Aug. 5, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s messages

Last week we had the exciting announcement of a new leadership team for the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School. You can find our media release here. We are blessed by the generosity of Doug Callahan, Jill McIntosh and Gwenn Roche in their service to our community. Doug will be the new president of Tolton on Sept. 1, the same day Jill will assume the title and responsibilities of vice president for the school. Gwenn Roche continues as principal. Please join me in praying for our students and their parents and teachers (see my prayer intention below).

Our diocese participates in the Retirement Fund for Religious special collection on the weekend of Aug. 18-19. The national office has prepared great resources, including bulletin and pulpit announcements and social media graphics, in English and Spanish. Please use this link to access them. You can learn more about the Retirement Fund for Religious at

Catechetical Sunday is Sept. 15. Visit the USCCB’s Catechetical Sunday page for prayers and resources to honor and celebrate your parish catechists and youth ministry leaders.

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

For the education of our youth in the faith.  May parents and teachers share their knowledge with gentleness and patience, and may students thirst for knowledge of the things of this world while always pursuing God’s wisdom.

Por la educación en la fe de nuestros jóvenes. Que los padres de familia y maestros puedan compartir su conocimiento con tacto y paciencia, y que los estudiantes tengan sed de conocimiento por las cosas de este mundo, siempre tendiendo a la sabiduría de Dios.

You can find graphics for use in bulletins and other printed material and on social media here.

As a reminder:


Please place this graphic in bulletins and on social media. Let’s spread the word!

Events for Things to Do page in The Catholic Missourian must now be submitted online

In the interest of time and accuracy, The Catholic Missourian has moved to a simple online process for submitting events for the Things to Do page. To have an event considered for publication in Things to Do and in the diocesan online events calendar, go to and follow the directions. The process is straightforward and user-friendly. Events submitted for display advertising will be automatically included in Things to Do, as will items that have been previously submitted.

The Chancery office will be closed for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Confirmation Response Forms

Deadline to submit scheduling forms for the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation is now passed. If you have not submitted your parish form to schedule the sacrament of confirmation next year, please do so as soon as possible. Contact Mr. John DeLaporte in the Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Ed with questions.

Free baptismal font is available at St. Anthony Parish in Camdenton. Please contact them at 573.346.2716 or by email for more information.

Learn what’s happening in our schoo!ls in the Weekly Wrap

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.”

Mass at the Fair

Mass will be celebrated at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Youth Building on Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m. for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day. Fair-goers may also consider other Masses in Pettis County for the the feast day include on Aug. 14: 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart; 6:30 Spanish Mass at St. Patrick; 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist in Bahner. On Aug. 15, Masses will be 8 a.m. at St. Patrick and 8:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart and 5:30 p.m. on the fairgrounds at the Youth Building.

Misa Diocesana en español con nuestro Obispo. Además de celebrar la Eucaristía juntos, podremos convivir con muchos hermanos y hermanas Hispanos nuestros durante la comida después de Misa. Un evento para toda la familia. ¡Los esperamos!

Creighton Introductory Session (NFP) – Aug. 17 at the Chancery in Jefferson City and Aug. 19 at Mary Immaculate Church, Kirksville and Guiding Star Mid-MO, St. James. Come and learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and the medical applications called NaProTechnology. This is chemical-free reliable family planning to achieve or avoid pregnancy and to monitor women’s health, with medical applications that find the cause and treat it to make the woman healthy.  Perhaps you are tired of taking the birth control pill for every reproductive problem or of having your daughters on this steroid for acne or cramps?  Or being told that IVF is your only solution for infertility? In addition, these systems are totally in accord with Church teaching affirming that there is no conflict between faith and science – good medicine and Church teaching.  Contact (573) 443-3470.

Pastors, Administrators, and Associate Pastors are invited to our third annual afternoon seminar and luncheon sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry & Religious Ed, the Deaconate Office, and the Committee for Ministry to Priests. Register by clicking here!

Premenopause Planning Class (CCL) – Aug. 31 in Hallsville. Classes can be scheduled as needed. Online learning options also available. Contact Jeremy & Maria Henson at 573-696-0778, or

A Healing Prayer Service in the Jefferson City Diocese. Please join us for an Ecumenical Healing Prayer Service for all those individual and families affected by the opiate crisis and or from addictions/compulsions of any kind. In the midst of this dreadful crisis plaguing every aspect of our society, we strive to offer a healing service of hope and recovery. We will gather on Friday, Sept. 6 at Immaculate Conception Church in Jefferson City with the doors opening at 6 p.m. This very special event will include: Open 12 Step Meetings (AA-NA-Al Anon) for anyone who is a member of a fellowship, or for those who seek information about these programs; seasoned sponsors from various 12 Step Programs will be available to listen to 5th Steps; priests of our diocese will be available for reconciliation. A healing prayer service will begin at 8 p.m. with the opportunity for a special blessing and commitment to recovery and healing. This event will be followed with fellowship and hospitality. Please see more information to follow in The Catholic Missourian. If you have any questions, please e-mail Fr. Matthew Flatley (Diocesan Moderator of Spiritual Formation.) For many, many years, addicts and alcoholics have met in our church basements and now it is time to invite them and their families upstairs, into the sanctuary.

FertilityCare Practitioner Program

FertilityCare Practitioner Program. FertilityCare Center of Kansas City Teacher Education Program is pleased to announce a new FertilityCare Practitioner Program beginning Sept. 7 to 14 to be held at the Chancery in Jefferson City. Program director is Phyllis A. White, CFCE, of Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia. Medical Consultant is Dr. Mark F. Stegman, OBGYN, CFCMC of St. Louis. Information and application materials can be found at under FCP Training.

This Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner Program is a 13-month program with two Education Phases and two Supervised Practicum. Dates for Education Phase I are Sep 7-14 and Education Phase II are March 7-12, 2020. Students begin teaching at their own home location immediately after EPI. Questions: Phyllis White or 816-550-8789.