Public Health Concerns

Protocols for positive COVID-19 test results

July 19, 2020

Anyone visiting a current COVID-19 hot spot or traveling internationally will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before being allowed back on parish/school property. This includes students or anyone who is on parish/school property on a regular basis. This may require staff to utilize sick days, vacation days, or short-term leave.  Please use the…

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Singing in a pandemic

July 19, 2020

There is legitimate concern on the part of many of the faithful throughout the diocese regarding singing in church during Mass, especially given the recent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in several counties.  Understanding that there are differences from county to county in terms of health needs, and differences in resources and church…

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Protocol for response to positive test of COVID-19

July 15, 2020
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Decree on pastoral activities following the governor’s declaration lifting statewide restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic

June 15, 2020

Whereas Governor Mike Parson has lifted the statewide health order beginning 16 June 2020, leaving the determination of public health requirements to local governments; and 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:…

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Instructions to fulfill decrees for pastoral activities during COVID-19 pandemic

April 28, 2020

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight has provided a decree with updated instructions for parishes effective Tuesday, June 16, after Gov. Mike Parson lifted statewide regulations on June 15, leaving the determination of public health requirements to local governments. Important safety measures will continue to help protect congregants from infection and slow the spread of the coronavirus. The following…

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Livestreaming liturgies: logistics, permissions, “spiritual communion” prayer

April 26, 2020

If you have access to the Internet, electricity and a smart phone, it’s possible to provide your parish’s Masses and other liturgies to those who can not come to the church in person. Here’s some tips, tools and resources: Tips to Live-Stream the Mass from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Copyright permissions for online…

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Parishes across the diocese live-stream Masses to engage the faithful in the liturgy remotely

April 18, 2020

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of parishes who are live-streaming Masses in both English and Spanish. Please check your parish’s website or social media channels for more information: let us know if we can add yours by email communication@diojeffcity.org.

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Decree extending pastoral activity limitations in the Diocese of Jefferson City

April 17, 2020

Extending the Decree of 31 March 2020 on Pastoral Activities in the Diocese of Jefferson City During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to read the 31 March 2020 Decree. In light of the recent guidance from the United States Federal Government and the Governor of the State of Missouri regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, I hereby…

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Easter: God makes all things new

April 11, 2020

An Easter message from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight

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Keeping online ministry with youth safe and holy

April 10, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on with no apparent end in sight, many of us in parish and diocesan ministry are getting creative with our use of technology to share faith, conduct outreach and meet needs. This is certainly the case for those of us in ministry to the young Church, a generation often dubbed “digital natives.”

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