Blog

1 February 2021

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Bishop’s messages

This week we celebrate our Catholic schools. If you’re not able to participate in your local school’s activities, let’s at least join together in prayer and thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of our Catholic schools. Our diocesan social media channels will be sharing our schools’ stories this week, so please follow us, if you’re not already, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn all the good news!


Lenten admonitions

As another Lenten journey of conversion begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17, and ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 2, all Catholics are called to a deeper spirit of penance, fasting, almsgiving and prayer, “which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 1434 and 1969). Let us especially pray for our catechumens and candidates who are preparing for their initiation this Easter. The Lenten regulations and admonitions of the Church, which include important revisions to address concerns regarding the pandemic, are available on our website at this link.


Training for new marriage preparation policies

Priests and deacons are encouraged to register for their training regarding the diocesan Marriage Preparation Policy which will be mandatory July 1, 2021. If you did not receive an email with the online registration instructions, please contact Jamie Schulte at faithformation@diojeffcity.org. Deadline for registration is March 21.

Priests responsible for preparing engaged couples should invite married couples and qualified lay individuals to become Marriage Preparation Facilitators. The attached document includes criteria for the facilitators and details on the required training. Pastors can choose to either encourage lay people to register for the training by giving them the link, or registering the individuals themselves. Again, deadline for registration is March 21.



Parishes are encouraged to pray the Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Protection from the Coronavirus at the end of each Mass.


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. For more resources, visit https://diojeffcity.org/public-health/.


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Pray for us!

The Carmelite nuns ask parishes to consider using these graphics in print bulletins and on social media to encourage people to send prayer requests to them.


Cursillistas: The Covid virus, unrest throughout our country, consequential elections and the march on Washington DC are the reality of our day. How can you possibly make a difference in this kind of environment? To find unfailing inspiration, join Cursillistas throughout the diocese on Feb. 25 at 7 pm to journey virtually into the HEART of our times and into the HEART of our Church with Deacon Bill Seibert and Father Joe Corel. Please join us at bitly.com/CursilloDJC (this is case sensitive). For more information, contact Susan Stolwyk, our Lay Director at s.stolwyk@gmail.com or 573-607-0435.


40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday
Shawn Carney, president/CEO of 40 Days for Life, will be the guest speaker at the opening rally of the 24th prayer vigil in front of Columbia Planned Parenthood. At 4pm on Ash Wednesday, Carney will address the attendees as we celebrate the opening rally and two years of “abortion facility free” in our diocese. Carney will address the Missouri Miracle in that a total of 39 babies were aborted in 2020, down from a high of more than 11,000 12 years ago. So far no babies have been aborted in Missouri this year — keep praying! For more information, contact Kathy Forck at 573-821-5130, or visit www.40daysforlife.com/columbiamo.



Women’s ministry video series

The Women’s Ministry of Jefferson City was established to help the women of our diocese connect with each other so that we can support each other in our spiritual journeys.  We find inspiration and comfort in praying with each other, in talking with each other, and in sharing the stories of our faith journeys. Some of the women of our diocese have shared their stories in podcasts. These stories (diojeffcity.org/womens-ministry/reflections-from-within/) are from ordinary women doing the best they can to serve their families, their parishes, their communities and, above all, their God. Their experiences tell our story, too, about times of sorrow, challenges, hope, faith, love and joy. Each week, there will be a new podcast on this website. Let us go to our favorite resting places with our favorite beverages and spend some time with our sisters in Christ by listening to these podcasts.


Scholarships available

Applications for the 2021-2022 Simon Scholarship are being accepted through March 31, 2021. Applications can be acquired through the pastor or parish life collaborator or may be downloaded at diojeffcity.org/scholarship. 



MCC from the Capitol is a podcast produced by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC). In each episode of this podcast, host Tyler McClay, Executive Director of the MCC, will dive deeper into public policy issues from a Catholic perspective. Leaders and experts in different areas of policy and/or church teaching will join the show as guests. Previous episodes have covered the topics of religious liberty, pro-life issues, race, civility, immigration and more. 

Episodes are available for download on their website, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. We hope you enjoy listening to MCC from the Capitol! Please share your favorite episodes with family and friends.

Below is a description of one of the episodes, addressing Catholic education.

Celebrate our Catholic schools!

Our parish schools play a critical role in helping to form our Catholic young people. Yet, challenges abound for parents seeking to provide a Catholic education for their children, especially when teaching and learning must be done remotely. Join Dr. Erin Vader, Superintendent for Catholic schools in the diocese of Jefferson City, and Nicolette Gibson, Executive Director for the Missouri Council of American Private Education as they discuss the challenges faced this past year for educators and parents alike.


Employment opportunities

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a maintenance worker for its Chancery building, located at 2207 West Main St, Jefferson City. The successful candidate will have at least five years of custodial experience, experience with grounds maintenance, electrical and plumbing repair, hardware, painting, and building maintenance. For more information, visit diojeffcity.org/employment.


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Payroll Specialist  who will be responsible for all payroll processes including the management of employee data, ensuring the accuracy of timekeeping records, computing wages, and ensuring employees are paid correctly and on time. This position will also act as a back-up to the Benefits Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have experience processing payroll for a large employer with multiple divisions. Candidates should apply on Indeed.com and include a cover letter identifying their experience with different payroll and accounting software. An excel assessment will be a part of the application process.


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Director of Religious Education and Youth/Young Adult Ministry administer the curriculum approval process within the Diocese of Jefferson City for parish based religious education. He/she will provide direct support for and development of parish-based young adult leaders and youth ministers in the outreach, evangelization, faith formation and pastoral care of their youth. For more information, visit diojeffcity.org/employment.



Two administrative assistant positions are available at the Chancery and there are several openings in our Catholic schools. Please promote these openings.