Hispanic youth celebrate book release

By Melisa Preuss-Muñoz
TUPELO – On the weekend of February 17 and 18, a group of Hispanic young adults from the Diocese of Jackson met for a workshop focusing on the 2018 resource book for Hispanic youth and young adults titled, Discern your vocation following Mary’s example, a bilingual book of pastoral resources for the Young Hispanic Ministry. The book was prepared by young adults under the guidance of staff from the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI). The purpose of this workshop was to share the final printed edition of the book, which includes a chapter called “different vocations,” written by the Jackson diocese’s own young adult ministry. The authors were also trained on using and promoting the book in their own parishes during the Easter season, with the goal of helping them transform from being passive parishioners to contributors and eventually, community leaders.
Each year since 1980, SEPI has coordinated the preparation and publication of a book in which the young adults apply the paschal mystery to a topic they choose and believe to be important and relevant in their own lives. To initiate the process of writing, adult advisers and youth representatives meet in the spring to select a topic. Then participants from various dioceses worked on the text of their specific chapter, guided by adult advisers. In previous years the writers have dealt with diverse subjects such as freedom, love, community, identity and evangelization.
Dioceses across the Southeast will use the 2018 resource book throughout the season. The authors of Discern your vocation following Mary’s example used church

documents, testimonies, and opinions of the Church as they delved into the issues. The book also includes prayers, songs, activities and projects.
Those interested in receiving a copy of the book and training on implementing the activities can contact Veronica Lopez, coordina

tor of Hispanic Young Adult Ministry at 769-447-4005 or veronica.lopez@jacksondiocese.org.


JACKSON – Cynthia Vieyra and Gustavo Garcia skim through the new 2018 bilingual resource book for Hispanic youth and young adults. (Photo by Veronica Lopez)

Coping with school shootings: surreal part of U.S. students’ routine

By Carol Zimmermann
WASHINGTON (CNS) – Students in schools across the country have to navigate their way around classes, exams, relationships, cliques, cafeteria food and crowded hallways.
They also have to think about what they would do if someone with a gun came into their school, which seems all the more possible after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The students there now enter brand-new terrain that only students from schools where mass shootings have taken place have any idea about. When classes resumed at Stoneman Douglas on a modified schedule Feb. 28, they faced all their usual routines and challenges right up against the horrific memories of the fear and loss of just two weeks before.
At first, many of these students channeled their raw grief into gun control activism. They gave speeches at vigils and numerous television interviews; they marched and planned bigger marches. They challenged political leaders and businesses associated with the National Rifle Association to do more to stop the carnage they had witnessed. They coined a movement name – #NeverAgain – and spread its message on social media.
But these students – for all their passion and eloquence on camera – also have admitted to reporters that they have a hard time sleeping, or don’t want to be alone or are afraid of sudden noises.
And all of that and more is straight out of books and studies on post-traumatic stress symptoms after what they just experienced.
“What these students have gone through is unfathomable. I think it will be incredibly difficult to cope and move on,” said Rachel Annunziato, an associate professor of psychology at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York. She said each student will have to find the support they need and to try different coping strategies. For now, she said: “the activism they are showing is heroic and may well help with coping as it could decrease a sense of helplessness and it also strengthens their support network. ‘
The high school has provided grief counselors to students and families since the shooting took place and Annunziato said that will need to continue.
“Some people, miraculously, are very resilient,” she said, but others can have a harder time and need help to connect with others to find healing.
She also told Catholic News Service that the impact of this shooting extends far beyond Parkland, as also was proven by research after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when those impacted by the events were not just the people who directly experienced it. For example, her own 7-year-old sons in New York have talked about the school shooting in Florida and said the students are scared.
In the Diocese of Jackson, School Superintendent Catherine Cook sent a letter to all schools to send to parents. “Please know that the safety of your children, faculty, staff and visitors to our schools is of the utmost importance and steps have been taken to keep them free from harm. Be assured that any and all threats of violence against an individual and/or the school community are taken seriously and will be investigated. School administration consults law enforcement and legal counsel, as needed, to apply appropriate measures for the safety of all,” it reads. The letter urges parents not to believe rumors and assures them they will receive communication from the schools if a threat should arise.
The day after the shooting, the National Catholic Educational Association issued a statement with a link to a prayer service in response to a school shooting and articles about how to talk to kids about these events and turning to God in times of tragedy.
As students nationwide – and particularly in Parkland – consider moving forward, there is one person with particular insight into this situation.
Frank DeAngelis, principal at Columbine High School from 1996 to 2014, was principal at the Littleton, Colorado, school during the 1999 school shooting that killed 12 students and one teacher. Recently retired, he is now an international speaker about school violence and its impact on communities.
USA Today reported that he already has given some advice to Ty Thompson, the Stoneman Douglas principal, telling him: “It’s the things you don’t even think about, things that will trigger the emotions. Teachers won’t know what to expect. It’s a day-by-day experience.”
And the day before the Florida shooting, DeAngelis, who is Catholic, gave a talk at Gregorian Court University, a school founded by the Mercy sisters in Lakeland, New Jersey.
He told students and faculty not only about the horror of the 1999 school shooting but also of the long and difficult road to recovery afterward, even for him.
He said he struggled with survivor guilt – and still does. He wasn’t even sure he would make it after the shooting but was urged on by his pastor, Msgr. Kenneth Leone of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton.
The priest, who is now retired, told Angelis he had a “spiritual imperative” to rebuild the community. That inspired him at first to stay at the job until 2002, when all the students in the freshman class of 1999 graduated, but he ended up continuing as principal until 2014, when the children who were in their earliest school year in 1999, graduated.
At the New Jersey college, the retired principal said a key aspect to finding healing at the high school so marred by tragedy was reaching out to those who felt marginalized.
To illustrate that each student was “loved and included and that they were an indispensable link,” he gave each one a link in a chain that they forged together.
Today, he said, the chain remains for all to see in a prominent place in the school.

