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3 October 2022

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Supporting disaster response in the wake of Hurricane Ian

As photos and videos of the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian emerge, many are looking for ways to help with disaster relief efforts. As the domestic disaster relief agency of the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA coordinates nation-wide disaster response, and has established a fund to support relief efforts in affected areas of Florida. You can give your support with an online gift by visiting https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org. All donations received – 100% – will be distributed to Catholic Charities member agencies providing services to those impacted in affected areas.


Parish secretaries’ showcase workshop videos

The video sessions from our last Parish Secretaries’ Workshop, held on Sept. 14, are now available on our website. Click here to access the videos. These and all previous workshop videos can be located on our website by going to the “About Us” tab and selecting “Policies, Procedures, and Particular Law” from the dropdown menu. 


Catholic Missourian — Sept. 30 issue now available

The latest issue of the Catholic Missourian is being distributed across the Diocese of Jefferson City. Click here to read the stories online. We are already working on the next edition.


Pope Francis appoints Helen Osman to serve as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication

Bishop McKnight is pleased to share that Helen Osman, a member of our Chancery team, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a five-year term as a consultant to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication. Click here to read more.


Matrimonial Tribunal office vacation

The Matrimonial Tribunal office will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for vacation.


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The bulletin inserts and graphics are now available for you to download as the 2022-2023 Catholic Stewardship Appeal begins. The CSA kick-off weekend is Oct. 15-16. We also have inserts that are designed to run the weekend prior (Oct. 8-9).



A free event, “Walking with God: Becoming One & Fruitful,” will be held Oct. 9, 4-5:30 pm at Camp Jo-Ota Retreat Center, 1272 Hwy MM, Clarence, MO 63437. Hosted by the parishes in Macon and Shelby counties, the day will cover “Theology of the Body,” Natural Family Planning (NFP), and fertility awareness.  The seminar will include a question and answer session with diocesan NFP coordinators.   There is no pre-registration required, but no one under 16 can attend due to the subject matter. Childcare will be provided. For more information contact Amanda Durbin at 660-415-7362 or adurbin@ymail.com.


St. Cecilia Sing will be held on Nov. 20 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia. This event will feature an evening of sung prayer in honor of the patron saint of musicians. All musicians are invited to participate, including choirs, organists, song leaders and others. To avoid repetition, those interested in participating are asked to submit two songs by Nov. 1. Songs can be submitted to jeffersoncitymo@npm.org. The number of songs used will depend on the number of participants.


Sunday, Nov. 20, is the Feast of Christ the King and is the Global Celebration of Young People as promulgated by Pope Francis. We will be having our first Celebration of Young People at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia. Click here to learn more. The day will include:

  • FELLOWSHIP: Food Trucks to enjoy as you arrive to the parish. (please bring money for this portion only)
  • REFLECTION: Hear from Brian Greenfield, a dynamic speaker who was MC at NCYC 2021 and on the stage at numerous Steubenville Conferences.
  • PRAYER: Bishop McKnight will lead us in concluding with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration and a benediction.

Spanish-speaking events

Curso Introductorio de PFN: St. Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (8 de octubre, 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.


Taller de Preparación de Quinceañeras: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (29 de octubre; 9 am-2 pm) El objetivo de este taller es capacitar a los equipos parroquiales en su tarea de proveer una preparación adecuada a quinceañeras (junto con sus damas, chambelanes y papás) en sus comunidades. Se recomienda que por lo menos 3 personas sean parte del equipo. Durante el taller, se proveerán los materiales y recursos necesarios. Favor de corroborar su asistencia llenando y enviando la forma de inscripción que encontrará en el siguiente enlace. PARA REGISTRARSE DE CLIC AQUÍ. Para más información contacte a Diácono Enrique Castro al (573) 680-3650 por su celular o en WhatsApp o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org.


Retiro de Inicio: Our Lady of the Lake | Nuestra Señora del Lago, Lake Ozark (29-30 de octubre) 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 contacte a Rosa o Luis Campos al 471-321-2091 o por correo electrónico a r.campos.agui@gmail.com.


Retiros de Crecimiento: 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.

  • Saint Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (noviembre 5-6)  Para más información sobre este evento contacte a Marchelino Chávez al (660) 631-3748 o por correo electrónico a chelino2657@gmail.com.
  • Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (noviembre 5-6)  Para más información sobre este evento contacte a José Resendiz al (660) 281-4058 o por correo electrónico a jehresendiz@gmail.com.

Employment opportunities


St. Andrew Catholic School in Tipton has an opening for a junior high science and literature teacher.  Part-time science and/or literature would be acceptable.  All interested persons can contact the principal, Kara Higgins, at khiggins@saintandrewpirates.com.


The Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, is seeking a legislative analyst/lobbyist to help advance the public policy priorities of the Catholic Church in state legislative work. Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Prior skills in government relations is preferred, but not required. Must be a Catholic in good standing, residing in or near Jefferson City or willing to relocate. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit cover letter and resume to: Missouri Catholic Conference, PO Box 1022, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or, via email, to mocatholic@mocatholic.org.