19 February 2024

Celebrating the Rite of Election

On February 18, the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City, celebrated the Rite of Election alongside those in our our diocese who are seeking the Sacrament of Baptism. The Rite of Election took place at our Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. Please join us in prayer for everyone who has entered into this spiritual journey.

Diocese launches whistleblower hotline

The Diocese of Jefferson City has updated our website to include a new whistleblower hotline that anyone can use to report financial misconduct, human resources concerns or any other issues. 

The hotline number is: 573-635-0386.

Information about the hotline is available at the top of the webpage via the “Report Abuse or Misconduct” link. This webpage also includes instructions for our existing methods of reporting abuse. 

The new whistleblower hotline is available in both English and Spanish. Callers are prompted to leave a message with their concerns. The message will immediately be sent by email to three people — one Chancery employee and two lay people who are not employees of the diocese. The three will confer and ensure the issue is properly investigated.

The diocese is beginning to raise awareness about the new hotline, including a story in The Catholic Missourian

All parishes are encouraged to help inform the faithful about the whistleblower hotline and to utilize it for any concerns that arise. 

Join us for Chrism Mass

All are invited to the Diocesan Chrism Mass on March 26, 3 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Please use the provided graphics to encourage the faithful in your parish to join us for this special annual liturgy. Refreshments will be available in Cana Hall after the Chrism Mass and RSVPs are requested to provide an approximate count for the reception.

Next week: Participate in our upcoming special listening session

Volunteer facilitators needed

All are invited to participate in a special session for the Synod on Synodality and Shaping Our Future Together (our diocesan planning process). 

This 45-minute special session will focus on your experiences with the structures of our parishes and local Church.

The session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:15 – 7 pm, at five locations in the diocese and via Zoom.

Click here to learn more and register. You can also volunteer to help lead the discussions. Training will be provided.

Help spread the word in your parish!

Use these new graphics to help encourage the faithful in your parish to participate in these events. Social media and bulletin graphics are included.

Women’s Ministry Spring Pilgrimage

 It’s time for our 2nd Annual Women’s Ministry Spring Pilgrimage! For details and to register go to

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

As part of the National Eucharistic Revival, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will be present in the Diocese of Jefferson City from July 1-5. Graphics are now available to begin promoting this special event in your parish. Please watch for more information and details about this exciting event coming soon. The latest updates can be found by clicking here.

Scholarships offered to attend convention for liturgical musicians

The NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) National Convention is in Kansas City this summer!

This is a unique opportunity for all liturgical musicians in our diocese to make your ministry more effective by experiencing ongoing education, new music from the top publishers in our church,  and networking with your peers.  Check out the details at

The Jefferson City Diocese Chapter of NPM is pleased to announce that we are offering scholarships to attend this convention.  Email JeffersonCityMO@npm.orgfor more information. Applications are due by March 10,2024.

Who manages social media for your parish?

The Office of Communications is creating an email list of parish social media administrators in order to share helpful information and upcoming social media opportunities. Please share the name and email of your parish social media administrator by sending an email to Annie Williams at or completing this short online form. Thank you for your assistance!

Note: if you’ve already sent the contact information to Annie within the past week, you do not need to send the information again. 

Register for Diocesan Summer Camps! 

Registration is now open! 

Please use these graphics to help promote the camps in your parish. Both English and Spanish flyers are included. Flyers can be produced with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Lenten Regulations and Admonitions for 2024

To foster a greater spirit of penance, reparation for sin, and to encourage self-denial, which guide us more closely in the footsteps of Christ, the Church reminds us of the obligations of fasting and abstinence during Lent and also admonishes us all to deeper prayer and worship. Click here for a detailed overview of lenten regulations and admonitions.

Stewardship Conference — April 13, 2024

A new brochure is now available promoting our upcoming Stewardship Conference. Please use this brochure to help promote this conference in your parish! The diocesan Stewardship Conference will take place 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. We also have a promotional graphic available to download.

Apply Now for College Scholarships

The diocese is now accepting applications for college scholarships. 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:

Join the Pre-Cana Team!

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

Two women serve as directors at Mothers’ Shrine in Laurie

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, has two women leading efforts to build its capacity as a center of spirituality and support for mothers. As director of operations, Texas native Heather Michelle Crouch oversees the programming and operational aspects of the Mothers’ Shrine, which welcomed more than 3,000 pilgrims and participants to its programs and activities in 2023 and nearly 9,000 to its outdoor weekend summer Masses.  In early February, Terri M. Lynn of Overland Park, Kansas, became the first director of development for the Mothers’ Shrine. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral theology from the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Ave Maria University and has extensive development experience. 

Parishes and other organizations are encouraged to consider a day pilgrimage to the Mothers’ Shrine. Staff are available to assist with planning, provide lunch and customize the experience to meet the needs and desires of the group. For more information, visit or call 573-374-MARY (6279).

Catholic Charities February Menu of Engagement

February is Black History Month and Heart Health Month. Not to mention the month we celebrate sweethearts on Valentine’s Day and enter into the penitential season of Lent. With many spiritual gifts available to us this season, we are also called to give selflessly. Whether by alms, service, or prayer, your gift to those in need will minister to their needs and bear fruits you may not see with your own eyes, but can feel in your heart. Join Catholic Charities in serving others this month – check out our Menu of Engagement to learn how!

