Blog

Interesting Reads

What We’re Writing About

Archived Posts

22 May, 2023

Register now: Spring into Summer Retreat

Download this flyer and share it with women in your parish!

On June 10, join the women of our diocese for a day of prayer, fellowship and faith formation in the newly rededicated Cathedral of St. Joseph!

Enjoy tours of the Cathedral, a breakout session on ways to deepen your prayer life and an Adoration Hour.

Participants will also learn from Catholic speaker Patty Schneier who will present on The Eucharist: The Source and Summit of Everything.

Lunch is included.

Download the flyer for more information.

Click here to register.


Decree: Facility naming policy

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight has issued a decree that establishes new norms relating to the naming of facilities. Please click here to read the policy.

Decree Implementing Facility Naming Policy

In order to provide clear direction and achieve a uniform application of rules concerning the naming of facilities, and after consulting the Council of Deans, the Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, and the Superintendent of Schools, I now wish to implement the following norms for the Diocese of Jefferson City.

Therefore, I

DECREE

that this Facility Naming Policy shall be promulgated by being published on the Diocesan website, and that it will take effect one week from today, all things contrary notwithstanding.

I would like to reinforce the fact that these rules and regulations are particular law for the Diocese of Jefferson City and are therefore obligatory for all who reside within our diocese. Pastors and Administrators are obliged to see that the norms of this policy are implemented in their parishes. Given at the Chancery in Jefferson City on the 17th day of May in the Year of Our Lord 2023.


Easter special collection

A friendly reminder: All parishes need to remit the funds that were collected during the Easter Special Collection benefiting retired priests and religious. If your parish has not yet sent these funds to the Chancery, please do so by the end of May. If you have questions, please contact Deacon Joseph Braddock, CFO, at cfo@diojeffcity.org or 573.635.9127 ext. 234.


Corpus Christi resources

This 36 page booklet from the FDLC contains resources for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi:

  • Mass Preparations for the Solemnity — Year A
  • Music Suggestions for Mass
  • Music Suggestions for a Period of Exposition
  • Vocabulary list
  • Guideline of how to do a Eucharistic Procession
  • Answers to Frequently-asked Questions

June 3: Join us as seminarian Christopher Hoffmann is ordained to the transitional diaconate

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, Bishop McKnight and St. Vincent de Paul Parish joyfully announce the upcoming ordination of Mr. Christopher Hoffmann to the transitional diaconate. Mr. Hoffmann is currently a seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

The faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City are welcome to attend the ordination on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Please join us in prayer as Mr. Hoffmann continues to discern his vocation to the priesthood. 


Tribunal office closed June 5-9

The Matrimonial Tribunal Office will be Closed, June 5-9, for vacation.


RSVP – June Parish Secretaries’ Workshop

RSVP now for the June 7, 2023, Parish Secretaries’ Workshop! Scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Chancery and via Zoom. The Offices of the Chancellor and Moderator of the Curia are planning a variety of presentations on topics relating to your role as Parish Secretary. Pastors are welcome and encouraged to attend! Lunch will be provided. 

Please RSVP now using this form. (https://diojeffcity.org/workshop-rsvp/)

A gentle reminder that all of the sessions will be recorded and available on the diocesan website for future viewing.


Attention All Priests, PLCs, Deacons and Lay Certified Marriage Preparation Facilitators

What: Practicum & Follow-Up Workshop on Prepare/Enrich (P/E) Couple Assessment Facilitation

When: Three options: June 30, 1pm-5pm; July 1, 8am-12pm; July 1, 1pm-5pm(español) 

Where: Chancery Offices in Jefferson City & via zoom

Details: Although not mandatory, clergy and lay certified MPFs are highly encouraged to attend one of the half-a-day practicum & refresher workshops. 

Trainer: Teresita Johnson, from Prepare/Enrich

RegistrationClick here to register. (https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/inscripcion-p-e-mpf-follow-up-workshop-june-2023-bilingual/)


Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites


Help promote our summer camps

Please help us spread the word that Summer Camp registration is now open. Click here to download flyers you can use to promote our summer camps in your parish.

For More information on Diocesan Summer Camps and to register click here: https://diojeffcity.org/youth-camps/

For Camps to be a success we need help from others:

For High Schoolers interested in Volunteering:

https://diojeffcity.org/camp-lolek-high-school-volunteers/

For Parishioners and Parents interested in Volunteering:
https://diojeffcity.org/adult-summer-camp-volunteers/



Attention all engaged couples, MPFs and pastors:

2023 Pre-Cana Conference dates & locations:

  • 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.


NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) Registration for Parishes is open. For more info and to register click here: https://diojeffcity.org/national-catholic-youth-conference/


Quinceañera retreat information now available

Ahora está disponible la información de los retiros de Quinceañera

Please post the following announcement for available Quineceañera retreats and post the graphics at the “Download Graphic” button below:
The 2023 Quinceanera Retreats are now available in the following parishes.  Please contact your parish Quinceanera Team or Deacon Castro at ecastro@diojeffcity.org or 573-680-3650 for more information.

Por favor publiquen el siguiente gráfico y anuncio de los retiros de Quinceañera disponibles:

Los Retiros de Quinceañeras 2023 ya están disponibles en las siguientes parroquias. Comuníquese con el Equipo de Quinceañeras de su parroquia o con el Diácono Enrique Castro a ecastro@diojeffcity.org o al 573-680-3650 para obtener más información.

For more information about celebrating your Quinceañera at a parish in the Diocese of Jefferson City, please visit  https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/preparacion-de-quinceaneras/ and/or download the following brochure.  Soon the Hispanic Ministry office will be mailing these brochures to parishes as well.

Para más información sobre cómo celebrar su Quinceañera en una parroquia de la Diócesis de Jefferson City, visite https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/preparacion-de-quinceaneras/ y/o descargue el siguiente folleto. Pronto, la oficina del Ministerio Hispano también enviará estos folletos a las parroquias.


An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Exploring an 11th Step Practice

For all those practicing any 12 Step Program, the simple yet powerful method of Centering Prayer, when used as an 11th Step Practice, opens one to a deeper healing and Spiritual Awakening.

This workshop is Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m and will be presented via Zoom and in-person. It will help those searching for emotional and spiritual sobriety through a 12-Step Program. Those already with an established Centering Prayer practice will also benefit by refreshing the essentials of the practice. Download the flyer for more details.

Registration: First come, first served. The fee is $20 (scholarships are available). Click here to register.


Senior Resource Fair


P23 Discernment Camp


Thank you from the MidWest March for Life

The MidWest March for Life Team wishes to thank first of all God for His blessings and fantastic weather and the Holy Spirit for inspiring so many to come to MidWest March for Life. Jesus was certainly honored with the over 2,000 people who attended the annual April 26 event at the Missouri State Capitol. Thank you, Father Viviano, Prolife Moderator of the Diocese, who started the day with the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Bishop McKnight opened the rally with remarks and prayer followed by national and local prolife leaders who spoke the Life Message. The Knights of Columbus of St. Peter Fulton supplied, prepared, and donated all of the funds raised from their hot dog lunch. St. Peter was a gracious host with the facilities of Selinger Center available for the team and for those who wished to eat inside the building. There were so many volunteers who deserve our thanks, who kept things running smoothly from many parishes in the area and were there at 6:30 am sharp! So many exhibitors including Vitae, Columbia 40 Days For Life, and Birthright shared their ministry and thanks to Thomas More Society, who donated 2,000 backpacks filled by volunteers with prolife literature including the booklet, “Why I am Prolife” which was given out during the day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was a beautiful day, and we were so pleased to see so many youth filling the space from schools all over the state. A special treat was the Helias Drum Line who performed magnificently as they led the March through the streets of Jefferson City. Thank you to those parish schools who sent students for the largest prolife event in the state. Many thanks from Mike and Kathy Forck, St. Andrew Prolife Committee who sponsor this event each year. Please mark your calendar for May 1, 2024, for the 15th Annual MidWest March for Life. www.midwestmarchforlife.com


Support after abortion for men

This QR code brings you straight to the Zoom meeting.

Base Camp is an open-forum, weekly discussion group for men who have been impacted by abortion. The group meets Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Each week, men will be invited into the conversation as we discuss abortion, healing, authentic masculinity and other issues that plague men today. Attendees can remain anonymous or not. The group is led by Greg Mayo, Men’s Healing Strategist for Support After Abortion and author of “Almost Daddy: The Forgotten Story.”


Eventos en Español


Curso Introductorio de PFN: San Pedro, Marshall (17 de junio, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Las parejas aprenderán sobre cómo concebir o posponer embarazos de una manera natural, sin los dañinos efectos de todos los métodos artificiales anticonceptivos. Es un curso gratuito, ideal para todas las parejas en preparación matrimonial, casadas o que están viviendo juntos.

Para información y registrarse contacte a Enrique o Cristhia Castro al 573-680-3650 / 501-454-8308 o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org / cmguzman10@gmail.com.

