Nov. 12, 2018 Weekly memo

Every Monday the Chancery staff of the Diocese of Jefferson City offer an update on events and activities of interest to the parishes of the Diocese.

New this week: 

Last week’s media conference and resources online
Help organize Mass for those suffering from addictions
Latin Mass offered monthly
Updated registration for Natural Family Planning in Spanish
Updated registration for parenting classes in Spanish
Safety news

Bishop McKnight’s messages

“No more secrets”

As most of you know, this past week the Diocese of Jefferson City released the names of 33 priests and religious brothers credibly accused and/or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City out of concern for the safety of our youth.

A video of the media conference, my full statement and other resources are posted on our website at You may share the video and other resources online, or print the packet of information for distribution as you deem appropriate. Please also consider using the bulletin announcements below encouraging people to report any information they have on sexual abuse. This is part of what it means to be Church: we are about the salvation of souls, of caring for people.

USCCB General Assembly online

For those interested in following the US bishops’ fall General Assembly Nov. 12-14, it will be livestreamed at News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to this page: as soon as possible. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media can use the hashtag #USCCB18 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook ( and Instagram (

Prayer Intention for November

“For the healing and renewal of the Church; that tears of sorrow may merit forgiveness from God’s mercy and strengthen our resolve to observe a preferential option for those who have been abused.”

“Por la sanación y renovación de la Iglesia. Que las lágrimas de dolor puedan merecer el perdón misericordioso de Dios y fortalecer nuestra resolución de observar la opción preferencial  por aquellos que han sido abusados”.

Please add this intention to your parish bulletins and newsletters as well as to your parish Eucharistic Adoration Chapels. Graphics suitable for insert in bulletins are provided below. It also can be a part of your private prayer.

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, 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.


NEW Addiction Mass

Priests and deacons interested in helping organize and participate in a Mass for those who suffer from addictions are asked to contact Father Matthew Flatley by email or at 573-202-3590. With the goal of making this an annual event, the Mass is for all individuals or families who suffer with addictions of any kind.  Before Mass there wold be opportunities for Open 12 Step Meetings and the sacraments of reconciliation (for those who want to make a Fifth Step) and anointing of the sick.

Rite of Election reservations

Please use the attached form to indicate the number of participants in the Rite of Election from your parish. This form is due Nov. 30 to *protected email*,  fax to 573-635-0386 or postal mail to Diocesan Liturgical Commission, c/o Pat Reinkemeyer, PO Box 104900, Jefferson City, MO 65110.

NEW 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 12:00pm 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 emailing *protected email*.

Nov. 16: Retrouvaille retreat, Kansas City

Asking for help and support when a marriage is in serious trouble can be a difficult task, as many couples don’t know where to turn. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner. The next weekend is Nov. 16, in Kansas City. For details and to register, please visit

Nov. 18: Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The annual CCHD collection supports this successful anti-poverty program of the US Catholic church based on the principles of empowerment and self-help.  With the 25% of the collection designated for local use, CCHD has funded 250 organizations in the diocese over the last 40 years.  Parishes should have received promotional materials directly from the USCCB Office of National Collections.  For your convenience, we are providing bulletin and pulpit announcements below in English and Spanish, and the following resources:

Bishop McKnight’s letter (PDF) (MSWord) to be read from the pulpit the weekend of Nov. 11, in English and Spanish

Speaker’s Guide in English | in Spanish

Bulletin inserts, bilingual

If you have any questions, please contact Jake Seifert at 573-635-9127 ex. 227 or *protected email*.

Bulletin announcement:

Please be generous in this week’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, one in seven people lives in poverty. With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country. In addition, 25 percent of funds collected remains in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and work on the margins. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at

Por favor, sean generosos en la segunda colecta de esta semana para la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano. En los Estados Unidos, una de cada siete personas vive en la pobreza. Con esta colecta, ustedes apoyan a programas que tratan con las causas de la pobreza y proveen un futuro sostenible a los que luchan por salir adelante en el país. Además, el 25 por ciento de los fondos recaudados permanece en nuestra diócesis para financiar proyectos anti-pobreza aquí. Por favor, en oración, consideren la manera de contribuir a esta colecta y de trabajar en la periferia. Pueden encontrar más información sobre la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano entrando a

Nov. 30 or Dec. 1: Navigating Science and Religion in the Catholic Classroom

This workshop, led by Mike O’Hara, focuses on helping middle school and high school teachers, catechists, youth ministers and confirmation prep teams address questions from their students about the relationship of faith and reason. There is no cost for the workshop, and a meal is provided. You can attend any one of the following:

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.  – noon, Schwartze Catholic Center, Jefferson City
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.  – noon, Schwartze Catholic Center, Jefferson City
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 3-6 p.m., St. Pius X, Moberly

For more information, see the attached flyer or contact John DeLaporte, diocesan director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education, at 573-635-9127 x233. Please register at (URL is case sensitive).

Dec. 1: Creighton Model Fertility Care, Natural Family Planning

Introductory sessions for the Creighton Model Fertility Care method of Natural Family Planning are at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 in Columbia. Reservations may be made by contacting Phyllis A. White, CFCE at 816-550-8789 or moc.l1550576774iamg@1550576774omoc.1550576774eracy1550576774tilit1550576774ref1550576774.

Jan. 16-19, 2019: March for Life, Washington, DC

Catholics from Central and Northern Missouri are invited to join thousands of others in promoting the sanctity of every human life by attending the annual “March for Life” in Washington, DC, Wednesday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. On Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, after the 11 a.m. Mass there will be a mandatory meeting in the Cathedral Undercroft for newcomers to the March for Life. Registration forms and more information are available in the downloadable forms here.

The graphics below can be used to promote participation in the March. Deadline for submission of registration is Nov. 30.

Feb. 9, 2019: Rural Ministry Now conference

The Methodist Churches of northeast Missouri are hosting the third “Rural Ministry Now” conference, focused on the needs and challenges of rural ministry. It will be held Feb. 9 in Macon. In previous years many more lay people than pastors attended. Subsidized by the Mark Twain District, registration is $20. Topics include Rural Poverty, Technology in a Rural Church, and Youth without Paid Staff. Please contact Rev. Andrew Coon at moc.e1550576774vil@n1550576774oocve1550576774r1550576774 or 660-292-0070 for more information.


Events in Spanish



Nov. 17: NFP Familia de las Americas

Próxima clase: Noviembre 17 en las oficinas diocesanas en Jefferson City. Para más información: Enrique y Cristhia al 573-680-3650. Please download and use this form to register.


Dec. 1-2: Curso para Padres y Madres de Familia

Un curso de formación humana (psicológica, emocional y moral) y espiritual que proveerá las herramientas necesarias para educar efectivamente y mejorar las relaciones con sus hijos. / Parenting Seminar. In Spanish, this course on human (psychological, emotional and moral) and spiritual formation will help parents raise healthier children and improve parent/child relationships. Register at (URL is case sensitive) or by downloading and completing this form.



NEW Safety


The most recent safety bulletin, for distribution to all staff and others working in our parishes and schools, is attached.

Reminder: update OCD information

A gentle reminder that it is time to update your parish listing (including school and PSR information) for the 2019 Official Catholic Directory. You should have received or should be receiving an email from *protected email*, this is a legitimate address/email; please follow the directions to submit your information. Submissions are due by Nov. 30.