Blog

27 July 2020


Bishop’s messages

Parish pastoral plans continue to arrive at the Chancery. THESE MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BEFORE AUG. 1. If you are submitting the plan on behalf of the pastor and parish pastoral council, please use this form to submit the plan: https://diojeffcity.org/better-together-parish-pastoral-plan/. Thank you to all who are working on these. In a recent issue of The Catholic Missourian I have written about the concept of co-responsibility, which is one of the three pillars of our pastoral planning process, “Better Together.”


Support for Medicaid expansion

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), in an effort to uphold the dignity of the human person in accord with Catholic social teaching, supports Amendment 2, a ballot initiative which would expand Missouri’s Medicaid program to provide health insurance coverage to low-income Missouri citizens currently living without it. Missourians will vote on Medicaid expansion on Aug. 4. Please find on the MCC website resources you can provide to parishioners, including a statement by the Missouri bishops.


COVID-19 Resources

REVISED Protocol for positive COVID-19 test

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, we have established a protocol for how our parishes and schools respond when someone is tested positive for COVID-19. REVISED protocols are attached for your consideration: note that not just staff, but also students and volunteers are affected by these.

We have already worked with more than a half dozen situations in our parishes and schools in which someone has received a positive test, and have found these protocols to ensure we are acting quickly and responsibly. If you have any questions or concerns about them, please contact Father Jason Doke, moderator of the curia, Dr. Erin Vader, superintendent, or Helen Osman, communication director, by email or at 573-635-9127.

Restarting PSR and Catechetical Ministries

Many parishes are beginning to plan for the upcoming catechetical year.  With public Masses restarted, and with Catholic schools slated to begin in-person classes this fall, The Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Ed is advising all parishes to plan for restarting your programs of catechesis and sacramental preparation for the upcoming catechetical year. Please read recommended guidelines from the Office of Youth Ministry and Religious Ed on how to restart your PSR, youth ministry, and sacramental prep programs in a safe, responsible way.  Contact John DeLaporte, director of Youth Ministry and Religious Ed, with questions.

Singing during Mass

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is offering options for best practices in allowing congregational or choral singing during Mass. Details are available at this link.


Moratorium on use of music by David Haas

Recently multiple accusations of sexual abuse and spiritual manipulation have been made against the composer/songwriter David Haas.  GIA Publications has suspended its sponsorship and publishing relationship with Haas.  The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is no longer providing him a letter of suitability.  Other music publishers have followed suit, and women continue to come forward with additional accusations.  On July 8, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced that it will not use Haas’ compositions at archdiocesan Masses.

After consultation and review of the situation, I have decided a moratorium must be placed on using any David Haas music throughout our diocese.  Please ensure that your musicians and song leaders are informed of this.  Even though his musical works may already be in your hymns or purchased material, please refrain from using them going forward.  Of course, we encourage anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or harassment, whether by David Haas, or any member of the church, to come forward.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of David Haas’ music, please contact  Father Dan Merz, chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.


Confirmation 2021

Scheduling for confirmation 2021 is now open.  Parishes must submit their forms online now.  Please visit www.diojeffcity.org/confirmation to schedule confirmation before Monday, Aug. 31 and to download our new policy and practices as well as liturgical forms.  Contact John DeLaporte, director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education, if you have questions.


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.


To share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites


Preventing text and email scams


Towards a Kerygmatic Catechesis

Towards a Kerygmatic Catechesis, an afternoon seminar for priests, deacons and parish life collaborators, will be offered Aug. 13, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral Undercroft in Jefferson City. Lunch will be served at noon, with seminar to follow. This workshop will examine the fundamental role that the kerygma plays in our efforts to catechize and evangelize within our parishes. Participants will also learn how the new Franciscan at Home online learning platform can assist them in forming parish catechists in a kerygmatic catechesis in their own parish programs.  Dr. Bill Keimig, assistant director of the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University, will be our featured presenter. Click here for online registration, flyer and full details of the day.


Mentored in Christ

Mentored in Christ, a full-day workshop for anyone serving a catechetical role in parish or Catholic school ministry, will be offered Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral Undercroft in Jefferson City. Light breakfast and full lunch are provided and there is no cost to participate.

This workshop will examine the power of mentored formation in catechetical ministry. Participants will explore the vital role that relationship and mentoring play in catechetical formation, and explore how the new Franciscan at Home online learning platform can help foster mentored formation using online learning and local mentoring. This seminar is open to anyone serving in a catechetical role: DREs, catechists, Catholic school teachers or administrators, youth ministers, RCIA leaders, clergy, and parents! Click here for online registration, flyer and full details of the day.


While in person marriage preparation sessions may be cancelled, there are other options for engaged couples in their marriage preparation. Please visit the post above for more details!

Made for More will be held Sept. 15, 7-9:30 p.m. in the Cathedral. Tickets are limited due to social distancing. Purchase tickets at http://corproject.com/jeffersoncity/; contact Julie Gramlich at julie.g@cathedraljc.org or 573-635-7991 for more information.


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.


Employment opportunities

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia is accepting applications for the position of Director of Adult Faith Formation. Commitment to the Catholic faith and faithful Mass attendance required. Some experience in religious education leadership preferred. Strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and willingness to work as a member of a team important. The core of the position is directing the RCIA process, with the coordination of Scripture studies, faith sharing and other smalls groups, and other aspects of adult faith formation included. Contact Father Chris Cordes at frchris@ourladyoflourdes.org or 573-445-7915 if interested.

An administrative assistant position is available at the Chancery and there are several openings in our Catholic schools. Please promote these openings.


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 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.

Please feel free to disseminate the information in the “Monday Morning Memo” to a broader audience, such as parishioners and school families! Is there someone else who should receive this Weekly Memo? Please encourage them to sign up here