Nobles makes simple profession

IRVNG, Texas – Brother James Martin (Adam) Nobles, OP, made his simple profession as a Dominican this past Sunday during Vespers at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Irving, Texas. Brother Martin’s family lives in Fernwood, Miss., outside of McComb and are active parishioners at St. Alphonsus Parish.
Last year, Martin, who worked in pastoral ministry at St. Dominic Hospital, was accepted as a novice to the Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres. He spent the last year in Texas at the Priory of St. Albert the Great located on the campus of Holy Trinity Seminary.
In the “mandamus” following the profession, that is, the customary Dominican rite where the friar prostrates himself while the superior reads the letter containing the friar’s assignment, Martin was assigned to live at St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, where he will continue his studies for the next two years.

Katrina issue rescheduled for September

By Maureen Smith
Mississippi Catholic will publish a special section to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in the Sept. 4 issue, not in this issue, as originally planned.
The staff decided to take an extra week to gather resources and reflections and include coverage from other outlets in the region in order to better represent what Katrina meant to this diocese and the Gulf Coast in general.
Parishes who host Katrina memorials are invited to share photos and reflections of those services to include in the special edition. Send photos to
Many people fled to the Diocese of Jackson as Katrina neared the coast. Some settled here, others went home with a whole new network of friends to help in the rebuilding process. Catholic schools here took in more than 800 students for a time and Catholic Charities spent months tending to those who lost so much.
There are so many stories to tell from the storm and its aftermath and we look forward to gathering and telling them in your voices.

Germanfest set for September

GLUCKSTADT – The 29th annual GermanFest is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, located off Interstate 55 north of Madison. Admission and parking are free.
The Gluckstadt community was founded in 1905 by a group of German families. Many of their descendants still live in the area and play an active role in putting on this festival, best known for its delicious German food and authentic German Folk music provided by the bands, Die Mitternaechters and MS Schwingen. Die Mitternaechters has entertained at the GermanFest since the first festival 29 years ago.
The hottest seller is always the sauerkraut. Parishioners make hundreds of quarts of the cabbage delicacy using a recipe handed down through generations of German descendants living in Gluckstadt.
Sizzling shish kabobs, bratwurst slathered in sauerkraut, and authentic German desserts, pies, and other home-made favorites will be served. The menu also includes giant fresh oven-baked pretzels, hot dogs, and rippchenkraut (pork chops smothered in homemade sauerkraut). Dark and light beer will be on tap, along with Pepsi products and bottled water. Again this year there will be a German wine tasting booth.
Advance meal tickets are $6, $7 at the door, and are available from parishioners Ticket information is also available by calling the parish office, 601-856-2054.
The ever-so-popular hamster pool ball, as well as the rock-wall, and an assortment of children’s games will provide hours of entertainment for all. The Country Store will be in business with an assortment of commemorative German items, T-shirts, homemade breads, authentic German desserts, homemade jellies, spreads, and canned goods.
Gifted parishioners have also used their creative energies to produce fun crafted items. Once again, our parish ladies will be selling the cookbook entitled, “Happy Village, Our Faith-Our Future,” which includes not only authentic German recipes served at the festival but parish favorites.
Festival goers may wish to bring a lawn chair since there usually aren’t enough hay bales to go around!

