Pope, cardinal advisers discuss tribunals, Curia offices

By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis and members of the international Council of Cardinals advising him on church governance discussed the functions of the Vatican tribunals that handle marriage, appeals and indulgences.
Meeting with Pope Francis Feb. 13-15, the Council of Cardinals also continued its discussion of the process of selecting bishops and received updates on economic and communication reform initiatives.
Paloma Garcia Ovejero, vice director of the Vatican press office, told reporters the tribunals studied by the council included: the Apostolic Penitentiary, a church court that deals with indulgences; the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, the Catholic Church’s highest appeals court; and the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Vatican court that deals mainly with marriage cases.
Continuing their examination of individual offices, the cardinals also looked at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Eastern Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Garcia Ovejero also read the statement that the cardinals issued Feb. 13 assuring the pope of their “full support for his person and his magisterium.”
At a separate meeting with the press Feb. 15, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, a council member, said that while the council “didn’t want to make it a great thing,” the cardinals saw the need to express their support for the pope.
“I think it was the time to repeat from our group (that) we are supporting the pope, we are going together with him,” Cardinal Marx said.
“We have discussions in the church, normal discussions, tensions; it will (always be) like this. But in a time like this, it is also clear for us as Catholics that loyalty to the pope is substantial for the Catholic faith and for Catholic believers.”
Although the statement said the cardinals’ support was offered “in relation to recent events,” no specific events were mentioned.
The statement came just a few days after a fake version of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, was emailed to Vatican officials and a week after posters were put up around Rome questioning the pope’s mercy in dealing with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and other groups over which the pope had placed special delegates.
“I will not add to it,” Cardinal Marx said when asked regarding the recent events. “We reflected (on) the sentence and so I will leave at that. We had the text and we said that’s enough. And I say today, it’s enough,” he told journalists.
The Council of Cardinals will meet again April 24-26.
In addition to Cardinal Marx, the council members are: Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Sean P. O’Malley of Boston; Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile; Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo; George Pell, head of the Secretariat for the Economy; and Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State.

Ancient mandate to welcome strangers still applies

By Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI
In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, because the Jewish people themselves had once been foreigners and immigrants. Their scriptures kept reminding them not to forget that. Second, they believed that God’s revelation, most often, comes to us through the stranger, in what’s foreign to us. That belief was integral to their faith.
The great prophets developed this much further. They taught that God favors the poor preferentially and that consequently we will be judged, judged religiously, by how we treat the poor. The prophets coined this mantra (still worth memorizing): The quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land; and the quality of justice in the land will always be judged by how orphans, widows and strangers fare while you are alive.
Orphans, widows and strangers! That’s scriptural code for who, at any given time, are the three most vulnerable groups in society. And the prophets’ message didn’t go down easy. Rather it was a religious affront to many of the pious at the time who strongly believed that we will be judged religiously and morally by the rigor and strictness of our religious observance. Then, like now, social justice was often religiously marginalized.
But Jesus sides with the Hebrew prophets. For him, God not only makes a preferential option for the poor, but God is in the poor. How we treat the poor is how we treat God. Moreover the prophets’ mantra, that we will be judged religiously by how we treat the poor, is given a normative expression in Jesus’ discourse on the final judgment in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25. We are all familiar, perhaps too familiar, with that text. Jesus, in effect, was answering a question: What will the last judgment be like? What will be the test? How will we be judged?
His answer is stunning and, taken baldly, is perhaps the most challenging text in the Gospels. He tells us that we will be judged, seemingly solely, on the basis of how we treated the poor, that is, on how we have treated the most vulnerable among us. Moreover at one point, he singles out “the stranger”, the foreigner, the refugee: “I was a stranger and you made me welcome … or … you never made me welcome.” We end up on the right or wrong side of God on the basis of how we treat the stranger.
What also needs to be highlighted in this text about the last judgment is that neither group, those who got it right and those who got it wrong, knew what they were doing. Both initially protest: the first by saying: “We didn’t know it was you we were serving” and the second by saying: “Had we known it was you we would have responded.” Both protests, it would seem, are beside the point. In Matthew’s Gospel, mature discipleship doesn’t depend upon us believing that we have it right, it depends only upon us doing it right.
These scriptural principles, I believe, are very apropos today in the face of the refugee and immigrant issues we are facing in the Western world. Today, without doubt, we are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War. Millions upon millions of people, under unjust persecution and the threat of death, are being driven from their homes and homelands with no place to go and no country or community to receive them. As Christians we may not turn our backs on them or turn them away.
If Jesus is to be believed, we will be judged religiously more by how we treat refugees than by whether or not we are going to church. When we stand before God in judgment and say in protest: “When did I see you a stranger and not welcome you?” Our generation is likely to hear: “I was a Syrian refugee and you did not welcome me.”
This, no doubt, might sound naïve, over-idealistic and fundamentalist. The issue of refugees and immigrants is both highly sensitive and very complex. Countries have borders that need to be respected and defended, just as its citizens have a right to be protected. Admittedly, there are very real political, social, economic and security issues that have to be addressed. But, as we, our churches and our governments, address them we must remain clear on what the scriptures, Jesus and the social teachings of the church uncompromisingly teach: We are to welcome the stranger, irrespective of inconvenience and even if there are some dangers.
For all sorts of pragmatic reasons, political, social, economic and security, we can perhaps justify not welcoming the stranger; but we can never justify this on Christian grounds. Not welcoming stranger is antithetical to the very heart of Jesus’ message and makes us too-easily forget that we too once were the outsider.
(Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher and award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.)

