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Mark Saucier
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 …
SAUCIER: In the valley of the shadow It was a baleful beginning to the week. On Monday, a former president and others received pipe bombs in the mail. A man in Florida assumed the seat of judgment and the only mercy in his court was the …
Parishes and schools
Notre Dame professor sheds light on adolescent risk behavior Dr. Daniel Lapsley believes American civilization may owe its future to the generation of young people who are now in high school and college. Sometimes referred to as “Generation Z” …
Catholic counselor gives advice for connecting with teens For 30 years, Roy Petitfils has been hearing teenagers say how much they want a meaningful relationship with their parents. When they don’t get that, they start substituting other things, …
Outdoor classroom, prayer garden dedicated in Westphalia A formerly neglected corner of the St. Joseph School property in Westphalia is now filled with life and activity, purpose and potential, thanks to hard work and some generous donors. Vibrant …
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
McKnight calls for “resolute action” in response to abuse crisis

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TEXT OF BISHOP MCKNIGHT’S NOV. 8 STATEMENT. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is challenging fellow bishops throughout the United States to join him in applying renewed …

The following is Bishop W. Shawn Mcknight’s Nov. 8, 2018, statement on release of names of priests and religious brothers credibly accused or re-moved from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson …
Remember Maytag’s “ol’ lonely” repairman ad on television? It had this melancholic man in a blue uniform, sitting in his shop and waiting for the phone that would never …
Pope Francis prayed for those affected by a deadly attack inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, calling it an act of inhumane violence. “We are all hurt by this inhumane act of violence,” …
National & World News
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
“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
Diocese helps with hurricane relief
In the wake of recent natural disasters, the Jefferson City diocese contributed $10,000 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops … Read More
Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death … Read More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS — ‘Watering down’ Church teaching won’t attract young people, cardinal says
Just because some young people disagree with Catholic moral teaching, including in the area of sexuality, does not mean the Church’s … 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