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Parish vitality, viability studies to be completed by end of this year

An important phase in the long-term planning for sacramental ministry throughout the diocese is set to be completed by the end of this year. Father Joseph S. Corel, diocesan vicar general, and … more

Catholic actor brings to life nation’s first black, Catholic priest Catholic actor brings to life nation’s first black, Catholic priest

When actor Andrae Goodnight steps onto the stage at the Pepsi Arena at Quincy University in in Quincy, Illinois, on Nov. 12, he will be portraying a 19th-century friend he has come to know and admire … more

Father Russell Judge takes passion for the Passion with him into retirement

God so loved His people that the heavens could not hold Him, so He sent His Son to earth. The earth could not contain Him, so He rose from the dead. “And both of those activities — coming … more

Father Geoffrey Brooke reflects on discerning the Priesthood

“You know you’ll never get married or have kids?” More often than not, that was the response I got when telling someone I was studying to be a Catholic priest. It was usually followed with, … more

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord ...

For the Month of Remembrance, the chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission offers the following thoughts on the Catholic Funeral Rites and Burial: “In the face of death, the Church … more

Autumn enjoyment pervades St. Peter School event in Marshall

Costumed characters and other patrons arrived at the Martin Community Center Oct. 28 for St. Peter School’s annual dinner and auction. The theme was “Fall Spooktacular.” Guests had … more

State’s new safety rules for abortion go into effect

Sixty-seven women dressed in white lined up along the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood’s Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in St. Louis. Each held a sign with a date on it. … more

Texas bishop offers Mass in St. Patrick, home of his ancestors

Shrine of St. Patrick parish in St. Patrick has a reigning U.S. bishop in its extended family. Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo, Texas, a great-great-great grandson of two of the parish’s … more

Historian at MCC 50th anniversary celebration -- Catholics had major role in bringing education to the Midwest

Committed Catholics from all over Europe labored against brutal odds to bring education and faith formation to what is now Missouri and surrounding states. Monsignor Michael Witt, a priest of the … more

Creating a family atmosphere at Sacred Heart in Sedalia

Seventeen teams of middle school and high school students rushed to transform three pumpkins apiece into works of art. The ticking clock intensified their creativity. “Toward the end of the … more

Rosary Rallies point to triumph of Mary’s heart

Thousands of Catholics throughout the United States stopped to heed Our Lady’s plea to turn to God in prayer and believe in the inevitable triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. More than 20,000 … more

Missouri Catholic Conference’s 50th anniversary celebration included workshops on social justice, efforts against abortion

With much enthusiasm and fervor, Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), gave a crash course on the Catholic understanding of social justice during the Missouri … more

Mass at Starkenburg shrine concludes walking portion of Our Lady of Fatima pilgrimage along the Katy Trail

Don Brinker felt humbled to be walking in his dad’s footsteps. The family patriarch drove charter buses, including from St. Louis to Starkenburg for the annual spring and fall pilgrimages to … more

Healthy collaboration between nursing students, St. Martin School in St. Martins

Students of St. Martin School in St. Martins and the Lincoln University (LU) School of Nursing spent a mutually exciting day together Oct. 12. The nursing students visited St. Martin School and … more

At student assembly, bullying survivor offers hopeful message to people who are bullied and those who want to help

Anti-bullying advocate and New York Times best-selling author Jodee Blanco talks about bullies, bystanders and people who want to help but are afraid. “Perhaps you’re a parent, and you can’t … more

Pope’s diplomat praises Missouri Catholic Conference

Pope Francis’ diplomatic representative to the United States hailed the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) as a shining example of missionary discipleship and the joyful proclamation of the Kingdom … more

History comes to life in Loose Creek cemetery

Members and friends of Immaculate Conception parish in Loose Creek recently took part in “Voices of the Past,” a guided Cemetery Tour through the old parish cemetery, which dates back to the … more

Fr. Dolan: The call to discipleship draws every Catholic to the mission field

“Todos los días nace el Señor.” Pondering the missionary nature of the Church, Father Patrick Dolan called to mind the words of a Peruvian Christmas hymn: “Every day, the Lord is … more

Anne Marie Project making headway with young people, planning Red Ribbon Week activities for youth, parents Anne Marie Project making headway with young people, planning Red Ribbon Week activities for youth, parents

An adult coalition that helps young people learn how to cope with stress and make good decisions has been branching out, seeking grants, getting more people involved and gearing up for Red Ribbon … more

2,500 pairs of donated shoes arrive at priest’s mission in the Philippines

The Friends of Fr. Dandi collected and shipped more than 36 boxes of shoes to Father Dandi Bermejo’s mission to the sugar cane plantation workers in the Philippines. Fr. Bermejo, a priest of … more
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