Posts by Erin Boeckmann

School project brings greater unity to Columbia parishes

Construction worker Bill Myers gently hoisted the crucifix into place over the new entrance to Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School (OLLIS) in Columbia. “Lift high the cross!” called out Father Paul Clark, associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. The crucifix has two sides, reminding all who enter, leave or drive past the…

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Callahan is new Tolton Catholic H.S. president

A Trailblazer is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. “Extra emphasis on the reverent!” said Doug Callahan, newly appointed president of Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia. It was a reference to the 12-point Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has been…

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Collection for Retired Religious to be taken up Aug. 17-18

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up the weekend of Aug. 17-18 in parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the appeal benefits some 30,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious-order priests. “For many generations,” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight noted,…

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Women’s Ministry Book Club

Ladies, it is time we step out of our comfort zone and offer our lives and daily works to Christ. LeAnn Korsmeyer is doing just that! LeAnn Korsmeyer, our Diocesan director of women’s ministry is presenting a way for women to connect to one another and to Christ. Through her role as the Women’s Ministry…

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Rest in Peace, Sister Mary Eleanor Castle RSM

Shackelford native Sister Mary Eleanor Castle, 87, of the Sisters of Mercy, a former Catholic school principal in Marshall and Glasgow, died on July 22 at Mercy Villa in Omaha, Nebraska. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 26 in St. Peter Church in Marshall. Burial was in Mount St. Mary Cemetery in…

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The opioid crisis and addiction … offering hope and recovery

The diocesan moderator for spiritual formation offers the following reflections on the opioid crisis and the nature of addiction, and invites anyone affected by these things to attend a Sept. 6 Prayer and Healing Service in Jefferson City: According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a very complex condition, a brain disease that is…

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