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Project to renew St. George Church in Linn gets underway
Posted on: 12/15/17

By Neal A. Johnson A major project is under way to renew the interior of St. George Church in Linn. The goal is to update and improve several aspects of the church, which was completed in 1975. “We feel this renovation will make the church a more posit …

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Friends anticipate great things from Bishop-elect McKnight
Posted on: 12/15/17

By Jay Nies Two longtime acquaintances see great potential for Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight as he prepares to lead the Jefferson City diocese. Father Daniel Merz was associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat o …

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Chancery office Holiday closings, Catholic Missourian publishing schedule
Posted on: 12/15/17

The Chancery offices at the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 21, for Christmas and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26. The offices will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 29, and on Monday, Jan. 1, …

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Requests being sought for local CCHD grants
Posted on: 12/15/17

Applications for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) funding at the diocesan level will be accepted Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address …

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Thousands answer call to holiness at 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference
Posted on: 12/15/17

The following firsthand account is from one of more than 400 young people and chaperones from the Jefferson City diocese who traveled to Indianapolis Nov. 16-18 for the 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC): By Olivia Hennon Walking into a sta …

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A triple pro-life blessing
Posted on: 12/15/17

By Eddie O’Neill This Christmas will be a special one at Rolla’s St. Raymond’s Society house, a transitional home for women facing unexpected pregnancies. As the Church and the world celebrate the baby Jesus, the Rolla community will continue to deligh …

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Festival of Lights display each night at national shrine in Laurie
Posted on: 12/12/17

St. Patrick parish’s annual Festival of Lights display in Laurie is being held from 5 to 10 p.m. daily through New Year’s Day. All are invited to view the hundreds of thousands of colored lights adorning the 30-acre outdoor National Shrine of Mary, Mot …

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Bonnots Mill parishioners help with Live Nativity display
Posted on: 12/12/17

By Jay Nies Members of St. Louis of France parish in Bonnots Mill helped present the Bonnots Mill Community Betterment Association’s fourth annual Live Nativity on Dec. 3. Signs guided drivers past illuminated displays along the hilly streets. The mess …

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Sr. Mary Ruth Wand SSND finds joy in saying ‘yes’ to God each day
Posted on: 12/12/17

By Jay Nies A happy hymn resonates in Sister Mary Ruth Wand SSND’s spirit. “Speak, Lord, I’m list’ning. Plant Your word down deep in me. Speak, Lord, I’m list’ning. Please show me the way.” A native of Quincy, Illinois, Sr. Mary Ruth has spent most of …

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Bishop-elect McKnight writes to Wichita parishioners of his appointment to head JC diocese
Posted on: 12/12/17

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight, who has been designated to succeed Bishop John R. Gaydos as bishop of Jefferson City on Feb. 6, wrote the following column to his parishioners at Church of the Magdalen in the Diocese of Wichita, shortly after his appoin …

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Digital edition, biweekly print edition of The Catholic Missourian to coincide with new Bishop’s arrival
Posted on: 12/12/17

By Jay Nies The arrival of a new bishop for the Diocese of Jefferson City will coincide with the first major overhaul of the distribution of Church news in the diocese in over 20 years. Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos announces that beginning Feb. 9, th …

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Communal reconciliation services for Advent
Posted on: 12/01/17

Advent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas. Here is a partial list of Advent communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. Additional listings tha …

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Two Jefferson City Parishes to hold Advent Sunday Vespers
Posted on: 12/01/17

Cathedral of St Joseph and St. Peter parishes in Jefferson City will hold Advent Vespers services at 6 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, in their churches. “Evening Prayer (Vespers) is one of several times during the day when the Church gathers to sa …

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RIP, Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, served in Columbia
Posted on: 12/01/17

Deacon Thomas Miller, 78, a retired deacon of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Columbia, died on Nov. 18 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 27 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Columbia, …

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Sacrifices for liberty recalled at Veterans Day Mass, service
Posted on: 12/01/17

By Jay Nies Remembrance and consecration stood out among the themes of this year’s Veterans Day Mass and Prayer Service in St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Monsignor Donald W. Lammers, PA, a retired priest of the diocese, who is a U.S. Army veteran, …

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Christians must see ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ through lens of community, Fr, Jones tells interfaith audience
Posted on: 12/01/17

By Jay Nies Christ’s followers have the means and a clear mandate to help bring the words of two popular Christmas songs to life. Toward that end, Father Stephen Jones, president of Helias Catholic High School, called on Christians of all stripes to ma …

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St. Stephen parish’s Plow Day in Indian creek gives younger generation a glimpse of their farming roots
Posted on: 12/01/17

By Linda Whelan Geist Prayers and plows run deep at St. Stephen parish at Indian Creek, a blink-of-the-eye village in Monroe County. There is no population sign to mark the town’s dozen or so residents. The steepled church established in 1833 and the s …

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Selection of Bishop-Elect McKnight lauded
Posted on: 12/01/17

(NOTE: To access the article on Bishop-elect McKnight’s appointment, and the video of his 11-21-17 introductory news conference, click here.) By Jay Nies Catholic leaders throughout Missouri are expressing gratitude to Bishop Emeritus John R. Gaydos wh …

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Hundreds gather in Cathedral in celebration of faith and unity
Posted on: 11/29/17

By Jay Nies Being unbreakably bound to Christ means also being inextricably interconnected with one another. Bishop John R. Gaydos emphasized that aspect of Jesus’ Parable of the Vine (John 15:1-10) in his homily for this year’s diocesan celebration of …

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Youth told they are ‘beloved children of God, called by name’
Posted on: 11/27/17

By Natalie Hoefer The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with racuous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening. These external and internal forms of …

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RIP Sr. Evelyn Marie Peterman, FSM, 88, served in J.C., Hannibal
Posted on: 11/27/17

By Jay Nies “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 11:28 adorn the wall of the chapel in Wema, Kenya, where Sister Evelyn Marie Peterman of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary witnessed a …

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Visiting students from Japan make friends at Helias Catholic, learn about life and culture in U. S.
Posted on: 11/27/17

By Angie Hutschreider For nearly two weeks this fall, two high school students got to live in a different world. Aika Inoue and Mayu Miyata, both 16, are used to the day-to-day activities and schedules in their Notre Dame Girls School near Kyoto, Japan …

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‘Invest in love,’ Pope says at Vatican observance of first World Day of the Poor
Posted on: 11/27/17

By Cindy Wooden People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the Pope said in his ho …

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Father Frank Bussmann, 72, dies suddenly, was pastor of the Fulton and Mokane parishes
Posted on: 11/27/17

By Jay Nies There were two framed pictures on top of Father Frank Bussmann’s casket: one of him in his clerics, the other of him holding an infant grandchild. Fr. Bussmann, 72, pastor of St. Peter parish in Fulton and St. Jude Thaddeus parish in Mokane …

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Pope Names New Bishop For Jefferson City Diocese
Posted on: 11/21/17

RECORDED LIVE-STREAMED VIDEO OF 11-21-17 NEWS CONFERENCE (ABOVE) BEGINS AT 4:07.  FOR COMPLETE YOUTUBE VIDEO CLICK HERE. (PDF of complete news conference remarks by Bishop Gaydos and Bishop-Elect McKnight are at the bottom of the following article.) By …

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Free Thanksgiving Day meals to be served, delivered by parishes
Posted on: 11/16/17

St. Anthony parish in Camdenton, Immaculate Conception parish in Jefferson City and St. Patrick parish in Sedalia will serve free meals on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) for anyone in their communities who are in need of a good meal. •Camdenton — …

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Deacon, Detroit native sees inspiration for all Catholics in soon-to-be-Blessed Father Solanus Casey
Posted on: 11/16/17

By Jay Nies Deacon Chris Baker placed the upcoming beatification of Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey into the context of what he sees going on all around him. “There are more saintly men and women like him who are doing the work of the Lord rig …

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Old Monastery Christmas Tour, Dec. 2-3 in Wien
Posted on: 11/16/17

By Jay Nies A collection of family-treasured Nativity scenes, a tribute to local veterans and a trip to the attic will highlight this year’s Old Franciscan Monastery Christmas Tour at St. Mary of the Angels parish in Wien. Guided tours of the church an …

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Generations of St. Andrew parishioners in Tipton continue decades-old Thanksgiving Day tradition
Posted on: 11/16/17

By Becky Holloway While the St. Andrew parish’s annual Thanksgiving Day Festival is massive compared to when it started almost eight decades ago, the parish’s annual fundraiser still provides parishioners and visitors from miles away a chance to work, …

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Art and science of Catholic school teaching
Posted on: 11/16/17

By Jay Nies Dr. Tina H. Boogren believes educating young people can be the hardest but also the most rewarding job around. The veteran educator and presenter from the Marzano institute led a professional development day for more than 600 Catholic schoo …

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A visit with our Bishop: Venerable Pope John Paul I
Posted on: 11/16/17

It was a joy to learn last week that Pope Francis declared Pope John Paul I to be Venerable. John Paul I had been a “Servant of God,” whose life was being investigated by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. The investigation has appa …

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Ecumenical community Thanksgiving prayer services
Posted on: 11/16/17

In addition to Mass being available in many Catholic parishes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23), many local ministerial alliances organize ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in the days leading up to the holiday as a chance to pray as one fa …

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Catholic Actor Brings Father Augustine Tolton To Life
Posted on: 11/09/17

By Eddie O’Neill 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 — Father Augustus Tolton. Mr. Goodn …

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Church Leaders Decry Mass Shooting At Texas Baptist Church
Posted on: 11/09/17

The Catholic Church in the United States stands in unity with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 27 people and injured at least 20 others. T …

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection Nov. 18-19
Posted on: 11/09/17

Catholics throughout the United States will be able to combine prayers with concrete acts of charity on the first annual World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis. The 2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection (CCHD) will be taken …

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Parish vitality, viability studies to be complete by the end of the year
Posted on: 11/09/17

By Jay Nies 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 Sister Kathleen Wegman of the School Sisters of …

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Prayers for all souls as autumn sets in
Posted on: 11/09/17

By Jay Nies “This is holy ground … for the Lord is here, and where He is, is holy.” The young people repeated the refrain again and again through wind and mist, heading down the lane into St. Andrew Cemetery. Shadows of all who followed quivered in t …

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A Visit With Our Bishop: Whose Lives Matter? Jesus Makes It Clear
Posted on: 11/09/17

For this week’s Visit, I want to share with you this item I recently received from a brother priest and seminary classmate from my days in St. Louis. He is Father Robert T. Rosebrough, but everybody calls him “Fr. Rosy.” We have known each other since …

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St. Louis archbishop offers details on settlement of HHS mandate case
Posted on: 11/03/17

In 2012, two years after the Obama administration issued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis sued the HHS and its then-director, Kathleen Sebeliu …

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Veterans Day Mass and prayer service, Nov. 10, St. Peter in J.C.
Posted on: 11/03/17

Monsignor Donald W. Lammers PA, a U.S. Army veteran and retired priest of the Jefferson City diocese, will preside at and preach the homily for this year’s St. Peter parish Veterans Day Mass and Prayer Service on Friday, Nov. 10. Deacon Thomas Fischer …

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Mass and Reception Sunday, November 19 at Cathedral
Posted on: 11/03/17

By Jay Nies “One Faith. One Family.” will be the theme for this year’s multicultural Mass and reception in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. Bishop John R. Gaydos will offer the Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Families from all over the …

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‘Horrendous attack weighs on all our hearts’, says cardinal
Posted on: 11/03/17

The “horrendous act” by a driver in a pickup truck who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31 “weighs on all of our hearts,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This afternoon we hear …

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Father Geoffrey Brooke reflects on discerning the Priesthood
Posted on: 11/03/17

By Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. “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, “You’re gonna be very lonely …

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Fr. Judge takes passion for the Passion with him into retirement
Posted on: 11/03/17

By Jay Nies 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 to earth and coming back to life — God calls all of …

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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
Posted on: 11/03/17

For the Month of Remembrance, the chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission offers the following thoughts on the Catholic Funeral Rites and Burial: By Father Daniel Merz “In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created …

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A visit with our Bishop: Together on the same path
Posted on: 11/03/17

The month of October began auspiciously in the fact that Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States of America, visited our Cathedral of St. Joseph on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference …

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Catholics had major role in bringing education to the Midwest
Posted on: 10/27/17

By Jay Nies 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 St. Louis archdiocese and an authority on lo …

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Texas bishop offers Mass in St. Patrick, home of his ancestors
Posted on: 10/27/17

By Jay Nies 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 founders, returned to his mother’s hometown in north …

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New state safety rules for abortion go into effect
Posted on: 10/27/17

By Jay Nies 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. “Each one of us represents a woman we know about who …

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Creating a family atmosphere at Sacred Heart
Posted on: 10/27/17

By Jay Nies 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 50 minutes, there was this mad rush on the art roo …

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A visit with our Bishop: Raising media-savvy Catholic families
Posted on: 10/27/17

Last week, I began discussing how our efforts as agents of the New Evangelization extend even into the way we relate with the media. While there are many challenges in contemporary means of communications, there are also many potential resources for us …

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Christian life is love story with God, Pope says at canonization
Posted on: 10/20/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves Like the Catholic Church’s newest saints, Christians are called to live their faith as a love story with God Who wants a relationship that is “more than that of devoted subjects with their king,” Pope Francis said. Without a lov …

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Bullying survivor offers hopeful message
Posted on: 10/20/17

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 stand one more day of watching your child suffer at the hands …

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Mass at Starkenburg shrine concludes with “Fatima pilgrimage” on Katy Trail
Posted on: 10/20/17

By Jay Nies 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 the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows. “He would tell …

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Healthy collaboration between nursing students, St. Martin school
Posted on: 10/20/17

By Jay Nies 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 got clinical hours administering preliminary h …

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Rosary Rallies point to triumph of Mary’s heart
Posted on: 10/20/17

By Jay Nies 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 Public Rosary in the Square Rallies were held in …

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A visit with our Bishop: Christian values in media
Posted on: 10/20/17

By virtue of our baptism, all of us have a part in fostering the New Evangelization.  Each of us can particularly play a significant role in the challenge to evangelize our culture. The recent death of Hugh Hefner, founder of “Playboy,” reminded us of …

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Seminarians attending Beatification Mass inspired by “ordinary martyr”
Posted on: 10/06/17

By Jay Nies Attending the Beatification Mass of an “ordinary martyr” was an extraordinary experience for two seminarians of the Jefferson City diocese. Ben Klebba and Ryan Bax, who are in priestly discernment at Conception Seminary College in northwest …

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First and third-grader’s lemonade stand a focal point of hurricane relief
Posted on: 10/06/17

By Lynn Bertsch Who would have known that a lemonade stand in Salisbury, Missouri could help so many students affected by the hurricanes? Trace Biere and Kendra Bertsch — a first-grader and third-grader at St. Joseph School, came up with the idea of ha …

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Southern Missouri priest was challenged, encouraged as part of Truman State Newman Center
Posted on: 10/06/17

By Maura Shimmens When Father Joseph Stoverink began as a freshman at Truman State University in Kirksville in 2008, he had an inkling of God’s plan, but not of His timing. During his senior year at Notre Dame Regional Catholic High School in Cape Gira …

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Prayers, anger, resolve after Las Vegas shooting
Posted on: 10/06/17

The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror,” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C. In Las Vegas, a …

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A visit with our Bishop: “One faith. One family”
Posted on: 10/06/17

The story is told of a pastor who was fond of reminding his parishioners to “give until it hurts … and then offer up the pain!” It doesn’t take much to imagine the winces this sort of statement would elicit from many of those who would hear it. But t …

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Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2018 over 70% of Goal
Posted on: 10/04/17
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“Share the journey” embrace migrants, refugees, Pope says
Posted on: 09/29/17

By Cindy Wooden Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees “with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace,” Pope Francis said, launching the “Share the Journey” campaign of Catholic charities around the wor …

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Parishioners make St. Brendan’s new adoration chapel a refuge of silence, “a powerhouse of prayer”
Posted on: 09/29/17

By Eddie O’Neill For close to six months now, Jesus Christ has been adored and glorified day and night in the Eucharistic adoration chapel at St. Brendan Church in Mexico. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament began at the parish on Divine Mercy Sund …

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Moberly parish adds robust flavor to the stew
Posted on: 09/29/17

By Jay Nies A man in the process of becoming Catholic commented on the beauty and busy-ness at St. Pius X parish in Moberly. “He said he drives by here on the way to work and that our church is the most beautiful building in all of Moberly,” said Pat B …

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A visit with our Bishop: “Heart of a pastor, zeal of a martyr”
Posted on: 09/29/17

This past weekend, I traveled to Oklahoma City to participate in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother, a diocesan priest of Oklahoma and a martyr for the faith. Blessed Fr. Rother gave up his life …

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Local diocesan school students outpace state, national ACT scores
Posted on: 09/22/17

Standardized test results suggest that recent graduates of the three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City are well prepared to weather their first year of college and complete their degree. 2017 graduates of Fr. Tolton Regional Cathol …

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Fr. Nicholas Reid presents flag flown in Kuwait to Freeburg students
Posted on: 09/22/17

By Jay Nies Father Nicholas Reid adapted to many things as a chaplain in the scorching Kuwaiti desert. Camel milk was not one of them. “They have a ton of camels because camels can survive in the heat and they can produce milk just like cows do,” he re …

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Lake Ozark WWII POW survived on Catholic faith
Posted on: 09/22/17

By Eddie O’Neill The opening chapter of the Gospel of Luke states clearly that “nothing is impossible with God.” It is a Bible verse that Lake Ozark resident Günther Skaletz can attest to. “Sometimes I can’t believe I went through this,” said Mr. Skale …

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Saints n’ heroes at Fun n’ Faith Family Conference
Posted on: 09/22/17

By Jay Nies There’s something about superheroes that appeals to people of all ages. They realize that they’ve been given a tremendous gift, wrestle with it and ultimately decide to use it to help other people rather than just themselves. “We’re going t …

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A visit with our Bishop: “A truly Catholic gathering in our place and time”
Posted on: 09/22/17