Skilled nursing rooms now available at St. Catherine’s Village

St. Catherine’s Village announced that a limited number of rooms have become available in its Siena Center.
Siena Center is a skilled nursing facility on the grounds of the St. Catherine’s Village campus in Madison, Mississippi that accommodates 120 residents in private and semiprivate rooms. It recently was voted the best nursing home in Mississippi for the second year in a row by readers of the Clarion-Ledger.
“Whether someone needs temporary recuperative care after a hospital stay or long-term convalescence due to illness, they’ll find compassion at Siena Center,” said Mary Margaret Judy, executive director at St. Catherine’s Village. “Our staff provides exceptional person-centered care in a setting that recognizes each individual’s dignity and worth.”
St. Catherine’s Village is a subsidiary of St. Dominic’s Hospital and as such has access to its services. Furthermore, each Siena Center resident’s treatment is overseen by a physician who is a member of the St. Catherine’s Village medical staff with care centered around his or her circumstances.
A nurse practitioner is on-site Monday through Friday while a medical director is on-site weekly. The facility’s two in-house social workers provide support beyond just physical needs but also emotional support, and two pastoral care visitors offer spiritual support. Activities coordinators plan engaging recreational, social, cultural, therapeutic, spiritual, and enriching activities, as well.
“No matter how much care a resident requires, it is vitally important to let the resident express his or her own decisions and choices,” said Judy. To accomplish this, St. Catherine’s Village maintains a staff-to-resident ratio that exceeds state requirements.
The nursing administration is comprised exclusively of RNs filling the roles of Director of Nursing, Director of Health Services, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and Nurse Managers. Additionally, Siena Center is licensed and regulated by the Mississippi State Department of Health as a Skilled Nursing facility.
“Finding the right living environment is a real concern for family members when they realize their loved ones need more care than they can provide,” said Judy. “We understand this is one of the hardest decisions they will ever have to make. It is our intention that each and every individual will receive unsurpassed, compassionate care at Siena Center.”
In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, residents at Siena Center are served three meals a day. A full-time in-house dietitian and culinary staff provide extensive meal selections where choice is the number one priority and nutrition and taste combine for a healthy diet. Utilities except telephone and Internet are included in monthly fees as is regular housekeeping. Wi-Fi hot spots allow for Skyping with family. Round-the-clock campus security also is provided.
Siena Center is one stage of the all-inclusive Life Care Community of St. Catherine’s Village. The gated property is located on 160 picturesque acres and is the first retirement community in Mississippi to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs.
Other living options include independent living in apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, and memory care in Campbell Cove and Hughes Center. In addition to unparalleled facilities, St. Catherine’s Village offers protected and beautiful outdoor spaces plus engaging activities and a mission-focused environment. The ministry encourages residents in all levels to enjoy fullness of life, health and faith.
St. Catherine’s Village is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. The Sisters, who have owned and operated St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital since 1946, extended their healing ministry to the special needs of older adults with the creation of St. Catherine’s Village in 1988.
For information on availability and admission criteria for Siena Center, call (601) 856-0123 or log onto www.StCatherinesVillage.com.

