Friday, August 22, 2008

Catholics Urged to Assemble in Jeff City

By Kevin Kelley
Catholic Key Associate Editor

KANSAS CITY — Free round-trip chartered bus transportation will be available from St. Joseph, Kansas City and Warrensburg to the annual Missouri Catholic Conference Assembly, Oct. 4 in Jefferson City.

The assembly, first held at the State Capitol in 1996, gathers hundreds of Catholics from throughout Missouri for a day of learning about issues from a Catholic moral perspective.

San Antonio Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will deliver the keynote address on the role of the church regarding immigration.

Morning and afternoon workshop sessions will spotlight Catholic teaching on a variety of issues including health care, pornography, gambling, prison ministry, abortion, stem-cell research, the home mortgage foreclosure crisis, racism and poverty.

The assembly also includes a free box lunch. Activities for youth, from age 5 through high school, include a mock legislature and a scavenger hunt.

Whitney Zoubek of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocesan Human Rights Office said that buses will leave St. Joseph and Kansas City at 6 a.m. Oct. 4. The St. Joseph bus will depart from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 4503 Frederick Blvd., and the Kansas City bus will depart from the diocesan chancery, 300 E. 36th St.

The Warrensburg bus will depart from the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 301 E. Cooper St. (Missouri Highway 13) at 7 a.m.

All three buses will board for the return trip at St. Peter Church, across from the capitol building, following the closing 3 p.m. Mass concelebrated by the state’s bishops.

Those wishing to reserve a seat and register for the assembly can call Zoubek at (816) 756-1858, ext. 532, or toll-free at (800)-246-1850. Registration for the assembly and more information is also available by clicking the button in this story, or by contacting the Missouri Catholic Conference toll-free at (800) 456-1679.