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24 October 2022

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Bishop McKnight announces Shaping our Future Together

On Oct. 18, Bishop Shawn McKnight announced that the Diocese of Jefferson City is beginning a new initiative called Shaping our Future Together.

The goal is to ensure all Catholics in our diocese can belong to a thriving parish. In a new video, Bishop McKnight shares his vision and outlines the process for Shaping our Future Together.

Please watch for more information about Shaping our Future Together in this week’s Catholic Missourian.

Welcoming our new Wellness Care Coordinator for priests

Danielle Freie, LPN, will be joining the Chancery as our part-time wellness care coordinator for priests. Danielle will act as an advocate with health care providers, when necessary, and will provide assessments and coaching to help our priests stay as healthy as possible. Her first day of employment is Oct. 24. Priests have received her contact information; they can contact Cheryl Hertfelder, director of Human Resources, for more information.

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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 continues.

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.

El domingo, 20 de noviembre, es la Fiesta de Cristo Rey y es la Celebración Internacional de la Juventud, según lo promulgado por el Papa Francisco. Tendremos nuestra primera Celebración Diocesana de Jóvenes en la parroquia Nuestra Señora de Lourdes en Columbia. Clic aquí para saber más.  

El día incluirá:

CONVIVENCIA: Puestos de comida para disfrutar de distintos platillos. (Favor de traer dinero si desea consumir comida)

REFLEXIÓN: Escucha a Brian Greenfield, un orador dinámico que fue el maestro de ceremonia en NCYC el 2021 y presentó en numerosas conferencias de Steubenville.

ORACIÓN: El Obispo McKnight nos guiará para concluir con la Exposición del Santísimo Sacramento, adoración y bendición.

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 Parish in Jefferson City. All women are welcomed to join in the celebration and reflect on the season of Advent with prayer, laughter and messages of hope, joy, love and peace. Register 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

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is seeking an organized, collaborative counseling professional who has experience in staff management and/or clinical direction to serve as the director of Counseling Services. Ideal candidates possess an understanding of and commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities, leadership skills to bring counseling services program toward integration with existing services and external accountability requirements, and is able to provide/ensure high quality mental health treatment while acknowledging the role of faith in an individual’s journey as desired by the client. Click here to learn more and apply online.

Catholic Charities is also seeking a Clinical Therapist, Youth and Teen professional to provide faith-informed (when the client desires) compassionate counseling services to youth and teen clients. Ideal candidates are experienced in individual and group therapy, are collaborative and open to working with schools on social/emotional learning curricula, confident with public presentations an ability to travel within the agency service area (Diocese of Jefferson City). Click here to learn more and apply online.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a year-long service opportunity (with a stipend) Catholic Charities has two open AmeriCorps VISTA positions in Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri. Catholic Charities is seeking a Community Sponsorship AmeriCorps VISTA and a Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA to build agency capacity and community outreach for programs in Refugee Services, and additional programs. You can learn more about AmeriCorps and the year-long VISTA opportunities at

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