Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Prepositional praise In grade school, I was taught by the Grammarian Sisters. Actually, they were Sisters of the Incarnate Word, but their commitment to good grammar for a bunch of country kids was heroic. I remember …
SAUCIER — The fullness of time With God, like all great comedians, it’s all about the timing. For us who appreciate the divine act, it’s all about waiting. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew about waiting. For years, …
Parishes and schools
PHOTOS: Christmas Eve Mass and 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of St. Joseph CLICK HERE to read a related article. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s first Christmas Eve Mass as bishop of Jefferson City coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first Mass in the Cathedral …
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 other women have been coordinating the …
Bishop McKnight’s first Christmas Mass here will mark half-century for Cathedral of St. Joseph CLICK HERE to see a nine-minute video, “The Cathedral and Its Symbolism,” produced by Deacon Dan Joyce and narrated by Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki VG. At Midnight, the doors swung …
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
Epiphany Proclamation for 2019

For centuries, the dates for Christmas, Easter and related observances were traditionally proclaimed at Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Here is the Epiphany Proclamation for 2019: …

To date, about 20 percent of households have responded positively to a request to contribute to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). Despite a limited salary and a life dedicated to the …
Bishop Adolph J. Paschang (1895-1968) was born and raised in Martinsburg and graduated from St. Joseph School in Martinsburg and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He became a Maryknoll missionary, …
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. One thing — the healing power of presence — has remained constant through all of the changes at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital …
National & World News
Pope to U.S. bishops: Abuse crisis requires conversion, humility
The clerical abuse crisis and the “crisis of credibility” it created for the U.S. bishops have led to serious divisions within the … Read More
Sister Wendy Beckett, art critic and British TV star, dies at age 88
Sister Wendy Beckett, who gained fame in the 1990s for television shows and books explaining art, died Dec. 26 in Norfolk, England, at … Read More
Annual ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place Jan. 14-22
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Dec. 18 the annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 … Read More
On Christmas, Nicaraguan bishop reiterates calls for dialogue
Managua Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Jose Baez reiterated his calls for dialogue and respecting human dignity in Nicaragua, where the … Read More
First martyr offers lessons in faith, forgiveness, Pope says
While “it may seem strange” to celebrate the feast of the first Christian martyr on the day after Christmas, Pope Francis said it … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
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
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