June 24, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s message

Thank you to everyone who joins with me each month in a prayer intention for our diocese. The July prayer intention is as follows:

For the people of the United States of America; that we may hold fast to the Christian principles which guided the shaping of our country as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Por el pueblo de Estados Unidos de Norteamérica. Para que podamos aferrarnos a los principios cristianos que guiaron y le dieron forma a nuestro país como una nación ante Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos”.

You can find graphics for this prayer intention on our website.

The bishops of Missouri recently agreed to standardize our approach to offerings for Mass intentions. This Making Connections column explains more, and you can find the official decree here.

The deadline is quickly approaching to finalize the schedule 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 gives the answers to some frequently asked questions about parish bulletins, the network of parish websites and other details.

As we continue to build out the resources on our website, parish staff might appreciate knowing that the Finance & Accounting page includes the following:
Recommended Internal Controls
Parish Offertory Collection Procedures
Substitute Priest Reimbursement Guidelines

As a reminder:

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.

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.”

Parishes are asked to use the following bulletin announcement or the attached flyer:
NFP AWARENESS WEEK KICK-OFF with a LIVE-THE-LOVE CELEBRATION at the Chancery on Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Curious about what the church teaches on contraception and natural family planning (also called NFP)?   How are they different?  And just how does Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae speak to us – clergy and laity alike – after 50 years of prophetic insight bearing down in Truth unfolding? With the Church facing serious crises around the world, a renewal of purity in all vocations is revitalizing today’s Catholics. Many feel alone and scared in today’s culture, making that leap of faith out of the wilderness of contraception …. And into the arms of Grace with NFP. Get answers to your questions and find fellowship with the NFP Family. Lunch provided, with great speakers, NFP faith witness and lots of time for networking and fellowship … all are Welcome! And this event is FREE to all. You can find registration at or by contacting Register today!

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

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 session on 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