Oct. 1, 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.

Bishop McKnight’s messages

Respect Life Month

We begin Respect Life Month today. Parishes should have received their packets from the USCCB by now to be able to celebrate Respect Life Month either on Respect Life Sunday (Oct. 7) or another weekend in October. Resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/index.cfm.

Prayer Intention for October

“For the protection of the life and dignity of those most vulnerable in society, especially the unborn.”

“Por la protección de la vida y dignidad de los más vulnerables en la sociedad, especialmente los no nacidos”.

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 downloadable here. It also can be a part of your private prayer.


For those who wish to take advantage of the security of donating online, please refer them to the home page of the diocesan website, www.diojeffcity.org. They can click on the “Give now” button.

New resources available for parishes to use to promote Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2019 include talking points from Bishop McKnight in English and Spanish text, an audio file and video, all of which can be used in a parish setting; a QR code for use in print publications; and a graphic for use in online publications. All of these are on our website. If you are interested in a DVD of the talking points from Bishop McKnight, please contact Mark Saucier at 573-635-9127, ext. 239 as soon as possible.

A TEST email was sent to each parish in advance of the weekly parish goal update reporting for CSA 2019.  If any parish/representative did not receive the test, please contact Kathy Stegeman or at 573-635-9127 ext 246 with current email contact information.  Thanks to all who responded with updates and verification of email addresses.

October Attendance Count

The Diocese has involved itself in a common pastoral practice across the United States known as the ‘October Count.’ October is selected because studies indicate it represents one of the best months to count individuals who attend each weekend Mass (English or Spanish). This is a practical tool for pastoral planning for our parishes and I would be grateful for your participation again this year.

Attached is a tally sheet for the annual October Weekend Mass Count. Please make a copy of the tally sheet and complete one for each church served. My letter, also attached, provides more details, including how to return the completed form. Thank you again for your assistance in making this as comprehensive a count as possible.

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.


Natural Family Planning / Planificación familiar natural

Reliable and scientifically-based Natural Family Planning assists married couples to achieve or avoid pregnancy. To learn more visit www.midmonfp.org. Planificación familiar natural confiable y científicamente comprobada para lograr o posponer embarazos. There are three different methods of NFP being taught in the diocese:

Oct. 6: Couple to Couple League (CCL)

Next class series begins Oct. 6 in Hallsville. Classes can also be scheduled individually and online options are available. For more info contact: Jeremy and Maria at 573-696-0778 or moc.l1550576809iamg@1550576809pfnom1550576809dim1550576809.

Oct. 6, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1: Creighton Model Fertility Care

Introductory sessions are at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 in Columbia. Reservations may be made by contacting Phyllis A. White, CFCE at 816-550-8789 or moc.l1550576809iamg@1550576809omoc.1550576809eracy1550576809tilit1550576809ref1550576809.

Oct. 20: Familia de las Américas (español)

Próximas clases: Oct. 20 en la parroquia Our Lady of the Lake y Nov. 17 en las oficinas diocesanas en Jefferson City. Para más información: Enrique y Cristhia al 573-680-3650.

Oct. 6: Annual Assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference

Please find linked a letter from Bishop McKnight and a printable form to be used to promote and register for the Annual Assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference. The following announcement may be used in bulletins:

Pope Francis calls Catholics to go to the peripheries. We invite you to attend the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 2018 Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City to find out how. This event is sponsored by the Missouri bishops and is free to all who attend. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Perry of the Chicago Archdiocese. Workshops will be offered on several issues, including pro-life, immigration law, the death penalty, the opioid epidemic, and a Catholic response to the LGBTQ community. Lunch is provided and the day will end with a Mass con-celebrated by the bishops. Please register for the event by going to MOCatholic.org or calling 800.456.1679.

