June 17, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s message

Last week the US Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore for their spring General Assembly. You can read my reflection on our efforts to strengthen the accountability of bishops regarding abuse of power. The USCCB has also prepared resources to answer some fundamental questions on how we will be implementing Pope Francis’ directives. This link allows you to download those resources; we have included a one page flyer on what our Diocese is doing to prevent abuse.

It is time to begin the planning and scheduling process for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation in 2019-2020.  Attached is a form every parish needs to submit to schedule confirmation in the year ahead.  This confirmation cycle marks the first year in our transition process to lower the age. Thus, there are several changes to the response form and age policy. In addition, I have approved three options by which parishes can choose to administer the sacrament during the three-year transition phase. Please read the cover letter carefully and complete the form at your earliest convenience. It is due in our Office of Youth Ministry no later than July 22. Finally, the attachment includes a “frequently asked questions” section intended to provide clarification on common questions that may arise. Please contact John DeLaporte with questions at 573-635-9127, ext. 233, or

As a reminder:


This week’s post on our Better Together Branding Initiative looks at data we have regarding people’s use of our parish bulletins. Knowing what people are doing helps us in answering the next question, which is “Why are they doing that?” But if we only look at the data, sometimes we neglect to ask the bigger question of “Why?” And, wait, there’s more…

This 16-minute video offers an overview of our diocese’s communication strategy, which is using data and technology to empower our parish leadership and raise the spiritual engagement of Catholics in the diocese.

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

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