19 December 2022

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Podcast: Answering Questions about Christmas

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Are there really 12 days of Christmas? Was Jesus actually born in a stable? Why do we place presents under the tree?

In the latest podcast from the Diocese of Jefferson City, students at Mary Immaculate Parish School and Helias Catholic High School share their questions about Christmas.

Msgr. Robert Kurwicki, Vicar General, tells about the history behind our traditions — and how they connect with our Catholic faith. Click here to listen now.

Christmas greetings from Bishop McKnight

Later this week, the Diocese of Jefferson City will be sharing a Christmas greeting video from Bishop McKnight on our social media accounts. Click below to see the video:

Chancery holiday schedule

The Chancery will be closed the following days for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

  • Friday, December 23
  • Monday, December 26
  • Friday, December 30
  • Monday, January 2

Christmas Special Collection

The Diocese of Jefferson City is conducting a Christmas special collection for the benefit of the education of our seminarians and our infirm priests. The envelope for this collection is inserted in the Dec. 16 edition of the Catholic Missourian.

Parishioners will be instructed to place their gifts in the envelope, then put the envelopes in a collection basket during Mass — or give it to the parish office.

Bishop McKnight discusses the importance of this collection in his new Making Connections column. He writes: “I ask that you please keep our priests always in your prayers and remember them during this holy season of giving.”

Memorial Mass for Mary Elizabeth Schaffer, the mother of Bishop McKnight

Please remember Mary Elizabeth (O’Reilly) Schaffer, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight’s late mother, in your prayers. She died unexpectedly yet peacefully in the home on December 8, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the age of 73. A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Schaffer will be held at St. Andrew Church in Holt Summit on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 10:30 am.

Share your Christmas crèche on social media

The Diocese of Jefferson City is inviting parishes, families and individuals to share their Christmas crèche photos with us. We will be posting these photos on social media as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior. Please use this form to share your crèche photo with us:

Catholic Missourian: Dec. 16 issue is out now

The latest issue of the Catholic Missourian is being distributed across the Diocese of Jefferson City. Click here to read the stories online. The next issue will be published on January 6, 2023.

Survey: Input needed for updated PSR and youth ministry manual

We are working on an updated Manual for PSR and Youth Ministry. We need your help in gathering data. We are collecting info on how you gather, average numbers, what resources used and what is needed. Please click here to complete the survey:

Email scams targeting diocese

In recent days there have been a number of reports of email scams targeting our diocese. Often, the scammer will send an email that appears to be from a member of our clergy. The messages can request an urgent response or a fund transfer. Be wary of these messages and make sure to check the email address of the sender. Help protect our diocese from these scams by clicking here to report suspicious emails to our Information Technology support service.

Advent/Christmas liturgical preparation aid

Once again, the FDLC is providing a liturgical preparation aid for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  This annual, seasonal resource is now posted on the public pages of the FDLC website, in English and Spanish:

Thank you to Sr. Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ  for her translation work and to Michael Poradek for the cover design.   Thanks, especially, to the USCCB, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine,  and to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) who have given their kind permission to reprint their copyrighted material.  

The thirty-one page booklet contains: 

  1. The full text for the Rite of Reconciling Several Penitents with individual Confession and Absolution
  2. Alternate readings, sample penances, music suggestions
  3. A liturgical calendar advisory
  4. A list of Lectionary readings for Sundays and solemnities
  5. The Proclamation of the Nativity of the Lord  (to be used at the Christmas Vigil)
  6. The Proclamation of the Moveable Feasts (to be used on Epiphany)

Upcoming Matrimonial Tribunal closure dates

The Matrimonial Tribunal will be closed on the following dates for vacation:

  • Tuesday, December 20
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Thursday, December 22

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

NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) registration is now open for November 2023 in Indianapolis. For more information on the Conference, cost, and flyers and social media posts for advertising click here: 

We are now hiring for summer missionaries! These are paid summer jobs for graduating seniors in high school through college age. Please help spread the word and personally invite young adults that may be a great missionary. To access social media, bulletin and flyer please click here:

¡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:

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

Attention all engaged couples, MPFs and pastors:

2023 Pre-Cana Conference dates & locations:

March 11th @ Our Lady of Lourdes: 903 Bernadette Dr, Columbia, MO 65203
June 17th @ Chancery Offices: 2207 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109
September 23rd
 @ St. Thomas More Newman Center: 602 Turner Ave, Columbia, MO 65201

2023 Engaged Encounter dates & location are to be determined.

Eventos en Español

CAMBIO DE FECHA: Encuentro de Liderazgo Diocesano: Chancery Offices | Las Oficinas de la Cancillería, Jefferson City (14 de enero; 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

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

Since 1882, Sacred Heart School has been committed to formation in the Catholic faith, academic achievement, and the development of the whole person. Serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade, Sacred Heart is the mission of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Sedalia, Missouri.

The successful candidate for President of Sacred Heart School will be an active Catholic, passionate in advancing the Stewardship Model of Catholic education, fostering Catholic Identity, implementing and expanding the current strategic plan, providing for the financial stability and operational vitality of the school, and building community relationships.

Experience in business financial management and confidence in leading the school’s philanthropic efforts will be essential. The President leverages external and internal influence for the long-term viability of the school. The President serves on and is supported by an Advisory Council and reports directly to the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul.

A demonstrated capacity for strategic planning and institutional leadership can be attained through various career paths, including education, non-profit management, or work in the corporate or public sector. 

If you believe you are called to this ministry, please send a letter of interest to Rev. Joseph S. Corel, Pastor St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 421 W. Third Street, Sedalia, MO 65301.

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