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“Lent is not just a time for fasting and giving things up. It’s actually a time for God.” Sixth-grader Lilly Borgmeyer shared one of the insights she gleaned from an interactive … more
Portions of the following are from an article in the July 24, 2020, issue of The Catholic Missourian:   By Jay Nies Father William Peckman wrote one-third of a new Catholic devotional … more
The Church’s observance of Lent has shifted and evolved through the ages, bringing the complimentary themes of penance and renewal into balance. But the biblical pillars of prayer, fasting … more
Discerning a vocation is seldom straightforward and often begins long before the discerner is aware of it. “There’s not some perfect magic plan God has laid out for us,” said … more
Each year during Catholic Schools Week, Catholic schools throughout the United States bestow a Distinguished Graduate Award honoring members of their alumni who have made a contribution to American … more
Catholics can make the most of this time of unchosen Lenten sacrifices by seasoning them with gratitude. “Maybe this year, our penance, our observance of Lent, should focus on how we bear … more
“Thank you” are two of the most important words in the English language. Their power multiples when coupled with concrete acts of appreciation. “It has been wonderful to see … more
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s new headquarters in Jefferson City will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings around. The renovated and expanded former La … more
Sister Therese Thoenen remembers well that pre-dawn foggy morning of Aug. 22, 1947, when she boarded the train to Milwaukee to begin her life as a School Sister of St. Francis. She entered the … more
“Life goes fast, my child. It’s hard to believe how fast.” Marilyn Tucker addressed those words to Ann Diemler in the spring of 1951. They were playing the roles of mother and … more
This year’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., went virtual. Mostly. Five adults and four eighth-graders from St. George Parish in Hermann were among a little more than 200 … more
Students at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City stretched their legs, their minds and their hearts on Jan. 29. The school had its own March for Life in response to 48 years of legalized … more
Depicted on one side of the river are two wrists in shackles. On the other is a dove, free and at peace. Together, they will adorn one of nine marble plaques symbolizing important moments in … more
It has been a year for meeting challenges, adapting to changes, seizing opportunities and vastly exceeding expectations. Now, in the midst of hardships offset by blessings too numerous to count, … more
Women have been proclaiming Sacred Scripture and assisting at the altar at Mass for many years, but only in a “temporary” way, as defined by the Church. That will change under a … more
Clergy and laypeople will collaborate to help engaged couples throughout the Jefferson City diocese prepare for sacramental marriage, under a new diocesan policy. The policy, which will become … more
Carrying on a civil debate doesn’t come naturally to most people. They need all the opportunities they can get to observe and practice, preferably at a young age. Millie Aulbur spent … more
“Estoy aquí para ti.” “I am here for you.” Ilsi Palacios embodies those words of assurance to Spanish-speaking people in need throughout the Jefferson City … more
I would like to tell you a love story — not a romance, or an ode — but a story about real, messy, boots-on-the-ground, walking-through-fire love. I have been blessed to be here in the … more
“How does the Church stand as a sign for justice in a suffering world?” That question stirred deeply in Sister Stephanie Mertens’s heart and was never far from her … more
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