15 January 2024

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, has released the following statement as our nation marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

I invite everyone to spend time today praying and reflecting on the courage, wisdom and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom our nation honors on this day.

In 1964, Dr. King wrote that, “Unity has never meant uniformity.” 

This sentence is quoted from Dr. King’s book, Why We Can’t Wait. In this chapter, Dr. King is referring to the many people who shared a vision — true equality for Black Americans — despite working toward that goal from different angles and perspectives. United in goal, they were far from uniform in their approach. Dr. King saw this as a strength.

There is so much we can learn from this message in 2024 as we continue to battle the evils of racism, inequality and exclusion. 

In a society full of pressures that reward division, we must instead seek out a deeper truth — God’s truth — that unites us all. Let us remember that all of us were made in God’s image, and through our charisms and gifts we each reflect the light of God in unique ways.

Pope Francis recently made a point that a society formed in the image of God is not “one-dimensional” or “monochrome.” He said: “How much our human family needs to learn to live together in harmony and peace, without all of us having to be the same.”

I invite all of us to spend this holiday honoring Dr. King by seeking out the light of God in ourselves and all of those around us — especially those who are excluded or seem different. Let our hearts open to others, and begin to move away the separation and division that hurt us.

The beauty of God is not uniform. It is written on eight billion hearts in eight billion ways.

Recognizing this beauty is the first step toward a stronger communion as God’s children — and finally realizing the dreams of Dr. King. 

Stewardship Conference — April 13, 2024

A new brochure is now available for our upcoming diocesan Stewardship Conference! This event is happening on April 13 in Cana Hall at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. We hope to have representation from all of our parishes at this important event. Please use the brochure and this graphic to help spread the word in your parish and encourage participation.

Facebook scam targets diocesan parish, school accounts

There have been multiple reports of a Facebook scam in our diocese. Parishes and schools have been a message similar to the following:

 The person sending the message may have a username such as “Facebook user,” “Guest 1688,” a random person’s name with the Meta logo, or something similar. 

This is a scam. Please DO NOT click the link in the message or respond to the message. Facebook will never send you messages like this about account changes, nor will they send you messages with links placed in the message. If anything needs to be changed with your account, they will send it to you as an official notification, which does not appear in your messages chat box. 

DO NOT ever click links in messages that are not from a verified source. If you ever have any concerns at all about a message or notification that you have received, please don’t hesitate to contact Annie Williams at If you have responded to this message or clicked one of the links, please let us know and we can work together to make sure your account and information stays secure.

Events and Meetings Regarding Shaping Our Future Together

As we move forward in our pastoral planning, Shaping Our Future Together, the meeting of parish leaderships in their deaneries is essential to the ongoing work. Please be sure these dates are on your parish and school calendars, and make every effort possible not to schedule other activities to conflict with them.

Parish Leadership Deanery meetings (locations are determined by the dean)

  • Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • June 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. (note this is the Tuesday after Labor Day)
  • Nov. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Also, all are invited to the Diocesan Chrism Mass on March 26, 3 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Please watch for more information about this as all are encouraged to join in this annual diocesan liturgy.

Apply Now for College Scholarships

Applications for college scholarships are now available! Through a generous donation from the families of William H. (Bill) Simon and John L. Warack, funding is available to high school seniors or current college students with financial needs who commit to practicing their faith. Deadline to apply is March 28. Find eligibility details and applications here:

Totus Tuus Registration is Open

Totus Tuus Registration is now open for ALL Parishes for Summer 2024. Cost for summer 2024 is $4,000.  Registration can be accessed here:

Spring DRE and Youth Minister Workshop

Spring DRE and Youth Minister Workshop is Tuesday, February 20, 2024. All DRE and Youth Ministers gather from throughout the diocese on this date for updates, formation and community. To RSVP click here:

Annual Sacramental Records Reports for 2023

The Annual Sacramental Records report forms for the calendar year 2023 have been emailed to the parishes.  As in past years, the forms are in excel spreadsheets with four tabs at the bottom for Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, and Deaths. 

This information is included in our Annual Report to Rome. Please complete the forms and return them to the Chancery no later than February 1st, 2024; electronic submissions are most helpful. If you have any difficulties please do not hesitate to reach out to Ben Roodhouse at:, or Bernadette Adams at: We will be happy to assist you.

