Blog

11 October 2021

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Bishop’s messages

 Synod 2021 – 2023 begins with prayer

We join the universal church in entering the preparations for Synod 2021 -2023. 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 join us in prayer as we “journey together” in discerning what the Holy Spirit is inviting us to be, as the people of God.


Priests Wellness Care Coordinator

Please welcome Karla Lang, BSN, RN, as our new Wellness Care Coordinator. Kimie Bax has expressed a desire to spend more time with her growing family and we are very pleased that Karla has decided to step into this important role. Karla has experience working in a multidisciplinary team to ensure the highest level of satisfaction with her patients; her first love has been working with our veterans in the oncology unit at the VA hospital in Columbia. She met many of our priests last week at the priests institute and is available at klang@diojeffcity.org.





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.


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.


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 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.


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CSA 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.





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!

The president and CEO of The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, is responsible for the overall management and growth of the Shrine to ensure that it has the facilities, administration, spiritual programs, and financial means to carry out its mission for future generations. The Shrine seeks a highly motivated, entrepreneurial leader who can lead the growth and operations of the Shrine to become a world class pilgrimage site. The right leader is an experienced and proven executive who can build a team and work with the Board of Directors and staff to establish and execute long-range goals and strategies. This person will be the face of the organization. This full-time permanent position is for immediate hire at The Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, Missouri. A full description is available online.


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