NEW ORLEANS Our Lady of the Cenacle Retreat Center, Women’s Retreat on “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius,” Jan. 8-10, 2021. Check-in is between 3-6 p.m. on Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday. Retreat Presenter: Father Jacob DuMont, L.C. He will reflect on the fundamental truth of our lives: God’s love, His mercy and forgiveness. Father Jacob currently serves as the local superior and chaplain for Lumen Institute, as well as a spiritual director for the seminarians at Notre Dame Seminary. Capacity is limited due to COVID-19 and they are currently accepting registrations on a first come, first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit is required to register. You can choose to pay just the deposit upon registration or to pay in full. Details: to register, contact the retreat office at (504) 267-9604 or https://www.neworleansretreats.org/retreats.
PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Outdoor manger scene decorating contest. The parish council wants to promote the spirit of the season during the pandemic. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, Dec. 10. Judging will be on Dec. 19-20. Details: Please contact Kay Watts (662) 902-6017, Derrick Faucheux (225) 206-2430 or Kristin Orr (901) 652-0979 if you would like to participate
FLOWOOD St. Paul, Interested in serving in a ministry? Openings for ushers, greeters, lectors, community leaders and Eucharistic ministers. Details: Contact Cecilia firstname.lastname@example.org or (601) 292-6097.
Interested in helping the St. Paul livestream team during weekend Mass? They need volunteers to help run the lyrics on the monitors during the Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Must have basic computer knowledge. Details: Contact Michael to learn more email@example.com or (601) 292-6086.
JACKSON St. Richard, Coffee & Creed meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in Glynn Hall. They will use “The Search” from FORMED. Details: (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Adopt a family for Christmas. After each Mass, there will be families available to be adopted for Christmas from MadCAAP. If you are unable to come to church, you may call the parish office and ask for a family and the necessary information will be given to you. This has been a rough year for everyone but let us not forget the most unfortunate of us and help make some children’s Christmas a little brighter and happier. Details: church office (601) 856-5556
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of St. Joseph and St. Patrick, Due to COVID-19, they will not have their annual Christmas Open House. However, they will be open on three Saturdays, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will have Advent candles and wreaths, 2021 Missals (limit two, unless you have ordered more), nativities, ornaments, gifts, décor and all of their regular stock. Shopping will be COVID-safe and anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask. Details: If you are unable to come to one of the above dates, contact John at the Parish Office (601) 693-1321 ext. 9 or Pat (601) 479-0920 to make an appointment to shop another time.
NATCHEZ Assumption BVM, Weekly Grief Support Group, Tuesdays, 13-week program (began Oct. 6) at 3:30 p.m. in Tuite Hall. Cost: $15 for workbook. Details: Carolyn Verucchi at (601) 807-1698, or the church office (601) 442-7250.
St. Mary Basilica, Blood Drive, Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 1-6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Details: Sign up at www.vitalant.org or www.bloodhero.com or call Regina in the church office at (601) 445-5616.
Home for Christmas Virtual Concert, Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CST. The Daughters of Saint Paul Choir normally go on tour in Dec. to bring the Christmas message to thousands of people around the country. This year, they will sing a virtual concert that will be streamed on their YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/c/DaughtersofStPaul. Join them for this free, fun, family-friendly event.
In person Masses are open within the Diocese of Jackson. Check with your local parish for details and follow guidelines in place for attendance. All over the age of two are required to wear a mask.
The obligation to attend Mass continues to be dispensed by Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, so if you do not feel safe attending, or have an underlying health condition, or feel sick, please stay home. Be safe and stay vigilant!