Jan. 21, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

  • Midwest March for Life
  • Bishop’s prayer intention for January
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse
  • Jan. 12: Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions, Kirksville
  • Jan. 21: Creighton Model introductory session in St. James
  • Jan. 25-27: Retrouvaille
  • NEW Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Catholic Schools Week
  • NEW Jan. 26: Encuentro de Liderazgo RCC
  • Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
  • Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School with updated information
  • NEW Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 1: Important meeting for parish DREs, catechetical leaders and youth ministry leaders
  • Mar. 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day
  • NEW Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 13
  • First Sunday, monthly: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form
  • NEW Fundraising form for Catholic Missourian, due Feb. 15.
  • NEW Scholarship available for college students
  • Misal Romano resources: audio and text for cantors and clergy
  • NEW Chancery holidays
  • NEW Safety info
  • NEW Stole found at Cathedral

Bishop McKnight’s messages

March for Life

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, we have many opportunities to witness for life. Please consider using this information in your bulletins and on social media. Father Paul Clark, moderator for pro-life ministry, reminds the clergy that their witness of presence at these events, especially the local rally on Feb. 2, is important.

Midwest March for Life: Kristan Hawkins, President of the National Students for Life of America, will be the keynote speaker for the MidWest March for Life, which will be held Feb 2,  7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Missouri State Capitol rotunda and St. Peter Church.  Please watch for further updates or go to www.midwestmarchforlife.com or call 573-340-8444 for more information.

One aspect of the Midwest March for Life will be a special presentation for young people, from sixth grade through college, on “Joining the Pro-life Generation.” It will be on Feb. 2, 1-2:45 p.m. at St. Peter Selinger Center cafeteria. Registration is required so adequate material can be prepared: call 573-340-8444.

Midwest March for Life
Feb. 2, Missouri state capitol and St. Peter
7:45 a.m. – 3  p.m. – Exhibit Hall: Thirty Life Affirming Booths and Vendors
9:30 a.m. – Pre-rally outside St. Peter Exhibit Hall
10 a.m. – March begins from St. Peter Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. – Rally at Capitol Rotunda
Noon – Lunch at St Peter Exhibit Hall
1-2:45 p.m. – Student Seminar “Joining the Pro-Life Generation” St. Peter Exhibit Hall
3 p.m. – Mass for Life at St. Peter Church

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, 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.


Jan. 12: 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.1550576816liamg1550576816@erac1550576816ytili1550576816trefO1550576816MEN1550576816

Jan. 21: Creighton Introductory Session

A free introduction to the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning will be held Jan. 21, 6 p.m., in St. James. Please contact Marca Stephens, *protected email* or 573.247.8624 to register.

Jan. 25-27: 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 www.helpourmarriage.org.

Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week 2019 (CSW) will be observed in dioceses around the country Jan. 27–Feb. 2. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the Truth of the Gospel.

For the second year, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will lead the Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools, in partnership with FACTS Management, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. CST through Jan. 30, 11 a.m. CST. This 24-hour period is one way to support development programs in Catholic schools throughout the country.  Scheduled during National Catholic Schools Week, this Day of Giving is a perfect time for individuals to give to their local Catholic schools. In 2018, more than $850,000 was donated to 539 participating Catholic schools, six dioceses and NCEA.  For more information on the Day of Giving, please go to www.NCEA.org/csw/manygifts. Parishes and schools are encouraged to use the graphics attached below to promote the NCEA Day of Giving for Catholic Schools, to benefit our children in Catholic schools, both in our own diocese and throughout the country.

Catholic schools and the many members of Catholic school communities will share their Catholic Schools Week celebrations on social media using #CSW19. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Secretariat of Catholic Education will also highlight Catholic education’s strengths, successes and stories on their Twitter profiles: @NCEATalk and @USCCBCatholicEd, respectively. More information on the Committee on Catholic Education and other resources are available online: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/ and www.NCEA.org/csw.

Jan. 26: Encuentro de Liderazgo RCC

The Spanish-speaking Charismatic Renewal parish leadership will meet Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Peter, Marshall.

Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life (celebrated Feb. 2-3)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. Please consider using the following resources for that weekend:

Prayers of the Faithful

For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

Bulletin announcement

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Saturday, Feb. 2, and in parishes on the weekend of Feb. 2-3. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School

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

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. Registration in advance is required by clicking on this form.

  • 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


March 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day

Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 13Registration 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 https://www.oymdiojeffcity.com/ncyc for more details and promotional material.

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.


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: https://www.ocp.org/en-us/chants-del-misal-romano-order-of-the-mass

Texts in pdf format are avaiable on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/la-santa-misa/musica-para-el-misal-romano.cfm

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.y1550576816ticff1550576816ejoid1550576816@ezit1550576816revda1550576816 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.y1550576816ticff1550576816ejoid1550576816@ezit1550576816revda1550576816 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

Chancery holidays and holy days

The following are Holidays and Holy Days that the Catholic Center will observe in 2019. All are full days except where noted:

Jan. 1…………………………New Year’s Day

April 18 (half day)………Holy Thursday

April 19……………………..Good Friday

April 22……………………..Easter Monday

May 27………………………Memorial Day

July 4…………………………Independence Day

Aug. 15………………………Assumption

Sept. 2……………………….Labor Day

Nov. 1………………………..All Saints

Nov. 28………………………Thanksgiving

Nov. 29………………………Day after Thanksgiving

Dec. 8…………………………Immaculate Conception*

Dec. 24 (half day)………..Christmas Eve

Dec. 25……………………….Christmas Day

Dec. 26……………………….Day after Christmas

Dec. 31 (half day)…………New Year’s Eve

*The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) falls on a Sunday in 2019.  While the observance is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9, the obligation to attend Mass does not.  Therefore, Monday, Dec. 9 will be a regular work day and an additional personal day may be taken within the calendar year.

Safety Reminder: Risk of overhead snow and ice on buildings and shoveling of snow

Please check building entrances and exits for hazardous conditions with regard to overhead snow and ice.  Block off the area if the snow and ice cannot be cleaned off safely.  Do not attempt to climb on roofs to clear off snow and ice. Proper safety equipment should be used at all times.

Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be tasking on the body. There is a potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks. During snow removal, there are precautions workers can take to avoid injuries:

  • Warm-up before the activity.
  • Scoop small amounts of snow at a time, and where possible, push the snow instead of lifting it.
  • The use of proper lifting technique is necessary to avoid back and other injuries when shoveling snow: keep the back straight, lift with the legs and do not turn or twist the body.
  • Take frequent breaks in warm areas to avoid cold stress.

Black Ice poster

Stole found at Cathedral

A priest or deacon left an alb in the Cathedral Sacristy recently. If you think it is yours, please contact the Cathedral office at 573-635-7991.