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St. Mary Church in Joplin, destroyed by a tornado in 2011, was rebuilt with help from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Home Missions Appeal.   LEFT: St. Mary Church in Joplin, built … more
Due to a declining number of priests and parishioners, weekend Masses are being discontinued in Notre Dame Church in LaGrange, the Shrine of St. Patrick in St. Patrick and St. Martha Church in … more
Love really does conquer all, provided people know how to give it, accept it and acknowledge God as its exclusive source. That was a prevailing theme at Camp Maccabee last … more
“Through the Blood of the Cross.” “In truth and charity.” “With a shepherd’s care.” In my role as your new bishop and teacher, I find a connection … more
The national Catholic Home Missions Collection will be taken in parishes throughout the diocese the weekend of April 21-22. Here is a profile of one of numerous ministries that receive crucial … more
A message from Deacon Dan Joyce, director of the Diocesan Communications Office: If you haven’t received an email asking you to participate in the new diocesan communications survey, please … more
  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s episcopal motto, “Gratias Agamus Domino” — “Let us give thanks to the Lord” — applies to all seasons and … more
Aware of the weight of history on the present, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight plans to make a personal pilgrimage this month to St. Peter Church in Brush Creek.   That simple, stone church … more
The late Bishop Kenneth Untener of Saginaw, Michigan, once asked a gathering of Catholics in his diocese what they wanted for their Church. Some said they envisioned dynamic youth ministry, … more
A group of freshmen from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia traveled to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City to serve in important roles in year’s Mass of the Holy … more
No priests: no Eucharist. No Eucharist: no communion. No communion: no Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight asserted that reality at his first Mass of the Holy Chrism as bishop of the … more
Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United … more
Hundreds of laypeople joined Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City; Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos, who led the Jefferson City diocese for 20 years; Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of … more
Christians throughout the world are observing Holy Week, the most solemn week of the Church’s year. The following reflections and examinations of Holy Week by Dominican Father Richard … more
By Jay Nies Melissa Schupp Martin is coming to realize that the God of justice is also the God of mercy. “I’m over 40 now, so you’d think I would have learned that … more
Another key milestone has been reached in discerning whether Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton should be beatified — a big step toward declaring him a saint. Historical consultants … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is making a special appeal to invite Catholics who have been away from their faith home back to the Church this Easter. The diocese’s new bishop is featured in two … more
God’s love changes everything. All who come to believe in Jesus and accept Him with all their whole heart are transformed by God’s love, which radically alters the course of their … more
Look closely. Each drifting seed from the dandelion is a thumbprint. Each thumbprint represents 500 prayers prayed or sacrificial or charitable acts carried out by people of the Jefferson City … more
Jefferson City radio host Hal Dulle’s 45-minute interview with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s on KWOS Radio’s March 17 “Saturday Open Air” program can now be heard … more
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