(Contributing to this report was Lois Rogers, who writes for The Monitor, newspaper of the Diocese of Trenton.)

Easter schedule for St. Peter the Apostle

Tuesday, March 27, 5:45 p.m. – Chrism Mass
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. – Tenebrae
Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. – Holy Thursday
Friday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. – Good Friday
Saturday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. – Holy Saturday
Sunday, April 1, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Easter Sundayl
Sunday, April 1, 1:00 p.m. – Easter Sunday in Spanish

Parish calendar

CANTON Gray Center, Centering Prayer Spring Retreat, April 13-15. Retreat leader: Father William Meninger, Trappist Monk. This year will explore the Enneagram as a path for increasing one’s self-awareness, compassion and conscious living. Details: register at https://graycenter.wufoo.com/forms/z1ogo6sv0d0yfxw/ or (601) 859-1556.
METAIRIE, La., Annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, March 16-18, Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center (formerly Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel), “I Am the Lord Your Healer.” Discounts are available for pre-registration. All priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend the conference at no charge, but pre-registration is requested. Details: (504) 828-1368; info@ccrno.org: or www.ccrno.org.

AMORY St. Helen Parish, book discussion on “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan at noon, Monday, March 12, in the parish hall. Everyone is invited. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis Parish, pictorial directory is planned for early Summer. Details: Margaret Weathersby at (601) 754-5554.
CORINTH St. James Parish, Mission on Reconciliation, Eucharist, Lent and Holy Week on March 12-14, noon and 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Father P. J. Curley. Details: church office (662) 331-5184.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph Parish teams with First United Methodist Church, 402 Washington Avenue, for Lenten lunches Wednesdays during Lent. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by meditation. Cost: $8.00 per person. Details: St. Joseph church office (662) 335-5251.
GRENADA St. Peter Parish, help needed for a St. Joseph Altar for the feast of St. Joseph, Monday, March 19. Details: Jerome Boudreaux (662) 809-4974.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, The Life of Christ Movie: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, Thursday, March 15, at 8:45 a.m. and Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. Watch the Gospels come alive as we journey through the life of Christ in the cities and towns where he lived, died and rose again. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
HOLLY SPRINGS St. Joseph Parish, The Life of Christ Movie: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. follow by a potluck. Details: church office (662) 252-3138.
MCCOMB St. Alphonsus Parish will host a St. Joseph’s Altar the weekend of March 17-18. Viewing and meal will take place March 18 after the 10:30 a.m, Mass. Details: parish office: (601)684-5648.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Parish, blood drive, Monday, March 26, O’Connor Family Life Center, 12:30 – 6 p.m. Details: www.bloodhero.com, sponsor code: stmarynatchez or call Regina in the church office (601) 445-5616.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, save the date, Vacation Bible School, June 4-8. Coordinator is Jessica Stubbs assisted by members of the Children’s Ministry Commission. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
PEARL St Jude, save the date, Vacation Bible School “Around the World in 5 Days!” June 11-15, 9 a.m. – noon, ages three years – rising sixth grade. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.

