Parish calendar of events

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE, Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Praying Scripture through Lectio Divina” November 10-11, begins with 6:30 p.m. supper. an ancient practice of reading and praying Scripture. There will be group time and periods of silence. Presenters: Mary Louise Jones, retired teacher at Milsaps College and Claudia Addison, who has lead retreats and was associated with Spirit Lifting Ministries. Donation: $180. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

BATESVILLE, St. Mary, Rummage Sale, Saturday, November 4, 7 a.m. Details: Daniel Brennflect (662) 801-3760 if you need help transporting items too large or the church office (662) 563-2273 for other information.
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, Weight Loss Support Group, Tuesday mornings 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. for weigh-in and sharing. Details: Liz Brown, (901) 331-3419.
Holy Spirit, blessing of veterans at all Masses on the weekend of November 11-12. We encourage all veterans to wear something to indicate their branch of military service. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON, St. Peter Cathedral, Fall Gala, Saturday, November 11, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Details: church office (601) 969-3125.
St. Richard, Father Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., will speak December 8-9 in Glynn Hall on “Christian Perspectives on War and Peace.” Father Malloy served as the 16th president of the University of Notre Dame from 1987 to 2005. He now serves as President Emeritus and is a professor in the Department of Theology. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
Habitat for Humanity, work continues on Catholic Build #32 at 2839 Greenview Drive. Volunteers are needed on all shifts. Details: Tyna McNealy (601) 353-6060 or tmcnealy@habitat.mca.org.
MERIDIAN, St. Patrick, 20th annual Musical and Variety Show, Fashion Show and dinner, Saturday, November 18, 6 p.m. Tickets: Reserved seating $20; open seating: adults $10 and children thru high school $5. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick School. Tickets available in the parish office or school office. Details: Dan Santiago (601) 917-7364 and Mary Yarger (601) 482-6044

YOUTH BRIEFS

JACKSON, Sister Thea Bowman School, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough fundraiser is underway. Proceeds to benefit instructional and operational activities. Last day to sell is November 3. Details: Shae Robinson or school office (601) 352-5441.
JACKSON, St. Richard, Young Adults meet every Tuesday 7-9 p.m. in the Mercy Room. If you are between the ages of 21-35 and would like to join or learn more, email strichardyoungadults@gmail.com.
MADISON, 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
St. Francis of Assisi, High School seniors are invited to take a Bible Break every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at M7 Coffee House in Ridgeland. Seniors are also invited to choose WOW! on Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.
St. Joseph School Open House: Sunday, November 5 at 2:00p.m. Details:: Tricia Harris, (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 is 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).
PEARL, St. Jude, Catholic citizenship essay contest, sponsored by St. Jude Knights of Columbus, open to students in 8-12 grades. Theme: Going to the Peripheries, 500-750 word essay. Prizes: first place from each grade wins $50. Registration forms can be picked up from Stacy Wolf in the church office. Deadline: November 1. Details: dunaway.rooks@teamrevell.com.
JACKSON Catholic Charities, Solomon Counseling Center is in need of volunteer receptionists. Details: Kim Thomason (601) 326-3760.

PRO-LIFE MISSISSIPPI TRIP

JACKSON, Pro-Life Mississippi is sponsoring a four day, three night trip to Washington, DC., for the 45th annual 2018 March for Life event scheduled for January 19, 2018. The cost of the bus and hotel is $350 per person. Registration, including a deposit, is due Dec 8. Details: Please call or text Mary (914) 466-4627 or text Dana (601) 260-0746.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

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.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

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.

YOUTH BRIEFS

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS

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

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PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY 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.

