NEW ORLEANS Our Lady of the Cenacle Retreat Center, Women’s Retreat – “The Infinite Tenderness of God,” Feb. 19-21. Presenter: Reverend Jacob DuMont, LC. God is infinite love and out of that love, he created and redeemed us. Father DuMont currently serves as the local superior and chaplain for Lumen Institute, as well as a spiritual director for the seminarians at Notre Dame Seminary. Their capacity is limited due to COVID-19 – registration on a first come first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit is required. Details: to register, contact the retreat office at (504) 267-9604 or https://www.neworleansretreats.org/retreats.
Our Lady of the Cenacle Retreat Center, “Called to Be Antibodies of Solidarity,” March 19-21. This retreat centers around Pope Francis’ statement, “This is a time to unite as one human family. An emergency like COVID-19 is overcome, above all, with the antibodies of solidarity.” Presenter: Matt Rousso, who has been engaged in pastoral ministry in four parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 1991, he has worked with Maryknoll Ministries, conducting mission spirituality programs in and around New Orleans and Louisiana. Actions on behalf of justice and promoting solidarity with the poor of developing countries have been key aspects of his ministry. Their capacity is limited due to COVID-19 and they are currently accepting registration on a first come first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit is required. Details: to register, contact the retreat office at (504) 267-9604 or https://www.neworleansretreats.org/retreats.
Mass Times Free Ministry to Traveling Catholics – for nationwide Mass times and locations, call 1-800-627-7846 or www.Masstimes.org.
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PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, Blood Drive, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7120, Sunday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot. Please join us in helping give the gift of life! Details: church office (662) 342-1073.
McCOMB St. Alphonsus, Men’s retreat “Rise Up O Men of God The Truth Will Set You Free” Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Liguori Hall, 104 South 5th Street. The retreat will focus on the truth of God’s Love, Salvation in Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit and Christian Warfare. Speakers: Al Mansfield and Father Bill Henry. Al has served the Catholic Church for 50 years. He holds a master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary. He recently retired as Director of CCRNO. He and his wife, Patti, were awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2000 by St. John Paul II. Father Bill Henry retired last year after serving the diocese for 36 years. He previously pastored at St. Joseph Church, Greenville; St. Alphonsus, McComb and St. Therese, Jackson. He has given many retreats and spoken at conferences throughout the United States. Cost: no charge, but registration is required. Lunch will be served. Masks and social distancing are required. Donations will be accepted. Details: (601) 276-5954 or mail name, address and phone number to: Mike Brown, 1053 Riverview Drive, Summit, MS 39666.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Oremus Study Program For Lent. St. Mary will be offering a study program for parishioners who wish to deepen their prayer life. The Oremus program is from Ascension Press, led by Father Mark Toups of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks, you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer and how to hear his voice. They intend to offer the program in both an in-person and a virtual format. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
VIRTUAL The Diaconate: Are you called? If you think you may be called to the permanent diaconate, the Diocese of Jackson is offering a series of five inquiry meetings via Zoom. Are you called? – Saturday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 17; What’s involved? – Saturday, March 13; The application process – Saturday, March 20; and Meeting recap – Wednesday, March 24. Details: Deacon John McGregor, Director of the Permanent Diaconate – email@example.com.
JACKSON St. Richard School, Save the Date, Krewe de Cardinal has been postponed until Friday, April 30. Raffle tickets to win a 13” MacBook Pro Laptop are available in the school and church offices for $10 each or 3 for $20. Details: school office (601) 366-1157
MADISON St. Anthony School is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year. St. Anthony serves families with students in Pre-K3 through 6th grade. Details: (601) 607-7054 or visit their website stanthonyeagles.org.
SOUTHAVEN Sacred Heart School is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Recognized by Today’s Catholic Teacher as one of three most innovative Catholic Identity Schools in the U.S., provides a small, close knit family atmosphere with students representing 25 different countries. Details: (662) 349-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.