ABERDEEN St. Francis Parish, Wednesdays at 4 p.m. followed by Mass.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis Parish, Stations and Benediction Fridays at 5:30 p.m., followed by a light Lenten meal in Serio Hall.
CLARKSALE St. Elizabeth Parish, Fridays at 2:15 p.m. (with students) and 5:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS Annunciation Parish, Fridays at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel followed by Fish Fry at 6 p.m. in the Activities Center.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph Parish, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. followed by Mass.
GREENVILLE Sacred Heart Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m. Mass and Stations of the Cross.
St. Joseph Parish, Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus fish fry in the parish hall on March 23 from 5-7 p.m., $10 per person.
GRENADA, St. Peter Parish, Fridays at 6:15 p.m. followed by soup and salad supper, except for March 23rd’s fish fry.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. followed by soup supper. $1.00 donation per person benefits the poor in community. To help, please call Pat Kuehnel at (662) 996-6622.
IUKA St. Mary Parish, Adoration and Stations, Wednesdays at 9:20 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m.
JACKSON Christ the King Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m.
Holy Family Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m.
St. Peter Cathedral, Adoration and Stations, Fridays 4:30 – 6 p.m. followed by a light meal.
St. Richard Parish, Fridays at 2:15 p.m. with the school.
St. Therese Parish, Fridays at 5:30 p.m. (English) followed by meatless soup supper and a message in the parish hall at 6 p.m. Sundays, (Spanish) at 1:30.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m., Rosary and Stations followed by a Lenten meal.
MERIDIAN St. Joseph Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m. followed by fish fry.
NATCHEZ Assumption Parish, Fridays at 5: 30 p.m.
St. Mary Basilica, Fridays at 12:05 & 5:15 p.m. followed by a Fish Fry in the Family Life Center.
PEARL St Jude Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m. followed by a fish fry.
SHAW St. Francis Parish, Fridays at 6 p.m. following Mass.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary Parish, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass.

Louisville good news club

LOUISVILLE – Members of Sacred Heart Parish participated in a community-wide luncheon in mid-February to make money for “Good News Bible Clubs,” an after-school program taught in private and public schools in Winston county. Above, Linda Veazey, Carol McAdory and Theresa Bridges dish out the offerings from Sacred Heart’s table. (Photo by Paula Fulton)

Louisville good news club

Pastoral Priorities inspires mission retreat

By Alí and Patricia López
HAZELHURST – The Catholic community of St. Martin of Tours selected the lifelong formation of intentional disciples as the Pastoral Priority on which they want to focus. Bishop Joseph Kopacz launched the priorities in 2016 and invited parishes and missions to select one or two they felt would strengthen their community.
Members of the mission planned and executed a retreat for the Hispanic community who attends the Mission of Saint Martin of Tours in Hazlehurst. The retreat was performed February the 3 – 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eighty seven people attended the retreat during both days (35 couples and 17 singles).
The speakers, who were invited to conduct each one of the lectures, came from South Bend, Indiana. With a very profound spirituality and knowledge of the themes treated during the retreat, two married couples shared the Kerygma – the apostolic proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ. Víctor Rodríguez and his wife Luguety de Rodríguez; Oscar Cortez and his wife Yomir de Cortez, shared themes such as, the love of God, sin, salvation, faith and conversion and the Holy Spirit.
Other topics from the Kerygma that were presented and discussed in this retreat included: the role of Hispanic women in the Catholic Church, Why be Catholic?, and formation of a Christian community.
The retreat ended with a Mass celebrated by Father Henry Shelton. At the end of the retreat, the participants had the opportunity to share their experiences during the retreat and were invited to be more proactively involved in different services offered at the mission.

HAZELHURST – Close to 90 people attended a retreat sponsored by St. Martin Mission. The community wants to concentrate on the formation of intentional disciples. (Photos courtesy of Alí and Patricia López)

Rite of Election: candidates, catechumens accepted by bishop

By Maureen Smith
JACKSON – Bishop Joseph Kopacz watched as 43 catechumens signed their names to the book of the elect in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Sunday, Feb. 18. The Rite of Election is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) a program of formation and catechesis people go through when they decide to become Catholics.

JACKSON – Zemaree Hampton of Meridian St. Joseph Parish grins as she meets Bishop Kopacz after she signed the book of the elect. Her sponsors Brenda Wilson and Frank Washington accompanied her to the rite.

At the rite, a catechumen’s sponsor and catechist attest to his or her intention to become Catholic and thier committment to conversion of heart, those who have not been baptized sign the book of the elect, pledging their fidelity. Those who are already baptised, the candidates, come forward for a special blessing. The celebration is always held the first weekend of Lent as the catechumens and candidates go through their last, intense period of preparation before receiving sacraments at Easter.
More than 130 people from parishes across the diocese turned in their names as candidates this year. Not all could come to the cathedral. Some parishes celebrate the completion of the rite at their liturgies on the same weekend.
See more photos online at www.mississippicatholic.com.

