Blog

27 September 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Next month our Church focuses on how we can respect human life. A robust toolkit for parishes is available from the USCCB here. and we have local recommendations on our website. An important announcement from our offices for Catholic Schools and Religious Education regarding the January March for Life can be downloaded here.


Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly

The Missouri Catholic Conference offers its Annual Assembly this year in a virtual format. As Catholic teaching informs us, there is a broad spectrum of issues important to the Catholic faith. This spectrum is highlighted in the varying episodes of MCC from the Capitol; topics include pro-life concerns, refugee resettlement, race relations, housing crises, and more. Learn more at https://mocatholic.org/news-and-events/annual-assembly-2021



Participation in Rite of Election

The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be March 6, 2022, at 3 pm. Catechumenate coordinators are asked to complete this form by Dec. 10, 2021, to allow adequate planning. For more information, please contact Kris Hartman.


Videos of the presentations at the most recent parish staff business meeting are now online.


Seeking baptismal font

St. Phillip in Versailles is seeking a “new to us” baptismal font, to replace their current font, which is in need of repairs. Please contact Becky Samson at 573-378-5958.


Blessing of the Animals

Many parishes celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals. This feast day honors our patron saint of animals and his care and respect for each creature. It’s a wonderful moment to celebrate God’s gifts to us. Is there something happening in your parish or school? Send your information to communication@diojeffcity.org and follow up with photos so we may all share the joy in this special tradition. 


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 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.


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 diojeffcity.org/marriage-preparation. 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 faithformation@diojeffcity.org.

For more information, please contact Jamie at faithformation@diojeffcity.org. 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.


New Chancery personnel

We are pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Hoogveld to the Chancery staff. She will be supporting Women’s Ministry and Pastoral Services. Jessica has a bachelor of arts degree in Human Services with previous work experience at the YMCA and Department of Social Services – Family Support Division.


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Catholic Stewardship Appeal 2022

This year, we have a goal of $2 million for the parishes participating in the CSA. Resources are now available on our website, including bulletin announcements, graphics, pulpit announcements and prayers of the faithful. A toolkit of resources will be distributed at the priests’ institute in October.



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 sjhmk337@centurylink.net or 573-690-3700; (Spanish) Deacon Enrique Castro at ecastro@diojeffcity.org or 573-680-3650. Deadline for application is Oct. 1.

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


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 diojeffcity.org/cursillo 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 diojeffcity.org/employment-in-our-catholic-schools/ 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 frdan@comonewman.org.


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 mocatholic@mocatholic.org or communications@mocatholic.org with further inquiries.


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 www.saintpeterjc.org/employment