Holy Ghost offers Women’s retreat

JACKSON — Holy Ghost Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Women’s Retreat Saturday, October 15th from 8:30 to 3:00 in the Family Life Center at 1151 Cloister Street, Jackson The theme is God’s Love…Empowering the MIND/BODY/SPIRIT.

  • Keynote Address by Mary Louise Jones of St. Richard’s Church- “Martha and Mary” Luke 10:38-42.
  • Team Building Icebreaker- “Let’s Make a Deal” Ephesians 4:16.
  • Kimberly M. Taylor, Educator and Motivational Trainer from Atlanta will present “In the Meantime” Romans 8:28.
  • Sharon Nettles, Early Learning Specialist will lead activity with demonstration “A Recipe for Disaster” Exodus 23:19.
  • Regina Lacking, LMSW will answer the question -Compassion Fatigue: “What does that have to do with me? Psalms 55:6.
  • Sandra Cole-Rice will guide physical activity- “Stress Management” Matthew 6:34.
  • Short Sessions on Trauma and Medicaid will be made by guests. Continental Breakfast and Lunch is included. The cost to attend is $30.00.  Door Prizes, Vendor displays by Deluxe Jewelry, Avon, and Mary Kay will be available.  Each HGLA is encouraged to invite at least one friend to come to our Retreat!!! For planning purposes, RSVP by October 10th. Call Chunda Longino at 601-209-2253 or Nancy Johnson at 601-605-4184.

Explore the Call

JACKSON – SEARCH Retreat is a unique retreat experience designed for youth who have a strong desire to deepen their faith and relationship with Christ. It’s a retreat “for teens, led by teens” with a strong focus on vocations. Youth in 11th and 12th grades are encouraged to register for this event set for Nov. 11-13 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman. Spaces are limited. SEARCH engages youth in a special way and calls them to live out their Catholic faith in a bold, real, active and healthy way. This retreat is intended for youth who are looking to “go deeper” in their faith. Register at www.jacksonsearch.com.

Feeding off life’s sacred fire

By Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI
See the wise and wicked ones
Who feed upon life’s sacred fire
These are lines from Gordon Lightfoot’s song, Don Quixote and they highlight an important truth, both the wise and the wicked feed off the same energy. And it’s good energy, sacred energy, divine energy, irrespective of its use. The greedy and the violent feed off the same energy as do the wise and the saints. There’s one source of energy and, even though it can be irresponsibly, selfishly and horrifically misused, it remains always God’s energy.
Unfortunately, we don’t often think of things that way. Recently I was listening to a very discouraged man who, looking at the selfishness, greed and violence in our world, blamed it all on the devil. “It must be the anti-Christ,” he said, “How else do you explain all this, so many people breaking basically every commandment. “
He’s right in his assessment that the selfishness, greed and violence we see in our world today are anti-Christ (though perhaps not the Anti-Christ spoken of in scripture). However he’s wrong about where selfishness, greed and violence are drawing their energy from. The energy they are drawing upon comes from God, not from the devil.
What we see in all the negative things that make up so much of the evening news each day is not evil energy but rather the misuse of sacred energy. Evil deeds are not the result of evil energies but the result of the misuse of sacred energy. Whether you consider the devil a person or a metaphor, either way, he has no other origin than from God. God created the devil and created him good. His wickedness results from the misuse of that goodness.
All energy comes from God and all energy is good, but it can be wickedly misused. Moreover, it’s ironic that the ones who seem to drink most deeply from the wellsprings of divine energy are, invariably, the best and the worst, the wise and the wicked, saints and sinners. These mainline the fire. The rest of us, living in the gap between saints and sinners, tend to struggle more to actually catch fire, to truly drink deeply from the wellsprings of divine energy.
Our struggle isn’t so much in misusing divine energy, but rather in not succumbing to chronic numbness, depression, fatigue, flatness, bitterness, envy and the kind of discouragement which has us going through life lacking fire and forever protesting that we have a right to be uncreative and unhappy. Great saints and great sinners don’t live lives of “quiet desperation;” they drink deeply sacred energy, become inflamed by that fire and make that the source for either their extraordinary wisdom or their wild wickedness.
This insight, saints and sinners feed off the same source, isn’t just an interesting irony. It’s an important truth that can help us better understand our relationship to God, to the things of this world and to ourselves. We must be clear on what’s good and what’s bad, otherwise we end up both misunderstanding ourselves and misunderstanding the energies of our world.
A healthy spirituality needs to be predicated on a proper understanding of God, ourselves, the world and the energies that drive our world and these are the non-negotiable Christian principles within which we need to understand ourselves, the world and the use of our energies: First, God is good, God is the source of all energy everywhere and that energy is good. Second, we are made by God, we are good and our nature is not evil. Finally, everything in our world has been made by God and it too is good.
So where do sin and evil enter? They enter in when we misuse the good energy that God has given us and they enter in when we relate in bad ways to the good things of creation.
Simply put: We are good and creation around us is good, but we can relate to it in the wrong way, precisely through selfishness, greed, or violence. Likewise, our energies are good, including all those energies that underlie our propensity towards pride, greed, lust, envy, anger and sloth; but we can misuse those energies and draw upon life’s sacred fire in very self-serving, lustful, greedy and wicked ways.
Sin and evil, therefore, arise out of the misuse of our energies, not out of the energies themselves. So, too, sin and evil arise out of how we relate to certain things in the world, not out of some inherent evil inside of our own persons or inside of the things themselves.
The wicked aren’t evil persons drawing energy from the devil. They’re good people, irresponsibly and selfishly misusing sacred energy. The energy itself is still good, despite its misuse.
We don’t tap into evil energies when we give in to greed, lust, envy, sloth, or anger. No, rather we misuse the good and sacred energy within which we live and move and have our being. The wise and wicked both feed off the same sacred fire.
(Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher and award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.)