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Webinar series: Lent and Synodality

Bishop Daniel Flores, whose preaching skills are known to many, will offer three Lenten webinars – on February 14 (Ash Wednesday); March 6, and March 19.  He will focus on synodality using passages from Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse.

Bishop Flores is the Bishop of Brownsville, TX, the Chair of the USCCB Committee on Doctrine, and shepherds the synod process for the dioceses of the United States.

About the Lenten Synodal webinars:

Please register for each webinar separately.  Please direct specific questions to the USCCB Synod Office.

Session 2 – March 6 at 3 p.m. EST

Session 3 – March 19 at 4 p.m. EDT

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.

With the emergence of more sophisticated “artificial intelligence”, society is journeying through a liminal moment that will impact the job market, recreation, and relationships. Join Spencer Allen, Catholic school principal and speaker on Artificial Intelligence, as he explores how people of faith will navigate this brave, new world.

Talk will follow 5pm mass on Sunday, February 25th, in Cana Hall. Dinner will be included.

Each of these Sundays of Lent, we cordially invite you to join us at St. Peter’s in Downtown Jefferson City (216 Broadway) for sung Vespers at 5:00pm. On the Sundays of February 18, March 3, and March 17, Vespers will be immediately followed by a small recital at around 5:35pm. Vespers alone should last around 35 minutes, and together, with Vespers and Recital together lasting around an hour.

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.

Mass will be celebrated from 5-5:45pm and there will be a Dinner Break from 6-6:30pm, the meal is included with your ticket.

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

Contemplative Outreach of Central Missouri is conducting their “United In Prayer Day” event on March 9, 2024 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This event is for both current practitioners of Centering Prayer and those seeking to take their prayer life to a deeper level of intimacy and relationship with God.

The mini-retreat will be held in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center (Chancery Offices), and those unable to travel to Jefferson City may attend online via ZOOM. 

In addition to multiple periods of silent communal prayer Fr. Matthew Flatley will give a presentation on “Diving Deeper into The Method of Centering Prayer”. In his talk he will address the question of just what is happening when We Enter the Inner room and Consent to God’s Presence and Action Within.

This is an invitation to contemplatives both new and experienced to come away for a day of enrichment, making available the precious time and space for prayer and soul friending in community. For those interested in attending but less experienced in Centering Prayer a special mini-introduction to Centering Prayer is being offered on March 7, beginning at 7:00 pm, online via ZOOM.

For details and to register for both events visit the COCEMO website at

Lenten Mission Series – Just Rest

New promotional materials are now available in both English and Spanish!

All are invited to join us this Lenten season for a Healing Mission sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Sedalia. Over four days Catholic Evangelista Sonja Corbitt will guide us through different aspects of healing through “Rest” … Rest in Thoughts, Rest in Emotions, Rest in Soul, and Rest in Body. We will kick-off the “Just Rest” Mission on Sunday, March 17th, starting the first session at 2:30pm at St. Patrick Chapel, with a Lenten Penance Service following at 4pm. Remaining sessions will start at 6:30pm at St. Patrick Chapel on March 18th, 19th, and 20th. We will conclude the “Just Rest” Mission with a bi-lingual Mass following the session on the 20th. There is no cost to attend this mission. All within the diocese are welcome to join us for one or more or all of the sessions, whatever you can work in your schedule. St. Patrick Chapel is located at 415 E. 4th St. Sedalia, MO.

Upcoming Women’s Ministry Events

Don’t miss out on opportunities to gather with women from around the diocese. Join us on April 6th at our Diocesan sponsored Spring Pilgrimage in Shelbina MO with National Speaker Jill Simmons. You can also head to Jefferson City for a retreat with the ladies of Immaculate Conception featuring a talk by our own Father Flatley or St. Stanislaus in Wardsville for a program put on by Arise Ministry. Fliers for bulletins are available for download below. 

Arise Women’s Ministry of JCMO is hosting a women’s spiritual day of reflection on Sunday, March 24 from 1:00-5:00pm entitled RESTORED-Through the Five Wounds of Jesus.  A wonderful way to enter into Holy Week, the afternoon event will include delicious refreshments, beautiful music, fun games and Spirit-led messages of reconciliation, restoration and redemption.  Location of event: St. Stanislaus Parish/School Gym, 6410 Rt W. Jefferson City, MO  65101.  Cost: $20.  To register for the event, you may find your tickets online at, search for Restored – A Women’s Retreat or email  For questions, please contact LeAnn Korsmeyer 573 690-2882/Millie Aulbur 573 690-4635 or Mary Markway 573 690-5284.  

Employment opportunities

We are seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic Programs Assistant to join our team at The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, contributing to the memorable and spiritual experiences and growth of our pilgrims and visitors. As a Programs Assistant, you will collaborate closely with the Director of Operations to conceptualize, plan, and execute various enriching experiences including Shrine tours, Catholic Masses, pilgrimages, retreats, and events, with a particular focus on honoring Mary as Mother of the Church and all mothers in accordance with our Mission Statement. View our website at: You may access the full job description at this link.

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.

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.

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 School in Tipton has 2 openings for Junior High Teachers for the 2024-2025 school year.  Junior High is departmentalized and the available content area is Science, Social Studies, ELA, and Religion with 7th and 8th grade homeroom.  All interested persons can contact the Principal, Kara Higgins, at

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