A Message from Bishop McNight

Updated text (read last weekend at all masses, and to be published in this weekend's bulletins)

We continue to pray for all who are impacted by the natural disasters this year, both the tornadoes that hit Cole, Hickory, Miller and Randolph counties this past week, and the flooding of major rivers in our Diocese. Counties impacted by that flooding include Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Gasconade, Howard, Lewis, Linn, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Randolph and Saline.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, an agency of our Diocese, is working with other agencies to ensure a coordinated and integrated network of support is provided to those affected. If you or your parish group would like to volunteer, please contact United Way at 2-1-1. It is serving as the central clearinghouse to match immediate needs with resources.

As Catholic Charities did in response to the 2017 floods, it is putting in place a process to assist those who have a very fragile safety net: people without insurance, who are not homeowners, on limited income, with disabilities, or whose livelihood has been impacted by the natural disaster. If you are interested in assisting in this effort, please consider donating to Catholic Charities’ Disaster Relief Fund. Every dollar will be used for direct assistance of people affected by the flooding and tornadoes. You can donate online at diojeffcity.org or at cccnmo.org

Thank you for your generosity.