DESCARGAR GRÁFICO


Retiro para Preparación de Quinceañera: San Pedro, Jefferson City (3 de junio, 9am-3pm) 

El Retiro de Quinceañeras es un momento clave en el proceso de preparación de la quinceañera, las damas y los chambelanes antes de la celebración religiosa de los quince años. Los jóvenes pueden asistir al retiro en su parroquia o en otra parroquia en donde se ofrecen.
Para más información contacte el equipo de quinceañera de su parroquia.


Formación de Ministerios de Música Part I: St. Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (8 de julio, 9am-12pm)

Todos los músicos litúrgicos, coros, ministerios de música y ministerios de alabanza están invitados a esta formación. Es una oportunidad formarse y obtener conocimiento y herramientas prácticas para poder brindar un mejor servicio a través de ese gran regalo de Dios, la música.
Para más información contacte a Liliana Ruano al (660) 202-0317 o por correo electrónico a nellymruanorn6@gmail.com.


Taller de Cursillo: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Sedalia (10 de junio, 9am-4pm)

Este taller está dirigido a todos los cursillistas de la diócesis. Es una oportunidad de formación en el carisma y prácticas propias del movimiento para el fortalecimiento del mismo y de sus miembros. ¡De colores!
Para más información y registrarse contacte a Maria Gomez al (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez al (660) 287-8920.


RCC Formación – Ministerio de Evangelización Infantil: St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (10 de junio, 8:30am-12pm)

Esta formación brindara el conocimiento y herramientas necesarias para que el equipo de evangelización infantil pueda prepararse para ofrecer retiros de Vida en el Espíritu a niños y niñas de 7 a 11 años de edad.
Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.


RCC Encuentro “Kairos” para Líderes Juveniles: Austin, TX (16-18 de junio)

Este encuentro ayuda a los líderes juveniles (mayores de edad) a reflexionar y centrarse en el amor de Dios, el cual brinda una libertad total para vivir sin ataduras. Es un retiro que ayuda al joven líder a desprenderse de aquello que lo ata y no le ayuda a caminar como discípulo de Jesús para guiar a otros hacia Él.
Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.


Misa y Celebración con Nuestro Obispo: Catedral de San José, Jefferson City (18 de junio; 1pm)

DESCARGAR GRÁFICO


Encuentro Regional: Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City (23-25 de junio)

Un encuentro dirigido para el liderazgo diocesano de las diócesis de la región IX (Missouri, Kansas City, Iowa y Nebraska). El encuentro proveerá una formación adecuada para que los representantes diocesanos fortalezcan su liderazgo, lo cual les será útil al momento de ofrecer su servicio en sus comunidades locales. Además, van a ser actualizarlos sobre los procesos regionales y nacionales en cuestión del Ministerio Hispano.

Para más información contacte a Diácono Enrique Castro al (573) 680-3650 en su celular o en WhatsApp o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org.


Kermes: St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (25 de junio, 1pm-3pm)

Esta es una actividad que tiene el fin de recaudar fondos para las distintas actividades del movimiento de Cursillos.
Para más información contacte a Maria Gomez al (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez a (660) 287-8920.


Atención diáconos y todos los Facilitadores Certificados de Preparación Matrimonial Hispanos

Quién: Diáconos y parejas que participaron en la capacitación en español que se llevó a cabo en mayo de 2021Qué: Práctica y seguimiento del inventario prematrimonial Prepare/Enrich
Cuándo: 1 de julio, 1pm-5pm (español) 
Dónde: Oficinas de la Cancillería, Jefferson City
Detalles: Los talleres se centrarán en una repaso de los conceptos básicos de Prepare/Enrich, en cómo interpretar y brindar retroalimentación, en la selección adecuada de los ejercicios para la pareja comprometida y en las mejores prácticas para los facilitadores del inventario prematrimonial. Habrá oportunidad para practicar y hacer trabajo en grupos pequeños. Los participantes deben revisar su manual de capacitación antes del taller, en particular aquellos facilitadores que aún no han tenido la oportunidad de facilitar el inventario de Prepare/Enrich.
Capacitadora: Teresita Johnson, de Prepare/Enrich
Inscripción: https://diojeffcity.org/ministerio-hispano/inscripcion-p-e-mpf-follow-up-workshop-june-2023-bilingual/


PEREGRINACIÓN A ROMA Y TIERRA SANTA del 20 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre del 2023 – Diócesis de Jefferson City (Pilgrimage in Spanish)

¡Acompañe al Padre Cesar Anicama en una gran peregrinación a Roma y Tierra Santa! Volaremos a Roma para visitar sus basílicas, y lugares culturales, audiencia con el Papa, Asís y más. Después volaremos a Tierra Santa donde caminaremos por los lugares santos donde Jesús vivió, incluyendo Tiberíades, Belén, Jerusalén, Galilea y más. 

