Vardaman summer camp offers variety of experiences

VARDAMAN – The Catholic Charities Northeast Office ended its three-week summer program for 40 students from kindergarten through seventh grade with a big celebration Thursday, July 26. The center partnered with local businesses to offer classes in art, gardening, civic involvement and culture. Bancorp South and Topashaw Farms both donated to the program. In photo above, Father Tim Murphy learns about the flowers the children have planted. (Photos by John Lundardini)

VARDAMAN – The Catholic Charities Northeast Office ended its three-week summer program for 40 students from kindergarten through seventh grade with a big celebration Thursday, July 26. The center partnered with local businesses to offer classes in art, gardening, civic involvement and culture. Bancorp South and Topashaw Farms both donated to the program. In photo above, Father Tim Murphy learns about the flowers the children have planted. (Photos by John Lundardini)

Students, supplies, teachers blessed for new year

JACKSON – Above, backpacks lined up in front of the altar at Christ the King Parish await their turn to be blessed Sunday, Aug. 5. Ecclesial Minister Deacon Denzil Lobo blessed the children, students, teachers and all those who worked with schools. All of them also received a pencil that said “I am a child of God” and a pin badge for their backpacks that said “I Love J.C.” Many of the students attend Sister Thea Bowman School, which is attached to the parish. (Photos by Gina Lobo)










VICKSBURG –At left, Father Tom Lalor extends a blessing to the children of his parish, St. Paul, on Sunday, August 5, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Many of these children attend Vicksburg Catholic School, which started classes Tuesday, August 7. (Photo by Allyson Johnston)

PEARL – At right, Father Lincoln Dall snaps a photo of backpacks waiting to be blessed at St. Jude Parish while the director of religious education, Stacy Wolf, begins the blessing service. (Photo by Rhonda Bowden)

Youth ministers ‘recharge’ with day-long workshop

By Maureen Smith
MADISON – On Saturday, July 28, more than two dozen youth minister representing four deaneries and 10 parishes gathered at Madison St. Francis of Assisi Parish for a day-long event. The theme was “Reflect, Renew, Recharge” as an effort to offer support, encouragement, time for personal reflection, prayer and to share best practices.
The agenda included Youth Culture/GenZ, study from St. Mary’s Press called “Going Going Gone,” the Pre-Synodal Document on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” Creating a Vision in Ministry, Spirituality of a Youth Leader and best practices for youth ministry. The presentation involved prayer, discussion, activities, multimedia, and resources for youth ministers to take home to their parishes. Abbey Schuhmann, coordinator for youth ministry for the diocese, coordinated the day, compiled the materials and lead the workshop.
“We’ve added new diocesan events for youth over the past couple of years and I knew we needed to include something to offer support specifically for youth ministers which is what sparked the birth of this event. It was purposely planned for this time of year to “recharge” youth ministers before the start of a new ministry year which often coincides with the start of a new school year,” said Schuhmann.

MADISON – (l- r) Father Jason Johnston, Mary Catherine George, Amy Lipovetsky and Melissa Smalley, all from Madison, St. Francis of Assisi Parish attend the youth ministry event. (Photos by Abbey Schuhmann)

MADISON – (l-r) Hunter Yentzen, Mary Katherine Yentzen, Melinda Weisenberger, all from Clinton Holy Savior; Hunter Pugh of Cleveland Our Lady of Victories; Edgar Meyer of Gluckstadt St. Joseph and Stephen Martinolich of Clinton, Holy Savior Parishes share their experience at the youth ministry gathering.

