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Bulletin - August 28, 2022


From the Pastor:



God bless you all.

Father Duncan



Bishop McKnight's September Prayer: 

“For all who serve in our community as first responders:  that God may protect them from all harm, and that we be grateful for the sacrifices they make for the common good. ”

First Friday Adoration

First Friday Adoration will begin this Fall and will run on First Fridays following Mass until 2:30 PM. We hope to have at least 2 adults/families sign up for an hour timeslot during the day. Sign-ups will be posted THIS WEEKEND for Friday, Sept. 2nd. Save the dates:

  • September 2, 2022

  • October 7, 2022

  • November 4, 2022

  • December 2, 2022


Parish Events

*Sunday, August 28 – “Parish Potluck” THIS WEEKEND after the morning Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall / 11:15 AM. Fried Chicken and drinks will be provided. (A-L) = please bring a side dish. (M-Z) = please bring a dessert.


*Sunday, October 2 – “Fellowship Sunday” – Take a few minutes after the morning Mass to enjoy pastries, juice, and coffee with your parish family! Join us for this opportunity to connect with each other and enjoy a treat. Weather permitting, this will take place in front of the Church.



General Diocese of Jefferson City Update

CSA to CSR… By now you should have received a letter from the Diocese explaining that there will be no (annual) Catholic Stewardship Appeal this coming Fall as we have had in the past. Instead, the diocese is asking that you prayerfully include what you would have sent in to the CSA into your ongoing tithe to your parish. Ultimately, as a Stewardship Parish, we have absorbed our CSA goal (Last year our goal was $13,260) into what is now our tithe to the diocese – meaning that our monthly payment has gone up from years past when we just had a Cathedraticum payment alone. More information will be coming out to explain this, but our monthly tithe payments are crucial for not only our support of the larger Church, but we also benefit tremendously from all of the services that the diocese provides that we would otherwise have to hire out ourselves (at an exponentially higher cost to us) – things like group insurance rates and HR/payroll staff, access to specialized lawyers, property management, etc. etc. While it seems like our payment might be increasing, we still have to look at the larger picture of how much we actually save – and are still supporting the universal mission of the larger Church at the same time – as a Diocese, we are Better Together!


Love and Life Retreat for Couples Sept. 3 - Love and Life is a one-day retreat where couples explore the truth and beauty of marriage and God’s plan for it. It will be held Sept. 3, 8:30 am to 5 pm, at the Chancery in Jefferson City. Based on Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan by the US bishops, this retreat will help couples renew their bonds through presentations and periods of prayer. It has helped hundreds of couples reconnect and appreciate each other, their relationship, and their marriage. This retreat is open to all couples (married, engaged & unmarried). Registration for this event is required and can be found on the Diocesan website.



The Diocese Women’s Ministry invites Catholic women throughout our diocese to complete an online survey. All information gathered will be used to discern proper resources, educational formation opportunities, programs, and events specifically targeted at women in your parish and throughout the diocese. The results of the survey will be shared with pastors and parish women’s ministry representatives. To complete the survey online, enter the following link in to your browser or visit the women’s ministry website page For opportunities to get involved in the ministry, please contact your parish women’s ministry representative, Cheryl Adams or LeAnn Korsmeyer, Director of Women’s Ministry at or (573) 635-9127




St. Mary's School News

Mission…St. Mary School is committed to educating the whole child.  St. Mary's School provides opportunities for the Spiritual, Moral, intellectual, and physical growth of each student in a loving, Catholic environment.  Students are encouraged to share and serve within the school, church, and community while realizing their own full potential.  


Student Mass this week was on Wednesday, August 24th, with the 8th graders as ministers.  Today the 7th graders had the ministries.  The student collection was $44.50. We do a student collection on Fridays each week.  This is a great way for the school and parents to teach about tithing and stewardship. We enjoy and value the presence of parents, grandparents, and parishioners celebrating Mass with us and modeling their faith for the student body. Remember that students may wear school uniform shorts on Wednesdays but not on Fridays. Also, please remember to take your kids to Mass on the weekends. 


The opening Home and School Meeting will be on Thursday, September 1st, at 6:30 PM.  Students with parent representatives at the meeting will earn a dress-down day.  The dress-down day will be on Friday, September 23rd. 


Home and School will still offer the opt-out option this year.  If your family would like to opt out, please visit and pay for the opt-out option of your choice.  For those new to St. Mary School, this option allows you to donate to St. Mary Home and School instead of selling items or working on a committee. We ask that all opt-out selections be made by the 6th to complete committee assignments. For families just having a preschooler in our school, it is optional to participate in our Home and School fundraisers.


Packet information is needed ASAP.  New handbooks were sent home today. Besides changes to tuition and sustaining fees, most policies didn’t change.  We did add the color grey, to sock colors that are appropriate to wear with the uniform. Please call the school office if you have questions about anything you read in the handbook. Parents need to sign and return the back page of the handbook ASAP. Students in grades 5-8 must sign off on the handbook.  Thank you for being prompt with this. 


Any SMS students in grades 6-8 who are interested in cheerleading are asked to attend an informational meeting on Monday, August 29, at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria. If you are interested but have other obligations, please email

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