YOUTH BRIEFS COLUMBUS

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS

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

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Thomas Merton: Spiritual Writer and Contemplative Retreat, September 8-9, begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Donation: $100. Presenter: Ed Thebaud is a passionate admirer and scholar of Merton. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala. Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Celebrating Women, September 29 – October 1, a gathering of women of many cultures from across the South. You will have the opportunity to design your own place setting at the table using image and art to express who you are. Presenter: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and team. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, Sister Lael will be offering English as a Second Language classes to interested parishioners. Details: contact Sister Lael (662) 256-8392 to register.
GRENADA St. Peter, Blood Drive Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON Christ the King, Health Fair, Saturday September 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the multipurpose building. Details: church office (601) 948-8867 or ctkcatholicchurch@comcast.net.
JACKSON Holy Family, fall series, the History and Implementation of the RCIA, beginning Wednesday, August 16. Did you miss getting confirmed, but would like to complete the Sacraments of Initiation? Been Catholic all your life but still wonder why we do what we do? Or do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and class from 6:00 -7:15 p.m. Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Discovering Christ 2017, begins Thursday, September 7, and lasts for seven weeks. An opportunity to deepen your faith and grow closer to your fellow parishioners. Free and includes a meal and live music. Complimentary child care is provided. Space is limited so register early. Details: (601) 856-5556, christlife@stfrancismadison.org or www.stfrancismadisonchristlife.org/register.html.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner Benefit, Family Life Center, Sunday August 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. eat in or take out. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
TUPELO St. James, Catholic Book Club meets at noon in the library the second Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is September 13. The selection for September will be “The Complete Father Brown Mysteries” by G.K. Chesterton. Come and bring a friend even if you haven’t read the book. Details: church office (662) 842-4481 or st_james_parish@comcast.net.
JACKSON The Volunteers of Gleaners, Open House 237 Briarwood Drive, Sunday, August 20, 2-4 p.m., celebrating 30 years of service in the Jackson Metro area. They are a public charity that salvages food and distributes to shelters and safe lodges. Enjoy refreshments, meet the board members and discover many volunteer opportunities. Details: Nancy Willis (601) 956-4740 or Gloria Martinson (601) 856-0673.

YOUTH EVENTS
JACKSON Bishop Joseph Kopacz and the Office of Youth Ministry are encouraging everyone aged 18-39 to participate in a pre-synod survey sponsored by Pope Francis to prepare for World Youth Day 2018. A link to the survey is available on the diocesan website: www.mississippicatholic.com or www.jacksondiocese.org
NATCHEZ Multi-parish youth celebration, Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Basilica. Presenters from Dumb Ox Ministries as well as musical duo Greg & Lizzie will lead a day of fun, food and worship with the theme #PrayProclaim. Youth from all parishes are welcome. Registration is $10. Details: Carrie Lambert, 601-455-5616 or stmaryyouth@cableone.net.

SAVE THE DATE
MIAMI, Fla 14th National Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Oct. 5-8, Miami, Fla. The theme this year is “The Challenge is to Silence the Mind.” Adult registration is $150, High school and college registration is $75 and youth aged 8-13 is $50 not including hotel rooms. The Office of Black Catholic Ministries has registration scholarships available on a first-come basis. Details: 601-949-6935

In Memoriam

Father Charles Yost

Father Charles Yost, SCJ, died July 8 at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake in Franklin, WI. He had gone into home hospice care just days earlier. He was 85. Father Yost professed his first vows in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. From 1962-63 he was able to fulfill his dream of being a missionary, serving in Indonesia. Father Yost moved to Mississippi in 1993, working in parish minstry at Hernando Holy Spirit. He also served as spiritual director of the Sacred Heart League (now Sacred Heart Southern Missions) from 1998-2004.
Retired, Father Yost was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. In retirement, he continued to be active, overseeing the production of the American Ordo for many years, in collaboration with the Province Development Office. He was buried in Wisconsin.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, “Then Sings My Soul” inner healing retreat, Friday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cost is $60.  Details: Magdalene Abraham, (662) 299-1232.
GRENADA St. Peter, Save the Date, Saturday, October 7, Adult Retreat. More details will be forthcoming.  Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Eucharistic celebration, Sunday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Carmelite Monastery Chapel, followed by a reception on the front lawn. Father Jeremy Tobin, OPraem, will be the main Celebrant and Deacon Denzil Lobo will be the homilist. Join the sisters before the feast for novena Masses: Sunday, July 9 – 11 a.m.
Monday-Friday, July 10-14 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday July 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Details: (601) 373-1460.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Save the Date, Fall Bazaar, Saturday September 30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers needed to set up before and help the day of the bazaar. Details: Barbara Smith (662) 233-4833 or (901) 413-8102.
JACKSON Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, graphic artist needed to volunteer on a special project. Details: Cathedral office (601) 969-3125 or (601) 613-2430.
– St. Richard, monthly Bereavement Support Group “Life is Changed Not Ended”, Thursday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Mercy Room. Speaker: Rev. Ann McLemore, associate rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Rev. McLemore has been an Episcopal priest for 20 years and has been devoted to helping those who have lost loved ones since her husband’s death eight years ago. Open to all. Details: Suzie Cranston, (601) 982-5464, Linda Lalor (601) 853-8840, or Nancy McGhee (601) 942-2078 or email ncmcghee@bellsouth.net.
MADISON 2017 Mississippi Drug Summit, July 11-13 at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Summit to focus on opioid and herion abuse. Open to counselors, advocates, social workers and attorneys. Continuing education credits available to clinicians. Details: www.drugsummit.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Blood Drive, Tuesday, July 18, noon – 5:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
– American Choral Association Directors Concert, Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m., free and open to the public. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
STARKVILLE St. Joseph Parish, Billings Ovulation Method, Natural Family Planning Teacher training, July 20-23, Registration fee covered by the Catholic Diocese of Jackson for Catholics. Deadline to register is July 11. Cost: Food/beverage – $50 per person (July 20 dinner included, other evening meals on your own). Details: Mrs. Carmen Wilder, (662) 341-8865, sue@boma-usa.org, (651) 699-8139 or www.boma-usa.org and select the Teacher Training tab.
VICKSBURG St. Michael, Meals on Wheels, the parish serves the elderly of their community on the second Friday of each month. Next service day is Friday, July 14 at 8 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Need volunteers to help with cooking, boxing, delivering meals or donating a dessert, salad or bread. Details: Carrie Meyer (601) 218-1007 or Jennifer Vincent at (601) 529-3230.

