17 October 2022

Links to more information are available by clicking on words highlighted in blue or the download graphic

Learn about the progress being made on the renovation of the Cathedral of St. Joseph

News stories and a drone video are highlighting the progress being made on the renovation of the Cathedral of St. Joseph:

The ongoing renovation and expansion addresses numerous mechanical and accessibility issues within the structure while greatly enhancing the cathedral’s hospitality and spiritual functionality. This includes the installation of new artwork and liturgical features that more fully reflect the beauty of our Catholic faith — as well as highlight the culture and rich history of our diocese. This work is helping fulfill our diocese’s original vision for the cathedral, which has not had a substantial renovation since it opened in 1968. The cathedral belongs to all Catholics in our diocese. Learn more about the renovation.

Catholic Missourian — Oct. 14, 2022 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 reflects on the 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II

In a homily this week that coincided with the 60th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, Pope Francis called on Catholics to come together as we work to move past divisions and polarization. “All of us are children of God, all brothers and sisters in the church, all of us making up the church, all of us,” said the Pope in a translation of his homily given on Oct. 12, 2022. “That is how the Lord wants us to be. We are his sheep, his flock, and we can only be so together and as one. Let us overcome all polarization and preserve our communion.” Read the full homily.

Update issued to active priest vacation policy

The vacation policy for active priests in the Diocese of Jefferson City has been updated. The decree from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is available here. You can also read the new policy at this link.

Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

The Four Pillars of Stewardship is a four-session small group faith sharing experience. It is available in both English and Spanish. Download copies for free at

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.

You are invited to come and help us celebrate Mid-America TEC’s 45th Anniversary. Join us at St. Peter’s Parish in Fulton. Mass is at 2 p.m. followed by a potluck. TEC is providing meat and drinks.

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 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.

Surround yourself with women of faith at the Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room event at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Msgr. Hoog Hall at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City. All women are welcome join in the celebration and reflect on the Season of Advent with prayer, laughter and messages of Hope, Joy, Love and Peace. RSVP by Nov. 19 to Sharon Naught (573-619-9636 or or Diana Unruh (573-645-2040 or

Eventos en Español

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

Encuentro de Liderazgo Diocesano: Chancery Offices | Las Oficinas de la Cancillería, Jefferson City (19 de noviembre; 8:30 am-3:30 pm) El Encuentro de Liderazgo Diocesano es un evento dirigido para el liderazgo parroquial (comité parroquial Hispano, grupo base, etc.) y para el liderazgo diocesano de los movimientos (Renovación Carismática y Cursillos). Para más información contacte a Diácono Enrique Castro al (573) 680-3650 por su celular o WhatsApp o por correo electrónico a

*CAMBIO de FECHA* Retiro de Inicio: Our Lady of the Lake | Nuestra Señora del Lago, Lake Ozark (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

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
  • 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

Employment opportunities

The Chancery Office of the Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a full-time senior bookkeeper with advanced bookkeeping and elementary accounting work in the maintenance, review and analysis of detailed financial records throughout the entire accounting cycle. This individual will perform a variety of moderately complex to advanced bookkeeping/accounting tasks and procedures. Experience with general ledger, investments, insurance administration and payroll is strongly desired. Employer offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, vision, and matching 403b retirement plan. Experience with Sage Intacct accounting system would be considered a plus. Knowledge and preparation of worksheets and financial statements and general ledger account classification is required. Qualified candidates should send their resume to

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

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