Parish calendar

METAIRIE, Louisiana, Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, March 16-18, Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center, “I Am the Lord Your Healer,” Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Discounts are available for pre-registration. All priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend the conference at no charge, but pre-registration is requested. Details: (504) 828-1368; info@ccrno.org: or www.ccrno.org.
Holly Springs, “Hands-ON + Hearts-IN” provides week-long discernment experiences for women who are considering life as a Catholic Sister on the following dates: May 7-11, May 21-25, August 20-24, and September 10-14. There is no cost. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Living Word, the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association and Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Applicants must register one full month prior to the start of a specific week-long program. Details: Sister Sharon Glumb, SLW, (601) 291-6738 (cell) or sglumb@slw.org.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., Men’s Morning of Spirituality Saturday, March 10, Church of the Incarnation, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Mass at noon with Bishop Martin D. Holley. Details: register at www.MensMorning.com

ABERDEEN St. Francis of Assisi, Lenten Luncheon at St. Francis on Wednesday, February 28, with speaker Van Moore of First Presbyterian Church. Details: church office (662) 813-2295.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis of Assisi, Ladies Retreat, Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. – noon in library. Speaker: Mary Louise Jones. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
Lent Adult Bible Study, Sunday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8:40 – 9:15 a.m. with Father Shelton in the library. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, “Living in the Father’s Love,” Ladies Bible Study 6 p.m. in the Parish Center, Wednesdays until March 28. Part of the “Walking with Purpose” series www.walkgwithpurpose.com. Details: Melanie Bray (662) 588-8294 or Renee LaMastus (662) 588-1635.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Parish mission April 23-26. Speaker: Father Maurice Nutt, CSSR. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
JACKSON Holy Family, Lenten Mission Preparation “How well is it with your soul?” Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. and Lenten Mission, March 5, 6, 7 at 6 p.m. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Presenter: Father Frank Cosgrove. Details: Joyce Adams, (601) 214-6123.
St. Richard – Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet at 7 a.m. on the following Mondays: February 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Details: (601)-366-2335
MADISON, St. Francis of Assisi, Save the Date, Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Annual Cajun Fest. Details: (601) 856-5556.
VICKSBURG St. Paul Parish will deliver Meals on Wheels on Saturday, March 3. Volunteers needed to make dishes or deliver meals. Details: Rae Nelson (601) 529-3187 or Jan Jackson (601) 415-0584.
TUPELO St. James, Sunday, March 19, LIMEX introductory meeting in Christian Life Center at 3 p.m. This program offers adults an opportunity to earn a master’s degree, or certificate of advanced study, in theology or pastoral ministry from Loyola University, New Orleans, while meeting in their local area. Details: Gail at (662) 640-2221, or Len at (662) 889-8771 or www.loyno.edu then type in LIMEX.

Catholic Camp Friendship for children in northeast Mississippi will be held: June 17 -23 for boys and girls ages 8–11; June 24–30 for boys and girls ages 12–14. This is a residential, over-night camp that includes daily Mass, sports, art and opportunities to meet other Catholic children in North Mississippi. Cost is $100.00 per week. Scholarships and reduced fees are available. Applications are in the church office at Tupelo St. James. Details: Fr. Tim Murphy, (662) 304-0087or catholiccampms@juno.com.
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, $10,000 Drawdown, Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $100 and admit two adults for early bird dinner, open bar, live music and raffles. Details: Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarketing@cableone.net
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, “Open Gym” for 6th-12th graders, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Men’s Association will provide dinner, drinks and a time for fellowship before religious education classes. Additional volunteers are needed to chaperone each week. Details: Hank Ludwig at (662) 404-4672 or hludwig@renasant.com.
PEARL St. Jude, Chicken Spaghetti Supper Monday, February 26. Pick-up time: 5-6 p.m.; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to help the youth go to Abbey Youth Fest and future summer events. Details: (601) 939-3181.

Sister Clare Marie Cato SSND died January 31at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa. Nancy Dell Mary Cato was born in Itta Bena on October 8, 1924. She professed her vows as Sister Clare Marie in 1945 for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis.
Sister Clare Marie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. Her teaching assignments were in Illinois, California, Texas. Finally, for 14 years, she taught at St. Philip Neri School in Metairie, La. At times during these years she was also the school administrator.
Morning prayer and visitation was February 6., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Church in Chatawa. Her burial was at the Chatawa Cemetery. Memorials may be made to School Sisters of Notre Dame; St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, MS 39657.