2 December 2019

Bishop’s messages

December 13 is the 50th anniversary of Pope Francis’ priestly ordination. Please remember him in your liturgies that day and use the resources from the USCCB for your social media. An email with liturgical resources has been sent to pastors, deacons and parish life coordinators.

For those using the online resources for A Steward’s Way, our Advent reflection series, each week’s material is available on our website. Here are links for Week One in English and in Spanish. If you can’t make it to a parish-based group, consider joining our online conversation.

As a reminder:


The National Association of Pastoral Musicians has asked us to help them better assess the field of pastoral music ministry in the Catholic Church in the United States today.  To that end, they have prepared a brief, 14-question survey.  It is intended for pastors and directors of music ministry; the responders do not need to be members of NPM. The responses to the survey will help NPM continue serving both all pastoral musicians and Catholic parishes. The survey is available in both English and Spanish through the following link: Please be sure your parish music ministers have access to this survey.

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.

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.

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. 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!

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