What makes us weep? The Kingdom of God is close at hand…

Sister alies therese

Millennial reflections
By Sister alies therese
Lent has begun and we celebrate the glorious season of weeping. What? Really? Yes, and it will end with Easter where we challenge all the death-dealing we have pronounced evil and emerge on the other side of Holy Week weeping for joy!
What makes us weep? What moves the heart so profoundly that we cannot hold back the tears? I have wept at the deathbed of a young boy; in our torn community after an F4 tornado devastated us; at the awesomeness of the stars; at Pope Francis in Chile ministering to the women in prison or the people of the Amazon in Peru, and certainly in the face of my own sin and thoughtlessness. Continue reading

Every column/sermon/task becomes meditation

Father Jerome LeDoux, SVD

Reflections on Life
By Father Jerome LeDoux, SVD
Though the following thoughts seem only clerical in nature, they pertain to every human being. When taken into ourselves and absorbed as part of us, a column, sermon, task and all human endeavors take on a life to themselves, becoming as much a part of us as the air we breathe and the nourishment we ingest. While others must speak from their own unique experience, I personally find that I am not doing a thing right until I become totally immersed in the task at hand, so that it becomes an extension of me. That ipso facto elevates it to the wonderful nosebleed realm of meditation, creative imaginings and expectations.
So how about that? Whatever we do can become a special meditation, firing our juices of imagination, creativity and outreach to our sisters and brothers. Take a column, for example. Little seems to click or flow until something locks into my thoughts and feelings. Almost as if a switch were turned on, the things that I have been reading, the things that people have been saying and doing blend together.
Like the ingredients of a delicious meal or the components of an exquisite symphony, meditation combines everything into a fine creation and rendition. One knows whether a given column or talk will resonate with others by asking oneself, “Does it speak to me, resonate with me, move me to good and higher things? Does it ring a bell for me? That is what a preacher/speaker/writer wants to know at the zero hour. If it does, bells will be ringing for the audience at some level as well.
There are, of course, techniques for composing, writing, speaking formally or informally, making eye contact with each person in a small group or large crowd, convincing each person that you are addressing her or him alone, storytelling in a spellbinding way and interacting with audiences of many varieties and origins. All those things are wrapped up into one when they have become completely part of us. This is not a grandiose view of ourselves and our capabilities. It merely states that we are at our best and most convincing when we give what is uniquely ourselves.
Are these the mere ramblings of a weathered curmudgeon, or, we would hope, of a seasoned seeker hoping to become a savant with many treasure troves?
The latter is indeed what we hope for ourselves and for everyone else. Far from being mere ramblings, we would like to have all the reflections, meditations, imaginings and creations of each person grow out from the very Gospel of God that Romans 1:16 tells us “is the power of God unto salvation.”
This is a paradigm for the laity, for religious and clergy alike, for we all have very similar reactions to words, actions and challenges. Nevertheless, Saint Thomas Aquinas observes how individual we are, “Quidquid recipitur, ad modum recipientis recipitur.” “Whatever is received, is received according to the disposition of the recipient.” Who we are, what we are, how we are, is a composite that determines how we react to and interact with everyone and everything. We are all so very different and, notwithstanding, so very similar to each other. We are wonders, laughing at ourselves as we strive to be the top of the tip and the tip of the top.
No one comes to us, panting to watch us impersonate or imitate some great speaker, a scintillating performer, a wise counselor or engaging, livewire friend. Had people wanted that, they would have gone to check the great ones out. But no! What they come to see and hear are the low-level, everyday people that we are, in whose presence they have no fears or anxieties, they can drop all their defenses, they can let themselves go, they can laugh themselves silly, they can cry their hearts out, they can play the fool and be their little old selves without fear of criticism or rebuke.
Another variant of all this is expressed by Paul as he goes a step further in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” This involves a favorite theme of ours, the good intention, that turns all that we do into spiritual gold, silver and precious stones. Even as we are involved in turning a column, sermon or any kind of task or chore into a meditation, an intimate part of our very selves, we can crystallize all of it into a glorious offering to God by dedicating it to God in the morning and throughout the day.
I certainly hope this does not sound like complicated, convoluted ramblings. The last thing in the world that we need is more complications in our lives. Honestly, I believe that all these thoughts are easy to remember and understand because they are closely related and interlock with each other. Perhaps we can remember them most easily by saying, “In whatever you think, say or do, be all you can be.”
“God is love, and all who abide in love abide in God and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)

(Father Jerome LeDoux, SVD, has written “Reflections on Life since 1969.)

