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

Coming Home — By JoAnn Shull

Homecoming. A time when we are called to revisit our “stomping grounds” and come home. Mizzou is no stranger to homecoming, of course, and the festivities — especially to myself as a non-native Columbian — are quite impressive. In fact, I would say Mizzou pulls out all the stops. The banners on the Greek houses, the floats, décor on campus, the fanfare of Marching Mizzou, the buzz of the football…Keep Reading

Answering God’s Invitation — By Theresa Nguyen

If you’ve ever been to Assisi, you can start to understand how St. Francis came to love nature. I visited Assisi last spring during a mission trip to Rome, and it is one of the most beautiful, most serene, most peaceful places I have ever experienced (pictured below). The whole city is on a hill (which makes walking around quite the workout). The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels,…Keep Reading

Life is Better Connected — By Trent Rash

“You can’t do what God has called you to do alone.” There it was on the page, hitting me like a Mack Truck and finally helping it all to make sense. I am referring to some reading I was doing about small groups when I started to prepare to train our first round of resident parishioners to become small group leaders. This line, however, also greatly challenged me, someone who…Keep Reading

Bringing the Parish Together — By Theresa Nguyen

Last year, I attended my first parish picnic at Newman knowing just one person — Joe Bradley, my then boss who asked me to attend to take photos. I would not have gone if he didn’t ask me to. I don’t remember who the handful of people I met at the picnic were, except one person who I got to know really well, but it was my first exposure to…Keep Reading

We are all One Body — By JoAnn Shull

Welcome to all of our visiting families for Mizzou’s Family Weekend! We are happy to have you here. As you may have gathered by looking around during Mass, the St. Thomas More Newman Center is not your ordinary parish. In addition to the 600+ families that attend on a regular basis, we also see 1,000+ college students. We offer all that a regular parish does — children’s religious education, sacraments,…Keep Reading

A Heart for Ministry — By Ben Struemph

I’m from Jefferson City, Missouri, where I attended Helias Catholic High School. I am an only child, but I have a lot of cousins who I am close with. My parents, from a young age, instilled in me the importance of hard work and the value of a dollar. They also showed me the importance of getting to know the people around me. These skills have led me on a…Keep Reading

When we make plans, God laughs — By Theresa Nguyen

Growing up with a Newman Center in my hometown, I thought I knew what it was when I came to Columbia. It was a place with good music and doughnuts after Mass. So when I arrived at Mizzou four years ago, I went to Mass with my roommate, and we signed up to be lectors occasionally. I didn’t plan on getting too involved with the Newman Center. I wanted to…Keep Reading

Not Just a Place — By Joe Bradley

I still have a vivid memory of the first time I attended Mass at the Newman Center almost 10 years ago, a few weeks into my freshman year at the University of Missouri. I found a fellow Catholic and Cubs fan that lived down the hall and we decided to attend the student Mass together. During Fr. Thomas’ homily he cracked some jokes about both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the…Keep Reading

Unconditional and Infinite Love — By Anita Bruzzese

When we think of mothers, we often think of unconditional love. Your mother loves you when you spill grape Kool-Aid on her new couch. Your mother loves you when you get caught skipping school. You mother loves you when you put a dent in the car. No matter what, your mother is your greatest champion, the one who prays for you every day and the one who never gives up…Keep Reading

A Call to Share our Mission — By JoAnn Shull

In our second reading this Sunday, St. Paul reminds us that we each have the Spirit of God dwelling in us.  And how the Spirit is alive at Newman today!  Generations of students and parishioners have built the Newman Center into what it is today and have continued to bring Christ’s light to our corner of the world. Last week in this bulletin column, Angelle wrote about the history of…Keep Reading