12 April 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Pastors and PLCs to complete and return
Safe Environment Compliance Confirmation

All pastors and parish life coordinators are asked to download this letter, complete it and return to Connie Schepers no later than May 1. Thank you for your prompt attention to this.

Ordination: save the date

Please mark your calendar for the ordination of Deacon Derek James Hooper to the priesthood on June 5, 10 am, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. More information will be forthcoming. Please continue to pray for him, our seminarians and deacon aspirants, and all who are discerning a vocation.

Sixth and Seventh Grade Vocation Day

Parishes and schools have been emailed information on this year’s Vocation Day, which will be held virtually on May 5. For more information, please contact Jamie Schulte.

New deaneries, coat of arms effective July 1

On March 9 I issued a decree establishing new deaneries for our diocese, which will be effective July 1. We will be publishing a map of the new deaneries in the April 30 issue of The Catholic Missourian, along with an article explaining the purpose of deaneries and how the new deaneries will support our parishes, including in their pastoral planning.

On March 19 I issued a decree creating a new coat of arms for our diocese, also effective July 1. In the upcoming weeks we will be providing digital files, a guide regarding the digital definitions of the primary colors in the new coat of arms (PMS, CYMK, HEX and RGB), and other details to assist parishes and schools in their use of the new coat of arms. Watch for another article in the April 30 issue of The Catholic Missourian about our new coat of arms.

Diocesan director of religious education and youth ministry

Maureen Quinn, currently employed at Helias Catholic High School, has accepted the position of director of religious education and youth ministry for the diocese. She will assume this position June 1 and will report to Deacon Enrique Castro.

Catholic Home Missions Appeal is April 24-25

The Catholic Home Mission Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. About 40 percent of U.S. dioceses are missionary territory, including the Diocese of Jefferson City.  Last year, our diocese received $70,000 in a grant from the appeal to help support our Hispanic ministry office.  The remaining funds were sent on to the national office to help support other rural dioceses. Please use the resources available from the USCCB and my letter to promote this appeal.

Bishop McKnight’s letter: PDF in English | MSWord in English | PDF in Spanish | MSWord in Spanish

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. 

Parish staff orientation

It was exciting to have more than 70 parish staff join us for an orientation regarding letters of good standing, sacramental record-keeping, Hispanic ministry, websites and other communication services. Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 16, for the next orientation. We welcome your suggestions for an agenda; please email All of the sessions are now available as videos on our diocesan web page for Policies, Procedures and Best Practices.

Marriage preparation trainings for clergy and laity

Our new Marriage Preparation Policy, which becomes effective July 1, requires training. Priests will need to participate in the training (optional for retired clergy) and invite qualified lay people to be trained as marriage prep facilitators. Information on the qualities needed for these lay facilitators, how many are needed, and more can be found HERE.

Please, register for a training by using an online form. There are separate trainings for priests, deacons and lay people (in English and Spanish), with in-person and virtual options. If you need the link for the registration form, request it from Jamie at or 573-635-9127.

Deadlines and trainings

Registration deadline: May 1
Priests: June 4 (in-person and virtual)
Laity, in Spanish: June 1 and 3 (virtual only)
Laity, in English: June 12 (in-person and virtual)

The only charge to the parishes is $50 per lay individual/couple. All costs for priests and deacons are being covered by the diocese. Thank you for your kind attention to this important training.

ONE LICENSE Group agreement renews

The Diocese of Jefferson City has a group agreement with ONE LICENSE, which gives our parishes a 20% discount on ONE LICENSE’s rates. Our group agreement renews April 30. If you are interested in joining this group agreement, or changing your license to livestreaming only, please contact Helen Osman as soon as possible by email with the name of your parish, average weekly attendance, and the type of license you need (livestreaming only or printing and livestreaming). Reporting is easy via their online tools and ensures composers and artists are compensated for their music. For more information, view a workshop sponsored by our local NPM group and presented by ONE LICENSE.

