Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues set for Feb. 18

MADISON – Tickets are still available – but are selling fast – for a chance at $10,000 during a night of fun, gourmet food and live entertainment. Saint Joseph School’s 24th annual Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues Draw Down is set for Saturday, February 18, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the campus.
The school’s gymnasium and cafeteria will be transformed into lively venues for great food and good times. An open bar, live auction, silent auctions, raffles for themed-baskets and specialty beers, a wall of wine and door prizes round out the activities and add to the excitement of the draw down.
A draw down is a “reverse raffle” with tickets drawn throughout the evening. The owner of the last ticket remaining wins the $10,000 grand prize.
Back by popular demand is the “first choice raffle.” Only 100 first choice tickets, at $100 each, will be sold. Prior to the start of the live auction, one of these tickets will be selected, giving the winner his/her choice of one of the items up for auction. A beer raffle and the wine wall allow people to take a chance on their favorite beverages.
A ticket admitting two adults is $130, with optional insurance available for $20. The “insurance” places a ticket back in the drawing if it’s one of the first 100 pulled.
Sponsorships are still available. There are several levels of sponsorship, which start at $300. Sponsors get event tickets and different levels of recognition.
Organizers limit ticket sales and this event consistently sells out. Purchase tickets online at www.stjoebruins.com, from the school office during regular school hours or by calling 601-898-4803.

Youth News

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20. At far right, pre-kindergarten students become the barnyard animals for the show.  (Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20. At far right, pre-kindergarten students become the barnyard animals for the show.
(Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

MADISON – To celebrate the Advent Season, St. Anthony students performed their Christmas program for parents, staff, and friends on Monday, Dec. 19. Above, John Charles Camarato, Benedict Jones, and Mamie Heitzmann gaze over baby Jesus. (Photo courtesy of Teresa McMullin.)

MADISON – To celebrate the Advent Season, St. Anthony students performed their Christmas program for parents, staff, and friends on Monday, Dec. 19. Above, John Charles Camarato, Benedict Jones, and Mamie Heitzmann gaze over baby Jesus. (Photo courtesy of Teresa McMullin.)

SOUTHAVEN – Norah Johnson, seventh grade student, waits for her winning word – phrenologists – in the Sacred Heart School Spelling Bee. She will represent our school in the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis. (Photo by Sr. Margaret Sue Broker)

SOUTHAVEN – Norah Johnson, seventh grade student, waits for her winning word – phrenologists – in the Sacred Heart School Spelling Bee. She will represent our school in the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis. (Photo by Sr. Margaret Sue Broker)

NATCHEZ – Cathedral School elementary students had a visit from St. Nicholas on his feast day of Dec. 6. Above, surprised first grader Aven Adcock collects treats from her shoe in the hallway. (Photo courtesy of Cara Serio)

NATCHEZ – Cathedral School elementary students had a visit from St. Nicholas on his feast day of Dec. 6. Above, surprised first grader Aven Adcock collects treats from her shoe in the hallway. (Photo courtesy of Cara Serio)

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20.  Fifth-grader Elijah Clarke helps act out the Nativity story.  (Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Fifth-grader Elijah Clarke helps act out the Nativity story.
(Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20.   (Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

COLUMBUS – Students at Annuncation School presented a Christmas Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
(Photos courtesy of Katie Fenstermacher)

Students moved by Spirit at Seek 2017

DENVER, Colo., — Nearly 13,000 attendees, most of them college students, charged up their faith at SEEK2017, January 3 – 7, in San Antonio, Texas. Representatives from the Diocese of Jackson included students from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State as well as other campus ministry leaders. The biennial event, hosted by the Fellowship of Cath

Students who attended the SEEK conference attended adoration as well as other liturgies. (Photo courtesy of SEEK)

Students who attended the SEEK conference attended adoration as well as other liturgies. (Photo courtesy of SEEK)

seek2017-focus-more-than-6000-confessions-jan-3-7-17-san-antonio-tx_c

SAN ANTIONIO, Tex. – More than 6,000 young adults took advantage of the sacrament of reconciliation during the SEEK2017 conference. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Prevish, SEEK)

