Catholic Missourian

Print edition of The Catholic Missourian now being sent to all registered households

July 25, 2019

Effective immediately, all registered households in the Jefferson City diocese will receive the print edition of The Catholic Missourian. The paper is published every other week, 26 times a year. Its content is a mix of local, diocesan, national and international news and catechesis, presented from a distinctly Catholic point of view. Bishop W. Shawn…

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Mother and daughter from Centralia parish visited Notre Dame Cathedral just before fire

July 24, 2019

On June 15, after a two-month hiatus, Mass was celebrated in Paris’s historic Notre-Dame Cathedral. A handful of priests and worshipers donned hardhats for safety reasons as they worshiped in one of the cathedral’s side chapels. It was the first Mass offered on site since a fire devastated the building in April. Before that fateful…

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Bishop thanks Missionaries of the Precious Blood for 137 years of service in Pettis County and beyond

July 23, 2019

There is wonder-working power in the Precious Blood of the Lamb. Witness the 137-year, symbiotic relationship between the Catholics of Pettis County and the Missionary Society of the Precious Blood. Priests of the society ministered for nearly 14 decades at Sacred Heart parish in Sedalia. They also served since the early 1980s at neighboring St.…

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Fr. Berhorst ordained to Priesthood; told by bishop to reconcile, heal

July 22, 2019

The Church stands to benefit profoundly from the witness of a new generation of priests. Entering a broader mission field in thinner numbers, these new priests will play an essential role in helping God reconcile, heal and unite His people. “You are a providential sign of hope for us, who are in need of even…

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FR. MERZ — The flesh is the hinge of salvation

July 21, 2019

If you ever have religious conversations with our Protestant brothers and sisters, chances are you’ve been asked why Catholics insist on keeping Christ on the cross. Protestant places of worship will prominently display a cross, but not a crucifix. Sometimes even Catholics shy away from the crucifix, especially if it’s too graphic with blood and…

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Local deacons serve as bridges in wake of tornado, floods

July 20, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight once wrote that deacons “should work to connect the people of God with their local leader, the bishop, and the Church with the needs of the poor … drawing Church leaders, ordinary believers, and people on the margins of society closer together.” Recent natural disasters have affirmed this for several deacons…

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

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…

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Rally celebrates birthdays that will happen thanks to new law

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…

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MAKING CONNECTIONS — Mass intentions and offerings

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…

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Father Jason Doke to serve as moderator of the curia

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…

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