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1 August 2022

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Bishop’s messages

It is a work in progress, but we couldn’t wait to share these mosaics from Arti Poli. They will grace our Cathedral of St. Joseph, providing beauty and inspiration. Please continue to pray for all involved in the renovation of the Cathedral, share this video and consider participating in the renovation with a donation. You’ll find more information on our website.


State of Schools report

Learn about some of the wonderful activity happening in our schools: the annual State of Schools report is now available on our website.


Synod on synodality

Our region of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Region IX, has written a synthesis report of the synodal reports from the dioceses in the region. The full report is on our website. Please continue to pray for the Synod and for all who are supporting this renewal in our Church.


Women’s ministry coordinator retiring

We celebrate LeAnn Korsmeyer, who is retiring Aug. 5. Her 15 years of employment in the Church concludes, but we know her lifelong commitment to the faith continues! She intends to enjoy her hobbies and her grandchildren and, as she told the Chancery staff, “the best is yet to come.” We will be filling the position of women’s ministry coordinator as soon as possible.


School positions available

Listed below are open positions needing to be filled at the listed schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Please circulate this information. Application may be made at diojeffcity.org/employment-opportunities-in-our-catholic-schools.

SchoolPositionContact for more information
St. George School, HermannCustodian – full time (10 am-6 pm/daily)Amy Schebaum, 573-486-5914
St. Peter Interparish School, Jefferson CityPreschool teacher (full time)
Preschool aide (full time)
Teacher aide (full time)
Substitute teacher (full time)
Gayle Trachsel, 573-636-8922
St. George School, LinnJanitor/maintenance – full time; perform all janitorial duties as well as some maintenance dutiesLisa Grellner, 573-897-3645
Immaculate Conception School, Loose CreekJunior high math/social studies teacher – full time, grades 5-8 math and grades 6 and 8 social studies
PE teacher – part time, two days/week for K-8 PE
Computer teacher – part time, one day/week for K-8 computers
Anne Luebbert, 573-897-3516
St. Andrew School, TiptonMiddle school science and literature – full time, 8th grade homeroom; grades 6-8 science and literatureKara Higgins, 660-433-2232

Updates to 2021-2022 printed directory

If you have a copy of the Diocesan Directory 2021-2022, please click on the link below for a list of updates to the directory. You can also find this information on our website, primarily in the About Us section.


Monthly Mass attendance reports requested beginning in August

After consultation with the Presbyteral Council and the deans, in order to obtain a more accurate snapshot for future pastoral planning, parishes are asked to record attendance at every individual weekend Mass/Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest and Holy Day Mass, from Aug. 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

An online form has been created for the convenience of pastors and parish staff at diojeffcity.org/mass-attendanceSimply choose your parish, enter all of the statistics for the month, enter your contact information and click “Submit.”

Please submit the form in a timely manner, no later than the 15th of the following month. For example: August statistics should be recorded using the online form no later than Sept. 15. Please contact Salena Morgan. with any questions.


Stair lift, propane fish fryer available in Salisbury

A parishioner of St. Joseph in Salisbury wishes to donate a stair lift to a parish or school.  The lift is 13 feet in length and runs along the steps. For more information, call 660-414-5296.

The parish Knights of Columbus has a propane fish fryer for sale for $400.  For more information, please call Aaron at 660-388-6145.


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Bible studies for women

Women are invited to two Bible studies, one this fall and one beginning in January 2023. Both are being led by Leigh Tenkku Lepper, a retired professor and member of St. Michael Parish in Russellville, who has facilitated a Bible study for women since January 2020. Both studies are being offered at the parish hall of St. Michael Parish, 13321 Railroad Ave, Russellville, 65074. For more information, contact Ms. Lepper at tenkku@gmail.com or 573-301-1128.

Women Saints will be held on Tuesday mornings, 8-9 am, from Oct. 4-Nov. 22. There is no fee and no material required for this series. Participants are also invited to attend the 7:30 am liturgy preceding the program.

Being Catholic and Being Women will be held Jan. 3 through March 28, 8-9 am. We will use the book “We Believe,” by Father Oscar Lukefahr, CM, and guest speakers will present their experience in the Catholic Church as women. Please register by Oct. 1 to ensure enough books will be available.



Love and Life retreat for couples 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 at https://diojeffcity.org/23951-2/couples-retreat-love-life/.


Spanish-speaking events

Curso Introductorio de PFN: St. Peter | San Pedro, Jefferson City (27 de agosto, 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 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 ecastro@diojeffcity.org / cmguzman10@gmail.com.


Concierto de Música: Sacred Heart School | Escuela Sagrado Corazón, Sedalia (27 de agosto, 6:30pm-9:30pm) Al Señor le gusta que su pueblo le brinde alabanza, unámonos en familia a bendecir el nombre de Cristo como nuestro Salvador.  Será una noche familiar en la que también habrá comida de venta. ¡Entrada gratuita! Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.


Employment opportunities


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a licensed LPN or RN to serve as Wellness Care Coordinator, monitoring the health of our active and retired priests. This individual will record changes in the patient’s health, act as an advocate and liaison between the patient and the medical provider, and provide education to our priests on how they can take charge of their own health. Limited nursing responsibilities may include patient charting, taking vital signs and wound care. This is primarily a remote position but will require travel within the 38 counties of our diocese; however, most of our priests live and work within seven counties surrounding Jefferson City and Columbia. This position could be part-time or full-time. Benefits are offered for full-time employees. Qualified applicants can apply on Indeed.com or by contacting Cheryl Hertfelder, Director of Human Resources, email HRDir@diojeffcity.org or telephone 573-635-9127, ext. 206.


Holy Family Church in Hannibal is accepting applications for a Director of Youth Ministry. The position includes, but is not limited to, coordinating the high school and middle school youth programs including worship, social, and service activities for the youth in the Catholic community of Holy Family Parish in Hannibal. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits included. If you are interested in applying please email Father Alex Gabriel or call 573-221-1078.


Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is searching for an Office Manager & Administrative Assistant for the Columbia location. This role will report to the director of support services, overseeing office operations and carrying out daily administrative tasks. They will be the key liaison among staff members between Catholic Charities locations and will welcome clients as they arrive at the office for appointments. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to multitask, handle confidential information with discretion and utilize significant amounts of independent judgement. Candidates should also possess a strong commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities, including the understanding of Catholic Social teachings and ability to demonstrate the philosophy and values of the agency. Interested? Click here to apply!


St. Patrick Church in Laurie has an opening for Parish Secretary. This is a full time non-exempt hourly position with benefits. Qualified candidates should send their resume by email to Conny at bookkeeperstpatricks1@gmail.com.  A full job description is available at https://diojeffcity.org/blog/2022/07/16/st-patrick-parish-secretary/.


The Chancery Office of the Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a full-time (30-40 hours per week) Custodial and Maintenance Coordinator to personally clean and coordinate maintenance services. Hours of work can be flexible. 

General duties include:

  • Emptying trash and cleaning of all offices, cubicles, conference rooms, mail rooms, kitchen, reception area and restrooms
  • Minor household maintenance such as unstopping toilets, changing light bulbs, painting, minor drywall repair, hanging pictures and moving furniture
  • Hard surface floor cleaning and spot cleaning carpet
  • Changing HVAC filters
  • Ordering cleaning supplies
  • Maintaining sidewalks, stairways and walkways in inclement weather
  • Coordinating maintenance for other types of repairs; plumbing, lawn care, parking lot maintenance, pest control, etc.

This position is eligible for all group insurance benefits and matching 403(b) retirement plan. Qualified individuals may contact Cheryl Hertfelder, Director of Human Resources, 573-635-9127 ext. 206 or at HRdir@diojeffcity.org.


St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City is seeking a Parish Volunteer Coordinator. This position provides organization, communication, parishioner engagement and leadership of all St. Peter Parish volunteers, as well as general support for the St. Peter parish office. The candidate must enjoy working with the public with a friendly and helpful demeanor, have excellent organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written), be able to take direction, and initiative to complete tasks with minimal supervision. Please see our website at www.saintpeterjc.org/employment for more detailed information.


St. Peter Parish in Jefferson City is seeking an Organist and Director of Music. The organist and director of music makes critical contributions to St. Peter Parish by his/her ability to engage the parish in the musical celebration of worship and in the timeless beauty of Catholic liturgies.  To accomplish this, the primary functions of the organist and director of music are to assure, direct and facilitate the continuous quality music ministry and to assist the pastor in directing the liturgical functions at St. Peter Parish. Please see our website at www.saintpeterjc.org/employment for more detailed information.