25 November 2019

Bishop’s messages

May everyone be blessed with a Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude. The Chancery will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of the holiday.

Thank you to everyone involved 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. There are a limited number of booklets still available for purchase; we are also encouraging you to download the booklet from our website for use on your digital devices, or consider joining our Facebook group for an online discussion!

The Catholic Missourian plans to publish an article in its Nov. 29 print edition about creative ways parishes are promoting “A Steward’s Way.” If your parish plans to show some splash and innovation in inviting people to this experience, please contact Jay Nies at

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:


Phyllis White of Fertility Care is available to do a one- or two-hour presentation, “O Beauty Ever Ancient, O Beauty Ever New: Church Teaching and Live Giving Love,” to answer today’s questions for all ages about church teaching regarding contraception, NFP and life-giving love. The presentation is appropriate for marriage preparation, high school, confirmation, RCIA, clergy or parish staff. The presentation can be adopted to the needs of the group. Contact Phyllis White at or 816-550-8789.

Please feel free to disseminate the information in this Monday Morning Memo to a broader audience, such as parishioners and school families! Is there someone else who should receive this Weekly Memo? Please encourage them to sign up here

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is seeking a Director of Development & Outreach to lead our fundraising, marketing, public relations, and grant application and management efforts.   Applicants must possesses a strong commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities including the understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and ability to demonstrate the philosophy and values of the agency.   To learn more and apply:

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.

Immaculate Conception Parish in Brookfield has multiple copies (titles and CDs) of the Why Catholic Program series they are willing to donate. This includes 50 copies of Pray-Christian Prayer, 21 copies of The Celebration of Christian Mystery, 19 copies of Profession of Faith and 18 copies of Live: Christian Morality. Please contact Sr. Mary Rost, SSND, for more information at 660-258-2507.

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.”

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,

St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City will host a presentation by Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Ana Luisa Prieto Valdez on Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Selinger Center, 216 Broadway. Sr. Ana Luisa is from Chihuahua, Mexico and has been very involved in education and in indigenous and farmer ministries. Currently a volunteer at El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City, she holds a doctoral degree in social anthropology from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Join Steve Agrisano and other youth ministers and catechetical leaders for our annual retreat Feb. 8 in Columbia. You can share a flyer and online registration available at this link!