7 March 2022

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Bishop’s messages

As bishop of the diocese, I have given decrees announcing changes to existing policies of the diocese. The full text of each decree and associated updated policy is posted on the diocesan website.

A decree given on Feb. 25 announces updates to the diocese’s active priests vacation policy and priest compensation policy. Both take effect on July 1, 2022, the start of the 2022-23 fiscal year.

A decree given on Feb. 23 announces updates to the diocesan Safe Environment Policy. The largest revision in the policy pertains to how the diocese conducts background checks for one category of people under the policy. This includes employees, priests and deacons, religious brothers and sisters, seminarians and those in formation for the diaconate. People in this category are required to complete a new form authorizing background checks through the State of Missouri. These revised polices and regulations are particular law for this diocese and therefore are obligatory for all employees, volunteers, religious brothers and sisters, priests, deacons, parents/guardians of Catholic school children and Catholic institutions within the diocese. The updated policy takes effect March 23, 2022.

Prayer and support for peace

An unjust war is never a solution to disagreement among nations.  The callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the necessity of a just society scars the human family and wounds the souls of those who perpetuate violence.

Let us join all people of good will in praying for a softening of the hearts of those who are inflicting so much suffering upon the citizens of Ukraine. We also pray for those in leadership, that they may have the wisdom to know how to build peace and the fortitude to persevere in their efforts.  

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight

The escalating conflict in Ukraine is exacting a tragic human toll. Both Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas Ukraine are effective and established Catholic agencies that will use donations wisely.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has a long history of serving immigrants from the region and supporting the resettlement efforts of Ukrainians in mid-Missouri.

If you are experiencing distress, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides the Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free hotline dedicated to providing crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to this crisis for people the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Please consider printing the Prayer for Peace, available in English and Spanish through the download link below and formatted to be printed 5.5″ x 8.5″ (two to an 8.5″ x 11″ page). It can be prayed at the end of the Prayer of the Faithful and people can use it in their homes and other settings.

The Catholic Relief Services collection is being taken March 26-27 in our diocese. Resources for social media, and bulletin and pulpit announcements from the USCCB are available here. A letter from Bishop McKnight, in English and Spanish, and bulletin graphics are also available for download from our diocesan resource for parishes by clicking on the link below.

Bishop McKnight’s prayer intentions for our local church can be found on our website.

Resources for Lent, the Sacred Triduum and the Easter Season

There are 27 social media posts available for use in our graphics folder. Please use these as you deem appropriate.

Information regarding the Lenten regulations and admonitions, the timing of the Easter Vigil and other resources, can be found on our website. Please note this is a “distributed post,” so parishes using the Blackbaud website system will find this very easy to include on their website as well.

In addition, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has provided its annual resource. It can be downloaded here.

Parish staff quarterly meeting

The next quarterly workshop for Parish Secretaries is Wednesday, March 16, 10 am via Zoom. Please use this link.

Topics include: 

  • Summer opportunities for youth 
  • Third party insurance
  • Safe environment auditing and teaching Touching Safety

If you are unable to attend, the sessions will be recorded and available on our website to watch at your convenience. If you have suggestions for future workshop topics, please email them to Bernadette Adams at

Marriage Preparation Facilitators resources

Are you confused about the marriage prep process, its components, how to request the P/E Assessment, where to find MPF resources, or have other questions?  We have two options to alleviate your confusion!

  • Watch the MPF Introductory Video on our diocesan webpage and/or
  • Attend a live online refresher session. Two sessions in English and two sessions in Spanish will be available each month. The English sessions will be held the first Tuesday at 10:30 am each month and the third Tuesday at 5:30 pm each month. The Spanish sessions will be held the first Tuesday at 5:30 pm each month and the third Tuesday at 12:15 pm each month. Please email Jamie Schulte for more information or to register by the Monday prior to the session you wish to attend.

¿Está confundido sobre el proceso de preparación para el matrimonio, sus componentes, cómo solicitar el inventario P/E, dónde encontrar los recursos para facilitadores y más? ¡Tenemos dos opciones para ayudarle!

  • Vea el video introductorio de Facilitadores en nuestra página web diocesana: Y/o
  • Participe en una sesión en vivo por zoom. Dos sesiones en español y dos en inglés estarán disponibles cada mes. Las sesiones en español serán 1er martes del mes a las 5:30PM y 3er martes del mes a las 12:15PM.  Los sesiones en inglés serán el 1er martes del mes a las 10:30AM y el 3er martes del mes a las 5:30PM. 

Para confirmar su asistencia, envíe un correo electrónico antes del lunes anterior a la reunión a la que desea asistir.

Application for certificate of no tax due

All parishes in the Diocese of Jefferson City must use the same sales tax exempt number. To obtain a “certificate of no tax due” when planning a parish event which requires a liquor license, please download this form and follow the instructions on the form.

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Music workshops March 25-26

The diocesan chapter of NPM is delighted to announce two renown musicians will be presenting workshops on liturgical music March 25, 6:30 pm, and March 26, 9 am to noon, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia. Please download the flyer NPM-March-25-26-2022 for more details. Register by emailing

Engaged couples: The next PRE-CANA CONFERENCE is March 12, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm at St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia. Please go to to register or for additional dates and information. Or consider an ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKEND at St. Pius X Parish in Moberly. Go to to register or for additional dates and information. Either of these satisfy the second component of the diocesan marriage preparation policy. 

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 Two graphics for use in bulletins or social media are available through the link below.

Employment opportunities

The Chancery office of the Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking an experienced administrative assistant that will provide clerical support of confidential data for the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. This individual will have regular contact with outside vendors for minor maintenance of the building, telephone systems, maintenance of fleet vehicles, office supplies and office equipment. Responsibilities are varied. Professional demeanor and appearance and self-starter attitude is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software is a must. Qualified candidates should apply through Skills assessments are required through the application process.

St. Andrew Church in Tipton has an opening for a Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper. This is a full time non-exempt hourly position with benefits . We are seeking an individual with at least three years experience in bookkeeping and payroll. Qualified candidates should send their resume by email or U.S. Postal Service to the pastor at 106 W Cooper St., Tipton, MO 65081 or email to  After screening the applications, interview dates will be communicated to the eligible candidates. 

Immaculate Conception Parish and School in Jefferson City has an opening for a Facilities Manager. Applicant is to be skilled in facilities upkeep and repair, with basic electrical, mechanical and plumbing knowledge. Applicant will work under the direction of the parish pastor and school administrator. Wages depend on experience. All interested persons should complete the application on the diocesan website at contact the parish at

Looking for meaningful work? We’re hiring! Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has open positions in Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri — including an Agency-wide Receptionist Position, a Financial Stability Program Specialist and several critical Catholic Charities Refugee Services roles. Bring your skills into a diverse, creative working environment built on Catholic teachings and the call to provide care and create hope for the lives of the vulnerable through compassionate social services that respect the dignity of each person and engage the local community in our mission. View open positions and application instructions online at:

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Director of Communications to support the pastoral ministry of the Bishop and parishes. This is a cabinet level position and will serve as the general everyday spokesperson and communications consultant for the Bishop with creative use of media and communications. This position is also the Assistant Publisher of the diocesan newspaper and supervises staff within the communications department. A degree in Journalism, Digital Communications, Communications, or Marketing plus relevant experience is required. Qualified candidates should send their resume to or apply on

The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection who is responsible for implementing, overseeing, and maintaining programs and policies in accordance with the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This office represents the Bishop of Jefferson City in efforts to create a compassionate and healing place for victims of clergy sexual abuse and to ensure a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults in the Diocese of Jefferson City. A degree in Counseling, Education, Human Resources, or Social Work plus relevant experience or knowledge of trauma informed care is required. Qualified candidates should send their resume to or apply on

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

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.

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