Oct. 7, 2019

Bishop’s messages

Promotional material for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2020 is now available online. A video message will be added soon.

Bishop’s prayer intention for October


All priests are kindly asked to respond by Oct. 10 to the invitation 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.

As a reminder:


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an appeal process for those who have been denied financial assistance in regards to this spring’s natural disasters. Please use this graphic and flyer to alert parishioners.

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.

Sacred Heart in Columbia is seeking a free-standing sanctuary lamp. If your parish has a lamp you be willing to sell, please contact Father Francis Doyle at 573-443-3470 ext 7 or

Pilgrimage to the Shrines of French Canada with Father Matthew Flatley,  July 6 – 11, 2020. Call Travel Tyme @ 636-391-1000 to learn more or to register, or you can visit Please plan on joining us on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Parish Pastoral Center (108 N. Coffey St.) at Visitation Catholic Church in Vienna for an informational gathering and meeting with George Hudson, Owner & Director of Travel Tyme.  George will join us to provide further details and to answer any questions you may have.

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 opening for an admin “floater” 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, including a virtual book club for young women (see graphic above)! Please consider reviewing its calendar of events and promote events in your area! Please especially consider promoting the From Water to Wine retreat on Oct. 20.

Engaged couples are welcomed to a Pre-Cana session on Oct. 19 at the Chancery in Jefferson City. Pre-Cana is a one day experience to prepare engaged couples to begin their formal marriage preparation process. The class includes a series of talks and activities on topics such as: marriage as a Sacrament, the vows, sexuality in the marriage, natural family planning, and more. For more information and registration go to:

Two great performers, Dr. Horst Buchholz, director of sacred music for St. Louis Cathedral in St. Louis, and Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, professor of voice at Eastern Michigan University, will perform Oct. 20, 5 p.m., at St. Peter Church, 216 Broadway St., Jefferson City. The concert is free and open to the public.

Come and learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and the medical applications called NaProTechnology: Oct. 21 in St. James and Oct. 26 at the Chancery in Jefferson City. 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.

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

All men are invited to attend the TrueManhood Outdoor Men’s Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. -10 p.m. in Edina. Fathers may bring sons 13 years and older, and men of all faith traditions are welcome. This retreat is a 100% outdoor experience, mixing Catholic masculine formation and prayer with outdoor activities such as wood chopping, axe and knife throwing, archery, and firearms training and shooting, camp fires, father-son time, meals, and sacraments. (Fr. Colin Franklin will be offering the Mass.) The cost is $50 per individual man, $80 for a “father and youth son” (youth are 13-17 years old), or $110 for “father and 2 youth sons.” Scholarships available. Register online at Direct questions to or call/text (785)534-2575.  Visit for more info. Ladies – please encourage the men in your life to attend! They’ll come home a changed man. 

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

If someone in your parish or you are interested in becoming a NFP teacher through the Family of the Americas Foundation, which teaches a simple, effective, and scientific-based natural method to postpone or achieve pregnancies, contact the Marriage Ministries Office at 573-635-9127 as soon as possible. A teacher training is scheduled for Nov. 8-10.