Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Rites of passage I was waiting for the plumber at one of our ministry houses and I decided to rest a minute on the front porch. It was one of those perfect moments. A light rain was falling, the slightest breeze …
SAUCIER — One in a million Our granddaughter looked up from her artwork and asked, “Grandpa, what is your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered, as I always had since a kid. She registered the …
Parishes and schools
New Fr. Tolton image for Columbia school’s 10th anniversary SCROLL THE ARROWS to see more photos from this event.  A boy in shabby work clothes looks up at the priest he dares to hope to become. The cleric, lofty of stature and vested for Mass, …
Fr. Coleman — Seeing Jesus in cancer treatments A few months ago, I was going through a rough time with my cancer treatments — seven weeks of chemotherapy (three hours every Monday afternoon) and 30 consecutive treatments of …
Mid-Missouri Homeschool Group members attend annual pilgrimage To end the school year with a pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows has been an annual event for more than 15 years for homeschooled children, their teachers and parents from the Diocese of …
Midwest March for Life to emphasize the power of unity, April 14

An astounding display of unity and affirmation of human life will be held on the grounds of the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 14. This year’s Midwest March for Life and rally will unite …

Around the Diocese
FR. MERZ — Fostering unity and diversity through music at Mass

This is the second of two articles by the chairman of the diocesan Liturgical Commission about a recent document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on evaluating hymn lyrics. The …

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments:   *** RETIREMENTS ***    Reverend John W. Groner, acceptance of resignation …
Citing significantly lower infection rates, increased access to government-approved vaccines and the centrality of the Eucharist in Catholic life, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is summoning the faithful …
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. “Genuflecting can be a great workout!” Maddie Greenway and about 1,200 other sixth- and seventh-graders learned that and many …
National & World News
With world still in knots, pope turns to Mary with prayers
Reaching the finish line of a monthlong Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that … Read More
Polish pilgrims mark anniversary of attempt to assassinate St. John Paul
An elderly man stood alone in St. Peter’s Square May 13, using his wooden rosary beads to pray by a simple plaque marking the place … Read More
Devotion to Julia Greeley grows as beatification cause advances
An icon of “Beloved Julia” Greeley, the humble African American lay woman who was born into a family of slaves in Missouri … Read More
Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon to end pandemic
Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The … Read More
Abp. Gomez: Pope wants Church to be ‘the vanguard in society’
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” is a “challenging document” because of the many issues it covers, but it’s also … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference
Pro-life advocates herald the ‘Missouri Miracle’ during this year’s Midwest March for Life
CLICK HERE to see two galleries of photos from this event. CLICK HERE to read a related article. Hymns and prayers, cheers and … Read More
State's Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to fund Medicaid expansion
Bishop W. Shawn Mc-Knight and his fellow Roman Catholic bishops of Missouri issued a statement April 13 calling on state lawmakers to … Read More
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
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’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