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.

Bishop Kopacz Schedule

Thursday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. – Mission Mississippi Governor’s Leadership Luncheon, Jackson Convention Complex
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m. – Closing Mass, Relics of St. Pio of Pietralcina Centennial Tour, Jackson, Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle
Saturday, March 3, 8:15 a.m. – First Five Saturdays devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, Gluckstadt St. Joseph Parish
Saturday, March 3, 5 p.m. – Mass and dinner, High School Confirmation Retreat, Camp Garaywa, Clinton
Sunday, March 4, 9 a.m. – Mass of Installation of Father Pradeep Kumar Thirumalreddy, Sardis St. John
Sunday, March 4, 10:30 a.m. – Mass of Installation of Father Pradeep Kumar Thirumalreddy, Batesville St. Mary
Sunday, March 4, 12:30 p.m. – Mass in Spanish, Batesville St. Mary
Monday, March 5, 6 p.m. – Notre Dame Seminary Chancellor’s dinner, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

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

Peregrinación ofrece forraje para la reflexión cuaresmal

Obispo Joseph Kopacz

Por Obispo Joseph Kopacz
El viernes pasado por la noche regresé de mi peregrinación por la Tierra Santa, patrocinado por los Caballeros y Damas del Santo Sepulcro. Después que las telarañas de las 15 horas de vuelo progresivamente han sido barridas por la bendición de un buen sueño y de encontrarme ya en mi hogar, puedo ver que las lecturas bíblicas del primer domingo de Cuaresma son un puente entre mi experiencia en la Tierra Santa y el comienzo del sagrado tiempo de la cuaresma. El tema del bautismo fue primordial en el primer domingo de Cuaresma de este año, como escuchamos en la primera carta de Pedro, reflexionando sobre la gran inundación en el tiempo de Noé. “Noé y su familia fueron salvados a través del agua. Esto prefigura al bautismo, que los salva ahora. No es una eliminación de la suciedad del cuerpo, sino un llamamiento a Dios para una buena conciencia a través de la resurrección de Jesucristo”.
Inmediatamente antes de que Jesús fuera dirigido hacia el desierto por el Espíritu Santo, en el Evangelio del domingo pasado, fue bautizado por Juan en el Río Jordán y revelado como hijo predilecto de Dios. En el transcurso de 40 días en el desierto, en soledad y comunión con el Padre celestial, pero sin estar protegido de los asaltos de las tentaciones, Jesús fortaleció su identidad como hijo predilecto de Dios. Al salir del desierto, inmediatamente comenzó a caminar a grandes pasos, proclamando el reino de Dios y el llamado a reformar nuestras vidas y a creer en el evangelio, nuestro ritual del Miércoles de Ceniza, sellado por nuestro Amén. Uno de los momentos más intensos de la peregrinación a la Tierra Santa fue nuestra reunión en el Río Jordán. No estamos hablando de un rio del tamaño del Rio Mississippi, sino de una gran corriente de agua que fluye del Mar de Galilea, en el norte, hacia el Mar Muerto en el sur. Sin embargo, tiene un profundo significado para todos los cristianos, como el lugar donde el ministerio público de Jesús brotó del corazón de Dios.
