Dec. 27, 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. The first issue of The Weekly for the New Year will be Jan. 4, 2019, with a deadline of Thursday, Dec. 27, 5 p.m.

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

  • Bishop’s prayer intention for January
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse
  • Totus Tuus missionary opportunity
  • First Sunday, monthly: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form
  • Second Saturday, monthly: Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions
  • Jan. 25-27, 2019: Retrouvaille
  • Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School
  • Catholic Charities request
  • Chancery holiday closings
  • Staff schedules

Bishop McKnight’s messages

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.

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.

Missionary 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.l1553613959iamg@1553613959eracy1553613959tilit1553613959refOM1553613959EN1553613959.

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!



Stay in the know with Catholic Charities

Please consider placing this in weekly bulletins and on social media:
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has launched a new weekly email newsletter.  To keep up with all the happenings at CCCNMO, subscribe here:

Chancery hours

The Chancery will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Blessings to all for a peaceful and joyous New Year!

Staff schedules

Brad Copeland, director of Buildings and Properties for the diocese, will be away on medical leave until Jan. 21. In the event of an emergency, please contact Pat Reinkemeyer at 573.635.9127.