Youth group makes holiday trip

PEARL – On Thursday, December 18, the Catholic youth from Meridian St. Joseph and St. Patrick parishes kicked off their holiday break with a day trip to Pearl where they enjoyed the movie “The Star,” shared lunch and went ice skating at the Christmas Wonderland. Natalie Pierce, left, Maggie Manning and Taylor Nguyen support one another on the ice. In the background, l-r, are Hannah Dover and Serena Harwell Sanders. (Photo by John Harwell)

Catholic educators gather for professional development, prayer

MADISON – More than 400 teachers, administrators and staff from all the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jackson gathered at Madison St. Joseph Catholic School on Friday, Jan. 5, for a development day. They got to hear John Findlater, a veteran of Catholic Schools, speak about the rewards of a Catholic education for both the givers and the receivers. Findlater gained teaching and administrative experience in the Archdiocese of Detroit, serving a spectrum of students across socio-economic, cultural and academic groups. Participants heard his thoughts on the importance of knowing the history of each school and how schools mirror society in every way. He said educators and schools must be adaptive to change while still holding true to Catholic identity. He delivered his important message with humor, song and even dance. The day closed with Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz. (Photos by Maureen Smith)

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)