July 15, 2019

By Helen Osman | July 15, 2019

Bishop’s message The appeal for our diocesan Missions is set for the weekend of July 20-21. We have many resources to help parishes promote this collection, which gives each of us an opportunity to reflect on the question of who is our neighbor. You can find a letter from me in English and Spanish, graphics…

Welcome!

By Helen Osman | July 12, 2019

Dear Pastors and Principals, One of the goals for the Catholic School Office for 2019-20 is to increase communication between the School Office, pastors and principals. In this year of transition we want to ensure each of you feel supported in your role as a Catholic School leader. The School Office is tasked this year…

SSM Health-St. Mary’s presents $25,000 gift for disaster relief

By Erin Boeckmann | July 11, 2019

SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospitals in Jefferson City and Audrain County recently donated $25,000 to the Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s Disaster Relief Fund, citing a renewed emphasis on inter-agency collaboration following a catastrophic tornado and ongoing flooding in the area.  Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Sister Kathleen Wegman of the School Sisters of…

Rally celebrates birthdays that will happen thanks to new law

By Erin Boeckmann | July 10, 2019

“A woman who was conceived in an act of violence against her mother has a message for people who think there should be exceptions in laws regulating abortion. “I did not deserve the death penalty for the crime of my biological father,” Rebecca Kiessling cried out during the MOBirthday Celebration Rally in the State Capitol…

The keys to Daddy’s Cadillac

By Ashley Wiskirchen | July 10, 2019

We may not be helping people determine how to invest millions of dollars, but we do have a responsibility to safeguard something also very valuable…

MAKING CONNECTIONS — Mass intentions and offerings

By Erin Boeckmann | July 10, 2019

“What is an offering for a Mass intention? For some, their first encounter with a Mass offering is at a funeral service. There’s those piles of envelopes, obviously meant for money, with the option of writing down the name of the deceased for a Mass to be offered for the repose of their soul.” Bishop…

Father Jason Doke to serve as moderator of the curia

By Erin Boeckmann | July 9, 2019

“Father Jason T. Doke understands a moderator to be someone who brings unity and clear direction to people who work together for a common purpose. In his case, those people are members of the diocesan curia, the administrative apparatus of the Church. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has appointed Fr. Doke to serve as moderator of…

Bishop McKnight talks about the missions

By Erin Boeckmann | July 9, 2019

“Catholic missions are all about the encounter. God continues to reveal Himself through a deliberate, ongoing, mutually enriching exchange of the Gospel, whether among the closest of neighbors or those who live half a world apart. Jesus is present in all of it, delighting in the grandest and most basic human interactions and using them…

Seeking favors, miracles from God through Fr. Tolton

By Erin Boeckmann | July 8, 2019

“The exhaustive work of researching Missouri native Venerable Father Augustus Tolton’s life and ministry is now completed. “The next step toward declaring him a saint is in God’s hands,” said Bishop Joseph N. Perry, co-postulator for Fr. Tolton’s sainthood cause. Fr. Tolton (1854-97), a former slave, became the Roman Catholic Church’s first black priest in…

Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance

By Helen Osman | July 8, 2019

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States labor law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Eligible employees are allowed, by the law, to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to care for a new child,…