Death of retired Bishop Morin ‘a sad day’ for Biloxi diocese

Bishop Roger Paul P. Morin of Biloxi, Miss., is seen in this undated photo. He died Oct. 31, 2019. He was 78. (CNS photo/courtesy Gulf Pine Catholic)

By Terry Dickson
BILOXI – Bishop Roger P. Morin, the third bishop of Biloxi, died Oct. 31 at age 78. He was returning to Biloxi after vacationing with his family in Massachusetts and died during his flight from Boston to Atlanta.
“This is a sad day for our diocese. I was shocked to hear the news,” Biloxi Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III said in a statement.
“Bishop Morin was a kind and gentle man who truly embodied his episcopal motto as one who walked humbly and acted justly,” he said. “When I was named bishop of Biloxi in 2016, Bishop Morin was most gracious and accommodating. I am forever grateful for his support, wise counsel and, most of all, his friendship. He will be sorely missed.”
Bishop Morin was named to head the Diocese of Biloxi by Pope Benedict XVI March 2, 2009, and was installed in April at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama.
His episcopal motto was “Walk Humbly and Act Justly.” He retired in 2016 at age 75.
A native of Dracut, Massachusetts, he was born March 7, 1941, the son of Germain J. and Lillian E. Morin. He has one brother, Paul, and three sisters, Lillian “Pat” Johnson, Elaine (Ray) Joncas and Susan Spellissy.
After high school and college studies, he earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1966 from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts and continued theology studies at St. John’s for two years of graduate school. In 1967 he went to New Orleans to work in its new summer Witness program, conducted by the archdiocesan Social Apostolate.
When he returned to New Orleans in 1968, he became director of The Center, a neighborhood social service organization run by the Social Apostolate. He enrolled at Notre Dame Seminary, studying in the evenings and on Saturdays in addition to his full-time position at The Center. He earned a master’s of divinity degree in theology at the seminary.
He was ordained to the priesthood by New Orleans Archbishop Philip M. Hannan April 15, 1971, in his home parish of St. Therese in Dracut. His first parish assignment was at St. Henry Parish in New Orleans. In 1973, he was appointed associate director of the Social Apostolate and in 1975 became the director, responsible for the operation of nine year-round social service centers sponsored by the archdiocese.
Bishop Morin had a master of science degree in urban studies from Tulane University and in 1974 completed a program as a community economic developer. Bishop Morin was the founding president of Second Harvest Food Bank.
In 1978, he was a volunteer member of Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial’s transition team dealing with federal programs and then accepted a $1 a year position as deputy special assistant to the mayor for federal programs and projects.
Then-Father Morin served the city of New Orleans until 1981, when he was appointed New Orleans archdiocesan vicar for community affairs, with responsibility over nine agencies: Catholic Charities, Social Apostolate, human relations, alcoholics’ ministry, Apostleship of the Sea, cemeteries, disaster relief, hospitals and prisons. He was named a monsignor by St. John Paul II in 1985.
He was in residence at Incarnate Word Parish beginning in 1981 and served as pastor there from 1988 through April 2002.
One of the highlights of his priesthood came in 1987 when he directed the New Orleans Archdiocese’s preparations for St. John Paul’s historic visit to New Orleans. The visit involved thousands of community volunteers and coordination among national, state and local religious and political leaders.
He also coordinated the events of the bicentennial of the archdiocese in 1993. In 1995, Bishop Morin received the Weiss Brotherhood Award presented by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his service in the field of human relations.
St. John Paul named him an auxiliary bishop of New Orleans Feb. 11, 2003; his episcopal ordination was April 22 of that year. He was vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese 2001-2009.
Bishop Morin was a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2005-2013, and served as chairman 2008-2010. During that time, he also was a member of the Domestic Justice and Human Development and the National Collections committees.
Bishop Morin’s funeral Mass was held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Biloxi.

