Stewardship Sunday: Maximize your IRA Earnings

It wasn’t until I started my Master’s in Theology program that I realized how very little I know about our Faith. I suppose the more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know. In some ways, I feel similarly about the world of finances. With all of the tax laws and avenues for investing, it seems like I have to take a leap down the rabbit hole…Keep Reading

Full and Active Participation — By Deacon Frank

Why do we come to St. Thomas More on Sundays week after week? If it wasn’t a serious sin to miss Mass, would we all still be here? Most are here because we want to be here, to worship the Lord, to share the Eucharist, and to enjoy the companionship and support of other pilgrims on our faith journeys. So now that we are here, what do we do? Are…Keep Reading

Coming Back Home to Columbia — By Janet Kelly

“Hello, Newman Center this is Janet.” If you have called the office over the past few months, that is what you heard on the other end of the phone. That was me, the new receptionist/office staff person. I started here on January 8 and have been learning the job a little each day. I am from Columbia, born and raised. I graduated from Hickman High and attended Columbia College. I…Keep Reading

Excerpt from “Essay on Forgiveness” by C.S. Lewis

The following is an except from C.S. Lewis’ “Essay on Forgiveness” and has been edited to fit the bulletin. We say a great many things without thinking of what we are saying. For instance, we say in the Creed “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” We believe that God forgives us our sins; but also that He will not do so unless we forgive other people their sins against…Keep Reading

The Blessedly Mundane — By Terri Brown

I have never been accused of being especially devout, nor am I theologically well informed. I am an ordinary Catholic woman. As a child, when purple vestments made their appearance at Mass, excitement was sure to follow, whether it was Advent or Lent — though Lent did come with some privation to my 10-year-old mind. Saying the Rosary each day with my family, on our knees, and giving up one…Keep Reading

Giving to Our Faith Community — By Gary Winters

My wife, Wanda, and I started coming to Newman in 1990 when we moved from Fulton to Columbia. We picked the Newman Center because we had two teenage boys and hoped the influence of college students would help them recognize the importance in keeping God in their lives. Wanda, who had a great influence on me and my faith, passed away in 2009. Wanda always made sure we went to…Keep Reading

Sacrifice and Gratitude — By JoAnn Shull

Let me set the scene for you. I currently volunteer with a non-profit organization, trying to get their fundraising efforts off the ground. At somewhat of the eleventh hour, a few volunteers and I pulled together a newsletter and end-of-year appeal for the organization. It was the Tuesday before Christmas, and we needed to get the mailer to the post office the next day. I knew there was a good…Keep Reading

Holy Family, Refugee Family — By Emily Shull

This week we hear the story of the Epiphany in Matthew’s Gospel, but it’s easy to miss the last line of the kings’ journey, “having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.” The verses that follow tell of a harrowing journey for the Holy Family. Joseph receives word through an angel that they must flee to Egypt to escape…Keep Reading

Serving the Needs of the Parish — By Donna Blauch

As we celebrate Christ the King this weekend and the end of the church’s liturgical year, we look forward to the new year in the Church with hope, continued blessings, and renewed hearts and spirits. We are so fortunate to have a parish that continues to grow with a vibrant and active community comprised of both resident parishioners and students. I am so blessed to be part of this community…Keep Reading

Growing God-Given Treasures — By Heather Morgan

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable about servants who were entrusted with a treasure over a period of time and judged based on the way they invested the treasure. In November 2012 I began working for Saint Thomas More Newman Center & Parish. I thought this was going to be from where I retired when I was old and wrinkly. Like that servant who buried the treasure, I…Keep Reading

Investing in the Future — By Marcia Dall

Hello fellow Catholic community members. I am Marcia Dall, and I would like to introduce the Funding a Faithful Future Capital Campaign. I had the blessing of attending Catholic grade school. Although I knew at that time it was a fantastic place to be, I didn’t truly appreciate the morals and compassion I was surrounded by everyday until I was much older. The smaller class sizes allowed us much more…Keep Reading

Support Catholic Education — by Anna Hargis

My name is Anna Hargis, and I’m celebrating my 34th year as a member of the St. Thomas More Newman Center and Parish. I joined as a student at Mizzou and have celebrated several life changing events here including when Dave and I were married and the baptism of our son. We’ve met many parishioners through Newman’s music ministry, and I’m a proud member of the 9 a.m. Sunday Music…Keep Reading