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Bishop McKnight joins CMD board of directors

August 25, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has joined the Center for Ministry Development’s (CMD) board of directors to serve as bishop liaison. CMD ( is a nonprofit, Catholic organization that promotes the development of ministry and catechesis of young people and families through leadership formation, service learning, and resources rooted in Sacred Scripture and Catholic tradition. The…

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Ray Hentges to Show-Me State Games athletes: ‘Stay active’

August 24, 2019

Ray Hentges didn’t just talk to local families about staying active as a lifelong pursuit.  He showed them. Mr. Hentges spoke briefly at the opening of the Jefferson City torch-running festivities for this summer’s Show-Me State Games. He also competed as a golfer in the Senior Show-Me State Games. “At 80, I can’t play much…

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Couple’s gift sparks savings, learning opportunities in Sedalia

August 23, 2019

A Sedalia couple believes their investment in Catholic education will still be paying dividends long after the kindergarteners at Sacred Heart School (SHS) have children of their own. Sacred Heart parishioners Steve and Karen Ellebracht donated the seed money to build a steel platform on school property and adorn it with an array of solar…

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Rain damage leads to renewed space in St. Clement School

August 21, 2019

School had been out for the summer for several weeks when the rainstorms hit. No one was around to notice that the lower level of St. Clement School in St. Clement had taken on water, or that the pump installed long ago to handle such matters had failed. The standing liquid had begun to climb…

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School project brings greater unity to Columbia parishes

August 19, 2019

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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U.S. bishops’ conference acquires translation of Psalms and Canticles from Conception Abbey

August 18, 2019

King David first sang of striving for almost-good-enough before letting his aspirations soar toward perfection. That evolution is one of many subtle nuances to be restored in the latest translation of the Book of Psalms for liturgical use in the Church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has purchased the copyrights to the Revised…

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First-time Catholic school teachers eager to help young people grow in faith, knowledge

August 17, 2019

Donna Raymond attended St. Andrew School in Tipton. So did her three youngest children. Now she’s back to teach art. “This is a great school,” she said, “and I feel honored to be part of the staff to provide education to the children in this community.” Mrs. Raymond was one of more than 80 first-time…

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Callahan is new Tolton Catholic H.S. president

August 15, 2019

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

August 14, 2019

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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Rest in Peace, Sister Mary Eleanor Castle RSM

August 13, 2019

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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