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Aug. 12, 2019

In this issue:

Bishop’s messages

Please mark your calendars for the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly, which will be Oct. 5 in Jefferson City. This year, rather than breaking out into groups for morning workshops, the entire morning session will be held in the House Chamber, where all attendees of the Annual Assembly will gather to hear Catholic advocates who have championed for the common good in varying areas speak about their experiences advocating for poor, unborn, and under-served persons throughout their lives. You can find more information on the MCC’s website and Bishop McKnight’s letter of invitation and registration information is available here.

Just a reminder to our priests that the Diocesan Priests Institute will be Oct. 7-11. Please check your emails for important information from Msgr. Kurwicki about the week.

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.

As a reminder:


Sept. 7 deadline to register for FEMA assistance: Please alert parishioners and others! Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) reminds individuals who have experienced damage to homes or businesses in the recent tornadoes or flooding to register immediately with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be considered for financial assistance. The registration deadline is Sept. 7. Options for registering include:
• Call toll-free: 1-800-621-3362
• Online:
• Download the FEMA mobile app.

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

Mary Immaculate Parish in Kirksville has a “host of hosts” and would like to share them, free, with a parish needing hosts. These are 5,500 Cavanagh Altar Breads, whole wheat 1.5″ people’s hosts, in unopened bags of 250 each. For more information, contact Lynn Carter.

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.

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.”

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!

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.

Rosary Congress Oct. 5-11
Our Lady has instructed us to “pray with the heart.”  To pray with the heart is a decision to set aside everything, to concentrate, and to persevere in a pure prayer. For the first time the Diocese of Jefferson City will join with many dioceses across the country for the Rosary Congress Oct. 5-11. Each parish can determine its means of participating to for healing in our Church, for more vocations, and for our country. Let’s set our parishes on fire with a mission of love and consecrate our hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For more information, visit or email

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