Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
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 …
SAUCIER — Agreeing to disagree On a day of good faith, it occurred to me that I am in almost total agreement with Jesus. One might think that a good thing, but I know me. If I am agreeing with everything that Jesus says, then …
Parishes and schools
Abby Johnson’s example an inspiration in Mid-Missouri Before the movie that’s turning the abortion debate on its head, before the book that launched her onto the national stage, Abby Johnson stopped to pray and counsel women on the sidewalk …
Fr. Quinn gets Hannibal Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor Weak or influential, wealthy or in need, Catholic, Protestant or without any church affiliation at all, the people of Hannibal know they can count on Father Mike Quinn. Holy Family parish’s …
National search announced for new president of Tolton Catholic H.S. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight announced April 1 a national search for the next president of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School. The school, which opened in 2011, currently has 262 students in …
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
Observing Lent in the Eternal City

The following is written by a seminarian for the Diocese of Jefferson City, who is studying in Rome: Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We often use these categories to describe the disciplines …

following reflection for Child Abuse Prevention Month is from the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Jefferson City:    “There is a garden in every childhood, an …
This year, we have seen some wonderful news for our diocese. In late January, we were able to announce that generous, anonymous donors have given $1 million to the diocese to use for tuition …
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight invites Catholics and those preparing to receive Easter sacraments to join him and the priests of the diocese at this year’s Chrism Mass. It will be celebrated at …
National & World News
Massive Sri Lanka Easter bombings traced to little-known group
CLICK HERE TO SEE A RELATED VIDEO FROM CNS. The Sri Lankan government blamed little-known Islamic group National Thowheeth … Read More
At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, Pope says at vigil
As individuals and as a Church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter … Read More
‘Their Calvary was lengthy’: Pope’s Stations recall those exploited
Recalling Jesus’ death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and … Read More
On Good Friday, papal preacher says cross brings hope to the oppressed
The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
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
“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