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22 August 2022

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Bishop’s messages


Official appointments

Please see these official appointments made on Aug. 18.


Parish pastoral plans review

Pastors and pastoral councils are reviewing year two of their parish’s pastoral plan. A survey to support their efforts has been launched, in English and Spanish. Parishes are encouraged to provide the following announcement in their bulletins and social media, or use the attached graphics (English and Spanish) to promote the survey. Chancery staff will be emailing all parishioners with emails in our database later this week, inviting them to participate. Note that you can include information on how your parishioners can view your parish pastoral plan.

As our parish continues its pastoral planning, we want to know your perspective on how it’s going. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey at https://bit.ly/DJC-plan before Sept. 2. You can see our parish plan here: ______________________________.

A medida que nuestra parroquia continúa con su planificación pastoral, queremos saber tu perspectiva sobre cómo va. Tome unos minutos para completar una encuesta en https://bit.ly/DJC-plan antes del 2 de septiembre. Puedes ver nuestro plan parroquial aquí:_______________________.


Update on Cathedral renovation

Join us in our excitement and see the new video showcasing the Cathedral renovations at https://diojeffcity.org/cathedral-renovation/, along with articles from The Catholic Missourian and a sneak peek at the magnificent art from Arte Poli. Please pray for the safety of all who are working on the renovation, and consider how you can participate with a donation.


Vocations promotion resources

Vocation posters and seminarian prayer cards will be provided at the October Priests Institute. A set of general vocation posters, created last year, are being used again, along with seminarian prayer cards with an updated theme and list of seminarians. Complimentary copies (see below) can be augmented by ordering additional copies using the attached form, which should be mailed, along with payment, to the Office of Vocations by Sept. 16. Please also email the Vocation Office if you need material in Spanish.

Complimentary copies for:PosterPrayer Cards
Parishes820*
Priests45
PLC45
High schools2050
Grade schools425
Newman centers830
* On average. Larger parishes will receive more.

All parishes to indicate plans for Confirmation: deadline Aug. 31

All parishes are asked to complete by Aug. 31 a form indicating their participation in the sacrament of Confirmation. If you are not celebrating Confirmation through the fall of 2023, there are just a few questions. Otherwise a form must be submitted for each Confirmation ceremony (NOT PARISH). If your Confirmation ceremony will be combined with numerous parishes and not taking place at the Cathedral, list all the parishes when prompted on the form.

With the Cathedral renovations being complete in early spring 2023, there will be an option to participate in Confirmation at St. Joseph Cathedral in both the spring and fall. We are excited for our parishioners to have an opportunity to see the beautifully renovated Cathedral of our diocese in 2023.

Again, the form is diojeffcity.org/confirmation and deadline is Aug. 31.


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.


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Sept. 10 is final pre-Cana conference for 2022

Sept. 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia is the last offering of a pre-Cana conference in 2022. The full day conference involves married couples and clergy presenting topics that encourage engaged couples to open a dialogue with each other and to address things that should and need to be discussed before getting married. Engaged couples should consult with their marriage preparation facilitator or priest to confirm the Pre-Cana Diocesan Conference is the best option for them. For more information and to register, visit https://diojeffcity.org/marriage-preparation/pre-cana-registration/.


The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church invites all for a pilgrimage with speaker Kathleen Lindemann on Sept. 17, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, with lunch provided. Kathleen is an exhilarating and dynamic Catholic evangelist. Taking everyday life situations, she weaves the joy of the Gospel into a practical application. Kathleen’s authentic personal stores are “hilarious and heartfelt.” Listeners will learn how to unleash the Gospel in their own lives as Kathleen leads them to realize how they can walk in the light of Christ. Kathleen will  be speaking on “Mary’s ‘Yes’ Can Be Our ‘Yes’ Too” and “Unlocking the Virtues to a Joyous Life.” The pilgrimage day includes the two speaker sessions, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, eucharistic adoration, benediction, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, culminating in Mass at 4:30 p.m.  The Shrine is located at the Lake of the Ozarks, 176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO 65037. Call 573-374-6279 for more information.


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

Retiro de Crecimiento: Annunciation | Anunciación, California (Septiembre 24 – 25) Después de que los participantes han vivido un Retiro de Inicio y recibido las clases de crecimiento, el Retiro de Crecimiento brinda una experiencia de fortalecimiento y re-encuentro con Jesús para renovar su compromiso bautismal. De esta manera, los participantes pueden contribuir de una manera más efectiva y comprometida en la misión de la Iglesia de construir el reino de Dios compartiendo los dones y talentos en sus comunidades. Para más información contacte a Emilio Juarez al (573) 680-9326 o por correo electrónico a emiliojh@outlook.com.


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.


Retiro de Inicio: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (Septiembre 17 y 18) 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. Esta es una oportunidad que nadie se puede perder. Para más información y registrarse contacte a Jacqueline de la Cruz al 573-673-2091 o por correo electrónico a delacruzj@missouri.edu


Employment opportunities


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a Women’s Ministry Coordinator. This is a part-time position. The successful candidate will be a faith-filled Catholic woman able to recruit, equip and encourage women leadership teams in our parishes. This individual will coordinate the vision of women’s ministry programs to align with the vision of the Catholic Church, addressing moral and social justice issues for women of all ages. This work will include scheduling special events and working with ministry leaders to select program speakers. Qualifications include a sensitive and caring nature and a clear theological-based understanding of God’s design for women with a broad awareness of women’s needs and concerns. Interested candidates should contact Cheryl Hertfelder or apply online with Indeed.com.


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.