Aug. 20, 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 letter to the faithful and clergy

On Friday, a letter from Bishop McKnight, in English and Spanish, was made available to the parishes to be read at weekend Masses. Parishes were also invited to print the letter to place in their bulletins this weekend. You may find the letter on our website.

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.

New dates: Catholic Stewardship Appeal

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal dates have been changed. The kickoff weekend will be Oct. 6-7 and the alternate will be Oct. 13-14.  Bishop McKnight’s letter to parishioners will go out that intervening week.

We apologize for the change, but this allows time to incorporate some changes being implemented this year. More importantly, Bishop McKnight would like to take advantage of the Priests Institute during the first week of October to personally address our priests about the CSA and his vision of stewardship.

Please contact Msgr. Robert Kurwicki or Mark Saucier with any questions. Gratitude is the foundation of stewardship and we are grateful for all you do in service to our Church.

New dates: Catholic Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together. It consists of a series of presentations beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. The Engaged Encounter coordinators for our diocese are Deacon Burdett and Joyce Wilson.  The registration form and more information are available on our diocesan website.  The cost for the weekend is $100 per couple. A $25 deposit made payable to Engaged Encounter is required and to be included with the registration form. The weekends are held at St. Pius X in Moberly.

The dates for 2019 are:

  • Jan. 4-6
  • March 1-3
  • May 3-5
  • Aug. 2-4
  • Nov. 1-3
  • Jan. 3-5, 2020

Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship newsletter

Attached is the July 2018 issue of the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship Newsletter.

Welcome priest scholars in Columbia

Two priest scholars from Santa Croce Pontifical University in Rome, Father Joshan Rodrigues from India and Father Rodrigo Batista from Brazil, will be studying at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and living at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year.  If you see them, please help them to feel welcome.

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 Aug. 29 to *protected email*.

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.

Phone system woes in St. Thomas

St. Thomas the Apostle Church and School has had a new phone and voicemail system installed within the last week.  However, the system is still in the process of being configured by the phone company.  We apologize if you are having difficulty leaving messages or contacting parish or school staff.

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.

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.

New furnaces available for needy

Lennox is seeking nominations of families in need of a new furnace.  Local Lennox dealers have joined dealers in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in Feel the Love, formerly known as Heat U.P. Wisconsin, a program that will give away 60 installed Lennox high efficiency furnace to a family needing help.

Nominations must be received by Sept. 5. Selections will be made by Sept. 30 and the furnace will be installed, with absolutely no charge to the family, on Oct. 6. Please provide this information to your parishioners and community. More information is available at For more information, please contact Susan Frost at *protected email* or 920.347.9111.

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