11 May 2020

Bishop’s messages

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

As a reminder, I hope everyone can join me this week as the novena to St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers and Catholic Rural Life continues. The novena concludes on Friday, May 15, the feast of St. Isidore, with virtual Mass on a ranch in Texas. Each day a bishop from the Catholic Rural Life board of directors will lead the novena, lifting up all the intentions of rural communities throughout our country. I 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. You can find the prayers for the novena here, and submit a prayer request here.

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

!NEW! The Virtual Youth Summit is now live!

Even though the in-person Summit is cancelled, our teens can still participate in your parish’s pastoral planning process.  This video-based “virtual summit” allows parish delegations who registered to gather via web-conference, learn about Bishop McKnight’s key priorities, and provide input for both your parish’s and the diocese’s pastoral plan.  Visit to get started!  If your parish did not originally register but you would like to participate, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Ed to learn how: or 573-635-9127, x233.

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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As our parishes begin the process of reopening our churches for public, in-person Masses and other activities, the following resources are intended to assist parishes in returning safely to publc worship:

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.

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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!NEW! Connect your college-bound seniors with a Newman Center next year!

Newman Connection is an online resource to help high school seniors connect to the Newman Center serving their college campus. Newman Centers rely heavily on their affiliation with Newman Connection for support in evangelizing to the incoming class of students. Click here for digital materials for parishes and schools to use to help connect your seniors to a Newman Center next year.  Or, share this sign-up page with your high school seniors and they can sign themselves up to connect with a Newman Center at their college or university.

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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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