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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

April 26, 2020

If you have access to the Internet, electricity and a smartphone, it’s possible to provide your parish’s Masses and other liturgies to those who can not come to the church…

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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…

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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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