Every Monday the Chancery staff of the Diocese of Jefferson City offer an update on events and activities of interest to the parishes of the Diocese.
Bishop McKnight’s messages
Healing through transparency and accountability
As recipients of this weekly memo know, Bishop McKnight issued an important “Making Connections” on Friday. This is a very important time in the Church and in our local church community. Bishop McKnight asks all priests to attend a meeting on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Chancery. The meeting will begin with Daytime Prayer. Priests are asked to contact Bishop McKnight if they cannot attend.
Secondly, it is important to acknowledge many church personnel feel the impact of the news stories. We sometimes are approached by others, seeking information or perhaps wanting to divulge information about abusive behavior. While acknowledging people’s pain, we can not succumb to gossip. For those who want information, or want you to convey a message to Bishop McKnight, please encourage them to use the ‘reach us’ form on our diocesan website, diojeffcity.org. Assure them every submission is read. For those who need to report abuse, encourage them to contact our Victims Assistance Coordinator, Nancy Hoey, and to make use of the appropriate State of Missouri hotline or the Attorney General’s clergy abuse online form. All of this information is also on our website, under the ‘report abuse’ tab.
We have also created graphics you can use in your parish bulletins or on your website with the information on how to report abuse. They are linked below:
Thank you to all. Your support through this difficult time is greatly appreciated. Let us continue to pray for one another. We are Better Together.
Prayer Intention for September
“For all those serving as first responders; may God protect them as they face danger with courage and provide healing assistance to those in need.”
“Por todas las personas que sirven como primeros socorristas; que Dios los proteja mientras se enfrentan al peligro con valentía y brindan ayuda sanadora a quienes más lo necesitan.”
A pdf of the prayer intention can be downloaded to be placed in your parish bulletin.
Sept. 8: 2018 Diocesan Youth Rally
Youth Ministry Leaders are encouraged to register teens to attend the 2018 Diocesan Youth Rally on Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit www.oymdiojeffcity.com/youthrally for registration, promotional flyers, and all the details. Feel free to use the graphic below (right click to save) and link provided to promote in your parish bulletin, website and social media channels. This event only comes around every two years and promises to be a high-energy and prayerful experience for all involved.
Sept. 12: Priests’ social at St. Andrew, Holts Summit
All priests are invited to a dinner and social hosted by St. Andrew 50+ Club on Sept. 12, 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish in Holts Summit. Please respond by Wednesday, Aug. 29 to moc.l1537708820iamqr1537708820abme@1537708820werdn1537708820ats1537708820.
If you are short on time, we’re happy to provide you with a “to go” plate. Please join us for a fun-filled evening with great food and lots of surprises.
Sept. 14: Solemn High Mass
A solemn high Mass (sung in Latin in the older form) will be celebrated Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter in Jefferson City. A pot luck dinner will follow. The Mass will be offered for priestly vocations to the Diocese of Jefferson City, and a collection for our diocesan Catholic Charities will be taken up. More information can be found at: www.diojeffcity.org/our-church/worship-and-prayer/extraordinary-form/
St. Raymond’s Society/Respect Life Month
As parishes makes plans for Respect Life Month in October, they may wish to consider supporting and working with the St. Raymond’s Society. Members of the society operate transitional homes in Columbia, Jefferson City, and Rolla, with the mission of helping at-risk mothers become self-sufficient heads of household. This organization is meeting an important need in our diocese, having provided services to more than 400 women in mid-Missouri. If your parish does not currently work with them, please consider taking a call from one of their staff members to discuss possibilities for educating your parishioners about the life-affirming work they are doing. You may also reach out to them directly at 573-893-2067 or visit their website, srshelp.org.
Oct. 6: Annual Assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference
Please find linked a letter from Bishop McKnight and a printable form to be used to promote and register for the Annual Assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference. The following announcement may be used in bulletins:
Pope Francis calls Catholics to go to the peripheries. We invite you to attend the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 2018 Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City to find out how. This event is sponsored by the Missouri bishops and is free to all who attend. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Perry of the Chicago Archdiocese. Workshops will be offered on several issues, including pro-life, immigration law, the death penalty, the opioid epidemic, and a Catholic response to the LGBTQ community. Lunch is provided and the day will end with a Mass con-celebrated by the bishops. Please register for the event by going to MOCatholic.org or calling 800.456.1679.
May 4, 2019: Mass of Ordination of Deacons
The Mass of Ordination of Deacons will be celebrated May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. for the 18 men presenting being prepared for reception of the sacrament, pending completion of formation studies, individual interviews, appropriate letters of recommendation and Bishop McKnight’s acceptance and call to holy orders. Please mark your calendar, continue your prayers and support for these men. All priests and deacons are graciously invited to attend and vest for this Ordination Mass.
Paula Glynn has transitioned from the Vocation Office administrative assistant to School Office administrative assistant. Paula’s phone extension is 248 and her email is gro.y1537708820ticff1537708820ejoid1537708820@tsis1537708820saloo1537708820hcs1537708820
Father Richard Frank is seeking a priest who will carpool with him on Oct. 3 to the Kenrick seminary alumni gathering. Please contact him directly at moc.o1537708820ohay@15377088201knar1537708820fwdra1537708820hcir1537708820.