Feb. 4, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

Bishop’s messages

  • Diocesan Liturgical Commission notes about clergy hospital visits
  • Bishop’s prayer intention for February
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 4 and 21: Protecting God’s Children workshops
  • Feb. 8-10: Retrouvaille, St. Louis
  • Feb. 9: Creighton Introductory Session
  • Feb. 9-10: Marriage Encounter
  • Feb. 18: Creighton Introductory Session
  • Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 1: Important meeting for parish DREs, catechetical leaders and youth ministry leaders
  • Feb. 27: NET retreat
  • Mar. 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day
  • Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday begins CRS Rice Bowl
  • Mar. 14: Tony Melendez concert
  • Mar. 16: 27th  Annual United Day in Prayer
  • Mar. 30 or 31: Annual seminar for parish catechetical leadership
  • May 1: REBOOT!
  • Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference (registration deadline May 13)


  • Liturgical resources in Spanish
  • Sacramental records due Feb. 15
  • Job openings at Chancery
  • Position open: St. Stanislaus principal
  • Scholarship available for college students
  • Misal Romano resources: audio and text for cantors and clergy
  • Fundraising form for Catholic Missourian, due Feb. 15

Bishop McKnight’s message

From the Diocesan Liturgical Commission: hospital visits

When called to the hospital, especially for an emergency, it can be difficult to get all the information needed for split second decisions.  The points below are sent as a reminder and a caution regarding some more important matters on the liturgy and the sacraments:

  1. Without Baptism, no other sacrament can be validly received. In that situation, priests should not perform the ceremony of another sacrament even if the family asks for it, because that would amount to simulating a sacrament. Thus, if called to the hospital or nursing home and asked to anoint someone, the individual must be baptized first, so if unknown to the priest, this should be one of the first questions.
  2. This pertains also in the case of infants.  The priest should urge the family to have their baby baptized (or baptize the infant themselves) when there is any danger of death, assuring them that a public celebration can be done later with family present, should the baby survive. (This is called the Rite of Bringing a Baptized Child To the Church—sometimes called “supplying the rites”—and found in chapter VI of the Rite of Baptism for Children.)
  3. The Anointing of the Sick is not given to a child below the age of reason, even if baptized (see the Code of Canon Law, can. 1004).
  4. A priest, without any need to be granted faculties, can confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in danger of death even on an infant (and certainly on an adult who has not been confirmed) (see the Code of Canon Law, can. 883, and can. 891).

Prayer Intention for February

“For the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Jefferson City; that through all our prayers, works, joys and sufferings together, we may experience the communion of the Church and the bonds of peace.”

“Por las parroquias e instituciones de la Diócesis de Jefferson City; que por medio de nuestras oraciones, trabajos, gozos y sufrimientos podamos vivir los lazos de paz y la comunión de la Iglesia.”

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.

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, diojeffcity.org. 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.


Feb. 4 and 21: Protecting God’s Children workshops

The Catholic Church in the United States is committed to providing safe environments in all of our ministries and activities, especially those involving children and youth. One aspect of our commitment is that anyone who works with minors in our parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Jefferson City receive training. Upcoming Protecting God’s Children workshops (Virtus training sessions) include:

  • Feb. 4—St. Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia) 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 4—Holy Cross (Cuba) 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 21—St. Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia) 6:30 p.m.

Please click here to register and select Jefferson City, MO.

Feb. 8-10: Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille is a lifeline for marriages, a program to help couples heal and renew their hurting marriages. Consider attending the Feb. 8-10 weekend in St. Louis. Visit www.helpourmarriage.org for more information.

Feb. 9: Creighton Introductory Session

An introductory session to the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning will be held Feb. 9 at noon at  Mary Immaculate Church, Kirksville. Reservations are required by contacting Lynn Carter, FCP, at moc.l1550576767iamg@1550576767eracy1550576767tilit1550576767reFOM1550576767EN1550576767 or 660-988-9279.

Feb. 9-10: Marriage Encounter

A Marriage Encounter weekend allows you to give each other the time you need to let your love grow. Register at www.jeffcityme.com for the next weekend, Feb. 9-10.

Bulletin graphic available here

Feb. 18: Creighton Introductory Session

An introductory session to the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning will be held Feb. 18 at Guiding Star Mid-MO in St. James. For more information, contact Marca Stephens, FCP, at  moc.l1550576767iamg@1550576767snehp1550576767etSac1550576767raM1550576767 or 573-247-8624.

Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 1: Important meeting for parish DREs, catechetical leaders and youth ministry leaders

If you are a parish director of religious education (DRE), Parish Catechetical Leader, or you oversee youth ministry at your parish, please plan  to attend one of the following meetings. Several topics will be presented that directly impact your faith formation programs: The new policy on digital, online, and social medial communication with youth;
Examining confirmation in our Diocese; Submitting PSR Program Reports and Teaching Touching Safety.

Registration in advance is required by clicking on this form. Plan to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Friday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Schwartze Catholic Center, Jefferson City
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Immaculate Conception Church, Macon
  • Saturday, Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, Schwartze Catholic Center

Feb. 27  and Mar. 3: NET retreat

Our Lady of the Lake is sponsoring a NET retreat for grades 7-12 on Feb. 27. They would be thrilled to have other parishes join them!

Immaculate Conception, Brookfield and St. Bonaventure, Marceline, are also hosting the NET team in Brookfield on March 3. Contact Sr. Mary Rost at Immaculate Conception for more information.

To find out how to bring NET to your parish contact the Youth Ministry Office.

March 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day

March 6: Rice Bowl

Ash Wednesday is March 6, so it is not too early to start planning for this year’s CRS Rice Bowl. By now, you should have received your bowls and parish kit from Catholic Relief Services.  If you failed to place and order, it is not too late.  Just go to www.crsricebowl.org and click on Free Materials.

Now is the time to be thinking about how you will promote CRS Rice Bowl in your parish or school.  Properly planned, it is a great opportunity to enhance the experience of Lent for everyone, not just those who use the Rice Bowl in their homes. The CRS Rice Bowl website has a variety of free resources for prayer, education, and reflection.  There are also digital aids to use with your social media outreach during Lent.

Remember, Catholic Relief Services encourages parishes to retain 25% of their Rice Bowl proceeds to assist those in need locally.  For some parishes, the CRS Rice Bowl has become an important source of income for food pantries and other local efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Saucier at the Mission Office.

Mar. 14: Tony Melendez in Holts Summit

St Andrew Catholic Church in Holts Summit invites you to experience the talents of famous Catholic guitarist Tony Melendez live in concert, March 14, 7-9 p.m. A thalidomide baby, Tony was born without arms. He trained himself to play guitar with his feet, playing even for Pope John Paul II. Learn more about his story at www.tonymelendez.com. Free will offering. What a great opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with Christ during the season of Lent!

Mar. 16: 27th  Annual United Day in Prayer

Presented by Father Matthew Flatley, the diocesan moderator for spiritual formation, the theme of the 27th Annual United Day in Prayer will be “Forgiveness; The Path to Freedom … the Freedom to Choose Love.” It will be held March 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the A.J. Schwartz Memorial Catholic Center, 2207 West Main St. in Jefferson City. Newcomers to Centering Prayer will be offered a mini-introduction to learn this simple yet profound method of prayer. Free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover the cost of the event, which is hosted by the Cathedral of St. Joseph Centering Prayer Group and facilitated by Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri. For more information, including a printable flyer, visit https://cocemo.org/united-day-in-prayer or contact Carol Steinman at 573-864-1097.

Mar. 30 or 31: Annual seminar for youth ministers, catechists and parish catechetical leaders

“The Art of Accompaniment,” featuring Katie Prejean McGrady, will be offered on two days:

  • Mar. 30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Schwartz Catholic Center, Jefferson City
  • ​Mar. 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: St. Mary Church, Shelbina

The Annual Seminar is an opportunity for all those involved in the faith formation of youth to come together for a full-day workshop focused on professional development and youth ministry training. If you are a youth minister, DRE, catechist, religious educator, administrator, or member of the clergy please join us for this excellent opportunity to grow on your ministry to our young church. Register here. The flyer below can be printed and has more information.

Annual Seminar 2019


May 1: REBOOT!

Do you want to experience your faith – and live your life – more deeply? Then don’t miss YOUR REBOOT! event. Draw closer to God. Deepen your understanding of His plan for your life. And gain a new passion to live the life God created for you. For all ages, Chris Stefancik will be presenting REBOOT! on May 1, 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 2305 W. Main St., Jefferson City. Don’t wait! Tickets are selling fast! Contact Julie Gramlich at 573-635-7991 or go to RealLifeCatholic.com to purchase your tickets. For more information, visit www.cathedraljc.org/reboot-save-the-date.

Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 13

Registration is now open for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference, to be held Nov. 21-23 in Indianapolis. The deadline for registration and first deposit is due May 13. Visit www.oymdiojeffcity.com/ncyc for more details and promotional material.



