June 3, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s messages

This past week has seen a great deal of work by our Catholic faithful, deacons, pastors and Catholic Charities staff to support those impacted by the natural disasters this year. Please consider publicizing the following information:

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, an agency of our Diocese, is working with other agencies to ensure a coordinated and integrated network of support is provided to those affected. They are in need of volunteers to assist with making outreach phone calls to those households who are seeking assistance, creating case files, and providing referrals for immediate needs.  Catholic Charities will provide full training and materials. Please contact Alissa Marlow, Director of Community Services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, at 573-635-7719 or

As was done in response to the 2017 floods, Catholic Charities is putting in place a process to assist those who have a very fragile safety net: people without insurance, who are not homeowners, on limited income, with disabilities, or whose livelihood has been impacted by the natural disaster. If you are interested in assisting in this effort, please consider donating to Catholic Charities’ Disaster Relief Fund. Every dollar will be used for direct assistance of people affected by the flooding and tornadoes. Donations may be made at and

We continue to pray for all who are affected, both by the tornadoes that hit Cole, Hickory, Miller and Randolph counties, and the ongoing flooding of major rivers in our Diocese. Counties impacted by that flooding include Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Gasconade, Howard, Lewis, Linn, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Randolph and Saline.

Please continue to monitor our social media and website for ways to provide assistance to our neighbors. We are better together!

LeAnn Korsmeyer has been appointed diocesan director of Women’s Ministry, effective July 8. This part time position is being funded by a grant for three years.

Thank you to those who join me every month in a special prayer intention for our Diocese. June’s prayer intention may be found on our website now.

On Pentecost, June 9, we are asked to support two campaigns which help to spread the Good News today: the Catholic Communication Campaign and The Catholic University of America. Please consider using this linked letter from me to promote this special collection: English PDF | Spanish PDF | English MSWord | Spanish MSWord. Online resources are also available through these links for the Catholic Communication Campaign and The Catholic University of America.

As a reminder:


Parishes are asked to publish in their bulletins the need for relief parents at St. Nicholas Academy. You can find the listing here.

The Cathedral of Saint Joseph has 150 unused Gather III Hymnals to gift to a parish who could use them. If interested contact Tom Halpin at or 573-635-9127.

Father Joe Corel is seeking information regarding the extent of Catholic jail ministry in our diocese. If you know someone who is involved in Catholic jail ministry, or about visits to jails by volunteers or ministers, please take a moment to complete this survey: Please also consider including this information in parish communications.

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.”

CHRISTpower needs you! Please feel free to use this video to promote this wonderful camp for young people!

CHRISTpower is an authentically Catholic service retreat for high school students to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church where a safe environment is created for each retreatant to ask the question, “Who is God the Father creating me to become?” Retreatants are divided into teams. In the course of a week, each team goes to five different service sites. In the evening, everyone is brought back together where spectacular life nights filled with uplifting Christian music and activities allow the retreatants to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ, each other and themselves. Camp is at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City on July 14-20. For more information visit

There are several opportunities in June for married and engaged couples to learn about the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning. Check our website for more details.
June 1: Sacred Heart, Columbia. 816 550 8789
June 8: Mary Immaculate, Kirksville. Call Lynn Carter, 660.988.9279
June 15: Chancery, Jefferson City. Call Phyllis White, 816 550 8789
June 17: Guiding Star Mid-MO, St. James. Call Marca Stephens, 573.247.8624 or email

The NPM Jefferson City, MO Diocesan Chapter will be hosting “Night of Spiritual Nourishment for Music Ministers” on June 6 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia. For more information and to register, visit (The link URL is case sensitive.)

Several bi-lingual events are being offered in the upcoming weeks. Please visit these links for more information and for suggested promotional graphics and text, in English and Spanish:
June 8: Vigils for Pentecost
June 15: Precious Blood Prayer Group concert, Sacred Heart, Columbia | graphic
June 15: Retreat, St. Brendan, Mexico | graphic
June 22-23: St. Mary Prayer Group retreat, St. Mary, Milan
June 22-23: Couples Retreat, St. Peter, Marshall | graphic

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 second of three 2019 retreats to be held in the Kansas City area will be on July 26-28. For more information or to register, please contact Teresa O’Donnell at (816) 679-4973, (please note: you might have to check your Spam folder for the guaranteed email reply) or

There are several youth camps available this summer. Please check them out!

Camp Maccabee 2019

The Camp Maccabee session for June 16-21 has been cancelled. However, there’s still time to sign up Catholic young men (grades 9-12) for the sessions June 23-28 and July 21-26. Camp Maccabee was founded in 2009 with the purpose of forming bold, Catholic, masculine leaders. For more information visit

Camp Siena

Camp Siena is a summer camp experience committed to helping young Catholic women (grades 9-12) deepen their relationship with God and others by exercising, understanding, and living their unique feminine spirituality and becoming the woman God is calling them to be. It is offered July 28-Aug. 1. For more information, visit