• BOONEVILLE St. Francis, Healing Mass, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m.
  • CAMDEN Sacred Heart Parish, Advent retreat with  Father Raul Ventura, pastor, Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.
  • CORINTH St. James Parish, Healing Mass, Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.
  • IUKA St. Mary, Healing Mass, Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.
  • JACKSON St. Richard Parish mission, Jan. 12-14, 2015. Led by deacons Eddie Ensley and Robert Herrmann of Columbus, Ga.
  • PEARL St. Jude, video presentation of Father Robert Barren’s series, “Priest, Prophet and King,” Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Group discussion follows.


  • BATESVILLE St. Mary Parish, Mass in Spanish for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 a.m. with a fiesta afterwards.
    – Representation of Las Posadas,  Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center.
  • CAMDEN Sacred Heart Parish, evening of reconciliation and potluck dinner to celebrate the holidays, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.
    – Seniors’ Christmas party, Friday Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. in the parish hall.
  • CANTON Holy Child Jesus, Bishop Joseph Kopacz will celebrate the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 14. A reception will follow.
  • CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth Parish, young adults Christmas party, Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 – 7 p.m. in the rectory. Dinner will be provided. Bring a gift for “Dirty Santa.”
    – Youth will sell luminaries in honor/memory of loved ones the weekends of Dec 12-13 and Dec 20-21. Proceeds will benefit their summer’s mission trip.
  • CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Christmas program, Sunday Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner. Meat will be provided.
  • CORINTH St. James Parish, family holiday adventure at “Christmas in Cotton Plant,” Saturday, Dec. 20. A carpool will leave from the church at 5:30 a.m. After the visit,  refreshments and fellowship will continue at Kate and Sam Hathorn’s home.
  • GREENVILLE Sacred Heart Parish, annual Christmas Party, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a $5 – $10 gift to play Dirty Santa.
  • GREENWOOD Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa’s workshop, Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the parish center for children age three through sixth grade.
    – Christmas choir concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. followed by a wine and cheese reception.
  • GREENWOOD St. Francis of Assisi, Christmas potluck dinner, Sunday, Dec. 21, after the 11 a.m. Mass.
  • GRENADA St. Peter Parish, annual Christmas supper, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.  with Christmas carols and Santa’s visit.
  • IUKA St. Mary, starting in January 2015 confessions will be on the third Saturday of the month at 4 p.m.
  • JACKSON St. Richard Parish, Young at Heart “Minnie Pearl” impersonation by Linda Beard and Christmas music, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Foley Hall.
  • MADISON St. Francis Parish, pizza and salad dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 5:15 p.m.
  • MERIDIAN St. Patrick Parish, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, bilingual Mass on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Parishioners are asked to bring a dish.
  • OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace Parish is selling Christmas trees until Dec. 19. Weekday hours are from 4 – 8 p.m., Saturdays, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Sundays from noon – 8 p.m.
    – Santa visits on Sunday, Dec. 14. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  Proceeds will benefit the Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center of DeSoto County.
  • PEARL St. Jude Parish, annual Christmas dinner, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center.
  • SHAW St. Francis Parish, Christmas party, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Bring a gift to play “Dirty Santa.”
  • SOUTHAVEN Christ the King Parish, representation of Las Posadas, Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. followed by a reception in the social hall. Everyone is invited to join in the procession with Mary and Joseph in their search for shelter. A reception will follow in the Social Hall.
  • YAZOO CITY St. Mary Parish is planning an overnight Lenten pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and EWTN in Birmingham. If interested call Janet Whittington, 662-755-2308.


  • Camden Sacred Heart, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. followed by the Christmas potluck dinner.
  • Clarksdale St. Elizabeth, Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6 – 6:45 p.m.
  • Flowood St. Paul, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m.
  • Gluckstadt St. Joseph, Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Grenada St. Peter, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.
  • Hernando Holy Spirit, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Jackson St. Richard, Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.
  • Jackson St. Therese, individual reconciliation, Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20, from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Meridian St. Patrick, Monday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Olive Branch Queen of Peace, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.
  • Pearl St. Jude, Father Jeffrey Waldrep will be available to hear confessions on Saturday,
  • Dec. 13, from 3 – 5:15 p.m. as well as other times by appointment.
  • Robinsonville Good Shepherd, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
  • Senatobia St. Gregory, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
  • Shaw St. Francis, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Southaven Christ the King, Monday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
  • Yazoo City St. Mary, Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.


  • MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – School Sister of St. Francis Celesta Blackbird, who lived her religious vocation in education, died Nov. 28 at Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee. Sister Blackbird was 90 years old.
    Beginning in 1946, Sister Ce lesta ministered in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska for more than six decades. In the Diocese of Jackson, she taught at St. Francis School in Yazoo City (1955-1966).
    A wake and funeral Liturgy were held Dec. 4 at St. Joseph Convent, Milwaukee. Interment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee.
  • DUBUQUE, Iowa – Sister Julissa Duggan, BVM, 95, died Nov. 28, at Marian Hall in Dubuque. Interment was at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
    In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Duggan taught elementary school at Clarksdale Immaculate Conception. She also taught elementary school and was principal/superior in Davenport, Muscatine, Cedar Falls and Cascade, Iowa; Tucson, Ariz.; Chattanooga, Tenn; and Chicago, Ill.