olic University Students (FOCUS), featured the theme “What Moves You.” Throughout the conference, attendees learned to see the truth of how God seeks them with sacrificial love and invites them to encounter Him with their whole hearts.
Chicago natives Kelley, Lauren and Maggie Hartman experienced SEEK2017 in different ways. It was the first national FOCUS conference for each of these three sisters. Maggie, a senior at Harvard University studying pre-med and religion who will be a FOCUS missionary after graduation, said, “You can see Christ reflected in each person and how He desires to meet each of us individually.”
Her twin sisters Kelley and Lauren are freshman at University of South Alabama. Kelley added, “this has shown me there are 13,000 people with me with the same beliefs and goals as I have.” Lauren reflected, “It’s been life-changing to be a part of something larger and more powerful than I ever thought. I’m excited to go back to college to share my faith with others.”
Nearly 53,000 people have attended FOCUS events since the inaugural National Conference held in 1999, where 25 students came together to pray, deepen their Catholic faith and learn how to share Christ with others. SEEK2017 attendees came from more than 500 college campuses, and a few dozen international attendees hailed from several other countries. The largest campus contingent was from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with nearly 400 registrants.

seek2017-focus-two-students-in-prayer-jan-3-7-17-san-antonio-tx_c

SAN ANTIONIO, Tex. – Nearly 13,000 young adults attended SEEK2017, including several groups from the Diocese of Jackson. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Prevish, SEEK)

“Our hope for SEEK2017 is that God will light a fire in the hearts of young leaders,” said Curtis Martin, CEO and founder of FOCUS. “Then as we return to our campuses all over the country, we can encourage one another to live as world-changers.”
More than 300 priests concelebrated daily Mass. Adoration and confession throughout the event provided many opportunities for reflection and prayer. The Holy Spirit opened many hearts on Thursday night, with adoration in the main hall. That evening alone, more than 4,000 people went to confession. Over the course of the event, more than 6,000 confessed their sins to priests during the sacrament of reconciliation.
“I hope this week at SEEK2017 young adults experienced the Lord seeking each of them in a unique way,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. “When people experience that God is seeking them, they’ll be more likely to seek Him as well.”
Many of the talks will be available in a few weeks for digital download at www.shopfocus.org.
(Story and photos provided by Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS))

St. Aloysius building named for Father Al Camp

The exterior of the newly re-named Father Al Camp building at Vicksburg Catholic School.

The exterior of the newly re-named Father Al Camp building at Vicksburg Catholic School.

By Mary Margaret Halford
VICKSBURG – It was nearly 4 a.m. on a frosty February morning in 1977 when Father Alfred Camp got the call that St. Aloysius High School was burning.
The then-principal immediately got up, dressed, and headed straight for the school. “I was driving down Clay Street, and I saw all those fire trucks and police cars, and thought to myself, ‘well, I guess we’ve got a fire,’” Camp said.
“It was heartbreaking, the smoke and the flames bellowing from the rooftop,” said Jimmy Salmon, who was teaching at the time of the fire. “We weren’t just primarily concerned with finishing that school year, but about the future of St. Aloysius High School.”
As firefighters worked to contain the blaze on the other end of the building, Father Camp approached Salmon and said they needed to get Sister Matthew’s typewriters out,  they’d be needing them for school that week.
“I looked at him and said ‘Father, the school is still burning,’ and he got that little smirk he gets when you try to tell him something,” Salmon said. “I wasn’t going to tell him no, so I turned and followed him into the school.”
After the fire was finally extinguished, Father Camp organized groups of people – teachers, parents, and students alike – to rummage through the debris and salvage desks, books, or anything they could and move it to the gym.
“In all that confusion, Father Camp had the presence of mind to turn this gym into a school,” Salmon said. “He said it was important to get the message to the community that a little fire would not shut the doors of St. Aloysius. And more importantly, to let parents and students know they wouldn’t have to search for a new school, we weren’t going anywhere.”

VICKSBURG – Father Al Camp, left, receives congratulations from Father PJ Curley, pastor of St. Michael Parish, after the Mass. (Photos by Holly Chewning.)

VICKSBURG – Father Al Camp, left, receives congratulations from Father PJ Curley, pastor of St. Michael Parish, after the Mass. (Photos by Holly Chewning.)

