Sept. 16, 2019

Bishop’s messages

On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued a report based on a 13-month investigation on clergy sexual abuse of minors in the four Roman Catholic dioceses of Missouri.  My letter to the faithful of the Diocese in response is here.

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.   


All priests and seminarians are invited to the annual Priests and Seminarians Christmas Dinner at the Catholic Center on Friday, Dec. 27.  Details will be emailed soon.

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. 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:


Retiro de Crecimiento: Después de haber vivido tu Retiro de Inicio, el Grupo de Oración San Pedro te invita a vivir una experiencia de crecimiento y encuentro con Jesús para renovar tu compromiso e iniciarte en el servicio de nuestra Iglesia. ¡Te esperamos! Contacto: Marcelino Chavez 660-815-0179 y Fidel Perez 660-815-2586.

October is Respect Life Month and Respect Life Sunday will be observed Oct. 6. This year’s theme, “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” brings a message of hope that the Gospel of Life presents to us is desperately needed in our society. To aid parishes in the preaching, presentation and promotion of the pro-life message, we have ordered for each parish a Respect Life Program Kit from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. These kits will be (or have been) mailed directly to each parish office, so please begin looking through them upon their arrival and brainstorming ways to incorporate the material into your community. May the Spirit guide us in our protection of the dignity of each human life. Please contact Father Paul Clark, moderator of the diocesan Pro-Life Ministry, with questions at

The Office of Vocations is pleased to announce the return of the Seminarian Prayer Card and creation of a Seminarian Poster highlighting the seminarians of our diocese. Please click on the link below for more information. Thank you for all that you do to support and promote a culture of vocations! Please pray for an increase of vocations to the diocesan priesthood in our diocese.

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.”

The new diocesan Women’s Ministry has lots going on! Please consider reviewing its calendar of events and promote events in your area! And the book club will begin soon!

Come and learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and the medical applications called NaProTechnology: Oct. 5 at Sacred Heart, Columbia. 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. Call 573-443-3470 for more information.

NFP Class-Couple to Couple League (CCL) teaches a sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, which basically means it combines both mucus and temperature signs which typically accompanies ovulation. Recordings of these signs indicate naturally-occurring fertile and infertile phases. Group or individual sessions are presented by a volunteer teaching couple. Join us Sept. 28 in Hallsville and Oct. 5 in Jefferson City. Contact: 513-471-2000 or

Congreso Diocesano Carismático- Sept. 28 & 29
El movimiento RCC te invita a este evento de gracia y bendición para  toda la comunidad Hispana de la diócesis y a todos los servidores del movimiento a participar de este evento de gracia y bendición. El evento será en Sacred Heart School en Sedalia. ¡Los esperamos!
Contacto: Moisés Sosa 660-346-7161.

Learn the signs of suicide: two sessions Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s Health Center.

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

The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship. A Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, for couples of all faiths or no faith background, it is primarily a practical program to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. Presenters are not trained marriage counselors, but couples sharing their personal stories of marital struggles and the tools they used to rediscover their love. The next weekend is Oct. 25 in Kansas City. For more information, contact 1-800-470-2230 or

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