Feb. 18, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

Bishop’s messages

  • NEW Official appointments
  • NEW Leadership Roundtable
  • NEW Liturgical resources for Lent, Triduum and the Easter Season
  • Bishop’s prayer intention for February
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 21: Protecting God’s Children workshops
  • Feb. 21 or Mar. 20: NPM brainstorming sessions
  • Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 2: 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. 9: Lenten day of reflection
  • NEW Mar. 9, June 29, Sept. 14: NFP courses in Spanish
  • Mar. 14: Tony Melendez concert
  • Mar. 16: 27th  Annual United Day in Prayer
  • Mar. 16: Major relic of St. Jean Vianney at Cathedral
  • Mar. 30 or 31: Annual seminar for parish catechetical leadership
  • NEW April 6: NFP course
  • NEW  April 27-28: Retiro de Jóvenes
  • May 1: REBOOT!
  • NEW  Registration open for summer youth camps
  • Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference (registration deadline May 13)


  • NEW Staff roles at the Chancery
  • NEW Frequency changes to wireless sound systems coming
  • NEW February safety newsletter – download
  • Job openings at Chancery
  • School principal openings: Macon, St. Martins


Bishop McKnight’s message

Official appointments

Father Jeremy Secrist, currently pastor of St. Thomas, St. Thomas and St. Cecilia, Meta, will become pastor of St. Peter, Jefferson City, effective Feb. 25.

Father Stephen Jones, continuing as president of Helias Catholic High School, will become administrator of St. Thomas and St. Cecilia parishes, effective Feb. 25.

Leadership Roundtable assessment

Leadership Roundtable will be assisting our diocesan chancery in conducting an assessment process that will review, give insights, highlight best practices, and ultimately give our chancery a roadmap for the future.  More details are provided for your information as well as a heads-up for those who will be invited to participate in surveys and interviews. More information will follow for those who are asked to participate in the surveys and interviews. Information about the Leadership Roundtable is available at:  www.leadershiproundtable.org

Liturgical Preparation Aid for Lent/Triduum/Easter Season

Once again, the FDLC offers a liturgical preparation aid for Lent, the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and the Easter Season.  This 48-page resource for the Great Ninety Days is attached. It will also be posted on the FDLC website. A Spanish translation will soon follow. The document contains:

  • A full presider’s text for the “Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Absolution and Confession”
  • Sample Music Suggestions
  • Sample Penances
  • A Liturgical Year Calendar Advisory
  • Frequently-asked Questions and Their Answers
  • A summary of the Lectionary readings for Sundays and Solemnities
  • Preparation sheets for the Rites belonging to the Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • Preparation sheet for Palm Sunday
  • Preparation sheets for the Sacred Paschal Triduum
  • An Order of Service for Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday evening.

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. 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. 21—St. Thomas More Newman Center (Columbia) 6:30 p.m.

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

Feb. 21 or Mar. 10: National Association of Pastoral Musicians information sessions

The Jefferson City Diocesan chapter of NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) will have three informational brainstorming sessions in  locations around the diocese in the coming weeks:

  • Feb. 21,: 6:30 p.m. — St. Andrew’s Church, Holts Summit, in the Green Room.
  • Mar. 10, 2 p.m. — Our Lady of the Lake. Lake Ozark
  • late March — TBD

NPM fosters the art of musical liturgy.  Members are musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.  NPM is an association affiliated with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and has an episcopal moderator on the national level.  NPM provides education, formation, and mutual support for pastoral musicians (both professional and volunteer) and clergy. It is a forum for advocating musical excellence in liturgical celebrations.  It enables pastoral musicians to network with their colleagues throughout the diocese and the country.

These sessions around the diocese will educate attendees about NPM as well as gather information about what pastoral musicians need from our chapter. Chapters exist to deepen the spiritual life of their membership, provide an educational forum on issues affecting musical and liturgical practice in the church, provide skill development, and foster mutual support.

There is no cost to attend these sessions.

For more information, contact Laura St. Clair at moc.l1553622027iamg@1553622027sibro1553622027fjaru1553622027al1553622027.

Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 2: 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. 2, 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. 9: NFP classes in Spanish

Open both to couples preparing for marriage and married couples who have not had the opportunity to learn about Natural Family Planning are invited to attend these course in Spanish:

  • Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Peter, Marshall. Contact: Oscar Interiano 660-631-7092 or José Almazán 660-202-7575
  • Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sacred Heart, Columbia. Contact: Enrique Castro 573-680-3650
  • Saturday, Sept. 14 , 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Diocesan Chancery,Jefferson City. Contact: Enrique Castro 573-680-3650

Mar. 9: Lenten day of reflection

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. 16: Major relic of St. Jean Vianney at Cathedral

The major relic of St. Jean Vianney’s incorrupt heart will make a visit to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City on March 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the event allows veneration of the patron of parish priests.Visit www.kofc.org/vianney for more details from the Knights of Columbus.

Please join the Office of Vocations in this wonderful opportunity to venerate the major relic of St. Jean Vianney, and partake in a day of prayer for an increase of vocations to the diocesan priesthood. The day will begin with Mass, confessions will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available. The day will conclude with the regularly scheduled parish Sunday vigil Mass. See below for more details, or contact the Vocations Office at 573.635.9127 ext. 211 or email gro.y1553622027ticff1553622027ejoid1553622027@emwo1553622027llof1553622027. A flyer with more information is attached.

8 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Veneration of the Relic
8 a.m. – Mass
10 a.m. – Reflection
2 p.m. – Reflection
3 p.m. – Recitation of Divine Mercy Chaplet
5:30 p.m. – Mass

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

April 6: Postpartum Natural Family Planning course

A postpartum Natural Family Planning (CCL’s sympto-thermal method) class will be held April 6,10 a.m. in Hallsville. Classes can be scheduled as needed. Online learning options also available. Contact Jeremy & Maria Henson 573-696-0778, *protected email*, www.midmonfp.org. Other classes will be offered May 4, 10 a.m., April 31, 10 a.m. focusing on premenopause NFP, and Sept. 28, 10 a.m.

April 27-28: Retiro de Jóvenes

A great retreat opportunity for the preparation of this year’s quinceañeras and chambelanes for any 14 to 18 year-olds, a Retiro de Jóvenes will be held April 27-28 at Sacred Heart School in Sedalia. A chance to share, have fun, learn, reflect, pray and encounter Jesus. Save the date! More details coming soon.

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.

Registration open for summer youth camps

Registration Now Open for All Summer Youth Camps!
Visit each site to download registration packets!

 Camp Siena
July 28-Aug 1 | St. Patrick, Laurie

July 14-20  | Helias HS, Jeff

Camp Maccabee
June 16-20; June 23-28; July 21-26
St. Robert, MO




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.




Who to contact at the Chancery

As a reminder, please note that several responsibilities have been re-assigned at the Chancery. Please see below regarding who to contact for what:

Questions regarding the Tribunal: Teresa Vignola, 573.635.9127, ext. 255 (fax 573.635.0386).

Questions regarding background checks, Virtus certification, safe environment trainings, etc: Connie Schepers, 573.635.9127, ext. 254

Questions regarding human resources concerns: Sr. Kathleen Wegman, SSND, 573-635-9127, ext. 201

Frequency changes to wireless sound systems coming

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be requiring institutions to vacate the 600 mhz band in wireless sound systems (similar to when the 700 mhz band was phased out in 2010).  Dates for this varies by region, but all will be impacted by 2020.  Sennheiser and Audio-Technica have rebates running through March 31 for replacement microphones. Sennheiser says they will accept any competitor’s microphone for the exchange rebate.  Parishes are advised to contact the local company which installs and/or maintains your system.

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.

School principal openings

Immaculate Conception School, Macon, is seeking a teaching principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Current K-8 enrollment is 71 students. Applicants must be willing to work closely with the pastor. The qualified candidate must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, have at least three years teaching experience, and a master’s degree in education with a principal’s certificate, or working toward it. Applicants should file an application with the Diocese of Jefferson City at www.diojeffcity.org and send a letter of interest to Fr. Ben Nwosu at moc.l1553622027iamg@1553622027hcrae1553622027s.noc1553622027am.SC1553622027I1553622027.

St. Martin School, St. Martins, located eight miles west of Jefferson City, is seeking a dynamic, faithful, and compassionate principal. The school has approximately 250 students from PreK through eighth grade. The successful candidate will possess the following characteristics:  organized, approachable, team leader, confident, effective communicator, and have a strong vision in line with the mission of the school: To teach a life of Prayer, Leadership, Love, Service, and Kindness through Catholic Education. Qualified individuals should file an application with the Diocese of Jefferson City at www.diojeffcity.org/ourschools/school-office/school-employment/. If interested, please contact Fr. Aubuchon at gro.y1553622027ticff1553622027ejoid1553622027@snoi1553622027tacov1553622027.