13 June 2022

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Bishop’s messages

Official appointment

Msgr. Marion Makarewicz as dean of the North Deanery, effective June 7, 2022.

The Catholic parish in a time of violence

“While the Catholic Church has every right and obligation to speak to the political issues of our time and to be clear about what our faith teaches, it would fail in its mission if its clergy reduced its sphere of concern to the political. Preaching from the pulpit in a manner that condemns those who are wrong and does little to provide hope for the fallen only exacerbates this diminishment. We are a Church of relationships, through which the grace of God extends to the poor and brokenhearted, especially in our celebration of the sacraments.” My full statement is here.


Next week, for the first time in the history of our country, we have a national holiday, Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. As many enjoy a day off of work, may we use this as an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the sin of racism in our communities. Resources based on the US bishops’ document, “Open Wide Our Hearts.”

Update on Cathedral Renovation

We are grateful to all who are contributing, whether through prayer, their treasure or their talents, to the renovation of our Cathedral. This image of pipes that were behind the walls of the bathrooms on the main floor shows the necessity of structural repairs and upgrades for the building. For more information on the progress being made, see our webpage, which includes the video below.

Parish secretaries workshop RSVPs due this Wednesday

Parish staff are asked to make their reservations now for the Parish Secretaries Workshop on June 22, 10 am – 2 pm  at the Chancery and via Zoom. The offices of the moderator of the curia and chancellor are planning a variety of presentations on topics relating to the role of parish secretary. Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person. 

Please let us know by June 15 if you will be attending in person by emailing Kris Hartman; for lunch planning please also include any dietary restrictions. If you cannot attend either in person or by Zoom, all of the sessions will be recorded and available on the diocesan website for future viewing.

Matthew Kelly books for free

The Cathedral of St. Joseph is offering for free about 50 copies of the book “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly. For more information, please contact Julie Gramlich by email or at 573-635-7991.

Liturgical resources for Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions offers the following resource for use this year with the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It includes a preparation list, music suggestions and sample intercessions for the Mass of the Solemnity; the protocols for a eucharistic process; prayers, Scripture and music suggestions for adoration and exposition, and more. The ICEL and USCCB have granted permission to share their copyrighted material and FDLC has given permission to share the resource widely. Please contact Father Dan Merz, diocesan liturgical commission chair, with questions.

Celebration of feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday, June 26

To encourage a greater participation in the celebration of the patronal feast day of our diocese, Bishop McKnight has mandated the transfer of the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Saturday June 25, 2022 to Sunday June 26, 2022, replacing the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  As in previous years, to help with your parish’s celebration of this feast, suggested Scripture readings for the day in English and Spanish, and the responsorial psalm with a musical setting can be downloaded from the link below.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Father Dan Merz.

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.

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NEW TIME for couples retreat on Sept. 3

Love and Life is a one day retreat where couples explore the truth and beauty of marriage and God’s plan for it. It will be held Sept. 3, 8:30 am to 5 pm, at the Chancery in Jefferson City, 2207 W. Main St. Based on Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan by the US bishops, this retreat will help couples renew their bonds through presentations and periods of prayer. It has helped hundreds of couples reconnect and appreciate each other, their relationship, and their marriage. This retreat is open to all couples (married, engaged & unmarried). Registration for this event is required.  Registration details coming soon!!

Spanish-speaking events

Bienvenida de Cursillistas: St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (26 de junio, 1pm) Este es un evento en el que oficialmente se les da la bienvenida a los nuevos cursillistas (hombres y mujeres) que acaban de vivir su Cursillo. Todos los cursillistas se reúnen para acoger a sus nuevos hermanos y hermanas cursillistas en un ambiente de celebración y alegría. Contacto: Oswaldo Diaz (660) 829-5213. Enlace del evento:

Curso Introductorio de PFN:  St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (16 de junio, 9 am-12 pm) 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 su relación mutua y con Dios. Para información y registrarse contacte a Enrique o Cristhia Castro al 573-680-3650 / 501-454-8308 o por correo electrónico a /

Employment opportunities

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 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.

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