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Monday Morning Memo — 10 July, 2023

This weekend — Missions Special Collection

This coming weekend, July 15-16, the Diocese of Jefferson City is holding a special collection in support of our missions.

Donations given during this collection will support our mission work and provide assistance to people in the home dioceses of the mission priests serving us.

The Diocese of Jefferson City is providing special envelopes for this collection. They were delivered to our faithful as an insert in the upcoming July 7 issue of the Catholic Missourian — however, parishioners aren’t required to use this envelope, they can use any envelope marked for this collection.

Parishioners will be instructed to make checks out to their parish for this collection. Parishes can then deposit the proceeds locally — please do not send the envelopes directly to the Chancery. 

When the collection is complete, parishes should then send one check to the diocese comprising the entire collection from that parish. Funds brought into the parish for this collection are considered extraordinary income and thus not subject to the tithe.

As we move forward with our diocesan-wide stewardship renewal, the July Missions Collection will be one of just three annual special collections held in our parishes. The others are the Christmas special collection for our seminarians and infirm priests and a collection in Easter in support of our retired priests and religious.


Happening now — Diocese hosts the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and Saint Manuel Gonzalez Garcia

Continuing through July 16, the Diocese of Jefferson City is hosting the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and Saint Manuel Gonzalez Garcia. 

The arrival of the relics in our diocese is part of the National Eucharistic Revival — Blessed Carlo Acutis and Saint Manuel Gonzalez Garcia were both known for their deep devotion to the Eucharist. 

Click here to see the tour schedule.


The July 7 issue of Catholic Missourian is now available

In the latest issue of the Catholic Missourian newspaper, Editor Jay Nies writes about the recent World Refugee Day celebration and how Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri plays a critical role in welcoming refugees in our area.

Nies writes:

Three women of the Karen tribe of southern Myanmar performed a ceremonial dance to a song epitomizing the 2023 theme for World Refugee Day:

“Hope Away From Home.”

A narrator rolled back the meaning of the music: “I miss where I came from. I miss my village by the river. And I miss my parents every single day. It breaks my heart because I’m so far from them. …”

More than 500 people, including many recently resettled refugee families, gathered under the MU Health Care Pavilion at Clary Shy Agricultural Park in Columbia June 24 for Central Missouri’s World Refugee Day celebration.

Music and movement permeated the event, cosponsored by Catholic Charities Refugee Services and the City of Refuge in Columbia. 

“The message to everyone here is “Welcome. We’re so glad you’re here!” said Lacy Stroessner, director of Catholic Charities Refugee Services, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.

“Welcome is really the basis, the bread and butter of what we do here,” she said.

Catholic Charities Refugee Services is the only agency in Central Missouri that resettles refugees, having welcomed more than 5,000 refugees, Special Immigrant Visa holders, and humanitarian parolees since 1975.

Click here to read the full story. The July 7 issue is available to download here.


The Pope Video — July 2023

Why go to Mass on Sunday? Certainly not just to follow a ritual.

As Pope Francis says, “If you are the same at the end of Mass as you were at the beginning, something is wrong.” This is because “the Eucharist is the presence of Jesus,” who “comes and must transform you.”

This is how Pope Francis begins the video with the prayer intention for July, produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, with the help of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Click here to watch the video.


Parish Reports are due August 4

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All music ministers of the diocese are invited to join us for prayer and a tour of the newly renovated Cathedral of St. Joseph on July 30, presented by Fr. Dan Merz. Afterwards, join us in Cana Hall for a potluck dinner and time for fellowship. As good stewards of our environment, please bring your own place settings. Use the QR code on the flyer to register and to sign up for what food you’re bringing for the potluck! Prefer a link? Email JeffersonCityMO@npm.org

This event is free, just sign up to bring a dish.


Please join the Mothers’ Shrine and Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Laurie, MO on July 30 for an evening of story and song with Joel Rosario-López and for an opportunity to support a program which feed more than 2.4 million children around the world.

The July 30 concert is free and begins at 6 pm. Food can be purchased 5-6 pm from food trucks at the concert site, 176 Marian Drive in Laurie.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Mary’s Meals. Named in honor of the Blessed Mother Mary, Mary’s Meals provides a daily meal at schools and other places of education for more than 2.4 million children in 18 countries. These life-changing meals bring hungry children into the classroom, providing physical nourishment so they have the energy and opportunity to learn and giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy. 

