Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — I stand at the door ... Guilt is a great recruiter, even on a sunny Saturday in September. There were other things that I preferred to be doing, but I hadn’t helped much lately. So there I was, standing outside of …
SAUCIER — A precipitous awakening There is something about a couple of inches of rain in late August. The grass, only days before struggling in the arid summer heat, suddenly surges back to life. The flowers seem to have a new …
Parishes and schools
J.C. native Bishop Charles Koester ignited St. Louis’s passion for soccer The excitement surrounding St. Louis’s pending elevation to the ranks of U.S. professional soccer cities will hopefully bring to mind the memory of Bishop Charles Roman Koester …
Woman’s gift of love is creating room for growth CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. Leona Emmerich lived for decades across the street from St. Joseph Church and School in Salisbury. She would go to weekday Mass, and many …
Creating sanity to face the insane In the height of summer, a group of roughly two dozen teen-agers gathered at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City for a week that would leave them all greatly changed on the inside, many for …
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
Lunch, a thank-you and an invitation to 600 Missouri corrections workers

Missouri Department of Corrections employees of the Algoa Correctional Center (ACC) and the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC) were all smiles the afternoon of Aug. 22. “That …

CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. In a passage from the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus expresses a longing for flames to engulf the earth. Those flames are the fire of …
The following is a message from the Jefferson City diocese’s diocesan coordinator of women’s ministry: "Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve …
One day at a time. Suddenly, they add up to 40, and you might start seeing a difference. Nationally recognized Catholic activist David Bereit, founder of the global 40 Days for Life Campaign, …
National & World News
Memories of 9/11 attacks linger for fire department chaplain
Monsignor John Delendick, a longtime New York Fire Department chaplain who is currently pastor of St. Jude Church in Brooklyn, … Read More
U.S. bishops’ conference acquires translation of Psalms and Canticles from Conception Abbey
King David first sang of striving for almost-good-enough before letting his aspirations soar toward perfection. That evolution is … Read More
In letter, Pope encourages priests dejected by abuse crisis
Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who … Read More
Toni Morrison, author baptized Catholic as child, dies at age 88
Toni Morrison, award-winning author of 11 novels whose words brought to life the experiences of African American women, died Aug. 5 at … Read More
El Paso bishop meets with victims of mass shooting, family members
CLICK HERE to see a related video from CNS. The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
UPDATED: MCC responds to court ruling keeping portions of Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act from taking effect
The Missouri Catholic Conference, public-policy agency of the state’s four Roman Catholic dioceses, issued a statement Aug. 27, … Read More
Rally celebrates birthdays that will happen thanks to new law
A woman who was conceived in an act of violence against her mother has a message for people who think there should be exceptions in … Read More
State's lawmakers ‘clearly on side of life’ with passage of H.B. 126
The sponsor of the Missouri bill to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy described how the measure moved through the … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference lauds passage of Corrections Reform Bill
In a May 14 statement, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) applauded the Missouri General Assembly for passing HB 192, an important … Read More
Missouri could become first state where no abortions can be performed
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has told Planned Parenthood officials it will not renew its St. Louis clinic’s … Read More