April 22, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s messages

In Christ’s resurrection,  God’s light has shone in the darkness of our sinful humanity. May the resurrection of the Lord fill your heart with hope this Easter season!

On April 16, I announced official appointments. The appointments are in the Catholic Missourian and online here. Please continue to pray for those who serve and lead in our Diocese, our local Church.

Last week we experienced another unfortunate attempt to scam people for money, with someone sending out emails purportedly from me. Please review our alert on this scam and consider publishing it on a regular basis in your communication to parishioners.

As a reminder:


The Chancery offices will be closed today, Easter Monday. It will open on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

The Diocesan Safety Committee assists parishes and schools in providing safe workplace environments for employees, students and the public. The Diocesan Safety Committee reviews workplace claims, offers suggestions to improve safety in work environments and sends out monthly safety bulletins. It also provides financial assistance through a Safety Grant program. Parishes, schools and other diocesan employers may apply for grants up to $2,500 to meet safety needs and concerns. Deadline for applying for this year’s grant cycle is May 31. Please submit grant applications by email or by postal mail to the Diocese, to the attention of the Finance Office, Safety Grant. Questions may be addressed to Deacon Joe Braddock, 573.635.9127.

As a reminder:

Upcoming events

Please consider promoting these events in your bulletins, other print publications, on your website and in other digital sites. Please use the description in our online event page (links provided for each event) for your print products. You may find more events on our diocesan website.

Protecting God’s Children workshops
The Catholic Church in the United States is committed to providing safe environments in all of our ministries and activities, especially those involving children and youth. One aspect of our commitment is that anyone who works with minors in our parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Jefferson City receive training. For a full list of trainings currently available, please visit our Virtus site and select “Jefferson City, MO (Diocese),” or go to our Events page and filter by “Protecting God’s Children.”

April 27-28: Retiro de Jóvenes: A great retreat opportunity for the preparation of this year’s quinceañeras and chambelanes for any 14- to 18 year-olds, a Retiro de Jóvenes will be held April 27-28 at Sacred Heart School in Sedalia. A chance to share, have fun, learn, reflect, pray and encounter Jesus. Please use the graphic here to promote on social media. Parental consent forms should be sent to the diocesan Faith Formation team.

May 1: REBOOT!

May 3-5 Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in Kansas City: Are you or a loved one suffering from abortion?  Find hope and allow God to heal your heart by attending a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat. The first of three 2019 retreats to be held in the Kansas City area will be on May 3-5. For more information or to register, call Teresa O’Donnell at 816-679-4973 or email or visit

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie, is inviting all to a pilgrimage May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can find more information on their website, or use this flyer to promote the pilgrimage.

July 6-12: Summer mission trip for teens (deadline May 1)

National Catholic Youth Conference: Nov. 21-23
May 13 is the deadline to register for the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference, to be held Nov. 21-23 in Indianapolis. Visit for more details and promotional material.