30 March 2020
Thank you to our many parishes who provided the Mass online this weekend. About 70% of our parishes are able to provide this service to their people. From what I am seeing and hearing, people are most grateful for this opportunity to participate in the Church’s liturgy, even if our “production quality” isn’t of Emmy Award standards. Instead, they are grateful to be connected to their local community. That’s a “spiritual quality” worthy of the highest honor! However, if you have production experience you’d like to share, please email our Communication team at email@example.com and they can share best practices in a blog.
In our Communication staff’s review of our parishes’ digital presence, we discovered some parishes have no information for their parishioners, dated information or only indicate that Masses are cancelled. We encourage you to update your parish site, since for many of our parishioners these sites are our new “front doors.” Please let your parishioners know you are still present and available, and how! If you don’t have a volunteer or staff who can assist, below is a simple graphic you can use to direct people to the diocesan website.
UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020: These protocols have been replaced by a new decree of Bishop McKnight’s. Read more here
To reiterate, the suspension of public Masses includes no celebration of the Mass in private homes. The only location for private Masses should be in the parish church or chapel, and in accord with our published protocols. Please prevent anyone from walking in during the private Mass. Furthermore, there is to be no distribution of Holy Communion outside of Mass, including outdoors, whether in small gatherings or in vehicles. The only exception is for last rites. This is for everyone’s health and safety.
The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 2, with a minimum of ministers. It will be posted as a video-on-demand at approximately 5:30 pm, April 2, at www.diojeffcity.org. Holy oils will be distributed through the deans at a later date.
If the ban on public gatherings continues into Holy Week, diocesan staff are working on being able to post videos of Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies on our website at approximately 7 pm each day. Parishes should consider livestreaming Palm Sunday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses, if at all possible.
If you intend to come to the Chancery office in person, you must have an appointment in advance with the person you intend to meet. Please note the Chancery will be screening all guests with a health questionnaire and temperature check. This is for the safety of all.
We’ve also provided guidelines to our parishes and schools in how to protect their employees and volunteers.
A message to the employees of the diocese
Feeling stressed about the COVID-19 situation? We encourage all employees to contact SupportLinc, our Employee Assistance Program. This is a free and confidential service that can provide resources for such things as stress management, financial management, and relationship issues. Visit the website at www.supportlinc.com, username: diojeffcity or call 1-888-881-5462.
The diocesan website is now able to accept donations for all parishes in our diocese. If your parish does not have the capacity to receive online donations, please let your parishioners know about this option. They can donate using this URL: https://diojeffcity.org/support-parish/.
We are also willing to help parishes establish online giving forms which can be used on the parish website. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the conversation.
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has curated a phenomenal library of resources for priests, catechists, and youth ministry leaders to use during the crisis. There are resources on ministry strategies, prayer, support for parents and grandparents, mental health, for priests and clergy, and much more, including recursos en Español.
- Bishop McKnight’s letter suspending public Masses and other events, effective March 18
- Parish Disaster Responders Teams
- Enhancing parish communications in a time of “social distancing”
- Five ways your parish can increase access to Mass online
- How to talk with children about the pandemic
- How people can access health care and assistance with basic necessities (food, etc.)
- SSM Health free ‘virtual visits’ for COVID-19
- Knights of Columbus guidelines for fraternal leaders
- Online Masses and prayer/liturgical resources.
- School safety directives
- Frequently Asked Questions for principals
- Online options for marriage preparation and other spring offerings
- Liturgical protocols
- Health safety measures for our priests and deacons who are most vulnerable
- Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Remember, the most reliable source of information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many people’s lives are being disrupted by the coronavirus and our attempts to stop its rapid spread. In this season of Lent, let us increase our prayers, fasting and almsgiving, so that God’s great compassion and love may be a source of hope and consolation for all.
Better Together Pastoral Planning process
The Diocesan Pastoral Council met last Saturday and asked that the timeline for the discernment of parish pastoral plans be kept as much as possible. Small groups may meet virtually through video or tele-conferencing and submit discernment reports online, which will be forwarded to their proper pastor. The DPC also recommends a fifth week of discernment be added after the completion of the small group session on Parishes as Centers of Mercy. The fifth week would be used to assess the proposals the group has already made, and to highlight the more important two-four proposals they recommend. The deadline for small group submissions to parish councils is May 1; the deadline for parish pastoral plans being submitted to the chancery is July 1. Please contact LeAnn Korsmeyer if you have questions.
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The registration deadline for the Sixth Grade Vocation Day has been extended to April 3. We will reassess the event at that time. Registration details can be found at www.diojeffcity.org/sixth-grade.
Father Jerry Kaimann is inviting priests, parish collaborators, deacons and chancery staff to a Mass and dinner celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination on Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm at Immaculate Conception Church in Brookfield. Those who are attending are kindly asked to reply by April 15 by email (email@example.com), calling 660-376-3239 or online at https://forms.gle/DpRjJBgJVjQynAG17.
The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship. A Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, for couples of all faiths or no faith background, it is primarily a practical program to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. Presenters are not trained marriage counselors, but couples sharing their personal stories of marital struggles and the tools they used to rediscover their love. The next session is May 29 in Kansas City, KS. For more information and registration go to: https://www.helpourmarriage.org/
There are several openings in our Catholic schools. Please promote these openings.
St. Stanislaus Church in Wardsville is seeking a director of Religious Education to oversee the religious and spiritual formation of youth and adults. This will entail scheduling Parish School of Religion Classes, as well as sacramental preparation and events. For more information, to receive a complete job description and / or application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is seeking an AmeriCorps Member to join our Food & Nutrition Services Team. The Member will work directly with our leadership to research, conceptualize, develop, and implement a comprehensive food and nutrition services program, including a client choice food pantry and nutrition education programming. To learn more, including application instructions, visit: https://cccnmo.diojeffcity.org/about-us/careers/
Parishes are asked to use this form to send any updates of their parishioners: address changes, marriages, divorces, death, etc.
- 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 diojeffcity.org/event-listing 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.
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