Visit https://bit.ly/MarysMealsShrine to make a donation directly to Mary’s Meals. For information on the concert, contact Linda at 573-374-7855 or Heather at 573-374-MARY (6279).


Attention all engaged couples, MPFs and pastors:

2023 Pre-Cana Conference dates & locations:

  • September 23rd @ Chancery: 2207 W Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109

2023 Engaged Encounter dates & location are to be determined.


P23 Discernment Camp


Sign up now for the Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri Living Flame 1 Program

The Living Flame Program is a seven session offering of in-depth spiritual study and enrichment, presented over a seven month period. It is designed to heighten the awareness of the dynamics of Centering Prayer in the context of the spiritual journey. Download the flyer to learn more. Click here for registration and more details.


Eventos en Español

Formaciones de Ministerios de Música – Parte I y II: SER DETERMINADA
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.


Cursillo de Mujeres: Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (13-16 de julio)

Cursillo de Hombres: Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (20-23 de julio)

Los Cursillos de Mujeres y Hombres son una experiencia de tres días alejadas de la rutina y de las distracciones diarias de la vida. En un espíritu de fraternidad, oración, reflexión y alegría, el equipo de servidores brinda ‘rollos’ (temas) que ayudan al participante a reflexionar y a tener un encuentro consigo mismo, con Dios, con los demás y con la Iglesia de Cristo. Esta experiencia es transformadora y única que nadie se puede perder. Es necesario registrarse.
Para más información o registrarse contacte a Maria Gomez al mariagomezm221@gmail.com o (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez a (660) 287-8920.


Retiro de Parejas: St. Peter | San Pedro, Marshall (15 y 16 de julio)
Este retiro es una oportunidad para que todas las parejas fortalezcan y renueven su relación de pareja y/o su matrimonio. Es un fin de semana de reflexión, oración y aprendizaje las parejas invitan a Dios a caminar con ellos y a sanar cualquier herida que tengan para que se puedan amar de una manera más entregada con la ayuda de la gracia de Dios.
Para más información contacte a Liliana Ruano al (660) 202-0317 o por correo electrónico a nellymruanorn6@gmail.com.


Convivio Diocesano RCC: Bothwell Park, Sedalia (29 de julio, 2pm-6pm)


Este convivio es una oportunidad de fraternidad para toda la familia de la renovación carismática de la diócesis. Es un momento para disfrutar de la compañía y amistad en un ambiente familiar.
Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.

DESCARGAR GRÁFICO


Retiro de Vida en el Espíritu para Niños (7-11 años): Sacred Heart School | Escuela Sagrado Corazón, Sedalia (22 de julio, 9am-3pm)

Este retiro está dirigido especialmente a niños y niñas de 7 a 11 años de edad. El retiro brinda un espacio para que, en un ambiente apropiado para estas edades, los niños y niñas puedan experimentar y vivir el amor de Dios en sus vidas. De esta manera, siendo más conscientes de ese Amor que los acompaña siempre tendrán el deseo de compartirlo y de servir a los demás con los dones que Dios les ha dado.
Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.

DESCARGAR GRÁFICO


Bienvenida de Cursillistas: Saint Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (30 de julio, 1pm-3pm)
Esta es un evento en el que oficialmente se les da la bienvenida a los nuevos cursillistas (hombres y mujeres) que acaban de vivir su Cursillo. Todos los cursillistas se reúnen para acoger a sus nuevos hermanos y hermanas cursillistas en un ambiente de celebración y alegría.
Para más información y registrarse contacte a Maria Gomez al mariagomezm221@gmail.com o (660) 620-3405 o Raul Lopez al (660) 287-8920.


Retiro para Preparación de Quinceañera: San Patricio, Sedalia (5 de agosto, 9am-3pm) 

DESCARGAR GRÁFICO


Curso Introductorio de PFN: San Patricio, Sedalia (5 de agosto, 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 Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: St. Patrick | San Patricio, Sedalia (20 de agosto, 9am-5pm)

Retiro Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: Sacred Heart | Sagrado Corazón, Columbia (26 de agosto, 9am-3pm)

El objetivo de estos retiros es ayudar a toda la comunidad parroquial aprender y reflexionar sobre la ‘Buena Administración’, la cual es nuestra respuesta agradecida como discípulos cristianos a compartir todo lo que Dios nos ha dado para compartirlo con los demás.
Para más información contacte al Diácono Enrique Castro al (573) 680-3650 en su celular o en WhatsApp o por correo electrónico a ecastro@diojeffcity.org


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 Diocese of Jefferson City is seeking an experienced administrative assistant to support the Director of Parish Services. This individual will need to be proficient with data entry and have excellent skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Occasional travel to parishes within the diocese may be required with the Director (no personal car is necessary). This position is open to candidates of all faiths.

Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a skills test online. The employer offers a full range of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability plus a matching 403b plan.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on Indeed.com!


St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a Director of Worship. Click here for more details and application information.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to join our team as Early Childhood Center Staff. A successful candidate is committed to providing a safe, Christ-like environment for the children, where they are loved, safe, and encouraged to learn. As part of our center, you will play a crucial role in providing a nurturing and educational environment for young children. Your primary responsibilities will include engaging in age-appropriate activities, ensuring the safety and well-being of children, promoting their social and cognitive development, and maintaining a positive atmosphere within the center. Starting pay is $15.00 per hour. Click here for more information.


St. Thomas More Newman Center (Newman) is hiring a Development Director.  Established in 1963, Newman is a vibrant Catholic parish located adjacent to the University of Missouri (MU) campus.  Newman serves 850 resident parishioner households with a full range of faith formation programs including a highly active Campus Ministry program that serves approximately 1,000 students at MU, Stephens College and Columbia College, all located in Columbia, Missouri.  The Parish is looking for someone who is cheerful, enthusiastic, energetic, self-motivated, confident in their ability to ask for financial support and close philanthropic gifts, with a passion for building and maintaining strong relationships with both student and resident parishioners that will bear fruit in the form of philanthropic gifts to Newman. Learn more.


Seeking a Highly Skilled Administrative Assistant: The Administrative Assistant for the Stewardship office is responsible for assisting the Director and Associate Director 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
  • General administrative and office management duties
  • Meticulously plans, coordinates and executes events and activities
  • Provides administrative support for the department
  • Works closely with the Director of Stewardship and Associate Director of Stewardship as a team partner to educate parishioners on the spirituality of stewardship and convey the impact and importance of supporting their parish and sharing their gifts for the common good
  • Ability to travel within the diocese (no overnight travel); fleet vehicle provided for day trips

Practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Event planning and management is desired.

We are seeking a confident, competent individual to manage the stewardship office. Please apply through our job posting on Indeed.com or send resume to hrdir@diojeffcity.org.


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.


Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School Positions:

  • Food Prep Position: OLLIS has an opening for a cafeteria worker. We are looking for someone to join our crew of 4 in the preparation, serving, and clean-up of our meals at lunch. Qualifications include love of children, practicing Catholic preferred, ability to lift 50 lbs., and standing on feet for extended periods. Hours are 7:30-1:30. Pay is based on experience. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at ehassemer@ollisk8.org
  • Cafeteria Supervisor: OLLIS is looking for three adults (parents, grandparents, friends) who like children and want to make extra money. Qualifications include love of children, practicing Catholic preferred, ability to lift 50 lbs., and standing on feet for extended periods. This is a position that follows the students’ calendar. You are off when students are off. The essential duties include supervising students and assisting them with their needs during lunch, such as opening things, sweeping up the floor, and washing tables between shifts. This would be fun if you could find two other friends to join you. We would love to see a group that can help us with our ROAR expectations and makes our dining experience something students continue to enjoy. Hours are 10:30-1:30. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at ehassemer@ollisk8.org.
  • Speech Pathologist (Full-Time: This position is to improve the speech and/or language of students identified with speech and/or language disabilities or students with speech and/or language delays, which interfere with the child’s ability to derive full benefit from the educational program. QUALIFICATIONS — Minimum: Advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders; Missouri Professional Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, Eligible for a Speech-Language Pathology Student Services Certificate; Effective human relations and communication skills. Preferred:  Previous experience as a speech-language pathologist in a school is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a professional and friendly demeanor and be an active practicing Catholic. Pay based on experience. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at ehassemer@ollisk8.org
  • Music Instructor (Part-Time: We are still seeking a part-time music/band instructor for our middle school. Applicants should have a background in music education and preferably be an active practicing Catholic. Pay based on experience. If interested, please email Elaine Hassemer at ehassemer@ollisk8.org