Holy Family marks 60 years by honoring families, pastors, Sisters

JACKSON – During the last weekend of September, Holy Family Parish celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding. Saturday evening parishioners, pastors, catechists and graduates gathered for a gala dinner. Sister Michele Doyle, sitting in the center, who teaches now sits with Corinne Anderson. Joyce Brasfield-Adams, who works in faith formation for the parish, is visible in the back. Harrison Hart, parishioner, and Msgr. Elvin Sunds, who lived at the parish for many years, catch up. At left, Johnnie P. and Houston Patton reminisced about sending their children to Holy Family School. (Photos by Art Pulliam)

Bishop Kopacz schedule

Thursday, October 19 – Senior class visit, Greenville St. Joseph High School.
Thursday, October 19, 6 p.m. – Catholic Charities 6th Annual Purple Dress Run, Jackson, Hal & Mal’s.
Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m. – Opening Mass, Encuentro, Madison St. Francis of Assisi.
– 4 p.m. – Mass, Robinsonville Good Shepherd Parish
– 6 p.m. – Mass and blessing of new center, Olive Branch Queen of Peace Parish.
Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – English and Spanish Mass, Southaven Christ the King Parish.
– 4 p.m. – Confirmation, Southaven Christ the King Parish.
Monday, October 23, 9 a.m. – Mass, Southaven Sacred Heart School.
Monday, October 23, 1 p.m – Mass, Holly Springs Holy Family School.

Only public events are listed on this schedule and all events are subject to change. Please check with the local parish for further details

Healing Mass in Brookhaven

BROOKHAVEN – Father Henry Shelton, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, offers Mass and anointing of the sick monthly for seniors of the parish. The August celebration included lunch. (Photo by Christine Annafiorella)

Parish calendar of events


BROOKSVILLE, Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Evangelist for the 21st century,” October 27-28. Following each session, there will be an opportunity for private prayer and reflection. Presenter: Melvin Arrington, parishioner at Oxford St. John the Evangelist Parish, and retired professor of Spanish. Begins with 6:30 dinner Friday and concludes mid-afternoon on Saturday. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “One Grace, Many Gifts: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $40, includes lunch and refreshments. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114.
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Come and See Day,” Saturday November 11, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and “Listening with the Ear of One’s Heart: The Benedictine Way of Living,” May 4-6, 2018. If you are a single, Catholic woman who is curious about the Benedictine way of seeking God, we invite you to come spend some time with the Sisters to learn about their life together and to ask questions. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114.


ABERDEEN, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic, Sunday, October 22, in the church hall following 4 p.m. Mass. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by the church. Signup sheet will be posted in the hall for sides, condiments, and buns, etc. Details: church office
(662) 813-2295.
AMORY, St. Helen Parish, Book Discussion Group has changed the discussion of “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver to Monday, October 16, at 12 noon at the parish hall. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and join in the discussion. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
CLEVELAND, Our Lady of Victories Parish, Fellowship Luncheon, Tuesday, October 17, 11 a.m. at No Way Jose Mexican Restaurant. Details: Ellen Duplantis, (662) 402-9722.
COLUMBUS, Annunciation Parish, Doctor Raymond Overstreet is considering starting a men’s Bible study. Details: church office (662) 328-2927 if interested in participating.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Harvest Festival Fish Fry, Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take out or eat in. Donations are $10. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
HERNANDO, Holy Spirit Parish, attention all cooks – frozen casserole sale seeks casseroles to sell. Sale is Saturday, November 18 and benefits the Ladies Association. Details: Cil Johnson at (662) 420-9875 or the church office (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON, St. Richard Parish, Monsignor Glynn Brunch to benefit seminarian education, Sunday, November 5, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass hosted by the Knights of Columbus and the St. Richard vocations committee. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
St. Richard, The Third Peace Conference, December 8-9 in Glynn Hall. Guest speaker will be Reverend Edward “Monk” Malloy, CSS, former president of Notre Dame. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
St. Therese Parish, Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. They assist needy members of St. Therese and non-parishioners living within their parish boundaries. Details: (601) 896-8710 on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.
NATCHEZ, St. Mary Basilica, Flu Shots will be administered by Walgreens representatives on Wednesday, October 18, in the youth wing of Family Life Center, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Parishioners should call their prescription drug coverage plan and/or Medicare plan and verify they are covered through Walgreens. If not, they will be billed for the flu shot administration. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
VICKSBURG, St. Michael Parish, Annual Women’s Retreat, October 27-29. Facilitator: Jill Hisaw, who has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. Register early. Details: Ellen Moomaw, (601) 456-1238 or the rectory by noon, (601) 636-3445.
YAZOO CITY, St. Mary, Mary and the Saints class, Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. – noon and will continue each third Saturday of the month. Great opportunity for beginning certification for catechists. However, all are invited. Details: church office (662) 746-1680.


