23 December 2019

Bishop’s messages

May the Good News of
God’s presence in our lives
fill us with an overflowing
Joy this Christmastime
and may you be blessed with a
Grace-filled New Year

On Friday, Dec. 20, SSM Health and MU Health Care announced they were ending exclusive negotiations by allowing their Letter of Intent (LOI) to transfer ownership of SSM Health’s ministries in Jefferson City and Mexico, Mo. to expire, effective January 7, 2020. Please find my statement here.

As a reminder:


The Chancery offices will be closed the following days through the end of the year: the afternoon of Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and the afternoon of Dec. 31.

Feed the Hungry: Want to put your faith into action? The diocesan Women’s Ministry is coordinating feeding the hungry with Salvation Army of Jefferson City. All are welcomed to participate, not just women! Teams of eight to 10 are being formed to provide a dinner meal for the homeless at the Salvation Army in Jefferson City. Each team will create the menu, provide and serve the meal to approximately 100 people. For more information, check out this link.

Job openings: the Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a full time administrative assistant. You can find the full posting here. Thank you for promoting this in your parish communications. There are also several openings in our Catholic schools, including for a math teacher at Father Tolton Catholic High School. Please also promote these openings.

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:

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.

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 Diocese of Jefferson City Women’s Ministry invites  you to schedule a “Let’s Talk Faith” presentation in your parish community. Please contact LeAnn Korsmeyer, Director of Women’s Ministry for details.  Telephone  (573) 635-9127 (EXT 222) or email

ECUMENICAL HANDBELL CHOIR CONCERT at the CATHEDRAL Come watch and enjoy five handbell choirs perform at the Jefferson City Community Handbell Concert on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Admission is one canned food item or cash gift, which will be donated to the Jefferson City Samaritan Center. Cookies and punch will follow the concert.

The 11th annual National Winter Chant Conference will be held Jan. 20-24 at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana. This is the single best week and the single best place for learning the new English chants for the Sunday parish Mass, its spirituality, and role in the prayer of the Liturgy. For more information, visit

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE MIDWEST MARCH FOR LIFE 2020 The Tenth MidWest March To Honor and Glorify Jesus and Defend Innocent Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at St Peter Selinger Expo Hall opening at 7:45 am, pre rally at 9:30 am, March at 10 am and Rally with keynote David Bereit at 10:45 am in the State Rotunda.  A Youth Rally will be given by Jacinta Florence of Students for Life of America and David Bereit, Founder of 40 Days for Life at 1 pm. Information is available at or call 573-340- 8444.  Sponsored by Columbia 40 Days For Life through St Andrew Prolife.  

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