Founding Father honored with plaque in German hometown

Father Aloysius Heick, SVD, was posthumously honored with a plaque in his hometown of Alteglofsheim, Germany on Oct. 27 for his extraordinary mission work in Mississippi.

By Joanna Puddister King

When looking through archives, you cannot help but see the name Father Aloysius Heick listed in connection with the construction of Catholic churches and schools in Mississippi.

Father Aloysius Heick, SVD, a German priest who traveled to America as a missionary more than 100 years ago was posthumously honored in his hometown of Alteglofsheim, Bavaria, Germany on Oct. 27, 2019 at St. Lawrence Church with the blessing of a memorial plaque commemorating his mission work in Mississippi.

This commemoration is through much efforts on behalf of Heick’s descendants, in particular his great-great nephew, Richard Heindl, also of Alteglofsheim. After seeing a picture of his great-great uncle, Heindl went on a quest to research the extraordinary life and accomplishments of Father Heick.

In the early 1900s, Father Heick worked to form churches and schools in Vicksburg, Jackson, Meridian and Greenville, in addition to the first seminary in Mississippi to train African Americans for the priesthood. Much of the work of Heick was controversial at the time and he often received death threats for his belief that all children, no matter their color, should have access to education.

An early assignment in the small Delta community of Merigold nearly cost Father Heick his life. In 1904, he was asked by Chicago millionaire, David Bremner, to establish a mission in Merigold for 140 black families sharecropping on his plantation. Father Heick started with about 12 students in a small warehouse in the downtown area, but within a week the school was closed. Heick was run out of town by whites, who did not share his passion for educating all citizen. According to lore, Father Heick narrowly escaped hidden in either a piano box or coffin and carted out of town to safety.

Father Heick is credited for baptizing over 685 people during his time in Mississippi and founding St. Mary Vicksburg in 1906, Holy Ghost Jackson in 1908, St. Joseph Meridian in 1910 and Sacred Heart Greenville in 1913. The Greenville seminary for African Americans was established by Heick in 1920 but was subsequently moved to Bay St. Louis in 1923.

To the German founded community of Gluckstadt, Heick was instrumental in the completion of the first church building in 1917, which was dedicated in honor of St. Joseph. Originally a mission, St. Joseph was named a parish in 2006.

Father Heick died at the age of 65 in 1929. After his passing, Bishop Gerow of Natchez wrote of Heick: “He might justly be called martyr to his missionary zeal.”

Descendants of Heick have traveled to Mississippi on several occasions to research his extraordinary life. Heindl, his wife and son attended the 100th anniversary of St. Joseph Gluckstadt and the 100th anniversary of Holy Ghost Jackson in 2009.

Pat Ross, parishioner of St. Francis Madison and descendant of one of the original German settlers of Gluckstadt, traveled to Germany for the dedication of the plaque in honor of Father Heick in late October.

“October was chosen for the dedication due to Pope Francis’ proclaiming October the Extra-ordinary month of Missions,” said Ross.

“The Catholics of Alteglofsheim are very proud of their priest and the work he did in the United States.”

In a letter to Father Matthias Kienberger of St. Lawrence church in Alteglofsheim, Bishop Joseph Kopacz stated that “Father Heick was committed to spreading the Gospel in some of the poorest communities of our diocese; and was dedicated to providing a solid education and faith formation to the underserved. We are forever in his debt.”

The plaque commemorating the extraordinary work of Father Heick was designed by Julia Heindl, Heick’s great-great-great niece. Made of bronze and steel, the plaque will occupy a prominent place on the wall of St. Laurentius church in Alteglofsheim.