YOUTH EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen parishioners have been invited by First United Methodist Church to adult Vacation Bible School on July 10-12, 9 a.m. – noon, includes lunch. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
MADISON St. Joseph School, Summer Camps:
Basketball Camp: 3rd – 8th grades for girls and boys, July 17-19. Details: Coach West, (313) 355-3973 or St. Joseph School (601) 898-4800.
Cheerleader Camp: Rising 1st – 6th graders, July 17-19. Details Emily Toulomelis ebechtold@stjoebruins.com
Spirit Stepper Camp: rising 1st – 6th graders, July 17-19. Details: Leslie Ann Harkins lharkins@stjoebruins.com.
TUPELO St. James, Vacation Bible School “SUPER SAINTS”, July 17-21. Registration forms are in the back of the church and in the office.  Details: Dori, (662) 316-1461 if you can volunteer.

Save the Date
MADISON Faith Formation Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m – 3 p.m. at St. Joseph High School. The Department of Faith Formation invites parish and school catechists, RCIA team members, youth ministers, DREs/CREs, Adult Education Leaders and all who are interested in faith formation for a day of enrichment and education. Look for details in coming weeks.

IN MEMORIAM


Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, died June 21 at the age of 82 in Louisville, Kentucky. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1954. She earned a BA degree in English from Ursuline College, Louisville, in 1958 and a MA degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1964. Sister also studied at Spalding University, Louisville; and Trinity Washington University (then Trinity College) in Washington, DC. Sister Louise taught at Saint Mary School and Saint Joseph High School in Jackson from 1965 to 1969.
Visitation was at the Ursuline Motherhouse June 26, followed by a Vigil Service.  The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on June 27 in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Associate Weekend, August 18-20. It will be a time to share our common vision and ministry, support one another in prayer, renew our commitments for another year, welcome new friends and plan for the future.  Begins with supper at 6:30. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Five-Day Directed Retreat, August 7-11. Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director and personal reflection and prayer. Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB, Sister Treva Heinberg, OSB and Sister Priscilla Cohen, OSB. Cost: private room $470. Details: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, OSB; Director, www.shmon.org or (256) 734-8302.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY

JACKSON St. Peter Cathedral, Bingo Party, Saturday July 15. Details: Laura Tarbutton, ltarbutton@cathedralsaintpeter.org..
– St. Richard, Save the date – Level II church history class, 9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:  August 15, 22 and 29, and September: 5, 12 and 19. Facilitator: Mary Louise Jones. The class will use “The Catholic Church through the Ages” by John Vidmar, OP. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Loyola Theology Study, first course begins Friday, September 15. Details: contact the church office (601) 445-5616 or Donna Martello, Program Coordinator@cableone.net by June 30.
TUPELO North Mississippi Health Services, Volunteers are needed in many areas of health care. Details: Jessica Vaughn at (662) 871-5033 or jvaughnii@aol.com.
YAZOO CITY McCoy Elementary Cafetorium,  “Revive Yazoo” city-wide revival. June 26-30 at 7 p.m. Guest speakers include Bishop Edward Duke, Butterworth, South Africa; Pastor Rickey Musgrove, Edmond, Oklahoma; and Dr. Robert and Pastor Pam Armstrong, Springfield, Illinois. Flyers at the St. Mary church entrance. Details: church office (662)-746-1680.
 – St. Mary,  An eight-week Catholic Bible study will be offered in September. Details: Diane Melton at (662) 746-1680.

