Holy Year of Renewal

“Be transformed by the renewal of [our minds],” that we “may prove what is the will of God” (cf. Romans 12:2)

The Holy Year of Renewal is tied directly to the Mutually Shared Vision as a spiritual preparation for the whole diocese, opening ourselves up to the Holy Spirit to help us.  As good as the plans in the Vision are, with clearly stated Priorities and Goals, it’s ultimately not about what we are doing, it’s about what God is doing through us.  The Holy Year is a spiritual time to reflect upon the Vision in a personal and communal way in our homes and parishes.

This special, graced time will give us many opportunities to reflect together on the Priorities and how they can benefit us as a diocese.

Each month our celebration will focus on various themes from the Mutually Shared Vision.  There will be events throughout the year to bring us together as One Family.  Additionally, there will be suggestions for concrete actions of ways to mark the year with prayer and service.

The dates chosen to begin and end this year of spiritual renewal are significant.  Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a season for spiritual renewal.  It is a time to turn to the Lord and seek his healing mercy.  Every journey of authentic spiritual renewal begins with our acknowledgement of our need for God’s help and our desire to be restored in Christ.  For this reason, our diocese will offer a Lenten program, The Light Is On For You to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more accessible.

The Holy Year of Renewal will conclude on the Feast of the Baptism of Lord, Jan 12, 2020.  At our baptism we were made children of God and became a new creation.  Jesus Christ calls us to a new life, guided by the Holy Spirit.  Together we will have an opportunity to renew our baptismal promises and activate our baptismal grace to engage in the mission of the Church to Grow God’s Family.

Holy Year of Renewal

Ash Wednesday 2019 – Baptism of the Lord 2020


Theme: One Family: Restored in Christ – Equipped for Mission


Throughout Lent: The Light Is On For You

Lenten effort to provide additional Confession times at parishes throughout the diocese and encouragement to rediscover the beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. [Resources coming soon]

Throughout Lent: Pier –free pray-at-home resource

Register to receive the weekly emails [link coming soon]

March 19 +Feast of St. Joseph: Veneration of the Relic of the Heart of St. Jean Marie Vianney

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Cathedral of St. Joseph: (519 N 10th St, St Joseph, Mo.)

Schedule for the day

8 a.m. Mass
Veneration throughout the day
5:30 p.m. Vespers
Confession times available (TBA)
8 p.m. Closing

Word Download: sample bulletin & pulpit announcements for St. Jean Vianney relic

March 29 through March 30: 24 Hours for the Lord

Mir House of Prayer: (6492 MO-6, St Joseph, Mo.)

March 29 8:15 a.m. through March 30 8:15 a.m.

St. Thomas More Parish: (11822 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, Mo.)

March 29 8:15 a.m. through March 30 8:15 a.m.; confession available at 8:45 a.m., after the 8 a.m. Mass

Adoration throughout with confessions available. Join Catholics throughout the world for this day of prayer initiated by Pope Francis.


Theme: Healing Our Family (Priority)


Throughout Lent: The Light Is On For You [link coming soon]

April 26: Annual Day of Prayer for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

12:15 Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Johnston presiding.

Healing Stations of the Cross prayed at parishes throughout our diocese.

April 28: Diocesan Shrine Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday

Our Lady of Good Counsel parish/Diocesan Shrine to Divine Mercy: (3934 Washington St, Kansas City, Mo.)

3 p.m. Mass presided by Bishop Johnston, with balloon release and reception following.


Theme: Growing God’s Family (Priority)


May 15

Veneration of the Relic of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: (416 W 12th St, Kansas City, Mo.)

Schedule for the day
11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Veneration of the relic
12:15 p.m.: daily Mass in Chapel
7 p.m.: reposition of relic and Mass with Bishop Johnston


Theme: Restored in Christ (Vision)


Feast of Corpus Christi – Eucharistic processions

Parishes throughout the diocese are encouraged to have parish Eucharistic processions.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is hosting this year’s co-diocesan procession this year.

June 1-9: Pentecost Novena

We will provide materials for use in the home or parish groups to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit for personal and communal renewal.


Theme: Value of going on retreat and attending youth camp – Why establish a retreat/camp? (Goal)


Theme: What does it mean to be a disciple? – Growing God’s Family (Priority and Goals within)


Theme: What are Charisms? How can they be discerned? (Goal)


Theme: Using Resources Wisely – Identifying Gifts we have received from God and Using them for the mission of Jesus (Goal)


Month of the Holy Rosary event

More details coming.


Theme: Revisit Mutually Shared Vision, part 1 – One Family


Theme: Revisit Mutually Shared Vision, part 2 – Restored in Christ


December 9: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Renewal of Diocesan Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Patronal Mass

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: (416 W 12th St, Kansas City, Mo.)

12:15 p.m. Mass, Bishop Johnston presiding. Not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, moved from Dec. 8 due to Second Sunday of Advent.

January 2020

Theme: Revisit Mutually Shared Vision, part 3 – Equipped for Mission


January 12: Conclude the Holy Year

7 day at home retreat (online videos coming): ‘Activating our Baptism’

Holy Year Resources

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