Thanksgiving Celebration

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick Middle School students served lunch to those in need at LOVE’s Kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 15, as part of the school’s Thanksgiving service project. LOVE’s Kitchen is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose purpose is to feed the hungry in Meridian and Lauderdale County. From left to right: LOVE’s Kitchen head cook Belinda McElroy, Jean Mayo, middle school teacher Crissy Bonner, James Wassell and John Wassell prepare to serve lunch at LOVE’s kitchen.
(Photo by Mary Yarger)

Youth groups feed the hungry

JACKSON – Members of the Pearl St. Jude Young Apostles prepared and served the homeless at Smith Park in Jackson on Sunday, November 19, for their November service project. The youth members prepared chicken spaghetti for the organization “Why Not Now” which feeds the homeless community in Jackson every Sunday rain or shine. (Photo by Elizabeth Walter)

St. Joe state champions

JACKSON – Greenville St. Joseph football players hoist the MAIS championship trophy after the game on Thursday, Nov. 16. This is the first state championship for the Fighting Irish. (Photo by Chris Todd of the Clarion Ledger)

By Maureen Smith
JACKSON – Greenville St. Joseph’s football team won its first MAIS state championship on Thursday, Nov. 16 in Jackson. The Fighting Irish beat Tri-County Academy 44-14. The team dominated all of their playoff opponents.
The honors don’t stop there. Three our seniors. Brice Johnson (QB), Jonathan Jordan (WR) and JoQuez Sanders (LB) were selected for the 2017 MAIS All Star Game. The boys reported to Jackson on Tuesday, Nov 28, to be honored at an awards banquet Thursday, Nov 30 and participate in the MAIS All-Star Game Friday, Dec 1 at Jackson Preperatory School.
Congratulations to the Greenville community on the big win.

St. Richard artists recognized

A pair of St. Richard School students were honored in a statewide art competition the second week of November. The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) partnered with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Governor Phil Bryant’s office and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to sponsor the competition marking the 200th birthday of the state. K-12 students submitted entries in the areas of visual arts, music and poetry.
The St. Richard students were honored at the Bicentennial Celebration: Peggy Steckler, fifth grader, won first place in the K-6 poetry category, and Steele Davis, fourth grader, won first place in the K-5 Visual Arts category. “I am so proud of all of our winners”, said Jana Perry, Director of Education and Programs. “St. Richard Catholic School does a wonderful job with their students.” Jennifer David, St. Richard’s Principal, was pleased when she received the news: “We are always so proud of our students, and this is no exception. These awards are a reflection of the skills our children learn when working with the incredible staff on the St. Richard family.”

St. Anthony Students take shots at science, art

MADISON – At left, students demonstrate their paint-flinging contraptions for a pair of engineers from Entergy. The engineers made suggestions to help improve the designs. At right, students took their devices outside to ‘paint’ canvases and record data. (Photos by Vicki Moorehead)

Catholic youth conference: Ablaze

The Office of Youth Ministry is pleased to announce the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) will be February 2-4, 2018, at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The theme for the weekend is “Ablaze.” All ninth through 12th grade youth in the diocese are invited to attend. Parish youth ministry leaders already have registration details. All participants must register through their parishes. Early-bird registration is due by mid-December.
This year’s DCYC will consist of keynote presentations and music by PJ Anderson, Catholic artist. The weekend will also inclusde faith-building games, activities, small group discussions, breakout sessions, Reconciliation, adoration and a closing Mass on Sunday.

Report: young people want to lead

By Carol Zimmermann
BALTIMORE (CNS) – Young people in the church want to be heard and be invited to be a part of church leadership, according to a report by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in preparation for next year’s Synod of Bishops on youth.
They are often at transition points in their lives, yet they don’t know where to go for mentorship, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, said Nov. 13.
He presented a summary of the responses gathered from dioceses and Catholic organizations to the bishops during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore.
The cardinal noted that pulling together the responses of young people from high school age to young adults is a challenge because of the group’s broad diversity and many different needs.
He also said the report affirms a growing awareness of the challenges young people face today with economics, anxiety and drug and alcohol abuse.
The cardinal pointed out that the survey responses indicate that church leaders have work to do to walk with young people and address challenges they face, but he also said there has been some positive growth in young people’s faith, especially for those in high school and college.
We have “talented leaders out there doing incredible things with limited resources,” Cardinal DiNardo said, adding that he is grateful for their enthusiasm and leadership.
The responses gathered by the USCCB will be sent to the Vatican which is gathering survey responses from young Catholics around the world.
The USCCB also is going to send three young adults to the pre-synod gathering next March in Rome. In announcing the meeting, the pope said: “The church wants to listen to the voices, the sensibilities, the faith as well as the doubts and criticisms of young people. We must listen to young people.”
The theme for the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in October 2018, is: “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”
Young people attending the meeting will represent bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic churches, men and women in consecrated life and seminarians preparing for the priesthood. It will also will include representatives from other Christian communities and other religions and experts in the fields of education, culture, sports and the arts.

(Follow Zimmermann on Twitter: @carolmaczim.)