YOUTH BRIEFS
AMORY St. Helen, Vacation Bible School, held in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church, July 9-11, from 5-8 p.m. There will be a cookout on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. for both congregations. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
GRENADA St. Peter, If anyone is interested in organizing Vacation Bible School and getting a team together for one week this summer. The church can provide a program with all the details needed to pull it off. Details: Annette Tipton (662) 226-2490.
TUPELO St. James, Homework, July 26-29. Open to youth going into grades 6-12. They will have games, service projects, guest speakers and more. There is no cost. Forms are at the back of the church, in the church office, or available by email.  Adult Volunteers needed. Details: Dori Stearns, (662) 842-4881 or st-james-cyo@comcast.net.

JUBILEES

 

Sister Patricia “Pat” Clemen

Sister Patricia “Pat” Clemen, a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, is set to celebrate her Golden Jubilee on Saturday, June 24, at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa, and Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. In 1978 Sister Pat moved to Mississippi and currently resides in Morton. From 1988-2008 she volunteered as DRE/RCIA Director at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. Presently, Sister Pat is Quality Improvement Director at Sta-Home Health and Hospice in Jackson and volunteers at Excel Learning Center in Morton teaching CPR.
The following School Sisters of St. Francis, Wilwaukee celebrated Jubilees on June 17:
Sister Noel (Renelle) LeClaire (70 years) was born in Escanaba, Michigan.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, a Master of Religious Education degree from Regis College in Boston, a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical Institute of Regina Mundi in Rome, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Marquette University, Milwaukee. In the Diocese of Jackson, she served in Holly Springs as a social worker at Sacred Heart Southern Missions (1992-1994) and at a social service agency (1994-2005).  Sister resides in Milwaukee.
Sister Maria Ann (Esther) Raef (70 years) was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee and graduated as a certified nursing assistant from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Walls (1959-1965). Sister resides in Milwaukee.
Sister Margaret Sue (Vincens) Broker (60 years) was born in Frankenstein, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, a Master of Science degree in Education from Memphis State University, Tennessee, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Walls (1961-1994) where she also served as principal (1994-1996) and worked as a member of the development staff (1996-1999). Sister is now a teacher at Sacred Heart School, Southaven (1999-present).  
Sister Sheila (Charmond) Kloss (60 years) was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. She served as principal of CADET School, Holly Springs (1969-1986). Sister resides in Idyllwild, California.
Cards for the last four sisters may be mailed to the sister’s name, ATTN:  Jubilee Committee, 1515 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.

Calendar of events

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

CHICAGO Ill., “Disciples Making Disciples,” National Gathering on Christian Initiation conference for catechumenal ministers and pastoral leaders, July 5-6. Conference will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of the ministry of initiation. Details: ngci@ltp.org, (773) 579-4900, ex. 3554 or www.NationalGatheringOnChristianInitiation.org to register.
STANTON, Tenn. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women suffering after an abortion, Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, June 16-18. Participation is strictly confidential. Come experience God’s love, compassion and forgiveness. Be not afraid. Details: Cathy,  (901) 463-3595 or rvmphs@gmail.com.
BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, St. Theresa of Avila’s “The Interior Castle,” July 14-15. Written in 1577, St. Theresa describes how the soul is like a diamond in the shape of a castle that contains seven mansions. The mansions are symbolic of the seven stages of a journey of faith which culminates in ‘union with God.’ Even though these words were written nearly 450 years ago, St. Theresa’s wisdom is just as applicable and practical today. Presenter: Father John Bohn, pastor of Jackson St. Richard Parish and a long-time student of St. Theresa and St. John of the Cross. Begins with 6:30 p.m. dinner Friday to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation $100. Details: Sheila Avery, (662) 738-5348 or www.dwellingplace.com.
NATCHEZ, Compassion Care Hospice, Suite A, 113 Jefferson Davis Blvd., Grief and Loss Support Group, Second Monday of each Month, 5:30 pm. Next meeting, Monday, June 12. Details: call (601) 442-6800 or dana.pias@cchnet.net

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CRYSTAL SPRINGS St. John the Evangelist, Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of Father Thomas Delaney’s 60th Anniversary of ordination, Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Details: church office (601) 892-1717.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, annual Follies, Saturday, July 29. Proceeds go to the debt reduction for the church. This year’s theme is “Skits and Bits” – musical numbers and short skits. Volunteer actors, dancers, stage hands and costume makers needed. Details: contact Ken Hoover at (901) 692-0859 or Barbara Smith at (901) 413-8102.
MERIDIAN Saida and George Rashmawi, volunteer members from the Church in Bethlehem, are visiting St. Patrick and St. Joseph, the weekend of June 24-25. They will speak about the Christian struggle in the Holy Land and offer olive wood carvings for sale. Details: church office, (601) 693-1321.
VICKSBURG, St. Aloysius Class of 1977, 40-year class reunion, homecoming weekend of October 6. Details: Laurie Galloway Chadwell (lgchadwell@aol.com) or reunion website: https://tinyurl.com/stal77.

