14 November 2022

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Misas en español

¡Atención! La Diócesis de Jefferson City tiene parroquias que ofrecen Misas en español. Los lugares y horarios actualizados los puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace:

Warning: Free piano scam

There is an online scam targeting parishes in our diocese. The scam offers a free piano in exchange for paying moving expenses. In a recent example targeting one of our parishes, someone named “Sarah Smith” sent this email:

Apologies for intruding on your privacy. In possession is a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano that used to be owned by my late husband and I want to give it out to a loving home, music school or church. Please let me know if you will take it or if you have someone who you can refer to me, just in case you don’t need it.

The scammer also later sent photos of the “free piano.” We have blocked the email account that sent these messages. However, please be wary of any similar messages.

Help us protect our diocese by letting us know when you are contacted by online scammers:

Official Decree of Appointments

 The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, hereby makes the following appointments to provide the most effective pastoral care of the Diocese of Jefferson City:


REVEREND WAYNE M. BOYER, acceptance of retirement from Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Owensville and St. Alexander Parish, Belle; effective 30 November 2022.

REVEREND DEREK J. HOOPER, from leave of absence to Associate Pastor of St. George Parish, Hermann, Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland, Immaculate Conception Parish, Owensville, and St. Alexander Parish, Belle; effective 21 November 2022.

Official Catholic Directory Update Portal Now Open!

It is time to update your listing for the Official Catholic Directory (OCD).

An email notification will have come directly from the publisher, …, with instructions for updating your information. Please note:

  • The updating system is optimized for Google Chrome.
  • School and Chapel information is located on the Sub-organization page. This page should be opened even if there is a green checkmark. You will need to hit the “Edit” button next to each listing in order to review and update this information.
  • Under the Statistics page, the “Number of Lay Ministers” refers to parish office employees and should not include school personnel/educators. Similarly, students under “Catechesis/Religious Education” refers to PSR students. All information regarding the school, including personnel/educators and students will be counted on the school’s Statistics page.

The deadline for submission is December 7, 2022. If you have questions, concerns, or need assistance with your listing, please contact Bernadette Adams in the Chancery at or 573-635-9127, x236.

Newsletters from the Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship

The latest newsletters from the Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, are now available. Click to read the September and October newsletters.

Annual Property & Casualty Insurance Invoice

 Parishes that have not fully paid their annual insurance invoice will have a 1/2% late fee assessed starting December 1. Please reach out to Kathy Smith or Darla Veltrop if you have any questions. 

Catholic Missourian — Nov. 11, 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.

November Salt and Light Newsletter

Click here for the latest issue of the Salt and Light Newsletter.

Included in this month’s newsletter:

  • Survey for DREs and Youth Ministers (please complete by January 3-deadline was extended)
  • NEW Webpage just for DRE and Youth Ministers! (password: DREYMteam)
    • This replaces our shared Google Drive
    • The recorded Workshops are now included on this site, including our gathering in October!
  • Confirmation Retreats for January (Jefferson City) and February (Monroe City)-Registration is now OPEN!
  • Advent Resources for PSR classroom, youth, families and adults!
  • Applications are now available for Summer Missionaries! Help us spread the word! Invitation has shown the greatest success!

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As part of National Vocation Awareness Week, the Diocese of Jefferson City shared religious vocation stories from across our diocese. Those graphics and stories are now available for you to download and share. You can download the graphics at the link below. Click here to see the full stories: More stories and graphics will be shared in the coming days.

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 available for you to download as the 2022-2023 Catholic Stewardship Appeal continues.

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.

St. Cecilia Sing will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. Join the music ministers of our diocese in singing praise to the patron saint of music! Reception to follow. This is a FREE event offered by our diocese’s chapter of NPM. Due to construction at the cathedral, this year’s event is moved to the Columbia Newman Center. Donations accepted to offset expenses.

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

Confirmation Retreats for January (Jefferson City) and February (Monroe City) are now open for registration! For more information and to register click here

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

Retiro para Cursillistas: St Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (3 de diciembre; 9 am- 4 pm)
Los retiros para cursillistas son eventos que tienen la finalidad de brindar un espacio de oración, reflexión y fraternidad para todos los participantes. Además, este retiro profundiza en el carisma del Movimiento de Cursillos de Cristiandad con el propósito de fortalecer al cursillistas y su servicio en el movimiento y en la Iglesia.

Para más información contacte a Oswaldo Diaz al (660) 829-5213 o por correo electrónico a

Formación para Ministros de Comunión: Cancillería, Jefferson City (17 de diciembre, 9 am- 3 pm) Para todos los Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión que desempeñan este servicio en su parroquia y para nuevos candidatos que hayan sido autorizados por su sacerdote para llevar a cabo este ministerio en un futuro. Cada ministro recibirá conocimiento sobre la liturgia y el ministerio que desempeña, así como herramientas y sugerencias prácticas para llevar a cabo su ministerio de una manera digna y apropiada.  Favor de registrarse por medio del siguiente link: o llamando al 573-680-3650.

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

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