Calendar of events

BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Thomas Merton: Spiritual Writer and Contemplative Retreat, September 8-9, begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Donation: $100. Presenter: Ed Thebaud is a passionate admirer and scholar of Merton. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email
CULLMAN, Ala. Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Celebrating Women, September 29 – October 1, a gathering of women of many cultures from across the South. You will have the opportunity to design your own place setting at the table using image and art to express who you are. Presenter: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and team. Details: (256) 734-8302, or

AMORY St. Helen, Sister Lael will be offering English as a Second Language classes to interested parishioners. Details: contact Sister Lael (662) 256-8392 to register.
GRENADA St. Peter, Blood Drive Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON Christ the King, Health Fair, Saturday September 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the multipurpose building. Details: church office (601) 948-8867 or
JACKSON Holy Family, fall series, the History and Implementation of the RCIA, beginning Wednesday, August 16. Did you miss getting confirmed, but would like to complete the Sacraments of Initiation? Been Catholic all your life but still wonder why we do what we do? Or do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and class from 6:00 -7:15 p.m. Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Discovering Christ 2017, begins Thursday, September 7, and lasts for seven weeks. An opportunity to deepen your faith and grow closer to your fellow parishioners. Free and includes a meal and live music. Complimentary child care is provided. Space is limited so register early. Details: (601) 856-5556, or
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner Benefit, Family Life Center, Sunday August 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. eat in or take out. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
TUPELO St. James, Catholic Book Club meets at noon in the library the second Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is September 13. The selection for September will be “The Complete Father Brown Mysteries” by G.K. Chesterton. Come and bring a friend even if you haven’t read the book. Details: church office (662) 842-4481 or
JACKSON The Volunteers of Gleaners, Open House 237 Briarwood Drive, Sunday, August 20, 2-4 p.m., celebrating 30 years of service in the Jackson Metro area. They are a public charity that salvages food and distributes to shelters and safe lodges. Enjoy refreshments, meet the board members and discover many volunteer opportunities. Details: Nancy Willis (601) 956-4740 or Gloria Martinson (601) 856-0673.

JACKSON Bishop Joseph Kopacz and the Office of Youth Ministry are encouraging everyone aged 18-39 to participate in a pre-synod survey sponsored by Pope Francis to prepare for World Youth Day 2018. A link to the survey is available on the diocesan website: or
NATCHEZ Multi-parish youth celebration, Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Basilica. Presenters from Dumb Ox Ministries as well as musical duo Greg & Lizzie will lead a day of fun, food and worship with the theme #PrayProclaim. Youth from all parishes are welcome. Registration is $10. Details: Carrie Lambert, 601-455-5616 or

MIAMI, Fla 14th National Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Oct. 5-8, Miami, Fla. The theme this year is “The Challenge is to Silence the Mind.” Adult registration is $150, High school and college registration is $75 and youth aged 8-13 is $50 not including hotel rooms. The Office of Black Catholic Ministries has registration scholarships available on a first-come basis. Details: 601-949-6935

In Memoriam

Father Charles Yost

Father Charles Yost, SCJ, died July 8 at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake in Franklin, WI. He had gone into home hospice care just days earlier. He was 85. Father Yost professed his first vows in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. From 1962-63 he was able to fulfill his dream of being a missionary, serving in Indonesia. Father Yost moved to Mississippi in 1993, working in parish minstry at Hernando Holy Spirit. He also served as spiritual director of the Sacred Heart League (now Sacred Heart Southern Missions) from 1998-2004.
Retired, Father Yost was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. In retirement, he continued to be active, overseeing the production of the American Ordo for many years, in collaboration with the Province Development Office. He was buried in Wisconsin.