Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Hop, skip and a jump I’d guess he’s a student by the bookbag on his back and his usual proximity to the university. He is tall, thin and black — none of which would normally call attention or capture …
SAUCIER — Song of Ascents “Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord hear my cry.” I thought of Psalm 30 when we were visiting Carolyn’s 99-year-old father at his Utah nursing home. It was sung by …
Parishes and schools
St. Martha in Wayland to merge with St. Michael in Kahoka 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 …
Fr. Brooke concelebrates at Blessed Clelia Merloni beatification 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 …
Fr. Dylan Schrader successfully defends his doctoral dissertation “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 …
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
CSA INSIGHT — Gratitude zone

“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 …

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 …
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, …
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 …
National & World News
Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore left much work to be done
Click here for a PDF version for printing Bishop McKnight issued the following statement on Nov. 16, 2018: The November … Read More
Mo. bishops release letter submitted prior to Baltimore meeting
The Roman Catholic bishops of Missouri on Nov. 12 released the following letter and statement, dated Oct. 6, 2018, to Bishop Timothy … Read More
Vatican asks bishops to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals
At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) refrained from voting on two proposals they were to … Read More
Pope decries deadly attack on Pittsburgh synagogue
Pope Francis prayed for those affected by a deadly attack inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, calling it an act of inhumane … Read More
“Gosnell” movie presents chilling truth with prudence, restraint
Given the controversial, politically sensitive nature of the subject matter, there may be a narrow window of opportunity for … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
‘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
Seminary professor to address Church’s response to same-sex attraction, gender confusion
A college student once asked Dr. Edward Hogan, “Suppose I had a friend who left the Church because they were gay. What would you say … Read More
Wrongly convicted of murder, Joe Amrine to lead workshop with jury member during MCC Annual Assembly, Oct. 6 at Helias
Deacon Larry Hildebrand carried a guilt-laden heart to confession during a Cursillo weekend. “I helped kill a man who isn’t … Read More