25 December 2023

Christmas Blessings

Merry Christmas!

In a new video, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, shares a Christmas blessing with the faithful of our diocese.

“As we gather this year to celebrate the birth of our savior, I am filled with gratitude for the love and faith that unite our community. Christmas is a time of joy. The source of our joy is our realization of God’s depth of love and mercy for us — a love so profound that he became one of us as a humble, meek, and poor little babe. Let us never forget this true meaning of Christmas: God who is love itself!”

Click here to watch in Spanish.

Understanding Fiducia Supplicans

On December 18, the Holy See’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith published a declaration called Fiducia Supplicans. Three days after the document came out, Bishop Shawn McKnight took a few moments to share his perspective on Fiducia Supplicans.

Click here to listen to this month’s podcast to hear what Bishop McKnight had to say.

All are encouraged to read the English translation of Fiducia Supplicans at this link.

Chancery office to close for holidays

The diocesan Chancery office will be closed the following days for the Christmas and New Years holidays.

  • Monday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 26
  • Friday, December 29
  • Monday, January 1

Tribunal closure

In addition to the days the Chancery will be closed, the Matrimonial Tribunal will be closed:

  • Wednesday, December 27

Christmas Special Collection

The diocesan Christmas Special Collection is an opportunity to show our support for our diocesan seminarians and infirm priests.

Like last year, the diocese is providing an envelope for this collection. It was inserted into last week’s (Dec. 15) issue of our Catholic Missourian newspaper. Parishioners can use this envelope, or any envelope marked for this collection, to make their gifts.

Parishes are asked to track and deposit the gifts made during the collection — do not send these gifts directly to the diocese. The diocese will be sending an assessment for this collection.

You can help raise awareness about this collection by sharing information in your parish bulletin, in the parish building and on parish social media channels. New videos and graphics are available and ready to share! Access the promotional toolkit at this link to find two new videos and social media sample posts, as well as a new social media graphic, flyer, bulletin graphic, and postcard.

Within the promotional toolkit, you will find:

  • 8.5″x11″ flyer
  • Bulletin graphic
  • Postcard
  • Several social media graphics and videos 
  • Sample text for each graphic/video that you can copy into a social media post

At your discretion, the flyer and postcards can be used as a visual aid as people leave Mass or activities. For example, postcards can be placed on a table for parishioners to take as a reminder. There is an accompanying postcard print file to help with printing and cutting the cards. 

Thank you for supporting our seminarians and infirm priests!

If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Luecke at or Annie Williams at

New diocesan policies to take effect on January 1

Two new diocesan policies that were promulgated in August are set to take effect on January 1. The new policies relate to transparency in fundraising and parish finance councils.

All Catholics involved in parish leadership, fundraising efforts or a parish finance council are strongly encouraged to review and understand the policies ahead of the effective date.

Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

We are very pleased to announce that on Wed., Jan. 3, Fr. Andrew Dalton will be at the Cathedral of St. Joseph to give two presentations on the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, both of which will be held in Cana Hall and will contain the same information.  Two sessions are being offered 1) to give as many people as possible a chance to hear it and 2) to allow one session to be held during    daylight hours.  The first session will be in Cana Hall from 2-4 p.m.  The second session will be held in Cana Hall from 7-9 p.m.    Fr. Dalton is an American priest who now teaches at the Pontifical University in Rome.  

Fr. Dalton will also be giving the same talk at Newman Parish on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The talks will be livestreamed.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION: Clergy & Marriage Prep Facilitators


Who: Priests, Deacons & Lay Certified Marriage Prep Facilitators (MPFs) who attended a training in 2021.

What: Practicum & Follow-Up Training on Prepare/Enrich (P/E) Couple Assessment Facilitation and Marriage Preparation Diocesan Process/Policy.

Description: Series of workshops that will focus on a review of P/E core concepts, how to interpret and provide feedback, the selection of the right exercises for the engaged couple, and best practices for assessment facilitators. Also, facilitation practice, small group work and Q&A.

When: Two options: February 23, 8:30pm-4:30pm& February 24, 8:30am-4:30pm

Where: Chancery Offices in Jefferson City.

Trainer: Teresita (Tere) Johnson, MA PS, CMF, from Prepare/Enrich and Stella Maris Center.

Cost: Free.

Registration: Click here

We ask pastors/priests to encourage permanent deacons and lay facilitators in your parish to attend this training. Important! New and not trained/certified facilitators are welcomed and encouraged to attend this training, but they should be trained prior to it.

For more information contact Jamie Schulte at 573-635-9127 or 

Join us for two events in one!

Sunday, March 3, 2024 nationally acclaimed speaker, Jason Evert, will be sharing not one, but TWO of his critically acclaimed talks.

Purified: A Life-Changing Event for Families (ages 13+)

The Innocence of the family is under attack like never before. Come and discover how to protect and heal yours. This chastity presentation is for teens, parents and adults.

Gender & The Theology of Your Body (Ages 13+)

What’s the meaning of sex, gender, and the human body? The truth of masculinity and femininity are being questioned like never before. Discover how your body as a man or woman reveals your identity and calling.

There will be a Dinner Break from 4:30-5:30pm, the meal is included with your ticket.

Also, to wrap up the evening, there will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration from 6:30-7:00pm.

Everyone will leave with free resources to continue your understanding and journey with the Chastity Project.

To see more on the event or to purchase your tickets, scan the QR code on the flyer or visit the Facebook Event page

Employment opportunities

The Newman Parish is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry to Create and direct an environment which leads the youth from Newman and Sacred Heart Parishes into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Church in coordination with youth ministry staff at Our Lady of Lourdes through tri-parish high school and middle school youth groups. Click here to see the full job description.

Sacred Heart Parish in Eldon, MO is seeking a dedicated and organized individual to fill the position of Parish Secretary. The Parish Secretary plays a crucial role in supporting the administrative functions of the parish. This is a 30 hour per week position. This position is benefit eligible. This includes medical, dental and vision coverage along with a retirement plan and other voluntary benefits. This position also qualifies for paid time off. Any interested individual should click here to learn more and complete the application. Please contact the parish if you have any questions at 573.392.5334.

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. 

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.

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 or send resume and cover letter to

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

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.

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.

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

St. Andrew Catholic School in Tipton has an opening for a part-time Jr. High Science teacher for 2024-2025 school year.  If anyone is available for the 2nd semester of the current year, I’d be happy to have that discussion as well.  All interested persons can contact the Principal, Kara Higgins, at

St. Mary Catholic School in Glasgow is currently seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join our team in the role of Principal starting July 1, 2024. As the principal, you will play a vital role in providing leadership, vision, and guidance to our school community. You will be responsible for ensuring the academic excellence and spiritual development of our students while fostering a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment. Click here to apply.

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