As I write this week’s Visit, our state is back in the news, and not the kind any of us wants to read. Last Friday’s not-guilty verdict for a former St. Louis police officer in the death of a fleeing suspect has brought back to the surface much of the …

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October 7 Rosary Rally in State Capitol
Posted on: 09/18/17

The second annual Missouri Capitol Rosary Rally will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda. It will be the feastday of Our Lady of the Rosary. Participants will gather to pray the Rosary for reparation for sins a …

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College student ministry gets back into full swing on campuses around the diocese
Posted on: 09/18/17

By Jay Nies Cicadas and the whole campus buzzed as Dominican Father Richard Litzau’s voice echoed off the Reynolds Alumni Center and the iconic dome of Jesse Hall. Fr. Litzau, pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Center parish in Columbia, presided at an o …

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Apostolic nuncio addresses Missouri Catholic Conference Saturday, October 7
Posted on: 09/18/17

By Jay Nies The ink was hardly dry on “Gaudium et Spes,” the Apostolic Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, when the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) came into being 50 years ago. Blessed Pope Paul VI and the fathers of the Second Vatican …

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Catholic Charities USA, KofC give millions for hurricane relief
Posted on: 09/18/17

Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to-date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go …

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A visit with our Bishop: Towards full initiation into the Church
Posted on: 09/18/17

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is good for you to know that th …

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Golden Jubilee for Brother Steven Schonhoff
Posted on: 09/08/17

By Jay Nies “Schonhoff” means “good luck” in German. “Signum fidei,” motto of the De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools, means “sign of faith.” For the past 50 years, Brother Steven Schonhoff has been both, especially to his students. “He was b …

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KofC annual Clown Convention brings oversize smiles
Posted on: 09/08/17

By Eddie O’Neill The Capitol Plaza Hotel was the place to be on Aug. 11-12 for those wanting to clown around, Catholic style. Around 40 men, women, boys and girls were on hand for the Knights of Columbus Missouri State Clown Club’s annual convention. T …

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Hurricane’s wrath still felt across Gulf Coast
Posted on: 09/08/17

By James Ramos As the waters from Hurricane Harvey rose and fell, prayers uttered in Texas ranged from pleas for protection to asking God for the courage to live with charity and great patience, said Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of Victoria. The bishop sai …

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A visit with our Bishop: Cordially invited
Posted on: 09/08/17

A new school year is under way, and the coming season of autumn brings with it a variety of new and renewed activities in our communities. Now is also the time when parishes hold inquiry sessions as a kick-off to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adu …

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Abortion survivor to headline Vitae Foundation event Sept. 12 in Lake Ozark
Posted on: 09/01/17

By Martha Schieber Melissa Ohden wasn’t supposed to be born, but she defied incredible odds, surviving a saline infusion abortion in 1977. Not only did she survive, she was adopted and has thrived. Ms. Ohden will be the featured speaker at the Vitae Fo …

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Starkenburg shrine Fall Pilgrimage, Sept. 10
Posted on: 09/01/17

Monsignor Gregory L. Higley, pastor of the Hermann and Rhineland parishes, will lead this year’s Fall Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg, on Sunday, Sept. 10. It will be held on the grounds of the historical shrine, located …

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40 Days for Life fall prayer vigil in Columbia to begin Sept. 27
Posted on: 09/01/17

Matt Britton, national board chairman and chief counsel for the 40 Days For Life (40 DFL) campaign (www.40daysforlife.com), will be the featured speaker at opening rally for 40 DFL’s Fall Prayer Vigil on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Columbia. The fall campaig …

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Candidates sought for Permanent Diaconate
Posted on: 09/01/17

A new discernment class will begin in January 2018 for men of the Jefferson City diocese who are considering whether they are being called to serve the Lord as permanent deacons. Men who believe they are being called to the diaconate are encouraged to …

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Linn native, Sister Irene Marie Schmitz SSND, dies
Posted on: 09/01/17

Linn native Sister Irene Marie Schmitz of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 87, died on Aug. 10 at Veronica House near St. Louis, after a brief illness. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 14 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa …

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RIP, Catholic school principal Randy Struck
Posted on: 09/01/17

Mr. Randy Struck, 60, principal of St. Joseph School in Martinsburg and Immaculate Conception School in Montgomery City, died on Aug. 28. He died of an apparent heart attack he suffered on his way to school. His wife, Terri Struck, who teaches at St. J …

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Immaculate Conception School in Macon points to ideals of Catholic education
Posted on: 09/01/17

By Jay Nies At the start of a brand-new term, the 67 students of Immaculate Conception School in Macon were invited to place their minds, hearts and wills at the service of God. It’s the reason they’re there. “The goal of any and every Catholic school …

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Memories, aspirations converge at opening of new Helias Catholic football stadium
Posted on: 09/01/17

By Jay Nies “After 60 years, tonight is the night we come home!” A capacity crowd leapt to its feet as Deacon Chris Baker, stadium announcer for Helias Catholic High School Crusaders’ varsity football games, reminded the people where they were. There’s …

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Catholic groups mobilizing for hurricane relief
Posted on: 09/01/17

Bishop Asks Parishes For Special Collection Sept. 9-10 OR Sept. 16-17 By Rhina Guidos The people of the Jefferson City diocese are being urged to join in the Church’s efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and provide pastoral and rebuilding suppo …

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A visit with our Bishop: Some thoughts on my 20th anniversary
Posted on: 09/01/17

This past Sunday, I was privileged to be able to offer the 9 a.m. Mass at our cathedral in thanksgiving for the anniversary of my Episcopal Ordination in the cathedral sanctuary exactly 20 years ago on that day. While it seems that time does indeed fly …

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Texas Bishops Seek Donations for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Posted on: 08/28/17

Texas National Guard soldiers assist citizens Aug. 27 during rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas. (CNS photo/courtesy Texas Military Department via Reuters) The Catholic Church in Texas is coordinating its response through the bish …

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Juggling evangelizers to keep things lively at Fun’ n Faith Family Conference, Sept.17
Posted on: 08/18/17

By Jay Nies Jugglers know not to toss a second object into the air until the first one reaches its apex — the highest point before it starts to drop. The apex is never out of sight and never out of mind. “In the same way, as we go about living our dail …

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Totus Tuus teams spread the Good News across the diocese
Posted on: 08/18/17

By Eddie O’Neill The mornings began with an intense game of banana tag. The afternoons ended with the banana dance. It wasn’t an international convention of fruit and vegetable growers. It was Totus Tuus, a week-long, Catholic youth program held in par …

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Calls for peace after Virginia violence
Posted on: 08/18/17

By Rhina Guidos Bishop John R. Gaydos is joining Catholic religious leaders throughout the nation in calling for peace and rejecting a culture of hate, after three people died and several others were injured following violent clashes between pacifists, …

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A visit with our Bishop : An anthem for our time
Posted on: 08/18/17

The saber-rattling going on these days, even amid reassurances from our government leaders that we should remain tranquil, is anything but comforting. This is especially so since we are also recalling in these days the “War to End All Wars,” World War …

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Fr. Hilary Andebo to continue studies in Wisconsin after 9 years of ministry in Jefferson City
Posted on: 08/04/17

By Jay Nies He was a teenage refugee in the Democratic Republic of Congo when a missionary priest from Italy singled him out as a candidate for the Priesthood. Father Hillary Andebo would eventually follow that priest into the mission field, visiting t …

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Missouri Catholic Conference hails historic new pro-life law
Posted on: 08/04/17

Catholics throughout Missouri are being urged to contact their state lawmakers and Gov. Eric Greitens and thank them for working together to pass some of the most significant pro-life legislation in a generation. Gov. Greitens signed the latest version …

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Retirement Fund for Religious collection, August 19-20
Posted on: 08/04/17

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up Aug. 19-20 in parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits more than 32,000 senior …

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Parishioners rally to undo vandalism to Westphalia church
Posted on: 08/04/17

By Jay Nies Heading up Main Street toward St. Joseph Church on a sunny Saturday morning, Father Anthony Viviano caught sight of the parking lot filled with cars. Then he saw the swarm of humanity heading into church, carrying buckets. There were even m …

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“Our Lady of Fatima and her Eucharistic Son” Conference, August 11-12 in Boonville
Posted on: 08/04/17

Ss. Peter & Paul parish in Boonville will host a diocesan Marian Conference — an event packed with catechesis, conversion, consecration and evangelization — on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12. It will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 322 …

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A visit with our Bishop: Planning your estate
Posted on: 08/04/17

At our last Visit, we began a discussion about the need for every individual to have his or her will. Without a will the following or worse situations could develop: •A 68-year-old widow, Mrs. Burke, died without a will after 20 years in her wheelchair …

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Finding Christian symbolism in a solar eclipse
Posted on: 08/04/17

A priest of the Jefferson City diocese offers the following reflections, rooted in Scripture, for consideration leading up to the upcoming total eclipse of the sun: By Father Daniel J. Merz On Monday, Aug. 21, the great Solar Eclipse of 2017 will cast …

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Hispanic teens attend Theology of the Body retreat
Posted on: 07/21/17

By Jay Nies The prevailing culture of this world is wrong when it tells people that the Church is all about “no.” “What the Church says is ‘yes’ to the way we’ve been created by God, to the wholeness that you can fully express if you give of yourself e …

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HCHS grad deployed overseas to be confirmed by USAF chaplain from our diocese
Posted on: 07/21/17

By Jay Nies U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Allen Morris graduated from Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City in 2013, on Pentecost Sunday. Currently deployed to a U.S. Air Force base in Southwest Asia, he will be sealed this month with the same H …

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Low-gluten altar bread used in this diocese is “fully valid and licit”
Posted on: 07/21/17

The very-low-gluten Holy Communion hosts produced by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in northeastern Missouri are in full compliance with the liturgical norms recently restated and clarified in a Vatican document. The June 15 document, a …

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Visitation parish- A rock of faith for Maries Country
Posted on: 07/21/17

By Eddie O’Neill Catholic Christianity’s roots run deep in Vienna, the county seat of Maries County. Some of them lead back through Rich Fountain and Westphalia, from which a handful of Catholic families ventured south in the mid-1800s in search of a p …

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A visit with our Bishop: Time for a check-up
Posted on: 07/21/17

The doctor says it’s good to have a check-up at frequent intervals. I think it’s also a good idea to “check up” regularly on another very important matter. “Have I made a will?” “Is it up to date?” Recently, I was talking to a brother priest who was in …

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Catholics urged to contact state senators, help pass historic pro-life legislation this summer
Posted on: 07/14/17

By Jay Nies Missouri’s Catholic bishops are calling on Catholics throughout the state to help get milestone pro-life legislation passed. The Missouri Senate will return to session on Monday, July 24, to consider a much stronger, amended version of SB 5 …

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Christian ideals influenced naming of facilities at HCHS new athletic complex
Posted on: 07/07/17

By Jay Nies St. John Baptiste de la Salle. Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. Raymond Hentges. What do these three have in common? They represent the ideals and enduring legacy of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. And in August, all th …

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Father Richard Frank to keep busy in retirement from parish administration
Posted on: 07/07/17

By Jay Nies Father Richard Frank has some advice for fellow priests who have recently become pastors or who will in the near future. “Stay faithful to your prayers and trust in God …” “Try to get parishioners involved on a volunteer basis in some of …

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After 35 years in Loose Creek, Sr. Irene Marie Schmitz moves back to St Louis
Posted on: 07/07/17

By Jay Nies Sister Irene Marie Schmitz of the School Sisters of Notre Dame spent the past 35 years near the place of her upbringing, helping children grow in love and knowledge of God. Now she’s back in St. Louis, where she first answered God’s call to …

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Philippines mission trip: Merciful hearts ignite
Posted on: 07/07/17

A member of St. Mary parish in Shelbina and the Diocesan Mission Advancement Advisory Board offers an account of a diocesan mission trip to the Philippines she took part in this year. The ministries mentioned in this article receive substantial support …

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A visit with our Bishop: The bond continues
Posted on: 07/07/17

Mark Twain once lamented that “all the stupid people, who make up the vast and overwhelming majority of this and any other nation, believe and are molded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper.” His screeds against the press and organized re …

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Convocation of Catholic Leaders- July 1- 4
Posted on: 06/30/17

Catholic leaders from throughout the diocese to take part in July 1-4 Joy of the Gospel forum By Jay Nies The Jefferson City diocese will be well represented at the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders, to be held July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida. Part …

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Statement Regarding KRCG-TV News Story
Posted on: 06/30/17

Diocesan Statement on KRCG-TV 10 PM News Item: KRCG-TV, Channel 13 in Jefferson City, ran a news story on the 10 o’clock news on June 29, regarding an internal document provided to diocesan priests and school principals at presentations in May. This do …

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Msgr. Donald Lammers to retire from being a pastor, moving to Cathedral rectory
Posted on: 06/26/17

By Jay Nies Reading, learning new things, figuring out the electronic devices he already owns, and discovering new members of his extended family. These are just some of the things Monsignor Donald W. Lammers PA hopes to pursue now that he’s giving up …

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RIP, Deacon Harold Parn
Posted on: 06/26/17

Deacon Harold L. Parn, 87, of Quincy, Illinois, formerly of Monroe City, a retired permanent deacon of the Jefferson City diocese, died on June 11 in Quincy. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 15 in St. Anthony Church in Quincy. Burial …

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RIP, Sister Mary Angelita Terrio
Posted on: 06/26/17

Sister Mary Angelita Terrio, 87, a Franciscan Sister of Mary who served in Hannibal, Marceline and for over 20 years at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing in Jefferson City, died on June 12 at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton near St. Louis. She had spent mor …

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Native of Chamois parish marks 60 years of religious life
Posted on: 06/26/17

Sister Jamesine Lamb OSF of Springfield, Illinois, will celebrate her 60th anniversary in July as a member of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. A native of Aud in central Missouri, Sr. Jamesine (formerly Mattie Mae Lamb) was born on July 8, 1935, th …

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New altar in St. Andrew Parish cemetery, Holt’s Summit
Posted on: 06/26/17

“… And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim Your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise!” — Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer, Revised Roman Missal By Jay Nies Communicants gather before God’s eternal altar as the priest o …

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Diocesan Mission Collection helps spread the Gospel in India
Posted on: 06/26/17

The parishes of the Diocese of Jefferson City will take up the annual Mission Collection the weekend of July 15-16. Please give generously. By Jay Nies Echoes of the Catholic missions in some of India’s most isolated territories now resonate through ma …

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Called to be God’s people, Body of Christ
Posted on: 06/26/17

By Jay Nies God’s gift of His Son in the Holy Eucharist is a mystery that leads to a deeper relationship with Him and other people. Hence the words “Holy Communion.” “It is a personal and communal relationship that we have in Jesus, just as God made Hi …

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A visit with our Bishop: Our mother’s immaculate heart
Posted on: 06/26/17

One hundred years ago this month, our Blessed Mother revealed to one of the three child visionaries in Fatima, Portugal, her Son’s eternal desire for all people to be devoted to her Immaculate Heart. This is the very same heart that was protected for a …

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Spring Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows points to piety, memories of heroic hospitality
Posted on: 06/09/17

By Don Kruse Deacon Joe Horton led pilgrims deep into the woods, stopping at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto to read from a prayer book first used in the early 1940s. Pilgrims carried a 19th-century image of the Blessed Mother in procession throughout t …

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Big festivities June 17 for Vienna parish, school anniversaries
Posted on: 06/09/17

By Jay Nies “Why such a large church? We hope to grow!” Father John Fugel said of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Vienna when the current church building was dedicated in 1909. “Why such a massive and solid building? We hope to stay!” h …

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Helias Catholic Class of 2017 to continue quest for truth, friendship
Posted on: 06/09/17

By Angie Hutschreider Friendship, faith and fellowship were recurring themes throughout the Mass and commencement for Jefferson City’s Helias Catholic High School Class of 2017. “Friendship is a treasure beyond price,” Father Joshua Duncan reminded the …

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Father Paul Clark ordained a priest of our diocese
Posted on: 06/09/17

By Jay Nies Bishop Edward M. Rice turned to Father Paul Clark’s own insights into the Priesthood. “A priest must offer himself … standing in the place of Christ, making His sacrifice present for the people at Mass.” “Remember those words, embrace the …

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A visit with our Bishop: Priestly ministers to a sacramental people
Posted on: 06/09/17

Blessed Trinity Sunday to all of you! I’d like to begin this week’s “Visit” with a heart-felt thank-you to all who have remembered me in prayer during my recent open-heart surgery and ongoing recovery. The surgery was successful, and I’m making good pr …

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Clergy Appointments
Posted on: 05/31/17

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS The Most Reverend John R. Gaydos makes the following appointments: CLERGY APPOINTMENTS PASTORS REVEREND JASON T. DOKE, from associate pastor of St. Patrick Church in Rolla and campus minister of the Catholic Newman Center at the M …

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Catholic groups sue over St. Louis abortion ordinance
Posted on: 05/26/17

By Jennifer Brinker St. Louis archdiocesan elementary schools, a Catholic-run shelter for homeless pregnant women, and a for-profit holding company and its owner have sued the city of St. Louis over a new ordinance they say violates their religious fre …

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Meetings for those considering permanent diaconate
Posted on: 05/26/17

2017 is a recruitment year for men who may be interested in becoming a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Several informational meetings will be held around the diocese for men who feel they may have a calling to this ministry or want t …

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Pope, President speak of hopes for peace
Posted on: 05/26/17

By Cindy Wooden Pope Francis and President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the President left, he told the Pope, “I won’t forget what you said.” The atmosphere at the beginning was …

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65 Fr. Tolton Catholic H.S. grads urged to keep God with them
Posted on: 05/26/17

By Jay Nies Rain, wind and thunder beat down on the fieldhouse at Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia as the 65 graduating seniors got ready to carry their prayers, dreams and transcripts out into the next phase of their lives. Like …

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Deacon Paul Clark to be ordained priest, June 3
Posted on: 05/26/17

By Jay Nies Rev. Mr. Paul Clark waited almost an hour to go to confession one evening not long ago. After being absolved, he noticed that there were still about 25 people in line. “All at once, I was completely moved with a desire to help them,” he rec …

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A visit with our Bishop: In Him Who strengthens me
Posted on: 05/26/17