Knights of Columbus build ramp for Carmelites


JACKSON – Knights from Clinton, Holy Savior build a ramp for the Sisters at the Carmelite gift shop

By R. Allen Scott
JACKSON – The Carmelite gift shop on Terry Road in Jackson is easier to get into thanks to the Knights of Columbus Council 7854 out of Clinton Holy Savior Parish. The knights built a ramp on the side of the steps and cleaned up some of the convent grounds while they were on the property.
At a planning meeting back in the fall council Chaplin and pastor Father Thomas McGing made several suggestions on community service projects. One of those suggestions was to contact the Carmelites and see if we could offer any assistance.
The Council contacted Sister Mary (Agonoy), OCD, the prioress, and discussed several projects with her.
On October 29, 2016 Knights Allen Scott, Chris Halliwell, Jim Sharp, and Steve Miller and Holy Savior parishioner Maureen Scott cleaned all the statues on the grounds and pressclinton-knights-build-ramp-2_cure washed the sidewalks.
The Sisters have a gift shop on the grounds and the shop was only accessible to the public through a set of steps. According to Sister Mary this severely limited the ability of the handicapped and some elderly persons from easily accessing the gift shop.
On January 21 and 28, the Knights constructed a handicap ramp to the gift shop. The ramp is about 53 feet long and 4 feet wide and is constructed of treated timber. The Knights solicited funds to purchase the materials and provided the labor to construct the ramp. The total material cost was approximately $2,000. Council 7854 Knights who assisted with the project were: Chris Halliwell, Allen Scott, Craig Harrell, Steve Miller, Mike Kirby, Mike Weisenberger, Mike Booth, Arnie Senger, and Charlie Collins. A total of 206 man hours was donated to complete the construction.
(R. Allen Scott is a member of Council 7854)

