Edict opens Sister Thea Bowman’s cause

By Maureen Smith
JACKSON – Bishop Joseph Kopacz read the edict to open the cause for canonization for Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, Servant of God, at a Sunday, Nov. 18, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The church was packed with people who loved Sister Thea and can’t wait to see her become a saint.
Days before the Mass, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops unanimously voted in support of the cause moving forward during their general assembly in Baltimore. Sister Bowman, a Mississippi native and the only African-American member of her order, the Wisconsin-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, was a widely known speaker, evangelizer and singer until she died of cancer in 1990 at age 52. She even made a presentation at the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting in 1989, moving some prelates to tears.

Some of the songs she sang at that bishop’s meeting took center stage at the Mass. Phyllis Lewis-Hale, a professor from Jackson State University sang “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child” as a prelude to the Mass and brought the congregation to its feet with “We Shall Overcome” after communion. Everyone in the church spontaneously joined hands and swayed as they sang with Lewis-Hale – much like the bishops did in 1989.
Lewis-Hale teaches opera and traditional voice classes, but also teaches classes in Negro Spirituals. “Those spirituals go across denominations – they are cultural so I have known these songs all my life,” she said. She believes people can find comfort and support during these times if they “go back to the soothing comforting words of spirituals,” she added. She said she was honored to be a part of the celebration. “I am glad Sister Thea has been given this recognition and this honor and I hope this can come to fulfillment.”
Members of the choir from Sister Thea’s home parish of Canton Holy Child Jesus offered “Be Encouraged” during communion. Bernadette Otto-Russell, one of the singers, first sang in Sister Thea’s choir when she was in the third grade. “This was awesome. This is an enjoyable and memorable moment – I’m getting full just thinking about it. I think the people that know Sister Thea – they know who she is and they will always cherish her and also her memories. She will never die,” said Otto-Russell, adding that it was a joy and an honor to sing for her childhood teacher.
Carolyn Brooks and her mother Jean Brooks came from out of town to attend the Mass. When the younger Brooks attended Christ the King School she met Sister Thea. Brooks called her an inspiration both in her childhood and today. Jean Brooks called the Mass “inspirational,” adding that “we need the spirit from this service in this day and age.”
The postulator, Dr. Andrea Ambrosi and his assistant, Nina Bartulica, sat in the front pew with representatives from Sister Thea’s religious community, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Sister Eileen McKenzie, president; Sister Marla Lang and Sister Helen Elsbernd, both classmates of Sister Thea and Sister Dorothy Kundinger, Sister Thea’s assistant during her illness.
“She was my sister and my friend,” said Sister Kundinger, who was all smiles after the Mass, greeting friends and enjoying the moment.
A delegation of students from Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in Jackson handed out prayer cards after Mass. The students were thrilled to be a part of this historic moment for their school’s namesake. Sixth-grader Alexander Mason said he and his fellow students know the story of her life and have learned many lessons from Sister Thea’s mantra that she wanted to live until she died. “She taught me to always have perseverance and that I should never give up – even if I am close to death, I should keep on pushing myself to try,” said Mason.
In his homily Bishop Kopacz quoted the old testament reading for the day from the Book of Daniel “The wise shall shine like the splendor of the firmament. Those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” He spoke of Sister Thea’s wisdom and joy and holiness, saying that today “her holiness shines upon us.”

(The Diocese of Jackson has launched a website detailing Sister Thea’s life and the cause for canonization, sistertheabowman.com.)

Teen-led Search retreat offers vocational support

GALLMAN – The Diocesan Fall Search Retreat took place November 9-11, at Camp Wesley Pines. sixty-five juniors and seniors from across the diocese participated in the weekend retreat either as Searchers or Staffers.
Search is unique in that it is a retreat “for teens; led by teens.” Modeled after the Cursillo movement, search has been an active ministry for youth in our diocese for the last 15 years. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry but St. Richard parishioners, Ann and Jeff Cook have been the longtime volunteer adult coordinators
The Spring Search Retreat is set for March 1-3, 2019 at Camp Wesley Pines. Juniors and Seniors can register for the retreat via www.jacksonsearch.com. Space is limited. For questions, please contact Abbey Schuhmann in the Office of Youth Ministry – Abbey.Schuhmann@jacksondiocese.org or (601)949-6934.

GALLMAN – Graham Hlavac and Father Nick Adam prepare for the closing Mass on Sunday afternoon.

Presentation coordinator, Catherine Cook welcomes the Searchers and leads the opening session of the retreat.

