Salt and Light Newsletter

Religious Ed, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Newsletter

September 2023

Youth Office Contact

Director of Youth Ministry
Maureen Quinn
573-635-9127, ext. 233

Administrative Assistant
Mary Madelyn Mertes
573-635-9127, ext. 228

Moderator of Youth and
Young Adult Ministry
Fr. Joseph Luzindana


Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center

2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Protect Young Eyes is coming to Our Diocese!

We are very excited to Protect Young Eyes in our diocese this fall! What should you expect?

October 16 9am-3pm Profession Development Day at the Chancery for Principals, DREs, Youth Ministers, Counselors (link to register will be sent out later this week)

October 16-18 Parent Talks in the evening throughout the Diocese

  • October 16 in Mexico, Jefferson City and Macon
  • October 17 in Moberly, Columbia, and Monroe City
  • October 18 in Westphalia

October 16-18 Youth Talks during the day at our Catholic Schools

We will also have one year of access to online resources that we can use in our PSR classrooms and youth groups. More to come on this!


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9.26.23 Parish Leader Formation Day

Parish Leader Formation Day

This day is dedicated to the human formation of parish leaders.

Kathy Goller is a certified life and leadership coach who helps people who are stuck, stale, or starting something new to get confident about their strengths and clear about what matters most so that they can live with purpose and make a greater impact on those they serve. Kathy has over twenty years of experience in diocesan ministry, holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, and brings a depth and breadth of experience in evangelization, discipleship, faith formation, youth ministry, and personal and leadership development. Kathy founded Teal Horizon Coaching LLC in 2022 to help others lead their whole lives with purpose.


Please mark you your calendars and register.

Cost of $30 covers the book, workbook and lunch.

SEEK 2024

SEEK 2023 with a group from the diocese and Jonathan Roumie

Numerous people from throughout the diocese are planning to attend SEEK in St. Louis January 1-5, 2024!

Why attend a conference for college students? FOCUS now provides a Making Missionary Disciples Track that is designed for diocese, parishes and individuals.

Can seniors in high schools attend this conference? YES! in fact this is a great way to help seniors get acclimated with Catholic college communities.

If you can only go 1 or 2 days, we recommend January 2 or 3 as the ideal days to go!

Register soon, the cost for the conference will increase October 26!

August-October Calendar

September 11

DREYM Team Chat @ 4pm

September 12

Fall Workshop

September 26

Parish Leader Formation Day

October 9

DREYM Team Chat @ 4pm

October 16

Protecting Young Eyes All Day Workshop for Principals, DREs and Youth Ministers

October 16

Protecting Young Eyes Parent Presentation at Mexico, Jefferson City, & Macon

October 17

Protecting Young Eyes Parent Presentation at Moberly, Columbia & Monroe City

October 18

Protecting Young Eyes Parent Presentation at Westphalia

October 23

NCYC Chaperone Meeting at Our Lady of the Lake at 6pm

October 24

NCYC Chaperone Meeting at St. Pius X, Moberly at 6pm

October 25

NCYC Chaperone Meeting at Chancery Office at 6pm

October 26

NCYC Chaperone Meeting on zoom at 12noon and 5pm

October 28

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training

Ongoing Formation

DRE & YM Workshops

This year we have scheduled both a fall and spring workshop.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Tuesday, February 20, 2023


The Topics:

  • Gradually Understanding the Eucharist
  • Ways to incorporate the Liturgical Calendar in our ministry
  • Domestic Church and the Eucharist
  • Time to Share, Office Updates and More
9.12.23 DRE & YM Workshop (Facebook Post (Landscape))
DREYM Team Chat (3 × 2 In)

DREYM Team Chat

Consider joining us on the 2nd Monday @ 4pm

Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 11 @ 4pm
  • Monday, October  9 @ 4pm
  • Monday, November 13 @ 4pm
  • Monday, December 11 @ 4pm
  • Monday, January 8 @ 4pm
  • Monday, February 12 @ 4pm
  • Monday, March 11 @ 4pm
  • Monday, April 8 @ 4pm
  • Monday, May 13 @ 4pm

These chats are a way for us to check in with one another on a regular basis. The first few minutes we share updates from the office and then we spend time sharing successes and challenges in parish ministry.

Catechesis of the Good Come and See

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori style religious education program. That means we have beautiful materials kids and adults can touch, move and manipulate to learn and wonder about God through scripture and the sacraments.

Join us Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 4:30pm at Newman Parish in Columbia for a workshop on CGS and the Eucharist and discover what CGS can bring to you and your community.

Explore more at


October CGS Workshop Wide (3)