Oración, ayuno y limosna: Marcas distintivas de Cuaresma

Por Obispo Joseph Kopacz
El Miércoles de Ceniza es una de las celebraciones religiosas más reconocibles en el mundo católico y más allá. No es algo que sólo los católicos observan, sino es un ritual que marca el comienzo de la Cuaresma, la cual gradualmente se está expandiendo en el mundo cristiano. El año pasado, ya entrada la noche de ese día estaba haciendo algunas compras de alimentos y la cajera del establecimiento me preguntó: “¿Qué es eso que tienen en su frente?” Le dije que era polvo sagrado, un poderoso símbolo de la Iglesia Católica para el Miércoles de Ceniza, y añadí que la persona detrás de mí, que no era católica, también estaba marcada con cenizas, así que ten cuidado, le dije, porque parece que se está extendiendo. Su mirada fue una de total confusión.
Las cenizas, los restos de las palmas del año anterior, son importantes porque son un recordatorio de que el fruto del pecado es la muerte, un urgente comando para arrepentirse y creer en el Evangelio, una de las primeras demandas de Jesús en su ministerio público. Este ritual sigue el evangelio de san Mateo el Miércoles de Ceniza (6:1-18) que erige los pilares de oración, ayuno y limosna, el motor de conversión en el corazón del Sermón de la montaña. El Señor transformó las prácticas religiosas tradicionales de la antigua ley, no sólo por los 40 días de la temporada, sino como una forma de vida. Esto es evidente con su franqueza, cuando oran, cuando ayunen, al dar limosna. En el Sermón de la Montaña Jesús presentó el nuevo orden de la creación en el plan de salvación de Dios y oración, ayuno y limosna son la prueba viviente de que no nos entretienen rituales vacíos, incluso con polvo santo.
Estos pilares requieren una abnegación y disciplina que infunden vida al gran mandamiento de amar a Dios con todo nuestro corazón, mente, alma y fuerza, y al prójimo como a nosotros mismos. Recuerden que pequeña es la puerta y angosto el camino que lleva a la vida (Mateo 7:14), y que Dios no nos ha dado un espíritu de timidez, sino de poder, amor y disciplina (2Timoteo 1:7), en temporada y fuera de temporada (2Timoteo 4:2). Cada uno de los pilares tiene una longitud y altura, extensión y profundidad que cubren el mundo y todas las personas que viven en ella.
La oración surge de nuestra fe y es prueba de que amamos a Dios y queremos estar diariamente en conversación y en comunión con él en el nombre de Jesús y en el poder del Espíritu Santo. La oración tiene muchas caras, y todos los planteamientos encuentran su sentido fundamental en la Eucaristía, fuente y cumbre de toda oración.
Básicamente estamos diciéndole a Dios que lo amamos con todo nuestro ser, y que encontraremos el momento en medio de nuestras responsabilidades, cargas, búsquedas y distracciones para estar más presentes ante Aquel que es omnipresente. Podemos poner la alerta en nuestro teléfono celular, Fitbit, o en otros aparatos para recordarnos que el Señor está hablando y preguntando, ¿puedes oírme ahora? ¿Quién puede dudar que la oración tiene 365(6) días cada año?
El ayuno es claramente el menos apreciado y utilizado de los tres pilares de transformación. La Iglesia Católica, a través de los siglos se ha centrado acertadamente en la moderación durante los días de ayuno y abstinencia, recordando las palabras del Señor al tentador al final de su 40 día de ayuno que el hombre y la mujer no sólo de pan viven, sino de toda palabra que sale de la boca de Dios, (Mateo 4:4). Una disciplina más intencional hacia el consumo culinario cada día sería ideal, haciendo mucho más que promover un estilo de vida saludable, como es digno. El Papa Benedicto nos ofrece la suprema justificación. El objetivo final del ayuno es ayudar a que cada uno de nosotros le demos el regalo total del sí a Dios. Este es el comienzo y el final del ayuno y no se trata del control de los alimentos, sino del ayuno y la abstención de todos nuestros ídolos, y hay legiones. El ayuno de drogas “recreativas” y del alcohol (adicción, una enfermedad, no ofrece ninguna latitud), de los juegos de azar, de la indulgencia sexual inmoral, la pornografía, el exceso de televisión, nuestros gadgets que obstaculizan nuestras relaciones, el ayuno de la ira y la pereza, la envidia y el orgullo, la codicia y el cinismo.
La lista puede seguir, pero el ayuno que cambia la vida impregna todos los aspectos de nuestro ser, dando una dimensión apropiada a todo lo que es una bendición en nuestras vidas, y liberándonos de todo lo que puede hacernos daño o que debilita nuestra relación con Dios. Obviamente, esto no es una empresa de 40 días, sino una forma de vida que la Cuaresma puede renovar para nosotros.
La limosna, para que no nos detengamos en el umbral de nuestro propio mejoramiento o preocupaciones, el tercer pilar nos permite colocar nuestra oración y ayuno al servicio del Señor, que nos enseña a amar a Dios, a nuestro prójimo y a nosotros mismos. La limosna es una generosidad de espíritu, una magnanimidad que nos permite servir y compartir, perdonar y responder a las necesidades de los demás en nuestra vida personal y en nuestro mundo, en una forma que sólo puede provenir de la mente y el corazón de Jesús Cristo revelado a través de nuestra oración y ayuno. En el evangelio del domingo pasado del Sermón de la Montaña Jesús oímos decir a Jesús que debemos ser perfectos como nuestro Padre celestial es perfecto. No se trata de no cometer errores, o de estar en nuestro juego cada día, pero a la luz de todo lo que Jesús está enseñando durante el Sermón de la montaña, es un morir a sí mismos, como la semilla que cae en la tierra (Jn 12:24), para que podamos dar el fruto del Reino.
Mientras llegamos al umbral de la Cuaresma y nos preparamos para recibir las cenizas, física o espiritualmente, que esta marca en nuestras frentes sea para nosotros una invitación a alejarnos del pecado y creer en el Evangelio como nuestro estándar de vida. Pero, vamos a disfrutar también de una porción de la torta del rey, (King Cake) una especialidad del Mardi Gras que he venido saboreando desde que me mudé a Mississippi. Con moderación, por supuesto.

