Jan. 28, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

Bishop’s messages

  • NEW Chancery staff appointments
  • NEW Bishop’s prayer intention for February
  • Midwest March for Life
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Catholic Schools Week
  • Jan. 26: Encuentro de Liderazgo RCC
  • Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
  • NEW Feb. 2: Creighton introductory session
  • NEW Feb. 4: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form
  • Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School
  • NEW Feb. 8-10: Retrouvaille, St. Louis
  • NEW Feb. 9-10: Marriage Encounter
  • Feb. 22, 23 and Mar. 1: Important meeting for parish DREs, catechetical leaders and youth ministry leaders
  • NEW Feb. 27: NET retreat
  • Mar. 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day
  • NEW Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday begins CRS Rice Bowl
  • NEW May 1: REBOOT!
  • Nov. 21-23: National Catholic Youth Conference (registration deadline May 13)


  • NEW Sacramental records due Feb. 15
  • NEW New donor contribution forms being mailed
  • NEW Job openings at Chancery
  • NEW Asbestos inspections
  • NEW BCDW newsletter
  • 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 messages

Chancery staff appointments

This week we bid a fond farewell to Mike Berendzen, who has worked in several roles at the Chancery, including in our safe environment and human resources offices. His last day is Jan. 31. Mike hopes to use his gifts as a trainer and formator in educational opportunities and chaplaincy work. With several personnel changes happening in the Chancery, please note the appointments and re-assignment of services, effective Feb. 1:

Office of Child and Youth Protection.

Office of Human Resources

  • Sister Kathleen Wegman, SSND, ad interim. School-related human resource questions should continue to be directed to the Catholic Schools Office, with all other human resource concerns answered by Sr. Kathleen.

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.

Personally Speaking with Bishop McKnight

If you missed hearing Bishop Shawn McKnight on The Catholic Channel yesterday, speaking with Msgr. Jim Lisante in an episode of Personally Speaking about the need for a change in the Church’s culture, you can catch it online.

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

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. 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: Creighton Introductory Session (NFP)

An introductory session to the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning will be offered on Feb. 2, 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Columbia. Contact Phyllis White, CFCE 816-550-8789 or FertilityCare.Como@gmail.

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: 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.

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. 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. 9-10: 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. 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. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Schwartze Catholic Center

Feb. 27: 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! 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.

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.




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.

Annual Diocesan Contribution Statements

Corrected Annual Contributions Statements will be sent to all diocesan donors. Donor letters that were mailed last week show a contribution date of 2017. The statements do have the correct amount donated but should state this is 2018 contributions. Therefore, the amounts reflected on the statement can be used for tax filing but corrected statement will be sent for donor files.

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.

Asbestos inspections

Every three years schools are required to have a re-inspection of all asbestos materials that are listed in the Asbestos Management Plan. This is needed to keep the schools’ accreditation with the State of Missouri current. Brad Copeland, director of Buildings & Properties, will be visiting all the schools in the diocese to do this re-inspection and update the Asbestos Management Plan located in each school office. The Buildings & Properties Office is saving the schools money by not out-sourcing these services. Brad will contact the schools soon to make arrangements for this re-inspection. REMINDER: If you are planning a project in a school or support buildings, please refer to the Asbestos Management Plan to determine if any asbestos building material will be impacted.

Bishops Committee on Divine Worship

The November-December BCDW newsletter is available.

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.y1550576643ticff1550576643ejoid1550576643@ezit1550576643revda1550576643 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.y1550576643ticff1550576643ejoid1550576643@ezit1550576643revda1550576643 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