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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Finding joy in difference I was standing on a furrow of stripped leaves in a sugarcane field, waiting among the workers as they gathered for the five kilos of rice we were giving each of them. Something tickled the side of …
SAUCIER — Where’s the beef? It’s Lent. You pass on the steak and settle for shrimp. It’s a small sacrifice — very small, even meaningless, some would say. Others think we need to ramp up the …
Parishes and schools
Fr. Fields at ecumenical service: Time to wipe away the dust A glass dish can grow dull and opaque with dust. “But when you clean it, how it sparkles!” Father Robert Fields told an interchurch gathering at the dawn of Lent. About 80 …
Disaster Responder Teams seeking volunteers in all parishes Now is a very acceptable time for God’s people to spread His love and compassion to their neighbors during this health crisis. Parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese are organizing …
Clifton City native Fr. Aggeler spent 46 years on mission in Brazil Redemptorist Father Vincent H. Aggeler, 87, a Clifton City native who had served for 46 years as a missionary in the Amazon River Valley in Brazil, died peacefully on March 13. The Mass of …
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
Public Masses, gatherings in diocese suspended at least until April 3

Bishop W. Shawn Mc­Knight announced March 17 that all public Masses will be suspended in the Diocese of Jefferson City, beginning on Wednesday, March 18 and until at least April 3. This means …

Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives, led the assembly in praying the following prayer on March 18:   “Do not be afraid, little …
A second collection was to be taken up in parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese the weekend of March 21-22 for Catholic Relief Services Collection. Catholics throughout the diocese are …
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City addressed the following message to the people of the diocese, regarding the response of the Church in this diocese to the current and potential effects of …
National & World News
COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, Pope says
The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to … Read More
USCCB website now offering resources for Catholics amid COVID-19 pandemic
The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a special link on its website to a page offering various resources … Read More
What is a plenary indulgence?
Pope Francis said he will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful who watch or listen to his extraordinary blessing “urbi et … Read More
Actor savors the opportunity to play St. Patrick in new movie
CLICK HERE to see the film trailer, to find other showings and to order tickets. CLICK HERE to read a review of the “I Am … Read More
"I Am Patrick" motion picture to play March 17-18 in Columbia, Lake Ozark
CLICK HERE to read a related article from Catholic News Service. A new film on the life of St. Patrick, Apostle to Ireland, will … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
Governor gives permission for refugee resettlement to continue
Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) of Catholic Charites of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO), along with the other agencies … Read More
“Until you put your faith into action ...”
Lois Thomas grew up Catholic and was well versed in Jesus’s teachings. But His “what you did for them, you did for Me” … Read More
State’s Catholic bishops seeking support for Medicaid expansion
Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops are encouraging voters to support a specific effort to expand eligibility for MO HealthNet, the … Read More
Missouri Catholics told to find, pursue their mission
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event.  CLICK HERE to see a video of David Bereit’s keynote address. CLICK … Read More
One of many thought-provoking presentations at MCC Annual Assembly
What is the best way for parents to help a child who is struggling with a pending math exam? “Telling them that they don’t have … Read More