Catholic Missourian

Creating sanity to face the insane

September 19, 2019

In the height of summer, a group of roughly two dozen teen-agers gathered at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City for a week that would leave them all greatly changed on the inside, many for the first time. This was a convening of Catholic youth throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City for the annual…

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Woman’s gift of love is creating room for growth

September 18, 2019

Leona Emmerich lived for decades across the street from St. Joseph Church and School in Salisbury. She would go to weekday Mass, and many of the children would come up to her afterwards and give her a hug.  “God loves you,” she would tell them, “and so do I!” A long-awaited, enduring reminder of those…

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Women’s ministry — ‘Train the young’

September 17, 2019

The following is a message from the Jefferson City diocese’s diocesan coordinator of women’s ministry: “Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.”    — Proverbs 22:6 I was in high school when during the Christmas season, mom and I stopped by a resell-it-shop. Upon…

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40 Days for Life founder to give keynote at MCC Annual Assembly Oct. 5

September 16, 2019

One day at a time. Suddenly, they add up to 40, and you might start seeing a difference. Nationally recognized Catholic activist David Bereit, founder of the global 40 Days for Life Campaign, will share his message of faith-fueled vigilance and tenacity during the Missouri Catholic Conference’s (MCC’s) 2019 Annual Assembly. The free event will…

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Celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and the fire of God’s love

September 16, 2019

In a passage from the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus expresses a longing for flames to engulf the earth. Those flames are the fire of God’s love, enlightening and warming the hearts of all people. “As fire gives light and heat, so Jesus looks to the time when God’s love, God’s Holy Spirit, will fill…

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UPDATED: MCC responds to court ruling keeping portions of Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act from taking effect

September 14, 2019

A federal judge blocked key portions of one of the most ambitious pieces of pro-life legislation in Missouri’s history, a day before the law was scheduled to go into effect. But other aspects of the law were allowed to stand, pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the state. In response to the lawsuit and…

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Fr. Tolton filmmaker is in awe of the story he’s working to tell

September 8, 2019

Chris Foley’s short film, “Across: The Father Tolton Movie,” is a testament to his Catholic faith, his love for a friend and his determination to tell the story of an escaped slave who would become a priest and may one day soon named a saint. Mr. Foley, a Nashville, Tennessee native, decided to tell the…

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67 parishes receive contribution checks following record Catholic Stewardship Appeal

September 7, 2019

In July, 67 parishes received incentive checks from the diocese, totaling nearly $476,000. The generosity of parishioners of these parishes showed a remarkable response to God’s call to help one another and contributed greatly to the 2019 Catholic Stewardship Appeal (CSA19) surpassing the goal for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. To emphasize the…

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Book of timely prayer services is built around overlapping seasons of the teenage year

September 7, 2019

Shifting seasons, both sacred and secular, can bring restless fatigue, especially for young people at their peak of intensity. They need effective ways to give it all to God and have Him dole it back to them in right measure. That is the purpose of Let Us Go Forth!, a book containing 20 timely, relevant…

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Nurses helping parishes integrate physical, spiritual health

September 6, 2019

While ministering in the flesh, Jesus made a point of healing and restoring people to their rightful place in their communities. Parishes in the Jefferson City diocese are discovering an effective way to help Him continue that mission: Parish Health Ministry, carried out by Faith Community Nurses, also known as parish nurses. Parish Health Ministry…

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