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A Pastoral Planning Experience for Parishes

Pastoral Planning
Key Contacts

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

Director of Diocesan Communications
Helen Osman
573.635.9127, ext. 232

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.


Simply click the link above, and click "Download" in the gray box beneath the video.

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Better Together: A Pastoral Plan for our parishes and our diocese

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 As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of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.’”

Process and timeline


  • Laity:  Through May 31, Better Together sessions 1-4 are held and discernment reports for all four sessions are submitted.
  • Pastor/parish leadership: From June 1-July 31 the pastor and parish pastoral council will discern two-four activities which address all three of the priority areas:  stewardship, co-responsibility, parishes as centers of charity and mercy.  One activity can pertain to more than one priority and all priorities must be addressed.  This plan should cover three years, with the understanding the parish council and pastor will be reviewing progress on a regular basis.
  • Chancery: On August 1, parish pastoral plans are submitted to the Chancery.  Pastors will receive an invitation to file their parish's plan through a password-protected web form.
  • Diocesan Pastoral Council: On August 22, the Diocesan Pastoral Council reviews parish pastoral plans to help determine overall themes for discussion regarding the diocesan pastoral plan.
  • DPC and parish representatives: On Sept. 12, we will gather in several locations, using technology to connect virtually, to provide a response to a draft of the diocesan pastoral plan.
  • Priests: At their Priests Institute the first week of October, our presbyterate will affirm the diocesan pastoral plan.
  • Bishop: The Bishop will promulgate the Diocesan Pastoral Plan to become effective the First Week of Advent.
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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…

Sacramental Indexes

One means to determine the strength of our stewardship spirituality is by considering the sacramental engagement in our parishes. Please find your relevant indexes below for download.

Sacramental Indexes By Deanery: