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21 March 2022

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Bishop’s messages

One theme constant in our pastoral planning is the desire to engage our young people more in the faith. We’re excited to offer a cadre of opportunities for middle school and high school students, with an emphasis on friendship and joyful fun. Camp Lolek (a childhood nickname of Saint John Paul II) is new this year. Please use the graphics available through the download link below (find the folder labeled “Youth Camps 2022”) to promote Camp Lolek, Camp Maccabee, Camp Siena and CHRISTpower. Dates, registration forms and other information are on our website.


Ukraine

In the context of the tragic events in Ukraine, Pope Francis has written the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking all bishops and their priests to join in an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25.

Furthermore, the Holy Father has asked the Act of Consecration be offered as close as possible to when he is offering the prayer, which is 5 pm in Rome (11 am Central). We are anticipating receiving the exact wording of the prayer in the upcoming days. The Holy Father’s prayer service will be available live on the Vatican’s YouTube channel.

Please also encourage parishioners to support financially the people of Ukraine and all affected by the war. They can donate online or provide a check to your parish, with a note that it is for the people of Ukraine. Please forward those funds to the diocese, and we will include it in our donation to the USCCB’s program for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This appeal focuses on rebuilding the pastoral capacity of the Church and restoring the faith in 28 countries in the region.

For those parishes engaged in stewardship, please explain to people that this donation is not considered part of their regular tithe, but above and beyond (the 2%).

The following text can be included in your bulletins and read from the pulpit.

As we pray for peace in Ukraine, we also have two opportunities to support the tremendous humanitarian relief effort underway. Please consider contributing either online at diojeffcity.org/donate or by writing a check to our parish with a note “for Ukraine,” then giving it in the regular Sunday collection, mailing to our offices or dropping it off during normal business hours. Our parish will send these special donations to the diocese, for the money to be added to a donation being made by our diocese to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ program for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This appeal focuses on rebuilding the pastoral capacity of the Church and restoring the faith in 28 countries in the region. Now, that focus is centered on Ukraine.

Your participation in this relief effort strengthens our ability to be a strong center of charity and sanctuary for mercy. Thank you for your witness.

[FOR STEWARDSHIP PARISHES] Thank you for your generosity above and beyond your parish tithe in this effort. Your additional contributions (part of your 2% beyond the parish) will make a significant contribution to humanitarian aid.

Mientras oramos por la paz en Ucrania, también tenemos dos oportunidades para apoyar el tremendo esfuerzo actual de ayuda humanitaria. Considere contribuir en línea a diojeffcity.org/donate/ o escribir un cheque a nuestra parroquia con una nota “para Ucrania”, y luego entregarlo en la colecta dominical regular, enviarlo por correo a nuestras oficinas o entregarlo durante el horario normal de la oficina. Nuestra parroquia enviará estas donaciones especiales a la diócesis, para que el dinero se agregue a una donación hecha por nuestra diócesis al programa para la Iglesia en Europa Central y Oriental de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos. Esta colecta se enfoca en reconstruir la capacidad pastoral de la Iglesia y restaurar la fe en 28 países de la región. Ahora, ese enfoque se centra en Ucrania.

Su participación en este esfuerzo de socorro fortalece nuestra capacidad de ser un fuerte centro de caridad y santuario de misericordia. Gracias por su testimonio.

[FOR STEWARDSHIP PARISHES] Gracias por su generosidad más allá del diezmo de su parroquia en este esfuerzo. Sus contribuciones adicionales (parte de su 2% más allá de la parroquia) harán una contribución significativa a la ayuda humanitaria.

Social media graphics are available through the link below.

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.


Virtus Facilitators Needed

We are in need of facilitators of the Virtus: Protecting God’s Children program in our diocese.  A facilitator is a volunteer who travels to parishes to present a two-hour required training for those who are employed or volunteer in our parishes.  A facilitator training will be held May 25.  Please contact Connie Schepers by email or at 573-635-9127, ext. 224.


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.


Safe environment poster

Please print and place this poster in every building on church property. A pdf is also available through 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.




Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

Relics of St. Óscar Romero in Marshall March 25

St. Óscar Romero was canonized in 2018. He is recognized as a patron saint for the Americas, El Salvador and communicators. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 24, the day he was murdered and his feast day, as the “International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims” in recognition of his role in defense of human rights.

Este evento bilingüe es una oportunidad única para recordar, venerar, orar y pedir la intercesión de un gran santo: Monseñor Oscar Romero. Varias reliquias de este santo estarán expuestas. ¡Los esperamos!

Events being held in Spanish

  • Encuentro de Discípulos: Sacred Heart School, Sedalia (3/26, 8 am-4:30 pm) En esta primera sesión de encuentro, profundizaremos sobre el llamado que tenemos a vivir una relación continua con Cristo y que somos enviados a proclamar la Buena Nueva con la fuerza del Espíritu Santo. La segunda sesión será el 28 de mayo. Detalles sobre la hora y el lugar vendrán próximamente. Para más información sobre este evento de Renovación Carismática Católico y/o para registrarse llame al: 316-530-1004 o envíe un correo electrónico.
  • Planificación Familiar Natural: Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Ozarks (3/28, 6-8 pm) Este es un curso gratuito de introducción a este método de planificación familiar natural. La Fundación Familia de las Américas promueve un método actualizado del Método de Ovulación Billings el cual es un método moderno y científico de planificación familiar natural que es 99% efectivo para concebir o posponer embarazos. Además de ser natural y saludable, este método ayudará a la pareja a fortalecer su comunicación y relación mutua y con Dios. Para información sobre instructores y clases contacte a Enrique o Cristhia Castro al 573-680-3650 / 501-454-8308 o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org / cmguzman10@gmail.com.
  • Planificación Familiar Natural: St. Peter, Marshall (4/2, 9 am-noon) Este es un curso gratuito de introducción a este método de planificación familiar natural. La Fundación Familia de las Américas promueve un método actualizado del Método de Ovulación Billings el cual es un método moderno y científico de planificación familiar natural que es 99% efectivo para concebir o posponer embarazos. Además de ser natural y saludable, este método ayudará a la pareja a fortalecer su comunicación y relación mutua y con Dios. Para información sobre instructores y clases contacte a Enrique o Cristhia Castro al 573-680-3650 / 501-454-8308 o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org / cmguzman10@gmail.com.


Please email us if you’d like custom inserts with your parish’s URL to promote online tithing!


Scholarships available – Deadline approaching!!

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 diojeffcity.org/college-scholarships. Two graphics for use in bulletins or social media are available through the link below.


Employment opportunities

TWO OPENINGS LEFT: 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 https://diojeffcity.org/missionary-application-for-totus-tuus/


Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) is launching a micro-lending program alongside an education program that seeks to provide the know-how needed to break the cycle of financial hardship. CCCNMO is seeking applications for an AmeriCorps Member who will serve clients struggling with or stuck in a cycle of debt, made worse by predatory loans. This AmeriCorps Member will use approved curriculum to provide financial education, help clients achieve financial goals, and enroll clients in the new micro-lending program. Learn more about AmeriCorps and this role with Catholic Charities by clicking here.


Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is seeking applications for an AmeriCorps Member who will provide direct services to our clients impacted by COVID-19. These services will range from case management to basic needs assistance and developing supporting programs that enhance our agency’s capacity to respond to COVID-19 impact in our service area. This position is a part of Catholic Charities USA’s (CCUSA) COVID-19 Response Program, a national intermediary project. This role will join a network of staff serving in similar roles throughout the country to facilitate COVID-19 response plans at member agencies. Learn more about AmeriCorps and this role with Catholic Charities by clicking here.


Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia is accepting applications for the position of Director of Adult Faith Formation. Qualifications include: committed to the Catholic faith and attends Mass faithfully; experience preferred though not required; interpersonal and organizational skills; willingness to actively coordinate the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process and to coordinate adult Scripture Studies, small faith-sharing and educational groups, and any other ministry related to adults. Full-time, benefits included, salary will vary according to education and experience. Contact Father Chris Cordes at 573-445-7915 or frchris@ourladyoflourdes.org if interested.


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Payroll and Benefits Clerk. The payroll and benefits clerk is responsible for all payroll processes including the management of employee data, ensuring the accuracy of timekeeping records, computing wages, processing payroll and ensuring employees are paid correctly and on time. This position is a valued member of a four-person Human Resources team providing shared services to parishes within the Diocese of Jefferson City. This position also acts as a back-up to the benefits coordinator, assisting staff in understanding their benefits and payroll. A minimum of three years experience working with payroll is required; preference for experience with multi-location employers using Paylocity or ADP is preferred. Qualified candidates should send their resume to HRDir@diojeffcity.org.


St. Joseph Church in Palmyra is seeking a Director of Religious Education. The director of Religious Education will be in charge of the religious education activities of all ages in the parish in consultation with the pastor. He or she will be responsible for developing and continuing current youth programs for grades 5-12, including weekly meetings, service projects, mission trips, youth conferences, Vacation Bible School, etc. Responsibilities will also include providing religious education opportunities for the entire parish, coordinating PSR classes, preparing young people of the parish for the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation and assisting with safe environment training and record keeping. A complete job description may be found at sjpalmyra.diojeffcity.org.


The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church in Laurie is accepting applications for an Administrative and Database Professional reporting to the CEO.  This position manages the input and output of our Blackbaud database, oversees all administrative functions such as processing mail, maintaining corporate records, coordinating meetings, and greeting visitors. Must have experience in general office responsibilities and experience with databases.  Training is provided for Blackbaud.  Ability to work well alone or as part of a team. Must be able to read, write and communicate effectively in both oral and written form.  Salary commensurate with background and experience.  Comprehensive benefit program is included. Reply by March 31, 2022 to Joe G. Gubbels.


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 indeed.com. 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 algabri567@gmail.com  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 diojeffcity.org/employment-opportunities-in-our-catholic-schools/and contact the parish at icchurch@icangels.com.


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 HRDir@diojeffcity.org or apply on indeed.com.


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 HRDir@diojeffcity.org or apply on indeed.com.


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 www.comonewman.org/job-openings or email frdan@comonewman.org.


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 HRDir@diojeffcity.org.


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 (diojeffcity.org/employment-opportunities-in-our-catholic-schools) 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 www.saintpeterjc.org/employment