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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
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DOCUMENT.  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight couldn’t forget the opening remarks to Bishop Joseph N. Perry’s keynote address at the 2018 Missouri Catholic Conference … more
Catholic News Service Laypeople need to help the U.S. bishops get out from under the clerical sex abuse scandal that is plaguing the Church, said Bishop W. Shawn McKnight to Catholics of the … 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
The diocesan moderator for spiritual formation offers the following insight into current developments in the Church: Our beloved Catholic Church is facing the dreadful reality of a sex-abuse … more
CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO JILL ALBERTI’S PRESENTATION. The quality of communication is often the difference between whether people accept their role as stewards of the Gospel or abdicate the … 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
Click here for a PDF version for printing Bishop McKnight issued the following statement on Nov. 16, 2018: The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but … 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
“Imagine if tomorrow you woke up with only those things that you thanked God for today.” To live gratefully is the best way to live that I know — the best way to the joy, depth … 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
Deacon Alan Sims got a call from Deacon Ray Purvis, administrator of the diocesan Permanent Diaconate Office. He said Bishop W. Shawn McKnight was looking for a deacon to be diocesan director of … more
At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) refrained from voting on two proposals they were to discuss at their Baltimore meeting regarding their response to the … more
Some people organize or participate in pilgrimages to Washington, D.C., each January to march for life. Some wear out their shoes in the marble-clad halls of Congress and state legislatures, … more
This year’s collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up in parishes the weekend of Nov. 17-18, coinciding with the Second World Day of the … 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
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