Feb. 25, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

Bishop’s messages

  • NEW Change in age of confirmation
  • NEW Lenten faith formation resources
  • Liturgical resources for Lent, Triduum and the Easter Season
  • NEW Bishop’s prayer intention for March
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse

Upcoming Events

  • NEW Feb. 26, Mar. 17: Protecting God’s Children workshops
  • Feb. 27, Mar. 3: NET retreat
  • Mar. 2: Important meeting for parish DREs, catechetical leaders and youth ministry leaders
  • Mar. 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day
  • Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday begins CRS Rice Bowl
  • Mar. 9: Lenten day of reflection
  • Mar. 9, June 29, Sept. 14: NFP courses in Spanish
  • NEW Mar. 10 and April 7: NPM brainstorming sessions
  • Mar. 14: Tony Melendez concert
  • Mar. 16: 27th  Annual United Day in Prayer
  • Mar. 16: Major relic of St. Jean Vianney at Cathedral
  • Mar. 23: Eighth Annual Women’s Lenten Ecumenical Retreat
  • Mar. 30 or 31: Annual seminar for parish catechetical leadership
  • April 6: NFP course
  • April 27-28: Retiro de Jóvenes
  • NEW May 1: Sixth Grade Vocation Day (registration due Mar. 29)
  • May 1: REBOOT!
  • Registration open for summer youth camps
  • Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference (registration deadline May 13)


  • NEW Email and text scams
  • Who to contact at the Chancery
  • NEW Job openings at Chancery
  • School principal openings: Macon, St. Martins


Bishop McKnight’s message

Change in age of Confirmation

For several months the priests of the Presbyteral Council have been evaluating the current practice of celebrating confirmation at 16 or 17 years of age.  They have been in consultation with other priests, deacons, the Catholic Schools Office, the Office of Faith Formation, and parish catechetical leadership on the present pastoral needs of our young people. It is clear to me, as the pressures of family life have changed, our parents and catechists find the current policy, which calls for the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation during high school, not sufficient.

On Feb. 15, the Presbyteral Council formally proposed to me a plan of transition in which the sacrament of confirmation would eventually be celebrated in seventh grade.  I have accepted their recommendation.  Over a period of three years, we will transition to the new age for confirmation in the following way:

  • The current 2019/2020 confirmation cycle will NOT have any changes.  The preparation and celebration of confirmation will continue to take place as already planned in accordance with current practice (16 or 17 years of age).
  • For the 2020/2021 confirmation cycle, all high school students not already confirmed will be prepared and confirmed.
  • For the 2021/2022 confirmation cycle, all seventh, eighth and ninth grade students will be prepared and confirmed.
  • For the 2022/2023 Confirmation cycle and following, the age of confirmation will be seventh grade.

Over the next three years, John DeLaporte, our director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education, will continue his work of gathering the needs and expectations of our parishes and schools and for a comprehensive catechetical, sacramental and spiritual program to be used in our parishes and schools. Please note that the catechetical formation of confirmandi will take place through the normal Catholic school and PSR curricula with additional resources for parents in the home.  The parish will bring together all the confirmandi in a given year for spiritual and stewardship formation (retreats and service opportunities).

I believe this new policy and program will provide our young people with the assistance of sacramental graces at a more appropriate time in their life,  and it will assist families and parishes with greater supports needed to imbue our children with a vibrant, deep faith in Jesus and a deeper commitment to the Church. Please join me in your prayers and in support for this endeavor.

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession: A great Lenten resource through FORMED.org

As we prepare to enter the Lenten season, the Faith Formation Department offers a recommendation for parishes to use a program focused on the sacrament of confession.  Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, is the latest addition to the Augustine Institute’s library of sacramental preparation programs. A subscription to FORMED provides access to nine sessions of the Parish Edition in English, along with corresponding guidebooks for sessions one through five.  Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love.  Click here to learn more about this powerful program, and how it might be used in your parish community.

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 March

“For a penitential spirit: that our observance of Lent may open our own hearts to greater sorrow for sins that offend our love of God and neighbor.”

“Por un espíritu de penitencia: que nuestra observancia cuaresmal abra nuestros corazones a un mayor dolor por los pecados que ofenden nuestro amor a Dios y al prójimoa.”

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.



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. 26, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew, Tipton
  • Mar. 17, 2 p.m., Chancery, 2207 W. Main, Jefferson City

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

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.

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 an important session on March 2, if you missed the sessions this past weekend. 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. The final  session is Saturday, Mar. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Schwartze Catholic Center.

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, June 29, Sept. 14: 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. 10 and April 7: 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:

  • Mar. 10, 2 p.m. — Our Lady of the Lake. Lake Ozark
  • April 7, 2 p.m. — St. Pius X, Moberly

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.l1553613977iamg@1553613977sibro1553613977fjaru1553613977al1553613977.

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.y1553613977ticff1553613977ejoid1553613977@emwo1553613977llof1553613977. 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. 23: Eighth Annual Women’s Lenten Ecumenical Retreat

“i Thirst: A Day with the Woman at the Well,” the eighth annual women’s Lenten ecumenical retreat, will be held Mar. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Catholic Newman Center, 709 S. Davis, Kirksville. Facilitators are Kyle Clark & Janelle (Bradshaw) Stephens. Continental breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/ithirstmi or contact Pat Lehr at .gro.1553613977hsira1553613977pim@r1553613977hel.t1553613977ap1553613977

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 has more information.

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, moc.l1553613977iamg@1553613977nosne1553613977hemj1553613977, 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: Sixth Grade Vocation Day

The annual Sixth Grade Vocation Day to be held on May 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. The theme for the day is “Quo Vadis / Where are you Going?” The guest speakers will be Father Paul Clark, St Patrick (Rolla) and Holy Cross (Cuba); Sister Karolyn, Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr George; and Father Jacob Janczyk, Vocation Director for the St. Joseph (Eastern) Province of the Dominicans. We are also thankful to have the Diocesan Vocations Committee assisting with many of our Impact Sessions. More information is available here. Registration deadline is March 29. Please use the attached form to register.

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.




Email and text scam

The Diocese of Jefferson City warns the public of what appears to be an ongoing phishing scam involving emails and texts purportedly from priests or parish/Chancery staff. This scam has hit many parishes across the United States. The email or text purports to be from a person the target knows, such as one’s pastor, a parish staff member, the bishop or someone else from the Church. If the target responds to the fake email or text, the sender will follow up with a request for some sort of monetary assistance, often for gift cards or iTune cards. It is truly unfortunate cyber criminals will attempt to exploit the generous nature of our community. Sending emails or texts asking for cash or gifts cards is not how priests, parishes or the Diocese of Jefferson City seeks financial assistance for our work. If you receive an email or text from a trusted church personnel asking for assistance, confirm by calling that person and do NOT respond to the email or text. For more information on phishing scams and email security, review this attached handout. The FBI website address to file an online Internet crime complaint is https://www.ic3.gov.

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 training, etc: Connie Schepers, 573-635-9127, ext. 224

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

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 Director of Human Resources and Administrative Assistant—Faith Formation Department.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for all facets of employee relations and human resources administration for the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. Administers all benefit programs for more than 2,000 employees. Serves as internal HR consultant for parishes, schools and agencies in matters pertaining to employment, benefits, labor relations, conflict resolution and compliance with applicable state and federal employment regulations.

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.l1553613977iamg@1553613977hcrae1553613977s.noc1553613977am.SC1553613977I1553613977.

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.y1553613977ticff1553613977ejoid1553613977@snoi1553613977tacov1553613977.