Digital archives now available

A digital version of the Bishop Richard Oliver Gerow Archive and Records Collection is now available to be viewed on the Mississippi Digital Library website.
The Archives at the Diocese of Jackson was the winner of the 2016 Cultural Heritage Digitization Award from the library, which means members of the organization spent a week at the chancery, scanning photos and documents to make them available online.
An earlier issue of Mississippi Catholic documented the scanning process. The Bishop Gerow Collection houses all the bishops’ papers and significant documents and photos, including the papal bull establishing the diocese, Bishop William Henry Elder’s letterbooks of correspondence he wrote during the Civil War as well as hundreds of photos from across the Magnolia State.
Some of the documents are quickly deteriorating as the ink bleeds into the page. The photographs of the collection capture the culture and growth of the church and the state from the late 1800s. Many structures and places featured in these photos no longer exist.
The photos online are low resolution digital scans, and some are marked with copyrights, so those wishing to use them should contact Mary Woodward, diocesan chancellor and archivist, for permission. Mary can be reached at 601-969-1880 or mary.woodward@jacksondiocese.org.
To browse the collection, visit http://www.msdiglib.org/about/partners/cdj.

Papal commission steps up work to educate church about abuse

By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Members of the pope’s commission for child protection, including an abuse survivor, have been speaking with new bishops and major Vatican offices as part of a mandate to develop and educate the church about best practices.
Pope Francis also approved the establishment of a day of prayer for survivors of abuse, but decided it will be up to each nation’s bishops’ conference to decide when the memorial should be held, according a press release Sept. 12 from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Members of the pontifical commission have spoken recently with officials at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, as well as at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which trains priests for service in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps.
Pontifical commission members, who were in Rome in early September, were also set to address the Congregation for Clergy and to speak at seminars for recently appointed bishops; the training seminars are organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Marie Collins, a commission member and survivor of lerical abuse, was scheduled to be one of a number of commission members to address the Sept. 11-18 session of what is commonly referred to as “new bishops school.”
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a psychologist and commission member, and Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta, a longtime abuse investigator, already delivered their talks on abuse by clergy and the importance of protecting minors and vulnerable adults during the early September seminar for bishops newly elected to dioceses in mission lands.
The commission has completed a template meant to help all church entities — from bishops’ conferences to Catholic associations — in formulating guidelines in preventing and responding appropriately to abuse.
Pope Francis was set to receive the template “shortly,” according to the commission press release.
At the request of a clerical abuse survivor from Canada, the commission developed a proposal for a universal Day of Prayer because “prayer is one part of the healing process for survivors and the community of believers” and public gatherings for prayer also help raise awareness about the issue, it said.
Pope Francis received the proposal and has asked “that national bishops’ conferences choose an appropriate day on which to pray for the survivors and victims of sexual abuse as part of a Universal Day of Prayer initiative,” it said.
The reason a universal date was not set is because a number of bishops’ conference around the world already have specific days set aside for penance and prayer for victims and their healing, Father Zollner told Catholic News Service.
For example, the church in Australia adopted the nation’s own Day for Child Protection — Sept. 11 — to mark its Day of Prayer.
The Southern African Bishops’ Conferences will dedicate Dec. 2-4 — days which fall during Advent this year — to penance, fasting and prayer, the press release said.
The commission said it has resources like prayers for Mass, liturgical texts and other materials available on request as part of the Day of Prayer initiative.

Apologists, Catechists, Theologians: Wake Up!

