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18 April 2022

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Bishop’s messages

Blessed Easter!

The Chancery will be closed in observance of Easter
on Easter Monday, April 18.


Save the Date: Parish Secretaries Workshop June 22, 10 am – 2 pm

The offices of the Moderator of the Curia and the Chancellor invite our parish secretaries to attend our next workshop in-person or on Zoom to provide you an added opportunity to network with your counterparts from around the diocese. 

This extended workshop, which will include lunch, will allow for more in-depth presentations on topics relating to your role as parish secretary. Many topics have been covered over the last year, but we want to know:

  • Are there any topics that you want us to revisit, or go into more detail? 
  • Are there topics that you would like us to address? 
  • Do you have particular questions or need clarification on a topic? 

Please let us know your requests, suggestions, questions, etc. by emailing Bernadette Adams. As our usual practice, sessions will be recorded and available on the diocesan website for future viewing.


‘Regular’ Mass stipends not charitable contributions

Recently, the Finance Office has received several inquiries regarding Mass stipends (offerings) and whether they are considered to be charitable contributions. While IRS Rev. Rul. 78-366, 1978-2 C.B. 241 recognizes certain Mass stipends from bequests to be deductible as a charitable contribution of the estate because such funds are donated directly to the parish and become part of the general funds of the parish that are applied to all of the regular parish functions, the conditions of the ruling do not apply to payments made directly to an individual priest for offering a Mass. Mass stipends paid directly to priests are considered a payment for a service and are not considered to be a charitable gift. Therefore, the parish should not issue a charitable contribution letter for such offerings paid directly to priests or include them on the annual giving statements of the parish. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Joseph Braddock.


Couple to Couple League introductory course for clergy

The Couple to Couple League offers an online introductory course for clergy to have a basic understanding of Natural Family Planning. The course is available at ccli.org/clergy.


Official decrees

  • A decree recognizing that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has granted a dispensation from art. 3 §2 of Traditionis custodes for St. Brendan, Mexico.
  • A decree promulgating the new Religious Compensation Policy. The policy takes effect with the 2022 – 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2022.

Requests from foreign churches/dioceses

Several pastors and parish staff have been receiving emails requesting money from various outside groups. Many of these are from foreign churches or other Catholic organizations.  Sadly, some of these requests are not legitimate. If you choose to consider them, always consult the diocesan Mission Office.  This provides responsible and proper stewardship of our parishioners’ tithes.


Licensing for livestreaming or reprinting worship music

ONE LICENSE provides permissions for parishes to reprint worship music for congregations or livestream music on the Internet. The Diocese of Jefferson City has a group agreement with ONE LICENSE which provides a 20 percent discount to parishes. If your parish does not currently participate in the group agreement and would like more information, please contact Helen Osman BEFORE April 25, so you can be included in the new group licensing agreement.


Tables for sale

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School has approximately 125 tables for sale, including some which are ADA compliant. The attached file has more details, Please contact Rose Lloyd, Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, 3351 E Gans Rd, Columbia, MO 65201, 573-445-7700, or rlloyd@toltoncatholic.org for questions, request a quote, or to schedule a time to view.


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.


Update on appeal for Ukraine

We have received slightly more than $24,000 in donations for the Catholic Church in Ukraine, with almost $10,000 of that received through online donations. Thank you to all for their generosity. Contributions continue to be received; parishes are encouraged to continue to promote the appeal. The donations received up to this time have been forwarded to the USCCB’s Church in Central and Eastern Europe special collection.

Donations can be made online or by 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.


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

Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

The Catholic Home Missions appeal is the weekend of April 23-24. Bulletin graphics and letters from Bishop McKnight, in English and Spanish, are available through this link.


Confirmation Retreat

For both individuals and groups, this retreat on April 23 at the diocesan Catholic Center in Jefferson City by NET Ministries can be a wonderful experience for those receiving the sacrament. For more information and to register, visit diojeffcity.org/confirmation-retreat-2022.



Spanish-speaking events

  • Misa de Sanación: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (30 de abril, 10:00 am) Toda celebración de la Eucaristía (Misa) es una Misa de sanación. A través de su Palabra, su Cuerpo y su Sangre sana y restaura nuestras debilidades, enfermedades y heridas. Sin embargo, durante una “Misa de Sanación”, se ora intensamente y se dispone el corazón de una manera más consciente a recibir la gracia y amor de Dios derramada durante toda la celebración.
  • Retiros de Inicio: El Retiro de Inicio brinda una experiencia única de encuentro con Jesús resucitado, quien nos invita a vivir una vida nueva y abundante con la ayuda del Espíritu Santo. Todo aquel que desee participar, sin importar su estado de vida actual o situación personal, tendrá la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre su vida y encontrarse con el Amor incondicional de Jesús. Estas son unas oportunidades que nadie se puede perder.  
    • Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (30 de abril y 1 de mayo)  Para más información sobre este evento de Renovación Carismática Católico y/o para registrarse contacte a Marcelino Chávez al 660-631-3748 o por correo electrónico a chelino2657@gmail.com.
    • Saint Mary | Santa María, Milan (7 y 8 de mayo) Para más información sobre este evento de Renovación Carismática Católico y/o para registrarse contacte a Aurelia Cruz al 660-292-1402 o por correo electrónico a aureliac595@gmail.com.
  • Curso Introductorio de PFN:  Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (21 de mayo; 9am-12pm) Este es un curso gratuito sobre el método de planificación familiar natural para todas las parejas. 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 muy 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.
    Para más información sobre este método, visite: https://diojeffcity.org/natural-family-planning/ y/o https://www.familyplanning.net/es

Employment opportunities


St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Sedalia is hiring a Facilities Manager responsible for maintaining the parish buildings and grounds including the Sacred Heart School.  The Facilities Manager performs and supervises tasks related to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, safety, security environmental, and custodial. This position requires a team player attitude, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, attention to details and project coordination. The Facilities Manager has a clear understanding of acceptable business practices in relationship to church teachings. The Facilities Manager has the ability to collaborate with and support the Pastor, School President, Finance Manager, parish staff and parishioners. For more information, visit svdpparish.diojeffcity.org.


Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia is accepting applications for the position of Director of Youth Ministry. The position includes, but is not limited to, coordinating the High School Life Teen and Middle School Edge programs and the sacrament of Confirmation program, interacting with the students at the interparish K-8 school and Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, and providing additional worship, social, and service opportunities for the youth of the Catholic community. Works closely with the youth director for the Catholic Newman Center and Sacred Heart Parish. Music leadership ability would be great but not required. Full-time, benefits included, salary will vary according to education and experience. Contact Father Chris Cordes at frchris@ourladyoflourdes.org or 573-445-7915 if interested.


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 May 15, 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.


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