20 September 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Diocesan phase for Synod 2021 – 2023 begins

We join the universal church in entering the preparations for the 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality. I have appointed a diocesan commission which is beginning work on the diocesan phase of the Synod. There will be more information forthcoming; the next issue of The Catholic Missourian includes coverage of the official announcement by the Holy See earlier this month.

All are invited to the opening Mass of the Synod, on Oct. 16, 5:30 pm, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. In addition, a Holy Hour will be celebrated on Oct. 17 at 5:30 pm at the Cathedral.

Please see other official appointments made on Sept. 15 here.

Please use this graphic to invite people to support Afghan families who will be arriving soon! More information about the resettlement process can be found at The Catholic Missourian website.

Civilize it!

Our political discourse has become increasingly rancorous and bitter. The U.S. bishops began a campaign leading into the 2020 election to restore civility to our public and political discourse called Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate. The Missouri Catholic Conference highlighted the campaign last year with a special episode of MCC from the Capitol with Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski. This year, the U.S. bishops are again challenging the faithful to answer Pope Francis’ call to seek “a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good.” Civilize It: A Better Kind of Politics encourages individuals and families to commit to seeking the truth, building bridges, and finding solutions together that promote the common good. Individuals can sign the pledge, and sign up to receive additional materials, by visiting the USCCB Civilize It webpage.

Father Cesáreo Gabaráin, composer, under investigation

The Diocese of Jefferson City has been informed of sexual abuse allegations against Father Cesáreo Gabaráin, the prolific Spanish composer known for his song “Pescador de Hombres” who died in 1991. The alleged abuse took place in the 1970s and the Archdiocese of Madrid is conducting an investigation.

Until the investigation is completed, we recommend parishes and other Catholic organizations in the diocese refrain from using his songs. His work is licensed in the United States by Oregon Catholic Press (OCP). They have stated they will be donating their publisher share of royalties from his songs to a victims support organization.

Let us all pray for the healing of all victims of abuse, for healing and unity in our Church and for the soul and family of Father Gabaráin.

La Diócesis de Jefferson City ha sido informada de alegaciones de abuso sexual en contra del padre Cesáreo Gabaráin, prolífico compositor español conocido por su canto “Pescador de hombres”, que murió en 1991. El presunto abuso tomó lugar en los 1970s y la Arquidiócesis de Madrid está conduciendo una investigación.

Hasta que la investigación termine, recomendamos a las parroquias y otras organizaciones católicas de la diócesis que se abstengan de usar los cantos de este compositor. La licencia de sus composiciones en Estados Unidos la tiene Oregon Catholic Press (OCP). Ellos han manifestado que donarán la regalías del compositor que comparte su editorial a la organización que apoya a víctimas de abuso.

Oremos todos por la sanación de todas las víctimas de abuso, por la sanación y unidad de la Iglesia y por el alma y la familia del padre Gabaráin.

New Marriage preparation facilitator training Nov. 13

Priests, deacons, Parish Life Coordinators (PLCs) and lay marriage preparation facilitators who have not been trained for the new diocesan marriage preparation process can attend a one day training on Sept. 18 or Nov. 13. Trainings are available in English and Spanish. Although the Zoom option for these trainings will be available, we kindly ask participants to attend in person. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Priests and PLCs who have not been able to attend a training can register for one of the trainings for lay facilitators or for a recorded video training for priests and PLCs only. The latter option is a brief version (three hours). If you select the latter option, you will receive a link with a recorded video training and the instructions you need to become a certified Prepare/Enrich (P/E) facilitator. You need to be certified by P/E in order to be able to use the P/E assessment in your parish.

All the resources 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

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.

St. Thomas More Newman Parish in Columbia has a beautiful crucifix available (at no cost) ideal for indoor display at a parish school, parish hall, church foyer, cemetery mausoleum, or other parish setting.  The crucifix measures 8’5″ tall by 6’9″ wide.  The crucifix  is not weather resistant, so it is suitable only for indoor display.  Please send inquiries to Deacon Ric Telthorst at or call 573-690-0730.

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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.

Graphics for bulletins and social media, in English and Spanish, are available.

Safe Environment graphics in Spanish and English are available at the link below.

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!

St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a Custodial and Maintenance Technician. This position coordinates maintenance with various Newman contractors; does routine repairs and maintenance; patrols the parking lot; event set-up and tear-down; maintains inventory of bathroom and cleaning supplies; and performs clean-up and trash roundup not done by contractors. Applicant should have a high school diploma or equivalent; maintain a valid driver’s license; have ability to read and follow written and oral instructions; have the ability to lift and carry tables, chairs, equipment, etc.  Compensation is hourly, about 20 hours per week; does not include benefits.  Applications accepted until position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application to Father Dan Merz, SLD, at

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