Public Health Concerns

The moral responsibility to be vaccinated

August 11, 2021

By Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Our world has faced a health crisis for more than a year now, unprecedented in modern times. More than 4.3 million people have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and we have seen a resurgence in cases in our diocese this summer. We are all feeling fatigue and anxiety, especially…

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Decree lifting general dispensation

May 7, 2021

Lifting the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on days of precept, and abrogating requirements, restrictions, and special allowances of previous DECREES for the COVID-19 pandemic Whereas the number of COVID-19 positive cases has reportedly stabilized at low numbers throughout our region, and that there are reportedly sufficient medical resources to treat patients…

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Decree emending previous decrees

March 12, 2021

On Pastoral Activities in the Diocese of Jefferson City Whereas guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Government advises: 1) the more frequently a surface is touched by multiple people, the more frequently it should be cleaned and then disinfected, and 2) frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected…

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Lent, Holy Week and the Easter Triduum 2021

March 5, 2021

Decree by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight Whereas the common good demands that the public health requirements and recommendations of the state are to be observed whenever possible; and Whereas the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a NOTE (N. 96/21) renewing the mandate given in the previous year to…

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Vaccines should be received, for the common good

March 4, 2021

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has issued the following statement: Recent statements from some bishops of the Catholic Church and subsequent news stories on these statements have caused public confusion regarding the moral implications of Catholics using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. I affirm what the Holy See, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Missouri…

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Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Protection from the Coronavirus

November 24, 2020

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, we entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.At the foot of the Cross, you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.Patroness of the Diocese of Jefferson City, you know what we need.We are certain of the power of your intercession, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,joy…

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Decree extended after 27 November

November 13, 2020

Whereas the case numbers of COVID-19 infections remain at their highest levels for many counties of Mid-Missouri; and Whereas the common good demands that the public health requirements and recommendations of the state are to be observed whenever possible; and Whereas the Presbyteral Council has provided their advice with regard to the ongoing reality of…

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Online Giving Guide for Parishes Using Blackbaud’s Merchant Services Application

October 14, 2020
Online Giving Guide For Parishes

Our communications team has put together this Online Giving Guide for Parishes to help you communicate the process and usefulness of using these services in your parish. Please consider using this guide to help your parishioners understand how online giving works, the security measures that protect their information, and the importance of continuing their stewardship goals in-person or digitally.

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Downloadable livestreaming equipment guide for parishes

September 3, 2020

To assist parishes in their efforts to livestream liturgies, this download provides details on options and equipment to improve livestream broadcasts for parishioners.

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Decree on pastoral activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and after 11 September 2020

August 20, 2020

Whereas the Department of Health and Senior Services of the State of Missouri and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States federal government continue to recommend the observance of social distancing and the use of face masks when in gatherings; that persons 65 years of age and older, as well as…

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