Parish News

AMORY St. Helen Parish, discussion of the book “Devil in the White City” by Eric Larson on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at noon.
VICKSBURG St. Paul Parish, “Discovering Christ,” a seven-week experience, Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 21,   2017, at night in Farrell Hall. Details: Parish office: 601-636-0140.
VICKSBURG St. Michael Parish, eight-week adult faith formation class on Sacraments and Worship, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24-March 21, 2017, from 7- 9 p.m. in the Adult Education Building. Cost is $20 plus the cost of the book. Details: Anita Hossley, 601-638-3871.

BATESVILLE St. Mary Parish, the Knights of Columbus float won third-place in this year’s Batesville Christmas Parade.
– Food drive of non-perishable goods and monetary donations now until the end of the year for the parish’s food pantry.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth Parish, special prayer service held by the youth of the parish, Sunday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in honor and memory of the persons for whom luminaries were purchased.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories Parish, free walking workout exercise classes led by Gloria Brister, Dec. 26-29 from 4 – 5 p.m. Details: Brister, 662-719-7371.
– Parish mission, “Surge of the Heart,” Jan. 22-24, featuring nationally known speaker Jon Leonetti.
COLUMBUS As part of Catholic Schools Week, Annunciation School will devote Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to honoring the military. All members of the military both active and veterans are invited to the celebration. Details:
GREENWOOD St. Francis School, annual Mardi Gras celebration, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 7 p.m. – midnight, featuring Steve Azar in concert and the Sensation Band of Memphis. Cost is $35, adults only. Details or to purchase tickets, 662-453-0623.
JACKSON St. Richard School Annual Krewe de Cardinal Ball fund-raiser, Feb. 24, 2017, at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. This event will feature both a silent and live auction along with New Orleans-style cocktails and cuisine and the Southern Komfort Brass Band.
JACKSON Holy Family Parish, celebration of the feast of the Holy Family, Friday, Dec. 30.  There will be some Kwanzaa  activities as well.
JACKSON Dr. Martin Luther King anniversary Mass, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. (See pag. 6 for more details)
MADISON Applications are now being accepted at St. Joseph School for the 2017-2018 school year. Application are at the school or visit,,  under the Admissions tab. Registration begins Feb. 1, 2017. Parents have to go through the admissions process before they can register. Details: Kristi Garrard at 601-898-4812.
– “Jeans, Jazz, and Bruin Blues,” St. Joseph School’s 24th Annual Draw Down, Feb. 18, 2017, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $130 and admit two adults. Each ticket includes a chance to win $10,000 plus gourmet food, assorted desserts, an open bar and live entertainment. Second chance insurance may be added for $20.To sponsor or purchase tickets, visit or call the school office at 601-898-4800.
OXFORD St. John Parish, children’s musical, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5:15 p.m.
– Gift certificates are available for the annual retreat at Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center on Feb. 10-12. Participants will carpool. Details: Lucienne Savell,
SHELBY St. Mary Parish, annual spaghetti dinner, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Tickets are $10. Dine-in or take-out. Raffle tickets are also available for $1 each, with a chance to win $500.
VICKSBURG St. Michael Parish, annual Nativity play, Saturday, Dec. 24, during the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass.
VICKSBURG St. Paul Parish, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. a special choir “Cantata,” a program of Christmas music featuring a variety of old and new carols          and some arrangement of old favorites.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary Parish, children’s Christmas party, Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall.

Fatima centennial tour
The World Apostolate of Fatima Centennial US Tour for Peace will be passing through the Diocese of Jackson on Jan. 3-5, 2017. The tour is marking the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. The international Virgin statue has traveled worldwide for 70 years visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China.
The statue will visit the following locations in the Jackson diocese:
– Tuesday, Jan. 3, Grenada, St. Peter the Apostle, from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
– Wednesday, Jan. 4, Gluckstadt St. Joseph
– Thursday, Jan. 5, McComb St. Alphonsus

World Marriage Day 2016
JACKSON – World Marriage Day 2017, Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. Mass and reception at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. The celebration honors all married couples, but those celebrating their 25th, 50th or 60th anniversaries or any significant anniversary are invited to participate. Submit your name, address and wedding date to your pastor or parish secretary by Friday, Dec. 30.

Mass for deceased Irish priests
PASCAGOULA – The annual Mass for deceased Irish priest will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Father Enda McKenna of  St. Antonio, Texas, will be the homilist.
A reception will follow. This Mass honors all those priests who came from Ireland to serve in Mississippi, especially those who have died in the last year.