Sept. 10, 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

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

I’ve completed the first week of the orientation for new bishops here in Rome. It brings me great comfort knowing you are praying with me, both for our own diocese and for the universal church. Please remember me in your prayers during this time as well, especially that I may discern how I may contribute, as a “rookie bishop,” to the healing and renewal we so sorely need. Remaining in communion with one another in our Catholic, Christian faith requires us to be truthful, honest and people of integrity. We are better together.

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, 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.

Diocesan Review Board Seeking New Members

Please consider making this announcement in parish bulletins and other means of communication:

The Review Board is a confidential consultative body for the diocesan bishop, which advises the bishop on policies and allegations of violations of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms. The diocese is seeking new members for the Diocesan Review Board with the following professional experiences: law enforcement or judge; licensed psychologist or psychiatrist; human resources; technology; or a professional background in treatment of sexual abuse of minors. Please visit our website at for more information and how to apply. Deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

New policy for construction and renovation projects

Please see attached a new policy for our construction and renovation projects. If you have any questions, please contact Father Greg Meystrik at gro.y1550576775ticff1550576775ejoid1550576775@airu1550576775cm1550576775 or 573-635-9127, ext. 222.


Sept. 12: Priests’ social at St. Andrew, Holts Summit

All priests are invited to a dinner and social hosted by St. Andrew 50+ Club on Sept. 12, 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish in Holts Summit. Please respond by Wednesday, Aug. 29 to moc.l1550576775iamqr1550576775abme@1550576775werdn1550576775ats1550576775. If you are short on time, we’re happy to provide you with a “to go” plate. Please join us for a fun-filled evening with great food and lots of surprises.

Sept. 14: Solemn High Mass

A solemn high Mass (sung in Latin in the older form) will be celebrated Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter in Jefferson City. A pot luck dinner will follow. The Mass will be offered for priestly vocations to the Diocese of Jefferson City, and a collection for our diocesan Catholic Charities will be taken up. More information can be found at:

Sept. 29: Come and See: Vocational Youth Retreat (Bilingual)

Parish leaders can use the bulletin announcements below (English and Spanish), the attached flyer and consent forms in English and Spanish to promote this event in your parish.

Come and See: Vocational Youth Retreat/Retiro Vocacional Para Jóvenes

What is God leading your to do with your life? How is God calling you to love him? Who is God calling you to be? All youth 14 and older are invited to attend Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Columbia. There is no cost for event and lunch will be provided.

Come and See: Vocational Youth Retreat/Retiro Vocacional Para Jóvenes

Que es lo que Dios quiere que has con tu vida? Como te llama Dios a amarlo? Descubre el propósito de tu vida… Todos los jóvenes solteros de 14 en adelante están invitados a este evento el sábado, 29 de septiembre de 9am a 5pm en la iglesia del Sagrado Corazón en Columbia. El evento es gratis y habrá almuerzo disponible. Líderes parroquiales, pueden usar el volante y forma de inscripción adjuntos para promover el evento en sus parroquias.

St. Raymond’s Society/Respect Life Month

As parishes makes plans for Respect Life Month in October, they may wish to consider supporting and working with the St. Raymond’s Society. Members of the society operate transitional homes in Columbia, Jefferson City, and Rolla, with the mission of helping at-risk mothers become self-sufficient heads of household.  This organization is meeting an important need in our diocese, having provided services to more than 400 women in mid-Missouri.  If your parish does not currently work with them, please consider taking a call from one of their staff members to discuss possibilities for educating your parishioners about the life-affirming work they are doing.  You may also reach out to them directly at 573-893-2067 or visit their website,

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 or calling 800.456.1679.

Events in Spanish

Sept. 14: Family Conference, St. Peter, Marshall (event in Spanish)

This Spanish-language event is a great opportunity for families to pray and bond together while reflecting on topics presented by Fr. Angel Espinosa. The event is free and there is no need to register. Please consider using the text below to promote the event in your parish bulletin or other communications:

Conferencia para Familias, San Pedro, Marshall

Una gran oportunidad para las familias, para orar y convivir mientras reflexionan sobre temas presentados por el Padre Angel Espinosa, Conferencista Internacional de Matrimonio y Familia. No hay costo ni es necesario inscribirse.

    • 6:30 p.m. a 7 p.m. – Alabanzas y oración inicial/Worship music and prayer
    • 7 p.m. a 8 p.m. – Perdonar de corazón /Forgiveness from the heart (Padre Angel)
    • 8 p.m. a 8:20 p.m. – Descanso y alabanzas/ Break and worship music
    • 8:20 p.m. a 9:20 p.m.– Amando se entiende la gente/By Loving we come to understand people (Padre Ángel)
    • 9:20 p.m. a 10 p.m. – Exposición del Santísimo y oración/Eucharistic Adoration (Padre Ángel)

Sept. 15: Diocesan continuous formation for parish lectors at the Chancery (event in Spanish)

This formation event for Spanish-language lectors is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Diocesan Chancery, 2207 W. Main in Jefferson City. Pre-registration is not required; just let us know you are attending by calling 573.635.9127, ext. 226 or let your pastor know. Please consider using the bulletin announcement below:

Formación continua anual para Proclamadores de la Palabra en Oficinas de la Diócesis de 9am a 4pm en las oficinas de la diócesis, para todas las personas que son lectores y aquellos que desean serlo. No es necesario inscribirse por adelantado y no hay ningún costo, solo avise a su sacerdote o llame al 573 635 9127 x226 para avisarnos si va a asistir.

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:


Chancery event coordinator

Angela Ramsey is the new Events Coordinator for the Diocese. A member of Immaculate Conception Parish, she and her husband Joe are the proud parents of Chloe, who is a freshman at Texas A&M (Whoop, Aggies!). Angela is available at gro.y1550576775ticff1550576775ejoid1550576775@yesm1550576775ara1550576775 or 573.635.9127 x228.

Chancery job openings

Parishes are requested to post the following information in parish bulletins for the next few weekends, and other recipients of this email are asked to kindly circulate it to persons who might be interested.

The Diocese of Jefferson City has posted a fulltime job position opening for an administrative assistant on our website at Additional information can be obtained on the website, including detailed job descriptions and qualifications, and an application for diocesan non-teaching employment. Applicants must send a cover letter, application and resume to the gro.y1550576775ticff1550576775ejoid1550576775@snoi1550576775tacov1550576775. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Father Richard Frank is coordinating carpools for any Kenrick alumni wanting to attend the Kenrick seminary alumni gathering the afternoon and evening of Oct. 3. Please contact him directly at moc.o1550576775ohay@15505767751knar1550576775fwdra1550576775hcir1550576775 or 660-342-0834.