Parish Social Ministry
The parish social ministry program empowers parishioners to live out their baptismal call to serve the needs of those living in their local communities.
“Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church’s life… But until now, we have not specifically addressed the crucial role of parishes in the Church’s social ministry… we are convinced that the local parish is the most important ecclesial setting for sharing and acting on our Catholic social heritage.”
—Introduction to USCCB Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
Parish Social Ministry hosts services that reach into local communities and strengthen the capacity of each parish to be Centers of Charity and Mercy for their neighbors in need. Catholic Charities provides leadership, formation, guidance and training to those called to serve and those who are served. We do this with mutual respect and caring, Christ-centered compassion, insight and adaptability to meet the varied and changing needs of those we serve.
Below, you can find the various Parish Social Ministry initiatives the CCCNMO is supporting in the Diocese of Jefferson City. If you have additional questions or desire to learn more, contact Dan Lester, executive director of Catholic Charities.
Charity & Mercy Grants
Charity and Mercy Grants are given to parishes directly serving vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation.
We provide resources and support for Catholic clergy, religious and lay volunteers who minister to the incarcerated in correctional facilities located within the 38 counties covered by CCCNMO.
Faith Community Nursing
The Faith Community Nursing Ministry extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout several counties in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Learn More!
Education & Advocacy
Catholic Charities staff are available to meet a variety of education and training needs for parishes, social service providers, schools, and community groups. Learn More!
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is justice and charity in action through the Church. Learn more.
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri
Main Phone Line:
1015 Edmonds Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
1240 E. Brown School Rd.
Columbia, MO 65202
421 West 3rd Street
Sedalia, Missouri 65301
Diocese of Jefferson City
2207 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-9127