As I get this “Visit” together I am also preparing for the surgery which will have been completed by the time you read this and, with the help of my physicians and our loving God, I hope to be the proud owner of a new aortic valve in my heart. The outp …

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Catholic Missourian Summer publishing schedule to start in June
Posted on: 05/19/17

The Catholic Missourian will begin its biweekly publication in June, with the following publish dates: June 9 & 23 — July 7 & 21 — August 4 & 18 Please plan advertising for Summer events, including picnics, accordingly. Space reservation is …

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Centralia family honored as Missouri KofC family of the year
Posted on: 05/19/17

The Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council has honored Harvey Jr. and Stacy Million and their family, members of Holy Spirit parish in Centralia, as the Missouri Knights of Columbus 2017 family of the year. Father James Offutt, pastor of Holy Spiri …

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Fatima message resonates at Laurie pilgrimage
Posted on: 05/19/17

By Jay Nies A week before the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s first apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, about 60 pilgrims gathered in Laurie to learn about what she promised and do what she suggested. They prayed the Ro …

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Sacred Heart H.S. graduates urges to listen, pray, act
Posted on: 05/19/17

By Jay Nies Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia has sent its Class of 2017 forth to do even greater works than Jesus did. Precious Blood Father Mark Miller, pastor of the Sedalia and Bahner parishes, pointed to Jesus’ own words: “Whoever believes in Me …

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With KofC support, work begins on Special Olympics Training Center
Posted on: 05/19/17

By Jay Nies Fourth-degree Knights of Columbus in full regalia got a turn with the shovels as work began on the Special Olympics of Missouri’s $16 million Training for Life campus in Jefferson City. Knights joined dignitaries and Special Olympics of Mis …

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During Fatima pilgrimage, seers declared saints
Posted on: 05/19/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord. “We decl …

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Bishop helps Filipino Americans celebrate
Posted on: 05/19/17

By Jay Nies The mother who stood at the foot of the cross, bathed in her Son’s Blood, has a message for all who believe in Him. “At the Wedding Feast at Cana, what did Mary tell the servants after they had run out of wine?” queried Bishop John R. Gaydo …

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A visit with our Bishop: To lay down one’s life
Posted on: 05/19/17

As Memorial Day approaches, I have been thinking of the uncle whose name I carry, my Dad’s brother, John J. Gaydos. Seventy-five years ago, in the opening days of the involvement of the United States in the Second World War, my uncle Johnny Joe joined …

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Two grand-prize winners, teacher to throw ceremonial first pitches in Vitae Osage County essay, video contest
Posted on: 05/12/17

The Vitae Foundation and the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation are cosponsoring an essay and video contest for students in Osage County to help young people stand up for the dignity and sanctity of all human life. The contest is open to all ei …

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National collection to be taken up on Mother’s Day to complete “The Holy Trinity” mosaic in national shrine
Posted on: 05/12/17

This Mother’s Day weekend, Catholics throughout the United States will get a chance to present a special gift to their Blessed Mother. The U.S. Catholic bishops have called for a one-time special collection to be taken up at Sunday Masses the weekend o …

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Executive order on religious liberty has unclear path ahead
Posted on: 05/12/17

By Carol Zimmermann At a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, President Donald Trump told a group of religious leaders: “It was looking like you’d never get here, but you got here, folks,” referring to their presence at the signing of the executive …

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Missouri parish extends charity through high ground
Posted on: 05/12/17

By Rhina Guidos When a storm front hit several Southern and Midwestern states, including Missouri, in early May, it spared Sacred Heart parish in the city of Valley Park, about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis. “We were fortunate,” said David Broemmelsi …

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Hundreds of sixth-graders focus on vocations
Posted on: 05/12/17

By Jay Nies Adults have a tremendous influence over whether their children stop and listen to what God plans for them to become. That message came across repeatedly during this year’s diocesan Sixth Grade Vocation Day, held May 3 at the Cathedral of St …

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A visit with our Bishop : Pray for our mothers- and motherhood
Posted on: 05/12/17

Our Nation sets aside this Sunday as a day to honor our Mothers. Since motherhood is a rock-bottom necessity in the world of nature, it is not at all surprising that reverence for and protection of mothers would be an important part of our civic, socia …

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Bishop Gaydos asks for prayers leading up to May 24th surgery
Posted on: 05/05/17

Bishop John R. Gaydos is asking for prayers as he prepares to undergo open-heart surgery on Wednesday, May 24. (Note: This is an update from the original story, which contained the first scheduled date of May 17.) Surgeons from the Cardiovascular Divis …

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Grade-schoolers create artwork, essays about vocations
Posted on: 05/05/17

By Jay Nies Students in Catholic schools throughout the diocese put themselves in the shoes of a priest or religious sister for this year’s Vocation Awareness Week Poster and Essay Contest. Sponsored by the diocesan Vocation Office, the contest helped …

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Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School alumnae complete their blessed time together on the basketball court
Posted on: 05/05/17

By Eddie O’Neill Lindsey Cunningham cannot remember a time when she didn’t have a basketball in her hands. She also cannot recall a time when her younger sister, Sophie, wasn’t ready to play ball with her. The Cunningham sisters, who are graduates of O …

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Fatima at 100: Story of Marian apparitions still intrigues
Posted on: 05/05/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike. The ap …

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A visit with our Bishop : A mother’s suffering
Posted on: 05/05/17

May is the beautiful month we dedicate to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. In these opening days of Mary’s month, let me share with you some observations from an article by a priest of Chicago who is an old friend from seminary da …

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Supreme Court seems to lean towards Columbia church in playground case
Posted on: 04/28/17

By Carol Zimmermann U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to side with the church in a separation of church and state case argued April 19 about a Missouri Lutheran preschool barred from receiving state funds for playground resurfacing using recycled tire …

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Kenrick-Glennon seminarians Monnig, Distler instituted as acolytes
Posted on: 04/28/17

Grant Monnig and Brad Distler, seminarians of the Jefferson City diocese in first-year theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, were recently instituted as acolytes. Bishop Edward Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau presided at the April 21 Ma …

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A visit with our Bishop: Easter fire
Posted on: 04/28/17

The power of Christ’s resurrection continues to move our world. All over the globe, for instance, once again there are thousands of people who have joined the Catholic Church this year through the Easter sacraments of initiation. Thousands more, who we …

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“Theology on Tap” goes to the Holy Land
Posted on: 04/21/17

By Eddie O’Neill When the calendar turns to the third Tuesday of the month, it means it’s “Theology on Tap” time at Hopper’s Pub on the Square in Waynesville. “Theology on Tap” is a nationwide program which began in the Archdiocese of Chicago in the ea …

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“The Risen Christ calls all to follow Him”: Pope says
Posted on: 04/21/17

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves Jesus is the Risen Shepherd Who takes upon His shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of …

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Father Ed Schmidt laid to rest at St Martin Parish Cemetery
Posted on: 04/21/17

Father Edwin Andrew Schmidt, 79, pastor of St. Martin parish in St. Martins, died peacefully in his rectory on Holy Saturday, April 15. He died shortly after the Easter Vigil began in St. Martin Church. Parishioners had opened the doors and windows to …

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A visit with our Bishop: Where the Church lives
Posted on: 04/21/17

In a February article in this newspaper, you were informed of the process that is now beginning to help us as a Local Church in our efforts to collaborate as parishes and diocesan staff in the four priorities that have been identified by you (Faith, Fa …

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Parish leaders gather to discuss action on bishop’s renewed pastoral plan
Posted on: 04/18/17

By Jay Nies Parishes throughout central and northeastern Missouri are taking stock of their efforts, guided by Bishop John R. Gaydos’ pastoral plan for the diocese. The plan, originally adopted in 2010 and updated and revitalized in 2016 after extensiv …

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From baptismal font to director’s office
Posted on: 04/18/17

By Jay Nies Draped in purple, Dan Lester waded into the St. Thomas More Newman Center’s baptismal font, where Dominican Father Thomas Saucier poured the water over him three times in the shape of a cross. Ashlie Lester then handed her husband their 2-m …

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Bishop: All sacraments flow from, point back to the Eucharist
Posted on: 04/18/17

By Jay Nies Rev. Mr. Paul Clark looked down at the silver urn containing the Oil of Sacred Chrism, which Bishop John R. Gaydos was about to consecrate for sacramental use throughout the diocese. He caught sight of his own reflection in the glistening v …

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Oceans of mercy to flow April 23 – Second Sunday of Easter
Posted on: 04/18/17

April 23 is the Second Sunday of Easter and the Feast of Divine Mercy. On that day, the Church will celebrate the great fount of mercy flowing from Christ’s heart, as revealed to a Polish contemplative nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, in a series of private …

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RIP Father Edwin Schmidt
Posted on: 04/18/17

We announce the death at St. Martins, Missouri, on the 15th day of April 2017, at the age of 79 of REVEREND EDWIN ANDREW VINCENT SCHMIDT Priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City Father Edwin A. Schmidt was born on December 18, 1937, in Tipton, Missouri, …

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A visit with our Bishop: Rugged cross and empty tomb… Thanks be to God !
Posted on: 04/18/17

These days, some secular cable television channels use Holy Week and Easter to present a skeptical turn on the meaning or “historical reality” of the life of Jesus Christ. While full of subtle insinuation, this approach is not by any means new. We’ve e …

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Catholic Home Missions Appeal: April 29-30
Posted on: 04/14/17

By Jay Nies  Catholics throughout the Jefferson City diocese benefit directly, and the whole Church is made stronger through contributions to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. This annual collection, to be taken the weekend of April 29-30, provides es …

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Native of the diocese helping prepare a new generation of Catholic youth ministers
Posted on: 04/07/17

By Jay Nies A Tipton native is helping move the New Evangelization in new directions in an archdiocese with almost half a million Catholics. Early this year, Matthew Reinkemeyer was appointed associate director of missionary outreach for the Archdioces …

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St Patrick parade a time of levity, outreach for Rolla parish
Posted on: 04/07/17

St. Patrick parishioners resurrected an old tradition this year, taking part as a group in Rolla’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event was held on Saturday, March 18, the morning after the parish’s feastday. Members of the parish youth group made shiel …

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Camp Maccabee participants have a lot of fun, while learning to be Catholic men of virtue
Posted on: 04/07/17

By Jay Nies Expect sparks this summer during Camp Maccabee for high school-age Catholic young men. The event, to be held in two separate sessions July 16-21 and July 23-28 in St. Robert, will be filled with adventure, challenge and competition in the m …

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Last three Popes share close bond to Fatima
Posted on: 04/07/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves Recent Popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no Pope’s connection can match that of Pope St. John Paul II. “We cannot forget that he was saved by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassination attempt here in …

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A visit with our Bishop: “Exult all creation!”
Posted on: 04/07/17

This weekend, we begin the celebration of Holy Week in the Church with the blessing and distribution of palms and the proclamation of the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion and Death at the Passion (or Palm) Sunday Masses. Our Lenten observances will c …

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Time running out for state senators to pass important pro-life legislation
Posted on: 04/05/17

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is urging Catholics throughout the state to contact their state senators and tell them to get two important pieces of pro-life legislation passed before time runs out. The Missouri House of Representatives has pas …

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A year after his death on Easter Sunday, Fr. Patrick Pierceall’s light still shines
Posted on: 03/31/17

By Ann Pierceall Faith. Family. Fellowship. Laughter. These were the cornerstones upon which Father Patrick Pierceall built his life, and they are the legacy he left behind upon his death. Fr. Pierceall, a Hannibal native and priest of the Jefferson Ci …

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Covenant Network offers solid, entertaining Catholic radio
Posted on: 03/31/17

By Jay Nies With six stations transmitting within the boundaries of the Jefferson City diocese, the Covenant Network is reaching more local Catholics — and their curious neighbors — than ever before. “Our philosophy is just to share the Catholic faith …

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What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today
Posted on: 03/31/17

By Carl Bunderson When Father Clemens August von Galen was consecrated Bishop of Münster in October 1933, he chose for his episcopal motto “Nec laudibus, nec timore” — “Neither by praises nor by fear” — which summed-up his ministry throughout Germany’s …

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Beautiful, mysterious aroma of grace
Posted on: 03/31/17

By Jay Nies This week, volunteers at the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center have been helping mix Laudate Chrism Essence with extra virgin olive oil to be consecrated during the diocesan Chrism Mass. The essence is what gives Sacred Chrism …

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A visit with our Bishop: What marriage is
Posted on: 03/31/17

For several years now, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has been providing various types of material to help catechize our Church and the wider community on the crucial and indeed …

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New assistant principal named for Helias Catholic High School
Posted on: 03/24/17

Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City recently hired Dwayne Clingman as its new assistant principal, effective in the fall of 2017. He succeeds Sister Jean Dietrich of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who became assistant principal two years a …

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Laurie hosts Fatima centennial pilgrimages on First Saturdays
Posted on: 03/24/17

Beginning in April, the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie will host monthly First Saturday pilgrimages commemorating the 100th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Pilgrimages will be held on: April 1, …

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Monroe City parish to host 24-hour Adoration, reconciliation on Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1
Posted on: 03/24/17

Holy Rosary parish in Monroe City will host a “Twenty-Four Hours with the Lord” Lenten observance from noon on Friday, March 31, until noon on Saturday, April 1. It will include all-day Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as opportunities …

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Addressing fear and separation: immigration policy has local impact
Posted on: 03/24/17

By Jay Nies The young man was 3 when he came to the United States with his parents. Now he’s in a country he’s completely unfamiliar with, 1,300 miles away from his wife and their 3-year-old and 9-month-old daughters in Columbia. Unless something chang …

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St. Jude parish in Richland: a small but faith-filled family
Posted on: 03/24/17

By Eddie O’Neill If there was one word that would sum up parish life at St. Jude parish in Richland, it would be “family.” While it may be one of the diocese’s smallest parishes, the people’s emphasis on community is big. The parish is under the leader …

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A visit with our Bishop: “Create a clean heart in me”
Posted on: 03/24/17

The breath of God’s life sets us free from the asphyxia that we so often fail to notice, or become so used to that it seems normal, even when its effects are felt. We think it is normal because we have grown so accustomed to breathing air in which hope …

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Fish Frys around the diocese- March 24
Posted on: 03/21/17

Boonville, K of C fish fry, 4:30-6:45 pm; California, K of C/Ladies Sodality fish fry, 4:30-7 pm; Camdenton, K of C fish fry, 5-7 pm; Columbia, Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School fish fry; Cuba, Holy Cross fish fry, 4:30-7 pm; Eldon, K of C fish …

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Saint Thomas native Sr. Cecilia Lackman, FSM celebrates 60 years of religious life
Posted on: 03/17/17

By Bill Boessen St. Thomas native Sister Cecilia Lackman of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary will celebrate her 60-year jubilee during a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, in St. Thomas the Apostle Church in St. Thomas. A reception and …

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Sedalia St. Patrick : Celebrating a “service-oriented” parish
Posted on: 03/17/17

By Jay Nies The Apostle of Charity eventually yielded to the Apostle of Ireland as the namesake of Sedalia’s longest-serving Catholic congregation. But both saints’ tenacity and apostolic ardor remain evident in all things touched by St. Patrick parish …

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March 25-26 CRS collection supports agencies offering help throughout the world
Posted on: 03/17/17

“Help Jesus in Disguise” will be the theme of this year’s Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection, to be taken up March 25-26 in parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese. “Through this collection, we humbly respond to the suffering Christ, Who …

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A visit with our Bishop: These three things
Posted on: 03/17/17

This past Monday, March 13, marked the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had retired earlier in 2013. As we thank God for these four years of the Apostolic Ministry of Pope Francis, w …

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Father Secrist showcases Gregorian Chant for interchurch audience
Posted on: 03/10/17

By Jay Nies “Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est!” Christians of sundry faith traditions joined Father Jeremy Secrist in an ancient, antiphonal chant usually reserved for the Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday. He chanted a verse in Latin, and the congrega …

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Bishop Gaydos blesses new Helias Catholic High School chapel
Posted on: 03/10/17

By Jay Nies Sunlight filled Helias Catholic High School’s new chapel as Bishop John R. Gaydos named it in honor of a revered saint and pronounced the words that set it aside for the holiest of purposes. “Lord, bless this chapel which we have been privi …

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Answering the call to be Catholic
Posted on: 03/10/17

By Jay Nies Austin Kidwell was 6,700 miles from Boonville and a million miles from becoming Catholic when he completed his second tour of duty in Al-Fallujah, Iraq. The ravages of sectarian violence, played out repeatedly before his eyes during the hei …

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A visit with our Bishop: A big step towards full communion with the Church
Posted on: 03/10/17

One of the principles that guided all of the efforts since the Second Vatican Council in the area of Liturgical Reform has been that the Church should return to her roots and rediscover the original inspirations and motives that brought about the ancie …

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Ultrasound machine blessed, donated to Columbia pregnancy help center
Posted on: 03/03/17

Assisted by Dominican Father Joseph Minuth of St. Thomas More Newman Center parish in Columbia, and an honor guard of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Father Christopher Cordes, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Columbia, blesses the new ultras …

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5-year old St. Martin School preschooler, Helias Catholic chapter among LIFE Runners honorees
Posted on: 03/03/17

By Jay Nies “All in Christ!” “For pro-life!” The shouts echoed from St. Martin Church in St. Martins and from the steps of the Missouri State Capitol as members of local LIFE Runners teams paused to honor several of their own. Dr. Patrick Castle, found …

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Jefferson City Diocese Seminarian Brad Berhorst installed as an acolyte in Rome
Posted on: 03/03/17

Brad Berhorst, a seminarian for the Jefferson City diocese who is a second-year theology student at the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, kneels before Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, North Dakota, during the installation of him and his …

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Bishop Gaydos declares “God Love Ya’ Day” in the diocese, as parish wipes out debt to help Fr. Ed Schmidt rally from cancer
Posted on: 03/03/17

By Jay Nies Feb. 7 was extemporaneously declared “God Love Ya’ Day” throughout the Jefferson City diocese when a delegation from St. Martin parish in St. Martins made good on a gift to their pastor. As Father Edwin Schmidt continued his aggressive canc …

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People seeking initiation into the Church to join Bishop in the Cathedral, March 5
Posted on: 03/03/17