Liturgical resources en Español

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Divine Worship Committee resources are now available in Spanish at www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/culto-divino.cfm, including a reflection on lenten fasting from Father Dan Merz.

Sacramental records due Feb. 15

If you have not already done so, this is a gentle reminder to please complete the 2018 Sacrament Registers for your parish as well as for your mission parish, and return to Bernadette Adams at the Chancery: badams@diojeffcity; fax: 573-635-0386; or Attn: Sacrament Forms, PO Box 104900, Jefferson City, MO 65110. The registers are due Feb. 15.

Chancery job openings

Parishes are requested to post the following information in parish bulletins for the next few weekends, and other recipients of this email are asked to circulate it to persons who might be interested.

The Diocese of Jefferson City has posted openings for the positions of Receptionist/Communication Assistant and Administrative Assistant—Faith Formation Department. The Receptionist/Communication Assistant provides friendly, professional and efficient welcome to guests and callers to the Catholic Center, while also providing digital content production and data management, social media production and management to the Diocese of Jefferson City; and digital communication support to parishes and Chancery departments. The Administrative Assistant—Faith Formation Department provides clerical and office support to the Faith Formation Department. More information regarding these full-time positions can be found at diojeffcity.org/about-us/employment-2, including detailed job descriptions and qualifications, and an application for diocesan non-teaching employment.

Applicants must send a cover letter, application and resume to the Moderator of the Curia.  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Principal, St. Stanislaus in Wardsville

St. Stanislaus Catholic School is seeking applications for a principal opening for the 2019-2020 school year. St. Stanislaus, located in Wardsville, MO, is home to 175 enrolled K-8 students, a thriving Early Childhood program and a supportive parish.  St. Stanislaus is committed to providing a strong Catholic education that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and prepares students to live a life of faith, service, integrity and leadership. Candidates must be practicing Catholics, with at least 3 years of successful teaching, preferably in a Catholic elementary school. Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree and hold or be seeking a Principal Certification in the State of Missouri. Qualified individuals should file an application with the Diocese of Jefferson City at www.diojeffcity.org/our-schools/school-office/school-employment/.  If you would like additional information, please contact Fr. Medina at ten.t1550576767ekcos1550576767@nats1550576767ts1550576767.

William H. (Bill) Simon Scholarship Fund applications open

The William H. (Bill) Simon Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to Catholic students who are in financial need for the purpose of attending an accredited college or university of the student’s choice. The scholarship is $ 1,000 per semester to assist the student in meeting educational needs. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution or to the student upon presentation of receipts paid to the institution for tuition, fees, and/or room and board. It is the intent to award three new scholarships each year; however, the actual number of new awards will be contingent upon the current number of previous recipients that are eligible for renewal. The deadline for submission of the application, SAR, and letters of recommendation is March 31, 2019 (if sending via post, it must be postmarked by March 31, 2019). All applicants will be notified of the results by May 1, 2019. Please download the attached application form for more information and to apply.

Misal Romano resources

Audio recordings of the chants of the Misal Romano are being made available.  Pedro Rublacava is leading this effort and he is still in the process of recording; batches are being uploaded at least twice a month.  Here is the link to those uploaded so far. Texts in pdf format are available on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website. These texts and musical notations may be ideal for priests, deacons, cantors, and others who wish to rehearse the chants.

The Catholic Missourian fundraising list – deadline Feb. 15

The Catholic Missourian is again publishing a listing of all the fundraisers being held throughout the year in our parishes, parish schools, Knights of Columbus, etc. Please complete the form and return it to gro.y1550576767ticff1550576767ejoid1550576767@ezit1550576767revda1550576767 or via fax at 573.635.2286. Deadline for submission is Feb. 15. Feel free to distribute this form to any parish-related groups that have fundraisers throughout the year.

The Catholic Missourian newspaper will be publishing a print edition on the following dates in 2019. Please remember to plan ahead when requesting advertising space: The deadline for space reservation in any print issue is 10 business days prior. For those parishes/councils wishing to have their fish fry ads published during Lent, the publish dates during Lent are: Feb. 22, March 8, March 22 and April 5. Contact Kelly Martin as soon as possible to reserve your space – gro.y1550576767ticff1550576767ejoid1550576767@ezit1550576767revda1550576767 or 573-635-9127.

Jan. 11 & 25
Feb. 8 & 22
March 8 & 22
April 5 & 19
May 3, 17 & 31
June 14 & 28
July 12 & 26
Aug. 9 & 23
Sept. 6 & 20
Oct. 4 & 18
Nov. 1, 15 & 29
Dec. 13 & 20