(Editor’s note: Bishop Joseph Kopacz was unable to write a column this week due to travel. His column will return in the Oct. 14 issue of Mississippi Catholic.)
By Bishop Robert Barron
After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of those who responded to the survey, but the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are just so uncompelling. That is to say, any theologian, apologist, or evangelist worth his salt should be able easily to answer them. And this led me (hence the sigh) to the conclusion that “we have met the enemy and it is us.”
For the past fifty years or so, Christian thinkers have largely abandoned the art of apologetics and have failed (here I offer a j’accuse to many in the Catholic universities) to resource the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition in order to hold off critics of the faith. I don’t blame the avatars of secularism for actively attempting to debunk Christianity; that’s their job, after all.
But I do blame teachers, catechists, evangelists, and academics within the Christian churches for not doing enough to keep our young people engaged. These studies consistently demonstrate that unless we believers seriously pick up our game intellectually, we’re going to keep losing our kids.
Let me look just briefly at some of the chief reasons offered for walking away from Christianity. Many evidently felt that modern science somehow undermines the claims of the faith. One respondent said: “rational thought makes religion go out the window,” and another complained of the “lack of any sort of scientific evidence of a creator.” Well, I’m sure it would come as an enormous surprise to St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, Blessed John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Joseph Ratzinger — all among the most brilliant people Western culture has produced — that religion and reason are somehow incompatible.
And to focus more precisely on the issue of “scientific evidence,” the sciences, ordered by their nature and method to an analysis of empirically verifiable objects and states of affairs within the universe, cannot even in principle address questions regarding God, who is not a being in the world, but rather the reason why the finite realm exists at all. There simply cannot be “scientific” evidence or argument that tells one way or the other in regard to God.
Mind you, this is by no means to imply that there are no rational warrants for belief in God. Philosophers over the centuries, in fact, have articulated dozens of such demonstrations, which have, especially when considered together, enormous probative force.
I have found, in my own evangelical work, that the argument from contingency gets quite a bit of traction with those who are wrestling with the issue of God’s existence. What these arguments have lacked, sad to say, are convinced and articulate defenders within the academy and in the ranks of teachers, catechists, and apologists.
One of the young people responded to the survey using the formula made famous by Karl Marx: “religion just seems to be the opiate of the people.” Marx’s adage, of course, is an adaptation of Ludwig Feuerbach’s observation that religion amounts to a projection of our idealized self-image. Sigmund Freud, in the early twentieth century, further adapted Feuerbach, arguing that religion is like a waking dream, a wish-fulfilling fantasy.
This line of thinking has been massively adopted by the so-called “new atheists” of our time. I find it regularly on my internet forums. What all of this comes down to, ultimately, is a dismissive and patronizing psychologization of religious belief.
But it is altogether vulnerable to a tu quoque (you do the same thing) counter-attack. I think it is eminently credible to say that atheism amounts to a wish-fulfilling fantasy, precisely in the measure that it allows for complete freedom and self-determination: if there is no God, no ultimate moral criterion, I can do and be whatever I want.
In a word, the psychologizing cuts just as effectively in the opposite direction. Hence, the two charges more or less cancel one another out—and this should compel us to return to real argument at the objective level.
