News

30 October 2023

2024 Open Enrollment for all diocesan benefit eligible employees

Open Enrollment for all diocesan benefit eligible employees is November 6-17 for a January 1 effective date. Employees will receive a complete Enrollment Guide via their personal email address from no-reply@benmanage.com. Please read the intro letter and instructions carefully. As a reminder, FSA and Dependent FSA elections must be made each calendar year.

If you do not receive an email by November 8, please review the Employee Guide that is available in your parish or school office. Enrollment can be completed through the self-serve online option, which will not be available until November 6 at 8:00 a.m. (please see the benefit guide for directions) or by contacting the enrollment center at 1-877-338-6311.  The benefit counselors will not be able to complete your enrollment for the new plan year until November 6.

If you do not wish to make any changes, no action is necessary, and your current elections will remain the same for 2024, except for FSA and Dependent FSA as noted above.

We cannot accept any changes after November 17.


Rest in Peace

Fr. Clarence Wiederholt, a retired priest of our diocese who moved to the Conception Abbey Infirmary this Summer, passed away on Oct. 27. Arrangements will be announced when they are available. Please keep Fr. Wiederholt and his family in your prayers. “Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.”


Help us promote Women’s Ministry events

Help us spread the word about our upcoming women’s ministry events! We have informational meetings starting throughout the diocese in November and Advent Reflection nights the first week of December. These events are open to all parishes. Please post the graphics corresponding to the locations most convenient to your parish. 


Catholic Stewardship Renewal resources

As our parishes continue the Catholic Stewardship Renewal, the Diocese of Jefferson City is providing a number of resources that help explain the spirituality of stewardship and the call to commit ourselves to our parishes at this time. In addition, click here to read about the Catholic Stewardship Renewal in the latest issue of The Catholic Missourian.


Save the date: April 13 Diocesan Stewardship Conference

Working with Catholic Stewardship Consultants, the Diocese of Jefferson City will host a diocesan-wide Stewardship Conference in April of 2024.

This one-day conference will feature speakers from around the country who will present on
various aspects of the stewardship way of life aimed at showing the faithful and clergy of our
diocese the importance and benefits of embracing and living the fullness of Christian
Stewardship.

We are encouraging participation from leaders from across the diocese, including clergy, stewardship council members, school leadership, pastoral council members, finance council members and others.

  • When: Saturday April 13, 2024
  • Where: The Cathedral of St Joseph – Cana Hall
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (tentative)

Seeking dates, times, locations for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Services

The editor of The Catholic Missourian plans to publish in the Nov. 10 print edition a list of ecumenical prayer services leading up to Thanksgiving Day. These prayer services are a long-standing tradition in many parts of our diocese, and one of few opportunities we have to gather for prayer and fellowship with members of other Christian congregations.

We ask pastors or parish secretaries to check with your local ministerial alliance about when and where any such services are to be held in your community, and send the date, time, location and any additional relevant information to Jay Nies at editor@diojeffcity.org by the end of business on Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

Please include whether any priests, deacons or other representatives of our parishes will be leading the service, giving the message or serving in some other capacity. 

We will promote the events in the paper and in the online edition.


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ATTENTION ALL MARRIED COUPLES!!! 

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND RETREAT: Best Western Capital Inn, Jefferson City (November 4th-5th, 2023)
Kick off this holiday season by discovering a deeper level of satisfaction and joy in your marriage!  Marriage Encounter provides the opportunity and the atmosphere for you to focus on and renew the blessings in your marriage.  Don’t let the busyness of life steal them away! Food, lodging, and programming are included in the $75 fee.  Register today for the weekend retreat before the event fills up!

Visit www.jeffcityme.com for more information and to register, or contact Harry & Cecilia Hentges at 573-619-7416.


Please note the new date for this upcoming event at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City:



Please join us at St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish on December 3 for the presentation; Biblical Healing, Then & Now by Dr. Mary Healy. Dr. Healy will guide us through this important topic before leading us in a Healing Service. Mass will follow at 5 PM.


Save the date for the upcoming Advent Nights of Reflection: December 4-8. There are four dates and four locations to choose from. Choose one and get it on your calendar now before the busy season gets in the way. For all you ladies who wished you had not missed our spring speaker, Patty Schneier, here is your chance to hear her a little closer to home. We hope to gather with you in prayer and fellowship this Advent!


Eventos en Español

Formación de Ministerios de Música – Parte II: San Pedro, Marshall (11 de noviembre; 9am-12pm)

Todos los músicos litúrgicos, coros, ministerios de música y ministerios de alabanza están invitados a la parte II de 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.


Retiro de Crecimiento: Escuela Sacred Heart, Sedalia (18 y 19 de noviembre)

Este retiro es para mujeres y hombres que ya vivieron el retiro de vida en el Espíritu. Es una experiencia de fortalecimiento y reencuentro con Jesús para renovar su compromiso bautismal. Así, los participantes pueden contribuir de una manera más comprometida en la misión de la Iglesia compartiendo sus dones y talentos en sus comunidades. Para más información contacte a Ilsi Palacios al (316) 530-1004 o por correo electrónico a ComiteDiocesanoRCCH@gmail.com.


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. 


Retiro Parroquial de ‘Buena Administración’: St. Vincent de Paul | Parroquia San Vicente de Paúl, Sedalia (16 de deciembre, 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 a la oficina parroquial. 


Employment opportunities

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has several openings within its agency.

All employees of Catholic Charities must possess a strong commitment to the mission of the agency, including the understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the ability to demonstrate the philosophy and values of the agency. The identity of the agency is clearly Catholic; and as such, Catholic Charities adheres to the social and moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

All positions require the utilization of common software and digital applications (Microsoft Office suite, Outlook, Teams, timekeeping software, etc.)

