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:
- Prayer intention for December
- Retrouvaille weekend Jan. 25-27, 2019
- Chancery closed Dec. 10
- Baptismal font available
- House parents needed
Nov. 30 deadlines:
- Rite of Election
- March for Life
Bishop McKnight’s messages
Prayer Intention for December
Please add this intention to your parish bulletins and newsletters as well as to your parish Eucharistic Adoration Chapels. A graphic suitable for insert in bulletins is below. It also can be a part of your private prayer.
“For the blessing of family life; that as a community we may safeguard this basic cell of society in public policy, and as a Church we may support those struggling to provide a home filled with faith, hope and love.”
“Por la bendición de la vida familiar; que como comunidad podamos salvaguardar esta célula básica de la sociedad en la política pública, y como Iglesia podamos apoyar a aquellos que luchan por brindar un hogar lleno de fe, esperanza y amor.”
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:
Thank you to all. Each of us has a role in healing the pain of abuse. Let us continue to pray for one another.
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
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 http://bit.ly/DioJC_Science (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 http://bit.ly/JCMOPADRES (URL is case sensitive) or by downloading and completing this form.
Chancery closed Dec. 10
House Parents/Relief Parents Needed
St. Nicholas Academy (SNA), a Federated Agency of Catholic Charities, is a year-round boarding school in Jefferson City that partners with families of lower income to provide quality education for boys. SNA is seeking a Catholic, married couple to be full time, live-in house parents, as well as a Catholic, married couple to be part-time relief parents. The main responsibility of house parents is to provide a stable, loving and supportive home environment. Each spouse receives a salary and a compensation package that includes a rent-free apartment, meals, and utilities. House parents are eligible for all of St. Nicholas benefit programs. The role of relief parents is the care of the students when full-time house parents are away. Relief parents reside in the student home when they are on duty. They receive an hourly wage, all legally mandated benefits and a compensation package that includes a private suite and all meals for the days on duty. Contact Sr. Susan Renner, 573-635-7719 or gro.k1550576806cints1550576806@rotc1550576806erid1550576806.
Free baptismal font
If your parish or another parish you know would be interested in a Baptismal font in good shape, please contact Fr. Dan Merz at St. George Parish: 573-897-2293 or moc.l1550576806iamg@1550576806zremj1550576806leina1550576806d1550576806.