A third commonly-cited reason for abandoning the Christian churches is that, as one respondent put it, “Christians seem to behave so badly.” God knows that the clergy sex abuse scandals of the last 25 years have lent considerable support to this argument, already bolstered by the usual suspects of the Inquisition, the Crusades, the persecution of Galileo, witch-hunts, etc., etc.
We could, of course, enter into an examination of each of these cases, but for our purposes I am willing to concede the whole argument: yes indeed, over the centuries, lots and lots of Christians have behaved wickedly. But why, one wonders, should this tell against the integrity and rectitude of Christian belief?
Many, many Americans have done horrific things, often in the name of America. One thinks of slave owners, the enforcers of Jim Crow laws, the carpet bombers of Dresden and Tokyo, the perpetrators of the My-Lai Massacre, the guards at Abu Ghraib Prison, etc. Do these outrages ipso facto prove that American ideals are less than praiseworthy, or that the American system as such is corrupt? The question answers itself.
Relatedly, a number of young people said that they left the Christian churches because “religion is the greatest source of conflict in the world.” One hears this charge so often today — especially in the wake of September 11th — that we tend to take it as self-evident, when in point of fact, it is an invention of Enlightenment-era historiography. Voltaire, Diderot, Spinoza, and many others in the 17th and 18th centuries wanted to undermine religion, and they could find no better way to achieve this end than to score Christianity asthe source of violence.
Through numberless channels this view has seeped into the general consciousness, but it simply does not stand up to serious scrutiny. In their exhaustive survey of the wars of human history (The Encyclopedia of Wars), Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod demonstrate that less than 7% of wars could be credibly blamed on religion, and even the most casual reflection bears this out.
In point of fact, the bloodiest wars in history, those of the twentieth century, which produced over 100 million dead, had practically nothing to do with religion. Indeed, a very persuasive case could be made that ideological secularism and modern nationalism are the sources of greatest bloodshed. And yet the prejudice, first fostered by the philosophes of the Enlightenment, oddly endures.
An earlier Pew Study showed that for every one person who joins the Catholic Church today, six are leaving, and that many of those who leave are the young. This most recent survey indicates that intellectual objections figure prominently when these drifters are asked why they abandoned their faith. My cri de coeur is that teachers, catechists, theologians, apologists, and evangelists might wake up to this crisis and do something about it.
(Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.)


BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, The Rise of the Phoenix: Healing of Abuse, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. A retreat for those who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Cost is $180. Details: 662-738-5348
GREENVILLE St. Joseph Parish, “Following Christ Journey, a seven-week class on Tuesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 15, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the parish hall.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi Parish, mission, Oct. 3-4 at 6:30 p.m. Theme will be “Mary, Our Mother.”
– Seven-week series, “Discovering Christ,” Thursdays until Oct. 27, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Includes a retreat on Saturday, Oct. 15. Free child care will be provided for children up to age 12. Details: stfrancismadisonchristlife.org or the parish office, 601-856-5556.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, 24-week Bible Timeline  series, a journey from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Details: Karen Verucchi, 601-870-5388.