Prayer, fasting, almsgiving: hallmarks of Lent

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
Ash Wednesday is one of the most recognizable religious observances in the Catholic World and beyond. Not only is it something ‘those Catholics do,’ but a ritual marking the beginning of Lent that is gradually expanding into the broader Christian world. Last year, later in the day, I was doing some food shopping and the attendant at the checkout counter asked me, “what y’all got on your forehead?” I said it’s holy dust, a powerful symbol in the Catholic Church for Ash Wednesday and added that the person behind me, who was not Catholic, was also marked with ashes, so be careful because it appears to be spreading. Her look was one of utter confusion.
The ashes, the remains of the previous year’s palms, are significant because they are a stark reminder that the wages of sin are death, a compelling command to repent and believe in the Gospel, the first of Jesus’ demands in his public ministry. This ritual follows the Ash Wednesday gospel from Saint Matthew (6:1-18) that erect the pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the engine of conversion in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount.
The Lord transformed the traditional religious practices of the Old Law not only for a 40-day season, but as a way of life. This is evident with his straightforwardness, when you pray, when you fast, when you give alms. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus, introduced the new order of creation in God’s plan of salvation and prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the living proof that we don’t entertain empty rituals, even with holy dust.
These pillars require a selflessness and discipline that infuse life into the great commandments to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Recall that small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life (Matthew 7:14) and that God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and discipline (2Timothy 1,7), in season and out of season (2Timothy 4,2).
Each of the pillars has a length and height, breath and depth that cover the world and every living person on it. Prayer arises out of our faith and is evidence that we love God and daily want to be in conversation and communion with him in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer has many faces and all approaches find their ultimate meaning in the Eucharist, the source and summit of all prayer. Essentially we are saying to God that we do love you with all we’ve got and we will find the time in the midst of our responsibilities, burdens, pursuits and distractions to be more present to the One who is omnipresent. We can set the alert on our iPhone, Fitbit, or on other devices to remind us that the Lord is speaking and asking, can you hear me now? Who can doubt that prayer has a 365(6) day season each year?
Fasting clearly is the most under-appreciated and under-utilized of the three pillars of transformation. The Catholic Church through the ages rightly has focused on moderation during the days of fasting and abstinence, mindful of the words of the Lord to the tempter at the end of his 40-day fast that man and woman do not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) A more intentional discipline toward our culinary consumption every day would be ideal, doing much more than promoting healthy living, as dignified as this is. Pope Benedict offers us the supreme rationale. The ultimate goal of fasting is to help each of us to make the complete gift of self to God. This is the beginning and the end of fasting and it is not only a matter of food control, but of fasting and abstaining from all of our idols and there are legions. Fasting from “recreational” drugs and alcohol (addiction, a disease, offers no latitude), from gambling, immoral sexual indulgence, pornography, excessive television, our gadgets that impede our relationships, fasting from anger and laziness, envy and pride, greed and cynicism.
The list can go on, but the fasting that is life-changing permeates all aspects of our being, right sizing all that is a blessing in our lives and liberating us from all that can harm us or another, or weaken our relationship with God. Obviously, this is not a 40-day enterprise, but a way of life that Lent can renew for us.
Almsgiving: So that we do not stall at the threshold of our own self improvement or preoccupations, the third pillar allows us to place our prayer and fasting at the service of the Lord who teaches us to love God, our neighbor and ourselves. Almsgiving is a generosity of spirit, a magnanimity, that allows us to serve and to share, to forgive and to respond to the needs of others in our personal lives and in our world, in a manner that can only come from the mind and heart of Jesus Christ revealed through our prayer and fasting.
In last Sunday’s gospel from the Sermon on the Mount we heard Jesus say that we are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. It is not a matter of not making mistakes, or of being on our game each and every day, but in light of all that Jesus is teaching during the Sermon on the Mount, it is the path of self emptying, a dying to self, like the seed that falls to the earth (John 12,24), so that we can bear the fruit of the Kingdom.
As we arrive at the threshold of Lent and prepare to receive the ashes, physically or spiritually, may this mark on our foreheads be for us an invitation to turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel as our standard for living. But, let’s enjoy also a serving of King Cake, a Mardi Gras specialty that I’ve come to relish since moving to Mississippi. In moderation, of course.

