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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Do you hear what I hear? I was in a vain denial. Then I realized that most of our dinner conversations consisted of me saying, “What?” And then my pretense backfired when deafly nodding with a big grin to a …
SAUCIER — “Teach us to pray” “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” It’s a genuine response by some unable to say anything else in the face of another’s pain. It may be cliché, but it is …
Parishes and schools
Columbia composer’s hymn honored as Song of the Year CLICK HERE to hear a recording of Kate Basi’s award-winning song, “Come, All You Thirsty.” A fellow member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Choir in Columbia approached Kate …
20 years after deadly shooting at monastery, survivor reflects on causes of ongoing violence “God forgive me, I hope he’s in heaven.” Benedictine Father Kenneth Reichert spoke of the man who entered Conception Abbey 20 years ago this week, pointed a MAC 90 rifle at him …
Father William Peckman reflects on 25 years of being a priest The following was written on June 7, 2022, the 25th anniversary of Fr. Peckman’s priestly ordination. He is pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Macon, St. Mary Parish in Shelbina, St. …
July 24 Laurie pilgrimage speaker can relate to “bored” young Catholics

Maggie Craig grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school and got terribly bored with it as a teenager. “It didn’t seem to relate to me, and I couldn’t understand why it was so …

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
Cursillo: learning to stay focused on prayer, action and study

The Holy Spirit is the One Who calls us to action. When we choose to pray, we are saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit Who prompted us to pray. When we do a work of charity, we are …

A time for new leadership and for other changes is about to begin in many parishes in the Jefferson City diocese. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued a decree appointing 16 priests to new …
“Do you resolve, with the Help of the Holy Spirit, to discharge without fail the office of Priesthood ... as a worthy fellow worker with the Order of Bishops in caring for the Lord’s …
Images of the Garden of Eden harken back to a time when all creatures were in right relationship with God and one another. Christ restored that relationship through His life, death and …
National & World News
Pope consecrates Ukraine, Russia to Mary
As Russia’s violent monthlong invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of … Read More
“Through prayer, ‘organizing hope,’ we reveal Christ’s love to those in need”
The following was written by the bishop of Gallup, New Mexico, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) … Read More
Bishop McKnight urges faithful to continue praying for peace
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is encouraging people throughout the Jefferson City diocese to continue praying and offering up sacrifices … Read More
Where to give to help Ukraine
Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian … Read More
U.S. church offers prayers, solidarity after Russia attacks Ukraine
As war broke out in Europe Feb. 24, with Russia's early morning attacks on various parts of Ukraine, Catholics in the U.S. joined Pope … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference
MCC supports proposed law to keep mothers who are in prison together with their newborns
Babies born to women in prison would be able to stay with their mothers for up to 18 months under a bill awaiting action by the … Read More
CCCNMO to celebrate grand opening of Catholic Charities Food Pantry March 25
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) will host a celebration marking the grand opening of the Catholic … Read More
Missouri’s Catholic bishops issue statement renouncing vengeance, call for alternatives to death penalty
Following a failed clemency request from Pope Francis, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and his fellow Roman Catholic bishops of Missouri … Read More
MCC posts links for 2021 Virtual Annual Assembly
The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) has posted links to its 2021 Virtual Annual Assembly. In lieu of holding an in-person event … Read More
Sr. Kathleen Wegman SSND receives Citizen Recognition Award
For Sister Kathleen Wegman of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, help is always better than idleness.  “Each day, we have to … Read More