AMORY CHANGE Amory yard sale, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at the Hwy 25 entrance to the Amory Golf Club. See Sister Mary Chris Fellerhoff if you have yard sale items to donate for the sale. Read the flyers and sign-up sheets at the entrance to the church.
BATESVILLE St. Mary Parish, rummage sale, Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 7 a.m. in the parish center. Donations can be taken to the parish center.
CAMDEN Sacred Heart Parish, annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Activities include music, games, a talent show, and a flea market. Details: Linda McMurtry, 601-951-9226.
CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth Parish fair, Tuesday, Sept. 20. Volunteers needed. The spaghetti dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Details: Lisa Chicorelli, 662-645-0398.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories Parish, volunteers needed to help built a Habitat House, Saturday, Oct. 8. Details: parish office, 662-846-6273.
COLUMBUS “Celebrating the life and art of Eugenia Summer,” a member of Annunciation Parish for 70 years. Art exhibit until Sept. 29, reception on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women Gallery. Free and open to the public.
– “Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati” is a new regional outreach ministry for Catholic graduate students, recent alumni and young professionals in Columbus, Starkville and West Point. Activities began in September. Details: Erica Unz, erica@ericaunz.com.
CORINTH St. James Parish, mission beginning Sunday Oct. 2, at Mass. Redemptorist priests Fathers Patrick Keys and Matthew Bonk will lead the mission. The mission will end on Wednesday with a special liturgy.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph Parish, GermanFest, Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Advance meal tickets are $6. Details: parish office, 601-856-2054.
GREENVILLE St Joseph Parish fair, Tuesday, Sept 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fun, food (homemade spaghetti and meatballs, $10 plate), and fellowship. Details: Missi Blackstock, 662-378-9711.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, fall fish fry, Friday, Sept. 23, from 4 – 8 p.m. Plates are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Open to the public. Eat in or take out.
JACKSON Sunday, Sept. 25, campus ministry Mass, 6 p.m.
– Cathedral Fall Gala, Saturday, Nov. 12. Proceeds benefit rectory updates and repairs.
JACKSON St. Dominic’s Hospital annual Senior Wellness Fest, Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: 601-200-6698.
JACKSON St. Richard Parish, six yoga classes began on Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Chichester Room. Cost is $50. Details: Claudia Addison, claudiaaddison@mac.com, 601-594-3937.
– Evening with Mary, Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. A night for women to come together for prayer and reflection in a Marian atmosphere. Guest speaker is Joni Tyler. Details: Susan Cox, 601-366-2335.
JACKSON Christ the King Parish Senior Swingers pilgrimage/tour to Eureka Springs, Ark., to see the Passion Play of Jesus, Oct. 10-12. Details: Genevieve Feyen, 601-373-4463.
JACKSON Mission Mississippi annual Racial Reconciliation Celebration, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Convention Complex. The event includes a summit, which begins at 9 a.m. lunch and Next Steps Workshops. Individual tickets are $150. Details: 601-353-6477, www.missionmississippi.org.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi Parish, pet blessing, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in the court yard.
– Installation of Father Albeenreddy Vatti as pastor by Bishop Joseph Kopacz and celebration of the feast of St. Francis, Sunday, Oct. 9, at the 10:30 a.m. followed by “Taste of St. Francis,” celebrating the many cultures of the parish family.
MADISON St. Joseph School’s open house, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Details: Kristi Garrard, 601-898-4812.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, celebration of the fourth anniversary of the dedication of the O’Connor Family Life Center, Saturday, Sept. 24, Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a banquet and speaker. Special guests will be the Cathedral class of 1966.
– Assumption Parish Altar Society annual casserole sale is going now until Sept. 30. Cost are $7 (3”x 5”) pan and $12 (8”x5”) pan. Details: parish office, 601-442-7250.
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King Parish, Life Chain, a  prayer event for an end to abortion, Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 – 3 p.m. Details: Barbara Dean, 901-486-6470.
TUPELO St. James Parish, annual fair, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Spaghetti supper, $12 per plate; take out and eat in. Fair booths open at 6 p.m.
– Donations are needed to pay for a four-day Cursillo-type retreat for Hispanic parishioners. Organizers also need snack foods and canned drinks. Donations can be taken to the office or call 662-842-4881.
175th anniversary
NEW ORLEANS – The Sisters of the Holy Family will celebrate their 175th anniversary with a special Mass honoring their foundress, Venerable Mere Henriette Delille, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at the motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Blvd. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the main celebrant.

