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Christmas in Montreal - O Holy Night

Christmas in Montreal – O Holy Night

Since we will not be sending you an update next week, we wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Some may recall a 1978 Christmas Special featuring the acclaimed tenor Luciano Pavarotti performing with a boy’s choir at the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. Here is Pavarotti singing O Holy Night. Also, here is […]

Christmas Fruitcakes and the Monks of Ava, Missouri

Christmas Fruitcakes and the Monks of Ava, Missouri

Always popular during Christmas season, you may have heard about or eaten the fruitcakes of Assumption Abbey, which is located southeast of Springfield, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. Guests are welcome for prayer and meditation. The monks are popularly known as Trappists, but are formally part of the Order of Cistercians of the […]

Building Baby's Brain One Story At A Time  - MCC Messenger Explores Importance of Early Intervention

Building Baby’s Brain One Story At A Time – MCC Messenger Explores Importance of Early Intervention

The latest MCC Messenger – Building Baby’s Brain One Story at a Time: Early Care Can Change the Course of a Child’s Life – explores how a baby’s brain develops from in the womb to toddlerhood and discusses the importance of early stimulation and intervention. Included is an article by Mary Beth Hoey, the MCC […]

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Children with Autism

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Children with Autism

Late last month the Vatican’s health care office hosted a conference on autism. Pope Francis came to the conference and embraced children with autism and offered his solidarity. Here is a brief video reporting on this event.

Parents as Teachers Funding in Decline

Parents as Teachers Funding in Decline

In recent updates we have discussed the importance of early intervention services for young children, including how the First Steps program can help some children with developmental delays catch up with their peers by the time they enter kindergarten. Another program that provides early childhood learning activities is the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program. PAT […]

Trinity Hills, Catholic Worker House and Farm, Inspires Faith in Guests

Trinity Hills, Catholic Worker House and Farm, Inspires Faith in Guests

Trinity Hills, the Catholic Worker house and farm is a ministry of Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. and a center for prayer, service, and Christian formation. Trinity Hills is the Diocesan Catholic Worker House located in the greater Springfield, Missouri area. Efforts for Trinity Hills are inspired by the life and writings of Dorothy Day […]

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center

In recent updates, we have discussed the importance of early intervention for children. Such interventions are especially important for children that have developmental delays. In 1981, the Missouri Knights of Columbus responded to the need for more services for these children by establishing the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical […]

Therapy Dogs can Make a Difference

Therapy Dogs can Make a Difference

In recent years healthcare providers have discovered the benefits of using therapy dogs. The Knights of Columbus Developmental Center employs therapy dogs to put children at ease and also to encourage greater sociability among children. This is especially helpful for children with an Autism Spectrum disorder.  Meet Higgins, the therapy dog at the center.

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today, Friday, December 12, is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico and of all the Americas. On this date in 1531, Mary appeared for the second time to Juan Diego, a 57 year-old Aztec peasant. Our Lady instructed Juan Diego to gather flowers from a hillside and take them to […]