Across the Diocese
Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Past the eye of the needle “Christ and the Rich Young Ruler” is a painting by the German Heinrich Hofmann. Two things about that work strike me. The first is how Hofmann tells the story in the …
SAUCIER — A fraction of the whole On Sunday, the first reading was from Numbers. Generally, the purpose of the first reading is to thematically set the table for the Gospel. In this case, Joshua jealously complains to Moses about …
Parishes and schools
Prayers, testimony mark the start of Columbia 40 Days for Life campaign CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from this event. “Get a life!” a motorist yelled out the window of a passing vehicle. “That’s exactly what we’re here for …
Fr. Hartley grateful for prayers, support during cancer treatment Cancer, chemo and COVID-19. Father Paul Hartley’s 40th year of Priesthood has heaped challenge upon challenge. At least he can laugh about it. “I got over COVID in a …
Former bellows-pumpers recognized, blessed, 75 years after current Westphalia organ installed They were the wind beneath the hymns. Strong young members of St. Joseph Parish in Westphalia used to take turns pumping the bellows for the old pipe organ in their parish church. Their efforts …
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
Diocesan phase of 2023 Synod of Bishops to focus on listening, discerning

CLICK HERE to read the Decree of Appointments to the diocesan commission. One of Jesus’s highest priorities while ministering in the flesh was to restore people on the margins to their …

SCROLL THE ARROWS to see more photos. God put the desire to be a priest in Father Emil J. Kapaun’s heart at an early age, Bishop Carl A. Kemme of Wichita, Kansas, said during a homily Sept. …
The telegraph wasn’t invented yet when St. Stephen Parish’s first members arrived in the Salt River Valley. Nearly 200 years later, their descendants are using digital communication …
The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, makes the following appointments: Commission Members for the Diocesan Phase of the 2023 Synod of Bishops Mrs. Helen Osman, …
National & World News
Pope to grandparents, all elderly people ‘You are needed’
Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to … Read More
Pope released from hospital, prays at Rome basilica
Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a … Read More
Hundreds gather outside hospital to greet recovering pope
Pilgrims and well-wishers gathered at Rome’s Gemelli hospital to greet Pope Francis as he made his first public appearance in a week … Read More
Philadelphia archbishop — ‘Pioneering priest Fr. Tolton a model for healing racism’
Some 175 faithful gathered on June 26 to honor a pioneering African American priest now on the path to sainthood, whose heroic virtues … Read More
With world still in knots, pope turns to Mary with prayers
Reaching the finish line of a monthlong Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that … Read More
Missouri Catholic Conference
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
Pro-life advocates herald the ‘Missouri Miracle’ during this year’s Midwest March for Life
CLICK HERE to see two galleries of photos from this event. CLICK HERE to read a related article. Hymns and prayers, cheers and … Read More
State's Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to fund Medicaid expansion
Bishop W. Shawn Mc-Knight and his fellow Roman Catholic bishops of Missouri issued a statement April 13 calling on state lawmakers to … Read More
Bishops call for an end to the federal death penalty
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight joined Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of St. Louis and their fellow U.S. Catholic bishops in calling for a … Read More