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17 January 2022

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Synod listening sessions

Listening sessions for the universal Synod 2021-2023 for our diocese are scheduled from Jan. 25-Feb. 26, both in person and via Zoom. Please encourage people to participate in this unique opportunity. Graphics in English and Spanish (example above) can be used in parish bulletins and in social media. Please register for a listening session and consider inviting someone to come with you! For more information, visit

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is Feb. 2

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. Attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, it is transferred to the following Sunday to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. Please consider using this bulletin announcement and prayer for the liturgies the weekend of Jan. 29-30:

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and in parishes over the weekend of Feb. 5-6. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

Prayers of the Faithful for liturgies the weekend of Feb. 5-6:
For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…
For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

Sacramental records report

The forms for reporting sacramental records for 2021 are due Feb. 28 to Connie Schepers. Please look for the email and submit your completed forms as soon as possible.

Sunday of the Word of God: Jan. 23, 2022

On January 23, we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  This day has been established by Pope Francis as the “Sunday of the Word of God.” The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) has published a free resource for our use.  It contains Pope Francis’ document Aperuit illis (September 30, 2019), the readings for Year C, as well as best pastoral practices, sample intercessions, and suggested music. Please share this resource widely among your schools and religious education programs, available at

The USCCB Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship November 2021 newsletter is available for download through the link below.

What’s the most common (and preventable) kind of slip, trip or fall incident? Click on the button link below to read this month’s Safety Talk and find out how you can help lower insurance costs for our parishes!

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

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Schools Job Fair Feb. 12

Looking for a job that feeds your soul? Join us for the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Jefferson City Job Fair Feb. 12, 9-11 am, at Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70W, Columbia. Representatives from our schools across mid-Missouri will be in attendance to talk about how you can serve young people and help form them in the faith. Schools have openings across all grade levels, early childhood through high school. DJC schools offer competitive salaries, great benefits and a beautiful, Christ-centered community in which to work.

Scholarships available

Parishioners in our diocese are encouraged to apply for $1,000 college scholarships from the William H. (Bill) Simon Scholarship and John L. Warack Scholarship funds. Deadline for applying is March 31, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit

Cursillo Grand Reunion Feb. 26

All Cursillistas are invited to a Grand Reunion Feb. 26, 9:30 am to 4 pm, at Tolton Catholic High School, 3351 E Gans Road in Columbia, MO. Come to inspire, to encourage, and to replenish spiritually for the work the Holy Spirit intends for us. It is sure to be an inspirational day filled with some great speakers, share a meal, and group with others across our diocese! For more information and to register, go to

Virtual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

For more than 30 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) has served as the major annual gathering organized by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and 20 national Catholic organizations. This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. usually draws over 500 participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges. This year’s event is a virtual gathering, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, making it more accessible to many people. Learn more at

9 Days for Life

Join Catholics and others in a novena for life Jan. 19-27. The USCCB has a series of resources in English and Spanish for use in bulletins and social media at

Employment opportunities

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

The Diocese of Jefferson City Youth Office is seeking Totus Tuus missionaries for summer 2022. The position requires a young adult active in your Catholic faith and a desire to share the Gospel with others. You will need to be available June 1 through July 30 (with a mid summer break for the July 4th holiday). For more information and to access applications go to

Newman Parish in Columbia is accepting applications for a full-time Director of Communications & Technology to serve a diverse parish community on the campus of the University of Missouri. The director will lead the design, marketing, and communication efforts for the parish and its various constituent groups. The coordinator will oversee and have direct responsibility for both internal and external communications efforts – actively seeking to foster the church’s mission and craft a positive image of Newman Parish to the community. They will oversee all parish communications: the website, emails, social media, and weekly bulletin. For more information, visit or email

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking an IT Coordinator, responsible for coordinating, planning, and leading computer-related activities within the diocese. This position provides direct support to the chancery office and is a supportive consultant to parishes. The focus of this position will require the coordinator to have hands-on experience with complex data management systems such as Blackbaud, email maintenance, telecommunication systems, website development as well as management and support for telecommunications and audio visual needs of the organization. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their resume to

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Creative Services Coordinator 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.

Helias Catholic High School is seeking a skilled, strategy-minded candidate for the position of Director of Finance. This is a full-time, salaried, 12-month position. The qualified candidate will direct the financial functions of Helias Catholic High School in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, the successful applicant will advise the president and the school’s advisory council and its committees as well as the board of directors to meet their fiduciary responsibilities. Interested candidates should make application through the school office of the Diocese of Jefferson City at s well as submit a letter of interest and resume directly to Helias Catholic High School.

Helias Catholic High School is seeking a full-time Technology Specialist to assist the Director of IT in providing quality support to students and staff by troubleshooting software, hardware, network and classroom technology problems. The technology specialist will assist with the setup of new devices and technology and maintain existing systems, as well as provide guidance on the use of software and hardware to enhance the educational environment of the school. Interested candidates should make application through the school office of the Diocese of Jefferson City ( as well as submit a letter of interest and resume directly to Helias Catholic High School.

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