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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Flowing like a river We had a commencement at Healing House. Previous ones had women with their stories of abuse, drugs, bad behavior and lost children — a downward spiral until they found God waiting at the …
SAUCIER — Sibling revelry A little early and with limited fanfare, we had another addition to the family last week. Caroline Louise made her debut, cute as a button and a testament to God’s hope for the …
Parishes and schools
Rain damage leads to renewed space in St. Clement School School had been out for the summer for several weeks when the rainstorms hit. No one was around to notice that the lower level of St. Clement School in St. Clement had taken on water, or that the …
School project brings greater unity to Columbia parishes Construction worker Bill Myers gently hoisted the crucifix into place over the new entrance to Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School (OLLIS) in Columbia. “Lift high the cross!” called …
First-time Catholic school teachers eager to help young people grow in faith, knowledge Donna Raymond attended St. Andrew School in Tipton. So did her three youngest children. Now she’s back to teach art. “This is a great school,” she said, “and I feel …
Youth News
BIBLE ACCENT: Lazarus and the Rich Man

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 …
Parents are concerned with the amount of time their children spend with media, and not knowing whether they're making the right choices.A study unveiled April 7 during an American Psychological …
Around the Diocese
The opioid crisis and addiction ... offering hope and recovery

The diocesan moderator for spiritual formation offers the following reflections on the opioid crisis and the nature of addiction, and invites anyone affected by these things to attend a Sept. 6 …

King David first sang of striving for almost-good-enough before letting his aspirations soar toward perfection. That evolution is one of many subtle nuances to be restored in the latest …
A Trailblazer is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. “Extra emphasis on the reverent!” said Doug Callahan, …
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up the weekend of Aug. 17-18 in parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City. Coordinated by the National Religious …
National & World News
In letter, Pope encourages priests dejected by abuse crisis
Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who … Read More
Toni Morrison, author baptized Catholic as child, dies at age 88
Toni Morrison, award-winning author of 11 novels whose words brought to life the experiences of African American women, died Aug. 5 at … Read More
El Paso bishop meets with victims of mass shooting, family members
CLICK HERE to see a related video from CNS. The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and … Read More
Vatican officials among Church leaders at Medjugorje youth festival
Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved Church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic … Read More
Spirituality ‘just tip of iceberg’ for airport chaplain always on the go
As the Catholic chaplain at John F. Kennedy International Airport ambled through Terminal 4 on a hot summer afternoon, security … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
Rally celebrates birthdays that will happen thanks to new law
A woman who was conceived in an act of violence against her mother has a message for people who think there should be exceptions in … Read More
State's lawmakers ‘clearly on side of life’ with passage of H.B. 126
The sponsor of the Missouri bill to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy described how the measure moved through the … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference lauds passage of Corrections Reform Bill
In a May 14 statement, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) applauded the Missouri General Assembly for passing HB 192, an important … Read More
Missouri could become first state where no abortions can be performed
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has told Planned Parenthood officials it will not renew its St. Louis clinic’s … Read More
Missouri Senate to take up Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act
Missouri lawmakers have until 6 p.m. on May 17 to finish all of their business for the current legislative session, including passage … Read More