Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — And then the dawn comes My days have been crowded and dimmed by bad news. Harried times and sad times have a desiccant effect, making my mood brittle, my soul dry. Wednesday morning arrived early before the darkness had …
SAUCIER — Spring of the century A dear friend died last week and the world lost a much-needed saint. She was only the farmer’s daughter who grew up to be a wife and widow, mother of six and sole provider. She worked late …
Parishes and schools
Tornado survivor experienced God’s presence in times of peril “God was right there, wrapped all around me. He was insulation between me and the world.” Chris Salter and her family were hovering in the basement of their home across from the old …
United Catholic response unfolding to tornadoes, floods People in risk management often refer to natural disasters as “an act of God.” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, the clergy and people of this diocese are determined to make the Catholic …
Clean-up volunteers “living out our Gospel values” “Why did God allow the tornado?” asked Joanne Koechner of Tipton. “Maybe so Missouri could show the world how to set aside differences and love thy neighbor.” She might …
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
Bishops praise HHS proposal for civil rights section of health care law

Four committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops May 24 praised proposed regulations to restore “the long-standing position of the federal government that discrimination on …

It’s not surprising when people who experience life-threatening disasters have trouble letting go of the fear. Children are often particularly vulnerable to lingering anxiety after events …
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight makes the following appointments:     CLERGY APPOINTMENTS   PASTORS   Reverend Daniel I.J. Lueckenotte, from pastor of St. …
It requires a staggering amount of courage and perseverance for people to discover and embrace God’s plan for their salvation. Yet, the Lord always provides. Father Christopher Aubuchon, …
National & World News
U.S. bishops take action to respond to Church abuse crisis
CLICK HERE to see a related video from Catholic News Service CLICK HERE to see a second related video from Catholic News … Read More
Bishops approve new edition of national diaconate directory
The U.S. bishops approved a revised national directory on formation and ministry for permanent deacons June 12, the second day of … Read More
Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon
CLICK HERE to see a related video from CNS. CLICK HERE to see another related video from CNS. A symbol of the historical … Read More
Vatican names Filipino boy who died at 17 Servant of God
A Filipino teenager who died could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a Servant of God, the first step in the … Read More
Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI
Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
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
Missouri House approves far-reaching abortion restrictions
With speed and certainty that surprised even its strongest supporters, one of the most comprehensive pieces of anti-abortion … Read More