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Columbia Catholic Hospital Ministry

November 21, 2019

“It starts with showing up,” stated Deacon Berendzen, coordinator for Columbia Catholic Hospital Ministry.“Just being present is often more important than what we say or do,” he said. “Being present opens the door to letting God work through us.”Bishop W. Shawn McKnight appointed Deacon Berendzen, who also assists the pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish…

Ecumenical community Thanksgiving services

November 21, 2019

In addition to Mass being available in many Catholic parishes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28), many local ministerial alliances organize ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer services in the days leading up to the holiday as a chance to pray as one faith community and take up an offering for local people in need. ‘These services are…

Catholic communicator gives thanks for the gift of adoption

November 20, 2019

“I am adopted.” Jill Alberti has uttered those three simple words, overflowing with awe and gratitude, hundreds of times. “Those words mean my biological mom chose life!” said Mrs. Alberti, keynote speaker for the Hannibal Chapter of Missouri Right to Life’s (MRL) 2019 Pro-life Dinner. About 70 people attended the Sept. 27 event. Mrs. Alberti,…

Loose Creek parishioners share “Voices from the Past”

November 19, 2019

Pauline Bescheinen was excited to attend Immaculate Conception parish’s second “Voices from the Past” cemetery tour. It brought back happy memories of friends and neighbors for the lifelong Loose Creek parishioner, who is 98. The Sept. 29 tour drew history enthusiasts and friends of the parish to the old cemetery behind Immaculate Conception School, with…