“Until you put your faith into action …”

November 15, 2019

Lois Thomas grew up Catholic and was well versed in Jesus’s teachings. But His “what you did for them, you did for Me” discourse never really clicked with her until she stepped through the gates into a prison 23 years ago. “Because until you put your faith into action, you’re just going through the motions,”…

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Catholics mark Our Lady of Fatima anniversary by praying the Rosary together in public

November 14, 2019

A crisp, sunny Saturday afternoon, two blue baskets, a banner and an antiphonal litany of intercession. These are what people passing one of Gasconade County’s busiest intersections saw the afternoon of Oct. 12, as Immaculate Conception parish in Owensville held its second annual Public Square Rosary Rally. “Lots of prayer,” said Jeanne Dorner, a member…

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Knights’ dinner, bobblehead doll auction benefit vocation efforts

November 13, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight smiled and nodded in approval. So did the gift he had just been handed. Members of Columbia’s three Knights of Columbus councils had auctioned off custom-made bobblehead dolls depicting members of the local clergy, during their third annual Vocations Appreciation Dinner in May. The Knights presented one of the dolls, made…

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Fr. Secrist sees his diocesan role with pipe organs as a chance to promote beauty, fellowship

November 12, 2019

Mozart proclaims the organ to be the “King of Instruments,” but it actually works more like a parliament. It reigns when its panoply of voices speak in harmony and balance, with whispers and crescendos drawing upon the full spectrum of sound and human emotion. “There’s the capacity to surround and fill the space with a…

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Missouri Knights to fund local evangelization programs through revamped R.I.B. program

November 11, 2019

A venerable institution that has helped thousands learn more about their faith is taking an even bigger step into Missouri’s Catholic parishes and families. The Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council’s Religious Information Bureau (R.I.B.) is now helping the state’s four dioceses pay for programs that help form lifetime disciples. The new R.I.B. motto, aimed…

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St. Anthony in Camdenton opens new cemetery, columbarium

November 10, 2019

Jack Martin was steadfast in advocating for a proper resting place for deceased members of St. Anthony parish in Camdenton. He died a few weeks after Father Daniel Lueckenotte blessed the new cemetery and columbarium on the grounds of St. Anthony Church this spring. “I think he can rest in peace now,” said Fr. Lueckenotte,…

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Encounter with Rolla parishioner helps bring closure to fallen firefighter’s family

November 9, 2019

A seemingly random encounter more than 1,300 miles from home allowed Dave Clifton to share a man’s last words with his family, bringing them some peace after 40 years. “God’s timing is not the same as ours,” said Mr. Clifton, a member of St. Patrick parish in Rolla. “But everything is God-sent, and God is…

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Kimie Bax helping to bolster diocese’s commitment to priest wellness

November 8, 2019

People on commercial flights are told that in an emergency, adults should put their own oxygen mask on before helping a child. In other words, people need to take care of themselves in order to be able to take care of someone else. That’s the principle behind the Jefferson City diocese’s new Priest Wellness Program.…

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Sr. Celly Ann Amparano, 71, was an educator, mentor, interpreter

November 7, 2019

Sister Celly Ann Amparano would say her mission in life was “to be strong and loving to the people, to be positive and to be that person who can bring Jesus to them.” She succeeded on many fronts. Sister Celly Ann, 71, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), a medial interpreter for El…

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Helias Catholic High School alumnus releases book on how to move forward after a loved one dies by suicide

November 6, 2019

Jason Holzer woke up early on his birthday this year and went for a morning run. “That’s the best time of day,” he said. “My phone and all my devices were at home.” Blanketed by silence and the stars overhead, he filled up suddenly with peace and an overwhelming desire to let go of his…

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