Council Notes from Jefferson City (June 2017)

The first item on the agenda of the June meeting of the Jefferson City Council was a consideration of a priests’ photo directory. After discussion members suggested that a group photo could be taken at the annual Chrism Mass or individual priests could submit a photo for posting on the appropriate diocesan web page.

  • A discussion took place about implementing an online version of the Catholic Missourian, the diocesan newspaper. Subscribers will have a choice of receiving a print copy, an online link or both.
  • Members expressed disappointment about the discontinuation of the hard copy of the diocesan directory. Minutes note financial reasons may have been the cause.
  • An extensive discussion took place about plans for the Christ the King Multicultural Celebration. Ways to encourage more involvement from the parishes was mentioned. Pastors inclusion in planning is critical insofar marketing, announcements, etc.
  • A discussion took place in regard to ministry with children of gay couples and children with gender identity issues. Minutes note there is no “one size fits all” approach. The coordinator of youth ministry referred to possible accommodations, but allowed that what “accommodations” mean could be confusing. One member noted the difference in dealing with grade school and high school students. Minutes note solutions must be in line with the Catholic faith.
  • The Ministry to Priests report noted that Fr. Ron Knott will be the speaker for the 2017 Priests Institute. Fr. Michael Joncas has been invited to facilitate the 2018 Institute. Benedictine Father Eugene Hensell has tentatively agreed to be the retreat master for 2018.
  • A report of the 2017 NFPC Priests Convocation held in Anaheim, CA in April was attached to minutes.
  • The Vocation Office report noted one ordination to the Priesthood on June 3.

There were 705 candidates at the March Vocation Reflection Days

The Sixth Grade Vocation days in May hosted 586 students with 116 adults registered to accompany them.

The director attended the Conference on Hispanic Vocations at the Southeast Pastoral Institute in May. Minutes note a very positive gathering.