YOUTH EVENTS

CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Come and See Day,” Saturday November 11, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 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: Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114.
JACKSON Holy Family, Vacation Bible School, June 12-15, 6-8 p.m. Ages 4-11 (grades pre-k4 through rising sixth graders). Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
– St. Therese, Vacation Bible School, June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ages 4-13, younger children are welcome with a parent, lunch served noon daily. Details: parish office (601) 372-4481.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Vacation Bible School, Volunteers are needed for our VBS on Friday evening July 7 & Saturday morning July 8. Details: Diane Melton at (662) 746-1680.

Save the Date
MADISON Faith Formation Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m – 3 p.m. at St. Joseph High School. The Department of Faith Formation invites parish and school catechists, RCIA team members, youth ministers, DREs/CREs, Adult Education Leaders and all who are interested in faith formation for a day of enrichment and education. Look for details in coming weeks.

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Correction
JACKSON Tickets for the Catholic Charities Bishops’ Ball scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at Jackson Country Club are $85 per person. The dinner and auction event starts at 6:30 p.m. Details: 601-355-8634. The price printed in the last edition was incorrect. We regret the error.

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
ABERDEEN St. Francis of Assisi, Bible study, held on the last Sunday of each month after Mass in the parish hall. Details: (662) 813-2295.
BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Transitions and Transformation,” June 9-11. Facilitators: Dr. Francis Baird, LPC, has a private counseling practice in Columbus & Starkville; Clare Van Lent, MA CSp, Dwelling Place director. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Some of the topics that will be dealt with during this retreat will be: realizing my gifts, overcoming my fears, addressing my regrets, exploring my lost dreams. This weekend will be a time to explore these issues in the light of faith. Donation $180. Details: Sheila Avery, secretary, (662) 738-5348 or www.dwellingplace.com to register online.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Cursillistas interested in forming a men’s prayer group. Details: call Wayne Miller at (901) 679-3400.
RIDGELAND Hospice Ministries volunteer training program, June 9-10. Volunteers are always in need to answer the call of helping others during one of life’s most trying experiences, terminal illness. It is a fast-paced program filled with speakers (and refreshments). Friday, June 9 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 1-5 p.m. Details: call Volunteer Services at (601) 898-1053 ext. 258.
JACKSON St. James Episcopal Church “Walking the Mourners’ Path” a 6-week course beginning Sunday, June 4, offers comfort and healing for whatever stage of grief you may be in. Details: call Ann at (769) 257-2377 or mclemore.a@a@gmail.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Book Club resumes with a study of a Christian classic, “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. Beginning Tuesday, June 6 on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the O’Connor Family Life Center. You can download the discussion questions at cslewis.org/resources/studyguides. Details:  (601) 445-5616.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
GREENVILLE Steve Azar Delta Soul Celebrity Golf and Charity Event, June 8-10. Details: General Info: info@steveazarsaintceciliafoundation.org or Delta Soul deltasoul@sascf.org.
– Reggie Smith Baseball Clinic, Thursday, June 8, 8 a.m. – noon, Delta Sportsplex, held in conjunction with Delta Soul Celebrity and Charity event. Ages 9 years and older. Cost: $10 per player and all proceeds will benefit the Delta Sportsplex. Details: Beth Giachelli (662) 822-6632 giachelliphotography@hotmail.com or Jeffrey Giachelli (662) 822-6836 jeffrey.giachelli@farmsourceag.com.
JACKSON St. Therese, CWA Garage Sale, Saturday, June 10, 7 a.m. – noon in the gym. Proceeds benefit the parish projects of the St. Therese CWA. Drop-off times are Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & June 5-8, 5-7 p.m. Details: church office, (601) 372-4481.
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of St. Patrick and St. Joseph, the Knights of Peter Claver will be selling fish and rib plates on Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the corner of 8th Street and 26th Avenue. If 10 or more tickets are purchased, knights will deliver within the city limits. Details: tickets may be purchased from any Knights of Peter Claver member or call (601) 938-5757.
VICKSBURG St. Michael, meals on wheels next service day is Friday, June 9, 8 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Help is needed with cooking, boxing or delivering the meals, or if you like to donate a dessert, salad, or bread. Details: contact Carrie Meyer at (601) 218-1007 or Jennifer Vincent at (601) 529-3230.

