1 March 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Novena in honor of St. Joseph

Pope Francis has declared a year in honor of St. Joseph. As we indicated in January, we are observing a different attribute of St. Joseph each month. With his feast day March 19, we are offering a Novena in Honor of St. Joseph, which will highlight some of our parishes with his patronage, and which is intended to allow families to participate at home. Please consider including the paragraph or graphics below in your bulletins for March 7 and on your social media channels to promote. The novena is available in English and Spanish.

Join our diocesan Novena in Honor of St. Joseph

Recognizing the Holy Father’s call for all Catholics to honor St. Joseph in a particular way this year, the diocese is encouraging us to participate in a novena in honor of St. Joseph March 10-18. The novena and other resources (such as creating a St. Joseph altar in your home) are available at There will also be videos of people praying the novena, from parishes with St. Joseph as their patron, posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at If you use any of these social media channels, be sure you are following DioJeffCity!

Catholic Relief Services collection

The Catholic Relief Services collection is taken up March 13-14 in our diocese. Funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Bishop McKnight’s letter in support of this collection are linked below. All other promotional material, in English and Spanish, is available at the USCCB website.

Prayers for Pope Francis in Iraq

The Holy Father’s historic and significant Apostolic Journey to Iraq will be March 5-8. Please consider joining the entire church in praying for him.

We pray that the Holy Father’s pastoral visit will be a sign of new hope and an opportunity for peace in this long suffering war-torn nation.

NPM meeting March 11 – advance registration required

The diocesan chapter of NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) will hold its annual membership meeting on Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm. This meeting is for all pastoral musicians of the diocese.
Topics to be discussed:
– Status of the chapter
– Restructuring of National and the implications for our chapter
– Chapter needs: What can we do for you? We exist to support the diocese’s pastoral musicians in your music for your parish.
Registration required. Email to register or with any questions.

Marriage preparation training

Our new marriage preparation policies, which becomes effective July 1, require training of all priests, deacons and lay marriage preparation facilitators. If you are a pastor, in addition to participating in the training yourself, you should also invite qualified lay people to serve as marriage preparation facilitators. You will find information on the qualities needed for these lay facilitators, how many are needed, and more in the Guidelines for Selection and Training of Marriage Preparation Facilitators available at this link.

All priests, deacons and invited laity should register for a training BEFORE MARCH 21 by using an online form. There are separate trainings for priests, deacons and lay people, with in person and online options for all. Please request the link for the form from

The only charge to the parishes is $50 per lay individual/couple. All costs for priests and deacons are being covered by the diocese. You can find more details in the guidelines, mentioned above. Thank you for your kind attention to this important training.

The Liturgical Commission is asking each parish to complete a Survey of Musical Information in order to have updated and accurate information on our inventory and needs for musical instruments in the diocese.  We appreciate your attention to this matter by March 16.

Promote your event!

Let us help promote your parish, school, organization or diocesan event.  If you would like your event to be publicized in The Catholic Missourian and on the diocesan website calendar of events, please remember to submit an event listing request form.  This form will also provide an opportunity for you to place a paid advertisement in the printed edition of The Catholic Missourian. 

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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Reflections from Within

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 ( 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.

Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri (COCEMO) is hosting its annual United in Prayer Day on March 20. This will be an online event via Zoom. This prayer gathering is for any who are interested in learning about Contemplative Prayer or who actively practice silent prayer forms such as Centering Prayer. The easiest way to register to attend is by going to the COCEMO website at and use the form there. Registered attendees will receive a meeting invitation by email prior to March 20. More detailed information is on the attached poster or on the website or on Facebook at Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri. 

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 

Hear Bishop McKnight discuss vaccines in the latest issue!

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