Maureen Smith joins Archdiocese of Atlanta as communications director

By Erika Anderson Redding
ATLANTA – Maureen Smith is home — and she couldn’t be happier.
Smith recently joined the Archdiocese of Atlanta as the new director of communications. Born and raised in Atlanta, Smith believes that she is exactly where God wants her — and her family — to be.
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and for all the people who have welcomed us back with open arms,” she said. “It’s been very affirming to know we’re in the right place.”
Smith’s roots in the archdiocese run deep. Baptized at what is now the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Atlanta where her father was a deacon for 25 years, Smith also attended St. Thomas More School in Decatur and St. Pius X High School in Atlanta. For her, Atlanta is home — and she can’t wait to learn more
When Smith’s husband, Jeff Amy, a reporter with the Associated Press (AP), was transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, Smith began her career with the Catholic Church, first as a reporter and editor for Mississippi Catholic, the official newspaper for the Diocese of Jackson. In 2015, when Bishop Joseph Kopacz realized the need for a Depart
ment of Communications, he turned to Smith for her expertise.
“It was a really great opportunity to start the department and build it from scratch,” she said.
Smith began her new role in the Archdiocese of Atlanta Oct. 23. She is looking forward to traveling throughout the archdiocese and learning about the history and culture. Jackson is a vast diocese, stretching to the Tennessee border, but Atlanta has more residents — and Smith hopes to meet as many as she can.
“I think it’s such a blessing to be able to do what you love to do in service to the church,” she said. “What we do as Catholic communicators is tell the Gospel story by telling the story of the local church and the church at large. It’s really a privilege.”
Smith and Amy live with their two daughters — Cat, a freshman at St. Pius, and Nicole a sixth-grader at St. Thomas More — in northeast Atlanta.
“I’m just so excited to be home,” she said. “This is a huge blessing for us.”

Pastoral against racism is starting conversations, healing, bishops told

By Carol Zimmerman
BALTIMORE (CNS) – One year after the U.S. bishops approved their pastoral letter against racism, the document is hardly just sitting on a shelf but is the basis for listening sessions in dioceses around the country and is an educational tool for individuals, schools and parishes, the bishops were told Nov. 13.
Bishop Shelton T. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, reminded the bishops that in the two years since the ad hoc committee was formed, it has been “hard at work as the church works to acknowledge past harms and cultivate racial reconciliation.”
The document, titled “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” sold out its first 2,000 copies eight months after it was printed and was recently sent out for a second printing. It is available online in English and Spanish along with study guides at www.usccb.org/racism.
Bishop Fabre said the ad hoc committee’s most important work has been the listening sessions that began last August. So far there have been 13 sessions around the country, and more are scheduled for next year.
These sessions spring from the very words of the pastoral letter: “We must create opportunities to hear the painful stories of those whose lives have been affected by racism.”
In these sessions, starting with the first one in St. Louis, the bishop said the committee’s members have heard both the hurt caused by racism and the hope that church and society will root it out.
Diocesan bishops attending these sessions have been linked to the laity in ways that open “new possibilities for further healing,” Bishop Fabre said, adding the bishops’ committee is helping these dioceses with follow-up sessions or other ways to implement the pastoral letter.
All the offices and committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are committed to ending racism, he said. He highlighted the educational outreach of the USCCB’s Justice, Peace and Human Development Office, which is helping to develop a children’s book in response to the pastoral on racism called “Everyone Belongs.”
The ad hoc committee has addressed several national Catholic organizations about their possible use of the pastoral letter. It also is working on developing catechetical resources for schools and supporting or developing Catholic college programs, seminary training and ecumenical efforts.
In closing, he said the “single cry” committee members hear most often at listening sessions is that “the laity never seems to hear homilies on racism.”
“I would ask you to work with me to change that perception,” he told the bishops, “so that we all will come to hear regularly, and with one voice, that racism is opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that the Catholic Church in the United States is committed to standing against the evil and sin of racism with all its strength.”
To this end, he said his committee would seek to provide more homily resources to bishops and priests.
He also stressed that the committee’s work “goes beyond simply calling out the evil of racism” but involves urging “all people to see the deeper reality of God’s purpose and the in creating all of us with unique and unrepeatable value.”
The bishop didn’t say the work was easy, but he finished his presentation by saying: “With God’s grace our efforts will bear fruit in these challenging times.”
(Follow Zimmermann on Twitter: @carolmaczim)

