Diocesan Newsletter

NEWSLETTER - November 10, 2021





Office of Evangelization, Catechesis,

and Youth Formation









Nov. 18-21 Cursillo Women's Retreat, Fredericktown


Nov. 18-21 National Catholic Youth Conference - pray for our diocesan delegation!


Dec. 2-5 Cursillo Men's Retreat, Fredericktown


Jan.19-22 March for Life in Washington DC


Feb. 26 Catholic Men's Conference in Springfield (featuring Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers)

March 6 Rite of Election, Springfield


March 13 Rite of Election, Cape Girardeau


March 26 Diocesan Youth Conference,



March 27 Diocesan Youth Conference,

West Plains


April 2 Diocesan Youth Conference,

Cape Girardeau










Four video recordings of the presentations given at the recent Evangelization & Discipleship Summit have been added to the diocesan Website. Please note that this is an “unlisted” page on the site and only people with the direct link can access it: https://dioscg.org/evangelization-and-discipleship-summit


Given the agreement the diocese has with the speakers, these videos are not “public,” and are only to be accessed and utilized by parish leadership and others as designated. So please don’t publish the link on social media or the parish Website, for example. Thank you!








The Year of St. Joseph


During the month of November, our diocese will focus on

St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying and Solace of the Afflicted


In this month of All Souls, we remember the faithful departed and reflect upon the four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. St. Joseph is a great person to accompany us on these ponderings as he is the Patron of the Dying and Solace of the Afflicted. Review these activities to see which would be best for your students, families, and group.

  • St. Joseph Activity pack from Loyola Press LINK
  • 10 Activities for Catholic Families in November (English and Spanish)
  • Podcast series on St. Joseph LINK

For a full listing of resources and a PDF that can be included in a parish bulletins and/or sent home to families: November Resource for St. Joseph




Msgr. Joseph Mancuso Catholic Education Grant Program

Grant Opportunity for 2022



Providing a strong Catholic education for our youth has always been a priority of the Missouri State Knights of Columbus. Beginning in 1984, Msgr. Joseph Mancuso spearheaded a drive to establish a $1,000,000 Trust Fund to support and fund Catholic education programs around the state. Since 1990 interest earned from this fund has provided over $700,000 in grants to Catholic schools and parish based religious programs. During the 2020-2021 fraternal year, in spite of a pandemic, this program was again able to provide grants totaling $50,000 to almost 100 education programs throughout the four dioceses and archdiocese in Missouri.


Catholic schools, which include pre-schools, parochial schools and high schools along with K-12 religious education programs can apply for either a $500 or $1000 grant. Application forms are available on the state website. You can go to "Links of Interest" along the left side and then select "State Council Forms". There is a section on the Msgr. Mancuso Catholic Education Grants and scholarships. The application deadline is March 1stno late forms will be accepted. Electronic submissions are highly preferred.






Advent Resources


Advent is just around the corner! Here are some suggestions for Advent activities with children and families.


Franciscan University FREE online Catechetical Institute!


Get Your Free Account Started Today - A financial gift from the Missouri State Knights of Columbus has made it possible for every Catholic school and parish in the diocese to have access to the online Catechetical Institute FREE of cost!

Please share this REGISTRATION INFORMATION with everyone in your parish so that they may be able to open their individual free account and begin using this wonderful resource!





Global Celebration of Youth and Young Adults:

Annual Celebration of World Youth Day


At the end of Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 22, 2020, Pope Francis called for a renewal of the celebration of World Youth Day in the local churches. He also announced that beginning in 2021 he would "transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. Parishes are encouraged to give special recognition to this day. The USCCB has released the "Pastoral Guidelines for the Celebration of World Youth Day in Particular Churches" as well as other resources in regard to this day.  CLICK HERE for more information.







Totus Tuus Summer Missionary Opportunity

We are taking applications for summer missionaries for the Totus Tuus Summer Youth Program. Totus Tuus is a summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic Faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Catholics ages 18-24 are welcome to apply.

For more information:


Summer Mission Opportunities

Looking for a different type of opportunity for youth this summer? Shine Catholic Missions is coming to Carthage, MO on June 17-22 to host "RADIATE." Part conference, Part work camp, and ALL Catholic, this 'camp-ference' starts with a Friday night concert, followed by an all day Saturday conference with some amazing singers and speakers, a free day Sunday to pray and play and two days of service on Monday and Tuesday.

For more information CLICK HERE


BCYC Encounter

June 17-19, 2022

BCYC Encounter is a dynamic two days of faith, fellowship and fun for high school youth, held at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. The weekend is filled with prayer, small groups, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacraments, plus energizing activities like bubble soccer and a hike. Early registration starts November 1. CLICK HERE for more information.



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Norms for Parish Pastoral Councils

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