YOUTH BRIEFS
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Vacation Bible School, June 26-30, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Teen helpers ages 12+ only. Please fill out registration forms and put in basket in back of the church starting the first Sunday in June. Details: Lucy Holland at (662) 429-1188.
JACKSON Sister Thea Bowman School, Enrollment is now underway for 2017-18 school year. Details: contact Shae Robinson at (601) 352-5441.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Hero Central Vacation Bible School. Many heroes are needed to volunteer to teach, assist, work in the kitchen, decorate, and babysit on June 19-23. Details: contact Mary Catherine at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org or (601)-856-5556 to volunteer.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick School, Pre-registration continues for the 2017-18 school year. Registration fee is $300. Details: (601) 482-6044
OXFORD St. John, Vacation Bible School, June 5-9, youth- ages 4 – entering 4th grade. pro-life themed program where kids will learn to discover, respect, protect, serve and celebrate life. Volunteers welcome. Details: contact Kristin Whelan at (404) 538-9100 or kmwhelan8@gmail.com.
SOUTHAVEN Sacred Heart School (PreK-4 through 8th grade) is holding open enrollment for new families.  Sacred Heart is one of three national finalists for Innovations in Catholic Education for Promoting Catholic Identity. Details: Contact principal Bridget Martin (662) 349-0900 or bmartin@shsm.org  

Correction
JACKSON Tickets for the Catholic Charities Bishops’ Ball scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at Jackson Country Club are $85 per person. The dinner and auction event starts at 6:30 p.m. Details: 601-355-8634. The price printed in the last edition was incorrect. We regret the error.

Calendar of event

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Transitions and Transformation”, June 9-11.  Facilitators: Dr. Francis Baird, LPC, has a private counseling practice in Columbus & Starkville; Clare Van Lent, MA CSp, Dwelling Place director. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Some of the topics that will be dealt with during this retreat will be: realizing my gifts, overcoming my fears, addressing my regrets, exploring my lost dreams. This weekend will be a time to explore these issues in the light of faith. Donation $180. Details: Sheila Avery, secretary, (662) 738-5348 or www.dwellingplace.com to register online.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

 BROOKHAVEN St. Francis of Assisi, “Moral Relativism: A Catholic Response”, begins the first Wednesday in June (June 7), Father Henry Shelton will facilitate a 5-part series using Formed.org in the parish library, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Details: parish office (601) 833-1799.

COLUMBUS Annunciation, Lowndes County Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is seeking a new volunteer coordinator from Annunciation Church. Requires a small monthly time commitment every first Monday and first Wednesday. There is also a monthly board meeting on the last Tuesday of the month. Details: Leslie Jones, (541) 868-4944 or lelybee@gmail.com.

HOLLY SPRINGS St. Joseph, needed: someone to teach Spanish on Sunday after Mass. Details: call Sister Emily (662) 342-1073.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Cajun Fest 2017. Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Features Cajun food, Cold drinks and live music, children’s games, raffles, General Store and plenty of opportunity to socialize in a family friendly atmosphere. Details: (601) 856-5556.

Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of Father Al Camp’s 60th Anniversary of the Priesthood, Thursday, May 25, 11 a.m. Father Camp has been a true example of how a priest must minister to a wide variety of God’s Sheep. A luncheon will follow. Details: RSVP to (601) 856-5556.     

OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Thrift Store Volunteers Needed. Queen of Peace will be responsible for the Olive Branch Thrift Store for the month of May.  The Thrift Store is located at Hacks Cross and Hwy 178.  Volunteers needed during operating hours of Tuesday: 10AM—12:30PM, Friday: Noon—4:00PM and Saturday: 10AM—2PM.  Also needed on Monday and Thursday when the store is closed to sort new donations.  Sign-up sheet in the Commons. Details: Contact Mary Bailey, (901) 489-7876.

