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Flowers for the Blessed Mother adorn the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Brendan Church in Mexico during the 2017 feastday celebration.   Celebrations scheduled in honor of Our Lady … more
“Our family, our life, our school, our country — all that we are showered with from conception in the womb of our mother until a natural death is a gift to us from God.” Father … more
The inaugural basket was more of a “Hail Mary” than a slam-dunk. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight ascended a ladder and one-handed the ball through the hoop, capping off the rededication of … more
Father Simeon Etonu extended his arms in a blessing over the people and the ground they were standing on. “May God, our hope and our strength, fill you with peace and the Holy Spirit,” … more
Marilyn Bassett had leveraged a patriotic surge she experienced on a high school trip into a 30-year career with the U.S. military. Now, she was back in Washington, D.C., where it all … more
Advent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas. Here is a partial list of Advent communal reconciliation … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has accepted and acted upon a request from the pastoral council of the Mission of St. Martha in Wayland to be combined with neighboring St. Michael parish in Kahoka. The … more
Father Geoffrey Brooke was in a college Bible study at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia when a fellow student confided, “I think I’m being called to be a … more
“God seems to have preferred a world in which He would offer mercy over a world in which mercy would not be needed. “And He wanted that mercy to cost something of … more
In addition to Mass being available in many Catholic parishes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22), many local ministerial alliances organize ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in the days … more
Dr. Daniel Lapsley believes American civilization may owe its future to the generation of young people who are now in high school and college. Sometimes referred to as “Generation Z” … more
For 30 years, Roy Petitfils has been hearing teenagers say how much they want a meaningful relationship with their parents. When they don’t get that, they start substituting other things, … more
A formerly neglected corner of the St. Joseph School property in Westphalia is now filled with life and activity, purpose and potential, thanks to hard work and some generous donors. Vibrant … more
“Lord Jesus Christ, by Your own three days in the tomb, You hallowed the graves of all who believe in You, and so made the grave a sign of hope that promises Resurrection.” — … more
Given the controversial, politically sensitive nature of the subject matter, there may be a narrow window of opportunity for moviegoers to view one of the most thought-provoking films to come along … more
Gina Shorten believes that for the eight generations of Catholics who have been sustaining Immaculate Conception parish in Macon — often sacrificially in terms of their time, money and … more
A sliver of light pushes back against the darkness every time a mother says “yes” to the life of the baby inside her. That “fiat” is less difficult for women in … more
A member of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City offers the following account of the visits he has made to Merida, Mexico, with the Jefferson City-based Merida Foundation: Jefferson City … more
There is a large framed image hanging in the St. Peter Parish Life Center, of the late Monsignor Joseph Vogelweid offering Mass in St. Peter Church. Large letters under the photo spell out … more
Several hundred pilgrims from as far as St. Louis and Kansas City take part in this year's Fall Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg. The day included Adoration of the Most … more
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