Save the Date: Parish Secretaries’ Workshop

The next Parish Secretaries’ Workshop will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, beginning at 10.00am and concluding no later than noon. The Zoom link will be provided closer to the date; in the meantime, mark this training opportunity on your calendar and send topics or questions that we should cover to Bernadette Adams at

Sunday of the Word of God

As you know, on Sunday, January 21, the Church will celebrate the “Sunday of the Word of God.”   A FDLC Resource for this celebration is available at It includes:

  • The full text of Aperuit illis (Pope Francis, September 30, 2019)
  • Readings for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
  • Sample intercessions
  • Pastoral Notes
  • Music suggestions
  • and a handout on The Lectionary for Mass

On January 21, 2024, in observance of the Sunday of the Word of God, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through a grant from the American Bible Society, will offer a “Sunday Seminar Series” of four videos about Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church. These videos, available in English and Spanish, will feature bishops and biblical scholars and will be accompanied by discussion/reflection questions. The topics and presenters are:

The Biblical Brilliance of the EucharistBishop François Beyrouti.   Eparchy of Newton
Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church:The Historical Biblical PerspectiveBishop Juan Miguel Betancourt.   Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford
Praying with the PsalmsDr. Andrew Davis   Boston College
The Gospel of John and the Johannine LiteratureDr. Sherri Brown   Creighton University
La Sinodalidad en la Vida y en la Misión de la Iglesia:La perspectiva histórica bíblicaBishop Silvio Báez   Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Eucaristía: memoria y caminoBishop Juan Miguel Betancourt   Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford
Rezando Los SalmosDr. Maria Barga   University of Saint Mary of the Lake
¿Cuál es el mensaje del evangelio y las cartas de Juan?Dr. Hugo Mendez   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The videos will be made available on January 19, 2024 at:

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

February 2, 2024 (Celebrated in Parishes February 3-4)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. We hope that you find the following resources helpful for your own celebrations of World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life!

Prayers of the Faithful:

  • For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…
  • For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

Short bulletin quote:

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Friday, February 2, 2024, and in parishes over the weekend of February 3-4, 2024. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

Join the Pre-Cana Team!

For more detailed information on the Pre-Cana program and the Pre-Cana presenting team please click here.

Catholic Charities Menus of Engagement

Menus of Engagement are creative ways to connect with Catholic Charities by using Catholic social teaching to see, judge, and act upon our call to serve our neighbors. See-judge-act is a moral and pastoral practice by which we encounter the world, seek to relate to it, and respond to the call we understand.

At Catholic Charities, we often talk about others joining our mission through giving – giving of their time as a volunteer or their treasure as a donor. Menus of engagement aim to unpack that call to join us in a myriad of other ways – by learning, experiencing, encountering, reflecting, relating, understanding, praying, serving, and giving of your gifts.

Each month we’ll publish another Menu of Engagement, with new ideas and ways to serve your community, engage with our staff, and encounter those in need. We’ll keep this page as a hub of that information, easy for you to access to include graphics in your parish bulletin, print them off to go home in your student’s weekly folders, or bring them to your office’s next lunch & learn. Learn more.

Share in bulletins, emails, social media, and websites

Online monthly series for moms begins Feb. 5 

Mothers of young children can find themselves isolated in today’s society. Creating Catholic Experiences in Motherhood, a ten-week online series, builds community, connecting mothers in similar life situations around the country, tethered by our Catholic faith. Hosted by The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church and lead by a professional coach and Catholic mom, Jenna Mayo, the format of this program encourages mothers to observe, connect, share, and learn from one another – offering an engaging opportunity for inclusion and true community. Register and learn more at

Shareable links to a printable flier (8.5″ x 11″), a bulletin graphic, and four social media graphics


MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND RETREAT: Best Western Capital Inn, Jefferson City (February 10th-11th, 2024)

Kick off the new year 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 for more information and to register, or contact Harry & Cecilia Hentges at 573-619-7416.

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 

Please share this graphic in your parish’s bulletin! For more information, contact Deacon John Schwartze at or by phone at 573-635-9127 x225.

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

St. Brendan Catholic School 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. Learn more and apply.

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

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