TUTWILER, Tutwiler Community Education Center (TCEC) celebration of 25 years since completion of their current building in downtown Tutwiler, Saturday, June 17, at 5pm at TCEC. Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and program recognizing those who helped establish the Center. Founder Sr. Maureen Delaney will be attending. Entertainment provided by the children of TCEC’s music department. Details: Make your reservation by calling Ms. Carla Ross, Ms. Lucinda Berryhill or Ms. Shelley Ricker at TCEC (662) 345-8393 or emailing  info@tutwilercenter.org before May 31.

YOUTH BRIEFS

GREENVILLE St. Joseph School Gymnasium, Mini Cheer Camp, June 5-7, 8-11 a.m. Ages 3-12 years old. Cost: $50 per participant; includes snacks and lots of fun. Benefits St. Joseph Middle School cheerleaders. Deadline for a T-shirt is May 15. Details: Ms. Perlita Dixon, (662) 378-9711.

Football camp, June 5-7, 8-11 a.m., SJCS Field House, Coach John Baker

Basketball camp, June 5-7, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., SJCS Gymnasium, Coach James Hunter

Baseball camp, June 12-14, 8-11 a.m., SJCS Baseball Field, Coach Chris Williams

Soccer camp, June 19-21, 8-11 a.m., SJCS Practice Field, Coach Craig Mandolini

 Above four camps for Ages 5-12 years old, boys and girls. Cost: $50 per camp. Attend all 4 for $180 ($20 savings); 3 camps for $135 ($15 savings). Includes T-shirt if registered by May 15 or June 1 without T-shirt. Details: Missi Blackstock, (662) 378-9711.

Tennis Camp, May 30-June 2–The Mark Apartments, Cost: $40. 4-6 yr olds—8am-9am; 7-9 yr olds–9:15am-10:15am; 10-12 yr olds–10:30am-11:45am; 13+ yr olds–11:45am-1pm. Tennis Camp is not included in the sports camp packages. Details: Marcia Williams (870) 926-4648

JACKSON Sister Thea Bowman School, Enrollment is now underway for 2017-18 school year. Details: contact Shae Robinson at (601) 352-5441 for a packet.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Hero Central Vacation Bible School. Many heroes are needed to volunteer to teach, assist, work in the kitchen, decorate, and babysit on June 19-23. Details: contact Mary Catherine at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org or (601)-856-5556 to volunteer.

MERIDIAN St. Patrick School, Pre-registration continues for the 2717-18 school year. Registration fee is $300. Details: (601) 482-6044 or to schedule a personal tour with the principal, Mrs. David.

Catholic Camp 2017 for children in NE Mississippi June 18-24 for boys and girls ages 8-11; June 25-July 1 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 MS. Cost:  $100/week. Scholarships and reduced fees are available. Application deadline is June 12.  Details: call Father Tim Murphy, 662-304-0087. E-mail: catholiccampms@juno.com.

SOUTHAVEN Sacred Heart School (PreK-4 through 8th grade) is holding open enrollment for new families.  Sacred Heart is one of three national finalists for Innovations in Catholic Education for Promoting Catholic Identity.  Details: Contact principal Bridget Brotherton Martin to schedule your tour today.  Details: (662) 349-0900 or bmartin@shsm.org  

DURANT Sisters’ Memorial: A monument in memory of Sr. Margaret Held, SSSF, and Sr. Paula Merrill, SCN, will be dedicated on Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m., at Liberty Park on Northeast Depot Street and Highway 12.  All are invited to come to remember and honor these two women who followed our Lord by serving the medical needs of the people of Holmes County. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to donate, please bring snacks to share. Details:  Carolyn Riley, carolynriley56@yahoo.com  or call Father Greg Plata, (662) 392-3000.

JACKSON Belhaven University, Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 202, “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” Course and Retreat, June 9-10 & 23-25. Designed to assist all faith communities to grow toward wholistic health from a global perspective. Open to registered nurses of all faith traditions. Registration closes May 26. Cost: $200, includes tuition, materials, Continuing Nursing Education contact hours and meals for all class dates. Details: Ann Elizabeth Kaiser, (601) 213-6378 or annelizabeth.kaiser@catholiccharitiesjackson.org.

 

 

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Paschal Triduum, April 14-16. Join the staff in observing the spirit of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday in silence and prayer. Attend the special services at Corpus Christi, Macon. Begins 5:00 p.m. Holy Thursday service; concludes with Easter Sunday breakfast. Donation $200. Details: Sheila Avery, (662) 738-5348 or www.dwellingplace.com to register online.

GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus, Sunday, April 23, Feast of Divine Mercy, prayer service, 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Mercy. Come and thank our Lord Jesus for his limitless mercy and love. Details: call Magdalene Abraham (662) 299-1232.