Rosaries needed
KERALA, India – Request for readers to send rosaries for needy people in India. Send donations to Father Paul Cruz, Kottiyam P.O. Kollam 691 571, Kerala, India.

Save the Date:
Matthew Kelly to speak
Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly will come to the Diocese of Jackson on March 11, 2017. Kelly is best known for his books “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” and “Rediscovering Catholicism.” He is also a leading speaker on evangelization and Catholic outreach. Organizers are still locating a venue and working out the costs and logistics for the day-long presentation.
He is also the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati based non-profit organization whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. Additional details will be published in upcoming editions of Mississippi Catholic.

Holy Savior celebrates golden jubliee

By Ruth Cummins
CLINTON – Holy Savior Parish today has more than 300 member families, but its charter parishioners remember how the fledgling church began with 45 dedicated members when it was established in 1966.
The church that serves the Clinton and Raymond communities will observe its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 25, during an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Father Thomas McGing, Holy Savior’s pastor.
The day’s only Mass will be followed by dinner on the grounds and a dessert reception. It’s a time for current, past and founding members to gather for fellowship and fun, and also to give tribute to the church’s history and members’ contributions to the community, said Allen Scott, who’s heading up plans for the celebration.
“We especially invite our charter members, wherever they now reside, to attend Mass and be honored for their contributions,” Scott said. “They are the foundation of our parish and paved the way for our current presence in the city.”
Holy Savior Parish, one of almost 100 in the Diocese of Jackson, has steadily grown its membership in Clinton and in Raymond, home to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, said McGing, who has served as pastor since 2003.
“Holy Savior’s first home in Clinton was a triple-wide trailer on the existing church grounds, and the first Mass was celebrated at Mississippi College,” Father McGing said. “We’ve come a long way since then. Our parish family continues to expand, and we’ve worked hard to bring together Catholics and non-Catholics in the community. We welcome all to worship with us and learn more about the Catholic faith.
“Our parish has families from more than 10 nations. This makes us truly catholic.”
In the early 1900s, the few Catholics living in Clinton had to travel to Jackson to attend Mass. By the early 1960s, the city of Clinton had grown considerably, and so had its Catholic population.
It was time for the establishment of a parish for the city. Clinton Catholics petitioned the diocese for a parish, established on Aug. 12, 1966, with Father George Uricheck as founding pastor. The first Mass was held in the Mississippi College student union, and the mission church of Immaculate Conception in Raymond initially hosted Holy Savior’s parishioners.
In September 1967, Holy Savior took a major step with the purchase of property at the corner of Old Vicksburg Road and Lindale Street. Adjoining land was purchased in 1968 to accommodate the growing parish. The reassignment of Father Uricheck, however, left Holy Savior without a permanent pastor. Visiting priests celebrated Mass until the appointment of Father Marion Spadini as pastor in the late 1960s.
Under Spadini’s guidance, members planned a new church building. It was dedicated in November 1976 by Bishop Joseph Brunini, and Mass, religious education and social activities could all be held in the same building. It’s now used for meetings and a variety of social events.
In 1980, Father Martin Ruane was appointed the parish’s third pastor. He led remodeling of the rectory and acquisition of the house adjacent to the rectory for religious education classes. A second religious education facility was built to accommodate the growing number of children in the parish. Ruane’s gifts included building the church’s membership through RCIA and shepherding the return of a number of Catholics who had drifted from their faith.
By 1984, parish leaders began the process of building a church solely for worship. Bishop William Houck dedicated the new church designed to seat 750 in 1987. Father Noel Prendergast was appointed Holy Savior’s fourth pastor in 1991 and proposed construction of a new building to house religious education and parish offices. It was a necessary move to consolidate classrooms scattered among three different buildings and the parish office operating out of the rectory.
Bishop Houck dedicated the new building in late 2002, and McGing was appointed pastor in January 2003.  He oversaw major structural repairs to the church in 2004 after termites destroyed portions of the two beams that supported the church roof.  Several months later, Bishop Joseph Latino celebrated Mass and rededicated the church.
Over the years, members have served in church-affiliated organizations including the Altar Society, Catholic Youth Organization, the Golden Oldies senior citizens social group, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7854 and its associated Ladies Auxiliary, a group for young mothers, and Boy Scouts troops. Religious education classes are held for preschoolers through high school seniors.
As the church celebrates 50 years in Clinton, Father McGing said, its future is bright, and its mission of outreach and service to community is stronger than ever.
“We hope the next 50 years will bring a renewal of faith and continued dedication to our Lord and living our Catholic faith,” Father McGing said.
(Ruth Cummins and her husband Kelly are longtime members of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton, where she serves as an Eucharistic minister and he as a lector. Their two grown daughters, Leigh and Meg, live in Nashville.)

