Across the Diocese

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Mark Saucier
SAUCIER — Somewhere in between The other day I asked my 5-year-old granddaughter how she liked school. I got a tight smile and a dash of devil in her eyes. She put out her fist with her thumb extended. She turned it parallel to …
Saucier — Slow dance At a wedding, we found ourselves at a table with a couple who were good friends with the groom’s parents. The men had worked together for over 30 years, and the four stayed close in …
Parishes and schools
$1 million gift toward paying down debt at Tolton Catholic H.S. The debt load for Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia will be reduced, thus freeing up more money for academics and programs, thanks to a $1 million donation. The donors, who wish to …
PRC client and son call on lawmakers, vice president “Pregnancy help centers are important for America. That’s why I’m here today.” Faith and her 1-year-old son Noah traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life …
Many Gifts, One Nation — A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools — Jan. 29-30 People who are grateful for blessings they’ve received from a Catholic education are invited to give thanks by giving back during the second annual “Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of …
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
Be unafraid to share the journey this Lent

A young South Sudanese refugee raising her siblings in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. A father returning home after decades of civil war in Sri Lanka to find his farm overgrown. A young …

Words inspired by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe boomed back off the marble and granite inside the Missouri State Capitol. “Nothing should be more highly prized than the value of each …
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight says he never would have chosen himself for the episcopacy. But his first year as bishop of the Jefferson City diocese has convinced him that God is in charge and is always …
Hale Hentges is living “the dream.” The 2015 football All-American graduate from Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City just got married, scored a touchdown for the Alabama Crimson …
National & World News
Bishop tells Covington Catholic High School community he stands with them
You could literally hear a pin drop as the faculty, staff and student body of Covington Catholic High School waited in the gym Jan. 23 … Read More
As World Youth Day closes, Pope prompts volunteers to keep serving
Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official … Read More
Prayer and silence: Pope joins World Youth Day Way of Cross
The path walked by Jesus to his passion and death on the cross is the same path of indifference and marginalization taken by those who … Read More
In World Youth Day’s ‘Garden of Forgiveness,’ pilgrims find grace
As she welcomed World Youth Day pilgrims to the “Garden of Forgiveness,” Ileana Madrid of Panama City said she saw volunteering at … Read More
Church leaders call Philippine Church attack ‘heinous and evil’ terrorism
Church leaders condemned bomb explosions that killed at least 20 people and injured about 100 others inside a Catholic Church in the … Read More
Marketplace
Missouri Catholic Conference
Christmas a busy time for MCC award recipient
“It’s a lot of work, but it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if I weren’t doing it.” For about 40 years, Cheryl Hayes and two … Read More
Bishops shed light on history of lynchings in the state
As Missouri’s 200th anniversary of statehood draws near, the state’s Roman Catholic bishops see the need for a proper reckoning … Read More
‘Francis at five’ — A shepherd’s call to minister on the margins
“This Pope is not afraid to get his hands dirty, walk the dirty streets of our towns and cities or get the hem of his white cassock … Read More
“LGBTQ: What’s a Catholic to Say?”
“Before you say anything, they see your eyes,” Dr. Edward Hogan said to a group of about 100 people, including two bishops. … Read More
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