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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Head in the clouds Leaning back in my chair, the sky fills three quarters of the window.   Today, it is crowded with billowing cumulus clouds, those puffy wads of white cotton gliding on a flat-bottomed …
SAUCIER — Those who walk in the light It has been an unsettling few weeks as the specter of abuse and cover-up once again raised its ugly head. Sin demands the light of day. Without it, those acts or omissions fester and rot, …
Parishes and schools
“Hidden gem” is grateful to be part of a generous parish A calm, blue sky with just a touch of haze met the procession of vehicles heading toward Clark Avenue and East McCarty Street. There were hugs and selfies and choruses of “Welcome back. …
A model of collaboration with principal, parish Successful Catholic schools are steadfast in building community and bolstering their Catholic identity. Ss. Peter and Paul School in Boonville is doing these things in notable collaboration …
Taos parishioner is J.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year Jana Forck prays for her students every day. “For some of them, it’s a particular situation that they’re dealing with, and I take that to God,” she said. “For …
Youth News
BIBLE ACCENT: Lazarus and the Rich Man

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 …
Parents are concerned with the amount of time their children spend with media, and not knowing whether they're making the right choices.A study unveiled April 7 during an American Psychological …
Around the Diocese
Bishop McKnight urges clergy, laity to help address crisis

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight directed that the following letter be read from the pulpit at all Sunday Masses Aug. 18-19 in the Diocese of Jefferson City:   Dear Faithful and Clergy of the …

Father Dylan Schrader, pastor of St. Brendan parish in Mexico, will offer Mass in the extraordinary form at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, in St. Peter Church, 216 Broadway St. in Jefferson City. The …
CLICK HERE TO READ A RELATED ARTICLE. Negotiations currently under way will probably lead to the sale of the last two Catholic hospitals in this diocese before the end of the …
CLICK HERE TO READ A RELATED ARTICLE. Father James Finder looked out from the pulpit in the chapel of SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. “It’s easy to be Catholic …
National & World News
U.S. bishops tell Pope abuse scandal ‘lacerated’ the Church
The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the Church in the United States has been … Read More
National Review Board outlines steps needed to end abuse
  Click here to read the National Review Board’s full statement. More committees are not the answer to stop the abuse of … Read More
Families called to share joy, love, life with the world, Pope affirms during Ireland visit
In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of Church members … Read More
At Knock shrine, Pope again begs forgiveness for betrayal of abuse
On a foggy, soggy day at a Marian shrine in County Mayo, Pope Francis said he prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Knock for all … Read More
Faith strengthens marriage, makes love grow, Pope says while visiting Ireland
God wants every person to love and be loved, creating a family or community where love is nurtured and shared with all who are poor, … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
MCC's Mike Hoey steps aside after 40 years
Nineteenth-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck claimed that no one who respects the law or enjoys eating sausage should see … Read More
MCC lauds passage of “Raise the Age” legislation
The Missouri General Assembly has voted to increase the age for trying youth as adults from 17 to 18. The legislation now heads … Read More
State’s bishops address concealed weapons in churches
Calling it a threat to religious freedom, Missouri’s Catholic bishops are opposing a potential state law that would allow people to … Read More
Historian at MCC 50th anniversary celebration -- Catholics had major role in bringing education to the Midwest
Committed Catholics from all over Europe labored against brutal odds to bring education and faith formation to what is now Missouri … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference’s 50th anniversary celebration included workshops on social justice, efforts against abortion
With much enthusiasm and fervor, Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), gave a crash course on … Read More