4 May 2020

Bishop’s messages

Today, Governor Mike Parson’s state-wide order for the reopening of churches for public, in-person worship services goes into effect. Pastors, administrators and parish life collaborators have received detailed instructions from me on how to return safely to public worship. We are also providing the resources listed below, in English and Spanish, so the faithful can help us in making our liturgies safe and meaningful for all. Parishes are encouraged to modify these resources as they deem appropriate for their parishioners.

  • Frequently Asked Questions – can be used in digital communications, pulpit announcements, signs, etc.
  • Welcome people – can be used as pulpit announcements, on signs, in newsletters, etc. (please modify as needed)
  • Communion instructions – can be used as pulpit announcements, on signs, in newsletters, etc. (please modify as needed)

There could be city and county ordinances still in effect that could further restrict or limit church services in person. All pastors, administrator and parish life collaborators are obliged to follow the requirements of legitimate state authorities with regard to the pandemic.

Our diocesan decrees and instructions give the faithful a means to continue the life of the Church in all its facets – the celebration of the sacraments, works of charity and mercy, and formation – while assisting civic officials in promoting the health and well-being of all. We are still better together, even while we maintain safe social distancing!

As we prepare to open our parishes for public Masses, some parishioners may not be able to attend in person, for various reasons. Please take two minutes to complete this survey — — so we can update our list of parishes who will continue to livestream Masses. Thank you for completing this survey as soon as possible and prior to Thursday, May 7.

New mailing address for Chancery effective immediately

As of April 27, the Chancery is no longer using PO Box 104900.  Please address all correspondence to the street address 2207 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65109.  The Post Office will forward mail from the PO box to the street address for up to one year, but the forwarding process will slow your delivery. Please begin using the street address immediately.

Join a virtual novena to St. Isidore, patron of farmers

Every year hundreds of people join together for a very special Novena to St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers and Catholic Rural Life. Given the essential nature of farmers, farmworkers, and all who are involved in food production and distribution, especially during this global pandemic, CRL is hosting the novena virtually this year. The novena will begin on Thursday, May 7, and conclude on Friday, May 15, the feast of St. Isidore, with virtual Mass on a ranch in Texas. Each day a bishop from the CRL board of directors will lead the novena, lifting up all the intentions of rural communities throughout our country. Bishop McKnight will lead the novena on May 13 and 14 at 10 a.m. For more information and the full schedule, please visit

Parishes may use this graphic to promote the event.

Parishes are asked to use the attached form to send money received for the Catholic Relief Services special collection to the Chancery for the Church’s care for the poor.

Diocese of Jefferson City Primary Logo, Better Together

Pastoral Planning timeline revised

The deadline for submission of all discernment reports from parishioners, Sessions 1-4, has been extended to May 31. This is intended to allow as many parishioners as possible to participate. As we move forward in our focus and discernment of how our parish communities can become stronger centers of charity and mercy, practicing stewardship with a co-responsibility mentality between our clergy and laity, please encourage parishioners to consider how they can participate and finish the discernment process. Small group and/or individual discernment reports are to be submitted directly to the pastor or via online entry.  To ensure a wider vision for planning, all parishioners throughout our diocese are encouraged to take this opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for their parish and provide insight into our diocesan pastoral plan.  For more information regarding Better Together, please visit

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the patronness of our diocese. Bishop McKnight asks all our parishes to celebrate this feast on June 21. Readings and psalm settings can be found here.

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.

Resources during COVID-19

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Charity and Mercy grants for parishes

All of our resources can be found at Most are in Spanish and English. Remember, the most reliable source of information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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:

We can help parishes establish online giving forms which can be used on the parish website. Please email to begin the conversation.

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Stay-at-Home FertilityCare Instruction

FertilityCare Instruction continues to be offered by Zoom.  The Introductory Session is always complimentary and follow-up fees have been waived until June 1.  This class is of interest for marriage preparation, infertility, medical applications, regular or irregular cycles, breastfeeding and fertility appreciation from adolescence to menopause.  Contact FerilityCare of Columbia, Phyllis A. White, CFCE 816-550-8789 or

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:

Employment opportunities

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

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has an immediate opening for a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Disaster Case Manager.  Disaster Case Management is a time-limited process by which a skilled Disaster Case Manager partners with a disaster-affected individual or family (Client) in order to plan for and achieve realistic goals for recovery following a natural disaster (including COVID-19/Coronavirus). This comprehensive and holistic Disaster Case Management approach to recovery extends beyond providing relief, providing a service, or meeting urgent needs.For a full job description visit the Catholic Charities website at:  To apply please submit cover letter and resume to Alissa Marlow, Director of Community Services.

St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a Director/Campus Minister of Music & Liturgy. The St. Thomas More Newman Center is a university parish of more than 650 families and over 1,000 students, serving the Columbia community as well as the collegiate campuses of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephen’s College, and Columbia College. A full job description and more details are available at

Parishioner update form

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 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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