By Jay Nies Scores of aspiring Catholics from all over the Jefferson City diocese are about to enter the final phase of preparation for initiation into the Church at Easter. They will gather with Bishop John R. Gaydos in the Cathedral of St. Joseph thi …

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Unity and respect in a Saint Louis cemetery
Posted on: 03/03/17

By Dave Luecking Represented by seminarians, priests, deacons, students and laity, Catholic St. Louisans stood with Jewish brethren in the aftermath of vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. They were among about 1,000 people, incl …

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A visit with our Bishop : Consistent teaching about weapons and war
Posted on: 03/03/17

“A world without nuclear weapons is a goal shared by all nations and echoed by world leaders, as well as the aspiration of millions of men and women. The future and the survival of the human family hinges on moving beyond this ideal and ensuring that i …

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Communal reconciliation services for Lent
Posted on: 02/24/17

Lent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Here is a partial list of Lenten communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. The listings will be updated …

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TV personality Elizabeth Hasselbeck keynotes Vitae’s 25th Event
Posted on: 02/24/17

By Martha Schieber Daytime Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be the keynote speaker at Vitae Foundation’s 25th Annual Pro-Life Events on March 29-30 in Jefferson City. The dinner event on Wednesday, March 29, will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the …

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Helias Catholic to present “The Wizard of Oz”, March 10-12
Posted on: 02/24/17

By Jay Nies A young lady from America’s Heartland visits a faraway place, makes some unusual friends and goes to terrific lengths to get back home again in Helias Catholic High School’s spring musical production, “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances will b …

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Finding ways to “Emmanuelize” millennials
Posted on: 02/24/17

By Eddie O’Neill Frank Mercadante knows a thing or two about Catholic youth ministry. He’s been at it for close to 40 years, yet he’s seen nothing like the young people the Church is now being called to evangelize. “This generation hungers for real com …

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A visit with our Bishop: A century of coordinated Catholic Leadership
Posted on: 02/24/17

One hundred years ago this coming June, two months after America’s entry into the First World War, four very prominent Catholics at the time met in Washington D.C. at the request of the U.S. Catholic bishops, to begin an official Catholic response to t …

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New Rite of Marriage Explained
Posted on: 02/24/17

Revised Rite of Matrimony Explained (click for PDF) By Fr. Daniel Merz, Chair, Diocesan Liturgical Commission The Catholic Missourian, Feb. 17, 2017

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Bishop offers one-time Lenten dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day
Posted on: 02/17/17

Bishop John R. Gaydos has advised the priests of the diocese that he will grant to Roman Catholics who are members of this diocese, and who need it, a dispensation from the Lenten observance of abstaining from meat on the Feast of St. Patrick, March 17 …

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St. Martin School educator Leann Higgins honored for promoting citizenship, civil discourse and discipleship
Posted on: 02/17/17

By Jay Nies Leann Higgins’ resolve to become a teacher reached critical mass while she was in Connie Andrews’ fifth grade class at St. Stanislaus School in Wardsville. “She was always positive, always energetic, very creative, just fun,” said Mrs. Higg …

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Opening Rally for 40 Days for Life Spring campaign- Feb.26, Columbia
Posted on: 02/17/17

The Opening Rally and Prayer Vigil for the 40 Days for Life (DFL) spring 2017 campaign will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Columbia. It will take place on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, 711 N. Providence Road. All are invited to att …

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$ 2 million CSA goal surpassed
Posted on: 02/17/17

By Jay Nies The people of the Diocese of Jefferson City have surpassed the $2 million goal for the 2016 Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). Money from the CSA helps pay for important diocesan services that help parishes carry out their mission of drawin …

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Missouri cities should be sanctuaries for life, not abortion
Posted on: 02/17/17

From the Missouri Catholic Conference Missouri now has its first “sanctuary city” for abortion. On Monday, Feb. 13, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed into law a new ordinance (Board Bill 203) that purports to protect people against discrimination — t …

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Newlyweds look to Pope for blessings, strength
Posted on: 02/17/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves Each week dozens of newlyweds, dressed again in their wedding gowns and tuxedos, come to the Vatican to receive a special papal blessing as they begin their lives together. “It’s always been a dream of mine, since I was little, …

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Discalced Carmelite sisters comment on return to Jefferson City
Posted on: 02/17/17

The diocese announced in December that Mother Marie Therese DuBois and Sister Angelina Marie Milligan, Discalced Carmelites of the Carmel of the St. Joseph and the Sacred Heart, plan to return to Jefferson City after spending three years in a home on t …

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Hundreds converge on State Capitol to pray, rally and march for life
Posted on: 02/17/17

By Jay Nies Dr. Vansen Wong performed hundreds of abortions before realizing that every human life, born and unborn, is priceless and invaluable to God. “Realizing that you are a murderer is tough,” he said, his voice resonating through the Rotunda of …

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A visit with our Bishop: Dying to ourselves in love
Posted on: 02/17/17

Ash Wednesday is upon us, March 1, to be exact. So in a little more than a week, we join with the whole Church in our annual Lenten pilgrimage, a pilgrimage that once again leads us into a deeper participation in our own lives in the suffering, death a …

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Official Clergy Appointments
Posted on: 02/10/17

The Most Reverend John R. Gaydos makes the following appointments: CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Associate pastor Reverend Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr., from associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church and St. Patrick Church in Sedalia and the Mission of St. John the Evan …

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Hermann native Fr. Ed Mundwiller OFM recovering from assault
Posted on: 02/10/17

By Jay Nies For his silver jubilee almost a decade ago, Franciscan Father Ed Mundwiller prayed for God to keep calling him beyond the boundaries of his own comfort zone, into places he never thought he would go. “The old ‘normal’ and the old certaintie …

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Diocese planning ways to serve the Church within the reality of fewer priests
Posted on: 02/10/17

By Jay Nies Bishop John R. Gaydos’ renewed pastoral plan for the diocese has tapped into a wellspring of creativity and collaboration in and among parishes and the Chancery staff. This is especially true with the first three priorities in the plan: sup …

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Advocates stress moral obligation to refugees
Posted on: 02/10/17

By Dennis Sadowski Leaders from six organizations want Americans and President Donald Trump to understand that refugees, especially those from war-torn Middle Eastern countries, are average people with careers, comfortable homes and loving families rat …

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World Day for Consecrated Life: Salt and light for the world
Posted on: 02/10/17

By Jay Nies In the Gospel reading for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time — observed by Catholics in the United States as the World Day for Consecrated Life — Jesus referred to His followers as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Bishop …

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SEEK Conference moves and inspires local college students
Posted on: 02/10/17

A native of St. Brendan parish in Mexico, who is now a graduate student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, offers the following firsthand account of the Jan. 3-7 SEEK Conference in San Antonio, Texas, sponsored by the Fellowship of College Univ …

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Sacred space in Helias Catholic H.S.
Posted on: 02/10/17

By Maura Shimmens As the students and faculty of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City settle into the new addition to their building, the most important place of learning and reflection finds itself in the forefront. Situated just around the c …

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A visit with our Bishop : Objectively speaking
Posted on: 02/10/17

The year 2017 is getting off to a very ominous start. We see people from all different perspectives drawing lines in the sand over various governmental initiatives. Splintering cultural values continue to be up for grabs. For instance, in the midst of …

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Father Edwin Schmidt seeks prayers during ongoing cancer treatment
Posted on: 02/03/17

By Jay Nies Father Edwin Schmidt, pastor of St. Martin parish in St. Martins, is asking for prayers as he undergoes chemotherapy treatments for cancer. He said the treatments are leaving him tired but hopeful. Consulting recently with two very competen …

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RIP, Sister Joan Bellew SSND
Posted on: 02/03/17

By Sr. Marie Clare Powell SSND and Sr. Carol Marie Wildt SSND Sister Joan (formerly Vernon Marie) Bellew of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 79, died on Jan. 1. She had served as a volunteer at Our Lady of the Lake parish in Lake Ozark from 2012 to 20 …

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World Day for Consecrated Life observed, Feb 4 – 5
Posted on: 02/03/17

Parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese observe the World Day for Consecrated Life on the weekend of Feb. 4 and 5. Pope St. John Paul II in 1997 instituted an annual Church-wide day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebrati …

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Pro-life marchers make hopeful D.C. pilgrimage
Posted on: 02/03/17

By Jay Nies A wave of sky-blue hoodie-attired pilgrims from the Jefferson City diocese caught a volunteer’s eye while heading into the D.C. Armory just before sunrise. “You folks are from the Show-Me State?” he asked. “You’re showing us up by showing u …

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A visit with our Bishop: “For you yourselves were once foreigners”
Posted on: 02/03/17

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her bea …

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Announcement for Parishes and Parish Organizations Regarding Fundraiser Publication
Posted on: 02/02/17

Special Annual Insert in The Catholic Missourian It’s that time of the year again…for the MUCH anticipated “Fundraiser List” published in The Catholic Missourian. This popular listing features parish-related fundraisers throughout the diocese for the u …

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Missouri bishops’ statement regarding order on refugees, migrants
Posted on: 02/01/17

Statement of the Missouri Catholic Conference Regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants: For a Spanish translation of the statement, click here.  (para español clic aquí.) The recent executive order to turn away refuge …

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MCC seeks statewide support for resolution opposing St Louis “Abortion sanctuary” proposal
Posted on: 01/27/17

By Jay Nies People throughout Missouri have a stake in keeping the abortion industry from making St. Louis the state’s first safe haven for abortion. The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is urging citizens to contact their state senators and represen …

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Full slate of events for Midwest March for Life, Feb. 4, Jefferson City
Posted on: 01/27/17

Ryan Bomberger, founder of Radiance Foundation, and former abortion provider and current pro-life advocate Dr. Vansen Wong, will be the featured speakers at the seventh annual Midwest March for Life on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Jefferson City. Events will i …

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Religious leaders offer prayers for the country and new president
Posted on: 01/27/17

By Richard Szczepanowski One day after President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, leaders of different faith communities — including Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl — gathered to offer prayers for …

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St. George teacher Kim Hoemann honored
Posted on: 01/27/17

By Jay Nies After almost 30 years in the classroom, Kim Hoemann tried doing something different. It didn’t last. “Her teacher’s heart was unsettled,” a colleague noted. “Teaching is part of her very fiber.” She returned to teaching, this time as part o …

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Cooperation, collaboration are keys to success, says Sedalia Sacred Heart assistant principal
Posted on: 01/27/17

By Jay Nies Holly Wilson was as surprised as anyone to be named the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals’ (MAESP) Outstanding Assistant Principal for 2017. She didn’t even realize she was eligible. “I thought it was just for public scho …

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Volunteers buttress Catholic education
Posted on: 01/27/17

By Jay Nies For generations, volunteers in communities all over the United States have been helping build up and sustain the most elaborate system of Catholic education in the world. That tradition continues in earnest as the Jefferson City diocese’s 3 …

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A visit with our Bishop : A prayer for Washington…and those who follow
Posted on: 01/27/17

“We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through Whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administratio …

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Seven to be inducted into Helias Catholic Hall of Fame
Posted on: 01/20/17

Seven individuals with strong ties to Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City will be celebrated and honored as 2017 inductees into the Helias Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 29. They are: Deacon James L. “Jim” Kliethermes, Donnell M. Rehagen, Pat S …

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‘Engaging a New Generation’ to be subject of Feb.11 diocesan youth ministry workshop
Posted on: 01/20/17

By Jay Nies When 18-year-old Michael Mercadante got invited to a friend’s baptism at an interdenominational “megachurch,” his dad figured that Michael would be quick to follow. Why Michael didn’t leap is part of the story that his father, Frank Mercada …

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Upcoming synod needs young people’s voices, Pope says
Posted on: 01/20/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the Pope wrote a letter to …

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Arson draws St. Louis area parish, community together
Posted on: 01/20/17

By Dave Luecking An arsonist caused only material damage at St. Monica Church in Creve Coeur two days after Christmas, destroying the Nativity scene, perhaps irreparably damaging the altar, and creating smoke and water damage to close the building for …

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Julia Greeley: a model of mercy for the whole Church
Posted on: 01/20/17

By Jay Nies Julia Greeley did not dwell on the hardships that could have defined her life. Instead, the Hannibal native, who bore the ravages of a childhood spent in slavery, fixed her gaze on Jesus’ Sacred Heart and on directing His mercy toward peopl …

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A visit with our Bishop: Catholic schools still a great value
Posted on: 01/20/17

Next Sunday, Jan. 29, we will begin our annual observance of Catholic Schools Week. All across the country, we use this observance each year to bear witness to the perennial value of Catholic education in these United States of America. The 2017 Cathol …

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Faith leaders offer prayer for governor and lawmakers
Posted on: 01/16/17

By Jay Nies Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, pastor of Cathedral of St. Joseph parish in Jefferson City and chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives, summoned the faithful to prayers of gratitude and petition during Governor Eric Greitens’ inaugu …

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125-year old Kahoka parish revels in its heritage, tight bonds
Posted on: 01/16/17

By Jay Nies While in priestly formation, Father Tom Alber found himself in the midst of a culture clash between seminarians from urban and rural locales. “For one thing, we teach much more by story, I think, in the country parts of the state than we do …

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Permanent deacons make Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Rome
Posted on: 01/16/17

By Eddie O’Neill While the pages of the calendar year turn to 2017, a weekend in May 2016 will not be soon forgotten for two permanent deacons of the Jefferson City diocese. Deacon Turf Martin of Sedalia and Deacon Larry Mitchell of Shelbina had the op …

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St. Louis “Convent Crawl”: Feb. 17-18
Posted on: 01/16/17

The Association of St. Louis Vocation Directors will host an overnight “Convent Crawl” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, in St. Louis. It will be opportunity for single women ages 18 to 40 to visit with Catholic sisters in their houses and convents. …

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Catholic Stewardship Appeal nears $2 million goal: priest calls for greater participation
Posted on: 01/16/17

By Jay Nies The people of the Jefferson City diocese are “this close” to reaching their goal for the 2016 Catholic Stewardship Appeal. Final success will depend on increasing the percentage of registered families who make a gift or a pledge. “By giving …

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Iraqi Christians return home to devastation
Posted on: 01/16/17

By Matt Hadro As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only to find destruction and betrayal. “(When) we went to see what happened to our hometowns, we could not believe …

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A visit with our Bishop: The love of Christ compels us
Posted on: 01/16/17

“For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that One has died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who died and was raised for them. “From now o …

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Father Kenneth Steinhauser honored for a lifetime of scholarly achievement
Posted on: 01/07/17

By Jay Nies Early last year, Father Kenneth Steinhauser received an e-mail from Dr. Susanna Elm, president of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS). The subject line was “Lifetime Achievement Award.” “I saw it and thought to myself, ‘I wonder wh …

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Diocesan High Schools to join St Louis Archdiocesan Athletic conference
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Deacon Dan Joyce and Jay Nies Shared values and the promise of consistently excellent competition figured heavily into the decision for Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City and Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia to join th …

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Homeless, prisoners among Pope’s birthday well-wishers
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Junno Arocho Esteves People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis’ 80th birthday. Eight homeless people — two women and six men — made their way to the Pope’s residence a …

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New development in sainthood cause for Father Tolton
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Scott Mulford Under the watchful eyes of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the remains of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton were unearthed on De …

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FOCUS chaplain says it’s inspiring to see young people growing in faith
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Julie Asher More than 12,500 people, mostly college students, planned to descend on San Antonio for the Jan. 3-7 SEEK2017 conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The sight of so many college-age young people gathered to grow in …

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Vitae speaker: “We will not truly be blessed as a nation until we right this wrong.”
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Martha Schieber The tide may be turning against legalized abortion-on-demand in the United States, but now is not the time to be complacent, former Congressman and Fox News contributor Allen West told 250 Vitae Foundation supporters during a fundrai …

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Pope: New Year calls for courage, hope; end to hatred and selfishness
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Carol Glatz Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said. “That is how one builds peace, saying ‘no’ to hatred and violence — with action — and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation,” he sai …

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Father Nicholas Reid to start six-month overseas deployment
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Jay Nies Father Nicholas J. Reid, a priest of the Jefferson City diocese who is a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, is being deployed to minister overseas. He will serve for six months at an undisclosed location and plans to return to Elgin Air Force …

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2016 was a year of grace for the diocese
Posted on: 01/06/17

By Jay Nies A.D. 2016 may have been a contentious year on the national and world stage, but the Church’s Year of Mercy helped make it one more year of grace for the Church in the 38 counties that make up the Diocese of Jefferson City. Bishop John R. Ga …

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A visit with our Bishop: Unto us is born a Savior
Posted on: 01/06/17

Once again, as you join me in this weekly visit by way of our diocesan newspaper, I will be in the midst of my annual retreat with my brother bishops from the neighboring dioceses. It was interesting to note as New Year’s Day 2017 approached and the me …

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Fr. Tolton, Helias Catholic students help St. Raymond’s Society kids
Posted on: 12/22/16

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia and Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City conducted Christmas toy drives in December for the children of current and past St. Raymond’s Society residents in both cities. “Because of their gen …

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A visit with our Bishop: Conceived of the Holy Spirit
Posted on: 12/22/16

It was October of 1978 when Pope St. John Paul II was elected to shepherd the Universal Catholic Church, a ministry he exercised until April of 2005. Beginning in September of 1979 and continuing until November of 1984, Pope St. John Paul devoted his w …

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Pope: Take a break from busy holidays – prepare for “real Christmas”
Posted on: 12/22/16

By Carol Glatz Make time to get ready for what Christmas really is about — the child born in Bethlehem signaling that “God is with us,” Pope Francis said. “This week let’s make sure we try to find some time to stop, be quiet and imagine Our Lady and St …

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Pro-life activists fire back at abortion industry lawsuit
Posted on: 12/16/16

By Jay Nies Responding to Planned Parenthood’s efforts to weaken Missouri’s medical requirements for abortion clinics, pro-life activists set out to prove that those requirements are both reasonable and necessary to protect women’s health and safety. T …

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CCHD grant requests being sought
Posted on: 12/16/16

Applications for Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) funding at the diocesan level will be accepted Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the …

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Third St. Raymond’s Society House opens in Rolla
Posted on: 12/16/16