Football documentary highlights St. Joseph School

MADISON – “Bruin Legacy: The Enduring Gridiron Excellence of St. Joseph Catholic School” is set to air at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, on WAPT-TV and Friday, Aug. 28, immediately following the Blitz 16 high school scoreboard show. The film also is expected to air on WAPT’s digital channels during the fall.
St. Joseph School also is working with Franco Films LLC, the documentary’s producers, to provide a showing of the film in the Fine Arts theater. The date and time will be published soon.
“Bruin Legacy” officially premiered Monday, Aug. 3, before a packed audience at Malco Grandview Cinema in Madison. Franco Films shot the documentary partly on campus last year. St. Dominic Hospital sponsored and supported the production.
The 64-minute documentary features interviews with 27 different people, including alumni and some supporters. About 40 percent of the film focuses on the role football has played at the school; the rest focuses on the school’s history.
Catherine Cook, interim principal at St. Joseph, said this event is a great way for friends, faculty, alumni and students to learn about the school’s lengthy and important background,” she said. “Our long history of academic and athletic excellence go hand-in-hand,” Cook said.
She added that he excitement of the film, the beginning of a new school year along with the fall sports is a great way to draw attention to the school’s history and the roots of its existence.

Little Sisters take long view in HHS struggle

Guest Column
By Sister Constance Veit, lsp
Early in our community’s history, a group of townspeople who witnessed the Sisters’ humble charity toward the elderly dubbed them the “Little” Sisters of the Poor. The name stuck. Recently, however, we have become known to some as “the HHS Sisters” due to our lawsuit against the federal government over the Contraceptive Mandate. This issue has been pursuing us for over three years – pushing us out of our quiet, hidden lives into the unwelcome glare of the public eye – and there is no end in sight as our case now heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Why us? When will this journey end? I recently wondered as I prepared for yet another media interview about the case. But then a prayer attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was martyred in El Salvador, came to mind: “It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view … We lay foundations that will need further development … It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”
Stepping back to take the long view helped me to answer the question, “Why us?” Perhaps, among religious communities serving in the United States, we are uniquely qualified to face our nation’s current threats to religious liberty. Our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, was born at the height of the radically anti-Christian French Revolution and established our congregation in its tumultuous aftermath, with virtually no resources. By the time her earthly journey ended, her young community had grown to over 2.000 Little Sisters serving the elderly in nearly a dozen countries. Today we are present in 31 nations. Saint Jeanne Jugan was undoubtedly the prophet of a future not her own.
Based on our humble beginnings, we might say that the will to persevere in serving the poor and bearing witness to the Joy of the Gospel despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles has been written into the DNA of our Congregation. Generations of Little Sisters have soldiered on through two World Wars, civil wars and government persecution of religion in numerous countries around the globe, disregarding their own personal safety in order to stand by their Residents. Others have weathered earthquakes, tsunamis and natural disasters of all sorts. By God’s grace, they faithfully remained with the elderly regardless of dangers or harsh conditions.
Looking back over our long history, I realize that I stand on the shoulders of humble giants. The witness of Saint Jeanne Jugan and the thousands of Little Sisters who have gone before me gives me the courage to do one more interview – and to trust that tomorrow will take care of itself. As Saint Jeanne Jugan often said when faced with challenges, “Give us the house; if God fills it, God will not abandon it … If God is with us, it will be accomplished.”
Taking the long view I’ve come to a new appreciation of the power of God’s Providence. He has never abandoned us and I am confident that he will not leave us orphans in this challenging moment of our history.
Could it be that God is taking our HHS journey all the way to the Supreme Court to give us the opportunity to witness to our absolute confidence in his loving Providence? Could it be that God chose us for this struggle in order to underline the dignity of every human being created in his image and likeness?
God’s modus operandi is to use the weak of this world to confound the learned and the strong. What weaker or more unlikely prophets could he have chosen to confuse the great and powerful of our contemporary culture than Saint Jeanne Jugan, her Little Sisters of the Poor and the needy elderly? God’s mercy is from age to age on those who fear him; the Almighty will do great things for us – I’m sure of it!
(Sister Constance Veit is communications director for the Little Sisters of the Poor.)