(L-r)Will Foggo, Flowood St. Paul; John Payne, Ellie Heilman and Leila de Gruy, all of Jackson St. Richard; Olivia Artigues, of Starkville St. Joseph and Jack Dowdle of Pearl St. Jude get to know each other during small group time. (Photos by Abbey Schuhmann)

Youth perform parable skits during the retreat.

Snow Play

GREENVILLE – The first-graders at St. Joseph School got to play in a dusting of snow on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Above, Carson Triplett shouts for joy on the plyaground. There was not enough snow to cancel school in Greenville, but the children still got to take some time to enjoy it. (Photos by Craig Mandolini)

Students honor, pray for veterans

SOUTHAVEN – Sacred Heart students offered Mass for veterans on Friday, Nov. 16. Father Greg Schill, who celebrated the Mass, served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Sister Rose Hacker)

JACKSON – St. Richard School sixth-grader Logan Burger attaches a flag pin to a visiting veteran during the school’s veteran’s day program. Students sing the songs from all the military branches, hear from local veterans and present a reflection on soldiers who never came home. (Photo by Wendi Shearer)

Knights fight cool weather with chili

PEARL – St. Jude parishioners gathered on Saturday, November 1 to pit their chili-cooking skills against one another for a family-oriented competition organized by the Knights of Columbus. The winners are: Third place Melissa O’Brien, team Women of Faith; second place Victoria and April McDonald and Matthew Meadows, 1st place. Shannon Roe Torregano team Roe-Tel it on the Mountain. Pastor Father Lincoln Dall selected Dan and Danny Nelson’s chili for the “father’s choice award.”

Pear, St. Jude parish, photos by Tereza Ma

The family of Dennise Riordan and Jamison Taylor sharing thoughts about the chili during the Knights of Columbus Chili Cook-off.

Parishioners Nina Couey and Sandra Walker examine the chili very well before they pick their winning choice.

Mr. Walker

Brodey and Farren Clark

Jose and JJ Arellano

Dori, Beth, Jo and Thomas Paczak participated in judging the chili.

Aniston Pitts

Rory Clark

All kids from St. Jude having good time to get together

Shannon Roe Torregano from team Roe-Tel it on the Mountain.

The winner Shannon Roe Torregano from team Roe-Tel it on the Mountain.

Shannon Roe Torregano

Shannon Roe Torregano

Second place Victoria McDonald, Matthew Meadows and April McDonald.

Third place Melissa Obrien team Women of faith.

The Nelson team

Father's pick winner Danny Nelson

Danny Nelson with Nora and Father Lincoln

Danny Nelson with Nora and Father Lincoln

Line to pick the samples was pretty long

Father Lincoln Dall collects his chili samples from Pat McBride.

Father Lincoln with ladies from Philippines Riza Caskey, Myra Woodward and Ellen Bruno

Featured photo . . . Come, Lord Jesus – Advent retreat

RAYMOND – Sister Michele Doyle, left, along with about 25 women sing “Come Lord Jesus” accompanied by Mary Robinson playing the guitar (right) during an Advent retreat at St. Moses the Black Priory on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Participants are part of the Martha and Mary Bible Book Club at Madison St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The theme of the day was center on the prophets, “The Bible’s Human Bridges.” (Photo by Elsa Baughman)

Parish calendar

BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, An Advent Overnight – the Good and Perfect Gift, December 7-8. Beginning Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. until Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. GIve yourself or a friend the gift of a day to celebrate the Christ Child. Spiritual Director: Clare Van Lent, MA CSp., Director. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com for more information.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, A Lenten Day of Reflection, God’s Love and Mercy. Saturday, February 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presenter: Sister Dorez Mehrtens, SSND. Cost: Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org

AMORY St. Helen, Grandparents’ Day Mass and Children’s Play, Sunday, December 16 at 11 a.m. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
JACKSON Advent Lessons and Carols service at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. Details: (601) 969-3125.
Candlelight Remembrance Celebration sponsored by the St. Richard Bereavement Support Group, Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Foley Hall. There will be a discussion of various ways to honor our deceased loved ones followed by a brief candle-lit prayer service. A social time of wine and refreshments follows the service. Please RSVP so we will know how many to plan for. Details: Linda Lalor (601) 853-8840, Suzie Cranston (601) 982-5464 or Nancy McGhee (601) 942-2078, or email ncmcghee@bellsouth.net.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “The Catholic Stuff You Should Know” adult education class will be showing “The Wild Goose,” Sunday mornings at 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. in the Family Life Center lounge. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Alcorn State University Christmas Concert presented by the Natchez Festival of Music, Sunday December 2, at 7 p.m. Open to the public and no cost to attend. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, Advent/Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. followed by dinner. Details: church office (662) 342-1073

COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Christmas Extravaganza, Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women Rent Auditorium. Details: school office (662) 328-4479.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph School, Band Concert, Tuesday, December 11, at 6 p.m. Details: school office (662) 378-9711.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Christmas Program “Special Delivery,” Tuesday, December 18, matinee and evening performances. Details: school office (662) 334-3287.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, “How the Grinch Gave Christmas Back” Young People’s Christmas program, Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. Details: Barbara Smith at (662) 233-4833 or (901) 413-8102.
JACKSON St. Richard School, Save the Date, Krewe de Cardinal, Friday, March 1, 2019, at The Railroad District, Jackson. Creole Cuisine, Live Music and Premium Auction. Details: school office (601) 366-1157, Wendi Shearer wshearer@strichardschool.org or www.strichardschool.org.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Boys’ Church Basketball Winter league for 7/8 grade, 9/10 grade and 11/12 grade teams. Registration and money due by November 28. Details: amy.lipovetsky@stfrancismadison.org or (601) 856-5556.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the O’Connor Family Life Center, 613 Main Street. Cost: $10 per person. Details: Carrie Lambert at stmaryyouth@cableone.net or (601) 445-5616.

“A Guide for Grievers” Through a partnership between Catholic Charities’ Parish Health Care Ministry and the Catholic Diocese of Jackson’s Office of Family Ministry, Bob Willis; artist, author, sculptor and grief specialist from Oklahoma City will present half-day workshops and discussions on grief, and how to adapt to loss. Workshops will be offered at the following locations/times: Hernando Holy Spirit, Wednesday, November 28, 9:30-1:30 p.m.; Indianola Immaculate Conception, November 28, 5:30-9 p.m.; Starkville St. Joseph, Thursday, November 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.; Gluckstadt St. Joseph, Friday, November 30, 12 – 4 p.m. Details: Sister Pat Clemen, Coordinator of Parish Health Ministry at (601) 213-6378, or sisterpat.clemen@ccjackson.org or Charlene Bearden, Coordinator of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487, or charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org. Ministry at 601-960-8487.
VICKSBURG Prayer Ministry, The Mercy Associates are a group of lay men and women who work with the Sisters of Mercy to further the charism of mercy in our parishes and community. The group of 20 women is committed to pray for each intention several times each day for seven days. All prayer requests are held in complete confidentiality. Details: Karen Harrison at (601) 397-7879 to submit a prayer request.

Tome nota

Educación de la Fe
Jackson. Catedral de San Pedro. Grupo de oración. Todos los lunes a las 6.45 pm. Para más información, llame a Orlando Marin. 601-613-4647

Vírgenes y Santos
Martes 4 de diciembre: Santa Barbara, mártir
Sábado 8 de diciembre: La Inmaculada Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María
Domingo 9 de diciembre: San Juan Diego
Miércoles 12 de diciembre: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Martes 25 de diciembre: Natividad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo
Viernes 28 de diciembre: Dia de los Santos Inocentes

Washington DC. Miercoles 16 a Domingo 20, Enero 2019. Pro Life Mississippi. 46 aniversario de la Marcha por la Vida.” Único desde el Dia Uno. Pro-Vida es Pro-Ciencia”. Para una completa guía del evento, Text MARCH al 73075. Si quisiera apadrinar a un estudiante, con los gastos del viaje o acudir a la marcha, contacte al 601-956-8636 o al correo electrónico pml@prolifemisssissippi.org

La Asociación Hispana de Mississippi (MHA) está organizando el primer “Concierto Navideño Hispano” que tendrá lugar en la Parroquia de Saint Therese el 15 de diciembre, 2018, de 6:00-8:00 pm. ¿Está interesado(a) en participar? Para su conveniencia, invítennos a su iglesia. Esperanza Velásquez (769) 226-2994 Elsa Baughman baughmanelsa@gmail.com.

