15 November 2021

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Bishop’s messages

Through a grant from the Conrad H. Hilton Foundation, the diocese offers a series of videos explaining the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. Parishes and schools are encouraged to share these videos on social media. You can find the five videos at

Mandatory training for new payroll system

With the transition to new payroll software, Paylocity Payroll, all pastors, principals and parish/school/affiliate payroll bookkeepers are required to attend mandatory training. Please mark your calendars now for these trainings.

Principals: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 pm by Zoom (email with the Zoom link will be sent at a later date).

Pastors may choose one of two sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 10:30-noon OR Thursday, Feb. 24, 2-3:30 pm. Both sessions are by Zoom (email with the Zoom link will be sent at a later date).

Principals and pastors training is an overview of Paylocity Payroll, how to approve time off requests and how to manage time and attendance. Someone other than the bookkeeper will be responsible for approving time of non-exempt employees before payroll can be processed. Other employees, such as directors, managers, or supervisors are welcomed to attend one of these virtual sessions. Please provide their names, job titles and session being attended to Cheryl Hertfelder by emailing 

Parish/School/Affiliate Bookkeepers Training is a two-session, mandatory, in-person training at the diocesan Chancery, 2207 W. Main Street, Jefferson City. Bookkeepers must attend the assigned sessions, based on your parish’s accounting number. Please bring a laptop. If you cannot bring a laptop, please let Cheryl Hertfelder, director of Human Resources, know by Nov. 18 by calling 573-635-9127. Lunch will be provided for all sessions.

  • Parishes 001-030: Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10 am – 2 pm each day
  • Parishes 031-065: Thursday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 10, 10 am – 2 pm each day
  • Parishes 066-130: Friday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 11, 10 am – 2 pm each day

Open enrollment for diocesan group insurance plan is Nov. 1-19

Open enrollment for employees in the diocesan group insurance plan begins Nov. 1. Pastors, administrators, bookkeepers and principals have received a schedule of the open enrollment meetings and should pass this information to all staff immediately, if you haven’t already done so.

Employees are encouraged to attend the meetings, but attendance is not mandatory. If you are satisfied with your current group insurance elections, you do not have to do anything for them to remain the same for calendar year 2022. However, if you wish to participate in the FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or Dependent FSA, you must make a new election each year. If your family status changes outside of open enrollment — marriage, divorce or a new dependent (even if you already have dependent coverage — please contact Gala Wolfmeier.

To make changes or review your plan, please call BenManage at 1-877-338-6311 between Nov. 1 – 19. Their hours of operation are listed in your Enrollment Guide. Or log in at

It’s that time of year again to be pro-active and winterize. Find Catholic Mutual’s recommendations here.

Official Catholic Directory update portal now open

Parishes and other entities listed in the Official Catholic Directory should have received a notification email from to request updates to your information for the 2022 edition of the Official Catholic Directory. If you are listed in the OCD, but did not receive an email, please check your spam/junk folder as you may need to add the domain to your “safe senders” list.

Please also note that the Official Catholic Directory updating system is optimized for Google Chrome. Wherever possible, use a Google Chrome browser for this project. All parishes/entities will need to login and register – go to, and click the “Registration” button, then follow the registration process.

Finally, a gentle reminder not to add groups, activities, or cemeteries as sub-organization.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 22. Please contact Bernadette Adams at or 573-635-9127, x236 if you have questions or concerns.

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.

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Blessing of Music Ministers – Feast of St. Cecilia

All music ministers of the diocese are invited to gather at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Nov. 22, 7-9 pm, for a prayer service, blessing, and a reception, organized by the diocesan chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). Social distancing and masks are encouraged.

Prayer vigil regarding SCOTUS hearing

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case directly challenging Roe v. Wade. Mike and Kathy Forck are organizing a prayer event on Nov. 30 from 8 am to 5 pm on the sidewalk in front of the Missouri Supreme Court, 207 W High St. in Jefferson City. For more information, contact Mrs. Forck at

Rescheduled Closing Rally and Dinner for 40 Days For Life Saturday, Dec, 4 at St Andrew, 400 St Andrew Dr,, Holts Summit.  Doors open at 6 pm with Silent Auction items and fellowship.  Dinner of fried chicken prepared by Knights Council 8400 at 7 pm.  Speaker Amanda Durbin, founder of Ray of Hope Pregnancy Help.  All invited.  RSVP for dinner count to Kathy Forck at 573-821-5130.

Bishop McKnight’s prayer intention for the diocese

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.

Employment opportunities

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

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Creative Services Manager to create quality communication assets for the diocese, in print, audio/visual and digital format. The individual will be responsible for updating the diocesan website and serves as support for parish websites. We are specifically seeking an individual who has a desire to use technology to make the Catholic Church more accessible and relevant. Experience with Adobe Creative Suites, WordPress websites and audio/video editing software is required. Qualified candidates should send their resume to Final candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work.

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

St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish in Columbia is accepting applications for a full-time Director of Adult Faith Formation to serve a diverse parish community on the campus of the University of Missouri. This position reports directly to the pastor and serves with a team of faith formation ministers including the RCIA director, middle school/high school youth minister, and director of grade school religious education, as well as with college campus ministry. This position is responsible for the faith formation of adults in the Catholic tradition. For a full job description, visit or contact Father Dan Merz, pastor, at

St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish, serving the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and two other colleges is accepting applications for the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Director of Campus Ministry and serves with a team of priests, two other professional campus ministry staff, FOCUS missionaries, and student interns. The Assistant Director for Campus Ministry has a primary emphasis in ministries related to new student outreach, retreats, spirituality, service, and communications. An excellent candidate will live the Catholic faith in his/her daily life, balance a Catholic theological background with pastoral skills, and have strong communication, organization, and planning skills. For more information, visit

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. 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