Please also ensure you provide credit with each use of music, whether in print or online. Each individual piece of music/composer/copyright information should be provided. You can follow this format:

Words: John Doe, © 1988 ABC Music Co.; Music: Jane Doe, © 1990 XYZ Publications. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-xxxxxxx. All rights reserved.

Catholic Missourian subscriptions

As a reminder, parishes are no longer charged for subscriptions to the Catholic Missourian. Staff are encouraged to send any updates of new parishioners, address changes, marriages, divorces, deaths, etc., as they receive these by using this online form. This includes new families in your Catholic school! Please consider bookmarking this form on your desktop and including this in your workflow when you receive updates on your parishioners! If you have any questions, please contact Denise Barnes.

Diocesan Directory updates

Updates to the printed Diocesan Directory can be downloaded here. Our diocesan website continues to be the most current source of information.

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National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie has a full calendar of events posted on their website. Please consider promoting these as appropriate in your parish bulletins and digital communications.

PURIFIED: A family-based event that invites parents as well as teens to learn about God’s plan for love. It combines Jason Evert’s presentation on chastity for the family, with a time of prayer, adoration, and the sacrament of reconciliation for everyone. We will also be distributing free resources to every attendee so that every member of the family can take items home to help them live out this lifestyle. April 21, 6-8 pm at Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. Register here: or call Julie Gramlich at 573-635-7991


What is life all about? What’s really important? How life-changing the COVID pandemic has been for all of us this past year. It has challenged us to grow in unexpected ways. Active Catholics are invited to use this as a rare opportunity to explore the deepest meaning and purpose of human life by making a Cursillo (pronounced ker-SEE-yo), a Spanish word meaning a short course.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that starts on a Thursday evening. You will be guided step by step thru the weekend by a priest, deacon and a team of cursillistas (those who have already completed a Cursillo); in a place of seclusion and peace; with all of your needs taken care of; in order to explore the deepest meaning and purpose of life. Many Catholics finish their Cursillo weekend inspired to make changes, tweak their priorities and journey deeper into the mystery of life. So, if you are ready for a meaningful encounter with yourself,  with others, and with God, then contact Susan Stolwyk at 573-607-0435 or your Cursillo parish contact for more information and an application. Mark your calendar for: MEN’s Weekend: Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 WOMEN’s Weekend:  Nov. 4-7, both to be held in Moberly, MO at St. Pius X Parish.

Employment opportunities

St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia is seeking a Director of Pastoral Counseling to serve the college students who attend the University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephens College, and Columbia College and 700 households in our parish. The Director of Pastoral Counseling tends to the spiritual, mental, and emotional health of all parishioners (both students and residents). The Director  is responsible for coordinating spiritual direction and providing counseling for students and residents.  This position also coordinates faith formation for resident parishioners and pastoral care for the homebound. More information can be found at

Our Catholic schools are hiring! Go to to learn more!

Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, a four-year co-educational diocesan high school serving more than 750 students, is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven leader to become its next principal. The ideal candidate is a practicing Catholic who is a proficient and organized administrator with strong skills in faculty development, evaluation and management; a minimum five years teaching experience and two years administrative experience; master’s degree in Educational Administration; Missouri Administrator Certification; and Catechetical Certification. Candidate is expected to assume the responsibilities of the position in July 2021. To apply, visit

Helias High School is also seeking a president. More information is available online.

Annunciation Catholic Church, California, Missouri is seeking a financial bookkeeper/secretary.  Depending upon hours worked, there is a benefit package available.  If interested, please send a resume to Annunciation Catholic Church, 301 South Mill Street. California, Missouri 65018 or respond to .  The perfect candidate would be proficient in Word, Excel and willing to learn the parish financial computer program.  Training would be provided.  Confidentiality is of the utmost importance.

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

Opportunity for experienced, self-motivated, dependable, and hardworking administrative assistant is available within the Chancery office. This is a great fit for someone who enjoys variety within their work day, creative thinking, and problem solving. Organization, team mindset and attention to detail is a must. Candidates are encouraged to apply through and complete Word and Excel assessments.