AMORY, St. Helen, Parish youth 8-12 grades will travel to Memphis to the Midsouth “Haunted” Maze on Saturday, November 4. Sign up by October 22. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
MADISON, St. Joseph School Open House: Sunday, November 5, at 2:00p.m. Details: Tricia Harris, Director of Events (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
St. Joseph School, Save the Date, Jeans Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3, 2018. The Draw Down team needs both family and business sponsors. Details: Marcie Ralston, (601) 214-9809, Bobbie Simpson, (601) 953-6365 or Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
MERIDIAN, St. Patrick School, Halloween Bingo, Friday, October 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Cost: $6 bingo card to play all evening. Gift card prizes. Details: school office (601) 482-6044.


Catholic Charities Office of Social Justice is offering half-day workshops on Faith in Action in the Diocese of Jackson. All workshops are from 8:30 -11:30 a.m.
Deanery 2 St. Alphonsus, McComb, November 4
Deanery 4 St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale September, 23
Deanery 5 St. Helen, Amory October, 28
Deanery 6 Sacred Heart, Louisville September, 30
Details: Sue Allen at 601-383-3849 or sue.allen@catholiccharitiesjackson.org

Diocesan staff prepare for Marian consecration

Diocesan staff are continuing to prepare for the Consecration of the Diocese of Jackson to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The celebration will mark the centennial of Mary’s appearances at Fatima and support the process of integrating the new Pastoral Priorities at the parishes across the diocese. In the Office of Communications, staff members are packing up prayers cards to distribute to all the parishes. The bishop has asked pastors to use the pastoral priority prayer in their parishes as they work on the priorities. Each parish will get a packet, some hand-delivered, others through the mail, to use in the effort. Those who wish to get more cards or Pastoral Priority workbooks can contact Maureen Smith at 601-969-3581 or maureen.smith@jacksondiocese.org. All are welcome to the celebrations of the consecration. The prayer to be used, along with resources for individuals, are posted in
all stories about the consecration at www. mississippicatholic.com. Public Celebrations: Saturday, October 7 – 10:30 a.m.: Rosary at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and in parishes or areas throughout diocese. The Bishop asks parishes in the tri-county area around Jackson to send parishioners who want to participate to the Cathedral. Sunday, October 8 – 2:30 p.m.: Mass of Consecration with Marian procession including representatives from all parishes. All are welcome. Oct. 14-15: All Masses and Sunday Celebrations: Parishes, families, individuals are invited to consecrate themselves to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary on the local level. A brochure for families and individuals will be sent out along with general intercessions and parish Prayer of Consecration with instructions for the Oct. 14-15 local celebrations.

JACKSON – Maureen Smith, director of Communications for the diocese and Melisa Munoz, Mississippi Catholic contributor, organize Pastoral Priorities prayer cards for distribution from the chancery offices. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Pastor who served in Clarksdale dies

Father Patrick McDermott

Father Patrick McDermott of the Diocese of Biloxi died Sunday, September 17, in Ocean Springs. Father McDermott, 77, a native of Donegal, Ireland, was ordained at St. John College in Waterford on June 14, 1964. In the Diocese of Jackson he served at Clarksdale St. Elizabeth Parish. On the coast, he served as assistant pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Biloxi and St. James Parish, Gulfport. His assignments as pastor included St. James Parish, Gulfport; Our Lady of Victories Parish, Pascagoula; Sacred Heart Parish, D’Iberville and a second stint as pastor of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula, where he served until his retirement in January 2010. In retirement, Father McDermott resided at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Biloxi. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 25 at Our Lady of Victories Church, 503 Convent Avenue, Pascagoula, Visitation is set for noon to 3 p.m., when the Mass will start. Father McDermott will be buried in Ireland.