La historia de Noé y el diluvio es una poderosa historia de fe, como sabemos, pero no podemos situar estos eventos en el espacio y en el tiempo. Por otro lado, el Río Jordán es real, el ministerio de Juan el Bautista es histórico, y Jesús es el único a quien Juan preparó el camino. A través de los ojos de la fe y el deseo de renovar nuestro pacto del bautismo en la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo, nosotros los peregrinos nos paramos a la orilla del Jordán y profesamos nuestra fe. Seguidamente se hizo el Rito de la Aspersión con el agua marrón del río, genuinamente, pero también remilgadamente por la posibilidad de poder tragar algo de esta agua. Alrededor de nosotros, un flujo constante de peregrinos vino a renovar su bautismo, o ser bautizados por primera vez en las aguas fluyentes. Un rápido vistazo alrededor de las pasarelas y las riberas del río reveló la presencia de discípulos de las tradiciones ortodoxas y de las denominaciones evangélicas y bautistas que estaban de pie en el río celebrando la inmersión completa. Estaban en el río mientras estábamos por el río. Una gran diferencia física, pero en cualquiera de los rituales es la fe que tenemos en el Señor Jesús y en su llamada a vivir como sus discípulos lo que está en el corazón de la cuestión. ¿Van a cambiar nuestras vidas cuando sea necesario una vez que el agua se evapora?
Este momento de gracia ocurrió aproximadamente a mitad de la peregrinación que comenzó en Galilea, en el Mar de Tiberias, donde pudimos salir y visitar Nazaret, el lugar de nacimiento de María y el lugar donde Jesús vivió oculto antes de su ministerio público. Capernaúm también fue parte del circuito del norte donde estuvimos, en el sitio de la sinagoga donde Jesús inició su ministerio público formal predicando, enseñando, expulsando demonios, sanando a la suegra de Pedro, y perdonando los pecados del paralítico cuyos amigos lo bajaron por el techo a la casa de Pedro al cruzar la calle de la sinagoga. Todo ello ocurrió después de que Jesús anunció el Reino y la llamada a la penitencia. Los descubrimientos arqueológicos y sitios de excavación de la segunda mitad del siglo XX han autenticado los relatos evangélicos de la sinagoga y la casa de Pedro en Capernaúm.
De vuelta al río. Después de la renovación de nuestra alianza bautismal en el Río Jordán, volvemos nuestra mirada a Jerusalén y a los últimos días de la vida de nuestro Señor que conocemos como el Domingo de Ramos y la Semana Santa, que conducen a la muerte y la resurrección del Señor. Esta segunda mitad de la peregrinación también incluyó visitas a Jericó y Betania, el sitio de la comunidad de los Esenios en Qumran y el Mar Muerto. Solamente las fotos, cientos y cientos de ellas, algunas de las cuales envié por Twitter después de cada uno de los eventos del día, me proporcionarán muchos momentos de reflexión y beneficio espiritual durante la Cuaresma.
Con la Iglesia y en nuestra vida personal, el Señor nos llama a cada uno de nosotros durante esta peregrinación de 40 días a apartarnos del pecado y creer en el Evangelio, para recordar que somos polvo y á polvo hemos de regresar, y que al final hay tres cosas que permanecen, la fe, la esperanza y el amor, y la mayor de todas ellas es el amor. Que nuestra oración intencional de la Cuaresma, el ayuno y la limosna, nos lleven a valorar las cosas que realmente importan en Cristo Jesús, descartando las que no sirven, y sabiendo profundamente que nuestra ciudadanía está en el cielo. Somos los hijos amados de Dios en Jesucristo, y que podamos vivir en los plenos pasos del maestro.

