Parish calendar

CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, A Lenten Journey with Gerard Manley Hopkins, February 9-11. He was a Jesuit priest and poet whose life was one of rejection, loneliness and ill health. In spite of this, his strong faith in the Paschal Mystery sustained him and evoked the most powerful poetry of his time. Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, OSB, Ph.D. Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person. Details: Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, (256) 615-6114,
FORT SMITH, Ark., St. Scholastica Monastery, Seven Stages of Suffering, Tuesdays, February 22, March 1 and March 8 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Using the book Teilhard: Seven Stages of Suffering: A Spiritual Path for Transformation by Louis M. Savary and Patricia H. Berne, this Lenten program will lead one through the seven stages with an emphasis on the positive and transformative energy of suffering. Cost: $60.00. Details: or or (479) 783-1135.
GREENWOOD, Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, “Body, Mind, and Spirit Women’s Retreat,” Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with 4 p.m. vigil Mass) sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary #5267. Presenters: Michael Whelan, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author; John Cook, exercise physiologist, and Magdalene Abraham, spiritual director. Cost: $35. Details: (662) 299-1232 or
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., Women’s Morning of Spirituality Saturday, February 10, Church of the Incarnation, 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a continental breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. Mass at 12:30 p.m. with Bishop Martin D. Holley, bishop of the Diocese of Memphis. Details: Hernando Holy Spirit church office (662) 429-7851.

GRENADA, St. Peter, couples’ book study at Teresa and Luther Owens’ home on Wednesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. Discussion of Climbing the Mountain by Anne, a lay apostle; Book study guides are in the back of the church. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
Blood Drive, Sunday, January 28, after Mass. Sign up for a time online at Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON, St. Peter Cathedral, training course for adults interested in becoming catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. The course will run one Saturday a month for ten months beginning January 20 and ending December 8, excluding June and July. The Catechesis is a method of religious formation for children ages three to 12 which utilizes the educational principles of Maria Montessori. This course will be for Level I, the foundational level for children ages 3 to 6. Details: Hope Johnston (601) 969-3125 or
MADISON, St. Joseph School, Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3. Details: Marcie Ralston, (601) 214-9809, Bobbie Simpson, (601) 953-6365 or Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4803 or
NATCHEZ, St. Mary Basilica, book club to resume, Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. Discussion of Chapters 1-8 of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, by Paul Kengor. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.


Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, B.V.M.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, B.V.M., died January 1 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa at the age of 91. She entered the BVM congregation in 1947 and professed her final vows in 1955. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Paul Francis taught first, second and third grades and taught high school typing and shorthand at Clarksdale Immaculate Conception School. She was buried in Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 or online at



Sister Margaret Mary Flynn, O.C.D

Sister Margaret Mary Flynn, O.C.D., died January 2 at the Carmelite Monastery in Jackson at the age of 88. She was the last of seven nuns from the Carmel of St. Joseph, Clayton, Missouri, who came to Jackson in November, 1951, to establish the first and only Carmelite Monastery in the state of Mississippi. The funeral took place on January 5 at the chapel with burial following in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Gluckstadt.






World Marriage Day, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson and the Office of Family Ministry is pleased to announce that the diocesan World Marriage Day Celebration will be held Sunday, February 4, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson. There will be Mass with a reception immediately following. The Mass honors all married couples, but invites those celebrating their 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries or any significant anniversary. Please contact your parish office for registration. Details: Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487 or email Charlene Bearden at .