Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Frosty reception In anticipation of its arrival, we spent the waning light picking the last fruits of the garden and lugging in the plants. We could feel it coming in the crispness of the air and hear its …
SAUCIER — Better together Jesus repeatedly uses kingdom — the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven — to describe the fullness of life and profusion of love to which we are all invited. In the epistles, …
Parishes and schools
Macon parish, diocese work together on lifelong discipleship Gina Shorten believes that for the eight generations of Catholics who have been sustaining Immaculate Conception parish in Macon — often sacrificially in terms of their time, money and …
Helping at-risk, pregnant mothers become self-sufficient A sliver of light pushes back against the darkness every time a mother says “yes” to the life of the baby inside her. That “fiat” is less difficult for women in …
Mission with a Vision: Merida Foundation offers gift of sight A member of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City offers the following account of the visits he has made to Merida, Mexico, with the Jefferson City-based Merida Foundation: Jefferson City …
Youth News
Challenging message in store for this year’s Diocesan Youth Rally

NOTE: The deadline for registering for this event is Wednesday, Sept. 5. CLICK HERE to register.   Cooper Ray’s 3-year-old son didn’t want to leave his backyard wading …

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus used another example of a rich man to teach His followers a lesson. Jesus told the parable of a wealthy man who lived a luxurious life, dressing in fine clothes and eating …
Many people have assumed that once millennials started to grow older and have kids, a large number would return to the Church or become more actively engaged. This has not materialized — …
St. Petronax (d. 747) was from Brescia, Italy, and joined the Benedictines. In 717, he traveled to the ruins of an abbey at Monte Cassino. The hermits living in the ruins elected him as their …
St. Eugene de Mazenod was born in France in 1782. He and his family fled to Italy during the French Revolution. Eugene returned 11 years later and decided to become a priest when he saw the state of …
Around the Diocese
‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’

‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’ is theme of Respect Life Month Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C. Each year the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life …

This issue of The Catholic Missourian has been sent to all the registered Catholic households of the diocese as part of the kickoff for this year’s Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). The …
Father Thomas L. Albers C.PP.S., 78, a priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood who served in the Jefferson City diocese as pastor of parishes in Sedalia, Bahner, Warsaw and Cole Camp, …
Christine McDonald refuses to be defined by the pain and humiliation she endured. “My trauma isn’t my only identity,” she said. “I am an individual and a professional, …
National & World News
Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death … Read More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS — ‘Watering down’ Church teaching won’t attract young people, cardinal says
Just because some young people disagree with Catholic moral teaching, including in the area of sexuality, does not mean the Church’s … Read More
CANONIZATION — Relics offer physical reminder that saints were real people
Pope Francis and many people attending the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square were alive when Pope St. Paul VI and St. … Read More
Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, Pope says
At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and … Read More
SYNOD OF BISHOPS — Synod groups focus on need for qualified accompaniment
In their second round of reports to the Synod of Bishops, a number of working groups called for qualified and, in some way, supervised … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
Appellate court ruling could put a stop to abortions in Columbia
A recent federal appellate court ruling could bring an end to surgical and chemical-induced abortions at Planned Parenthood in … Read More
Seminary professor to address Church’s response to same-sex attraction, gender confusion
A college student once asked Dr. Edward Hogan, “Suppose I had a friend who left the Church because they were gay. What would you say … Read More
Wrongly convicted of murder, Joe Amrine to lead workshop with jury member during MCC Annual Assembly, Oct. 6 at Helias
Deacon Larry Hildebrand carried a guilt-laden heart to confession during a Cursillo weekend. “I helped kill a man who isn’t … Read More
Missouri Catholic bishops oppose use of alkaline hydrolysis
Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops recently issued a statement opposing the use of a new method of disposing of human remains, named … Read More
MCC's Mike Hoey steps aside after 40 years
Nineteenth-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck claimed that no one who respects the law or enjoys eating sausage should see … Read More