Organizations offer myriad Lenten resources

In addition to old-fashioned fasting from food, private prayer, stations of the cross and giving alms, many organizations are offering high-tech help for those who wish to observe Lent, but might need a boost. Here are just a few resources on offer.
– Bishop Robert Baron: The founder of Word on Fire Ministries and prolific digital evangelist writes a daily reflection for Lent based on the gospel reading for the day. His reflections include video and musical components. Sign up at www.wordonfire.org.
– Busted Halo: Busted Halo is a ministry of The Paulist Fathers, a religious order of Roman Catholic priests who believe strongly in using the most modern methods of communication to bring to life the ancient message of the Gospel. The Busted Halo website offers Lenten-themed Daily Jolts and MicroChallenges to find new ways to practice the disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Each day of Lent, we’ll offer an inspirational quote paired with a practical, challenging task that you can do that day to help keep your spiritual life on point. Go to www.bustedhalo.com or search for them on Twitter and Facebook.
– CRS Rice Bowl: Even the Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl has a robust digital component. This year, CRS Rice Bowl provides a path for Catholics in the United States to build, what Pope Francis calls “a culture of encounter” by offering a daily Lenten calendar, sharing weekly stories of hope, and making meatless meals, participants will follow a personal journey that leads to us seeing ourselves in the faces of our neighbors, cultivating a spirit of global solidarity and encountering God’s love anew. Remember that a portion of the proceeds from Rice Bowl stay in this diocese. Sign up for emails at www.crsricebowl.org or download the app on Android or in the Apple AppStore.
– Dynamic Catholic: The ministry founded by evangelist Matthew Kelly offers a free daily video-based email called “Best Lent Ever,” offering tips on how to embrace the season and have what Kelly calls a memorable Lent. Sign up at www.dynamiccatholic.com.
– U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Readers can find a variety of resources on the USCCB website incluing reflections on fasting, a Lectio Divina specific to Lent, daily reflections and a guide to going to Reconciliation. Links and information are online: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/index.cfm.
– I phone fast: Taking the opposite tack, the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., is asking the faithful to fast from their phones and tablets on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Maria Zone, Communications Director for the archdiocese explained in a letter that “the thinking is that silencing our busy phones on these two holy days will give God a chance to call our hearts.” Find a graphic readers can share on social media pages on facebook by searching for I phone fast.

In Memoriam:

Sister Janita Curoe, BVM, 87, died February 10, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Curoe served as principal at Clarksdale Immaculate Conception School and at Jackson Christ the King School. She also served as Madison County literacy coordinator and as volunteer and early intervention specialist tutor, all in Canton. She taught elementary school and/or was principal in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sister Curoe was born in Bernard, Iowa, on March 28, 1929. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1946, from Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Doris Lucille “Lucy” Goldsmith, a consecrated member of Pax Christi Franciscans, died February 11, in Yazoo City. Lucy was born in Yazoo City January 1, 1937. She moved to Greenwood in 1959 to work at St. Francis Center. She made her consecration to God through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 1962. After working at three centers staffed by PCF in Greenwood, Clarksdale and Meridian, Lucy moved to Jackson. There, she became a registered nurse and worked in several health facilities during her nursing career. Later, she returned to Yazoo City to care for her mother and continued her nursing career until she retired in 1998.