On Thursday, he returned to that very same gym, this time filled with hundreds of current and former students and teachers who were there to celebrate the naming of the St. Al school building after Father Camp.
“This is a great day, that we’re finally recognizing the individual that I believe saved St. Aloysius,” Salmon told the crowd after a Mass in the gym.
In the days and weeks following the fire, Father Camp was told raising money for a new school wasn’t feasible, that the elementary school could still operate but the high school should not.
“I can remember Father Camp laughing, saying St. Aloysius would not close its doors on his watch,” Salmon said. “I truly believe that if it were not for Father Camp, we would not be sitting here today, we would not have a school.”
Though the fire was a defining moment in his tenure at St. Al, other former teachers and students spoke of Camp’s inspiration as an educator.
Father Camp was a disciplinarian, especially for those students wandering the halls during class time, according to Lisa Reid.
Camp always had a specific question for those nomad students, “Where’s your box?” Where were they supposed to be?
When Reid met with Camp to choose classes for her senior year, her heart was set on study hall, a break from an otherwise tough schedule.
“But Father Camp said ‘that’s not available to you.’ I was crushed,” she said.
He then laid out two options – physics or journalism. Reid chose journalism, the field she wound up getting a degree in before working for years in newspapers and as an English and journalism teacher at St. Al.

Bishop Joseph Kopacz preaches at the Mass to honor Father Al Camp by naming a building in his honor at Vicksburg Catholic School.

Bishop Joseph Kopacz preaches at the Mass to honor Father Al Camp by naming a building in his honor at Vicksburg Catholic School.

“Even though I thought study hall was my box, you knew it was not,” Reid said to Father Camp at the dedication. “Through the years, though you kept asking where our boxes were, I think you had a pretty good idea of the answer. I’m sure I speak for thousands of students whose lives you touched when I say we’re deeply grateful for your wisdom and guidance in helping us find our way.”
During morning prayer the day of the dedication, current principal, Buddy Strickland, told the students to look in front, behind, to the left and to the right of each other.
“What you’re seeing is Father Camp’s legacy,” Strickland told them.
“I didn’t expect all this, I appreciate it so much,” Camp told the crowd gathered to honor him for his years in Vicksburg. “My dad’s name was Aloysius Joseph Camp…I guess that meant I was destined to be at St. Aloysius a long time. I think my dad would say ‘good job’.”
(Mary Margaret Halford is a member of Vicksburg St. Paul Parish.)

Youth Briefs

CLARKSDALE – Students at St. Elizabeth School celebrated thier patron saint’s feast day by donating bread to local food banks. St. Elizabeth of Hungary was known for her generosity to the poor.

CLARKSDALE – Students at St. Elizabeth School celebrated thier patron saint’s feast day by donating bread to local food banks. St. Elizabeth of Hungary was known for her generosity to the poor.

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth Parish children share Christmas joy during the Christmas program. Angels from P-3 and classes from grades fourth and fifth grades participated. (Photo by Dawn Spinks)

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth Parish children share Christmas joy during the Christmas program. Angels from P-3 and classes from grades fourth and fifth grades participated. (Photo by Dawn Spinks)

CORINTH – St. James Parish children work in art projects during an Advent retreat on Saturday, Dec. 10. (Photo by Luis Rosales)

CORINTH – St. James Parish children work in art projects during an Advent retreat on Saturday, Dec. 10. (Photo by Luis Rosales)

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth School students raise their hands to ask a question to Betty Jo Abraham, a storyteller from Atlanta who recently visited St. Elizabeth School to tell stories to the children from kindergarten through third grade.

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth School students raise their hands to ask a question to Betty Jo Abraham, a storyteller from Atlanta who recently visited St. Elizabeth School to tell stories to the children from kindergarten through third grade.

GREENVILLE – Our Lady of Lourdes School sixth-grade students went shopping to buy clothes for seven children that they adopted for Christmas from Washington County through the Department of Child Services. (Photo by Missi Blackstock)

GREENVILLE – Our Lady of Lourdes School sixth-grade students went shopping to buy clothes for seven children that they adopted for Christmas from Washington County through the Department of Child Services. (Photo by Missi Blackstock)

AMORY – St. Helen Parish children prepare at the altar to present the play “The Christmas Window” after Mass Sunday, Dec.11, to celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Christmastime. (Photo by Jean Pinkley)

AMORY – St. Helen Parish children prepare at the altar to present the play “The Christmas Window” after Mass Sunday, Dec.11, to celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Christmastime. (Photo by Jean Pinkley)

PONTOTOC – Father Tim Murphy, pastor of St. Christopher Parish, talks with the confirmation group during an Advent retreat, “My Church, my Faith.” Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PONTOTOC – Father Tim Murphy, pastor of St. Christopher Parish, talks with the confirmation group during an Advent retreat, “My Church, my Faith.” Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Youth News

BROOKHAVEN St. Francis Parish, LifeTeen reconciliation service, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m.
– Christmas caroling at the nursing home followed by Advent party and las posadas, Sunday, Dec. 18.
GRENADA St. Peter Parish, confirmation retreat for young men and women, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the parish.
– Middle school retreat for seventh -eighth graders, Feb 19, 2017, at the parish.