By Eddie O’Neill It looks like any other four-bedroom, brick house on a neighborhood street in Rolla. However, inside, life-changing programs are taking place within. It’s the latest St. Raymond’s Society (SRS) House, and it’s located on Murry Lane. Ja …

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150 year-old St. Joseph parish in Palmyra is a “beacon”
Posted on: 12/16/16

By Jay Nies The late Leo “Bud” Rothweiler started serving Mass at St. Joseph parish in Palmyra when he was 6 and continued to do so for close to 70 years. One of his adult grandsons, Tim Barnes, held open the large book of prayers for Bishop John R. Ga …

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Helping Helias Catholic students achieve
Posted on: 12/16/16

By Jay Nies Throughout his 26-year papacy, Pope St. John Paul II echoed Jesus’ frequent reminders to “take courage” and “fear not.” The sainted pontiff, who was a staunch advocate for Catholic education around the world, especially urged young people t …

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A visit with our Bishop: Servants of God
Posted on: 12/16/16

This past Saturday, Dec. 10, was a cold, raw day. Early that morning, an important step in the canonization process for Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) took place. As part of the examination of their sanctity of life, the bodies of t …

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Christmas Mass, Message and Papal Blessing on TV
Posted on: 12/10/16

The Vatican has released information to broadcasters for the worldwide telecasts of Christmas events presided over by Pope Francis. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 2:25 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Christmas Mass at …

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Abortion industry targets Missouri laws
Posted on: 12/09/16

By Jay Nies The nation’s largest abortion-provider wants to bring abortion back to Columbia and other locations in Missouri. The two Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in the state filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 30 challenging state laws regulating …

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CSA contributions surpass 70 percent of goal; bishop urges participation as an act of faith
Posted on: 12/09/16

By Jay Nies The Jefferson City diocese’s 2016-17 Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA) is within sight of its $2 million goal. Finishing the job will require participation from even more of the people who benefit from the services the CSA supports. As of D …

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“Mercy Fridays” gave Pope a year of stories, tears, hugs
Posted on: 12/09/16

By Cindy Wooden Tears, prayers, caresses — but most of all, listening — were the hallmarks of Pope Francis’ “Mercy Friday” visits during the Year of Mercy. As the jubilee began last December, Pope Francis said he would ditch the media one Friday aftern …

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200 celebrate “Advent by Candlelight” in Tipton
Posted on: 12/09/16

By Pamela Whitney A warm winter glow flickered inside the St. Andrew School Gym in Tipton during St. Andrew parish’s fourth annual Advent by Candlelight event Dec. 4. More than 200 ladies along with Father Tony Rinaldo, pastor of the Tipton and Califor …

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At 100, Benedictine Sr. Rose Ashour still going strong
Posted on: 12/09/16

“God speaks to us in sunshine and in rain. Flowers, birds and squirrels echo his ‘Yes, I’m here.’” — Benedictine Sister Rose Ashour By Maryanne Meyerriecks Still going strong after a century, Benedictine Sr. Rose Ashour revealed what she believes to be …

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Deacons find plenty to do in diocese
Posted on: 12/09/16

By Jay Nies Deacons in the early Church were often called upon to lead the prayers of petition at Mass. That’s because they, having carried out the ministry of charity in the community, had firsthand knowledge of who and what needed to be prayed for. A …

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A visit with our Bishop: A day to pray for migrants and refugees
Posted on: 12/09/16

“I want to encourage you and your communities to continue to welcome the immigrants who join your ranks today, to share their joys and hopes, to support them in their sorrows and trials, and to help them flourish in their new home.” — Pope Benedict XVI …

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Communal reconciliation services for Advent
Posted on: 12/02/16

Advent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas. Here is a partial list of Advent communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. The listings will be up …

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Christ the King Celebration: “Look for ways to live mercifully”
Posted on: 12/02/16

By Jay Nies Merciful like the Father, obedient like the Son. That is what God has been calling the Church and its individual members to become throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “We need to keep finding ways, the little ways, in which we can routine …

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Year after year, Festival of Lights draws pilgrims to Laurie shrine
Posted on: 12/02/16

By Jay Nies Things are looking bright this Advent at the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church. Hundreds of thousands of colored lights are radiating polychromatic luminescence throughout the 30-acre outdoor shrine on the grounds of St. Patrick …

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“A Journey to Bethlehem-by way of Moberly: December 9, 10
Posted on: 12/02/16

By Jay Nies Men of St. Pius X parish in Moberly have been letting their whiskers grow since early October. Their bearded faces will add a layer of authenticity to their depiction of first-century Judean townsfolk during the parish’s Journey to Bethlehe …

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Pregnancy Help Center responding to growing needs
Posted on: 12/02/16

By Angie Hutschreider Trina James was one of the 278 clients seen by the Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) of Central Missouri in 2015. Helping those clients involved a total of 1,080 appointments at the center, up from 400 visits in 2014, according to PHC E …

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Taos parish receives historical designation
Posted on: 12/02/16

By Jay Nies This place matters. The people of St. Francis Xavier parish have known that for generations. The Apostle of Central Missouri practically guaranteed that it would be so the first time he planted a crucifix in the soil and offered Mass in pre …

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A Visit with our Bishop: ‘O Mary, conceived without sin’
Posted on: 12/02/16

This coming Thursday (Dec. 8), the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As one of the Holy Days of Obligation in the U.S., it has an extra special place on our list of Holy Days because Mary, under th …

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Texas Cardinal to be USCCB president; stresses need to listen
Posted on: 11/18/16

The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said he is not planning on “creating a new vision” but hopes to continue the bishops’ priorities particularly focusing on dialogue and listening to Catholics. The bishops “i …

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Former slave from Hannibal, possible sainthood candidate
Posted on: 11/18/16

A former slave who was born in Hannibal could be a candidate for sainthood, following action taken by the U.S. Catholic bishops. During their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops approved by voice vote the sainthood causes of four …

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LIFE Runners are active, visible in Mid-Missouri
Posted on: 11/18/16

Local LIFE Runners keep going and show no signs of stopping. The A.J. Schwartz Community Foundation recently awarded local LIFE Runners a grant for a bold blue “REMEMBER the Unborn, Jeremiah 1:5” billboard on U.S. 63 near Freeburg and LIFE Runners gear …

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After 60-year hiatus, School Sisters return to Holy Cross, Cuba
Posted on: 11/18/16

By Eddie O’Neill After a 60-year hiatus, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) have returned to minister to the parishioners at Holy Cross Church in Cuba. “It feels like home,” said Sister Karen Thein SSND. “The people here have given us such a warm …

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Holy Doors closing, God’s mercy wide open
Posted on: 11/18/16

By Jay Nies Just as Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton was carried out the door of a modest little church after his baptism, all who turn to God for mercy are set free from the bondage of their sins. Father Michael Penn and Vincentian Father Richar …

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A Visit with our Bishop: A principled look ahead
Posted on: 11/18/16

In last week’s Visit, I began sharing with you some insights into our post-election situation, given in a talk on All Saints Day at the University of San Diego by Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. In this week’s installment, Bishop McElroy summons us …

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Naumann is president of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School
Posted on: 11/11/16

Bishop John R. Gaydos has appointed Bernard A. “Bernie” Naumann Jr. as president of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, effective Nov. 1. Mr. Naumann had been serving as the school’s interim president since July 1. The bishop removed …

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Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election
Posted on: 11/11/16

Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others …

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All Souls: Helping each other on the way to heaven
Posted on: 11/11/16

By Jay Nies “Heaven’s not a place where you’ve got a gravel path going along!” said Father Donald Antweiler. “It’s a relationship!” Specifically, it’s a relationship with Jesus, Who says, “I am the way! Come to ME! Get to know ME!” Fr. Antweiler stated …

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CCHD collection scheduled November 19-20
Posted on: 11/11/16

The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up in most parishes the weekend of Nov. 19-20, on the Solemnity of Christ the King and the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “The Year of Mercy, a time of extr …

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RIP, Meta native, La Salette Missionary, Fr. Arthur Lueckenotto
Posted on: 11/11/16

By Jay Nies Meta native Father Arthur Lueckenotto, 80, a priest of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, in St. Louis. He had spent most of his 53 years of ordained Priesthood as a missionary in isolated portions of the …

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Bishop accepts 20 candidates for the permanent Diaconate
Posted on: 11/11/16

By Jay Nies The Cathedral of St. Joseph erupted with applause as Bishop John R. Gaydos accepted 20 men as candidates to become permanent deacons of the Church. It was the first formal milestone in a four-year process to prepare men who are called by Go …

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St. George in Linn, 150-year heritage is worth living up to
Posted on: 11/11/16

By Jay Nies Four years of armed rebellion, terrorism and martial law had stained the social fabric with tears and blood and left a haze of smoldering paranoia. Into that tumultuous reality was born a stabilizing force known as St. George Catholic Churc …

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A Visit with our Bishop: After the election, what now?
Posted on: 11/11/16

By the time you receive this issue of The Catholic Missourian, one of the most contentious elections in modern times will hopefully be decided. Now comes the hard part — acting on our shared responsibility to make our democratically-elected constitutio …

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Family encouragement plays key role in vocation pursuit
Posted on: 11/04/16

By Mark Pattison There is no single answer to what spurs a young man or woman to consider a vocation to religious life or the Priesthood. “Vocation is a very complex chain of events,” said Mark M. Gray, a senior research associate at the Center for App …

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Veterans Day Mass, Nov. 11 at St. Peter Church, Jefferson City
Posted on: 11/04/16

Father Charles Pardee, pastor of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City, will preside at this year’s St. Peter parish Veterans Day Mass and Prayer Service on Friday, Nov. 11. Deacon Thomas Fisher of the parish will assist him. The 8:30 a.m. Mass in St. Pet …

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Pope calls for unity in meeting with world Lutheran leaders
Posted on: 11/04/16

By Cindy Wooden Urging Catholics and Lutherans to take decisive steps toward unity, Pope Francis nevertheless offered no new openings to the idea of sharing Holy Communion before full unity is achieved. “We Christians will be credible witnesses of merc …

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Bishop: Sanctity comes from God; all who turn to Him are saints
Posted on: 11/04/16

By Jay Nies The entire Church — including all the saints going back to the beginning of salvation history — is present every time people gather for Mass. “As we come to the altar, let us rejoice in all God’s saints and know they’re all rooting for us, …

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Walking together to minister to teens
Posted on: 11/04/16

By Jay Nies Circles of light are overlapping as parishes move toward a more unified approach to fostering discipleship among teenage Catholics. John DeLaporte, who became youth ministry coordinator for the Jefferson City diocese in July, is committed t …

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Carmelite sisters to return to Jefferson City
Posted on: 11/04/16

By Deacon Dan Joyce Due to the generosity of Helias Catholic High School, sisters of The Carmel of the Sacred Heart and Saint Joseph will be returning home to Jefferson City by the end of this year. After almost three years on the grounds of the Benedi …

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A Visit with our Bishop: Our Vocation Destination
Posted on: 11/04/16

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week (www.usccb.org/vocations), Nov. 6-12. This annual event is a special time for parishes in this country to foster a culture of vocations for the Priesthood, diacona …

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Chancery offices to close for Thanksgiving
Posted on: 11/01/16

The chancery offices in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dan Lester named as executive director of Catholic Charities of Central & Northern Missouri
Posted on: 10/28/16

By Jay Nies Bishop John R. Gaydos has appointed Dan Lester, a member of St. Thomas More Newman Center parish in Columbia, to serve as executive director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNM). He did so upon the unanimous recomm …

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J.C. native Br. Irenaeus Petree takes 1st vows as Benedictine monk
Posted on: 10/28/16

Jefferson City native Benedictine Brother Irenaeus Petree made his first profession of vows on Sept. 8. Bro. Irenaeus, formerly Luke Petree, was a member of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City. After seven months of candidacy and one year of the novitia …

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“Catholics embrace hope; follow God’s laws, not man’s”
Posted on: 10/28/16

By Jay Nies Monsignor Timothy Cronin spoke of a couple who had chosen life for their baby, even though that life would be short. The baby in the womb had a serious health condition. Their doctor suggested abortion. “When the couple told him, ‘We are Ca …

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Multicultural Mass Nov. 20 for Christ the King, close of Year of Mercy
Posted on: 10/28/16

By Jay Nies Mercy, diversity and the universal kingship of Christ will be manifest at this year’s Mass and celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Bishop John R. Gaydos will offer the Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. …

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Special collection Nov. 5-6 for care of Catholic military families
Posted on: 10/28/16

By Taylor Henry American Catholics will have a rare opportunity early next month to support the pastoral care for their brothers and sisters, the faithful, in the United States military and the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Cente …

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Election 2016: Applying principles, making moral choices
Posted on: 10/28/16

The following from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a summary of the process by which core principles that underlie Catholic engagement in the political realm are applied to the act of voting and taking positions on policy issues. It draws he …

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A Visit with our Bishop: Servant of the Power of God’s Mercy
Posted on: 10/28/16

Peter came to Rome! What else but obedience to the inspiration received from the Lord could have guided him and brought him to this city, the heart of the Empire? Perhaps the fisherman of Galilee did not want to come here. Perhaps he would have preferr …

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment for Diocesan Employees
Posted on: 10/27/16

Open enrollment for health insurance for benefit-eligible diocesan employees begins November 1 and ends November 22. This year’s enrollment will take place online. All benefit-eligible employees should look for an email from myenroll.com, which will co …

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Seven new saints “fought the good fight of faith”
Posted on: 10/21/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves The seven new saints of the Church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord Who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said. Each one “struggled to the very end with all their strength,” which t …

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Creating a culture of life – the victory is God’s
Posted on: 10/21/16

By Jay Nies For decades, Father Jack Reinkemeyer would pray the Rosary with parishioners outside a nationally-known abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. The Rich Fountain native, now deceased, kept returning to prayer, even as hopes for a clear legislat …

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Fr. Cesar Anicama – priest in an endless circle of mission
Posted on: 10/21/16

This article is about a priest who came to Jefferson City as a missionary, inspired by missionaries who served ahead of him. World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on Oct. 23 throughout the Catholic Church. In addition to highlighting the missionary r …

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A Visit with our Bishop: Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy
Posted on: 10/21/16

This weekend, our universal Church has the privilege once again of celebrating World Mission Sunday. The theme for this year’s observance — “Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy” — echoes the themes of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his World Mission Sun …

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Hurricane aid slowly makes its way to thousands of Haitians
Posted on: 10/14/16

By Dennis Sadowski Emergency aid slowly began to reach some of the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew in the country’s picturesque southwest as reports of casualties slowly trickled in from communities cut off by the storm. The number …

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“Thunderous mercy” rumbles at high school youth rally
Posted on: 10/14/16

By Eddie O’Neill It was a hot time in the St. Joseph Cathedral School gym on Sunday, Sept. 25. It wasn’t just the heat that caused the more than 425 Catholic teens from around the diocese to sweat. The inspiring message and hip-hop music and dance move …

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Bishop Rice: Year of Mercy will end, focus on mercy must not
Posted on: 10/14/16

By Jay Nies The Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Nov. 20, but the Church’s renewed emphasis on mercy must not. “If it does come to an end, shame on us!” Bishop Edward Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau proclaimed from the ornate dais of the House …

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A Visit with our Bishop: Join the focus
Posted on: 10/14/16

For years, I’ve been reading articles lamenting how Catholics don’t sing at Mass. There may be some truth to those lamentations. But in my 18 years of experience of visiting the parishes of this beautiful diocese, I’ve noticed how the worshipful voices …

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R.I.P. Incarnate Word Sister Marianne Kramer, El Puente co-founder
Posted on: 10/07/16

Jefferson City native Sister Marianne Kramer, 78, of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word died on Sept. 30 in St. Louis. She was a longtime educator, social worker and cofounder of the El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City. A Memorial M …

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Catholic Stewardship Appeal: Supporting the Work of the Tribunal
Posted on: 10/07/16

By Jay Nies LeAnn Korsmeyer is an ambassador for holy matrimony and for the mercy and healing of God and His Church. She is a volunteer advocate for men and women seeking an annulment through the diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal. “God is in the heart of t …

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Public Rosary in the Square observances, Saturday, Oct. 15
Posted on: 10/07/16

Public Rosary in the Square rallies will be prayed at noon on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Boonville, Columbia, Jefferson City, Linn Rolla and Taos. These are anticipated to be among more than 15,000 Public Square Rosary Crusade observances organized by membe …

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Father James Finder marks silver jubilee
Posted on: 10/07/16

With gratitude and joy, Father James Finder will celebrate his silver jubilee of Priesthood on Oct 12. Bishop John R. Gaydos will join him for Mass in St. Aloysius Church in Argyle. Fr. James, as he prefers to be called, is originally from Washington, …

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Pope promotes religious tolerance during Azerbaijan visit
Posted on: 10/07/16

By Cindy Wooden As the spiritual leader of a tiny religious minority in Azerbaijan, Pope Francis told the leaders of the country’s other religious communities that they share a responsibility to help people grow in faith, but also in tolerance for the …

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A Visit with our Bishop: Mercy and Respect for Human Life
Posted on: 10/07/16

October once again ushers in Respect Life Month for us. It begins a process that will culminate in the observance of the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions allowing unrestricted abortion in this country. These decisions were given on Jan. …

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Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2017 Opens This Weekend
Posted on: 09/29/16
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“Life Chains” to mark Respect Life Sunday, Oct 2
Posted on: 09/29/16

The Catholic Church and other Christian faith traditions in the United States will observe Respect Life Sunday the weekend of Oct. 1-2. Communities throughout the Jefferson City diocese take part in National Life Chain vigils, joining in the more than …

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St. Robert Bellarmine Parish celebrates 75th Anniversary
Posted on: 09/29/16

By Eddie O’Neill Annora Davis was just 2 years old when her family moved to the St. Robert area in 1941. “It was the Depression,” said Mrs. Davis, “and Dad came here thinking he would get a job building Fort Leonard Wood. “As the story goes, there was …

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Priest’s ministry at crash scene continues to inspire
Posted on: 09/29/16

By Jay Nies What seemed like an isolated encounter three years ago is still proving to be a catalyst for healing and reconciliation. A man from a country in Europe recently sent an e-mail to Father Pat Dowling, a priest of the Jefferson City diocese, t …

