Parish calendar

CANTON Gray Center, Centering Prayer Spring Retreat, April 13-15. Retreat leader: Father William Meninger, Trappist Monk. This year will explore the Enneagram as a path for increasing one’s self-awareness, compassion and conscious living. Details: Limited space is available so register soon at or (601) 859-1556.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, Tending the Soul of Marriages, married couples retreat, February 16-18, 4 p.m. – Sunday morning. Presenters: Robin and Easton Hebert, spiritual directors and retreat leaders from Lafayette. They have built a ministry of mentoring those who prepare for marriage and those who desire to live the sacrament more fully. Cost: Suggested donation: $360 per couple. Details: Sr. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801
A Lenten Day of Reflection, God’s Love and Mercy. Saturday, February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presenter: Sr. Dorez Mehrtens, SSND, who is on staff, will help with reflections. Cost: Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sr. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Intensive Centering Prayer Weekend: The Welcoming Prayer, February 22-25. Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God. Begins on a Thursday instead of Friday. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer. Cost: Private Room $325. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114,
NATCHEZ Compassion Care Hospice, Suite A, 113 Jefferson Davis Blvd., Grief and Loss Support Group, Second Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. Next meeting, Monday, February 12. Open to the Public. Details: call (601) 442-6800.

AMORY St. Helen, Mardi Gras Parish Party, Tuesday, February 13. Food, fun, bingo and prizes for the entire family. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Healing Hearts Grief Support Groups has changed its meeting this month to Friday, February 16, at 6 p.m. at Rest Haven Restaurant, 419 North State Street. Details: Frankie Davis at (662) 902-0293.
COLUMBUS Annunciation, Frassati Fellowship Group. Are you a young adult looking for a faith community of other recent college graduates, graduate students and/or young professionals? Frassati Group is a young Catholic adult support group that will meet for Bible study, volunteer work and more. Details: Keely McCulla at (615) 509-7462.
NATCHEZ Assumption, Fat Tuesday Pot Luck Supper, Tuesday, February 13, in Tuite Hall immediately following Ash Wednesday 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass. Details: (601)442-7250.
St. Mary Basilica, parish celebration for all married couples, especially those celebrating their 15th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60-plus anniversaries, Wednesday, February 21, at the Wednesday night dinner. Everyone, married or not married, will be treated to a complimentary dinner. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
St. Mary Basilica, Knights of Columbus Annual Lenten Fish Fry, Friday, February 16, from 5-7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. For grilled catfish, please call 30 minutes ahead. Details: (601) 897-0295.
SHAW St. Francis of Assisi, Mardi Gras party, Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m. Details: church office (662) 754-5561.
Lenten Luncheons begin Wednesday, February 21. Details: Barbara Reginelli at (662) 719-8627.
VICKSBURG Knights of Columbus Council 898 is hosting the Beatitudes Marriage Enrichment Program, Thursday, February 15, at 7 p.m. in the council home, 310 Fisher Ferry Road. The program runs for six weeks, and each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. There is no charge. Explore the Beatitudes as the path to holiness in Christian marriage and that holiness is the source of joy in marriage. Details: Charles Hahn (601) 831-1057.
St. Paul, Friday, February 16, 6-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus first Lenten Fish Fry, $10 per plate; $6 child’s plate. Details (601) 636-0140.

CLEVELAND Delta State University Catholic Student Association, meets Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in DSU Union, second floor. Some past discussion has been Jesus’ authority over all things, even demons, and how we must use the armor of God to shield ourselves from the daily evils we encounter. Details: If you are a student and want to join us, text your name and number to Hunter Pugh at (662) 902-1669.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick School, Countdown 2018, Friday, February 23, in the Family Life Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and drawing begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment provided by Aa’keela Hundall. Details: Tickets can be purchased from any school advisory board member, the school office or Leslie Vollor at (662) 321-1150.
JACKSON 40-Days for Life Pro Life Kickoff Event, Wednesday, February 14, noon – 1 p.m at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic on North State Street in Fondren. The 40 Days for Life event is an ecumenical, faith-based effort made up of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. Volunteers can sign up for shifts. Details: Barbara Beavers at (601) 940-5701 or
Pro-Life Mississippi annual Spring Banquet and Silent Auction, Thursday, April 5, First Baptist Church, 431 North State Street, Jackson. Silent auction 5 – 6:30 p.m. VIP meet and greet 5-6 p.m. Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Allen B. West, former U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd District. Details: (601) 956-8636.
Walk for Life, Saturday, April 28, begins at St. Richard Church, Jackson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. and begin at 8 a.m. Afterwards, lunch prepared by St. Richard Knights of Columbus. Details:
RIDGELAND, Hospice Ministries volunteer training, 450 Towne Center Blvd, February 16-18. Training runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Friday; 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and concludes on Sunday 1-5 p.m. It is a fast-paced program filled with speakers and refreshments. Hospice Ministries is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that helps others during one of life’s most trying experiences, terminal illness. Details: Volunteer Services, (601) 898-1053 ext. 258 to register or have any questions.

Sister Dorothy Ann Balser, S.S.N.D., died January 28 at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa. She is the sister of Father Edward Balser. Sr. Dorothy was born in McComb on November 6, 1927. In 1949, she took her profession of vows with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sr. Dorothy coordinated the laity of St. Francis of Assisi, Brookhaven, in all levels of religious education.
Her experience and skill as a teacher of primary children enabled her to develop programs for children in Magnolia and Osyka. Her burial took place on January 30. A formal prayer service and Eucharistic Celebration will be announced at a later date.