MERIDIAN St. Patrick Parish, Catholic Youth of Meridian, sixth-12th graders, Christmas party, caroling and dinner and gift exchange, Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Family Life Center. To reserve a bus seat  call or text Adrian, 601-917-4566.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi Parish, YY and Faithfull Followers, Christmas Service Blitz, Sunday, Dec. 18. It ends with a party and Christmas caroling. Meet in the FLC at 1 p.m.  RSVP by Dec. 14.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Greenville St. Joseph students worked at St. Vincent dePaul Society handing out food baskets. Junior Emily Blackstock said "It really warms your heart and makes you sad at the same time to see the gratitude and happiness each of the people had when you hand them the basket. I just wish we could help everybody." Students will return during Christmas.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Greenville St. Joseph students worked at St. Vincent dePaul Society handing out food baskets. Junior Emily Blackstock said “It really warms your heart and makes you sad at the same time to see the gratitude and happiness each of the people had when you hand them the basket. I just wish we could help everybody.” Students will return during Christmas.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Greenville St. Joseph students worked at St. Vincent dePaul Society handing out food baskets. Junior Emily Blackstock said "It really warms your heart and makes you sad at the same time to see the gratitude and happiness each of the people had when you hand them the basket. I just wish we could help everybody." Students will return during Christmas.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Greenville St. Joseph students worked at St. Vincent dePaul Society handing out food baskets. Junior Emily Blackstock said “It really warms your heart and makes you sad at the same time to see the gratitude and happiness each of the people had when you hand them the basket. I just wish we could help everybody.” Students will return during Christmas.

pre-K pilgrims wait to preform in their Thanksgiving program at Columbus Annunciation School. (Photos by Katie Fenstermacher)

pre-K pilgrims wait to preform in their Thanksgiving program at Columbus Annunciation School. (Photos by Katie Fenstermacher)

COLUMBUS – Annunciation School kindergarten teacher, Heather Ford, (above photo) helps student, Ashley Studdard, make a turkey bracelet as a way to teach him about the meaning of the Thanksgiving celebration.

COLUMBUS – Annunciation School kindergarten teacher, Heather Ford, (above photo) helps student, Ashley Studdard, make a turkey bracelet as a way to teach him about the meaning of the Thanksgiving celebration.

NATCHEZ – Cathedral School fifth-grade students Emma Ledford and Sarah Katherine  recently tried their green thumbs at planting mums in the Seton Hall garden.

NATCHEZ – Cathedral School fifth-grade students Emma Ledford and Sarah Katherine recently tried their green thumbs at planting mums in the Seton Hall garden.

NATCHEZ - Cathedral third-grade students Amani Ishman (left) and Tristan Fondren learning how to properly fold the American flag at the Homes with Heroes program at the school. This program coincided with the school’s Armed Forces football game to educate elementary students on how to properly act during the National Anthem, how the flag was created and how to properly fold the flag. (Photos by Cara Serio)

NATCHEZ – Cathedral third-grade students Amani Ishman (left) and Tristan Fondren learning how to properly fold the American flag at the Homes with Heroes program at the school. This program coincided with the school’s Armed Forces football game to educate elementary students on how to properly act during the National Anthem, how the flag was created and how to properly fold the flag. (Photos by Cara Serio)

OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)

OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)

OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)

OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)

 OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)


OXFORD – St. John Parish Total Youth Ministry (TYM) recently headed for the woods at a private farm south of Oxford. The annual farm party counted 20 TYM members who enjoyed cooler weather cooking hot dogs and smores while taking part in their annual cleaning and clearing an abandoned cemetery. (Photos by Mary Leary)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded. Pictured (l-r) are Robert McNeil, Bryson Jackson, John Wassell, Melanie Pressly, James Wassell and Angela Wassell.  (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded. Pictured (l-r) are Robert McNeil, Bryson Jackson, John Wassell, Melanie Pressly, James Wassell and Angela Wassell. (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded.  Mary Zettler, Lily Zettler, April Stewart and Christian Rackley play one of the math games. (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded. Mary Zettler, Lily Zettler, April Stewart and Christian Rackley play one of the math games. (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded.  (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School recently hosted a Family Math Night. Families who attended played fun math games created by the teachers. Door prizes were also awarded. (Photos by Helen Reynolds)

Greenville School unified, blessed

Bishop Joseph Kopacz, left, blesses the new entryway into Greenville St. Joseph and Our Lady of Lourdes school, assisted by Catherine Cook, superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Father Bill Henry, pastor in Greenville.