Ecological conservation impossible without conversion

Millennial reflections
Jeremy Tobin, O.Praem
Climate change has been on the front burner for a long time. Year after year the extremes in weather patterns have people saying, “See! There is climate change.” The deniers keep up their drum beat. Congress does nothing. Massive hurricanes tear up our seacoasts. Typhoons devastate Taiwan and the coast of China. Wildfires each year are more terrible than the last, and burn up the West. A plant springs a leak of toxic chemicals, and rivers for miles are polluted, wreaking havoc all over. Mississippi is having the worst heat wave in history. Much hullabaloo. But the deniers  soothe people and its back to the usual.
Then there is the recycle movement. Reduce landfills. Push for biodegradable materials. Do we really want people five hundred years from now doing dissertations on our plastic bottles in landfills?
Some of this may sound silly. People make jokes, but it is all very serious. The scientific consensus is in. We  are putting the future of our planet at serious risk.
Pope Francis takes this very seriously. In fact he has made this a centerpiece of his papacy.
Bernie Sanders writes: “Climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency. If we don’t act aggressively now to combat it, there will be major and painful consequences in store later: rising oceans that inundate coastal areas, bigger super storms like Hurricane Sandy, worsening droughts, out-of-control wildfires, historic floods that come year after year, rising food prices, and millions of people displaced by climate disasters.”
Pope Francis, and this encyclical are making a powerful progressive impact across the world. The Atlantic Magazine reported:
In his Encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis rattles off fact after fact about the pitiful state of the earth: Pesticides have contaminated farmers soil. Air pollution has poisoned cities. Man-made waste checkers landscapes. There is not enough clean water for people to drink or tropical forests to regulate carbon in the atmosphere. Whole species of animals are dying out. In one place he says we are turning the planet into a filthy dump, but this planet is our home, all we got.
It is the poorest nations in the developing world that face the brunt of these conditions.
This encyclical is addressed to everyone on our planet, to remind us that there is such a thing as the common good, that all share and have a right to. Ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion.” He says “politics and technology have failed to save the earth.” Pope Francis criticizes “greed capitalism,” profit at all cost.
I want to focus on the interior conversion part, the spirituality part. To really change the situation involves an interior change. A spiritual renewal has to be built on the interdependence we have on the world and all nature. We are custodians, not dominating rulers.
A Catholic  source reports:
The Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praised Be You) is developed around the concept of integral ecology, as a paradigm able to articulate the fundamental relationships of the person: with God, with one’s self, with other human beings, with creation. As the Pope himself explains in n. 15, this movement starts (ch. I) by listening spiritually to the results of the best scientific research on environmental matters available today, “letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows.” Science is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth.
Pope Francis, true to his patron, says again and again that we have a relationship with the earth, all its creatures. We are called to protect this patrimony and hand it on to future generations. We are not to exploit it. He analyses Genesis correctly by saying we are not to dominate but to nurture and care for it.
Again and again he blasts those who would simply strip the earth of resources for profit only. Unbridled capitalism is a sin, and he is clear on that.
So the attitude must be one of reverence for God’s handiwork. Like St. Francis we must see the creative power of God at work and assist it by preserving its resources.
(Father Jeremy Tobin, O.Praem, lives at the Priory of St. Moses the Black, Jackson.)

Parish News

BROOKHAVEN St. Francis Parish, “The Battle Series”a four-part series, first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the library. Babysitting is available.
JACKSON St. Richard Parish, “Go and Make Disciples,” a six-week series on the role of Catholics, begins Thursday, Aug. 27, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Glynn Hall. Details: Debbie Tubertini, 601-366-2335, ext. 107,
MADISON St. Francis Parish, M&M Bible study, “Jesus the Pilgrimage,” Wednesdays from 9:15 – 11:15 in the Family Life Center, room 100. Details: Jan Evans, 601-946-6606.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick Parish, Bible study, Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the parish center. Father Robert Barron’s book, “Untold blessings, the three paths to holiness.” Details: Kathy Foley, 601-616-0025,
PEARL St. Jude Parish, “A biblical walk through the Mass, begins Sept. 13, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in the parish hall.
PHILADELPHIA Holy Cross Parish, couples’ Bible study beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. with Mass. Led by Ben Peebles. Supper and childcare provided. Cost for supper is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

