11 November 2019

Bishop’s messages

The bishops of the United States are meeting this week. You can find the meeting agenda and watch livestream of the meetings and media conferences at the USCCB website.

Thank you to everyone who has begun work in promoting our Advent small-group faith sharing sessions. You can use this video to promote the sessions, along with other content found on our website.

The Rite of Election will be celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020, at 3 p.m. Parishes are asked to complete this participation form by Dec. 2, regardless if anyone from your parish is joining the Church this year.

As a reminder:


The Catholic Missourian intends to publish in this week’s print edition a list of ecumenical prayer services for Thanksgiving. This is a long-standing tradition in many parts of our diocese, and one of few opportunities to gather for prayer and fellowship with members of other Christian congregations. Please check with your local ministerial alliances about when and where any such services are to be held, and send any relevant information to Jay Nies before end of day Tuesday at

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be held the weekend of Nov. 24, the feast of Christ the King. Resources for bulletins, pulpit announcements, social media and other communication channels are available at the USCCB website. Letters from Bishop McKnight are available in the following formats:

Below are suggested bulletin announcements for the collection:

Week Before the Collection (Nov. 16-17)

Next week our special collection will support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More than 46 million people in the United States live in poverty today. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address obstacles as they work to make permanent and positive changes for their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at

Week of the Collection (Nov. 23-24)

Please be generous in this week’s special collection, which supports the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, one in six people live in poverty. Through this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for people across the country who struggle. In addition 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and work on the margins. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at

Week After the Collection (Nov. 30-Dec. 1)

Thank you for your generous support last week for the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! As a parish, we raised $[amount] to support those who live on the margins and in poverty in the United States. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Visit, and click on “How to Give” on the left.

Third quarter 2019 corrections to the Diocesan Directory and a new page for St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pettis County are available for those with printed directories who wish to update them. Please note all these changes have been made on our website directory, which continues to provide the most current contact information we have. If contact information for a parish, school or clergy needs to be updated, please use the forms available on our Communication update page.

Kathy Stegeman has retired from the Diocese of Jefferson City. Erin Boeckmann has assumed the responsibility of maintaining the diocesan database of parishioners for diocesan appeals, The Catholic Missourian and other communications. Parishes are asked to use this form to send any updates of their parishioners.

Free PSR Books: St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in St. Robert has numerous catechetical books available for free (see below). Contact Therese by email or at 573-336-3662 x 120.

  • 13 Faith First Legacy Edition (Parish) and 3 Catechist Guides
  • 4 Eucharist: Celebrate & Remember
  • 21 Reconciliation: Celebrate & Remember and 1 Catechist Guide
  • 2 We Believe: God Loves Us
  • 5 We Believe: We Are the Church
  • 2 Faith First: Morality – Life in Christ
  • 1 We Believe: We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments
  • 3 We Believe: We Are God’s People
  • One each of the following:
  • We Believe Music CD
  • We Believe: We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments
  • The Bible: A Simple Introduction
  • I AM SPECIAL – Kindergarten Teacher Guide, 5th ed.
  • I AM SPECIAL – Kindergarten Teacher Guide, Revised 5th ed.
  • Reconciliation: Pardon & Peace, Primary
  • Reconciliation: Pardon & Peace, Intermediate
  • Eucharist: We Give Thanks & Praise, Primary
  • Eucharist: We Give Thanks & Praise, Intermediate

Catholic Charities of Central & Northern Missouri is seeking a dynamic leader to join our team and help us build our Food & Nutrition Services program!  We are in the planning stages for a new food pantry in our community, and we are looking for an energetic, experienced, committed team player to assist us with the development, implementation, and ongoing management of this new project.  Visit for more information and to apply.

This bulletin graphic, along with other graphics and bulletin announcements in English and Spanish, promote the diocesan-wide Advent Small Groups series.

The Catholic Missourian plans to publish an article in its Nov. 29 print edition about creative ways parishes are promoting “A Steward’s Way,” the Advent small-group program which Bishop McKnight is encouraging Catholics in the Diocese to participate. If your parish plans to show some splash and innovation in inviting people to this experience, please contact Jay Nies at Promotional material is available on the diocesan website, in English and Spanish.

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.

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.
  • 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 diocesan Women’s Ministry has many events. For more information, contact LeAnn Korsmeyer at 573-635-9127. Please consider reviewing its calendar of events and promote events in your area!

Natural Family Planning Creighton Introductory Session (NFP):

  • Dec. 7, Sacred Heart, Columbia
  • Dec. 9, Guiding Star Mid-MO, St. James
  • Dec. 14, Mary Immaculate Church, Kirksville

Come and learn about the Creighton Model Fertility Care 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 or 816-550-8789,