Silver Rose Pilgrimage

OXFORD – St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council 10901 participated in the international devotional to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of North America, on September 7th at the Knights of Columbus meeting Room at St. John. At the conclusion of the Devotional, a Silver Rose was carefully packed in its travel box for it’s journey to the next Knights jurisdiction. This year, the Silver Rose was received from the Batesville Council and was carried to the Meridian Council by James Reid, the Coordinator for this year’s devotional.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Pilgrimage has been a tradition for 57 years and was started by a youth group associated with the Knights called the Columbian Squires in 1960. Six Silver Roses travel different corridors in the Western, Central and Eastern portions of North America, with Knights hand-carrying each in specially constructed boxes. Two of the six roses will end their journey at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico, on December 12th, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo by Gene Buglewicz)

Parish calendar of events


COLUMBUS Fall into Art, Trotter Convention Center, Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $30 at Annunciation School office or $35 at the door. Auction items can be art pieces, giftcertifi cates, donations from a retail store, etc. to donate, please deliver to the school by October 25. Details: contact Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarketing@cableone.net.

CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Women’s Resource Center banquet, Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center. Details: church office (662) 8466273.

GRENADA St. Peter, altar society is selling Advent wreaths which include a 12½” brass holder, green wreath and candles for $20. The money will be used to purchase a new base and Advent wreath for the church Deadline for orders is October 1. Details: Jerome Boudreaux (662) 809-4974 or Irene Stark (662) 417-0968. St. Peter, Adult Faith Formation Retreat, October 13-14, Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m., concluding with Mass at 6 p.m. Presenters: Anne, the lay apostle, and Father Darragh Connolly, Registration is $40. All adults are invited. Details: Annette Tipton (985) 518-5674

JACKSON Christ the King, Father Lawrence Watts Council 199 – Knights of Peter Claver will hold their Annual Fish Fry, Friday, September 29, 4-8 p.m. Plates are $10 and include choice of catfish fillets or pan trout, 2 sides, dessert and drink. Details: church office (601) 948-8867 or see any council member. Holy Family Parish Anniversary, September 29-30 and October 1, celebrating 60 years of worship, praise and joyful events. Banquet on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., a family outing on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday Mass with Bishop Kopacz at 10 a.m. All former parishioners, priests and sister churches are invited to join. Details: contact Father Xavier at 601362-1888 or xavieramirtham@gmail.com . St. Richard Parish, Evening with Mary, Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 p.m. This year’s reflection will be on “Our Lady of Guadalupe – patroness of the Americas.” Women of St. Richard come together for prayer, reflection and to share a dessert in a Marian atmosphere. Presenters: Suzan Cox, Josephine Garcia and Sandra Flores. Cost: There is no fee, but reservations are required. Details: Suzan Cox at cox@saintrichard.com or (601) 3662335.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “A Taste of St. Francis” annual multi-cultural event, Sunday, October 1, in the Family Life Center after 10:30 a.m. Mass. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Horback (601) 953-4182 to volunteer with food or any other area.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, St. Mary Book Club, first and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (next date is Tuesday, October 3) in the O’Connor Family Life Center. “Aquinas for Armchair Theologians” by Timothy Resnick. Details: church office (601) 445-4616.

SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, National Prayer Event, Let’s Life Chain America, Sunday, October 1, 2-3 p.m. It is a silent prayer vigil to communicate opposition to abortion. Details: Barbara Dean (901) 486-6470 or MaryAnn (662) 429-7851 or (662) 429-0501.

YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Annual craft, flea market, garage sale in the gym, Saturday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A small donation is encouraged to reserve a space. Profit from your items is yours to keep. This is a fundraiser for the Religious Education Program. Details: call Diane Melton (662) 746-1680 if you have items you wish to donate.


2nd Annual Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run sponsored by Annunciation School at the Boat Ramp Pavilion on the right of Wilkins Wise Rd, Saturday, September 30. Raising money for the St. Vincent de Paul. Details: https://www.fopwalk.org/ eventlisting/eventdetail/?eventid=1765 to register.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Youth volunteers (7-12
grades) are needed to lead children’s games at “A Taste of St. Francis” on Sunday, October 1. Sign up to help at WOW! or on Sunday nights. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Horback (601) 953-4182. St. Anthony School, 9th annual Starry Night Gala, Saturday, December 9, 7-11 p.m., with a VIP cocktail hour and auction preview from 6-7 p.m. Live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, food by the Knights of Columbus and area restaurants. The attire will be cocktail, festive Christmas with a holiday atmosphere. Details: Jennifer Schmidt, (601) 214-9656 or Jenniferschmidt819@ yahoo.com

NATCHEZ Cathedral School, Fall Festival Used Book Sale, September 30 – October 1. Drop off donations of books, VHS tapes or DVDs at the cafeteria stage. Details: Sissy Dicks (601) 334-0784.


