30 August 2021

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Bishop’s messages

For more than 40 years, the Diocese of Jefferson City and Catholic Charities have been welcoming refugees to their new homes in Missouri.  As we prepare for the possible arrival of refugees from Afghanistan, we will need community support more than ever. We are directing all requests from people who want to help to our website (, where they can complete and submit the Afghan Refugee Assistance Form, indicating how they would like to help. Please share with anyone who would like to help with the response effort the link for our assistance form (URL is case-sensitive):; you can also publish the QR code below in bulletins and newsletters.

Liturgical and prayer resources for 9/11

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has compiled a resource of liturgies and prayers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Please consider incorporating a remembrance of the event in your liturgies and prayers the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12. On the anniversary of this tragedy which has shaped our world for the last two decades, may we deeply acknowledge our human yearning for peace, a peace only Christ can give.

Marriage preparation resources available

Pastors, deacons, PLCs and marriage preparation facilitators: All the resources you need to implement our marriage preparation policy are now available on the marriage preparation webpage. The material is available through password-protected links at If you are involved in marriage preparation and have not received an email with instructions on how to access the material, please email Jamie at

All pastors and PLCs are asked to meet with everyone involved in marriage preparation in your parish. Together, review the policy, the process, and all the resources, starting with the Marriage Preparation Step by Step document.

Any exception to the Marriage Preparation Policy, including the six-to-12-month requirement, must be made by either myself, as the bishop, or the vicar general at the request of the local pastor — not the priest, deacon, or lay MPF preparing the couple for marriage.

For more information, please contact Jamie at Our Engaged Encounter weekends and Pre-Cana conferences are postponed until 2022. Please refer to the Marriage Preparation Programs & Resources document for other options to fulfill the requirement for Component II.

Sacrament of Confirmation – FORMS DUE TOMORROW!

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 Directory orders due tomorrow

The new 2021-22 Directories will be distributed at the Priests Institute in October.  Each parish and each school receives two free copies. In addition, each religious, priest, deacon, Parish Life Collaborator, principal, president and assistant principal will receive a free copy. If your parish, school or organization would like to order additional copies, please use this online order form. Deadline for orders is Aug. 31 and payment is required when you place the order.


In accordance with the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, our diocese is placing a renewed emphasis on the need for all Catholics to live as active stewards and disciples who receive the gifts of God gratefully in their lives, cultivate them responsibly, and then share them out of love with God and others. Living a life of active stewardship begins in the family, supports and builds up our parish communities, and flows out into the world.

Recently, Bishop McKnight and Father Stephen Jones, diocesan director of stewardship, filmed a short video describing how families with students enrolled in our parish schools are called to practice active stewardship in their local community. School families, partnering with the parish to raise their children in the Catholic faith, are expected to live as active stewards who:

Pray: Attend Mass faithfully in the parish on weekends and holy days.
Participate: Use their time and talent to strengthen the parish community.
Sacrificially Give: Pledge and remain current on a tithe of financial first fruits to support the ministries of the parish. The goal is eight percent to the parish and two percent to other worthy charities.

This video is currently being used by parishes in the first and second cohort of communities transitioning to the stewardship model over this year. These cohorts include 32 parishes and 18 schools. The remainder of parishes in our diocese will begin the process of transitioning to this model in July 2023.

Any parish not formally enrolled in the first or second cohort can already begin actively forming parishioners in the spirituality of stewardship and the expectations which come with living a life as active stewards. This video may serve as a resource for that process.

Supporting Haiti

We offer our prayers and material support to the people of Haiti, as they struggle to recover from yet another deadly earthquake. Acknowledging we are moving toward a stewardship model as a diocese, I will not be asking for a special collection. Instead, the diocese has sent a sizable donation to the Church in Haiti on behalf of everyone. If anyone wishes to offer additional support, please give to Catholic Relief Services.

Welcoming new staff

Welcome to Mr. Benjamin Roodhouse, the new director of Canonical Services and an advocate for the Matrimonial Tribunal, as he begins work on Sept. 1. Prior to moving to Jefferson City this August, Ben was completing his license in canon law at The Catholic University of American in Washington D.C. He is an experienced civil attorney in commercial property development with his J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law. He is thrilled to begin serving the Church in this new capacity and to get to know the diocese and people of Jefferson City.

Sept. 15, 10-11:30 am

Topics include:

– arish and Charitable Services

– Mass Intention and Binations Processes

– Cemeteries

and follow-up to previously asked questions and topics!

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School in Mary’s Home has 840 (16 ounce each) bottles of liquid hand sanitizer and a 55 gallon drum. This sanitizer is liquid and may possibly be utilized in  misting devices. It is produced by Faber Distilling Company. Any parish or Catholic school who would like any sanitizer, please contact Steve Jannetti, music teacher, at 417-402-5564. For those interested, must be able to pick this up at the school. For those in Jefferson City, it can be delivered.

Bose speakers for sale

Our Lady of the Lake has 20 BOSE 120 flush mount speakers available along with grill covers. The asking price for all the speakers and grill coverings is $400 plus shipping ( $20 per speaker ). These speakers were previously installed at Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Ozark.

Speakers are may be picked up in Jefferson City or Lake of the Ozark.
For more information, please contact Steve at 417-402-5564 and leave a message.

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Help our engaged couples get their marriages off to a great start: Join the diocesan Pre-Cana team!

Pre-Cana is part of our diocesan marriage preparation process. In the day-long (9 am – 4:30 pm) program, married couples, clergy and specialists encourage engaged couples to dialogue about the theology of marriage, communication and conflict resolution, relationships and family life integration, finances, and marital spirituality. Team members are at least 30 years old, practicing Catholics (if married, sacramentally married for 5+ years) and good public presenters. If you would like to know more about how to become a Pre-Cana team member contact (English) Deacon Steve Kliethermes at or 573-690-3700; (Spanish) Deacon Enrique Castro at or 573-680-3650. Deadline for application is Oct. 1.

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 intention for the diocese

Employment opportunities

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

The Chancery Office of the Diocese of Jefferson City has an opening for a part-time Wellness Case Coordinator. The Wellness Case Coordinator serves as an advocate for priests and deacons within the Diocese of Jefferson City. This individual is responsible for educating priests and permanent deacons so that they can take care of their own health, and if needed, can act as an advocate and liaison between the priest/deacon and their medical provider(s).
This is a part-time, virtual position with some travel within the diocese. The ideal candidate will be a RN, LPN or Nurse Case Manager with a Missouri state nursing license, or a social worker with healthcare experience. Candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is seeking a communications director. MCC is the public policy agency of the Catholic Church in Missouri. The MCC is actively involved in all levels of government, especially state and federal issues. The MCC promotes the common good by advocating for public policy that upholds the sanctity and dignity of all human life. The MCC communications director oversees the conference’s various methods of communications, including designing its publications: a weekly email newsletter, two printed publications (one quarterly, one bimonthly), and producing the podcast, MCC from the Capitol. He or she is also responsible for managing the MCC’s social media accounts, website, writing and photography needs. This position is best suited for a creative thinker interested in promoting the mission of the MCC in an engaging, thoughtful manner. The ideal candidate is familiar with/or open to learning Facebook, Twitter, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Google Business Suite, and Audacity. Please contact or with further inquiries.

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