24 February 2020

Bishop’s messages

Please include this invitation in parish bulletins and other communications:

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight invites you to attend our annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Church of St. Joseph, 2215 W. Main St., Jefferson City on Thursday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m.  This liturgy unites the diocese in recalling the gifts of the holy priesthood and the Most Holy Eucharist.  The Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated at this time.  These holy oils impact the lives of those who are preparing to enter into the Church, those who are ill, and all preparing for confirmation and holy orders. 

Lisa Oetting, Executive Secretary to the Bishop, will be retiring from her service to the Diocese on April 30, after 22 and a half years with us.  Lisa has worked with many of us and coordinated many events during her employment with the Diocese.

The annual Lenten regulations and obligations are available on our website. Please visit for more information. Other Lenten resources are listed below.

Pastoral planning

I am grateful to the many pastors, members of our parish pastoral councils and small group coordinators who are leading our efforts for small groups to discern the pastoral plan for our parishes and our diocese. Please note that the resources are available on our website at I am also asking that we pray together in the month of March for the gifts of wisdom, knowledge and understanding as our local church discerns a new pastoral plan.

Parish secretaries and others who distribute communications to parishioners can coordinate communication with pastoral councils and the small group coordinators regarding announcements. For those who are organizing the small groups, it is recommend you encourage participants to watch the video of Bishop Barron before the first meeting. It is available online and can be downloaded in advance of viewing. Please be sure to read the next issue of The Catholic Missourian and check out our website to learn how everyone can participate!

Pastors, please remember you must register your youth for the Youth Summit by Feb. 28. More info is below; click on the graphic for the registration page.

Save the Date: Mr. Derek Hooper will be ordained as a transitional deacon on May 30, 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City.

As a reminder:


The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of Jefferson City have provided a ministry of prayer and sacrifice for our diocese since 1960. Recently, the sisters came to Jefferson City for necessary health care and to attend to administrative details. At the end of February the sisters will be returning to their residence in Clyde, Mo. Please continue to send your requests for prayer to

Sixth Grade Vocation Day

Registration for the annual Sixth Grade Vocation Day, hosted at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 6, is open. Promotional material, registration information and more is available at Registration deadline is March 20. Please contact our Vocation Office with any questions at 573.635.9127 ext. 237 or email

Lenten resources

Oregon Catholic Press is offering grants to parishes seeking to enhance their worship experience. Learn mroe at

Applications for the 2020-2021 Simon Scholarship and Warack Scholarship are being accepted through March 31, 2020. Applications can be acquired through the pastor or parish life collaborator or may be downloaded at

Employment opportunities: There are several openings in our Catholic schools. Please promote these openings.

St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a part-time Campus Ministry Office Assistant to provide administrative, secretarial, and clerical support to the Campus Ministry Team as they minister to the college students. An ideal candidate will have attention to detail, work management and prioritizing skills, organizational skills, flexibility, and reliability. For more information or the complete job description, email

St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City is seeking applicants for the position of Rectory and Church Cleaner. This is a part time position (20-30 hours per week). Please contact the St. Peter Parish Office for a complete job description or more information, call 573-636-8159.

Parishes are asked to use this form to send any updates of their parishioners: address changes, marriages, divorces, death, etc.

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.
  • Please consider posting this helpful information for your parishioners on 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.”

Forty Days for Life

From Feb. 26 through April 5, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Columbia Planned Parenthood, 711 N Providence Rd, Columbia and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Kathy Forck 573 821 5130 or


A Forty Days for Life Opening Rally will be held Feb. 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 903 Bernadette, Flanagan Hall, Columbia. We’ll begin with a potluck rally at 5:30 pm.  Bring a dish to share.  Program to follow and at 7:00 pm, we will carpool to Columbia Planned Parenthood for a short candlelight vigil to kick off the 21st Prayer Campaign outside the Columbia PP. For more information, call Kathy Forck, 572-821-5130, or visit

“Walk in Her Sandals,” a conference hosted by the diocesan Women’s Ministry, will be held March 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City.  Mrs. Kelly Wahlquist, founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization and author of Created to Relate, is our featured speaker.  To register, visit  For questions or concerns, please contact LeAnn Korsmeyer or Erin Boeckmann at 573-635-9127 or email

On Saturday, March 14, the major relic of the forearm of the Apostle St. Jude Thaddeus will make a visit to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. Currently, the Dominican Friars in Chicago have custody of this relic, and more information may be found on their website.

Please join the Office of Vocations in this wonderful opportunity to venerate the relic of St. Jude Thaddeus, and to pray for an increase of Vocations to the diocesan priesthood. The day will begin with Mass, confessions will be available all day, a couple of reflections/talks will be given, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available. The day will conclude with the regularly scheduled vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. ,celebrated by Bishop Shawn McKnight. Please see the attached flyer for more details and use for promotion. Paper copies of the flyer will be mailed to parishes.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please call the Office of Vocations at 573.635.9127 ext. 237 or email

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