Calendar of events

NEW ORLEANS Our Lady of the Cenacle Retreat Center, Women’s Retreat, Come to the Quiet Directed Retreat, July 15-20, a five-day silent directed retreat based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. When on a directed retreat, there are no formal presentations as you will meet daily with an assigned spiritual director from the Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center. In addition, there will be ample time for rest, personal prayer and walks outdoors. There will also be daily Mass and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Through scripture and reflection under the daily guidance of an experienced spiritual director, you will become more aware of God’s presence and action in your life in an atmosphere of silence and solitude. Cost: $485 per person and includes room, meals, use of the facility and a stipend for the spiritual director. A non-refundable deposit is required. Details: to register or for more information, contact Susan Halligan at the retreat office at (504) 267-9604 or

HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Save the Date, Annual Bazaar, Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will need volunteers to help before and the day of the bazaar. Details: Julie Stefanik (901) 371-6253 or e-mail
JACKSON St. Richard, Fourth of July Family Picnic is back! Sunday, July 4 after 5 p.m. Mass. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
NATCHEZ Assumption B.V.M., the next grief share program will be on Thursdays from July 1 – Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Details: To sign up, call the parish office at (601) 442-7250 or (318) 421-4559. You may also sign up online at
St. Mary Basilica, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. Seven of the eight sessions remaining on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Ready for some summer reading? Instead of the usual bestseller or latest novel, how about the best selling book of all time? Many Catholics want to read the Bible because they know it is God’s Word, but they give up because it seems so complicated. If you can’t attend in person, they will have them available online. Details: Ruth Powers at the church office (601) 445-5616.
VICKSBURG St. Paul, Celebration of our patron saint, Sunday, June 27 at 10:30 Mass, with a blessing of our new St. Paul statue gifted to our parish by the Altar Society. Reception to follow in Farrell Hall. Details: church office (601) 636-0140.

CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Vacation Bible School, “Treasured: Discovering You’re Priceless to God” June 28 – July 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for those entering PreK-4 through sixth grade. All VBS t-shirt orders must be paid in advance. Details: To sign up, call the church office at (662) 624-4301 or register online.
FLOWOOD St. Paul, Big Deal Youth Group (7th–12th grades) going to Geyser Falls. They need chaperones and drivers on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Leave from St. Paul at 9:15 a.m.; return at 4:15 p.m.. Cost: $40 for admission and $30 for lunch and snacks. Details: Contact Cory Head at
Big Deal Youth Group, Save the Dates – Kayak Trip – Saturday, July 24 and Braves’ Game – Saturday, Aug. 14.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Fourth of July Chickenpendance Day Plates, Pick up will be Saturday, July 3, 1-4 p.m. at the parish hall. St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will sell applewood smoked chicken plates for the fourth of July. Plates include one smoked leg quarter, deviled egg potato salad and baked beans for $7. Items may be ordered a la carte as well. Items can be preordered Sunday, June 20 and Sunday, June 27. Details: contact Chip Williams (601) 594-4946 or Patrick Beasley (769) 218-6957.
JACKSON St. Richard, “The Breakfast Club” will meet on the following Fridays for 7 a.m. daily Mass: June 25, July 2, 9, 23 and 30. Afterwards, they will head to a restaurant for breakfast. Bring enough money for your breakfast. All youth who will be in grades 9-12 this fall are welcome. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
Faith Life Discipleship Groups – Discipleship Groups will meet on Sundays, June 27 and July 18 from 6-7 p.m. in the Youth Center. Afterwards, they will head to a restaurant for food and fellowship. Bring money for dinner. All youth who will be in grades 10-12 in the fall are welcome. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Joseph School, Annual Bruin Burn Color Run 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run, Saturday, July 24. All proceeds support the St. Joe Athletic Program for the benefit of all St. Joe Athletes. Details: Beth Vanderloo at (601) 906-9501 or
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Boy Scout Troop 716 is currently recruiting youth to join their troop and searching for adult volunteers. To be an adult volunteer you do not have to have a child in the troop. Details: contact the Scout Master David Ellis at or call 601 856-5556 at the parish office.
Smoked Pork Butt Blowout, the Knights of Columbus are selling smoked pork butts for $40 each. Pickup will be Friday, July 2 starting at 12 p.m. The deadline to order is June 28. Details: email or call the parish office (601) 856-5556.
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of Meridian, Vacation Bible School, scheduled dates are July 19-23 from 8-11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s. Volunteers are needed. Details: If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Adrian Viger at (601) 917-4566.
VICKSBURG (All parishes) Vacation Bible School “Camping in God’s Creation,” July 19-23 from 9-11:30 a.m. for kindergarten through sixth grades in the Vicksburg Catholic School gym and cafeteria. Details: Contact Lindsey Bradley at for more information.

Biking for Babies, Renewing the culture of life in America, one pedal stroke and one pregnancy resource center at a time. They are riding through the state Sunday, July 11 and Monday, July 12, starting at St. Mary Basilica, Natchez and their first stop will be Monday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Dayspring Community Church (1100 Clinton Business Park Drive, Clinton). Pro-Life Mississippi will have a potluck dinner for them. They ask people to attend and support them as they raise funds for Pregnancy Resource Centers across the country. Details: Tammy Tillman at (601) 956-8636, ext. 1. or