Public Health Concerns

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

April 28, 2020

The following instructions were released April 28 by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and titled “Instructions on Fulfilling the Decrees of 31 March 2020 and 17 April 2020 for Pastoral Activities in the Diocese of Jefferson City during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” On 27 April 2020, Governor Mike Parson issued a state-wide order for the reopening of…

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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

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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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Catholic schools in Diocese of Jefferson City will remain in distance learning mode through end of school year

April 9, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY – In light of Governor Michael Parson’s announcement today, the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Catholic elementary and high schools will continue providing lessons through remote means so as to conclude their school year on May 15. As Catholics now enter into the holy time of the sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday, next week…

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How to watch Holy Week services live

April 8, 2020

All Holy Week Services from the Cathedral of St. Joseph will be livestreamed here: and “simulcast” to Facebook here: A list of parishes providing livestreaming services is available here: Please check with your parish regarding Holy Week Services, since we can’t guarantee our list is complete. Improving or monitoring internet connection Before…

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Palm, Cross and COVID-19

April 5, 2020

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight delivered the following homily on April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, at The Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City: Today’s liturgy contains a huge contrast. We began with the triumphal entry of Jesus on a donkey through the gates of Jerusalem, and we joined the adulation…

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Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issues decree to promote public safety and well-being

April 1, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY — Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City has issued a decree which restricts the type of public gatherings in the 95 parishes of the diocese. The decree is for April 1-30, and limits access of the diocesan campuses — although lessons are continuing through remote learning for students in the diocesan schools.

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