Finding redemption in corrections

By Marvin Edwards, OFS
WINONA – Imagine life confined to a cold, hard world. Your surroundings are either rough pale grey, hardened concrete or cold uninviting steel. The atmosphere is filled with constant noises of confusion, threats, danger and a madness that comes from lack of privacy. There is nothing soft in your existence, even the small bunk you have as your only escape is a thin cold plastic mat laying on a cold hard steel base. Your ears never hear a child’s laughter or a soothing response from the mouth of a mother or a spouse. A world where you have no control over your time or your space. A place where the only thing that can take you away into another world is a small bed sheet or blanket, hanging from the bunk above yours, to encase you in a confined cubicle of 3 X 6 confinement. Everything you own is stored in an eighteen-inch drawer recessed in the solid sheet of steel under your thin, narrow, plastic bed mat.
Your every movement, your every activity outside this space is limited and controlled with firm and impersonal directions. Your every word, your every expression will be judged and challenged and affect your existence that day. This is the world of incarceration.
The thought is that those incarcerated have all they need to live as a human being, the idea that they are given enough food to eat, recreational facilities to enjoy, televisions to watch, games to play and time to read and study is a false understanding of what is meant by the dignity of the person. In a normal unit of 65 plus inmates there is one TV. Time in the yard or in the gym is also very limited, to only an hour or so during a week.
There is a myth that exists in our society about the operation of our prison facilities. The name that we give to our system leads to a misunderstanding of how we deal with incarceration. We call our system “The Department of Corrections.” There is a scripture in Jerimiah 10:24 where Jerimiah pleads for correction from God. In this prayer Jerimiah asks, “Correct me, Lord, but with equity, not in anger, lest you diminish me.” Our system today is based on anger and retribution. There is a bare minimum of correctional opportunities available or redemption possible in the system as it stands. This is a sure path to ruin rather than correction. Redemption is defined as the action of regaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing of debt. In our system of incarceration based on punishment, the payment may be made but redemption never takes place. The wound to all affected by the crime is never healed. For true redemption to take place there must be some form of correction involved. Healing is needed by all.
In Mississippi over 19,000 individuals are incarcerated within three major state operated, 15 regional-county operated and three privately operated facilities. Mississippi is continually listed among the states with the highest rate of incarceration per capita in the U.S.

Prison reform is one of the subjects for Catholic Day at the Capitol coming up in March 2020. (Photo courtesy of BigStock)

Facilities are over filled, under budgeted and understaffed. The pay rate for officers barely meets the pay standard of self-sufficiency in our state. Some work double shifts under poor conditions and tense environments. The lack of personnel and funding makes mandatory programs impossible to completely implement.
In recent years there has been a movement in our state for prison reform. Change is necessary, both financially and morally, in how we deal with crime. The failure of the process of punishment instead of correction, the cost to our tax system and the rate of recidivism demonstrates the how poorly our war on crime has worked. Crime effects more than the victim. It also affects the family of the perpetrator, the community in which the crime took place and society. Of course, redemption is the responsibility of the perpetrator, but for true redemption to take place the responsibility must be shared by all affected; the perpetrator, victim and community.
There is an opportunity for restorative justice. Restorative justice is a theory that emphasizes repairing harm caused by criminal or harmful behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. It requires a change in the way we react, solve and address crime in our society. The responsibility for redemption lies on all affected by the crime. It is thinking of crime as a violation of a relationship rather than damage to the state.
Because of the movement toward justice reform, the system has understood the need to allow concerned volunteers to aid in the effort to bring the attitude of correction to our system. Momentum can only be maintained, and correction only take place if the society promotes and supports opportunities as they are made available. Advocacy and contact with leaders of the state are essential to change.
The situation of our present system is what makes prison ministry such an important part of the success of correction within our state. Prison ministry is sometimes misunderstood in our parishes. We think that our responsibility to those incarcerated is to make the Eucharist available or to ensure the opportunity for Mass to take place. This is in no way a complete definition of prison ministry.
As Christians, we are called to build God’s kingdom in our world. Our teachings on social justices requires us as Catholics to take responsibility for the care and development of all human life. This includes those outside our circles, outside of our parishes and outside of society.
In Matthew 25, Jesus is asked; “When did we see you Lord,” He responds, “When you visited with those in prison.”
Opportunities for prison ministry abound. The ministry involves activities on the outside as well as the inside. The need is tremendous, the workers are few.

