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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight summoned the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to bless and guide the newly sworn officials of Missouri’s executive branch. “In profound humility, O God, we pray … more
“When all the land of Egypt became hungry and the people cried to Pharaoh for food, Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians: ‘Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.’” — … more
The No. 1 response to a survey the diocese circulated last fall regarding the staffing of parishes in 10 counties was a question. “Why now?” “People seem to think that because … more
In the world of high school sports, a team always needs a sense of unity, a hard-work ethic and a desire to succeed. Those are key in a normal year. However, the fall of 2020 was anything but … more
Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri, often known as COCEMO, is an organization that began activities seven years ago within the Diocese of Jefferson City. Its purpose is to promote … more
Janice Armentrout’s family gave her a new oven this year. She put it to good use. “I enjoyed making the pies,” she said. “It was fun because I could put five in a at … more
Monsignor Farischon Hall and the street running past St. Joseph Church in Palmyra were bustling with activity three days before Christmas. The parish hall was the staging area and distribution hub … more
Stockings were hung with care at Whiteman Air Force Base (WAFB) a week before Christmas by students from Sacred Heart High School (SHS) in Sedalia. Several students in the Sacred Heart Key Club … more
Sister Nadine Luebbert of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word was quick to remind people that her name meant “hope” in Russian. “Indeed, she was a most hopeful, upbeat … more
Bishop Adolph J. Paschang (1895-1968) was born and raised in Martinsburg and graduated from St. Joseph School and later from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He became a Maryknoll missionary, … more
Students of Sacred Heart School in Rich Fountain present a live performance of the Journey to Bethlehem on Dec. 17. Nearly 100 people drove through the Sacred Heart churchyard to see the … more
The Psalmist proclaims that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Father Christopher Aubuchon knows this to be true. “God is so very good in the blessings He has poured … more
Christmas points to a sacred mystery that transcends all boundaries of time and place. It is light that interrupts the darkness, even in times of sadness or difficulty.  “Our … more
Sister Susan Renner was walking down the middle of the street in a snowstorm one night. There were no cars. Nothing but quiet. “The snow looked like diamonds everywhere,” she … more
CLICK HERE to read a related article in the Unterrified Democrat newspaper. CLICK HERE to read a related article in the Jefferson City News-Tribune newspaper. A line from a Christmas carol is … more
Father Joseph Corel had taken to writing to parish and school families being affected by COVID-19. Especially to young people, he emphasized that “this is not God punishing you! But if we … more
The road to the cross ran clearly through Bethlehem, according to Father Patrick Dolan. Imagery in the Infancy Narratives — perhaps more accurately, the Origin Narratives — of Jesus in … more
Members and friends of St. Louis of France Parish in Bonnots Mill reenact the circumstances leading up to Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, during the Bonnots Mill Community Betterment … more
Christmas in the Central Region of Uganda is a massive celebration that commands anticipation throughout the year. “It has the same theological understanding and liturgical preparations as … more
The students of St. Mary School in Frankenstein answered the question: “What do you think the baby Jesus would like for His birthday?”   First grade Max: To be helpful … more
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