We invite you to review our current opportunities. 

Welcome Center Specialist – Jefferson City, MO
Essential duties include answering the phone and welcoming clients to the agency. The Welcome Center Specialist will provide client intake or referrals for programs (internal or external) as required and provide administrative support and volunteer coordination as requested. High school diploma or GED required. Click here to apply.

Director of Community Services – Jefferson City, MO
This position oversees strategic planning and program management as it pertains to developing annual budgets, determining staffing needs, monitoring execution of program objectives, ensuring adherence to applicable policies/procedures and evaluating program outcomes. An advanced degree from an accredited college or university plus three to five years’ experience in management and delivery of social and/or disaster relief services and programs at a leadership level is required. Click here to apply.

Director of Counseling Services – Jefferson City, MO
This individual serves as a liaison and maintains positive working relationships with agency leadership, program staff, therapeutic service providers, local and regional service partners, and regional and national agencies to ensure provision of quality services for clients. The Director of Counseling Services will also oversee strategic planning and program management as it pertains to developing and implementing clinical services. A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in counseling, psychology, or clinical social work plus three to five years’ experience in management and delivery of clinical services is required. Click here to apply.

Director of Refugee Services – Columbia, MO
This leadership position oversees strategic planning and program management by overseeing and enhancing the resettlement efforts for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. This individual will be responsible for ensuring the submission of grant requests, financial reports, data tracking, and narratives to local, state, and national funding entities. The Director will ensure that refugee staff resettlement staff receive orientation, training and ongoing supervision, providing quality services for our clients. An advanced degree from an accredited college or university plus three to five years’ experience in management and delivery of resettlement services and programs at a leadership level is required. Click here to apply.

Finance Manager – Jefferson City, MO

This position is a mid-level hands-on accounting position reporting to the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. The Finance Manager is directly responsible for all levels of bookkeeping, accounting, risk assessment, and audit compliance. This person must possess a strong commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities including the understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the ability to demonstrate the philosophy and values of the agency. They will oversee the collection, deposit and recording of all agency funds, including from federal, state, and local grants, private donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations, and fees provided for services rendered. They are responsible for the preparation of invoices and ensuring all outstanding bills are paid in a timely manner and will provides cash management reports and financial statements. In addition, this position assists the Executive Director with the annual budget process, maintains updated general ledger information including the chart of accounts, department program and source accounting codes and ensures that grant reimbursement documents are submitted in a timely manner and properly recorded. Click here to apply.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Child Development Center is seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to join our team as Early Childhood Center Staff in a LEAD Position. 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 for a lead position is $18.00 per hour for a qualified employee. Click here to apply online.


Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church is seeking a full-time Music Director.

  • The Music Director is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. This person of faith is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish.
  • The ideal candidate will be familiar with both traditional and contemporary music suitable for the Catholic church
  • Will help facilitate with the Spanish Mass
  • Will develop an adult choir for the parish
  • The Music Director will be available for parish weddings and funerals

The employer offers a full range of benefits including life insurance, long-term disability, medical, dental, vision and a matching 403(b) retirement plan.Requirements: College degree in Music or Liturgy, Ability to lead a choir, Professional skill with many instruments, including organ and piano or keyboard, Flexible with schedule to accommodate office needs as well as mass, weddings and funerals, Knowledge of appropriate music for Catholic church. Apply on Indeed.


St. Joseph (Westphalia) Seeks Secretary/Bookkeeper

St. Joseph Parish in Westphalia is seeking a parish secretary and bookkeeper, to begin fully in January of 2024, with training to begin in the final months of 2023. This could be a 30-hour-a-week position with potential for 40-hours. It could also be two part-time positions, depending on applicants. There is some potential for flexibility of hours.

For more information, see: www.stjosephwestphalia.org/parish-secretary.html

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume to Fr. Dylan Schrader at dschrader@diojeffcity.org


The Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City has a career opportunity for a Controller who will manage the accounting department for the organization. Duties include managing chancery accounting personnel, Sage accounting and investment portfolio platforms, cash flow, accounts payable, billing, accounts receivable, PP&E, GL level and general accounting platforms. Specific duties include monthly accounting period closings and reconciliations, preparing monthly trial balance, preparing monthly financial analysis and quarterly financial statements. This individual will also manage the annual financial audit process and oversee all chancery bank accounts and supervise maintenance of budgets. Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Accounting
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of job-related experience preferred, but not required
  • 501(c)(3) fund accounting experience preferred, but not required
  • Public accounting experience helpful, but not required
  • Strong computer skills and ability to easily work in Sage, MS Excel and MS Word

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through our job posting on Indeed.com or send resume and cover letter to hrdir@diojeffcity.org


St. Peter Catholic Church is seeking a Custodian to serve in a full time position that will include cleaning of the school and Selinger Hospitality Center. The custodian will need good communications skills to interact with teachers, parents, students and priests. Reports to the Maintenance Supervisor. This position will require an 8-hour workday with the starting time to be determined in consultation with the supervisor. It could include work on Saturday/Sunday, if needed, such as when we have inclement weather or a special event. Complete job description at https://www.saintpeterjc.org/employment/


Sacred Heart School in Sedalia MO has an opening for a Communication and Technology Director. This is a full-time, exempt position. All interested persons should complete the application and contact the Principal, Nancy Manning at nmanning@gogremlins.com.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Communications (website management, social media, event photography, videos, create graphics, newsletter writing, etc.).
  • Technology (Google, PC, FACTS logins, copy machines, monitor solar panels, daily tech issues, audio system, e-rate management, teacher tech training, update technology, google domain management, iPad, Chromebook cart management, tech security, etc.). See this ad on Indeed.

St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia is seeking a Director of Music. 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.


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.


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:

  • 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.