Sister Virginia Marasco, RSM, died February 10, at the age of 90. As an educator and administrator, Sister Virginia ministered to children throughout the state of Mississippi, serving in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Jackson and Greenville, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Louis, Missouri. She also served on the staff at Mercy Junior College in St. Louis as an instructor of English and speech, guiding and directing the educational formation of many future Sisters of Mercy. In addition, she served as coordinator for the Mercy Associate Program. for the St. Louis Province. Her former students fondly remember her as being ahead of her time in all things educational. She created a wonderful atmosphere of learning and compassion. Sister Virginia retired from education in her hometown of Hattiesburg, in 2001, but continued to minister to those around her, particularly elderly women and children. And she continued to reach out to those who were sick and shut in through her telephone ministry after she moved to Convent of Mercy in Mobile, Alabama, in January 2015.

Calendar of Events

BAY ST. LOUIS, St. Augustine Retreat Center, Willwoods Married Couples Retreat: March 18-19. Suggested donation: $275 requested but not required. Details: www.willwoods.org or Jason Angelette, (504) 830-3716.

CANTON Gray Center, Contemplative Prayer Retreat, April 28-30. Presenter: Trappist Monk and prolific author, Father William. Meninger. He will discuss the connections between forgiveness and love based on his experiences and writings. To register, go to www.graycenter.org Details: marybillups@bellsouth.net or (601) 693-1321.

NEW ORLEANS, La., “Current of Grace” Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal marking their Golden Jubilee, March 31-April 2, Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, Metairie, La. Speakers: Sister Briege McKenna, OSC and Father Kevin Scallon, CM. Seating is limited and early registration encouraged. Discounts available for pre-registration. Priests religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend at no charge, but pre-registration requested. Register at www.ccrno.org Details: info@ccrno.org or (504) 828-1368.


BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Lenten Mission, March 27-29. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.. Guest speaker: Father David Knight. Details: (601) 833-1799.
COLUMBUS Annunciation, Lenten Scripture Study, Mondays, beginning February 27, at 7 p.m. in the Activities Center Conference Rom. Based on weekly scripture readings. Details: Joe Haftek (662) 549-5151 or jotek52jh@gmail.com.
– Annunciation School, Annual $10,000 Drawdown fundraiser, Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center. Drawdown proceeds fill the tuition gap between cost of tuition and actual cost of education. Details: (662) 328-4479.

IUKA St. Mary, Wednesday, March 8, and every Wednesday during Lent, Stations of the Cross at 9:30 a.m. Join us, and consider sharing a meditation on one of the stations. Details: church office (662) 423-9358.

TUPELO The Annual Salvation Army Empty Bowl Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 1, at Tupelo Furniture Market, building 5. Volunteers are needed to donate baked goods or to help serve soup. Tickets are available at the door and from any Salvation Army Auxiliary. Details: Call (662) 842-9222 or (662) 231-6063 for more information.

JACKSON Crisis Line volunteer training classes will begin on Saturday, March 4, and will meet from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church. To become a certified volunteer telephone crisis counselor, you must attend all classes. Classes are Saturdays, March 4, 11 and 25, and April 1. Volunteers are asked to pledge eight hours per month for at least one year following graduation. The training is free and lunch will be provided. Interested persons can register at the door on March 4, or may pre-register at www.contactthecrisisline.org. Details: call the Crisis Line business office at (601) 713-4099.

NATCHEZ Assumption, Going Gluten Free: Becoming Healthy from the Inside Out. An informative meeting to discuss and learn how gluten intolerance affects our health and happiness, Tuite Hall on Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m.. All are welcome. Facilitator: Mary Frasier. Details: church office (601)-442-7250.
– St. Mary Basilica, Lent program. discussing the book “Oremus – A Guide to Catholic Prayer” by Father Mark Toups, Wednesdays, March 1 – May 3, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.., in the Youth Wing of the Family Life Center. Whether you feel you don’t know how to pray, you would like to develop a deeper prayer life or you think your prayer life could use a little boost, this program is for you. Cost: $10 (includes student workbook). Presenter: Carrie Lambert. Details: (601) 445-5616 or stmaryyouth@cableone.net.

