More than 50 Honorees Recognized For Volunteerism, Parish Service

Every other Fall, individuals are nominated by their parishes for special recognition of their outstanding service and commitment to volunteering within the parish. This year on Sept. 13, the Bishop’s Recognition Mass commended 55 individuals. Honorees attended both in person and virtually via the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Facebook page, and also received a […]

New educational building unites St. Elizabeth’s

Fr. Greg Haskamp For the first time in decades, preschool through 8th grade children at St. Elizabeth Parish in Kansas City can safely and happily attend school on the same side of the street together. The St. Elizabeth campus was recently transformed by the construction of a new Early Childhood Center on the west side […]

Beloved Priest a Mentor to Generations of Redemptorist Missionaries

CHICAGO, IL, August 18, 2020 – Rev. John (Jack) Ferdinand Willett, C.Ss.R., who influenced generations of Redemptorist Missionaries during the 20 years he was involved in formation ministry, died on August 15, 2020 at St. Clement Redemptorist Mission Community in Liguori. He was 84, and had recently been placed in hospice care. John Ferdinand Willett […]

Sister to celebrate 70 years as a religious

Sister Jean Beste, BVM is celebrating 70 years as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She ministered for 40 years in Kansas City, first as principal at Christ the King, and then serving as principal at St. Therese. After 24 years in education, she became program director for Blue Hills Homes Corporation. […]

Catholic Key ceases operations; Communications Department being re-envisioned

Our Mutually Shared Vision, the diocesan pastoral plan, continually challenges us to keep evaluating the best means and practices in reaching today’s world for sharing the Gospel and serving the Church’s mission.  Due to many factors identified over the past several years and deliberations initiated prior to the pandemic, as well as these recent months, […]

Brightening kids’ lives during coronavirus shutdown

By Marty Denzer, Catholic Key Associate Editor KANSAS CITY ― In mid-March, the lives of kids across the country turned inside out as the coronavirus swept inward from the east and west coasts to converge in the nation’s heart. In Kansas City, as in many other cities, businesses and schools closed in an effort to […]

Diocesan Interfaith Officer was inspired to learn about other faith traditions

By Marty Denzer, Catholic Key Associate Editor  KANSAS CITY ─ Those of us who grew up in the years following Vatican II may remember attending services at several “Protestant,” non-Catholic Christian, churches around town, possibly attending  synagogue service on a Saturday morning, even a Buddhist or some other faith tradition as part of “the ecumenical […]

COVID 19 guidelines instituted

Please see our website for more information on these as well as ongoing updates, guidelines and policies during these COVID-19 challenges:

Parishes affected by coronavirus

How are parishes coping with orders for social distancing and the closure of public Masses?

Blessing the Holy Oils at Chrism Mass

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, public Masses were cancelled throughout the diocese, including the public Chrism Mass scheduled April 2.

November 29, 2020
The Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph