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31 October 2022

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Our goal: Thriving Catholic Parishes
Nuestra meta: Parroquias católicas florecientes

In a new Making Connections column, Bishop Shawn McKnight writes: “I believe every Catholic in our diocese deserves to belong to a thriving parish — and we are beginning a new effort to make that possible.”

The column discusses Shaping our Future Together, which is part of our ongoing effort to build a stronger foundation for the future of our diocese as we work to enhance the parish experience. Read more


Catholic Missourian — Oct. 28, 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.


Fall is an important time to think about fire prevention

It’s important that our parishes are knowledgeable about how to prevent fires from happening and that they are trained in the use of fire extinguishers. The candles used in our churches must also be safely handled. Click here to see fire safety tips from Catholic Mutual Group.


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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 www.diojeffcity.org/stewardship


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 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.

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 sharon.naught@gmail.com) or Diana Unruh (573-645-2040 or dianaunruh54@gmail.com).


Eventos en Español

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 ecastro@diojeffcity.org.


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

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 HRDir@diojeffcity.org


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 https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista


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.


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.