VICKSBURG, March for Life, Saturday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. from St. Aloysius High School to the Monument to the Unborn at noon. Rosary at the monument and transportation back to St. Aloysius provided after rosary. If you are unable to walk, please join us at the monument at noon. Details: (601) 636-0140.

Day honors couples

JACKSON – Bishop Joseph Kopacz honored 77 couples who marked special wedding anniversaries this year at a Mass for World Marriage Day. Dovie and Wayne Munlin of Houston Immaculate Heart of Mary, could not attend the Mass, but were remembered for 71 years of marriage. The annual event is sponsored by the Office of Family Ministry.
Including the Munlins, nine couples marked 60 years or more; 31 couples celebrated 50 years or more and 27 couples marked 25 years. A full list of honoress along with more photos is available on the website, www.mississippicatholic.com.
After the Mass, families gathered in the cathedral center for a reception. The idea of celebrating marriage in this way began in Baton Rouge, La., in 1981, when a group encouraged the city’s mayor, the governor of Louisiana and their bishop to proclaim St. Valentines Day as “We Believe in Marriage Day.” The event was so successful, the idea was presented to and adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s national leadership.

Nina and Pascual Cruz from Batesville St. Mary, 50 years

Linda and David Harcharik from Jackson-St. Peter, 50 years

Kathy and Steve Bizzarri from Jackson, St. Richard, 52 years

Kathleen and Michael Mansour from Greenville, St. Joseph, 25 years

June and Owen Williamson from Vicksburg, St. Paul 65 years

Johnnie and Houston Patton from Jackson Holy Family, 51 years

Jere and Pat Roy from Batesville, St. Mary, 50 years

Jennifer and Christopher David from Meridian, St. Patrick, 25 yearas

Georgeann and Phil Hale from Natchez, St. Mary, 50 yers

Gayle and Francis Prattini from McComb, St. Alphonsus, 50 years

Emma and Dennis Santos from Clinton, Holy Savior, 30 years

Dede and William McCormack from Jackson, St. Peter, 50 years

Chris and Tom Patin from Vicksburg, St. Michael, 50 years

Cathy and Jon Matthews from Pearl, St. Jude, 50 years

Carolyn and Jack Daughtery from Crystal Springs, St. John, 50 years

Belinda and Juan Vargas from Gluckstad, St. Joseph, 25 years

Asuncion and James Cannon from Pearl, St. Jude, 25 years

Ann and Earl Chastant from Flowood, St. Paul, 50 years

Angela and David McNamara from Jackson, St. Richard, 60 years

Anette and Michael Tipton form Grenada, St. Peter, 25 years

Villa and Ildefonso Ibale from Clinton, Holy Savior, 25 years

Teresa and Maxwell Beluso from Clinton, Holy Savior, 25 years

Sharon and Curtis Hopkins from Clinton, Holy Savior, 50 years

Santa Serrano and Guillermo Benitez from Jackson, St. Therese 23 years

Rosemary and Lewis Grantham from Clinton, Holy Savior, 50 years

Pat and Lin Bloodworth from Batesville, St. Mary, 50 years

Navidad and Damian Roman from Jackson, St. Peter, 25 years

Myra and Hugh Logue from Vicksburg, St. Paul 50 years

Missy and Lamar Fisher from Pearl, St -Jude 25 years

Michele and James Orsborn from Jackson, St. Richard, 25 years

Mary Nell and Wayne McMaster from Vicksburg, St. Paul, 60 years

Marie and Willard Garnett from Tupelo, St. James, 65 years

Margret and Joseph Jones from Gluckstadt, St. Joseph, 50 years

Margaret and John McAleese from Flowood, St. Paul, 63 years

Lori and Eric Kimes from Gluckstadt, St. Joseph, 25 years