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Jay Nies
573.635.9127, ext. 235

Associate Editor/Advertising Manger
Kelly Martin
573.635.9127, ext. 238

2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Newly formed St. Vincent de Paul parish in Pettis County

October 11, 2019

One parish with three places of worship. That is what the former Sacred Heart and St. Patrick parishes in Sedalia and the former St. John the Evangelist mission in Bahner have become. At the request of the people, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight united all three into a new parish, known as St. Vincent de Paul.…

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Faithful gather to mourn for those lost to abortion

October 10, 2019

It was as close to the sidewalk as the babies could get. The Memorial to the Unborn, which usually adorns a grassy area near St. Andrew Church in Holt Summit, had been moved temporarily to a concrete walkway near the door while repairs were being made to the building. The stone memorial reminds people to…

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Boonville parish takes stock, turns focus outward

October 8, 2019

Ss. Peter & Paul parish in Boonville is in the middle of a substantial reconstruction project. It has nothing to do with bricks and mortar, only the spiritual foundations. “We’re looking at radically transforming the parish,” said Father William Peckman, pastor of the Boonville parish and of St. Joseph parish in Fayette. “We’re looking far…

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Three professed as members of Secular Franciscan Order

October 7, 2019

The tight family of Secular Franciscans in the Jefferson City diocese has grown by three. Deacon Joseph and Mary Ann Puglis of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Columbia and Rebecca Bouck of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Lake Ozark made their profession this summer in the Secular Order of Franciscans (O.S.F.). They…

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Oct. 5-11 National Rosary Congress

October 5, 2019

Catholics traditionally observe October as the Month of the Rosary. For the first time, the Diocese of Jefferson City will join with many dioceses across the country for the National Rosary Congress ( the week of Oct. 5-11. Parishes and Catholic organizations throughout the diocese are being encouraged to host Adoration of the Most Blessed…

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Chicago pilgrims visit sites of Fr. Tolton’s birth, baptism

October 4, 2019

They filled the heavens with sweet accord. Pilgrims from Chicago sang “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” while gathered at the place of Venerable Father Augustus Tolton’s baptism. “It was his favorite hymn,” Bishop Joseph N. Perry pointed out. “It was played by a band and sung when he arrived in Quincy after his ordination,…

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Notre Dame in LaGrange absorbed into St. Joseph in Canton

October 3, 2019

As part of an effort to solidify the Catholic presence in northeastern Missouri, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued a decree folding the Notre Dame mission in LaGrange into neighboring St. Joseph parish in Canton, effective Aug. 23. He did so in response to a written request signed by Father Robert Fields, canonical administrator of the…

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Future deacons reflect on their call to ministry

October 2, 2019

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has summoned five men of the Jefferson City diocese to become permanent deacons. He plans to ordain them during Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. Four of the men and their wives have been preparing for the diaconate since 2015.…

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St. Stanislaus Church renewed, rededicated

September 30, 2019

The bishop and priest raised their eyes and hands toward heaven, gathering the prayers of the people and imploring the Father to receive them. “Truly this is an exalted place,” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight prayed, “where the sacrifice of Christ is ever offered in mystery, where perfect praise is rendered to You, and redemption flows…

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Sr. Kathleen Wegman SSND has been living out her calling in community for 50 years

September 30, 2019

They sat outside McDonald’s, eating fish sandwiches. The young woman had something to tell the young man she had been dating the last couple of years.  They had thought about getting married, buying a home and having children. She had recently told her parents that God might be calling her to be a School Sister…

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