Jan. 7, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

Bishop McKnight’s messages

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. 17: National rosary for healing and protection

Please join Bishop Shawn McKnight and other Catholics across the United States in praying a rosary for healing and protection for those affected by sexual abuse. The rosary will be livestreamed on the diocesan Facebook page (@DioJeffCity) on Jan. 17, 1 p.m. Below are graphics for use in bulletins, on social media and on diocesan websites.




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Jan. 25-27, 2019: 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. 29-30: NCEA Day of Giving

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.

February 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, 2019, at St.Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana. You can find more information here. Learn about the use of English chant in parishes from the experts!

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, MO.

Second Saturday, monthly: 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 oc.li1550576797amg@e1550576797racyt1550576797ilitr1550576797efOME1550576797N1550576797

The Catholic Missourian print schedule

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: February 22, March 8, March 22 and April 5. Contact Kelly Martin as soon as possible to reserve your space – gro.y1550576797ticff1550576797ejoid1550576797@ezit1550576797revda1550576797 or 573-635-9127.

January 11 & 25

February 8 & 22

March 8 & 22

April 5 & 19

May 3, 17 & 31

June 14 & 28

July 12 & 26

August 9 & 23

September 6 & 20

October 4 & 18

November 1, 15 & 29

December 13 & 20




Minimum wage and IRS reimbursement changes

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the IRS reimbursement rate for business mileage increased to $.58 per mile (up from $.545 per mile). In addition, minimum wage increased to $8.60 per hour, again effective Jan. 1.

Stay in the know with Catholic Charities

Please consider placing this in weekly bulletins and on social media:
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has launched a new weekly email newsletter.  To keep up with all the happenings at CCCNMO, subscribe here: https://mailchi.mp/3a514fbab58c/cccnmo

Email Scam Alert

Please consider placing this in weekly bulletins occasionally:
Recently individuals have been contacted by email by someone pretending to be a priest from our Diocese, asking for gift cards, such as iTune cards. This is a variation on a scam which occurs quite frequently throughout the United States. Be very cautious in providing any unknown or suspicious contact with personal information, including your contact information or financial information. Verify any request for money through a separate contact, such as the individual’s known email address, calling the individual, or contacting the Chancery, Catholic Charities or your local parish or school.

Staff schedules

Brad Copeland, director of Buildings and Properties for the diocese, will be away on medical leave until Jan. 21. In the event of an emergency, please contact Pat Reinkemeyer at 573.635.9127.

Rest in peace

Ruth Koechner, longtime associate diocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, passed away Dec. 29. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 3 at St. Andrew, Tipton.  Online condolences may be submitted at www/meisenheimerfuneralhome.com.

Edna M. Biri passed away on Dec. 12.  Edna is the mother of the diocese’s former chancellor, Sr. Ethel Marie Biri, SSND.  Her obituary can be found at this link: https://www.mccombsfuneralhome.com/notices/Edna-Biri.  Expressions of sympathy and solidarity can be sent to Sr. Ethel Marie at 172 PCR 920, Perryville, MO 63775.

Please keep Ruth’s family and Sr. Ethel Marie and her family in your prayers. May Edna and Ruth rest in peace with all the faithful departed.