8 February 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Marriage and the domestic church

As we begin National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7-14) and look forward to World Marriage Day on Feb. 14, our diocesan offices are offering resources honoring the Holy Family and the Church’s understanding of the domestic Church. In our Year of St. Joseph, this month we honor married couples who live and renew their wedding promises daily, building up the domestic Church in their homes.

You can find graphics and texts to use in your print and digital publications/channels on our website at The image above is one example.

Nationally, among the resources provided to dioceses for National Marriage Week are a preaching aid for priests, bulletin insert or flyer for parish bulletins, prayer intentions, and a seven-day at-home marriage retreat for married couples, available in English and Spanish. These resources are available for download at

Two events will be live-streamed on the USCCB’s Facebook page: a rosary for married and engaged couples on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 pm CT; and a conversation about St. Joseph as a model of fatherhood and spousal love on Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 pm CT.

ICYMI: We had a terrific Catholic Schools Week! Thank you to all who shared their activities with us on social media, to our wonderful teachers and staff, our students, our families and our benefactors! We are #BetterTogether!

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 1, 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.

Prescribed collections for 2022 – and more

Prescribed collections for 2022 and 2021 are available on a new page on our diocesan website, which includes current polices and procedures. You are encouraged to bookmark this page if you reference diocesan polices and procedures on a regular basis.

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 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

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Free until March 31!

In honor of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and as a Lenten resource, the Marriage in Christ At Home Seminar is free for couples who sign up by March 31, 2021. Once registered, access is free through May 31, 2021. You can learn more at

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.

We are having a Zoom Grand Reunion Ultreya! Speakers will be Deacon Bill Siebert and Father Joe Corel. The invitation with the Zoom link is coming to all cursillistas via email, in our February newsletter and is also posted on the diocese website (

If you are not getting emails from the Diocese Cursillo Movement, please contact Paula at to get your contact information updated! Not sure about Zoom? Contact Marcia Doll at

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

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 

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.

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

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

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