(Marvin Edwards, OFS, LEM Sacred Heart Mission, Winona MS. Coordinator of Catholic Ministry, Parchman)

Parish calendar

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Advent Hermitage Overnight, Dec. 13-14 begins with 5:30 p.m. dinner. In the prayerful space of a hermitage, come away, block out our society’s noisy Christmas preparation and focus on the real meaning of Christ/Emmanuel coming among us. Director: Clare Van Lent, MA CSp., founder and director of the Dwelling Place. Cost: $90 per day. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, An Advent Day of Reflection “What am I Waiting for?” on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advent is always seen as a time of waiting and anticipation. Sister Pat Thomas, O.P., a member of the founding staff of the Peace Center in New Orleans, is currently a leader in pastoral and educational roles around the country. Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 or retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
METAIRIE, La. Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO), Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat, “2020: Without a Vision the People Perish,” Jan. 24-26, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette. Johnnette Benkovic Williams, Fr. Mark Goring, Deacon Larry and Andi Oney and Patti Mansfield will be featured. Details: www.ccrno.org; info@ccrno.org or (504) 828-1368.
JACKSON/GREENWOOD The Diocese of Jackson’s Office of Family Ministry/Catholic Charities’ Office of Parish Health Ministry, Mississippi State Department of Health and Belhaven University are co-sponsoring two day workshops on first aid for mental health: “Mental Health First Aid” (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. The workshops are designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, law enforcement, and other caring citizens how to offer initial help to someone who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Two days of training for adult participants are scheduled for: Feb. 20-21, 2020 at Belhaven University, Jackson; and Apr. 2-3, 2020 at Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, Greenwood.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, Adult Christmas Dinner and Auction, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., and Mass and Celebration of Grandparents with children’s Christmas play, Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, “Life After Loss – Invitation” Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Dec. 5 through Jan. 16. The sessions are led by Larry L. Lambert, LPC. Christmas is a season of anticipation and celebrations, but for some people, it’s not a festive time. Loss survivors may feel drained or disinterested in things that once made life meaningful. Family and friends may notice these differences about recovering and coping. All in the community are welcome to these free sessions. Details: contact Larry at (662) 719-8756 or email lamb5999@bellsouth.net.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Parish Christmas Pageant Children’s Christmas Program, “The Greatest Gift,” Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. This program is held in conjunction with our annual Chili Supper. Please make plans for your family to attend. Details: contact Karen Worrell at kworrellcre@hotmail.com.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph, Celebration of the completion of their church restoration and the restoration of their church bell which dates back to 1854 (cast by Henry Hoover), Sunday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m., Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon in the Parish Hall after Mass. There will be no 8 a.m. Mass on this Sunday. Details: church office (662) 335-5251.
GREENWOOD St. Francis, Mardi Gras Christmas Bingo, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Proceeds help defray expenses for the next St. Francis Mardi Gras Ball in February 2020. Details: church office (662)453-0623.
JACKSON St. Richard, Lectio Divina During Advent, Come experience a richer way to pray the Advent Sunday scriptures during this wonderful season of our Church, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. each meeting. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 meetings will be in the Mercy Room. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 meetings will be in the Chichester Room. Participating will be a gift to yourself. Facilitators: Mary Louise Jones and Claudia Addison. You can come to one session or all the sessions. All are welcome – both men and women. It is not necessary to sign up to attend. Details: email Claudia at claudiaaddison@mac.com or call (601) 594-3937.
JACKSON St. Richard, Bereavement Support Group, Candle-light Remembrance Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 12, 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-lighting prayer service. Each family or person will be given one candle to light in honor of as many loved ones as they wish to remember by name. A social time of wine and cheese and other refreshments follows the service. Details: Open to all. RSVP to Nancy McGhee at ncmcghee@bellsouth.net or call (601) 942-2078.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Advent Wreath workshop, Sunday, Dec. 1 after the 10 a.m. Mass in the Family Life Center. Coffee, juice and snacks will be provided. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Advent Reflection Time, Signs of Hope for the Church with Father David Knight, Dec. 2-4 each night at 7 p.m. Details: church office (662) 895-5007.

