• Advent: Welcoming Jesus, the refugee

    By The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach The story we tell at Christmastime of the Holy Family is not so different from the story of families today. There was no welcome in Bethlehem for the Holy Family after their long journey, so they were forced to sleep in a barn (Lk 2:7). Violence and […]

  • A Taste of Advent Resources

    We would, of course, like to see you at our Advent Day of Prayer on Dec. 14, when we’ll be guided through Matthew’s infancy narrative by Fr. Ron Will, C.PP.S., but we also recognize there are many resources available for doing deeper into Advent, this most spiritual of seasons. Here’s a short list of some […]

  • You live on stolen land: a true Thanksgiving story

    By Dennis Coday A teacher who was a guest on a  National Public Radio show Nov. 24 described a scene I could remember from my childhood and my children’s elementary days too. Michelle Portera, an 18-year veteran teacher described how she used to celebrate Thanksgiving in her first grade classrooms: You make the Native American […]

  • Renewal Center Hosts RCIA retreats

    By Dennis Coday This year the Renewal Center offered two days of reflection for RCIA sponsors and inquirers from parishes in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. About 65 people attended the November 2 event, which was presented by Precious Blood Fr. Ron Will, Director of Spirituality for […]

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    Parent Café opens at Renewal Center

    By Dennis Coday Precious Blood Resource Services and Precious Blood Renewal Center are teaming up to help people faced with the challenges (and joys!) of raising children. The two provincial ministries will be hosting Parent Cafes that are open to anyone who has the responsibility of raising children: parents, grandparents, foster parents, aunts and uncles, […]

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    Lectors are God’s mouthpiece

    By Fr. Ron Will CPPS Scripture is a door through which you can experience God “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one who brings good news, announcing salvation.” —Isaiah 52:7 God longs to speak to his people. Lectors are his mouthpiece. If you’ve accepted the responsibility to be a lector, do […]

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    Celebrating diversity and community Dec 10

    The Human Family Reunion Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m. Precious Blood Renewal Center in Liberty, Mo. By Ed Chasteen I taught Race and Ethnic Relations every fall and Cultural Anthropology every spring at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, for many years beginning in the mid-1960s. My students would spend 15 weeks studying […]

  • Meditation apps might calm you — but miss the point of mindfulness

    The market has been flooded with apps related to Buddhism and most of them claim to teach meditation. akiragiulia (pixabay.com) By Gregory Grieve and Beverley McGuire In today’s stressful world, mindfulness – a type of popular spirituality that strives to focus on the present moment – promises to soothe away the anxiety and stress of […]

  • The challenge of proclaiming the Good News

    “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one who brings good news, announcing salvation.” —Isaiah 52:7 By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS Every Sunday during church, we listen to a reading from the Gospels. On any given Sunday, I am willing to bet, the average churchgoer can’t remember what they just heard five […]

  • What is a Circle of Understanding?

    By Jean Swymeler The Precious Blood Renewal Center began hosting Circles of Understanding a couple years ago. Our promotional material describes the circles as “where people from all faiths, races, cultures, ideologies, ways of life, and backgrounds are welcomed and celebrated.” The circles fit our mission, which is to be a safe and sacred place […]