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A Small Group Discernment Experience for Parishes

Pastoral Planning
Key Contacts

Director of Parish
and Charitable Services
LeAnn Korsmeyer
573.635.9127, ext. 222

Administrative Assistant
Erin Boeckmann
573.635.9127, ext. 240

Director of Diocesan Communications
Helen Osman
573.635.9127, ext. 232
512.785.3006

Director of Parish Communications
Ashley Wiskirchen
573.635.9127, ext. 231

 


Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St | PO Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900

Additional Resources

Reaching Out to the Religiously Unaffiliated
This video of Bishop Robert Barron speaking at the USCCB Plenary Assembly is suggested as an additional resource in week one. Please find the video linked below to play or download for your convenience.

Sacramental Indexes

In weeks three and four, groups are asked to use data regarding social health and sacramental in their counties and deaneries. Please find your relevant indexes below for download.

Sacramental Indexes By Deanery:

Better Together: A Small Group Discernment Experience for Parishes

This Lenten study for parishes in the Diocese of Jefferson City focuses on discerning how our parish communities, as centers of charity and mercy, practice stewardship and co-responsibility. This process will  inform the pastoral plans of our parishes and diocese.

Lent 2020 Better Together Small Group Study Book Order

Use this form to order printed copies (with English and Spanish) "Better Together": A Small Group Discernment Experience for Parishes. To cover the cost of printing and mailing, there is a fee of $5/booklet. These booklets are also available for download and printing; links are available on this page under "eBook Chapters."
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Frequently Asked Questions

This Lenten study for parishes in the Diocese of Jefferson City focuses on discerning how our parish communities, as centers of charity and mercy, practice stewardship and co-responsibility. This process will  inform the pastoral plans of our parishes and diocese.

How do I participate? | ¿Cómo participo?

If you are already a member of a small faith-sharing group, Bishop McKnight is asking that you use your already scheduled sessions to participate in this diocesan-wide pastoral planning process. No need to plan additional gatherings.

If you are not a member of a small faith-sharing group, please work with our parish coordinators to join groups being formed.

Please also help us spread the word about these sessions. Bishop McKnight’s vision is that everyone in our diocese can participate. There are summits being held for our diocesan youth and for our Spanish-speaking Catholics.

En español:

Si ya es miembro de un pequeño grupo, el Obispo McKnight le pide que use sus sesiones que ya están programadas para participar en este proceso de planificación pastoral a nivel diocesano. No hay necesidad de planificar reuniones adicionales.

Si no es miembro de un pequeño grupo, por favor trabaje con nuestros coordinadores parroquiales para unirse a los grupos que se están formando.

Por favor, también ayúdenos a correr la voz acerca de estas sesiones. La visión del Obispo McKnight es que todos en nuestra diócesis podamos participar. Se celebrarán Summits (Encuentros Diocesanos) para nuestros jóvenes y para nuestros Católicos hispanoparlantes.

What about young people? | ¿Qué pasa con los jóvenes?

There is a Youth Summit on May 17 which is intended to include high school students. Pastors are selecting delegates for the event. Please contact John DeLaporte or at 573.635.9127, ext. 233 for more details. Pastors are selecting delegates for the event.

En español:

Hay un Summit (Encuentro) Juvenil el 17 de mayo, el cual pretende incluir a estudiantes de preparatoria (high school). Los párrocos seleccionan delegados para el evento. Comuníquese con John DeLaporte o al 573.635.9127, ext. 233 para más detalles.

What’s the process for the pastoral plan? | ¿Cuál es el proceso para el plan pastoral?

During Lent, the small faith-sharing groups will meet for four sessions. The groups will be asked to consider how their stewardship requires a co-responsibility between laity and clergy to enliven their parish as a center of charity and mercy. They will be asked to submit a Discernment Report at the end of each session to their pastor. The pastor and pastoral council will use these reports to develop a parish pastoral plan. In turn, the diocesan team will receive the parish pastoral plans and develop a diocesan pastoral plan from those plans.

After affirmation by the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, the diocesan pastoral plan will be promulgated by Advent 2020.

En español: 

Durante la Cuaresma, los pequeños grupos se reunirán durante cuatro sesiones. A los grupos se les pedirá que consideren cómo la administración de sus dones requiere corresponsabilidad entre laicos y el clero para alentar a su parroquia como un centro de caridad y misericordia. Se les pedirá que entreguen a su párroco un Informe Discernimiento al final de cada sesión. El equipo diocesano va a recibir los planes pastorales parroquiales y desarrollará un plan pastoral diocesano de esos planes.