Para hacer una reservación, póngase en contacto con Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours HOY al: 1-800-653-0017. También por WhatsApp/textos/llamadas al (347) 463-3998. 

Contacto local: Diacono Enrique Castro (573) 680-3650. 


Employment opportunities

The Coordinator of Stewardship and Planned Giving is responsible for assisting the Director of Stewardship and the Director of Development and Missions in implementing the Bishop’s vision of spirituality of stewardship throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City, which covers 38 counties in central and northeastern Missouri.

  • Prepares presentation materials and strategic briefings for deans and pastors
  • Meticulously plans, coordinates and executes events and activities
  • Provides administrative support for the department
  • Works closely with the Director of Stewardship and Director of Development and Missions as a team partner to recognize donors and convey the impact and importance of the spirituality of stewardship

Practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Event planning and management is desired. Please apply through our job posting on Indeed.com or send resume to hrdir@diojeffcity.org.


The Diocese of Jefferson City seeks a Chief Financial Officer who can ensure consistency, transparency, and simplicity in the financialsystems of the parishes, schools and chancery. As a member of the Bishop’s cabinet, the CFO provides clear and timely communications of financial and other information throughout the diocese maintaining confidentiality where appropriate.

The CFO is responsible for providing, developing, and maintaining financial accountability standards and ethics for all diocesan entities in order to promote respect and trust among parishioners. The CFO directs, manages, and supervises the financial operations of the Chancery in conjunction with the Bishop and the members of the Corporate Board. The CFO manages the diocesan assets and advises management in financial operations. 

The full job listing is available at this link: diojeffcity.org/cfo

To apply, please email your resume to Brent Morton, Vice President, Catholic Recruiter Associates: Brent@CatholicRecruiter.com


St. Joseph Church in Palmyra, Missouri, is accepting applications for a DRE/Youth Minister. Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for assisting the pastor in the responsibility for the Catholic faith formation for parish youth and adults
  • Implements the Bishop’s confirmation preparation policy
  • Organizes, schedules and oversees religious education in the parish
  • Administers a formation program for catechists that leads to certification and tracks completion
  • In cooperation with Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister, orders approved textbooks, liturgy materials and other works that complement the religious education efforts of the parish
  • Provides resources and programs for adult formation
  • Working with the pastor, the director will assess the needs of parish youth and organize volunteers to help meet their needs

Bachelor’s degree in theology or religious education is preferred.

This position is flexible and may be offered at either a part-time or full-time status. Group insurance benefits are available for full-time employees (30 hours a week). The pastor is also open to the possibility of two part-time candidates. If you are interested in the position, please apply on Indeed.com or send your resume directly to Fr. Alex Gabriel, St. Joseph Parish, PO Box 606, Palmyra, MO 63461.


The Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking a skilled and dynamic Executive Director to promote the work and mission of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, this role provides leadership and program support, ensures fiscal responsibility, and represents the agency with partner organizations, parishes, and communities across the diocese. Strong candidates are mission-minded, understanding that all leadership responsibilities are performed in concert with the agency’s vision and Catholic social and moral teaching.

Catholic Charities responds to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture, or situation. This includes services in mental health, food security, health and nutrition education, Hispanic community support, disaster preparation and response, family reunification through immigration legal services, and resettlement of refugees. Click here for more information.


Holy Family Parish in Hannibal is seeking a Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister. Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist the pastor in the responsibility for the Catholic faith formation for parish youth and adults
  • Implements the Bishop’s confirmation preparation policy
  • Organizes, schedules and oversees religious education in the parish
  • Administers a formation program for catechists that leads to certification and tracks completion
  • In cooperation with Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister, orders approved textbooks, liturgy materials and other works that complement the religious education efforts of the parish
  • Provides resources and programs for adult formation

A Bachelor’s degree in theology or religious education is preferred. The pastor is willing to consider either one (1) full-time candidate or possibly two (2) part-time individuals. Resumes can be sent directly to Fr. Alex Gabriel, Holy Family Parish, 218 S. Maple Avenue, Hannibal, MO 63401 or applicants can apply on Indeed.com.


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: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aOiwUhL3qlNGa8M62MrWVpP6x8dP40K0?usp=sharing


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.