LEVEL ll Catechist certification and adult faith formation courses on-site
JACKSON Holy Family Parish, “Ecclesiology, who we are as church in the world, Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 2, from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
MADISON St. Francis Parish, “Mary and the saints: Companions on the journey,” Saturdays, Sept. 12, 19, Oct. 3 and 17, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NATCHEZ Holy Family Parish, “Sacraments and worship: celebration of Christian mystery,” Mondays, Sept. 14-Nov. 2, from 3 – 5 p.m.
Level 1 certification – online courses:
– Role and person of the catechist, Sept. 8-27.
– Faith and moral development, Oct. 4-25.
– Introduction to Scriptures, Nov. 1-22.
Details: Annette Stevenson, annette.stevenson, 601-960-8470.

CANTON Holy Child Jesus Parish annual Family and Friends Day, Sunday, Aug. 30, beginning at the 11:15 a.m. Mass followed by a picnic on the church grounds. Members, former members and friends are welcome.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth Parish fair, Tuesday, Sept. 15. Volunteers are needed. Details: Lisa Chicorelli, at 662-645-0398.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories Parish, cantor workshop, Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the church. We focus on treatment of text with a few tips on breathing and vocal technique. Details: Karen Fosheim, 662-347-7653
GREENWOOD Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish  Knights of Columbus, MSU/OLE MISS football pool. Cost is $20 a square. Details: Paul Correro, 662-453-7766, or the church office, 662-453-3980.
GREENVILLE Sacred Heart Parish, health screenings, Sunday, Aug. 30, in the parish hall.
GRENADA St. Peter Parish, blood drive, Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, Fall Bazaar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Booth rental, $25. Call Barbara Dean, 901-486-6470. Volunteers needed. Details: Barbara Smith, 662-233-4833 -901-413-8102.
JACKSON St. Therese Parish, planning meeting for canonization celebration of St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents, Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. All parishioners invited.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick Parish, young adult group “Dining with the deacon,” Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Squealr’s Bar-B-Que. Details: Monette Jeter, and Mary Billups, 601-484-8954.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, launch party for all  youth group members and their parents – CYO, JCYO, KCYO, St. Mary Kids, CLW, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Sunday Aug. 30, at the Youth Center.
PEARL St. Jude Parish, monthly meeting of SAIL (Support for Adoption, Infertility, and Loss) for women that have lost children, are going through infertility, or adoption, second Tuesday of every month (Sept. 8) at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Details: Abby Nelson,
PHILADELPHIA Holy Cross, Woofer Ball Tournament and picnic, Saturday,  Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. Details: Jason Holland.
– Religious education kickoff celebration, trip to Lake Tiak o’Khata, Sunday, Sept. 23, leaving after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Lunch will be provided. Cost for parents is $16, free  for children registered for religious education classes.
TUPELO St. James Parish, Ladies’ Club meeting,  Sunday, Aug. 30, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in Mary’s Room to discuss the upcoming rummage sale. All are invited. Lunch will be served.

The 2015 National Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Oct. 8-11, at the Double Tree Hotel in Lafayette, La. Sponsored by the Diocese of Lafayette. Registration is $150 for adults, $75 for college students and $25 for high school and youth (8-13). Details: Father Thomas James, SVD, (337) 380-9713 or or

Born Free and New Beginnings has received a grant from the March of Dimes to add a smoking cessation component to its program. Born Free offers treatment services for women 18 years or older who have been identified as abusing drugs and/or alcohol and are pregnant and/or have children younger than six-years-old. Participants will get counseling for addiction, smoking cessation, safe sleep and referrals to improve the health of their babies. Details: 601-922-0026.

JACKSON Life performances of the Whirling Dervishes from Konya and Turkish Sufi music ensemble, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Inspired by Rumi, one of the world’s greatest and best-selling poets of all time.