Pilgrimage offers fodder for Lenten reflection

Bishop Kopacz

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
I returned from my Holy Land pilgrimage, sponsored by the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher, on Friday night, Feb 16. As the cobwebs from jet lag after 15 hours of flying are gradually swept away by blessed sleep and home sweet home, I can see that the Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Lent are a bridge between my Holy Land experience and the beginning of this sacred season.
The theme of Baptism was foremost on this year’s first Sunday in Lent as we heard in the first letter of Peter reflecting back on the great flood in Noah’s time. “Noah and his family were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Immediately before Jesus was driven out into the desert by the Holy Spirit, last Sunday’s Gospel, he was baptized by John in the Jordan River and revealed as God’s beloved Son.
During the course of 40 days in the wilderness, in solitude and communion with his heavenly Father, yet not sheltered from the assaults of temptations, Jesus fortified his identity as God’s beloved Son. Upon leaving the desert, immediately he hit the ground in full stride, proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the call to reform our lives and believe in the Gospel, our Ash Wednesday ritual, sealed by our Amen.
One of the most poignant moments of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land was our gathering at the Jordan River. We are not talking about a Mississippi-sized river, but more of a large stream of water that flows of the Sea of Galilee in the North into the Dead Sea to the South. Yet, it has profound meaning for all Christians as the place where the public ministry of Jesus flowed from the heart of God. The story of Noah and the great flood is a powerful faith story, as we know, but we cannot locate these events in space and time. On the other hand, the Jordan river is real, the ministry of John the Baptist is historical, and Jesus is the one for whom John prepared the way.
Through the eyes of faith and the desire to renew our baptismal covenant in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we pilgrims stood on the bank of the Jordan and professed our faith. The Rite of Sprinkling followed with the brown water from the river, heartfelt, but also squeamish over the possibility of swallowing any of it. All around us a steady stream of pilgrims came to renew their Baptism, or to be baptized for the first time in the flowing waters. A quick glance around the walkways and river banks revealed disciples of the Orthodox traditions, as well as those from the Evangelical and Baptist denominations who were standing in the river and celebrating full immersion. They were in the river, while we were at the river. A big physical difference, but in either ritual it is the faith that we have in the Lord Jesus and his call to live as his disciples that is the heart of the matter. Will it change our lives where we need it most once the water evaporates? This graced moment occurred approximately half way through the pilgrimage which began in Galilee at the Sea of Tiberius. From there we were able to launch out and visit Nazareth, the place of Mary’s birth and the site of Jesus’ hidden life before his public ministry.
Capernaum also was part of the northern circuit where we stood at the site of the synagogue where Jesus initiated his formal public ministry by preaching, teaching, driving out demons, healing Peter’s mother-in-law and forgiving the sins of the paralytic whose friends lowered him through the roof at Peter’s home across the street from the synagogue. This all occurred after Jesus announced the Kingdom and the call for repentance. Archaeological discoveries and excavated sites from the second half of the 20th century have authenticated the gospel accounts of the synagogue and home of Peter in Capernaum.
Back to the river. After the renewal of our baptismal covenant at the Jordan River, we turned our sights on Jerusalem and the final days of our Lord’s life. Today we know these days as Palm Sunday and Holy Week, leading to the Lord’s death and resurrection. This second half of the pilgrimage also included visits to Jericho and Bethany, the site of the community of Essenes at Qumran and the Dead Sea. The photos alone, hundreds and hundreds of them, some of which I tweeted after each day’s events, will provide many moments of reflection and edification for me during Lent.
With the Church and in our personal lives, the Lord calls each of us during this 40-day pilgrimage of Lent to turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel, to remember that we are dust and unto dust we have returned, and that in the end there are three things that remain, faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. May our intentional Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving lead us to value the things that really matter in Christ Jesus, to discard those that don’t, and to know deep within that our citizenship is in heaven. We are God’s beloved children in Jesus Christ, and may we live in the full stride of the master.

Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that “goes out” or a church focused on its internal affairs.
After the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013, and chose the name Francis, he made “go out,” “periphery” and “throwaway culture” standard phrases in the papal vocabulary.
Catholics have a wide variety of opinions about how Pope Francis is exercising the papal ministry, and many of his comments – both in informal news conferences and in formal documents – have stirred controversy. But, as he wrote in “Evangelii Gaudium,” the apostolic exhortation laying out the vision for his pontificate: “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”
But there are two areas of internal church affairs that he recognized needed immediate attention: the reform of the Roman Curia and the full protection of children and vulnerable adults from clerical sexual abuse.
The organizational reform of the Curia has been taking place in stages, but Pope Francis has insisted that the real reform is a matter of changing hearts and embracing service.
On the issue of abuse, nine months into his pontificate, Pope Francis established the Pontifical Commission for Child Protection to advise him on better ways to prevent clerical sexual abuse and to ensure pastoral care for the survivors.
While Pope Francis has emphatically proclaimed “zero tolerance” for abusers and recently said covering up abuse “is itself an abuse,” as his fifth anniversary approached serious questions arose about how he handled accusations that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, who was a priest at the time, covered up allegations of abuse against his mentor.
The new scandal threatened to undermine the widespread popularity of Pope Francis and his efforts to set the Catholic Church on a new course.
For Pope Francis, that new course involves evangelization first of all.
“Evangelizing presupposes a desire in the church to come out of herself,” he had told the cardinals just days before the conclave that elected him. “The church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents and of all misery.”

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people of the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 12, 2015, file photo. The pope has shown special concern for the aged, the sick and those with disabilities. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FIFTH-ANNIVERSARY Feb. 13, 2018.

