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:
Thank you for listening sessions
REMINDER: Bishop’s prayer intention for November
Preservation notice from Moderator of the Curia
Creighton Model FertilityCare sessions
National Vocations Awareness Week
Catholic Campaign for Human Development promotional
Methodist rural ministry conference
USCCB General Assembly livestreaming
Official Catholic Directory info due Nov. 30
Organ for donation
Bishop McKnight’s messages
NEW Listening Sessions – Thank you
Thank you to the five parishes who hosted the listening sessions in the past two weeks. I found the reflections and observations of people to be edifying and inspiring. I am grateful to all who worked to prepare and promote the gatherings, especially for your commitment to making us “better together.”
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.
Prayer and penance
The September 19 Statement of the USCCB Administrative Committee invited all U.S. bishops to join together in acts of prayer and penance. I wholeheartedly support such a nationwide, bishop-led effort of prayer and reparation, especially leading up to the upcoming bishops’ General
Assembly. With brother bishops across the nation, I will be dedicating myself to seven days of intensified prayer and sacrifice, from Monday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 11. The intentions for this period of prayer and fasting are three-fold:
• For the healing and support of all victims of clergy sexual abuse.
• For the conversion and just punishment of the perpetrators and concealers of sexual abuse.
• For the strength of the bishops to be holy shepherds in protecting and leading their sheep from all harm.
While you are most welcome to join in praying for these intentions, this is specifically an effort of prayer and reparation by the bishops. I would also appreciate your prayers for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all the bishops, especially during the General Assembly, where we will be making critical decisions in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Please consider using any or all of these intentions Prayer of the Faithful during liturgies Nov. 11:
- For the healing and support of all victims and survivors of clergy abuse;
- For the conversion and just punishment of the perpetrators and concealers of clergy abuse;
- For the strength of the bishops to be holy shepherds in protecting and leading their sheep from all harm;
- For the Holy Spirit’s guidance of our bishops in responding to the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse in the 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:
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 A message from the Moderator of the Curia
Attached are three documents, in two attachments, relating to a Preservation Notice that we recently received:
This preservation notice, and the accompanying information, provide important details and directives concerning record retention and preservation. Please review them carefully. They provide specific directives about record retention and preservation.
Please note, parish and school administration are not to “destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any of the described documents. Rather, they should be preserved in their current format and condition.” One important thing to note is that any auto delete functions of email or voicemail should be turned off. Because while everyone will be diligent not to purge files or throw things out, electronic equipment might be regularly and programmatically deleting communications.
Record retention relates to all of us very practically when it comes to preserving and protecting records that parishes and schools receive, file, archive, retrieve, and share. As directed, and in the manner that you deem most appropriate, please share this information with staff, parish and school advisory and consultative councils and boards, archive volunteers, etc. I appreciate the attention and importance that you give to this information.
Feel free to contact me regarding any questions or issues of clarification.
Fr. Greg Meystrik
Moderator of the Curia
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 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*.
NEW Nov. 4-10: National Vocation Awareness Week
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. More information and resources for National Vocation Awareness Week, including a prayer card, suggested prayers of the faithful and bulletin-ready quotes are available online at: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-vocation-awareness-week.cfm.
Nov. 10: Women’s Pro-life Mini Conference
The Women’s Pro-life Mini Conference will be held Nov. 10 at St Andrew, 400 St Andrew Dr, Holts Summit. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with pastries and coffee. The program is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes sessions on sidewalk advocacy, self-care, practical ways to empower single mothers, how do talk with those who disagree with you, and a presentation by Cheryl Sullenger, vice president of Operation Rescue, on her experiences covering the Gosnell trial. Lunch is provided. Advance register is requested so adequate food can be prepared. Contact Kathy Forck at 573-821-5130.
Nov. 10: Closing of the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil Campaign
The public is invited to the Closing Rally and Dinner on Nov. 10 at St Andrew, 400 St Andrew Dr, Holts Summit. Donations will be accepted for the fried chicken dinner. Program includes highlights of the 18th 40 Days For Life Prayer vigil outside the Columbia Planned Parenthood, and Cheryl Sullenger, vice president of Operation Rescue, will speak of her experiences covering the trial of Kermit Gosnell. Silent Auction. Please RSVP by calling Kathy Forck 573-821-5130 for dinner count. Prayer presence continues daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sunday Nov. 4. For more information, visit www.40daysforlife.com.
Nov. 10: Young Adult Day of Reflection
Withdraw from the world to strengthen your spiritual life by attending a Sursum Corda Day Retreat on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Brendan Parish, 615 S. Washington St., Mexico. The retreat includes Mass in the Extraordinary Form, spiritual conferences by Canons of the Institute of Christ the King, as well as opportunities for silence, meditation, and confessions. After the retreat concludes, there will also be time for socialization with fellow Catholic young adults (18-35). There is no registration fee for the event.
Nov. 10 and 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 email@example.com.
NEW 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 www.helpourmarriage.org.
NEW 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:
If you have any questions, please contact Jake Seifert at 573-635-9127 ex. 227 or *protected email*.
Bulletin announcement for Nov. 10-11:
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 www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
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 www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
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).
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.
NEW 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.e1550576655vil@n1550576655oocve1550576655r1550576655 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.
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).
NEW USCCB General Assembly online
For those interested in following the US bishops’ fall General Assembly Nov. 12-14, it will be livestreamed at http://www.usccb.org/live. News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to this page: www.usccb.org/meetings 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 (www.facebook.com/usccb) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb).
NEW 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.
NEW Organ available
An organ has been offered for donation to a church or mission. It is in good condition, no scratches. If interested or for more details, please contact Leroy at 573-881-2432.