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Extraordinary Mission Month: Everyone is a Missioner

Pope Francis has proclaimed October to be an “Extraordinary Mission Month.” It’s the 100th anniversary of a teaching that propelled the Church to think creatively about her missionary call. The days after World War I caused Pope Benedict XV to chart a renewed, deeper sense of mission in his teaching document Maximum Illud. That renewal…

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28 October 2019

Bishop’s messages The Rite of Election will be celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020, at 3 p.m. Parishes are asked to complete this participation form by Dec. 2, regardless if anyone from your parish is joining the Church this year. Promotional material for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2020 is now available…

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Age for the Celebration of Confirmation

After consultation with the Very Reverend Deans, the Presbyteral Council and other advisors, I hereby decree that the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Jefferson City shall be celebrated for those who are about 12 years of  age, in accord with the prescriptions of Canon 891 and the complementary norms of the United States…

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President of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School departs

COLUMBIA – Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has announced the departure of Doug Callahan from his position as president of Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School, effective Oct. 24. Callahan had been appointed president in September after more than three decades of experience with the Boy Scouts of America. Jill McIntosh, Tolton’s vice president, will…

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Catholic Charities works with all, for all who are in need

You don’t have to be Catholic to get help from Catholic Charities. “Some people hear the name and think, ‘If I’m not Catholic, I’m not able to receive help,” said Dan Lester, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). “But we never turn away someone looking for assistance because they’re not…

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Celebrating milestone CCVI and El Puente anniversaries in J.C.

From France to Texas to points throughout the Jefferson City diocese, the 150-year history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI) continues to echo along the paths they have traveled. It is reflected in the generations of local Catholics who were taught by CCVI sisters and by people who continue to be…

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Missouri Catholics told to find, pursue their mission

The greatest Catholic advocates of all time have something in common. They discovered their mission, made it personal and pursued it with uninhibited passion. “You need to find the issue that animates you, that is part of your faith, that will affect our culture and help point things in the right direction,” said nationally-recognized Catholic…

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21 October 2019

Bishop’s messages Official appointments Deacon Edwin J. Schepers, from assisting the pastor of Annunciation Parish, California, to assist the pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Tipton, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Christopher M. Wickern, from assisting the pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Sedalia, to assist the pastor of St. Ann Parish, Warsaw and the Mission of…

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