Oct. 29, 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: 

Prayer and penance – prayers of the faithful for Nov. 4 and Nov. 11
Reflection questions for Listening Sessions
Bishop’s prayer intention for November
RSVPs for sacrament of confirmation celebrations
Women’s pro-life conference
Closing of 40 Days for Life
March for Life promotional material
NFP in Spanish
Seminarian Contact Information
BCDW newsletter

Bishop McKnight’s messages

NEW 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. 4 and 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;

NEW Listening Sessions – Reflection Questions

Thank you to the five parishes who are hosting the listening sessions. To help people prepare for the sessions, we offer some reflection questions and “ground rules.” These can be printed and distributed to parishioners. In the events section below is a suggested bulletin announcement. Please consider promoting these events in your parish communications.

NEW 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.

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.y1553613960ticff1553613960ejoid1553613960@gnit1553613960teol1553613960 or 573-635-9127 so we may plan for the Mass and meal accordingly.


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.


NEW Confirmation of sacrament of confirmation

The following parishes have requested the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation in 2019. If your parish is not listed and you submitted a program and parish response form, please contact John DeLaporte, diocesan director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education, at 573-635-9127, ext. 233.

  1. Annunciation, California
  2. Holy Family/Sacred Heart/St. Aloysius, Freeburg /Rich Fountain / Argyle
  3. Holy Spirit, Centralia
  4. Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City
  5. Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City
  6. Immaculate Conception, Macon
  7. Immaculate Conception/St. Louis of France, Loose Creek/ Bonnots Mill
  8. Mary Immaculate, Kirksville
  9. Our Lady Help of Christians, Frankenstein
  10. Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbia
  11. Our Lady of the Snows, Mary’s Home
  12. Sacred Heart/St. Patrick/St. John, Sedalia/Bahner
  13. Ss. Peter and Paul/St. Joseph, Boonville/Fayette
  14. St. Andrew, Tipton
  15. St. Ann, Warsaw
  16. St. Anthony, Camdenton
  17. St. Anthony of Padua/St. Lawrence, St. Anthony/St. Elizabeth
  18. St. Bernadette, Hermitage
  19. St. Bonaventure, Marceline
  20. St. Brendan, Mexico
  21. St. Clement/Sacred Heart/St. John/St. Joseph/Mary Queen of Peace St. Clement/Vandalia/Laddonia/Louisiana/Clarksville
  22. St. George, Linn
  23. St. Joseph, Westphalia
  24. St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City
  25. St. Mary, Shelbina
  26. St. Mary, Glasgow
  27. St. Mary, Milan/Unionville
  28. St. Michael, Kahoka
  29. St. Michaels, Russellville
  30. St. Peter, Jefferson City
  31. St. Pius X, Moberly
  32. St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Robert
  33. St. Stanislaus/St. Margaret of Antioch, Wardsville /Osage Bend
  34. St. Thomas More/Sacred Heart, Columbia

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.l1553613960iamg@1553613960omckv1553613960r1553613960 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.l1553613960iamg@1553613960nosli1553613960wtted1553613960rub1553613960 and moc.l1553613960iamto1553613960h@ecy1553613960oj.no1553613960sliw1553613960 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.e1553613960mytic1553613960ffej@1553613960snoit1553613960acinu1553613960mmoc1553613960 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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 moc.l1553613960iamg@1553613960omoc.1553613960eracy1553613960tilit1553613960ref1553613960.

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).

NEW 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

NEW 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 Seminarian contact information

Please find attached an updated Vocations Contact. Note that Grant Monnig and Ryan Cortez are no longer sponsored by our Diocese. Please do keep them in your prayers, along with all the men we currently have in formation. New this year are Erick Chinchilla, Connor McCarty and Jacob Hartman.

NEW September newsletter from Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship

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