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Parish reaps the benefits of diocesan services
Posted on: 09/29/16

By Jay Nies It’s Friday morning, and a group of Catholic parents and grandparents join grade school children for Mass in the chapel of St. Peter School in Marshall. Not far away, in St. Peter Church, about 40 Catholics of mostly of Salvadoran and Mexic …

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A Visit with our Bishop: “Source and Summit”
Posted on: 09/29/16

With the hazy lazy days of summer fading into a memory, the beginning of a new academic year and the realization that autumn weather is promising to set in, many people make a new start in many aspects of their lives. Next month, all of our parishes wi …

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Sedalia Sacred Heart High School celebrates 75 years
Posted on: 09/23/16

By Jay Nies A cozy combination of familiar and forward marked a multigenerational observance of Sacred Heart High School’s 75th anniversary in Sedalia. Alums from as far back as the school’s first freshman class convened on Sept. 10 for Mass, fellowshi …

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Bishop marks 9/11 anniversary with Jubilee Mass in Rolla
Posted on: 09/23/16

By Eddie O’Neill The pews in St. Patrick Church were full the evening of Sept. 11 during a special Jubilee Mass offered by Bishop John R. Gaydos for mercy workers and volunteers. The 7 p.m. Sunday celebration was preceded by a beautifully sung renditio …

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Pope condemns violence: “No war is holy”
Posted on: 09/23/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said. “We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, …

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A Visit with Our Bishop – “The Lord’s Day”
Posted on: 09/23/16

For me as a child growing up in South St. Louis, Sunday was always a very special day. It always began with Mass at our parish Church of St. Agnes. It usually included a nice dinner with Mother, Dad and my three brothers (as they came along — I was the …

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Benedictines elect Conception Abbey head as Abbot Primate
Posted on: 09/16/16

By Cindy Wooden Abbots and priors from Benedictine men’s communities around the world elected Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey in Missouri to be abbot primate. The 66-year-old Scripture scholar and translator was elected Sept. 10 in Rome during …

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Mexico native embraces call to religious art
Posted on: 09/16/16

By Eddie O’Neill Ron Fuemmeler has only the fondest of memories of growing up in the Mexico area of Audrain County in the late 1950s and early ’60s. It’s where he met his wife, Gennie, and it’s where the nuns at St. Brendan School helped him cultivate …

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MCC Annual Assembly is a celebration of the Year of Mercy
Posted on: 09/16/16

By Jay Nies Catholics from all over Missouri will gather in the Missouri State Capitol on Oct. 8 for this year’s Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) Annual Assembly, a celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. All are invited to attend this free, daylon …

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Beauty, history, in restored St. Thomas organ
Posted on: 09/16/16

By Jay Nies For over three decades, an 1897-vintage pipe organ rested quietly in the choir loft of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in St. Thomas. Now that the instrument has been reawakened, Father Jeremy Secrist has nicknamed it “Phyllis” — as in “Fill …

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A Visit with our Bishop
Posted on: 09/16/16

As difficult as it may be to believe, this past weekend saw the 15th anniversary of the hijacking of four commercial airliners by terrorists. Two of the planes brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Another slammed into one …

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Remembering Fr. Tolton in Quincy, Il.
Posted on: 09/12/16

By Jay Nies The celebration was notably more low-key than the one that preceded it by a century and 30 years, “but our devotion is no less than theirs.” “We, too, have come to honor the first black priest in our country and to give thanks to God for th …

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Bishops object to government funding of part-human, part animal embryonic research
Posted on: 09/12/16

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops objected to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposal to authorize federally funded research on part-human, part-animal embryos in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 2. The bishops made ethical and legal …

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Sr. Ruth Ann Klauser heads “home” to mark 50 years in religious life
Posted on: 09/12/16

By Eddie O’Neill There are roughly 5,200 miles between Vatican City and Kirksville. But no distance was going to keep Sister Ruth Ann Klauser SSND from coming home in late July to be with her “family” at Mary Immaculate parish. The parish hosted a Mass …

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‘V Encuentro’: renewal, evangelization for Hispanic Catholics
Posted on: 09/12/16

By Jay Nies “This is a momentous, historic moment in the history of the Church in the United States,” Bishop John R. Gaydos proclaimed in Spanish to about 150 Catholic leaders who are committed to deepening and sharing their faith. He was referring to …

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Pope: St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be ‘Mother’
Posted on: 09/12/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves and Cindy Wooden With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the “Saint of the Gutters” suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love fo …

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A Visit with our Bishop: All who labor
Posted on: 09/12/16

The first Labor Day began with a spontaneous parade in New York back in 1882. The original promoters were Catholic men who belonged to the Knights of Labor. In those days, also, Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore helped explain the new teachings on So …

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Pope leads prayer for Italy quake victims
Posted on: 09/06/16

Pope Francis led 11,000 people in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 25 in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that had devastated towns in central Italy the previous day. Six Vatican firefighters were on …

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2015 CSA gifts are hard at work, helping parishes, enhancing discipleship
Posted on: 09/06/16

By Jay Nies Parishes are getting more help ministering to teens and young adults this year, along with a litany of other assistance, thanks to the collective response to last year’s Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA). The final total of gifts and pledge …

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Murdered sisters committed lives to serving the poor and vulnerable
Posted on: 09/06/16

By Marnie McAllister The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth commit in their mission statement to “risk their lives” in their ministry to the poor and vulnerable. “You don’t know what that’s going to be like or look like,” said Sister Susan Gatz, president …

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‘Mother Teresa stories’ likely to be told, retold for generations
Posted on: 09/06/16

By Jay Nies Pope Francis declared Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint during Mass on Sunday, Sept. 4, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The scope of her humanitarian work, her direct and radical spirituality and the amplification of her min …

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New Holy Rosary School blessed, opened
Posted on: 09/06/16

By Jay Nies “The Miracle on Locust Street.” That’s what Sister Margaret Palliser of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, called the new Holy Rosary School in Monroe City. “I have every confidence that this will be a place where faith, hope and …

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Special collection to help Louisiana flood victims
Posted on: 09/06/16

Bishop John R. Gaydos joined with Catholic bishops throughout the United States in calling for a special collection to be taken up to help victims of the devastating flooding in the state of Louisiana. The funds collected will support the humanitarian …

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A Visit with our Bishop
Posted on: 09/06/16

I couldn’t help but notice that it was one year ago that I first discussed the quadrennial experience of electing a new president for our country. I started with the simple observation that it takes longer and longer to complete this process. As you ma …

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Diocesan Youth Rally – Sunday, September 25 in Jefferson City
Posted on: 08/22/16

  Calling all High Schoolers:  Come to the Diocesan Youth Rally on Sunday, September 25th!     This year’s High School Youth Rally theme is “Thunderous Mercy.” As we reflect on this simple, yet powerful message, Joe Melendrez will lead u …

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Olympic Champions – Serious Catholics
Posted on: 08/19/16

By Mary Rezac Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year’s summer Olympic games in Rio. Biles, a record-shattering gymnast with a sparkling smile and bubbly energy that shines through her routines, won four gold medals and …

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Construction begins on new Helias Catholic H.S. athletic complex
Posted on: 08/19/16

Construction has begun on a new athletic complex for Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. Once completed in late summer of 2017, it will offer two synthetic turf fields for football and soccer, track and field venues, eight tennis courts, gra …

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Jim Kemna retires after 28 years as Diocesan director of Religious Ed
Posted on: 08/19/16

By Jay Nies The word “catechesis” comes from the Greek word for “echo.” It’s how the earliest Christians referred to the intentionally imitative method they used to pass along the faith they had received — in words, in actions, in prayer and in communi …

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Retirement Fund for Religious collection: August 20-21
Posted on: 08/19/16

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up in parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese the weekend of Aug. 20-21. Now in its 29th year, the appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and off …

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St. Martin School tech “dream team” helps young disciples learn
Posted on: 08/19/16

By Jay Nies The students were nowhere around, but the technology lab at St. Martin School in St. Martins was humming with activity. Technicians were switching out work stations, installing new software, running higher-capacity data cable, configuring a …

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FOCUSed on leading collegians to Christ
Posted on: 08/19/16

 By Jay Nies Pope Francis insists that the Church must be “a field hospital after battle,” where combatants and injured bystanders get rescued, healed and restored. This month, more than 550 rigorously trained medics for the soul have been dispatched t …

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A Visit with our Bishop: On the Shoulders of Giants
Posted on: 08/19/16

Earlier this month, on Aug. 11, we marked the anniversary of the death in 1874 of Father Ferdinand Helias, the early Jesuit missionary to Central Missouri. Coincidentally, I recently came across a description of the itinerary of Fr. Helias from back in …

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State agency preparing “A+” scholarship extension to private high schools
Posted on: 08/19/16

This past legislative session, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) spearheaded passage of a new law that will allow private and Catholic high schools to participate in the A+ scholarship program. This program allows students to receive scholarships …

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Catholic state senator earns victory in religious liberty case
Posted on: 08/05/16

By Jennifer Brinker A Missouri state senator won’t be forced to pay for health insurance that includes “religiously objectionable” medical services, according to a judgment issued in federal court. Judge Jean C. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for …

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Pope expresses shock over murder of French priest
Posted on: 08/05/16

By Cindy Wooden The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vat …

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Underage drinking forum, August 25, Jefferson City
Posted on: 08/05/16

Parents and all other responsible adults are encouraged to attend a town-hall forum on underage drinking. It will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Community Room of Hawthorn Bank, 3600 Amazonas Drive in Jefferson City. The presenters …

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World Youth Day pilgrim: Blessings outshine the hardships
Posted on: 08/05/16

By Jay Nies Traveling from Missouri to Poland for World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 was exhausting but oh-so-worth-it for two central Missouri Catholics. Anna, 26, and Grace, 17, Komaromi, siblings from Immaculate Conception parish in Jefferson City, took par …

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A grand half-century of religious life for Sr. Mary Rost
Posted on: 08/05/16

By Angie Hutschreider For Sister Mary Rost SSND, each day is a chance to educate, spread wisdom and joy, and share with others all of the blessings she has received. “I always try to see how I can help. If I do not have the skills to do something — lik …

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Community, mercy overshadow church desecration
Posted on: 08/05/16

By Jay Nies For Father Bill Peckman, seeing Bishop John R. Gaydos “wield his apostolic authority” to renew St. Clement Church in St. Clement was like “watching the Holy Spirit breathe new life into what was once dormant.” “Christ restored completely wh …

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A Visit with Our Bishop
Posted on: 08/05/16

At our last Visit, we began a discussion about the need for every individual to have his or her will. Without a will the following or worse situations could develop: •A 68-year-old widow, Mrs. Burke, died without a will after 20 years in her wheelchair …

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‘Glorify the Lord and Bring People Back’; St. Andrew’s mural a reminder
Posted on: 07/22/16

Parishioners commission reminder to carry the grace of Mass over into their everyday lives By Jay Nies “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.” Often proclaimed at the end of Mass, those words are repeated on a bunting below a life-size mural o …

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Father Fred Elskamp looking forward to some down time
Posted on: 07/22/16

By Jay Nies After 54 years of full-time priestly ministry, Father Fred Elskamp will have time enough at last to catch up on his reading. He retired as pastor of St. Andrew parish in Tipton on July 1 and moved to a home he recently bought in Jefferson C …

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Knights Clown Club Seeking Members, to Convene Aug. 5-6 in JC
Posted on: 07/22/16

“And, in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: ‘When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.’” — From “A Clown’s Prayer” By Jay Nies There’s something funny going on with Missouri’s Knights of Columbus. For years, Knights from all over the stat …

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“Nuns On the Bus” Visit Jefferson City, seek ways to mend rifts
Posted on: 07/22/16

By Jay Nies When Jesus sent 72 disciples to announce His arrival and heal people in His name, they went in pairs. He didn’t want them to be alone. “We cannot do His work alone. He wants us to be connected, to be in community,” said Sister Simone Campbe …

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New Youth Coordinator: A Resource for Parish Youth Ministers
Posted on: 07/22/16

By Jay Nies John DeLaporte believes that when it comes to ministering to youth and young adults, anything but the best cheats them and the entire Church. “If you don’t take the time to walk with young people through this critical time in their lives, t …

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A Visit with Our Bishop – Time for a Check-Up
Posted on: 07/22/16

Bishop John R. Gaydos The doctor says it’s good to have a check-up at frequent intervals. I think it’s also a good idea to “check up” regularly on another very important matter. “Have I made a will?” “Is it up to date?” Recently, I was talking to a bro …

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USCCB President Calls for National Day of Prayer; Appoints Special Task Force
Posted on: 07/21/16

WASHINGTON—July 21, 2016 (USCCB) In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite …

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Naumann Named Fr. Tolton Catholic High School Interim President
Posted on: 07/14/16

The Most Rev. John R. Gaydos, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, has named Bernard A. Naumann, Jr. to serve as the interim president of Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia. The appointment is for the 2016-17 school year and is …

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Catholic Radio Mass and barbeque, July 16, Jefferson City
Posted on: 07/08/16

The third annual Jefferson City Area Catholic Radio Mass and BBQ Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 16, at Helias Catholic High School, 1305 Swifts Highway in Jefferson City, starting with 4 p.m. Mass A social hour will start at 5 p.m., followed …

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MCC: Redoubled effort on alternatives to abortion needed in wake of U.S. Supreme Court decision
Posted on: 07/08/16

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a common sense Texas law that sought to protect women by requiring health and safety rules for abortion facilities. The law required these facilities to meet the same standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. It …

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Bishop seeks applicants for Mission Advancement Advisory Council
Posted on: 07/08/16

Bishop John R. Gaydos is seeking applicants for volunteer membership on the Diocesan Office of Mission Advancement Advisory Council. Applicants should be thoughtful, energetic and faithful persons who are active Catholics interested in the evangelizing …

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Mission Advancement Office established from Missions, Communications, Stewardship
Posted on: 07/08/16

By Jay Nies Bishop John R. Gaydos has created an Office for Mission Advancement to help Catholics throughout the Jefferson City diocese understand and actively support the mission of Christ in the local Church and beyond. The new office combines and in …

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Sr. Bernita taking up “Senior Ministry” role in Osage County
Posted on: 07/08/16

By Jay Nies After almost three decades of providing faith formation to people of all ages in St. Martins, Sister Bernita Wasinger of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is embarking on the next phase of her mission as a religious sister. She will now mini …

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Diocesan youth ministry coordinator to begin assignment Aug. 1
Posted on: 07/08/16

By Deacon Dan Joyce Bishop John R. Gaydos in June announced the hiring of John C. DeLaporte IV to serve as coordinator of youth ministry for the Jefferson City diocese. He will begin his new duties on Aug. 1. “I am humbled and eager to begin this impor …

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Tolton Catholic’s founding president and principal resigns
Posted on: 07/08/16

By Deacon Dan Joyce and Jay Nies Not quite five years ago, Kristie Wolfe told Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School’s first students that it’s never easy to be a Trailblazer. “But we’re all in this together,” she said. “We’re going to solve some …

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Missouri Catholics helping Fr. Bermejo’s dream come true
Posted on: 07/08/16

By Jay Nies Jesus once observed that a prophet is not without honor except in his native place. Father Dandi Bermejo is amazed to be an exception. “The people tell me, ‘You are sent by God to us!’” he said of the indigent men and women whom he has retu …

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A Visit with Our Bishop – Mission Horizons
Posted on: 07/08/16

Since long before I came here, July has been “Missions Month” in our diocese. It’s the time of our diocesan collection to support efforts of evangelization and charity among the poor in our world. The money is important, but it is also an opportunity t …

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A circle of Catholic mission links Jashpur, Jefferson City
Posted on: 06/24/16

The following narrative is the third of a series of articles about the Jan. 26-Feb. 8 mission pilgrimage of three priests, two deacons and nine laypeople from the Jefferson City diocese to the Diocese of Jashpur, India, as well as several sites of inte …

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A Visit With Our Bishop – Love and Marriage
Posted on: 06/24/16

June has traditionally been considered as a very special month to get married. As we know, marriage and the sacrament of matrimony are facing some special challenges and developments in these opening decades of the 21st century. Marriage and family lif …

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Nixon Signs A+ Scholarship Bill Adding Catholic and Other Nonpublic Schools to Program
Posted on: 06/23/16

JEFFERSON CITY — After almost two decades of advocacy by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), Governor Nixon has signed legislation ending discrimination in the A+ scholarship program. Since the program’s start in 1993, only public high schools have …

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Nun Run/Convent Hop 2016
Posted on: 06/21/16

Visit and tour convents and a monastery. Learn about & speak with sisters from various religious orders and congregations. Click HERE for information and sign-up forms.

