy, decorate your trunk and makes kids happy!!  Chili and hot dogs will be available, as well as a cake walk, glow-in-the-dark tattoos and lots of fun!!  Plan on joining us! Download Trunk or Treat Flyer

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Our last group work day for our "6th year" will be Tuesday, October 23rd, 9:00am –11:00am. It's never too late to join other volunteers from area parishes to help maintain their beautiful grounds and plant and harvest fresh vegetables in their 21 raised beds. These vegetables are enjoyed by the women and children who are living at LifeHouse. This month we will finish up clearing out brush, preparing the vegetable beds for winter, and cutting back peonies and day-lilies. Next year we will have our 1st work day on Tuesday, March 26th, 9:00am–11:00am. Information: Jana Hukriede, 417.831.3240.

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Minister to the Sick

Posted on October 19, 2018 in: General News

Minister to the Sick
Have you ever felt called to visit hospitalized patients and bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients? The Pastoral Services Department at Mercy Hospital is currently recruiting committed active Catholic lay persons to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick. Training, mentoring and support will be provided. This commitment would require about two hours of your time each visit to Mercy Hospital. You will be scheduled as often as you prefer, and the time of the visits to patients is lexible. Please call Fr. Tom (417.887.0600) if you are interested. 

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Seeking Director of Sacred Music

Posted on October 11, 2018 in: General News

Director of Sacred Music Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is a vibrant parish community of 1,100+ families located in beautiful Southwest Missouri.  It is also home to a lovely 22 Rank, 2 Manual Schantz organ which was installed in 1981. Our parish is seeking a strong organist with a proven choral background to serve as the Director of Sacred Music.  A practicing Catholic, the Director of Sacred Music would be responsible for planning, preparing and executing music for Sunday and weekday school liturgies as well as training and instructing choirs and cantors in sacred music.  A Master’s degr...

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The Fatima Rosary Crusade celebrates the Miracle of the Sun on Saturday, October 13th, at 12:00 NOON. We will be praying the rosary at the Southeast corner of Immaculate Conception’s parking lot for the intentions of: Our Holy Catholic Church; Freedom of Religion; Our Country; Conversion of Sinners; End of Abortions; and many other Intentions. All are invited to pray with us. 

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Catholic Man Night

Posted on September 28, 2018 in: General News

All Catholic Men are invited to “Men Meeting Jesus” Thursday, October 4th, 6:30PM, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Join us for Man-feast, fellowship, and re-lections from Father Colby Elbert. RSVP to SGFareaCatholicManNight@gmail.com or 417.827.0303

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Animal Blessing - October 7th

Posted on September 28, 2018 in: General News

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Spring-ield, Missouri, will be hosting a “Blessing of the Animals” event. In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and in continuation of our 150th Anniversary celebration, Father Tom Kiefer will bless pets from our community. All creatures great and small are welcome! The ceremony will be on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 12:30PM. We will gather outside on the school playground, surrounding the portico. All animals must be on a leash or suitably restrained. If you prefer, your pet may be blessed while in your car (let a volunteer know where you are parked). Those pets una...

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Pet Blessings

Posted on September 27, 2018 in: General News

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and in continuation of our 150th Anniversary celebration, Father Tom Kiefer will bless pets from our community.   All creatures great and small are welcome!  The ceremony will be on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 12:30 pm.  We will gather outside on the school playground, surrounding the portico. All animals must be on leash or suitably restrained.  If you prefer, your pet may be blessed while in your car (let a volunteer know where you are parked).  Those pets unable to attend may be represented by a photo.   Children without pets are encouraged to...

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Cornerstone Scripture Study

Posted on September 07, 2018 in: General News

Take a spiritual journey through scripture where Jesus is "The Cornerstone." The Cornerstone, a Catholic in depth study of the Scriptures, involves daily study questions, small group sharing, spiritual reflection, and commentary readings. This year’s study: Book of Revelation. Take a journey through the final book of the Bible and hear of God’s great promise to protect His people and defeat their enemies. The daytime group meets Thursday mornings, 9:30am–11:30am, at Holy Trinity Parish. A Visitor’s Day is scheduled September 20th. Information: Nicola at 823.0911. The nighttime group meets ...

