Sept. 17, 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

Check Your Mail

Today, I sent letters through the post office about the Catholic Stewardship Appeal to all pastors. The letter explains the criteria for this year’s parish goals and the specific goal for the pastor’s parish. The letter is accompanied by information on CSA resources available to parishes. There is also a list of the ministries supported by CSA19 and the amounts allocated from the diocesan portion of the appeal. Parish Life Collaborators will receive a copy of their pastor’s letter.

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, 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.



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.

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 (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 or *protected email*.

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 or *protected email*. Please register at (URL is case sensitive).

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:


Email Scam Alert

Recently individuals have been contacted by email by someone pretending to be a priest from our Diocese, asking for gift cards, such as iTune cards. This is a variation on a scam which occurs quite frequently throughout the United States. Be very cautious in providing any unknown or suspicious contact with personal information, including your contact information or financial information. Verify any request for money through a separate contact, such as the individual’s known email address, calling the individual, or contacting the Chancery, Catholic Charities or your local parish or school.

Safety Talk

Please find attached the September “Safety Talk” from the diocesan insurance carrier.

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.y1550576829ticff1550576829ejoid1550576829@snoi1550576829tacov1550576829. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please also note Angela Ramsey resigned from her position as Events Coordinator. Angela determined, after much thought and prayerful discernment, the events position isn’t right for her at this time. We wish her well in her future endeavors.


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.o1550576829ohay@15505768291knar1550576829fwdra1550576829hcir1550576829 or 660-342-0834.