Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
Saucier — Slow dance At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in …
SAUCIER — Prepositional praise In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember …
Parishes and schools
Many Gifts, One Nation — A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools — Jan. 29-30 People who are grateful for blessings they’ve received from a Catholic education are invited to give thanks by giving back during the second annual “Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of …
Major gift to fund endowment for tuition help at Sacred Heart School in Sedalia Sacred Heart School in Sedalia is giving thanks for an anonymous, $1 million gift, designed to provide tuition assistance for many years to come. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announced the gift …
Columbia OLLIS foodies impress at professional level What do you get when you ask seventh- and eighth-grade students from mid-Missouri to design a new restaurant for Columbia? You get the Blacklight Café, where dinners glow in the …
Youth News
Challenging message in store for this year’s Diocesan Youth Rally

NOTE: The deadline for registering for this event is Wednesday, Sept. 5. CLICK HERE to register.   Cooper Ray’s 3-year-old son didn’t want to leave his backyard wading …

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus used another example of a rich man to teach His followers a lesson. Jesus told the parable of a wealthy man who lived a luxurious life, dressing in fine clothes and eating …
Many people have assumed that once millennials started to grow older and have kids, a large number would return to the Church or become more actively engaged. This has not materialized — …
St. Petronax (d. 747) was from Brescia, Italy, and joined the Benedictines. In 717, he traveled to the ruins of an abbey at Monte Cassino. The hermits living in the ruins elected him as their …
St. Eugene de Mazenod was born in France in 1782. He and his family fled to Italy during the French Revolution. Eugene returned 11 years later and decided to become a priest when he saw the state of …
Around the Diocese
Students for Life of America founder Kristan Hawkins to headline Midwest March for Life, Feb. 2 in Jefferson City

Kristan Hawkins, founder and president of Students for Life of America, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Midwest March for Life on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Jefferson City. The …

Alyssa Donehue did a quick 360 as the dome of the U.S. Capitol came into view. There were people as far as she could see. “There’s a lot of love out here,” said Alyssa, an …
Jan. 21, 2019 Last week I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with pilgrims from our diocese as they began their trip for the March for Life. I told them I was proud of them for …
Strengthened by the Body and Blood of Christ, bolstered by prayer and armored with objective truth, 270 people from the Jefferson City diocese embarked on a 1,000-mile “little pilgrimage” …
National & World News
Be unafraid to share the journey this Lent
A young South Sudanese refugee raising her siblings in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. A father returning home after decades … Read More
Bishop tells Covington Catholic High School community he stands with them
You could literally hear a pin drop as the faculty, staff and student body of Covington Catholic High School waited in the gym Jan. 23 … Read More
As World Youth Day closes, Pope prompts volunteers to keep serving
Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official … Read More
Prayer and silence: Pope joins World Youth Day Way of Cross
The path walked by Jesus to his passion and death on the cross is the same path of indifference and marginalization taken by those who … Read More
In World Youth Day’s ‘Garden of Forgiveness,’ pilgrims find grace
As she welcomed World Youth Day pilgrims to the “Garden of Forgiveness,” Ileana Madrid of Panama City said she saw volunteering at … Read More
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Missouri Catholic Conference
Christmas a busy time for MCC award recipient
“It’s a lot of work, but it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if I weren’t doing it.” For about 40 years, Cheryl Hayes and two … Read More
Bishops shed light on history of lynchings in the state
As Missouri’s 200th anniversary of statehood draws near, the state’s Roman Catholic bishops see the need for a proper reckoning … Read More
‘Francis at five’ — A shepherd’s call to minister on the margins
“This Pope is not afraid to get his hands dirty, walk the dirty streets of our towns and cities or get the hem of his white cassock … Read More
“LGBTQ: What’s a Catholic to Say?”
“Before you say anything, they see your eyes,” Dr. Edward Hogan said to a group of about 100 people, including two bishops. … Read More
Appellate court ruling could put a stop to abortions in Columbia
A recent federal appellate court ruling could bring an end to surgical and chemical-induced abortions at Planned Parenthood in … Read More