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Pope Francis calls Catholics to go to the peripheries. We invite you to attend the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 2018 annual Assembly on Saturday, October 6th, at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City to find out how. This event is sponsored by the Missouri bishops and is free to all who attend. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Workshops will be offered on a number of issues, including pro-life, immigration law, the death penalty, the opioid epidemic, and a Catholic response to the LGBTQ community. Lunch is provided and the day will end with a Mass concelebrated by the ...

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The Women's Council is collecting used but still wearable shoes to donate to charitable organizations in Springfield, from Saturday, September 1st, thru Friday, September 28th. Please tie or rubber-band each pair of shoes together and place in the box marked “Save Your Soles” in the Gathering Area. For more information, contact Sandy DeFrank, 417.300.1930. Thank you for your generosity.

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150th Anniversary T-shirts

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

The Youth Group is taking orders for Immaculate Conception 150th Anniversary T-shirts after mass this weekend and next weekend.  Deadline for this order is Monday, September 17th so shirts will be here in time for the parish picnic on October 6th.  Adult shirts are $15.00 and youth shirts are $10.00. Click Here to Download the Order Form

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Family Trouble? Personal Illness? Depression? Relationship issues? Learn how to look back and find possible roots of these problems in the past and bring them to Jesus for forgiveness and healing. Fr. Brendan Walsh, SAC will be joining us from the Pallottine Retreat House for a day of talks at the Drury Plaza Conference Center Saturday, September 29th, 10:00am–5:00pm with Lunch Break followed by an evening Healing Mass and Prayer Opportunity at St. Vincent de Paul Church. $40 registration fee. Co-sponsored with the Diocesan Office of Family Life. Information/Registration: Jenni at 573.450.0014 and www.jesuscanhealyou...

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Have you been Confirmed?

Posted on August 24, 2018 in: General News

Informational Meeting for Parents and Candidate This informational meeting is for any individual from 9th grade and up who has not been confirmed. You need only to attend one of the following meetings: Saturday, September 1st, after the 4:00pm Mass; Sunday, September 2nd, after the 11:00am Mass; or Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00pm, in Community Room A.

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LifeHouse Volunteers Needed

Posted on August 24, 2018 in: General News

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home is in need of loving, dedicated volunteers to work in our childcare program. We offer twice weekly childcare to our residents on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am–11:30am. If interested, contact Jill Bryant, 417.720.4213, or email at jbryant@ccsomo.org. You will be required to complete a volunteer application, pass background checks, and complete VIRTUS training. 

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The Regional Council of Catholic Women's General Meeting is Thursday, September 6th, at Immaculate Conception Parish. Registration & a light brunch will begin at 8:45am. Business meeting at 9:30am, followed by Mass, lunch, & entertainment. The day will end at 2:00pm. Raffle items will be available. Please join us for a day of fellowship, and spirituality. For more information, contact Claran Aug at 417.881.7554.

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August Work Day—LifeHouse

Posted on August 17, 2018 in: General News

Our August work day will be Thursday, August 23rd, 8:30am–10:30am. We will be weeding and harvesting vegetables from the 21 raised beds that the residents of LifeHouse enjoy as well as general grounds maintenance. We will continue to scrape paint from the back grotto in preparation for painting in September, and moving mulch where it is needed. We are needing gardeners who would be willing to harvest vegetables one hour a week or month. Please call Jana Hukriede at 417.840.4109 to volunteer or for more information.

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The 6–week Coping class begins Thursday, August 23rd, at 6:30pm, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and is designed to help individuals work through the trauma of losing a spouse through death, divorce or separation. Participants are introduced to the 5 Stages of Grief, a normal reaction to any significant loss. Sessions are facilitated by a team of men and women who have been there. The cost is $20.00. For more information, contact: Diane 870.688.8829 or Donna 417.581.1317 

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Due to Catholic Night with the Springfield Cardinals, the Tuesday night Adult Continuing Education class will be canceled this month.  Reschedule date will be announced once it is decided.

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Women’s Council Meeting

Posted on August 13, 2018 in: General News

PCCW General Meeting -- The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, at 7:00pm, in Community Room A. Plans will be discussed for the Regional Meeting that will take place at IC on Thursday, September 6th. Please bring a donation for Safe to Sleep: 21" rolling suitcase, regular size shampoo/ conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, socks, underwear (size 5, 6, or 7), snack items.

