Dec. 17, 2018 Weekly memo

There will be no Weekly Memo on Monday, Dec. 24 or 31. Instead, a special holiday issue will be published Dec. 27. Deadline for this issue is Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. The first issue of The Weekly for the New Year will be Jan. 4, 2019.

New this week: 

Bishop McKnight’s messages

Updated list of credibly accused

As most of you know by now, our parishes provided to parishioners this past weekend an updated list of credibly accused priests. This list is also posted on our diocesan website. Please continue to pray for all impacted by the terrible sins of sexual abuse and cover up by those in leadership.

Prayer Intention for January

“For the gift of peace within families, our community and the world: that violence shall cease and the destruction of human life from conception until natural death will be no more. ”

“Por el don de la paz en las familias, en nuestra comunidad y en el mundo entero: que cese la violencia y que la destrucción de la vida humana no exista más, desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural.”

Please be so kind as to make this a part of your group and private prayer. Please add this intention to your parish bulletins and newsletters as well as to your parish Eucharistic Adoration Chapels. Graphics for bulletin inserts and social media are available online and below.

Rite of Election responses

Thank you to the parishes and missions listed below who have responded regarding their RCIA program and the Rite of Election. If your parish is NOT on the list below, please find a moment to complete the attached Participation Form at your earliest possible convenience so that we can plan accordingly for the Rite of Election.  The Rite of Election will be celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City.

Columbia-Our Lady of Lourdes
Columbia- St. Thomas More Newman Center
Columbia-Sacred Heart
Ewing/Canton/La Grange
Fort Leonard Wood
Holts Summit
Jefferson City-Immaculate Conception
Jefferson City-St. Peter
Monroe City
Montgomery City
Osage Bend
Pettis County Catholic Community
St. Martin
St. Robert
St. Thomas/Meta

Breaking the Silence of Abuse

As a Diocese, we are committed to breaking the silence of abuse. When someone is reporting abuse, we must acknowledge their pain and how difficult it is to talk about it. False allegations are very rare. Our initial response to someone who is disclosing abuse for the first time must be compassionate. 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.

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, Assure them every submission is read.

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:

English for web
English for print
Spanish for web
Spanish for print

Thank you to all. Each of us has a role in healing the pain of abuse. Let us continue to pray for one another.

Advent/Christmas resources

Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas, Year C

The attached files in English and Spanish include:

  • Presider text for a Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution
  • Readings
  • Alternate  Readings
  • Sample Penances
  • Music Suggestions
  • A list of Lectionary citations for Sundays and Solemnities
  • A Liturgical Calendar Advisory for Advent and Christmas
  • The Christmas Proclamation
  • The Announcement of the Dates of Easter and the Movable Feasts (to be proclaimed on Epiphany)

Once again, we are grateful to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and to the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine who have given their kind permission to use their copyrighted liturgical texts.

Bilingual las posadas

The attached file provides a bilingual Las Posadas, a novena of spiritual preparation for Christmas. The rosary is prayed and the litany is sung or prayed, while walking in procession and bearing the images of Joseph and Mary, or following two people who lead the procession, dressed as Joseph and Mary.

Advent prayer service

Through this prayer service provided by Catholic Relief Services, participants will accompany the Holy Family in their journey and help them to grow in prayerful solidarity with those who immigrate to this country, to our communities. The prayer service is based on the three basic principles on Catholic Social Teaching in immigration and the movement of peoples.

Volunteer/employment opportunities

 Totus Tuus

The Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Education is seeking mature, responsible, faith-filled young adults of college age to serve as missionaries in our 2019 Totus Tuus summer program. Totus Tuus is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.  All application materials can be found at our website, This video provides additional details. Please share this amazing missionary opportunity with any young adults in your parish community.


First Sunday, monthly: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form

Latin Mass in the extraordinary form is celebrated the first Sunday of every month at noon at St. Brendan, 615 S Washington St., Mexico, MO.

Second Saturday, monthly: Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions

Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions offered every second Saturday monthly, at noon in the parish center next door to Mary Immaculate Church in Kirksville.  There is no charge for the Introductory Session, but attendees must register by calling 660-665-2466 or writing to moc.l1553621928iamg@1553621928eracy1553621928tilit1553621928refOM1553621928EN1553621928.

Jan. 19-21: Teens Encounter Christ

Open to high school juniors and older, this weekend retreat will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City. For more information visit

Jan. 25-27, 2019: Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille, a weekend retreat, is for couples with marital problems seeking help. Those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille program. There is always hope of reviving your relationship. The next weekend is available in Kansas City Jan. 25-27. You can find more information online at

Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School

The 10th Annual National Winter Pastoral Chant Conference will be held Feb. 4-8, 2019, at St.Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana. You can find more information here. Learn about the use of English chant in parishes from the experts!


The October newsletter of the BCDW is available.

Safety Talk December 2018 flyer is available.

Chancery hours

The Chancery will be closed from noon, Friday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 26, reopening on Thursday, Dec. 27. It will also be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Blessings to all for a peaceful and joyous Christmastime!