Liturgical Commission

“Then the angel showed me the River of Life rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal clear. Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river, were trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations.” (Rev. 22:1-2)

Heavenly Jerusalem

Our Liturgical Vision

That the splendor and majesty of authentic Christian worship might shine forth more fully, transforming and invigorating the Christian faithful to continue their baptismal mission of Christian witness in the world.

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission intends to be a dynamic force and presence throughout the Diocese for continuing this vision of the Liturgy.

“There is sacred power in ritual anamnesis” and we need to invoke that power continually, reverently, graciously.

Some of the work which the Commission seeks to provide:

  • workshops on the Eucharist, other sacraments, the liturgical seasons, Order of Christian Funerals, art, architecture, etc., either for the liturgical ministers of a parish (priests, deacons, pastoral administrators, lectors, EMHCs, ushers, musicians, cantors, servers, etc) or for the parish as a whole;
  • formation and training for RCIA leaders;
  • formation and training opportunities for the parish liturgy committee;
  • consultation on various liturgical matters, including a review of liturgical presence and style for priests/deacons or other ministers in the parish;
  • training for liturgical ministers (lectors, EMHCs, cantors, ushers, etc.);
  • serve as a resource to the paid or volunteer helpers in each parish and mission;
  • coordination of the Rite of Election;
  • communication updates on the work of the DLC, from the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy and from the Vatican.

Our Duties

The Liturgical Commission works with other diocesan offices in preparing for the various diocesan liturgical celebrations throughout the year: the Rite of Election, the Chrism Mass, prayer and liturgies for Pastoral Days and the Priests’ Institute. We also provide workshops on parish and regional levels, as requested. Consultations are also provided for any parishes planning to build or renovate churches or worship spaces.

Current Membership of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission

  • Rev. Daniel Merz – Associate Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship, USCCB; chairman
  • Very Rev. Louis Dorn – St. Joseph parish, Louisiana and Mary Queen of Peace, Clarksville (pastor)
  • Rev. Michael Penn – Holy Rosary parish, Monroe City and St. Stephen, Indian Creek (pastor; Diocesan MC)
  • Mr. Enrique Castro – Director, Diocesan Office of Hispanic and Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Deacon John L. Neudecker – St. Peter parish, Fulton – Mexico deanery
  • Mr. Carl Gales, Music Director – Cathedral of St. Joseph parish, Jefferson City – Jefferson City deanery
  • Ms. Lisa Screeton- Immaculate Conception parish, Jefferson City (music/ministries) – Jefferson City deanery
  • Mr. Mark Sievers – Immaculate Conception parish, St. James (art & environment) – Rolla deanery

RCIA Subcommittee Liaison

  • Ms. Mary Jo Hitz, St. Peter parish, Jefferson City

RCIA Subcommittee Members

  • Deacon Kenneth Berry- St. Joseph parish, Edina
  • Mr. Chad Lewis- St. Patrick parish, Rolla
  • Ms. Mary Jo Hitz- St. Peter parish, Jefferson City
  • Mrs. Lisa Rose- St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbia

Contact Information

2207 West Main St, PO Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900
Tel: 573.635.9127
Fax: 573.635.2286

Rev. Daniel Merz
Chairperson

Maureen Quinn
ext: 227
Administrative Assistant