Oct. 13: Pre-Cana

Pre-Cana is a one day experience to prepare engaged couples to begin their formal marriage preparation process within the Catholic Church. The day includes presentations by couples and individuals on practical and spiritual topics. A Pre-Cana Day will be held Oct. 13 at SSM Health St. Mary’s in Jefferson City. For more information contact Deb Mehmert at moc.l1550576809iamg@1550576809anace1550576809rpcj1550576809 or visit https://jcprecana.org/.

Oct. 13: Sesquicentennial celebration at St. Patrick

Celebrating 150 years, the community of St. Patrick in Laurie is gathering for prayer on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the “old church” on Road O. A procession by horse drawn wagon will arrive at the National Shrine of Mary for a Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner and other activities.

Oct. 19-20 and Nov. 3-4: Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is a weekend opportunity for spouses to recognize reasons to celebrate and areas to improve their marriage. For more information, contact moc.e1550576809mytic1550576809ffej@1550576809snoit1550576809acinu1550576809mmoc1550576809 or visit https://www.jeffcityme.com/. Just getting married is not enough. Life, family and marriage bring joys and challenges. Check out marriage resources and opportunities that will strengthen your marriage at https://diojeffcity.org/our-church/life-and-marriage/marriage-resources/.

Oct. 27: Youth Ministry Annual Retreat

Join with colleagues in ministry from around the diocese for a weekend retreat for youth ministers and catechetical leaders on Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Covenant Point Retreat Center, 3492 Camp Keown Rd, Holts Summit. Led by Father Matt Flattley, the retreat, “If You Want to be a Channel You Must First be a Reservoir,” will focus on community, fellowship, faith sharing and spiritual renewal.

A $20 per person registration includes lunch and dinner. Register at http://bit.ly/DioJC_LeadersRetreat (URL is case sensitive). For more information, see the attached flyer or contact John DeLaporte, diocesan director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education, at 573-635-9127 x233.

Nov. 2-4: Engaged Encounter Weekend

National Engaged Encounter is a weekend experience for couples to focus on their relationship. It encourages the couple planning a marriage to concentrate on their relationship and develop communication skills. An Engaged Encounter weekend will be held Nov. 2-4 at St. Pius X, Moberly. Contact information: Burdett and Joyce Wilson at moc.l1550576809iamg@1550576809nosli1550576809wtted1550576809rub1550576809 and moc.l1550576809iamto1550576809h@ecy1550576809oj.no1550576809sliw1550576809 or visit https://diojeffcity.org/our-church/life-and-marriage/engaged-encounter/ for more information.

Nov. 3: Young adults discuss abuse crisis with Bishop McKnight

Open to young adults (ages 18-35), an afternoon of prayer and conversation with Bishop McKnight will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m. at the Schwartze Catholic Center, 2207 W. Main St., Jefferson City. The session will focus on the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and there will be opportunity for open discussion and questions.  The meeting will conclude with prayer and eucharistic adoration.  Participants are asked to register at http://bit.ly/DioJCMOabuse (URL is case sensitive).

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.

Events in Spanish

Oct. 4-7 Ignatian Silent Retreat/Retiro de Silencio Ignaciano (event in Spanish)

This Ignatian retreat is limited to 25 people. Please use the bulletin announcement and graphic (right click to save) below to promote.

Un retiro espiritual profundo e íntimo con Dios que sin duda fortalecerá tu relación con El en una atmósfera alejada de distracciones. Cupo limitado de 25 personas. Reserva tu espacio. Forma de inscripción y más información en el siguiente link: https://diojeffcity.org/wp-content/uploads/Forma-de-Inscripcion_10.4-7.2018.docx.


Oct. 20: Familia de las Américas (español)

Planificación familiar natural confiable y científicamente comprobada para lograr o posponer embarazos. Próximas clases: Oct. 20 en la parroquia Our Lady of the Lake y Nov. 17 en las oficinas diocesanas en Jefferson City. Para más información: Enrique y Cristhia al 573-680-3650.


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.k1550576809cints1550576809@rotc1550576809erid1550576809.