Catholic Charities Office of Social Justice is offering half-day workshops on Faith in Action in the Diocese of Jackson. All workshops are from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Deanery 2 St. Alphonsus, McComb, November 4 Deanery 3 St. Francis of Assisi, Greenwood, October 14 Deanery 4 St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale September, 23 Deanery 5 St. Helen, Amory October, 28 Deanery 6 Sacred Heart, Louisville September, 30 Details: Sue Allen at 601-383-3849 or sue.allen@ catholiccharitiesjackson.org

St. Gabriel Mercy Center celebrates finalist status

By Maureen Smith

MOUND BAYOU – The staff and clients at St. Gabriel Mercy center were honored to be ranked among the finalists for the Lumen Christi Award. This year, the organization recognized eight ministries across the country for their work in bringing Christ to the margins. Extension wrote brief profiles online of the finalists and offered longer features in its fall magazine. They include the winner, Father Enrique Herrera, a pastor in California working to send the immigrant children in his care to college, a military chaplain helping heal the wounds of war, two pastors working with Native American populations, women religious bringing the gospel to their dioceses and lay leaders welcoming a booming Hispanic population in their communities. The St. Gabriel Center was in the middle of this amazing group of evangelizers and pastors. The Sisters of Mercy opened the center. It is now run by a community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and a staff of local lay people. Education is at the center of the work there. Teenagers and young adults attend GED classes, adults learn how to sew and sell their creations, and the Parents as Teachers program demonstrates how to become better advocates and caregivers. The senior program offers a meal, exercise and activities. On a Thursday morning in August, the center was packed. Every program was in session, including a birthday party for the seniors. “It’s always busy,” said Mavis Honorable, COO. “We just prayed that God’s will be done,” said Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo, executive director of the center, when she found out they were among the finalists. She was delighted that the work of her predecessors and present staff caught the attention of Bishop Joseph Kopcaz and Catholic Extension. She and the staff released a joint statement about this year’s winner. “We acknowledge the contributing and outstanding efforts of Father Enrique Herrera in his Faith Community of Holy Trinity Church in the Salinas Valley of the Diocese of Monterey, Calif. There is no doubt that Father Enrique is a very pivotal person – as pastor – in the continuing education and Catholic social outreach for the many Hispanic people of his parish as well as the civic community of Greenfield and surrounding areas where the Catholic Church is growing immensely and rapidly,” it read. Sister DeQuardo and Sister Emy Beth Furrer have served at the center for the past two years. Much of the lay staff, including Honorable, Trena Robinson, development director, are natives of Mound Bayou and proud of their Delta town. It remains the oldest all-black community in the United States. It was founded by freed slaves and boasted a booming local economy, healthcare and a train station in days past. Today, much of the industry has left, and with it, much of the population. In recent years, groups have started working to preserve the heritage in this town. Honorable takes visitors on a tour, showing them the elegant founder’s houses, which are under renovation with hopes of becoming bed-andbreakfast destinations; and a modern medical complex where residents can get a low-cost ride to visit a doctor or dentist. Honorable said when she was younger, the complex was a collection of trailers. Peter Wood and his brothers still operate Peter’s Pottery just across a field from the center, drawing collectors from across the Southeast to the heart of the Delta. St. Gabriel is also expanding. Youth volunteers from Biloxi and Hattiesburg have transformed the old church building into classroom spaces. Sister DeQuardo hopes to expand adult education into those rooms. “Many of our parents can’t help their kids in school, because they are lacking in education,” said Sister DeQuardo. The project was moving along nicely, but stalled this summer. “We need a new roof,” she explained. Heavy summer rains revealed a leak in the newly renovated building. Honorable is in the process of getting bids to replace it. Then, the staff will turn to the task of raising the money. Sister DeQuardo said they also need a van to pick up their seniors. And furniture for the classrooms would be nice. There may be a long list of needs, but the staff is undaunted. They tackle their challenges one at a time. It’s the same way they serve their clients, as individuals with dignity and potential.

MOUND BAYOU – Bobbie Dulaney, center, coordinates the sewing progam for the St. Gabriel Center. On August 15, she works with two of her clients. (Photo by Maureen Smith)