16 August 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Encouraging vaccines

On Aug. 11 I issued a decree to the priests and deacons of our diocese regarding the process to receive requests for a religious exemption to vaccines. I also published, in English and Spanish, a statement regarding the moral permissibility and our responsibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if we are medically able. Please continue to pray for all those affected by the virus, and for our children and their teachers as we begin another school year under the cloud of the pandemic.

Sacrament of Confirmation

All parishes must complete a form by Aug. 31 (even if you plan to not have confirmation in 2022) regarding the celebration of confirmation. You may find all necessary information at Please submit a registration form regardless of whether you intend to celebrate the sacrament in 2022. Be sure to read the letters from the master of ceremonies and the director of religious education and youth ministry before completing the form.

Diocesan map available for reprint

Maps of our diocese, which can be printed to any size needed, are now available in our graphics repository. Please click on the link below and then click on the folder titled “Diocesan maps.” We offer two versions: a full color, with names of parishes, towns, major highways and waterways, and a more simple, black and white version.

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.

The August Safety Talk from our insurance provider is available for download.

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Cursillo weekends coming soon!

Please note the fall men and women’s Cursillo Weekends are quickly approaching. The men’s weekend will be Sept 30-Oct 3 and the women’s will be Nov 4-7.  Both to be held in Moberly. Please get those applications in asap! For more information please see your parish contact, visit or call Marcia Doll at 573-999-5066,

Bishop McKnight’s prayer intentions for the local church for August

Se habla español

We now have bulletin graphics in Spanish to promote our safe environment requirements!

Seven Sisters

Are you thinking about perhaps starting a Seven Sisters group to pray for your pastor? Here are a few words from Father Dan Merz, pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Parish in Columbia: “The older I get the more aware I become of my need for prayer. The spiritual support provided by the Seven Sisters is certainly a mental and emotional encouragement, but I’m also relying on their prayers to help me grow in virtue and to be a good pastor, not just for some of my people, but for all of them.” Please see or contact for more information.

Employment opportunities

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

St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia is seeking a full-time receptionist/secretary. The ideal candidate will provide a welcoming and friendly face, work with varying populations including college students and families, and have excellent communication skills.  They should also have a strong grasp of technology, including the ability to learn and manage the parish database.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education and includes full benefits. The job requires performing general receptionist functions including greeting and referring visitors, receiving and transferring telephone calls, taking messages, handling Mass intentions, Columbarium sales, sorting and distributing mail and performing general clerical work such as ordering and maintaining office supplies.  Duties include scheduling facilities, photocopying and duplicating materials, updating and handling of sacramental records, learn and manage the parish database, and most responsibilities related to parking lot permit sales. Benefits include:  health insurance, matching retirement, vacation/sick leave, holiday pay, no nights/weekends.  Typical schedule is M-F 8am-4:30pm with a half hour lunch break. Apply by sending resume to the pastor, Fr. Dan Merz, at

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to support the Director of Parish and Charitable Services. This position not only provides administrative support, but is closely aligned with direct ministry; therefore, the individual will need to have a good knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to be successful. In addition to excellent organizational and Microsoft office skills, the ideal candidate will need to be available for occasional evening and weekend work. We estimate this to be approximately 12 times a year. This is a full-time, year-round position. The Diocese of Jefferson City offers a comprehensive benefit package including paid holidays, paid vacation and sick days, group  health, dental, and vision insurance, a flexible spending account and matching 403(b) retirement plan. Qualified candidates should apply on and complete the skills assessment.

St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City is seeking an Organist/Director of Music and Liturgy. The primary functions of the Organist and Director of Music are to assure, direct and facilitate the continuous quality of the music ministry and to assist the Pastor in directing the liturgical functions at St. Peter Parish. For a detailed description please go to