Sept. 3, 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

Prayers for the universal church

I will be in Rome for the next two weeks, attending orientation for new bishops. Please know I am bringing my – and your — prayers for healing and renewal, both for our own diocese and for the universal church, with me. 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.

It is important to acknowledge many church personnel feel the impact of the news stories. We sometimes are approached by others, seeking information or perhaps wanting to divulge information about abusive behavior. While acknowledging people’s pain, we can not succumb to gossip. 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. 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.

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. Your support through this difficult time is greatly appreciated. Let us continue to pray for one another.

Prayer Intention for September

“For all those serving as first responders; may God protect them as they face danger with courage and provide healing assistance to those in need.”

“Por todas las personas que sirven como primeros socorristas; que Dios los proteja mientras se enfrentan al peligro con valentía y brindan ayuda sanadora a quienes más lo necesitan.”

A pdf of the prayer intention can be downloaded to be placed in your parish bulletin.


Sept. 8: 2018 Diocesan Youth Rally

Youth Ministry Leaders are encouraged to register teens to attend the 2018 Diocesan Youth Rally on Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Please visit for registration, promotional flyers, and all the details.  Use #JCyouthrally in your social media promotional efforts and encourage your participants to use the hashtag when posting pictures and other social media posts on Sept. 8. Feel free to use the graphic below (right click to save) and link provided to promote in your parish bulletin, website and social media channels. This event only comes around every two years and promises to be a high-energy and prayerful experience for all involved.

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.l1553622449iamqr1553622449abme@1553622449werdn1553622449ats1553622449. 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)

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. Parish leaders feel free to use attached flyer and consent forms in English and Spanish to promote event in your parish.

Come and See: 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.

May 4, 2019: Mass of Ordination of Deacons

The Mass of Ordination of Deacons will be celebrated May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. for the 18 men presenting being prepared for reception of the sacrament, pending completion of formation studies, individual interviews, appropriate letters of recommendation and Bishop McKnight’s acceptance and call to holy orders.  Please mark your calendar, continue your prayers and support for these men. All priests and deacons are graciously invited to attend and vest for this Ordination Mass.

Events in Spanish or bilingual

Sept. 8 – NFP at Sacred Heart in Columbia (event in Spanish)

Natural Family Planning class with information for couples on female fertility and how to postpone or achieve pregnancies naturally and effectively and strengthen their relationship with one another and their relationship with God. Cost is $30 per couple (includes material and lunch).  You may register online at (URL is case sensitive).

Planificación Familiar en Parroquia Sagrado Corazón, Columbia

Curso para que las parejas aprendan sobre la fertilidad de la mujer para lograr o posponer embarazos efectivamente de manera natural y fortalecer su relación mutua y con Dios. Costo de $30 por pareja (incluye material y comida del día). Inscripción

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

A great opportunity for families to pray and bond together while reflecting on topics presented by Fr. Angel Espinosa, International Speaker on Marriage and Family. The event is free and there is no need to register. 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.

Conferencia para Familias, San Pedro, Marshall

  • 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)

Event is from 9am to 4pm for all current lectors and those who wish to be. Pre-registration is not required; just let us know you are attending by calling 573 635 9127 X226 or let your pastor know.

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.


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.y1553622449ticff1553622449ejoid1553622449@snoi1553622449tacov1553622449. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Development Director Jake Seifert contact information

On Aug. 15, Jake Seifert began work as the development director for the Diocese. You can contact him at gro.y1553622449ticff1553622449ejoid1553622449@tnem1553622449polev1553622449ed1553622449 or 573-635-9127. Ext/ 227

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.

Confirmation forms now due

The deadline to submit parish response forms for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 was Friday, Aug. 31. If you have not submitted your parish response form to the Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Education yet, please do so immediately. All parishes are required to submit this form if they are planning to celebrate the sacrament or not. Click here to download the full confirmation package for 2019. Contact John DeLaporte, Director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education with any questions.


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.o1553622449ohay@15536224491knar1553622449fwdra1553622449hcir1553622449 or 660-342-0834.