Nov. 19, 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: 

Bishop McKnight’s messages

NEW Thanksgiving blessings

Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.

We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

The Chancery offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, so our staff may enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.

NEW Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore left much work to be done

The November General Assembly of Bishops in Baltimore was a difficult but perhaps unavoidable experience for us to move forward as a Church.  My reflections on the meeting are available on our website. There is a pdf version which can be easily printed for bulletins or discussion groups.

Thank you to the approximately 500 who attended one of the six listening sessions. Your insights and concerns greatly helped me in forming my focus for the General Assembly. We now have the redacted comments from the listening sessions available on our website.

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.


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.

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. 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.l1550576657iamg@1550576657omoc.1550576657eracy1550576657tilit1550576657ref1550576657.

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.


Events in Spanish


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 Inclement weather and emergencies policy

 From the diocesan Employee Handbook:

There are times when emergencies and inclement weather may disrupt our normal business operations. In cases of inclement weather or other general emergencies, the Chancellor will determine if the Catholic Center will be closed, will have a delayed opening or will close early. In such cases, information will be announced on the phone system. Employees are responsible for listening to the announcement.

“If the Cathedral School is closed, the Catholic Center will open at 9:30 a.m. This allows time for snow removal from the Cathedral lot and the Catholic Center lot. Employees are discouraged from corning to the office prior to 9:30 a.m., as the presence of your vehicle makes snow removal more difficult and the walk-ways may not be readied. As in the past, a revised start time will be announced on the Catholic Center’s voicemail greeting.

“In the RARE occasion we are not able to open the Catholic Center for business, the Center’s voicemail greeting will be updated by 8 a.m. When the Catholic Center is closed due to emergency conditions, regular full-time employees scheduled to work at the office that day will be paid up to eight (8) hours.

“If a decision is made to close the building early, an announcement will be made and the Catholic Center’s voicemail greeting will be updated.

“If a facility is not officially closed during an emergency, employees are expected to report to work. If an employee believes conditions in his or her locale prohibit corning to work or pose a threat to personal safety, one’s immediate supervisor should be notified. In such cases, the employee must use vacation time for the absence.”