Oct. 22, 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

Priests invited to Mass for deceased priests

All priests are invited to gather at St. Brendan in Mexico (note location change) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to concelebrate Mass with me in memory of all the deceased priests of the Diocese, followed by a fellowship luncheon.  Please join us to pray for our brothers in the presbyterate who have gone before us, and to ask them to pray for us in our continued ministry here in this portion of the Lord’s vineyard.  Please RSVP by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Lisa Oetting at gro.y1553621872ticff1553621872ejoid1553621872@gnit1553621872teol1553621872 or 573-635-9127 so we may plan for the Mass and meal accordingly.

Listening Sessions and Prayers for the Universal Church

In the events section below is a suggested bulletin announcement regarding listening sessions which will be held throughout our diocese. Please consider promoting these events in your parish communications.

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics throughout the world to pray the rosary and other prayers for the Church as our bishops and others address the scourge of clergy sexual abuse. The following graphics can be used in parish bulletins and digital media to encourage people to pray the St. Michael’s Prayer or the Sub Tuum.

Sub Tuum – one column | two column

St. Michael’s Prayer – one column | two column


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 my talking points in English and Spanish text, as 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, please contact Mark Saucier at 573-635-9127, ext. 239 as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone for your support and participation in the CSA.

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.


Oct. 28 – Nov. 6: Listening Sessions

Please join Bishop Shawn McKnight and our priests for a listening session on one of the afternoon/evenings listed below. Bishop McKnight hopes to hear your thoughts and concerns about the clergy sexual abuse crisis so that he may bring your viewpoint to the bishops’ General Assembly in November.  It will also be a time to express sorrow and request forgiveness. Each session will be in the parish church.

  • Oct. 28, 4 p.m. – Holy Family, Hannibal
  • Oct. 29, 6 p.m. – Mary Immaculate, Kirksville
  • Nov. 4, 4 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City
  • Nov. 5, 6 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbia
  • Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. – St. Patrick, Rolla

Below are graphics, in English and Spanish, which can be used in social media and bulletins to promote the sessions.

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.

Oct. 26-28: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Are you or a loved one suffering from abortion?  Find hope and allow God to heal your heart by attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. The last of the three 2018 Kansas City retreats will be Oct. 26-28. For more information or to register, please call Teresa O’Donnell at 816-679-4973 or email moc.l1553621872iamg@1553621872omckv1553621872r1553621872 or visit www.rachelsvineyardkc.org.

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. 1: Life is a Gift – Happy Birth Day Banquet

The Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri (PhC) is hosting an evening of fine food, music, and comedic relief by renowned comedian and inspirational speaker Gordon Douglas on Nov. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Capital Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City.  The Life Is A Gift – Happy Birth Day Banquet is free, and those attending will have an opportunity to contribute to the work of PhC and be part of the ministry.  Join the master of ceremonies, Rod Smith, and learn ways that PhC is helping pregnant women, new mothers, and their families.  Registration for the banquet is required by going to www.friendsofphc.org or by calling PhC at 573-644-6635.

Nov. 2: All Souls Day Mass in extraordinary form

A Requiem Mass in Latin, in the extraordinary form, will be celebrated on All Souls Day, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., at St. Brendan, 615 S. Washington St., Mexico.

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.l1553621872iamg@1553621872nosli1553621872wtted1553621872rub1553621872 and moc.l1553621872iamto1553621872h@ecy1553621872oj.no1553621872sliw1553621872 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. 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.e1553621872mytic1553621872ffej@1553621872snoit1553621872acinu1553621872mmoc1553621872 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/.

Please consider using the graphic below in social media and print bulletins to promote this ministry.

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 moc.l1553621872iamg@1553621872omoc.1553621872eracy1553621872tilit1553621872ref1553621872.

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

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).



Disaster Assistance

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s national partner, Catholic Charities USA, is accepting donations for ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Carolinas and Gulf Coast.  100% of donations go directly to relief agencies in the impacted areas.  To donate visit catholiccharitiesusa.org or call 703-549-1390.

BCDW newsletter

Attached is the September 2018 newsletter from the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.

Baptismal Font

St. George in Linn has a baptismal font (37” high and 27.5” wide and deep) available for any parish to take for FREE.  Please contact the parish office at 573-897-2293.

Email scam

An email scam is being reported around the country. Typically, the victim receives an email which appears to be from a priest or other church personnel known to the victim, requesting gift cards (often iTunes) or cash. Any email requesting funds should be carefully vetted, first by reviewing the actual email address being used. Always verify any requests for funds with a phone call to the supposed requester.

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.k1553621872cints1553621872@rotc1553621872erid1553621872.