28 September 2020

Bishop’s messages

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship continues to present to the Catholic faithful, and all those of good will, an up-to-date guide to help form consciences as they participate in the civil order and public life. You can obtain a copy here or order copies for your parish here. No bishop, priest, deacon, religious or lay ecclesial minister shall endorse or oppose a candidate in the name of the Church. Instead, we must assist the faithful to approach the election with a fully formed conscience. My full statement on this is online and will be in the Oct. 2 issue of The Catholic Missourian. The diocese is providing social media graphics and messages on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts related to the election process which can be shared on parish and school accounts. For more information, please email us at

Abiding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, the use of face masks upon entering the church, during the celebration of Mass except when in place in the pew, during the Communion procession, and upon leaving the church is required.  If social distancing cannot be maintained in the pew, then the wearing of face masks is obligatory even in the pew.

Marriage preparation during a pandemic

Stay-at-Home FertilityCare

FertilityCare Instruction continues to be offered by Zoom.  The Introductory Session is always complimentary.  This class is of interest for marriage preparation, infertility, medical applications from adolescence to menopause, regular or irregular cycles, breastfeeding and fertility appreciation for all ages. Contact FertilityCare Services of Columbia, Phyllis A. White, CFCE 816-550-8789 or

Order envelopes and posters for Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2021

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal will kick off in October.  In preparation for this annual event, we are requesting parishes notify the Development Office with the quantities needed of in-pew English and Spanish envelopes.  Each parish will receive one “thermometer poster;” if you would like additional please let us know. Contact Carla McDaniel at or 573-635-9127.

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.

Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

Assistance for those affected by July 19-20 flooding and free grocery store tours are two programs available through Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. Please spread the word!

Rosary Across America events

The annual Public Square Prayers and Rosary Across America will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, noon, at Hannah Cole Park at the corner of Main and Morgan in Boonville (rain location will be Ss. Peter and Paul church). Rallies will take place with an estimated one million people praying for the nation, peace, conversions, family, and God’s guidance. Call 660-621-2787 for information.

A peaceful Eucharistic procession will also be held in Jefferson City on Oct. 10, culminating in benediction and praying the Rosary on the grounds of the State Capitol. Led by Father Dylan Schrader, the Extraordinary Form Delegate for the Diocese of Jefferson City, along with the Latin Mass Schola, all people of good will are invited. More information at and

Employment opportunities

St. Joseph in Fayette is hiring a part time DRE (Director of Religious Education) and community/campus outreach person.  This person will be responsible to run our PSR, confirmation, and adult education programs. You will also need to have the skills to develop our electronic footprint (web page and social media), with a special focus on Central Methodist University students.  All applicants must be Catholic and in good standing with the church.  This position is 20 hours a week with starting pay $13.50 to $15.00 an hour, depending on qualifications. Contact Fr. Bill Peckman  573-338-0061.

Two administrative assistant positions are 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 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.

Preventing text and email scams

A scam has hit many parishes across the United States, as well as other faith communities. The Federal Trade Commission provided information on this scam in July 2019. The email or text purports to be from a person the target knows, such as one’s pastor, a parish staff member, the bishop or someone else from the Church. If the target responds to the fake email or text, the sender will follow up with a request for some sort of monetary assistance, often for gift cards, Google Play cards or iTune cards. Please read our post to learn how to prevent yourself or parishioners from falling prey to this scam.

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