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Attention all girls K–12! American Heritage Girls Troop MO1118 wants to connect with you! You and your parents are cordially invited to join us Monday, August 20th, 6:30pm–8:00pm, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, for fun, fellowship, and information regarding our diocesan troop. Email Cindy Faust at cynthia_faust@sbcglobal.net or check out www.americanheritagegirls.org.

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Join us for our annual “Summer Get-Together” Sunday, August 19th, following the 11:00am Mass in Community Room A. Last names beginning with A-G, please bring a DESSERT; last names beginning with H-Q, please bring a HOT side dish (vegetables, casserole, etc.); & last names beginning with R-Z, please bring a COLD side dish (salad, appetizers, fruit, etc). Meat, rolls, drinks, and table service will be provided. Please RSVP the lead couple for your group by Monday, August 13th. Group leaders, please RSVP Beth by phone or text to 417.224.4614 by Wednesday, August 15th. The Kitchen will be open prior to the 11:0...

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Blood Drive

Posted on August 06, 2018 in: General News

August 15, 2018—Immaculate Conception Church Community Room A  Schedule at Church or www.cbco.org — Donate Blood — “scheduling an appointment” (Left of Donor Quick Pass)

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May was once again a busy month. We assisted 60 families consisting of 108 adults and 54 children. Several members of St Vincent de Paul headed to the Veterans Center to help feed the homeless on Wednesday, May 16th. We are scheduled to work breakfast again on Wednesday June 20th, 8:00am. I encourage anyone wanting to help to come join us. We will not have our monthly meetings during the summer, but will pick back up on September 10th and hit the floor running. At that time we will begin preparing for our Thanksgiving “Adopt-a-Turkey” program scheduled for November, and also begin plans to assist those in need ...

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God Bless you Fr. Chaz

Posted on June 20, 2018 in: General News

Fr. Chaz has received an assignment from Bishop Rice that will be effective July 5, 2018. He will be an Associate Pastor with Fr. J at the parishes of St. Peter’s in Joplin and St. Ann’s in Carthage. We have been blessed with Fr. Chaz’s ministry among us for the past two years. We will have an opportunity to show our appreciation to Fr. Chaz on the weekend of June 24th. June 24th is also the occasion of his 2nd Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. May God bless you Fr. Chaz and may the good work God has begun in you continue to bear fruit. Father Tom

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The annual Diocesan Development Fund appeal will be held May 5th & 6th. This effort is conducted in every parish of the Diocese to help finance the activities and programs of the Catholic Church in southern Missouri. Our parish goal is $175,752.00; donor goal is 427. We ask you to keep the DDF campaign in your prayers.

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Life Is a Test

Posted on February 21, 2018 in: General News

One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. As an experiment, see if you can apply this idea to something you are forced to deal with. Perhaps you have a difficult teenager or a demanding boss. See if you can redefine the issue you face from being a "problem" to being a test. Rather than struggling with your issue, see if there is something you can learn from it. Ask yourself, "Why is this i...

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Beginning Experience

Posted on February 21, 2018 in: General News

The next Coping with Life Alone course for divorced, widowed, or separated begins Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30pm, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. This 6-week course is designed to help individuals work through the trauma of losing a spouse through death or divorce. The Beginning Experience programs, sponsored by the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, offer strength and growth through a community of friendship, support and prayer. Cost is $20; scholarships are available. Contact Mary Alice Krueger, 838.4651 for more information.

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Safe Environment VIRTUS Training

Posted on February 21, 2018 in: General News

Virtus—Pre-registration is necessary: click on “registration” on the left, or call your parish office for assistance. Schedule may be found on the diocesan event calendar at www.dioscg.org or www.virtus.org. The next session is: Saturday, March 10th, 9:00am–12:00 noon, Holy Trinity, Fr. Allen Room, Springfield.

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The Lenten Lock-In is March 3rd–4th at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Springfield. All youth, K-5th grade, currently in an adventure program such as Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Trail Life, or Girl Scouts are invited to participate. All youth 6th grade and older are invited to serve on the team. The Lock-In begins with 4:30pm Mass and ends Sunday morning at 7:30am. This event will be well chaperoned and will provide many Lenten spiritual opportunities. Please contact Christine O'Dell at 417.773.4445 or Shelly Pichler at 417.838.2730 for details. A flyer may be downloaded from the Youth Ministry page of the...

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