Bishop Joseph Kopacz, left, blesses the new entryway into Greenville St. Joseph and Our Lady of Lourdes school, assisted by Catherine Cook, superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Father Bill Henry, pastor in Greenville.

Before each room was blessed, the entire school community gathered for a Mass in the gym. Capital Campaign Chairman Britt Virden told the crowd that the new structure represented a $10 million investment in the community. The schools have been on separate campuses since 1964. St. Joseph High School has been on the VFW Road campus for more than 10 years. (Photos by Missi Blackstock)

Before each room was blessed, the entire school community gathered for a Mass in the gym. Capital Campaign Chairman Britt Virden told the crowd that the new structure represented a $10 million investment in the community. The schools have been on separate campuses since 1964. St. Joseph High School has been on the VFW Road campus for more than 10 years. (Photos by Missi Blackstock)

GREENVILLE – Bishop Joseph Kopacz, center, blessed the first graders and their classroom as part of blessing the new facility at St. Joseph School on Thursday, Oct. 27. The blessing was the final chapter in a years-long effort to get St. Joseph High and Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary schools on the same campus. Elementary students use 11 classrooms, nine more are for middle and high school students. The facility also has two science labs, a computer and business lab, resource, art and music rooms, a media/library center, chapel and gymnasium.

GREENVILLE – Bishop Joseph Kopacz, center, blessed the first graders and their classroom as part of blessing the new facility at St. Joseph School on Thursday, Oct. 27. The blessing was the final chapter in a years-long effort to get St. Joseph High and Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary schools on the same campus. Elementary students use 11 classrooms, nine more are for middle and high school students. The facility also has two science labs, a computer and business lab, resource, art and music rooms, a media/library center, chapel and gymnasium.

Teens seek vocations through SEARCH retreat

By Abbey Schuhmann
High school juniors and seniors from across the Diocese of Jackson gathered at Camp Wesley Pines near Hazlehurst Nov. 11-13 for the fall diocesan SEARCH Retreat. SEARCH is a Catholic youth retreat that models the Cursillo retreat for adults but designed for youth in grades 11th-12th who have a strong desire to deepen their faith and relationship with Christ.
A retreat “for teens, led by teens,” SEARCH is an experience like none other with a strong focus on vocations. It engages youth in a special way and calls them to live out their Catholic faith in a bold, real, active and healthy way.
SEARCH first started in this diocese in the 1970s but interest in it declined in the 1980s. In 2003, Father Mike O’Brien and Father Frank Cosgrove approached Jackson St. Richard parishioners Ann and Jeff Cook and encouraged them to re-introduce the SEARCH retreat to the diocese.
Having lived in Austin, Texas, and participated with multiple SEARCH retreats there, the Cooks coordinated bringing in a team from Austin to lead the first SEARCH retreat in nearly 20 years for our Diocese in January 2004. The first youth staff from the diocese led the next SEARCH retreat under the leadership from volunteers, Ann and Jeff Cook in May of 2004.
During the past 13 years, the diocese has held more than 25 SEARCH retreats under the leadership of the Cooks.
Much of what happens in the retreat is kept a mystery but a few things are certain – you will have fun, you will be challenged to grow in your faith and chances are you will make a few new friends.
The retreat team is primarily made up of a youth staff from teens who have previously attended a SEARCH retreat. Once a teen attends a SEARCH retreat weekend, he or she has the opportunity to apply to staff future retreats.
The adults who are present throughout the weekend serve “behind the scenes.” It is the teens who lead this retreat. The SEARCH model really gives our youth the opportunity to demonstrate and carry out servant leadership. This retreat would not be possible without the help of adult volunteers who have served in this ministry for so many years.
We are especially grateful to Ann and Jeff Cook for continuing to serve as the volunteer, adult SEARCH coordinators. Without their dedicated service, this ministry would not be where it is today.
The SEARCH ministry is alive and well in the diocese and the SEARCH family continues to grow through each retreat.
The Office of Youth Ministry is currently looking at dates in 2017 for future SEARCH retreats. We are always looking for adults who are open to serving in the SEARCH ministry. If you are interested, contact Abbey Schuhmann, coordinator for the Office of Youth Ministry, abbey.schuhmann@jacksondiocese.org, 601-949-6934.