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Pope offers prayers for Orlando victims of ‘terrible, absurd violence’
Posted on: 06/13/16

By Cindy Wooden Pope Francis offered prayers for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and expressed hope that people would find ways to identify and uproot “the causes of such terrible and absurd violence.” A lone gunma …

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Procession for Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Posted on: 06/10/16

Father Jeremy Secrist, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in St. Thomas and St. Cecilia parish in Meta, carries the Most Blessed Sacrament in procession through the streets of St. Thomas with parishioners after Mass on Sunday, May 29, the Solemnit …

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Tolton Catholic graduates told to stay connected with Jesus
Posted on: 06/10/16

By Jay Nies When Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School’s Class of 2016 arrived four years ago, there was no senior class. “Now they ARE the seniors! And by the conclusion of this evening’s ceremony, they will be alumni,” Kristie Wolfe, the school …

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Bishop Gaydos ordains Joshua Duncan as priest for diocese
Posted on: 06/10/16

“Bless this chosen man” By Jay Nies It’s not enough to have an occasional “mountain top” experience and let others carry the commitment. God’s plan is for all people to be continually transformed by the Gospel in ways that affect every aspect of their …

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A Visit With Our Bishop – “For Your Marriage”
Posted on: 06/10/16

By Most Rev. John R. Gaydos Bishop of Jefferson City June has traditionally been considered as a very special month to get married. As we know, marriage and the Sacrament of Matrimony are facing some special challenges and developments in these opening …

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Bishop calls for renewed emphasis on pastoral priorities
Posted on: 06/10/16

The four middle pages in the current issue of The Catholic Missourian are devoted to a summary of the ongoing implementation of Bishop John R. Gaydos’ 2010 pastoral plan for the Church in central and northeastern Missouri. In that plan, titled “Christ’ …

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Official Appointments
Posted on: 06/06/16

By Official Appointment of the Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City Official Appointments 5-27-16 Official Appointments 6-6-16

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25 years of priesthood a high flying adventure for Fr. John Schmitz
Posted on: 05/27/16

By Jay Nies As Father John Schmitz was about to prostrate himself before the crucifix in Immaculate Conception Church in Jefferson City, he felt a breeze and caught sight of an open door in the sacristy. “I could crawl out that way and no one would see …

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Paul Clark ordained transitional deacon
Posted on: 05/27/16

By Jay Nies This year, the “Cathedral of the North.” Next year, God willing, the Cathedral. Bishop John R. Gaydos and a lively group of priests, deacons and laypeople gathered in St. Joseph Church in Edina on May 21 for the ordination of Rev. Mr. Paul …

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178 new Helias Catholic H.S. grads told to “set the world on fire”
Posted on: 05/27/16

By Jay Nies Of all the titles and distinctions that will come to the men and women of Helias Catholic High School’s Class of 2016, none is as important as “Beloved son” or “Beloved daughter of God.” “That is the greatest gift you have been given,” Fath …

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Rev. Mr. Joshua Duncan to be ordained priest for Diocese on June 4
Posted on: 05/27/16

By Eddie O’Neill As the Oil of Chrism that will be used to anoint the hands of Rev. Mr. Joshua Duncan dries and he settles into his first priestly assignment, the 27-year-old Jefferson City native hopes to be a priest who will be a “bridge to Christ.” …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 05/27/16

Last Saturday, May 21, was the feastday of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs. St. Christopher was from the Guadalajara area, but his companions came from all over Mexico. These new Mexican saints were a small pa …

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Supreme Court sends Little Sisters of the Poor case back to lower courts
Posted on: 05/20/16

By Carol Zimmermann Washington, The U.S. Supreme Court May 16 sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts. The justices’ unanimous decision, explained in a …

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Processions May 29 for Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Posted on: 05/20/16

Sunday, May 29, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. Several parishes throughout the Jefferson City diocese have planned outdoor processions of the Most Blessed Sacrament to mark the feastday and giv …

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23 Sedalia Sacred Heart H.S. seniors get a Pentecost send-off
Posted on: 05/20/16

By Jay Nies The fire of the Holy Spirit Who says “get up and go” was burning inside all 23 members of the Class of 2016 at Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia. The red and white choir robes and mortarboards matched the fiery colors of the Solemnity of …

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Incurable disease leads Tolton valedictorian closer to God
Posted on: 05/20/16

By Father Mike Coleman Ten-year-old Tate Cooper was living the dream. He loved playing sports and excelled at them. He was blessed with loving parents — Eric Cooper and Dr. Laura Sievert — and an older brother, Tanner, whom he loved and admired. His wo …

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Edina native Paul Clark to be ordained transitional deacon
Posted on: 05/20/16

By Jay Nies The reality finally settled in at Mass last Sunday. “Out of nowhere, it hit me: This is my last Sunday as a layman,” Paul Clark stated with awe. “I’m already starting to prepare a homily for next Sunday’s Mass. I’m going to be a deacon!” Mr …

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State lawmakers pass A+ Scholarship legislation
Posted on: 05/20/16

By Jessica Vaughn After more than a decade of advocacy by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), the Missouri General Assembly has passed legislation ending the discrimination in the A+ scholarship program. If signed by Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 05/20/16

It has been a beautiful springtime thus far in mid-Missouri. For the most part, the weather has been cooperative, even though our farmers would probably appreciate the sustenance of timely rains to continue. For the most part, though, nature has provid …

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Summer publishing schedule for The Catholic Missourian to begin in June
Posted on: 05/13/16

The Catholic Missourian will begin its summer publishing schedule in June. The paper will be published every other week through August. Summer issues will be dated June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; and August 5 and 19. Weekly publication will resume on Se …

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Columbia parish, schools honored
Posted on: 05/13/16

Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School (OLLIS), Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School and Our Lady of Lourdes parish drew accolades from the community in the 2016 Best of Columbia survey conducted by Inside Columbia magazine. Honorees included: • …

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Students, alumni start packing up memories of old Holy Rosary School
Posted on: 05/13/16

By Ann Pierceall Holy Rosary Catholic School played host to dozens of curious, nostalgic and, yes, excited, community residents and alumni. Small groups, families, couples and a few individuals roamed the halls of the 95-year-old school building during …

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Young people, unite in mercy and love during Jubilee pilgrimage
Posted on: 05/13/16

By Jay Nies Whenever someone gives food to the hungry, instructs the ignorant, visits the sick, comforts the afflicted, bears wrongs patiently or carries out any of the other Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy, “they are truly loving their brothers a …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 05/13/16

This Sunday, the great Solemnity of Pentecost brings to a close another Easter Season. I will wrap up the Spring Confirmation tour this year in the beginning of the fast-approaching month of June. The mysteries of our salvation in Jesus Christ are at t …

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Sister Virginia Orth SSND, 90, served in Montgomery City, Hannibal
Posted on: 05/06/16

Sister Virginia (Mary de Porres) Orth of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 80 — a former teacher and principal at Immaculate Conception School in Montgomery City and longtime volunteer at Holy Family parish in Hannibal — died on April 23 in St. Louis. …

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Coach Holtz inspires Vitae supporters to fight the good fight
Posted on: 05/06/16

By Eddie O’Neill With much wit and wisdom, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz fired up pro-life supporters to do the right thing, during the 24th annual Jefferson City benefit for the Vitae Foundation. This year’s event drew more than 1,000 peo …

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Eight new permanent deacons ordained for the diocese
Posted on: 05/06/16

By Jay Nies They may have looked no different when they walked out of the Cathedral of St. Joseph on April 30. But the power of the Holy Spirit had changed these eight men forever. “The difference is going to be the silent, abiding grace of this sacram …

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Stories of ISIS violence shared at conference to aid persecuted Christians
Posted on: 05/06/16

(This article includes explicit descriptions of violence. Reader discretion is advised.) New York The stories were graphic, brutal and raw. One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door o …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 05/06/16

In the Catholic Church, this month of May we traditionally dedicate to our Blessed Mother Mary. In our country, we traditionally honor all of our mothers, living and deceased on the second Sunday in May, Mothers’ Day. As a way to help us in observing t …

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Pentecost Collection to help Catholic outreach
Posted on: 05/06/16

When Pope Francis made his historic pastoral visit to the United States last September, the diocesan communications director, Deacon Dan Joyce, worked with local media organizations to answer questions and assist with local coverage. When a Missouri Kn …

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Catholic agencies begin work of rebuilding after Ecuador quake
Posted on: 04/29/16

Catholic agencies are beginning to build temporary shelters for thousands of families in Ecuador made homeless by the South American country’s worst natural disaster in nearly seven decades. As the death toll continues to climb following a magnitude-7. …

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Missouri General Assembly votes to defund Planned Parenthood
Posted on: 04/29/16

The Missouri General Assembly voted to defund Planned Parenthood, effectively preventing any state funding from going to the abortion giant through the state budget. Missouri receives approximately $8 million annually in federal funds through the Medic …

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St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Rice to lead Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Posted on: 04/29/16

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Edward M. Rice, whose most recent assignment was auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, as head of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The appointment was announced April 26 in Washington by Monsignor Walter E …

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El Puente Hispanic Ministry continues building bridges to better lives
Posted on: 04/29/16

The following are firsthand observations about El Puente–Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City and California: By Sister Barbara Neist SSND The Jubilee Year of Mercy calls each of us to renew our commitment to live the “Gospel of mercy.” How do we respon …

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Irish-American Catholic group marks 100th anniversary of ‘Easter Rising’
Posted on: 04/29/16

By Jay Nies The strains of the Republic of Ireland’s national anthem had not quite faded as the crowd left the State Capitol for St. Peter Church, where memory would be mixed with mercy. About 150 members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the L …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 04/29/16

All too often, a survey of current events will remind me of the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” Primary campaigns and elections for a new U.S. President have been charging along at a white-hot pace for the better part of a year. …

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U.S. teens say “faith strengthened” by youth celebration in Rome
Posted on: 04/25/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Sharing and celebrating the joy of faith with thousands of Catholic teenagers from around the globe was a rare moment that not many people are able to experience, a U.S. teen said. “It was a different atmosphere than what I’m u …

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“Politically correct” rhetoric hides abortion’s ugly reality
Posted on: 04/25/16

By Mark Zimmermann  One day after Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, spoke at Georgetown University, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl celebrated a University Mass for Life for college students at a nearby Catholic church, encouraging t …

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Profiles of newly ordained permanent deacons ( part three)
Posted on: 04/25/16

This is the third and last in a series of articles about the eight men of the Diocese of Jefferson City, whom Bishop John R. Gaydos has summoned to ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Church. He will ordain them at Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, …

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Profiles of newly ordained permanent deacons (part two)
Posted on: 04/25/16

This is the second in a series of articles about the eight men of the Diocese of Jefferson City, who Bishop John R. Gaydos has summoned to ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Church. He will ordain them at Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 …

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Profiles of newly ordained permanent deacons (Part one)
Posted on: 04/25/16

This is the first in a series of articles about the eight men of the Diocese of Jefferson City, who Bishop John R. Gaydos has summoned to ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Church. They have been preparing for four years. He will ordain them …

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Report finds discrepancies in handling of aborted babies’ remains
Posted on: 04/25/16

By Jennifer Brinker An investigation of a medical waste company that handled remains of aborted babies has revealed a discrepancy between what the waste company was told it received and what a St. Louis-based pathology lab said it gets from Planned Par …

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Local Catholics offered insights for bishops Synods on Family
Posted on: 04/25/16

By Jay Nies “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, is less of a top-down directive than a synthesis of objective truth, inspired teaching and hard-earned wisdom gathered from all over the Church, including the Jefferson C …

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Poll shows public support for Little Sisters stand against HHS mandate
Posted on: 04/25/16

According to a Marist Poll survey, a majority of Americans say it is “unfair” how the federal government is treating the Little Sisters of the Poor in the ongoing dispute over compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contr …

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Pre-school projects, artwork help feed, educate children overseas
Posted on: 04/25/16

Jesus’ mom fixed good meals for Him, which helped Him grow up healthy and strong. As an adult, He told people, “Whatever you do for these little ones of Mine, you do for Me” (Matthew 25:40). Feeding Jesus by feeding hungry children is what gives an org …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30, the Diocese of Jefferson City will have the great gift of the ordination of eight new permanent deacons for service in our parishes. These new deacons, supported by their wives and families, have been in preparation and formation fo …

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Diocesan offices to be closed April 22 for staff in-service day
Posted on: 04/15/16

Because of a scheduled staff in-service training, the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center in Jefferson City and all chancery offices will be closed on Friday, April 22. Staff will be attending a certification training entitled “Building Inte …

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Pope names new nuncio to the United States
Posted on: 04/15/16

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. He succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has held the post since 2011. Archbishop Vigano turned 75 in …

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Marshall family encounters the divine through son’s illness, community response
Posted on: 04/15/16

By Jay Nies Twelve-year-old Ayden Wright felt cold and lonely, in complete darkness. Then two warm hands wrapped him in a cloak, and a voice told him everything would be all right. He awoke in his hospital bed, choking on his own vomit. His parents tur …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 04/15/16

The Holy Spirit has been hard at work. Last week, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued a very special teaching to help foster Catholic family life and indeed family life among all people of good will. It may be good to refresh our minds and hearts on …

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Catholic Home Missions Collection – Weekend of April 23-24
Posted on: 04/12/16

Vast distances create trials and joy for Catholics in mission dioceses By Chaz Muth DRIGGS, Idaho (CNS) — Father Adrian Vazquez bolted out of his rectory in St. Anthony on a cold November morning, brushed a thin layer of snow off of his Subaru Outback …

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Pope Releases “Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love)”
Posted on: 04/08/16

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, pope says By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service 4.8.2016 [Go HERE for the full document. Go HERE for the Summary of the document.] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essen …

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Vitae Foundation names new president
Posted on: 04/07/16

Rob Rysavy has been named president of the Vitae Foundation, effective immediately. Mr. Rysavy has been serving as Vitae’s interim president since June 2015. He previously served as chairman of the foundation’s Board of Directors. As interim president, …

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Catholic leaders reflect on life, work of EWTN founder Mother Angelica
Posted on: 04/07/16

Mother Angelica “reflected the Gospel commission to go forth and make disciples of all nations” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Like the best evangelists, she used the communications …

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Bishop Invites Jr. High Teens To Join Him for Apr. 23rd Pilgrimage in Laurie
Posted on: 04/07/16

By Jay Nies Bishop John R. Gaydos wants sixth- through eighth-graders throughout the diocese to join him on Saturday, April 23, for a diocesan junior high pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie. The focus for this Ju …

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Columbia Newman Center to hold celebration for Father Augustus Tolton, April 17
Posted on: 04/07/16

The St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia will host a Father Augustus Tolton Celebration on Sunday, April 17, beginning with 11 a.m. Mass in the Newman Center chapel. Guest pastors from neighboring Christian congregations will attend the Mass, as w …

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A Jubilee Indulgence: What It Is – What It Does – What It Requires
Posted on: 04/07/16

Here is a more in-depth version of article from the April 1, 2016, edition of The Catholic Missourian. It is written by the chairman of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission: By Father Daniel Merz A characteristic element of every Jubilee Year, including …

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Documentary film crew observes 40 Days for Life closing rally
Posted on: 04/07/16

After completing a particularly fruitful 40 Days for Life spring campaign, with confirmation of four babies being saved and an estimated 31 people turning away from appointments at Columbia Planned Parenthood, the prayer warriors and sidewalk counselor …

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On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope asks for institutions of mercy, charity
Posted on: 04/07/16

By Cindy Wooden Pope Francis asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy by establishing a hospital, home for the aged or school in an under-served area. Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with an evening p …

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Msgr. Lammers To Celebrate 50 Years Led And “Stretched” By God
Posted on: 04/07/16

By Jay Nies For half a century, Monsignor Donald W. Lammers has been seeking a deeper understanding of the verse: “God is love, and they who abide in love abide in God and God in them.” (1 John 4:16) “It’s a mystery and a reality that I never get tired …

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Indian ordination with local connections was a grand celebration
Posted on: 04/07/16

This is the second in a series of articles about the Jan. 26-Feb. 8 mission pilgrimage of three priests, two deacons and nine laypeople from the Jefferson City diocese to the Diocese of Jashpur, India, as well as several sites of interest in Delhi, Agr …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 04/07/16

I renew special congratulations and warm welcome to the hundreds who have entered the Church in parish Easter celebrations all across our diocese. I know that the joy and enthusiasm that we experienced at our celebration during the Easter Vigil at the …

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In wake of Easter attack, Pope calls on Pakistan to ensure safety of Christians
Posted on: 03/29/16

By Cindy Wooden  Pope Francis appealed to the government of Pakistan to take steps to ensure the safety of the country’s Christians and other minorities the day after a terrorist bombing killed at least 70 people and injured more than 300 who were spen …

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Parish Observances for the Solemnity/Jubilee of Divine Mercy, April 3
Posted on: 03/29/16

Here are some of the observances planned for the Solemnity of Divine Mercy in parishes in the Jefferson City diocese. All observances are are on Sunday, April 3, unless otherwise noted. BRUNSWICK — Holy hour with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament …

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Diocesan Chancery offices to be closed April 5 & 22nd for staff in-service training
Posted on: 03/29/16

Because of scheduled staff in-service training, the Schwartze Memorial Center in Jefferson City and all chancery offices will be closed on Tuesday, April 5; and Friday, April 22. Staff will be attending a certification training entitled “Building Inter …

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Looking for good stuff for kids in media? One group has found some
Posted on: 03/29/16

By Mark Pattison It can be tedious and painstaking work to watch hour after hour of television and to take note of each and every bad and unwholesome thing that occurs on the screen. Yet some people do this as their job. You can see their efforts when …

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Pope condemns Belgium attacks as “cruel abominations”
Posted on: 03/29/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves Assuring his prayers for the victims and families of the terrorist attack in Brussels, Pope Francis condemned the “cruel abominations” and prayed for the conversion of those who adhere to violent fundamentalism. “To all, I ask t …

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RIP, Father Patrick Pierceall
Posted on: 03/29/16

The Diocese of Jefferson City announces the death at Hannibal, Missouri, on Easter Sunday, the 27th day of March, 2016, at the age of 82 of REVEREND PATRICK LEO PIERCEALL Retired Priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City Father Patrick L. Pierceall was b …

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Diocesan benefactor & area philanthropist Emil Schwartz dies
Posted on: 03/29/16

Emil H. Schwartz, 96, a lifetime member of St. Joseph parish in Westphalia, and chairman of the board of the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation, died on March 21 in Jefferson City. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 23 in St. …

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Second Sunday of Easter- a chance to drink deeply from the fount of mercy
Posted on: 03/29/16

April 3 is the Second Sunday of Easter and the Solemnity of Divine Mercy. During this, the Year of Mercy, it is also being observed as the Jubilee of Divine Mercy. On the day, the Church will celebrate the great fount of mercy flowing from His heart, a …

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Bishop Gaydos at Chrism Mass : Priests, sacraments are visible signs of Jesus’ incarnation
Posted on: 03/29/16

By Jay Nies The people of Nazareth who had seen Jesus grow up listened with great anticipation when He came back to their synagogue to teach. Filled with the Holy Spirit, He proclaimed a passage from the Book of Isaiah — the part about being anointed t …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 03/29/16

As you receive this issue of The Catholic Missourian, we are in the midst of the Sacred Triduum, the three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, when we ponder the great events of the suffering, death and resurrection from the dead of o …

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Diocesan Chancery closed Thursday, March 24- Monday, March 28
Posted on: 03/21/16

