Director of Parish
and Charitable Services
573-635-9127, ext. 222
Director of Diocesan Communications
573-635-9127, ext. 232
Director of Parish Communications
573-635-9127, ext. 231
Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-4900
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.
Simply click the link above, and click "Download" in the gray box beneath the video.
These documents are referenced in your "Better Together" study, and can be found in their entirety via the links below.
- Pope Francis: “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Apostolicam Actuositatem” (“Apostolate of the Laity”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Gaudium et Spes” (“Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World”)
- Second Vatican Council: “Lumen Gentium” (“Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”)
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Stewardship: “A Disciple’s Response, a Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, Tenth Anniversary Edition”
The Diocesan pastoral letter and plan were promulgated on February 6, 2021, at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Using the teachings of the Church, especially from the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis, our diocese is embarking on a pastoral plan to help our communities deepen their ability to engage in charity and mercy, embrace a stewardship spirituality, and empower an understanding of the co-responsibility of laity and clergy in this effort. As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be ‘the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters.’”
Being a ‘church living in the midst’ of her people
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…