YOUTH BRIEFS

HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Young People’s Christmas Program, Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Rehearsals remaining are Sunday, Dec. 8 (lunch provided) and Dress Rehearsal is Saturday, Dec. 14. Details: Barbara Smith at (662) 233-4833 or (901) 413-8201.
JACKSON St. Richard, Special Kids Art Show, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in Foley Hall. Icons, crosses, photographs, and other artwork by the Special Kids will be on display and available to purchase. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Joseph High School, “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” in the Fine Arts Building, Thursday, Dec. 14, Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. each evening. Details: school office (601) 898-4800.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
SOUTHAVEN Sacred Heart School, join us for pancakes, religious crafts and pictures with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: Adult/Child Breakfast Tickets: $4; Picture with Santa Ticket: $3. Details: Preorder ticket forms are at the bulletin board as you enter church or in the office or call the school office (662) 349-0900.

Celebraciones Virgen de Guadalupe y Posadas

Virgen de Guadalupe

Festividades Guadalupanas
Diciembre tiene dos fiestas marianas significativas: la Inmaculada Concepción el 8 de diciembre y Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe el 12 de diciembre. El Obispo John Joseph Chanche, primer obispo de la Diócesis de Jackson tuvo una devoción especial a la fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepción y ayudó llevar la devoción a los Estados Unidos.
Nuestra señora de Guadalupe es patrona de las Américas. La fiesta celebra la aparición de Maria a San Juan Diego, un indígena mexicano. Mexicanos e inmigrantes de América Central y del Sur han adoptado esta celebración aquí.
En la Diócesis de Jackson muchas parroquias, desde 1979, celebran alguna celebración de esta fiesta. Las celebraciones incluirán procesiones, Santo Rosario, Misa, una dramatización de la aparición de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, novena, vigilia, “Mañanitas” (canción tradicional de cumpleaños mexicana) y convivencia comunitaria – recepciones con canciones y bailes folclóricos.

Posadas
Otra tradición latina, las Posadas, es una recreación del viaje que Jose y Maria emprendieron buscando refugio para ellos y su bebé. Muchas comunidades organizarán Posadas de varios días como parte de la temporada de Adviento. Estas reuniones pueden incluir representaciones de la sagrada familia en busca de posadas, rosarios, villancicos, piñatas y recepciones.

Aquí hay una lista de las celebraciones de Guadalupe en toda la diócesis. Para más detalles, y fechas de Posadas, por favor contacte a su parroquia.