Ambiente Seguro
Para reportar un abuso: Licenciada Valerie McClellan, trabajadora social.Por favor, contáctala al 601-326-3728

Celebraciones Virgen de Guadalupe y Posadas

Festividades Guadalupanas
Las celebraciones incluirán procesiones, Santo Rosario, Misa, dramatización de la aparición de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, novena, vigilia, mañanitas y convivio con la comunidad – recepciones con cantos y danzas.
Amory, St. Helen. Obispo Casey de St. Louis, Misouri celebrará la Misa, Miércoles 12 diciembre, 6 p.m.
Bruce, St. Luke. Martes, Misa y Vigilia en Vardaman, 11 de diciembre, 6 p.m.
Canton, Sacred Heart. Domingo 9 de diciembre, 9:30 a.m.
Carthage, St. Anne. Sábado 15 de diciembre,10:30 a.m.
Cleveland, Our lady of Victories. Domingo, 9 de diciembre, 11:30 a.m.
Corinth, St. James de Less. Misa con Obispo Kopacz Sábado 15 de diciembre, 4 p.m.
Forest, St. Michael. Domingo 9 de diciembre, Procesión frente a la corte con el rezo del Rosario a las 9. 30 am y misa a las 11.00 a.m. Actuación de la Banda Matachines. Martes 11 de diciembre, 7 p.m. Nochecitas a la Virgen en la Iglesia de San Miguel. Miércoles 12 de diciembre. Misa

Greenwood, St Francis. Domingo 9 de diciembre, 2 p.m. Procesion y Misa. Martes 11, Vigilia a las 11 p.m.
Hazlehurst, ST. Martin of Tours. Miércoles 12 diciembre, 6 p.m.
Houston, Immaculate Heart of Mary. Miércoles 12, Mañanitas a la Virgen, 5 a.m. y Misa a las 7 p.m.
Indianola, Immaculate Conception. Sábado 8 de diciembre, Rosario y obra sobre las apariciones a las 6 p.m. Domingo 9, 11a.m misa bilingüe. Antes del sábado 8, Rosarios en las casas.
Jackson, Catedral. Domingo 9 de diciembre 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. y miércoles 12 de diciembre a las 7p.m.
Jackson, St Therese. Miércoles 12 diciembre, 6 p.m.
Kosciusko, St. Therese. Novena a la Virgen de Guadalupe Martes 4 de diciembre, 7 p.m. Celebración Domingo 16,1 p.m.
Madison, San Francisco de Asís. Miércoles 12, 6 p.m. Presentación del Grupo de Danza “El Sol de Mexico” de la parroquia de San Judas
Meridian, St. Joseph. Domingo, diciembre 9, 3 p.m.
Morton, St Martin de Porres. Celebración Inmaculada Concepción. Comunidad de Nicaragua.
Sábado, 8 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
New Albany, St. Francis. Miércoles 12 diciembre: Rosario, 4:30 a.m., Mañanitas, 5 a.m., Desayuno 6 a.m. Procesión y danzantes, 6 p.m. y la Misa, 7 p.m.
Pearl, San Judas. Sábado, 8 de diciembre, 7 pm. Presentación del Grupo de Danza “El Sol de Mexico.”
Pontotoc, St. Christopher. Domingo 9 de diciembre, 9:15 a.m. Fiesta de San Juan Diego. Miércoles 12 de diciembre, 5 a.m. Mañanitas. Película y reflexión sobre la virgen 6:30 p.m.
Ripley, St Mattew. Vigilia, Martes 11 de diciembre, 7 p.m. a media noche.
Southaven, Christ the King. Miércoles 12 diciembre. Mananitas, 5:30 a.m. Misa 7 p.m.
Tupelo, St. James. Miércoles 12 diciembre. Mañanitas y aparición a las 5 a.m. en la Iglesia de St. James. Procesión a las 5:30 p.m. y luego Misa a las 6 p.m. Seguidamente recepción en el Shelton Hall. Rosario a partir del 4 de diciembre hasta el día 11 de diciembre.

Las celebraciones incluirán representaciones de la sagrada familia en busca de posada, santo rosario, villancicos, piñatas y recepciones.
Carthage, St. Anne. Sábado 15 de diciembre al 23 comienzan las posadas, 6 p.m.
Forest, St. Michael. Del 16 al 23 de diciembre. En diferentes casas, 7 p.m. Preguntar en la iglesia por detalles.
Hazlehurst, ST. Martin of Tours. Desde el 16 al 23 de diciembre. Para más detalles comuníquese con Erlinda, 601-717-0102.
Jackson, St. Therese. Concierto Hispano de Navidad. Sábado diciembre 15, 6 p.m.
Pearl, San Judas. Sábado,15 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
Tupelo, San James. Del 16 al 23 de diciembre en el Shelton Hall, 6.30 p.m.
Southaven, Christ the King. Domingo 16, 5 p.m.