Sept. 2, 2019

Bishop’s messages

This week we announced that a health and social services center for the Diocese of Jefferson City will find a home in a former Catholic seminary building, following an agreement of terms between the Jefferson City Housing Authority and Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). 

Save the Date:  The Diocese of Jefferson City anticipates an ordination Mass for diaconal candidates from our Hispanic community on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. A reception will follow the ordination.   

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.


Msgr. Greg Higley has asked for assistance in the Hospitality Room during the upcoming Priests’ Institute. He writes: “I would be grateful if some of you would donate your time to play ‘host’ during one of the afternoon or evening sessions, which are roughly 5-5:45 p.m. or 8:30-10 p.m., Oct. 7-10. Please get in touch with me at or 573-469-5900 and let me know if or how you can lend a helping hand. The job of the host is basically:  go to the Hospitality Room a few minutes earlier and check to see if the ice has been refreshed and drink glasses have been refreshed, and snacks are put out. Then you keep an eye out for anything that needs refreshing or replenishing — snacks, beverages, ice, water, etc. — during the time of fellowship.  Piece of cake!!! So please get in touch with me at the above contact info.”

With more than 500 visitors, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg is in need of confessors for the Sept. 8 annual Fall Pilgrimage. The sacrament of penance is available from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Any assistance during that time is welcomed. Please contact Msgr. Greg Higley at or 573-469-5900. Those priests able to arrive early enough for lunch will be treated to a delicious hot German meal at noon!

All priests are invited to the annual social and dinner hosted by St. Andrew 50+ Club on Oct. 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at Veit Hall, St. Andrew Parish, Holt Summit. You may rsvp at or 573-896-5010.

Please use this bulletin announcement and graphic to promote the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly, which will be Oct. 5 in Jefferson City. You can find more information on the MCC’s website and my letter of invitation and registration information is available here.

The Catholic Bishops of Missouri invite you to attend the Annual Assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference on Saturday, October 5, in Jefferson City. Come learn about public policy from the experts who are involved in advocacy on a daily basis. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Raising the Next Generation of Catholic Advocates.” The event is free and includes lunch and childcare for children above four years of age. A youth track is available for students in middle school and up and includes a mock legislature where students can debate bills on the floor of the Missouri Senate. To register for the event, go to or call 1-800-456-1679. See you on October 5th!

As a reminder:


Just a few days until the Sept. 7 deadline to register for FEMA assistance: Please alert parishioners and others! A flyer is available for posting. 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 Diocese of Jefferson City Women’s Ministry Office invites you to gather your gal pals and join our newly formed diocesan-wide book club.  Our first book is entitled, “girl, arise” and is written by Claire Swinarksi.  This book promises to be “smart, witty, and fearless” with an invitation to “live boldly, love your faith and change the world.” Discussion questions will be available Oct. 1 at or on our Facebook page, Jefferson City Diocesan Women’s Ministry. The book may be purchased through many outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Ava Maria Press.  For more information, contact LeAnn Korsmeyer, Coordinator of Women’s Ministry, at 573-635-9127 or

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.
  • New job openings at the Chancery – please post!
  • How to identify email and text scams.
  • 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.

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.”

La Planificación Familiar Natural (PFN) –  Sept. 14, Centro Pastoral, JC

La planificación familiar natural (PFN) es el término que se maneja para referirse a los métodos de planificación familiar que son naturales, científicos, moralmente buenos y eficaces para lograr o posponer embarazos. No son los antiguos métodos naturales que no tienen bases científicas y no funcionan. Estos métodos están basados en la observación de los signos y síntomas naturales de las faces fértiles e infértiles del ciclo menstrual de la mujer.

 La PFN no utiliza las drogas, los artefactos o procedimientos quirúrgicos que comúnmente son ineficaces y dañinos para la salud. Además, éstos respetan la naturaleza unitiva y procreativa del acto conyugal según el diseño de Dios del amor conyugal. 

Estos métodos le ayudarán a lograr o posponer embarazos de una manera efectiva y sin las dañinas consecuencias de todos los anticonceptivos. Además, les permitirá disfrutar y vivir su sexualidad a plenitud y fortalecer su relación mutua y con Dios. Si está pensando en casarse, está en preparación matrimonial, vive con su pareja o está casado/a, tiene hijos o no, ¡NO LO PIENSE MÁS!

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

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 last retreat of 2019 to be held in the Kansas City area will be Oct. 25-27. For more information or to register, contact Teresa O’Donnell at 816-679-4973 or (please note: you might have to check your spam folder for the guaranteed email reply) or visit