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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — True colors After enduring pandemic, politics and a polar vortex, everyone could do with a rainbow, and we get it in Sunday’s first reading from Genesis.  God set a bow across the sky as a reminder …
SAUCIER — Long row of candles Pope Francis just declared an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. I write this after a long drive to meet the newest addition to our clan, and on the eve of another birthday that …
Parishes and schools
Frankenstein native Sister Therese Thoenen celebrates 70 years as a School Sister of St. Francis Sister Therese Thoenen remembers well that pre-dawn foggy morning of Aug. 22, 1947, when she boarded the train to Milwaukee to begin her life as a School Sister of St. Francis. She entered the …
70 years of friendship, memories following St. Peter High School’s senior production of “The Song of Bernadette” “Life goes fast, my child. It’s hard to believe how fast.” Marilyn Tucker addressed those words to Ann Diemler in the spring of 1951. They were playing the roles of mother and …
Small group from Hermann parish travels to Washington, D.C., for scaled-down national March for Life This year’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., went virtual. Mostly. Five adults and four eighth-graders from St. George Parish in Hermann were among a little more than 200 …
Around the Diocese
Celebrating Catholic schools in a year like no other

It has been a year for meeting challenges, adapting to changes, seizing opportunities and vastly exceeding expectations. Now, in the midst of hardships offset by blessings too numerous to count, …

Women have been proclaiming Sacred Scripture and assisting at the altar at Mass for many years, but only in a “temporary” way, as defined by the Church. That will change under a …
Clergy and laypeople will collaborate to help engaged couples throughout the Jefferson City diocese prepare for sacramental marriage, under a new diocesan policy. The policy, which will become …
“Estoy aquí para ti.” “I am here for you.” Ilsi Palacios embodies those words of assurance to Spanish-speaking people in need throughout the Jefferson City …
National & World News
Bishops call for an end to the federal death penalty
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight joined Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of St. Louis and their fellow U.S. Catholic bishops in calling for a … Read More
Jupiter, Saturn to put on ‘Christmas Star’ show Dec. 21
A once-every-two-decade conjunction involving the solar system’s two gas giants will give earthbound observers a look at a so-called … Read More
Bishops: Getting COVID-19 vaccine is ‘act of charity,’ supports the common good
The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently … Read More
Pope proclaims a year dedicated to St. Joseph
Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong … Read More
Bishops, state officials release information on safety, ethics of potential COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines being developed by two major pharmaceutical companies do not contain human fetal tissue and are free of aluminum … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference
Missouri’s Roman Catholic Bishops issue statement on COVID-19 vaccines
Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops, in their role as officers of the Missouri Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on … Read More
Missouri’s Catholic bishops issue statement on passage of Amendment 2, expanding Medicaid
Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops, in their role as officers of the Missouri Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on … Read More
Missouri’s Catholic bishops support Amendment 2 for Medicaid expansion in the state
Much has changed since Freeburg native Father Sylvester Bauer helped establish what is now Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View … Read More
Pro-life setbacks call for prayer, vigilance
Three recent developments that could lead to a resurgence in the number of abortions in Missouri highlight the danger of relying on … Read More
Missouri's Catholic bishops issue statement on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath
The Roman Catholic bishops of Missouri have issued a statement in response to the death of George Floyd and its aftermath. The … Read More