Mercy is the first thing the Catholic Church is called to bring to those peripheries, he says.
Although in 2013 he told reporters he would not be traveling as much as his predecessors, Pope Francis has continued their practice of literally “going out,” making 22 trips outside of Italy and visiting 32 nations.
But he also regularly visits the peripheries of Rome, both its poor suburbs and its hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons and facilities for migrants and refugees.
His desire to reach out has inspired innovations that were noteworthy at the beginning of the papacy, but now seem to be a natural part of a pope’s day. For example, after beginning with Vatican gardeners and garbage collectors, the pope continues to invite a small group of Catholics to join him most weekday mornings for Mass in the chapel of his residence.
The residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, is a guesthouse built by St. John Paul II with the intention of providing decent housing for cardinals when they would enter a conclave to elect a new pope. Pope Francis decided after the 2013 conclave to stay there and not move into the more isolated papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace.
On Holy Thursday each year, he has celebrated Mass at a prison, care facility or refugee center and washed the feet of patients, inmates or immigrants, both men and women, Catholics and members of other faiths. He also ordered the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments to clarify that the feet of both women and men can be washed at the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
During the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, he made a visit one Friday a month to people in particular need, including those at a school for the blind, a neonatal intensive care unit, a community of recovering alcoholics, a children’s group home and a community for women rescued from traffickers who forced them into prostitution. Once the Year of Mercy ended, the pope continued the visits, although not always every month.
In September 2015 as waves of migrants and refugees were struggling and dying to reach Europe, Pope Francis asked every parish and religious community in Europe to consider offering hospitality to one family. The Vatican offered apartments and support to a family from Syria and a family from Eritrea. Then, seven months later, Pope Francis visited a refugee center on the island of Lesbos, Greece, and brought 12 refugees back to Rome on the plane with him.
In the first three years of his papacy, he published three major documents: “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel); “Laudato Si, on Care for Our Common Home,” on the environment; and “‘Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family,” his reflections on the discussions of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and 2015.
People skeptical about the scientific proof that human activity is contributing to climate change objected to parts of “Laudato Si’,” but the criticism was muted compared to reactions to Pope Francis’ document on the family, especially regarding ministry to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics and the possibility that, under some conditions, some of those Catholics could return to the sacraments.
The strongest criticism came from U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and three other cardinals, who sent to the pope and then publicly released in November 2016 a formal, critical set of questions, known as “dubia,” insisting that allowing those Catholics to receive the sacraments amounted to changing fundamental church teaching about marriage, sexuality and the nature of the sacraments.
Pope Francis has not responded to the cardinals, two of whom have since died. But in December, the Vatican posted on its website the guidelines for interpreting “Amoris Laetitia” developed by a group of Argentine bishops, as well as Pope Francis’ letter to them describing the guidelines as “authentic magisterium.”
The guidelines by bishops in the Buenos Aires region said the path of discernment proposed by Pope Francis for divorced and civilly remarried couples “does not necessarily end in the sacraments” but, in some situations, after a thorough process of discernment, the pope’s exhortation “opens the possibility” to reception of the sacraments.
In the document and throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has emphasized God’s mercy and the power of the sacraments to spur conversion and nourish Christians as they try to progress in holiness.
Like all popes, Pope Francis frequently urges Catholics to go to confession, telling them it is not a “torture chamber.” And he repeatedly gives priests blunt advice about being welcoming and merciful to those who approach the confessional.
Like St. John Paul did each Lent, Pope Francis hears confessions in St. Peter’s Basilica. But, he surprised even his closest aides beginning in 2014 when, instead of going to the confessional to welcome the first penitent, he turned and went to confession himself.
He also has surprised people by being completely honest about his age. In April 2017, when he was still 80 years old, he told Italian young people that while they are preparing for the future, “at my age we are preparing to go.” The young people present objected loudly. “No?” the pope responded, “Who can guarantee life? No one.” From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has expressed love and admiration for retired Pope Benedict XVI. Returning from South Korea in 2014, he said Pope Benedict’s honest, “yet also humble and courageous” gesture of resigning cleared a path for later popes to do the same.
“You can ask me: ‘What if one day you don’t feel prepared to go on?'” he told the reporters traveling with him. “I would do the same, I would do the same! I will pray hard over it, but I would do the same thing. He (Pope Benedict) opened a door which is institutional, not exceptional.”
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Parish calendar

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
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

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
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.

YOUTH BRIEFS
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.

IN MEMORIAM
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.