St. Anthony’s Moorehead wins presidential award

By Maureen Smith
MADISON – Vickie Moorehead, a science teacher at St. Anthony School was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Thursday, Sept. 8, in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.
The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through sixth grade level, and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.
Winners of this presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events.
Moorehead, a Canton native, has been teaching for 28 years in Catholic schools for the Diocese of Jackson. Both at Jackson St. Richard and St. Anthony, she embraced the Whole Schools Curiculum, using the arts as a key part of instruction. According to the biography posted on the presidential award site, “her classroom is an active learning center where her students’ enthusiasm for science is evident. By teaching using the arts, Vicki feels she is able to reach all learners.”
Stephanie Brown, assistant principal at St. Anthony agrees. “Vicki Moorehead is a shining example of a teacher who truly understands and utilizes arts integration in the classroom.  It is not unusual to walk into her science class to see students performing drama productions or utilizing various forms of media to create a visual art piece that demonstrates their understanding of a scientific concept.  Vicki’s classroom is a place that fosters creativity while helping students to master curriculum objectives,” said Brown. “She encourages collaboration while simultaneously helping students develop independence and self-confidence. Moorehead helps her students find a place to shine, whether that is visual art, music, engineering, or traditional academics,” she added.
Moorehead told a Madison newspaper she believes her love for her subjects help make her a better teacher. “I absolutely love science, and I think my excitement is contagious to the students which helps to keep them interested and motivated.  It’s my job to find out what my students love, what they are passionate about or interested in, and then help find the science within that area,” she explained. “If a child loves dance or baseball, then I focus on the physics behind it.  If their passion is weather, we track hurricanes. There are so many abstract concepts in science, and I try to make it as concrete as possible by making sure it has a real-world application and doing lots of hands-on and inquiry-based learning,” Moorehead added.
“Vicki Morehead has devoted her life to teaching in Catholic schools. She is totally devoted to her students and their achieving success, not only while they are in our school, but in their futures as well,” said Jim Bell, principal at St. Anthony. “She is an outstanding science teacher and her classes are an ‘essential’ in any student’s experience while at St. Anthony School. We are very proud of Vicki and congratulate her on this tremendous honor,” he added.
She told Mississippi Catholic her faith plays a role in her teaching as well. “Teaching science is the perfect subject to integrate my faith. Every aspect of science can be a teachable moment as to how everything doesn’t just happen randomly but according to God’s design and plan,” said Moorehead. “I can also help them connect their own faith lives to science. As a teacher my job isn’t just to teach science but to teach the whole child, and teaching in a Catholic school allows me to do that every day,” she said.
The students, she says, are not the only ones who benefit from Catholic education.  “I think I’m most thankful that I can share my faith daily and also be on the receiving end of learning about my faith through the examples of those around me. The students and staff have played a tremendous role shaping my own faith life. I’m thankful that my faith can be at the core of what I am teaching as well as my interactions with my students and the staff. It’s evident that God has me right where He wants me right now,” she said. During her trip to Washington, Moorhead said she was hoping to go to Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with her husband.
Moorehead said she does integrate technology in her teaching, she still lets the kids take the lead in many ways. “What I do in my class is give my students a place where they have the time to slow down, think, and process. Children need time for their brains to slow down and receive information in order to problem solve on their own. As a science teacher, I take full advantage of the natural inquisitiveness and wonder a child has to guide my instruction,” she said.
“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released before the award ceremony. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge,” the president added.
Moorehead received the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2013. She is one of two Catholic school teachers in the nation to receive the Presidential award this year, but not the first in the Diocese of Jackson. Cathy Tebo, currently teaching at St. Richard, was an honoree in the past.

