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
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.
Special prayers for the Church in October
October is a traditional month to dedicate to the Rosary. Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray the Rosary during October for the protection of the Church against the attacks of evil, as stories of abuse by bishops and clergy dominate the news around the world. A Catholic News Service article quoted him as asking Catholics to pray the Rosary each day in October, seeking Mary’s intercession in protecting the Church, and “at the same time making her (the Church) more aware of her sins, errors and the abuses committed in the present and the past, and committed to fighting without hesitation so that evil would not prevail.”
Please also note that the August issue of the US Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship has liturgical recommendations.
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.
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:
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. 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.l1553622499iamg@1553622499anace1553622499rpcj1553622499 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.e1553622499mytic1553622499ffej@1553622499snoit1553622499acinu1553622499mmoc1553622499 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. 20-21: World Mission Sunday
Pope Francis reminds us “Mission revitalizes faith” in his message for World Mission Sunday 2018. The collection funds more than 1,100 mission dioceses covering more than half the globe. Contributions support priests, religious, and lay leaders who are proclaiming the Gospel, building the Church and serving the poor and vulnerable. You can find material in English and Spanish to support World Mission Sunday through this link, and graphics suitable for insert in your parish bulletin in black and white or color. Since there is a CSA letter from Bishop McKnight being read either last weekend or next, he will not offer another for the WMS collection. Please consider the needs of our local diocese when determining how to promote WMS. If you have any questions or need other assistance, please contact Mark Saucier at 573-635-9127.
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.l1553622499iamg@1553622499omckv1553622499r1553622499 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.l1553622499iamg@1553622499nosli1553622499wtted1553622499rub1553622499 and email@example.com 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
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 Chancery Events Coordinator
Kris Hartman has joined the Chancery staff as events coordinator. An active member of St. Andrew in Holts Summit, Kris can be reached at 573.635.9127, ext. 228 and gro.y1553622499ticff1553622499ejoid1553622499@namt1553622499rahk1553622499.
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.k1553622499cints1553622499@rotc1553622499erid1553622499.