MADISON – (l-r) Trish Ballard (Clinton Holy Savior), Alyssa Ingram, Terri Hill, Jamie Cole (Greenville St. Joseph)

St. Anne celebrated in namesake parish

By Sister Maria Elena Mendez. MGSPS
CARTHAGE – The St. Anne Parish community celebrated their patroness on Sunday, July. 29. The women of the parish led a procession with the statue of St. Anne around the Church’s property followed by a bilingual Mass at 10:30. Father Odel Medina, ST, was the celebrant. After the Mass everyone was invited to a celebratory meal. Representatives from many cultures were on hand to celebrate their “grandmother,” as they call St. Anne since she was Mary’s mother.
Her actual feast day is July 26. Legend holds that Anne and her husband Joachim thought they were barren so Anne prayed for a child. When she found out she was pregnant with Mary, she promised to concecrate the child to God and took Mary to the temple at the age of three to fulfill that promise. The parishioners in Carthage have celebrated this feast with a procession for several years.
St. Anne is the patron of women in labor and miners.

(Sister Maria Elena Mendez is a coordinator for Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Jackson.)



Parish calendar


CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Celebrating Women,” September 28-30. This weekend for women will be framed with the Navajo story of Spider Woman, who wove the way in the richness of form and color of our present world. Women will be invited to explore ways they can celebrate beauty and create it in their own lives. Retreat Director: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and the Celebrating Women Team. Cost: $245; shared room $205 per person. Details: (256) 734-8302, or
BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, September 7-9. A beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. The weekend is an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief. Donation: $180. Scholarships available upon request. Details: (662) 738-5348 or or
Olive Branch Senior Center, 8800 College Street, Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support Group, Thursday, August 16 from 1- 2 p.m. Details: Pat Youd at (662) 892-8102.


CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Parish Fair, Tuesday, September 18. Help-wanted sheets will be located at all church doors. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Parish indoor picnic, Sunday, August 26, following 10 a.m. Mass. Food will be provided by the church and games in the parish center. Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
COLUMBUS Annunciation, social and overview of the RCIA process, Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Activities Center. All are welcome. Details: Maria Dunser at or call the church office (662) 328-2927.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Save-the-Date: The 32nd annual GermanFest is Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-oriented festival is best known for its delicious German food and authentic German Folk music provided by the band, Polkameisters from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cost: Advance meal tickets are $6 and are available from parishioners. Meals the day of the festival will be $7. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
GRENADA St. Peter, Knights of Columbus are selling tickets for the football raffle for the upcoming season. Tickets will be on sale until September 1. Take time to support your local Knights of Columbus! Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Annual Ladies Association Appreciation Dinner, Saturday, August 25, 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. This year’s theme is: “Color Me Purple”. Wear your purple clothes, hat, shoes and purse. Prizes will be given for best outfit, best purse and best accessories. RSVP by August 13. Details: church office (662) 429-7851 or email
Save the date, Church Bazaar, Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Details: Barbara Smith at (662) 233-4833 (home) or (901) 413-8102 (cell).
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “A Taste of St. Francis” annual multicultural event, Sunday, September 30, in the Family Life Center following 10:30 Mass. Details: call the church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Hornback (601) 953-4182 for more information about how you can volunteer and cook/bring a dish.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Appreciation and gratitude meal Wednesday, August 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center to all parishioners and sponsors who donated to help their youth attend Catholic Heart Work Camp in June. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16. Sister Rose Hacker, SSSF, will present a talk on Human Trafficking. The group will also be making sandwiches for the needy of New Hope Village in Holly Springs and which is an ongoing project. Details: church office (662) 895-5007.
TUPELO St. James, Study Theology in English or Spanish. Are you inspired by Pope Francis’s commitment to the “freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”? Do you want to better answer the call to holiness in everyday life and bring disciplined study to your Catholic faith? Consider pursuing studies in theology and spirituality in English or Spanish. Loyola University in New Orleans offers Master’s level and Certificate classes at Saint James. Orientation is Sunday, August 19; classes start in September. Details: go to or call the local class facilitators: Mrs. Gail Boland, (662) 889-8771 or Dr. Len Pinkley, (662) 640-2221.