Amory, St. Helen. Jueves 12 de diciembre.
Canton, Sacred Heart. Domingo 15 de diciembre, 9.30 am
Carthage, St. Anne. Sábado 14 de diciembre, 10 a.m.
Cleveland, Our Lady of Victories. Jueves, 12 de diciembre, 5.30 p.m.
Corinth, St. James de Less. Sábado 14 de diciembre, 6 p.m.
Forest, St. Michael. Inicio de Novena Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe; martes, 3 de diciembre; Celebración de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe, jueves, 12 de diciembre, 6 p.m.; Celebración Guadalupana Parroquial en Centro Krudop de Forest, domingo, 15 de diciembre, 11 a.m.
Greenville, Sacred Heart. Jueves 12 de diciembre, 6 p.m.
Greenwood, St Francis. Rosarios. Misa, jueves 12 de diciembre, 6 p.m.
Hazlehurst, St. Martin of Tours. Mañanitas, miércoles 11 de diciembre, 7-9 p.m.; y Misa, jueves 12 diciembre, 6.30 p.m.
Holly Springs, St. Joseph. Misa, jueves 12 de diciembre, 7.30 p.m.
Houston, Immaculate Heart of Mary. Novena, comienza el jueves 3 de diciembre. Mañanitas, 12 diciembre, 5 a.m. y Misa, 7 p.m.
Indianola, Immaculate Conception. Domingo, 8 de diciembre, Rosario y Misa 10.30 a.m.
Jackson, Catedral de San Pedro. Domingo 8 de diciembre, procesión, 11.30 a.m. y Misa, 1 p.m.
Jackson, St Therese. Rosario bilingüe, mañanitas y convivio, jueves, 12 de diciembre, 8-10 p.m.; Misa, fiesta y danzantes, domingo, 15 de diciembre, 12:30 p.m.
Kosciusko, St. Therese. Domingo 15 de diciembre, 1 p.m.
Meridian, St. Patrick. Domingo, 8 de diciembre, 2.30 p.m.
Morton, St Martin de Porres. Celebración de la Inmaculada Concepción, sábado, 7 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
New Albany, St Francis of Assisi. Domingo, 15 de diciembre, 6 p.m.
Olive Branch, Queen the Peace. Misa, jueves, 12 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
Oxford, St. John. Novena de rosarios, del 3 al 11 de diciembre, 6 p.m. Mañanitas y Misa Guadalupana, jueves, 12 de diciembre en la Iglesia, 4.30 a.m.
Pearl, San Judas. Rosario y Misa, sábado, 14 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
Pontotoc, St. Christopher. Vigilia, miércoles 11 de diciembre, 6 p.m. Mañanitas, jueves 12 de diciembre, 5.30 a.m.
Ripley, St Mattew. Celebración de la Inmaculada Concepción. Misa bilingüe, lunes 9 de diciembre, 7 p.m.; Procesión, Rosario y Misa bilingüe, miércoles, 11 de diciembre, 7 p.m.; Mañanitas a media noche; Liturgia, comunión y convivio, jueves 12 de diciembre, 7 p.m.
Senatobia, St. Gregory. Misa, jueves 12 de diciembre a las 5.30 pm.
Southaven, Christ the King. Mañanitas, jueves 12 de diciembre a las 5.30 am. Misa a las 7.00 pm.
Tupelo, St. James. Domingo, 15 diciembre, 11 a.m.

Tome nota

Vírgenes y Santos.
Martes 4 de diciembre: Santa Barbara, mártir
Sábado 8 de diciembre: 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

Convocatoria. Cardenal Ramazzini
Santa Ana, Carthage, jueves 19 dic.
Sacred Heart, Canton, viernes 20 dic.
San Miguel, Forest, sábado 21 de diciembre. Posada
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Cardenal Ramazzini visitará Jackson

Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri of San Marcos, Guatemala, was one of 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis Sept. 1, 2019. Cardinal-designate Ramazzini is pictured in a June 3, 2010, photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

El cardenal guatemalteco, Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri de Huehuetenango, Guatemala y conocido por el trabajo de justicia social en su país, visitará la Diocesis de Jackson en diciembre de este ano. En su agenda tendrá visitas a parroquias afectadas por las redadas de inmigración, en las cuales viven muchos ciudadanos guatemaltecos. En su vista se reunirá además con autoridades eclesiásticas de la diocesis.