Welcome to the Office of Divine Worship!
The Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph assists the bishop in liturgical matters and serves as a resource for parishes and individuals for formation and training.
We are here to assist you in your liturgical needs; feel free to contact us!
Updates from the Office of Divine Worship
+ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Liturgical Guidelines:
Prayers During the Pandemic
Act of Spiritual Communion: It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Oración para la comunión espiritual
Creo, Jesús mío, que estás realmente presente en el Santísimo Sacramento del altar.
Te amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo ardientemente recibirte dentro de mi alma,
pero no pudiendo hacerlo sacramentalmente,
ven al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón.
Quédate conmigo y no permitas que me separe de ti.
Mary, Health of the Sick
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Our Lady of New York, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
+ Liturgy Planning: liturgy planning sheets for confirmation, Mass with the bishop, etc. are available by emailing Lorie Sage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Diocesan Choir: The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocesan Choir is a music ministry dedicated to the mission of fostering and encouraging full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgy in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The Choir rehearses to prepare for special diocesan celebrations, such as Rite of Election, Adult Confirmation, Golden Wedding Anniversary and more. For more information or to sign up, contact Mario Pearson at email@example.com
+ Eucharistic Congress Save-the-Date: The 2nd Annual ‘In His Presence’ Eucharistic Congress will be held September 11th and 12th, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, in St. Joseph.
March 25: Chanting the Exsultet-CANCELLED
The Office of Divine Worship extends an invitation to those who will be chanting the exsultet at the Easter Vigil to attend a workshop at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Mario Pearson presenting. You may register at You may register for the workshop HERE, no password needed.
March 30: Chanting the Good Friday Intercessions Workshop-CANCELLED
Fr. Turner will present a workshop open to priests, deacons and cantors on Chanting the Good Friday Intercessions. Training will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City from 7-8:30 pm. Please bring your own copy of the Good Friday intercessions for the training.
April 27: Annual Diocesan Day of Prayer in Atonement and for the Healing of all those harmed by sexual abuse-Virtual live-streamed Mass
12:15 private Mass will be live-streamed from the Chapel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, MO. More details to come!
June 3: Confirmation of Adults
- Wednesday, June 3, 2020: 7 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City
September 13: Bishop’s Recognition Mass
- Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the 11 am Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City
September 27: Golden Wedding Anniversary
- Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the 11 am Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City