MADISON St. Joseph School, Spirit Steppers are sponsoring a “Spirit Stepper for a Day” Dance Clinic on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the school gym. “Mini Steppers” will perform during the St. Joe vs. St. Andrew football game on Friday, September 7. K-6th grade are eligible to participate, and the cost is $50. Details: school office (601) 898-4800.

Entrega de certificados del curso del Nuevo Testamento, área de Jackson

Hna. María Elena Méndez, MGSPS
En el curso se inscribieron 74 personas de las parroquias de St Jude, Pearl; San Pedro y Santa Teresa, Jackson; Sagrado Corazón, Canton; Santa Ana, Carthage; San Miguel, Forest; San Martín de Porres, Morton y San Martín de Tours, Hazlehurst. El programa consistió en cinco clases del Nuevo Testamento: los Evangelios sinópticos, evangelio de Juan y sus cartas, los hechos de los apóstoles y las cartas apostólicas, cartas paulinas y apocalipsis.

JACKSON – La miembros de la cumunidad el San Pedro, reciben su certificado de participación. Arededor de 26 personas tomaron el curso del Neevo Testamento. Foto de la Hna. Josefa Garcia, MGSPS, asesora espiritual del MFCC)

En su mayoría, todos los estudiantes estuvieron muy participativos e interesados en conocer más sobre la Biblia. El Instituto de Pastoral del Sureste (SEPI) estuvo a cargo de los maestros quienes también vinieron con mucho gusto.

CANTON – Después de entregar las certificados en la Parroquia del Sagrado corazón, Blanca Peralta, cordinadora de la comunidad hispana, invita a la comunidad a participar en el siguiente curso. (Fotos por Eduardo Zúniga)

Una vez terminado el curso, el equipo de ministerio hispano: Hno Ted Dausch, CFC y las Hnas. María Josefa Garcia y María Elena Méndez MGSpS, nos propusimos ir a dar el certificado de asistencia (firmado por nuestro obispo Joseph Kopacz) a las parroquias a la que pertenecen los estudiantes, esto también con la finalidad de agradecer su comunidad, a los sacerdotes y a los ministros eclesiales laicos por su apoyo a estos estudiantes, a la vez, también para promover a otras personas para participar en los próximos cursos tanto en el área de Jackson como de Túpelo y a la gente de las parroquias vecinas.
Felicitamos a cada uno, cada una que ha terminado estos cursos y los animamos a seguir con los siguientes y a que pongan en servicio de su comunidad lo que van aprendiendo. Los esperamos en las clases siguientes.

Gloster celebrates centenarian Agnes McCraine

By Maureen Irby
GLOSTER – On Saturday, June 23, parishioners and friends at Holy Family Parish gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Agnes McCraine. She was presented a beautiful bouquet of red roses from her church family. Bill Vallely led the group in singing Happy Birthday. June Vallely baked a delicious cake and a pot luck supper was enjoyed by the many who attended.
Later that week, she celebrated with her family in Centreville. She received 352 birthday cards, including a greeting from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and a gift from her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves
McCraine was the recipient of the Bishop Chanche award for service to the church in 2016 and she attended the ceremony in Jackson.

(Maureen Irby is the parish secretary for Gloster Holy Family Parish)

Father O’Leary blesses Vicksburg fleet

Father Malcolm O’Leary sprinkles Holy Water onto the quarter boats during the Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District Blessing of The Fleet Tuesday. (Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post)

VICKSBURG – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg Districted hosted the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Tuesday, July 10, at the Vicksburg Harbor. Father Malcolm O’Leary and the Rev. Joe Mosley performed the ceremony on the fleet that consists of tow boats, quarter boats and dredge, including the motor vessels Benyaurd, William James and Harrison.
The blessing of the fleet tradition dates back to medieval times and originally started in early European fishing communities. A blessing bestowed by a local priest was meant to ask for an abundant and safe season. (reprinted with permission from the Vicksburg Post. Photo by Courtland Wells, the Vicksburg Post)