Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
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 …
SAUCIER — Anchors aweigh It began last Friday in our prayer group. We call it that, but it is just some guys struggling to keep it honest, caring and faithful, without surrendering a sense of humor. One man described …
Parishes and schools
LIFE Runners founder was to be preacher in “Unplanned” film Former Wardsville parishioner Patrick Castle PhD, founder of the LIFE Runners (www.liferun ners.org), the nation’s largest pro-life athletic team, had a role in the influential motion picture …
Prayers, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka bombings People sometimes do incomprehensibly horrible things, but prayer will eventually win out over hate. Dominican Father Richard Litzau, pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center parish in Columbia, …
Sick children in hospitals are heroes to award-winning Helias Catholic student Something stands out when Olivia Hennon talks about Little Box of Sunshine, the award-winning not-for-profit charity she founded three years ago. She keeps saying “we.” “We …
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
Bishop McKnight urges broader approach to help survivors, parishes heal

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City came face to face with a victim of sexual abuse long before he was a bishop, when a friend in college confided in him about a rape. That experience, as a …

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has updated the responsibilities and titles of two women with long ties to the Jefferson City diocese. On July 1, Sister Kathleen Wegman of the School Sisters of Notre …
Do a search on the web for “support group” in Mid-Missouri and you will be amazed at how many support groups are out there! It is encouraging and hopeful that so many people who share …
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has summoned 13 men of the Jefferson City diocese to become permanent deacons. He plans to ordain them during Mass on Saturday, May 4, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in …
National & World News
California confession bill amended, but Church leaders say it still targets priests
CLICK HERE TO SEE A RELATED VIDEO FROM CNS. Church officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that … Read More
Washington’s new archbishop urges renewed faith amid challenges
During his installation ceremony as the new archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledged the struggles that … Read More
Pope prays for Spanish missionary murdered in Central African Republic
Pope Francis led thousands of pilgrims in prayer for a Spanish missionary sister killed in Central African Republic. While greeting … Read More
CELAM presidents voice support for Pope, pledge to fight regional crisis
Presidents of the 22 Latin American and Caribbean bishops’ conferences have expressed their support for Pope Francis and their … Read More
Two young men shot dead outside Mass in Mexico
Two young men arriving for a Mass to be celebrated before a quinceañera in Mexico’s Veracruz state were shot dead as they entered … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
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
Christmas a busy time for MCC award recipient
“It’s a lot of work, but it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if I weren’t doing it.” For about 40 years, Cheryl Hayes and two … Read More
Bishops shed light on history of lynchings in the state
As Missouri’s 200th anniversary of statehood draws near, the state’s Roman Catholic bishops see the need for a proper reckoning … Read More
‘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