Feb 262016
"If We Pray, We Won't Get Shot"

Children in places like Ferguson, Missouri are surrounded by violence. They may hear gunshots at night or see a playmate gunned down in broad daylight. This constant living with violence ratchets up the stress levels for children. It can curtail normal brain development and lead to lifelong health problems. Reporter Nancy Cambria has written a […]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 2:58 pm Child & Family No Responses »
Sep 252015
Thank You, Mizzou! MU Ends Relationship With Abortion Doctor Colleen McNicholas

It was announced Thursday that the University of Missouri will end its relationship with abortion doctor Colleen McNicholas effective December 1st. The Universtiy of Missouri Hospital is ending a category of doctor privileges called “refer and follow.” MU officials said only two out of 800 doctors had this kind of privilege, including McNicholas, and it […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 2:29 pm Abortion, Child & Family, Church Concerns, Life Ethics, News 2 Responses »
Feb 072014
Seven More Parishes Deliver on CEI

St. Joseph the Worker in Ozark, Missouri leads the way this week in CEI signature gathering. Some 252 parishioners, representing 52% of the parish households, signed the petition to get the Children’s Education Initiative on the November ballot. Signatures were also sent to the MCC from these parishes: Saints Peter and Paul (St. Louis); Sacred […]

 February 7, 2014  Posted by at 2:21 pm Child & Family, Children's Education Initiative No Responses »
Jan 312014
Family Tax Relief Proposed

This week the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard legislation (SB 513) that would provide tax relief to average income families. Senator John Lamping (R-Clayton) is proposing a $400 tax credit per dependent child. The tax relief would benefit individuals with adjusted gross income at or under $46,100 or married couples with incomes at or […]

Sep 192013
U.S. Catholic Bishops Call for Continued Funding of Food Stamp Program

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has urged the U.S. House of Representatives not to accept a proposed $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, called the program “one of the most […]

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 3:53 pm Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 192013
More Americans in Poverty After Great Recession

One analyst has called it the “selective recovery,” referring to the fact that while incomes are improving for many after the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the poor remain poor and there are more people heading into poverty. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau underscores this trend. See ¬†Reuters article for a summary of the […]

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 3:00 pm Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 032013
Your State Government: Lifeline Missouri

Lifeline Missouri, a telephone assistance program overseen by the Missouri Public Service Commission, helped 227,000 Missourians in 2012. Lifeline Missouri is a discounted telephone plan for those who meet the criteria for the Low-Income Discount Plan or the Disabled Discount Plan. Lifeline Missouri allows for discounts but does not cover the cost of phones or […]

 September 3, 2013  Posted by at 8:34 am Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Aug 192013
Your State Government:  Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Project

Since 1998 Missouri’s Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Project opened access to Early Head Start services for children from birth to 3 years old by developing partnerships between federal Head Start programs, early childhood education contractors, and child care providers. The initiative was funded in 1998 when the Missouri legislature set aside a portion of […]

 August 19, 2013  Posted by at 11:19 am Child & Family, Education, Missouri General Assembly, News No Responses »