Jonestown, Tutwiler announce new directors

By Maureen Smith
A pair of Mississippi natives have taken over community centers in the Delta, marking a new generation of leadership. Carla Ross is the new director of the Tutwiler Community Education Center and Stanley Lang is the director of the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness.
Both centers were started by women religious. Sister Maureen Delaney, SNJM, left to become the provincial of her community while Sister Teresa Shields, SNJM, retired and went home to Seattle.
Ross is no stranger to a Catholic community center. The Mound Bayou native is the former assistant director of the St. Gabriel Center there. She continues to serve on the board for St. Gabriel, which was started by the Sisters of Mercy and is now home to a community of Franciscan Sisters.
Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in family and human development and a master’s in community development. She believes Tutwiler already has a lot to offer. “I have never seen a community center so tied to the community,” said Ross. “The programs here are based on the town’s needs. I think that’s unique.” Tutwiler offers a variety of intergenerational programs from senior programs to after-school care, teen programs and summer education all the way to a gym where young people can have sports teams. A computer lab, music lessons and the quilters round out the offerings.
Ross said she is taking her first couple of months to learn about the programs and communicate with her staff so they can collaborate on broadening what is already in place and talk about where there may be gaps. “We have a teen program already where we discuss important topics. I would love to see that expand into a shadowing or mentoring program,” she said. This expansion would allow teens to interact with professionals so they could explore a career they may be interested in pursuing.
“Sustainability is important to me,” said Ross. “We will celebrate our 25th anniversary in June 2017 and I want to make sure this place is around for another 25 years,” she added. One of the key components of that is listening to the people in Tutwiler. “Given that I come from a small town I know how important places like this are,” she said. “I want people to know I am open to suggestions and input,” she said.
Lang grew up in Marks, Mississippi, just down the road from Jonestown. The opening at the Family Center fulfilled his wish to “get back home.” He has been the pastor at Anderson Street Church of Christ in Marks for 20 years, but has been commuting  from Tennessee for his ministry. He graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a bachelor in sociology with a concentration in social work and received a masters in child protection and juvenile justice from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has 22 years of experience in social work through the Department of Children’s Services in Shelby County, Tenn., and spent an additional six years of counseling in the prison system in Holly Springs and at Parchman State Penitentary.
While he is pleased with the services Jonestown offers, he would like to look at ways to expand services to better fit community needs, such as extending the hours for the toddler program. He would like to offer his staff more professional development opportunities and empower them to become community ambassadors for the Family Center.
Jonestown offers a half-day toddler program as well as a Montessori pre-K program, parenting classes and a fitness center. “I go to the fitness center as much as I can and I would love to see other members of the staff there to help spread the word about it,” said Lang. He explained that he wants to take a holistic approach to community development, helping strengthen minds, bodies, spirits and community connections. Recently eight local churches donated money so their members could work out in the gym run by the family center.
Coming home, he said, “means everything. For years, even when I talk to members of my graduating class, we talk about how our home is suffering because educated people have left so the services are lacking. Having an opportunity to come back home before my retirement age – to be able to do something for my community, means a lot to me. Jonestown is the vehicle for me to do that and I am just so blessed,” said Lang. He has been married for 20 years and has two grown children, a grandson and a “grand-dog.”
Both Tutwiler and Jonestown raise their own operating funds. To learn more about the programs they offer or to support the programs, visit their websites: www.tutwilercenter.org and http://jonestownfamilycenter.com.