PEARL St. Jude, “Liturgical Music: Ministry Encounters Mystery,” a retreat for parish music directors, musicians and clergy, June 8-9. Sponsored by the Office of Liturgy. Presenter: Alexis Kutarna, director of music for St. Mary Seminary in Houston, Texas. It is requested that all parishes send a representative from their music ministry to this enriching experience. Details: Mary Woodward, (601) 960-8475 or mary.woodward@jacksondiocese.org.

CHICAGO Ill., “Disciples Making Disciples,” National Gathering on Christian Initiation is sponsoring a conference for Catechumenal Ministers and Pastoral Leaders on July 5-6. They will be exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of the ministry of Initiation. Details: ngci@ltp.org, (773) 579-4900, ex. 3554 or www.NationalGatheringOnChristianInitiation.org to register.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, book discussion on “Dispatches from Pluto” by Richard Grant, Monday, April 10. Everyone is invited to read the book and plan to join in the discussion. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.

COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Annual $10,000 Drawdown fund-raiser, Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $100 and admit two adults (21 and older). Includes dinner catered by Huck’s restaurant, live music by Winwheel and open bar. Drawdown purpose is to fill in the tuition gap between tuition and actual cost of education. Details: Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarking@cableone.net or (662) 328-4479.

GREENWOOD Immaculate Heart of Mary parish center, annual blood drive, Monday, May 8, 2:30 – 7:00 p.m. Details: parish office (662) 453-3980.

HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Annual Yard Sale, April 28-29. Sponsored by the Ladies Association. Proceeds go to debt reduction of the church. Setup will start April 17 at 9 a.m. Details: Barbara Wilder (901) 832-0672; Pat Kuehnel (662) 996-6622 or LaRae Walgenbach (901) 486-0225.

JACKSON Holy Ghost Parish will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23 with a Holy Hour and singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet starting at 2 p.m. The hour will close with benediction and Mass. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Details: Father Alfred Ayem, SVD, pastor, (601) 353-1339.

– St. Richard, a group of men and women within the parish and Jackson community (between the ages of 28-42) is forming to socialize and network in faith and fellowship. People from different backgrounds, stages of life, and relationships (single or married) to meet over food and drinks. First meeting is Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in Foley Hall. Details: Katherine Capocelli, (804) 301-4590 or email katherine.capocelli@gmail.com.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Cajun Fest 2017. Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Features Cajun food, Cold drinks and live music, children’s games, raffles, General Store and plenty of opportunity to socialize in a family friendly atmosphere. Sponsorships of $300 or more will be included on the back of Cajun Fest T-shirt. Sponsorship form must be received by April 14 to be included on the back of t-shirts. Details: (601) 856-5556 (CORRECTION: The March 24th paper had an incorrect date for Cajun Fest. This is a corrected entry. We regret the error.)

SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, Trivia Night, Saturday, April 29. Cost: $15.00/person or $25.00/couple. Mark your calendars now for a fun night out. Details: call Karin (901) 289-0311 or email Donna ctksdonna@gmail.com.

TUPELO St. James, Save the Date, Vacation Bible School “SUPER SAINTS,” July 17-21. Registration will be in Shelton Hall foyer during CCD hours. Details: Jessica (662) 871-5033 or email jvaughnii@aol.com if you can volunteer.

VICKSBURG, St. Michael, Softball league for 16 years of age or older. League play starts in April. Details: call Joe Loviza at 636-1694.

GREENVILLE St. Joseph, Joint Elementary and Secondary School Live Stations of the Cross presented by the Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School at 9:15 AM Wednesday, April 12, in the Philip and Louise Mansour Gymnasium.

YOUTH BRIEFS

GREENVILLE St. Joseph Catholic School, Summer Camp Dates:

Mini-Cheer, June 5-7, 8-11 a.m.

Football, June 5-7, 8-11 a.m.

Basketball, June 5-7,12 noon – 3 p.m.

Baseball, June 12-14, 8-11 a.m.

Science, June 12-14,12 noon- 3 p.m

Soccer, June 19-21, 8-11 a.m.

Registration forms will be mailed this week. Details: Missi Blackstock, (662)378-9711.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. Snacks at the Family Life Center, 9:30 – 10 a.m. KCYO in Memorial Park. Younger Children at Family Life Center. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.

VICKSBURG St. Paul, Easter Egg Hunt for children up to fourth grade, Saturday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Food and games as well as egg hunt with prizes. Bring a basket. Details: church office (601) 636-0140.