Después de la afirmación por el Consejo Pastoral Diocesano y el Consejo Presbiteral Diocesano, el plan pastoral diocesano será promulgado en Adviento 2020.

Who’s going to lead these small groups? | ¿Quién va a dirigir estos grupos pequños?

The program is intended to be self-explanatory. The members of the small faith-sharing groups will be able to facilitate the sessions. The material will be available in print and online, in English and Spanish. 

En español: 

El programa está destinado a explicarse por sí mismo. Los miembros de los pequeños grupos de intercambio de fe podrán facilitar las sesiones. El material estará disponible en forma impresa y en línea, en inglés y español. 

What is expected of parish leadership? | ¿Qué se espera del liderazgo parroquial?

Please promote and encourage the use of the material and the convening of small faith-sharing groups. Parish councils especially can lead by example. Please use the promotional material being provided by the diocese in your printed and digital publications.

En español:

Que por favor promueva y aliente el uso del material y la convocatoria de pequeños grupos de intercambio de fe. Los consejos parroquiales especialmente pueden liderar con el ejemplo. Utilice el material promocional proporcionado por la diócesis en sus publicaciones impresas y digitales.

Who is paying for this? | ¿Quién pagará por esto?

The diocese is creating the digital resources at no cost to the parishes. We are grateful to those who support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, which is the funding source. Parishioners who would like to purchase a printed, bilingual booklet may order booklets from the parish coordinator at $5 per book, which includes printing and mailing costs.

En español:

La diócesis está creando los recursos digitales sin costo para las parroquias. Agradecemos a quienes apoyan la Campaña de la Administración Católica (Catholic Stewardship Appeal), que es la fuente de financiación. Los feligreses que deseen comprar un folleto impreso, en inglés o español, pueden solicitar folletos al coordinador de la parroquia a $ 5 por libro, que incluye los costos de impresión y envío.

What are the duties of the parish coordinator? | ¿Cuáles son los deberes del coordinador de la parroquia?

In addition to promoting the process, the parish coordinator is the liaison between the parish and the diocesan coordinator, LeAnn Korsmeyer (lkorsmeyer@diojeffcity.org), who is the diocesan director of Charitable and Pastoral Services. The parish coordinator specifically:

  1. Establishes a contact with each small group
  2. Determines the number of booklets need
  3. Notifies the diocese of the number of booklets needed
  4. Distributes the booklets to the small groups

En español:

Además de promover el proceso, el/la coordinador/a de la parroquia es el enlace entre la parroquia y la Coordinadora Diocesana, LeAnn Korsmeyer (lkorsmeyer@diojeffcity.org), quien es la Directora Diocesana de Servicios Caritativos y Pastorales. El/la coordinador/a parroquial específicamente:

  1. Establece un contacto con cada grupo pequeño
  2. Determina la cantidad de folletos que necesita
  3. Notifica a la diócesis la cantidad de folletos necesarios
  4. Distribuye los folletos a los grupos pequeños
What about the Spanish speaking community of our diocese? | ¿Qué pasa con la comunidad hispanoparlante de nuestra diócesis?

There is a Hispanic Community Summit on May 23 which is intended to include Spanish-speaking participants from around the diocese. In collaboration with the Hispanic parish leaders, pastors of parishes with Hispanic Ministry are selecting delegates for the event. The diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry will contact these pastors with more details. For questions contact Enrique Castro or at 573.680.3650.

En español:

Hay un Summit (Encuentro) para la comunidad Hispana el 23 de mayo en el que participarán hispanoparlantes de toda la diócesis. En colaboración con los líderes Hispanos de las parroquias, los párrocos de parroquias con Ministerio Hispano van a seleccionar delegados para el evento. La Oficina Diocesana del Ministerio Hispano contactará a estos párrocos con más detalles. Para preguntas o más información contacte a Enrique Castro o al 573.680.3650

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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight As my two-year anniversary as your bishop draws near, I find myself grateful every day for the opportunity to be the shepherd for God’s people here in central and northern Missouri. Your dedication to living as disciples of Christ has been edifying and consoling to me! At the same time, I…

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eBook Chapters

For ease of use, the four Lenten sessions are separated into eBook chapters that leaders can use or send digitally to group members. Find the chapters below in both English and Spanish.

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Discernment Reports

At the end of each session, the small groups are asked to complete a Discernment Report. To submit your report online, simply select the week below and fill out the form. It will be provided to your pastor. You may also choose to submit the report in paper form by removing the page from the printed booklet.