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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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Jefferson City native Bro. Rehagen professes vows in Holy Cross

September 6, 2019

Brother Matthew Rehagen CSC, a Jefferson City native and graduate of St. Peter Interparish School and Helias Catholic High School, recently professed first vows in the Congregation of the Holy Cross. During Mass Aug. 3 in Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he and 11 other men professed before God their intention to spend…

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Retiring Fr. Miller reflects on Precious Blood influence in parishes, this diocese and the Church

September 5, 2019

The spirituality of the Missionary Society of the Precious Blood is rooted in the radical reconciliation Jesus accomplished at His crucifixion. “It’s about reconciliation, inclusivity and hospitality,” stated Precious Blood Father Mark Miller, recently retired pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Patrick parishes in Sedalia and the St. John the Evangelist mission in Bahner. “It’s…

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Our Lady of Lourdes students shine at National History Day

September 5, 2019

A unique chapter in American history was on display in our nation’s capital earlier this summer courtesy of three recent graduates of Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School (OLLIS) in Columbia. Fourteen-year-olds Ava Lawless, Claire Glaude and Rebecca Detweiler preasented their extensive research and fielded questions on the topic of “The Radium Girls: The Triumphant…

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Retired teacher, trainer shares how Cursillo changed his life

September 5, 2019

When I think about my Cursillo experience, I am reminded of what the Lord said to the prophet Habakkuk in about 600 B.C. as the Chaldeans were about to take over Jerusalem: “Look over the nations and see, and be utterly amazed! For a work is being done in your days that you would not…

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Priest’s crossword puzzles: a teaching opportunity, a labor of love

September 4, 2019

Father Donald Antweiler puts the cross into his crossword puzzles. The Jefferson City native, who is pastor of Immaculate Conception parish on that city’s East Side, has been constructing the “Across the Diocese of Jefferson City Crossword Puzzle” for The Catholic Missourian for 18 years. “I see it as building-up the faith community and the…

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St. Mary of the Angels Church resplendent after restoration

September 4, 2019

St. Mary of the Angels parish held a volunteer night to paint the louvers on the bell tower of its iconic church in Wien. The work entailed standing on a hydraulic lift, more than 65 feet up. “I wondered how many people would be willing to work that high off the ground,” parishioner Bob Merek…

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Center for mercy and charity to open in Jefferson City as part of Catholic Church’s social services

August 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – A health and social services center for the Diocese of Jefferson City will find a home in a former Catholic seminary building, following an agreement of terms between the Jefferson City Housing Authority and Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). The agreement allows the purchase and renovation of the Shikles…

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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 (www.cmdnet.org) 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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