The offices of the Diocese of Jefferson City will be closed beginning Holy Thursday, March 24 and will re-open Tuesday, March 29. The main voicemail is checked regularly when the chancery offices are closed.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict gives rare interview
Posted on: 03/21/16

In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our need for forgiveness, salvation through the cross, the necessity of baptism, and the importance of sharing in Christ’s redeeming …

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Catholic Church grew faster than global population in recent decades
Posted on: 03/18/16

The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the glo …

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Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4. Four other new saints named
Posted on: 03/18/16

By Cindy Wooden Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the Pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally …

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At 92, Koelztown parishoner drives, prays, volunteeers
Posted on: 03/18/16

By Jay Nies Julia Stricherz hit a snowy patch of road on her way home from Samaritan Center in Jefferson City on Ash Wednesday. She slid across the highway and landed gently in a ditch. “I didn’t even scratch the car,” she said. “I think Mary or St. An …

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Indian priests serving in our diocese reflect on spiritual legacy of Blessed Mother Teresa
Posted on: 03/18/16

By Eddie O’Neill Father Alex Ekka remembers the day well. It was 1979, and he was a seminarian and budding journalist in Ranchi, India, when he got the incredible opportunity to interview Blessed Mother Teresa. “She came to visit and give us a talk at …

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Catholics urged to sign petition calling for end to Mideast genocide
Posted on: 03/18/16

The archbishop who serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked U.S. Catholics to sign a pledge calling for an end to the slaughter of Christians and members of other religious minority groups in the Middle East. “To …

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Bishop Gaydos invites inactive Catholics home with Holy Week TV spots
Posted on: 03/18/16

During Holy Week next week, television commercials featuring Bishop John R. Gaydos of the Jefferson City diocese will be running on KOMU-TV, Channel 8 in Central Missouri. In these spots, produced by the diocesan Office of Communications, Bishop Gaydos …

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A Visit with Our Bishop
Posted on: 03/18/16

In the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible we read, “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot the plant.” S …

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Lenten Fish Fries, March 18
Posted on: 03/11/16

Boonville, K of C Lenten fish fry; Brookfield, K of C fish fry, 4:30-7 pm; Camdenton, K of C fish fry; Centralia, Holy Spirit parish “Foundation of Faith” fish fry; Cuba, Holy Cross parish Lent fish fry buffet; Edina, K of C fish fry; Eldon, K of C fis …

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Communal Reconciliation Services for Lent
Posted on: 03/11/16

Lent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Here is a partial list of Lenten communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. The listings will be updated …

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March 17 Chrism Mass to unite bishop, priests, sacraments, & faithful
Posted on: 03/11/16

By Jay Nies Each year in every diocese, the Mass of the Holy Chrism solidifies the bond of unity between the bishop, priests, the sacraments and the people who receive them. It unites the People of God in recalling and celebrating the gifts of the Holy …

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“Meet and greet” with Discalced Carmelite Sisters, March 15
Posted on: 03/11/16

The Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Carmel of the Sacred Heart and Saint Joseph, formerly of Jefferson City, now residing in Clyde in Northwestern Missouri, have accepted the invitation of Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, pastor of Cathedral of St. Joseph …

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Vatican announces March 15 consistory to approve canonization of Mother Teresa
Posted on: 03/11/16

Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonization of five men and women, including Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the Vatican announced. The March 15 consistory will also determine the approval of canonization of Argentine “gaucho pri …

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Restored St. Patrick Church in Spring Fork points to colorful history & legacy of faith
Posted on: 03/11/16

By Jay Nies A lettered highway, swaths of farmland, a neatly kept cemetery and a quiet church with pointy arched windows and a steeply pitched roof. All of these markers of the Spring Fork settlement and its Irish immigrant founders point in one way or …

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Many hands make fragrant work of preparing oil for Chrism Mass
Posted on: 03/11/16

By Jay Nies  The aroma of grace envelopes the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center each year in the days leading up to the Chrism Mass. A group led by Bernadette Adams, administrative assistant to the chancellor, and Deacon Ray Purvis of the …

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RIP, Father Gerald Stockman, retired priest of the Diocese
Posted on: 03/11/16

Father Gerald W. Stockman, 77, a retired priest of the Jefferson City diocese, died peacefully on Monday, March 7, in Columbia. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, in St. Mary Church in Glasgow. Bishop John …

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Missionaries of Charity murdered in Yemen: “Martyrs of Charity” says Pope
Posted on: 03/11/16

By Cindy Wooden The four Missionaries of Charity murdered March 4 in Yemen “are the martyrs of today,” Pope Francis said. “They gave their blood for the Church.” After reciting the Angelus with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 6 …

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A Visit With Our Bishop
Posted on: 03/11/16

This past week, a couple of significant milestones in our history snuck up on me. The necrology (a list of departed people) of bishops, priests and deacons in our part of the country indicated that Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick of St. Louis had died …

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Lenten Fish Fries- March 4
Posted on: 03/04/16

Bonnots Mill, 5:30-8 pm; Boonville, 5-7 pm; Brookfield, 4:30-7 pm; California, 4:30-7 pm; Camdenton, 5-7 pm; Columbia, KC #1529, 4:30-7:30 pm; Cuba, 4:30-7 pm; Edina, 5-7:30 pm; Eldon, 5-7 pm; Hannibal, 4:30-7 pm; Hermitage, 4:30-7 pm; Holts Summit, 4- …

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Communal Reconciliation Services for Lent
Posted on: 03/04/16

Lent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Here is a partial list of Lenten communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. The listings will be updated …

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Pope Francis calls for death penalty moratorium for “Year of Mercy”
Posted on: 03/04/16

By Junno Arocho Esteves Pope Francis called for a moratorium on executions during the Year of Mercy and said the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” applies not only to the innocent but to the guilty as well. “Even a criminal has the inviolable r …

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Missouri Catholic Conference supports Religious Liberty Amendment
Posted on: 03/04/16

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), public policy agency of the state’s four Roman Catholic dioceses, testified last week in support of SJR 39, which is sponsored by Senator Bob Onder (R-Chesterfield). This proposed constitutional amendment would p …

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Fr. Tolton Catholic H.S. drops Lands’ End as uniform supplier
Posted on: 03/04/16

The Diocese of Jefferson City released the following statement on Feb. 24, following the decision by Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia to stop using Lands’ End as a supplier of school uniforms, due to the recent profile of a longt …

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Court hears oral arguments in abortion restriction case
Posted on: 03/04/16

By Carol Zimmerman  The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first abortion case in nine years March 2 in a challenge by Texas abortion clinics to a 2013 state law that requires them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and …

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Six to be inducted into Helias Catholic H.S. Hall of Fame
Posted on: 03/04/16

By Mike Bruns More than 300 friends and supporters attended this year’s celebration of six new inductees into the Helias Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame in Jefferson City. Joining an already outstanding list of 72 previously inducted Hall of Fame m …

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Local favorites “Oddwalk” release CD for Year of Mercy
Posted on: 03/04/16

By Jay Nies Songwriting-performing duo Shannon Cerneka and Orin Johnson of Oddwalk Ministries want their listeners to stay focused on God’s mercy and put it into concrete, sacrificial action every day. Their latest digital music collection, “Mercy at W …

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College football legend Lou Holtz to keynote Vitae Foundation events
Posted on: 03/04/16

By Martha Schieber Legendary University of Notre Dame Football coach Lou Holtz will be the Keynote Speaker at Vitae Foundation’s 24th annual Pro-Life Events on Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19, 2016. The dinner event on Monday, April 18, will begin at 7 …

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Catholic Relief Services Bolivian well project- more than just water
Posted on: 03/04/16

In anticipation of the March 5-6 Catholic Relief Services collection, the director of the diocesan Mission Office recalls a CRS-led site visit he took to Bolivia last year with two seminarians of the Jefferson City diocese: By Mark Saucier A hot shower …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 03/04/16

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the three classic penitential activities that we are invited to intensify during our observance of the holy season of Lent. Of course, this year, we are on our Lenten journey in the midst of the special Holy Year of M …

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Diocesan statement on Girl Scouts of America
Posted on: 02/26/16

The Jefferson City diocese issued the following news release on Feb. 22: The Diocese of Jefferson City is aware of the letter issued last week by St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, regarding his concerns about the Girl Scouts organiza …

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24-hour Adoration, reconciliation- March 4-5, Columbia, Laurie, Monroe City, Westphalia
Posted on: 02/26/16

By Jay Nies Several parishes in the Jefferson City diocese will host local observances of the Church-wide 24 Hours for the Lord, on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. Pope Francis called for this observance in the same document in which he announced t …

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Pilgrims from diocese celebrate Mass at Mother Teresa’s burial place
Posted on: 02/26/16

The following is the first of a series of articles about the Jan. 26-Feb. 8 mission pilgrimage of three priests, two deacons and nine laypeople from the Jefferson City diocese to the Diocese of Jashpur, India, as well as several sites of interest in De …

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At U.S.-Mexico border, Pope calls for end to exploitation
Posted on: 02/26/16

By David Agren Speaking from the symbolic platform of the U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis pleaded for the plight of immigrants while warning those refusing to offer safe shelter and passage that their actions and inhospitable attitudes were bringing a …

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Catholic Relief Services collection benefits countless people worldwide
Posted on: 02/26/16

By Mark Saucier “To look after means first and foremost loving, caring for, being fond of and having close. Looking after today means being in those places, giving them life with the Liturgy, praying and animating them.” Franciscan Father Pierbattista …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 02/26/16

Much has been made of Pope Francis and his response to a question in a news conference on his flight returning from the visit to Mexico earlier this month. He raised everything from eyebrows to hackles in his observations about building walls versus bu …

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Lenten Fish Frys around the Diocese- March 4
Posted on: 02/19/16

Bonnots Mill, 5:30-8 pm; Boonville, 5-7 pm; Brookfield, 4:30-7 pm; California, 4:30-7 pm; Camdenton, 5-7 pm; Columbia, KC #1529, 4:30-7:30 pm; Cuba, 4:30-7 pm; Edina, 5-7:30 pm; Eldon, 5-7 pm; Hannibal, 4:30-7 pm; Hermitage, 4:30-7 pm; Holts Summit, 4- …

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Communal reconciliation services for Lent
Posted on: 02/19/16

Lent is a good time for an examination of conscience and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Here is a partial list of Lenten communal reconciliation services in the Jefferson City diocese. The listings will be updated …

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Antonin Scalia, long-serving Supreme Court Justice dies at 79
Posted on: 02/19/16

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of apparent natural causes Feb. 13 while in Texas on a hunting trip, once said in an interview that while he took his Catholic faith seriously, he never allowed it to influence his work on the high co …

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John Angotti to lead Feb 21-23 parish mission in Camdenton
Posted on: 02/19/16

Widely renowned contemporary Catholic music composer, singer and musician John Angotti (johnangotti.com) will lead a Feb. 21-23 Lenten parish mission at St. Anthony parish in Camdenton. Mr. Angotti will present and perform at 6:30 p.m. each evening, Su …

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Two Callaway County parishes to host March 8-10 event with John Michael Talbot
Posted on: 02/19/16

By Jay Nies “Dare to believe that Jesus wants to heal us, right here, right now!” says 1970s alternative rocker-turned-Catholic evangelizer John Michael Talbot. “Bring your need for healing to Jesus right now and let Him touch you, and He will heal you …

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Pope highlights families and young people during Mexico visit
Posted on: 02/19/16

By David Agren, Junno Arocho Esteves and Cindy Wooden Throughout his Feb. 12-17 apostolic visit to Mexico, Pope Francis went out of his way to interact with all segments of Church and society, giving special attention to the young and the poor. His scr …

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Parishioners help clear the way for renovations at St. Joseph Church in Palmyra
Posted on: 02/19/16

By Mark Cheffey St. Joseph parish is coming together for the church’s first interior remodeling in 47 years, as well as other capital improvements costing more than $250,000. Church members have pledged their financial support of the projects and even …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 02/19/16

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is on his apostolic visit to Mexico as I prepare this Visit. I am sure there will be much cause for our inspiration as we read about his travels in Mexico. In the meantime, let me share with you some impressions that have …

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Lenten Fish Frys around the Diocese, February 12
Posted on: 02/12/16

Boonville, K of C Lenten fish fry; Camdenton, K of C fish fry; Columbia, K of C fish fry, 4:30 pm; Cuba, Holy Cross parish Lent fish fry buffet; Eldon, K of C fish fry, 5-7 pm; Fayette, K of C fish fry; Fulton, K of C fish fry; Hermitage, K of C fish f …

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“The Pro-Life Generation” on the benefits of Natural Family Planning
Posted on: 02/12/16

Christina Bockwinkel-Baker, a theology teacher at Helias Catholic High School, recently posed a bonus question to her class on the final exam on Sacraments: How does following Natural Family Planning (NFP) help make for a stronger, healthier, and holie …

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Pope meets with Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Cuba
Posted on: 02/12/16

By Cindy Wooden After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12 in Cuba on the Pope’s way to Mexico. It will be the first-ever meeting of a Pope and Moscow patriarch, Je …

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Freeburg native woodworker’s generosity seen at schools, hospitals, retreats
Posted on: 02/12/16

Photos by Lisa Johnston, The St. Louis Review By Joseph Kenny Franciscan Father Bill Cardy used a small wooden cross in giving a blessing to Oliver Schuler in a patient’s room at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Schuler, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe …

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Future Catholics take big step Sunday towards full communion with the Church
Posted on: 02/12/16

By Jay Nies Scores of people from parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City will come together in the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Sunday (Feb. 14) for an important milestone on their journey toward full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. …

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Hundreds gather for Midwest March for Life
Posted on: 02/12/16

Hundreds of people of all ages filled the streets of Jefferson City on Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Midwest March for Life. After an outdoor march that began at St. Peter Church and processed around the Capitol, participants filled the Capitol rotunda …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 02/12/16

During this Season of Lent, we are once again given the opportunity to grow in the newness of life available to all who are willing to embrace the death and resurrection of Jesus in all of its concrete implications. Our Lenten observance during this Ho …

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Enjoying ‘Paczki’ on Fat Tuesday Prepares Soul for Lenten Sacrifices
Posted on: 02/05/16

By Dennis Sadowski Amherst, OH The foot-tapping melodies of Polish-style polka music that greets patrons as they enter the Kiedrowski family’s bake shop says that old-world hospitality is at hand. The upbeat music, owner Tim Kiedrowski says, is meant t …

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Moberly Knights’ Efforts Help Kids With Disabilities
Posted on: 02/05/16

Every year there’s that weekend in October when you can’t go to the grocery store without encountering a man with a bright yellow vest and a handful of Tootsie Rolls. He tells you that he’s a Knight of Columbus raising money for the developmentally dis …

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YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE DRAWS TO CLOSE
Posted on: 02/05/16

By Eddie O’Neill and Jay Nies The Holy Spirit continues to give shouts of acclamation and encouragement to awaken the spirits, minds and consciences of people in every nation. Consecrated religious men and women have been amplifying the Spirit’s messag …

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NEW BENEDICTINE FR. PATRICK CARTER RETURNS HOME
Posted on: 02/05/16

By Maura Shimmens Benedictine Father Patrick Carter’s joyous return to his hometown of Jefferson City was filled with visits to two of his old “stomping grounds” and concelebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving at both St. Peter Church and the Cathedral of St …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 02/05/16

The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day/Valentine’s Day (Sunday, Feb.14) provide an opportunity to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples. Recently …

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State Senate committee considers bill to end capital punishment
Posted on: 01/29/16

By Rita Linhardt In a Capitol committee room packed with concerned citizens, a state Senate committee discussed a bill to end the death penalty in Missouri. Sponsored by state Sen. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial), SB 816 would make life without parole the on …

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Diocesan education leadership impressed by visits to local Catholic schools
Posted on: 01/29/16

By Jay Nies Dedicated families. Committed educators. Generous volunteers. Faith-filled communities helping young people reach their God-given potential. And above all, the living, breathing, giving, learning presence of Jesus Christ. Those are a few of …

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National Catholic Education group to honor St. Peter-J.C. teacher
Posted on: 01/29/16

By Jay Nies Because joy and gratitude are keystones of Catholic worship, Donna Stuckenschneider makes them the foundation of her musical mission at St. Peter Interparish School in Jefferson City. For 32 years, she has been helping young people fall in …

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A VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP
Posted on: 01/29/16

Seasonal Journeys In the latest issue of The Catholic Missourian you will notice the coverage about the adventure that our pilgrims from the Diocese of Jefferson City experienced while trying to stay two steps in front of the monstrous snow storm that …

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Values are key to robotics program at St. George School, Hermann
Posted on: 01/22/16

By Jay Nies St. Patrick and St. Macrina are set to face off next week in the Techno-Dragon arena of vindication. That is, the robotics lab at St. George School in Hermann. Built from Lego robotics kits and named for the patron saints of engineers and r …

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208 from diocese return from pro-life pilgrimage
Posted on: 01/22/16

More than 200 pro-life pilgrims from the Jefferson City diocese got home safely from Washington, D.C., the afternoon of Jan. 23, following weather-related delays. They traveled to the nation’s capital to take part in national observances for the 43rd a …

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CSA 2016: MISSOURI CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Posted on: 01/13/16

Organization Helps Missouri Bishops Promote Catholic Values in the Public Space By Jay Nies Once while visiting Jefferson City, Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha said it’s good to have windows in that fortified wall between Church and state, “so we can …

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Refugee and Immigration Services to help resettle 210 refugees this year
Posted on: 01/13/16

By Michelle Brooks Masses of people were fleeing their homeland after resistance failed and they feared for their safety 40 years ago. That’s when Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) first partnered with the U.S. Immigration Services, to help the Vi …

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Missouri activists consider: what does it mean to be pro-life?
Posted on: 01/13/16

By Jay Nies The 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions coincides with intense and ongoing legislative, judicial and electoral battles over abortion and the sanctity of human life. In light of all of that, severa …

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“Divine Providence” credited with saving MO farmland from flooding
Posted on: 01/13/16

By Jennifer Brinker and Dave Luecking Perhaps it was merely coincidence. Or perhaps not. “I’d call it Providence,” said Vincentian Father Robert Brockland, who along with Amy Naeger, her brother Neal Gremaud, St. Louisan Bob Klump and Vincentian Father …

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