Sept. 24, 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

Brad Berhorst ordination

Please join me in praying for Brad Berhorst, who will be ordained as a transitional deacon on Sept. 27 by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.


By now parishes should have received material to promote the Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2019. You may also find these resources on our website. If you are interested in a DVD of a homily from Bishop McKnight, please contact Mark Saucier at 573-635-9127, ext. 239 as soon as possible.

Recovery from Hurricane Florence

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s national partner, Catholic Charities USA, is collecting donations for Hurricane Florence relief efforts. CCUSA forwards 100 percent of funds raised directly to Catholic Charities agencies that serve the affected communities. To learn more visit or to donate now go to or call 1-800-919-9338.

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.

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.

Natural Family Planning / Planificación familiar natural

Reliable and scientifically-based Natural Family Planning assists married couples to achieve or avoid pregnancy. To learn more visit Planificación familiar natural confiable y científicamente comprobada para lograr o posponer embarazos. There are three different methods of NFP being taught in the diocese:

Oct. 6: Couple to Couple League (CCL)

Next class series begins Oct. 6 in Hallsville. Classes can also be scheduled individually and online options are available. For more info contact: Jeremy and Maria at 573-696-0778 or moc.l1550576820iamg@1550576820pfnom1550576820dim1550576820

Oct. 6, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1: Creighton Model Fertility Care

Introductory sessions are at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 in Columbia. Reservations may be made by contacting Phyllis A. White, CFCE at 816-550-8789 or moc.l1550576820iamg@1550576820omoc.1550576820eracy1550576820tilit1550576820ref1550576820

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.

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. 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.l1550576820iamg@1550576820anace1550576820rpcj1550576820 or visit

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.e1550576820mytic1550576820ffej@1550576820snoit1550576820acinu1550576820mmoc1550576820 or visit 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

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. 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.l1550576820iamg@1550576820nosli1550576820wtted1550576820rub1550576820 and moc.l1550576820iamto1550576820h@ecy1550576820oj.no1550576820sliw1550576820 or visit for more information.

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).

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. 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:


Oct. 20: Familia de las Américas (español)

Planificación familiar natural confiable y científicamente comprobada para lograr o posponer embarazos. 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.


Hymnals for Free

St. Peter Parish, Jefferson City, has 360 Gather hymnals to donate to another parish. The collection does not include the Accompaniment book or the Choir book. If interested, please contact Lisa Finder at 573-636-8159 or gro.c1550576820jrete1550576820ptnia1550576820s@tsi1550576820nagro1550576820retep1550576820ts1550576820.

Asbestos Inspection for Schools

Every three years schools are required to have a re-inspection of all asbestos materials listed in the Asbestos Management Plan. This is required to remain compliant with State of Missouri accreditation. Brad Copeland, diocesan director of Buildings and Properties, will be visiting all diocesan schools to re-inspect and update the Asbestos Management Plan. Copeland will contact each school to schedule his visit.

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.k1550576820cints1550576820@rotc1550576820erid1550576820.

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.y1550576820ticff1550576820ejoid1550576820@snoi1550576820tacov1550576820. 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.o1550576820ohay@15505768201knar1550576820fwdra1550576820hcir1550576820 or 660-342-0834.