Teens on SEARCH retreat take time for prayer outside. (Photos by Abbey Schuhmann)

Teens on SEARCH retreat take time for prayer outside. (Photos by Abbey Schuhmann)

Young people on the Search retreat spend time at liturgies such as this one. Tim Cook and Ellie Smith led music during the retreat.

Young people on the Search retreat spend time at liturgies such as this one. Tim Cook and Ellie Smith led music during the retreat.

St. Anthony partners with Level Up Village to work with schools across the world

MADISON – Recently, St. Anthony School, in partnership with Level Up Village, launched their global partnership, the first Level Up Partnership in Mississippi. Dedicated to building a sustained STEM environment inside and outside of the classroom, St. Anthony educators partnered with Level Up Village to work with schools across the world and share their STEM focused program with children in developing countries.
Level Up Village (LUV) delivers pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and partner students in developing countries.
Kristian Beatty, development director at St. Anthony School, said children work with student partners near the same grade level in developing countries and share their projects, ideas, and thought processes in this global outreach STEM program. “Students and teachers and their global partners communicate via the Level Up internet-based platform through video messaging.

St. Anthony students (l-r) Walt Williams, Zoie Jewusiak and Philip Smith work dissecting a heart during science class. (Photo by Kristian Beatty)

St. Anthony students (l-r) Walt Williams, Zoie Jewusiak and Philip Smith work dissecting a heart during science class. (Photo by Kristian Beatty)

This semester the school is enrolled in three Level Up Village courses:
Second graders are participating in “Global Storybook Engineers” in partnership with students from India and Nicaragua. Beatty said students engineer solutions to rescue storybook heroes while sharing the results of their design challenges with global partners and learning about each other’s lives and cultures in the process.
Fifth graders are engaged in “Global Inventors” in partnership with students from Pakistan and Ghana. Beatty explained that in this project students learn to harness the power of 3D printing and use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create and modify a series of designs to produce and 3D print a solar-powered light source in collaboration with their global partner.
Sixth graders are acting as “Global Doctors,” anatomy in partnership with students from Pakistan and Uganda. Students explore the intricacies of the human body systems through real animal specimen dissections. “As “global doctors,” they dissect specimens such as a frog, sheep’s heart, grasshopper, earthworm, and shark,” said Beatty.
Students learn about their global partners’ daily lives and discuss the global diseases that affect specific body systems.
“St. Anthony’s partnership with Level Up enhances their STEM program as students, teachers and global partners work together to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills,” noted Beatty. “These skills and their core subject knowledge are then utilized to identify community and global issues and find lasting solutions.” Their partnership will continue in the spring as the entire school will work together on a school-wide project with Level Up Village.
(Story and photos courtesy of Kristian Beatty)

Greenville student athletes honored

jenn-c

GREENVILLE – St. Joseph  School students Tres Santucci and Jennifer Mansour were recently named winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.   “We are honored to have two of our students recognized as some of the country’s top student-athletes with the Wendy’s High School Heisman name,” said principal Paul Artman, Jr.  Louis Joseph Santucci, III (Tres), is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and is a tennis and soccer player. He is a member of the 2014-2016 State Boys Tennis Team Champions as well as being the 2016 MAIS Boys’ Singles State Champion. Tres volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul as well as being very active at St. James Catholic Church. Tres enjoys participating in helping children read at Carrie Stern Elementary.  Mansour is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and currently serves as Student Government and Mu Alpha Theta president. She is a member of the swim, soccer and cross country teams.   Mansour holds the Delta Aquatic Club Swim team record for the 50 meter Freestyle.  Mansour has been the school’s blood drive coordinator for two years. The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors. For 23 years it has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level.

GREENVILLE – St. Joseph School students Tres Santucci and Jennifer Mansour were recently named winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
“We are honored to have two of our students recognized as some of the country’s top student-athletes with the Wendy’s High School Heisman name,” said principal Paul Artman, Jr.
Louis Joseph Santucci, III (Tres), is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and is a tennis and soccer player. He is a member of the 2014-2016 State Boys Tennis Team Champions as well as being the 2016 MAIS Boys’ Singles State Champion. Tres volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul as well as being very active at St. James Catholic Church. Tres enjoys participating in helping children read at Carrie Stern Elementary.
Mansour is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and currently serves as Student Government and Mu Alpha Theta president. She is a member of the swim, soccer and cross country teams. Mansour holds the Delta Aquatic Club Swim team record for the 50 meter Freestyle.
Mansour has been the school’s blood drive coordinator for two years.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors. For 23 years it has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level.