Creative Christmas programs let students show off talent

GREENVILLE – Students at St. Joseph School presented a Christmas play-called ”The Loaned Manger” on Thursday, December 14. “The Loaned Manger” is a fun and high-spirited, but ultimately meaningful look at Christmas through the eyes of the Wild Wild West of the late 1800’s. (Photo by Nikki Thompson)

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth students presented “The Grumps of Ring-a-Ting Town” as their school Christmas program. (Photo by Dawn Spinks)

Students far and wide offer gifts of season in song and dance

MADISON – During the intermission of the St. Joseph School holiday program “Gifts of the Season,” a drum line and part of the brass section have fun in the lobby of the Fine Arts building by playing on stools and other non-traditional instruments. Band members also participated in an ugly sweater contest at the end of the show. The first show of this concert was canceled because of snow on Friday, Dec. 8, but a Sunday matinee packed the house. (Photo courtesy of Terry Cassarino)

NATCHEZ – Cathedral Kindergartners Alex Rojo, Thomas Adams, Addie House and Tyler Boyette sing “I’m the happiest Christmas Tree” at the elementary school’s Christmas program. (Photo by Cara Moody Serio)

JACKSON – All students at Sister Thea Bowman School participate in the Christmas program through song, dance and acting. (Photo by Melissa Smalley)

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.