Paint it Purple

MADISON – In observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the staff and residents at St. Catherine’s Village’s Campbell Cove celebrated Paint it Purple Day on Friday, Sept. 28.
Much of the day centers on fun carnival-themed games and food, including cotton candy. Employees honored all those who are living with dementia as well as those who have transitioned with a prayer service at which workers read the names of patients who have died. They ring a bell for each person. Jenzel Craft said her heart breaks with each loss.
Residents helped with an eco-friendly balloon release, a game of “Family Feud” and a fashion show. Wearing purple to show support is encouraged.
Latoya Thomas, a long-time employee, said she always makes sure her residents are having fun and appreciates the loyal, dedicated team who work at Campbell Cove. (Photos by Tereza Ma)

MADISON – St. Catherine's Village employee Sharon Watson and Valarie Winters ring a bell as they read the names of patients who died in the last year. LaToya Thomas, the social worker at Cambell Cove and Terry Jones (holding the balloons) join the prayer service.

Residents recieve balloons which will be realesed at the end of the prayer service.

MADISON – St. Catherine's Village employee Kathy Milner, who has been a nurse at St. Catherine's for four years, and Brenda Adams, a nine-year nursing veteran, watch the balloons fly away

Cotton candy maker is Mr. John Hilburn

LaToya Thomas and Terry Jones, the announcer for a game, enjoys playing games with residents.


Blue Masses honor First Responders

PEARL – St. Jude Parish offered a Blue Mass on Thursday, September 27. The parish hosted a reception after the Mass. Blue Masses are a Catholic tradition to pray for first responders. (Photos by Rhonda Bowden)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School held its annual Blue Mass Thursday, Sept. 27. Many first responders including policemen and EMTs in the Meridian and Lauderdale County area attended. A reception was held after the service in the Family Life Center. (Photo by Celeste Saucier)


St. Patrick students offer peace

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School students sing a song during their Pinwheels for Peace program on Friday, Sept. 21, which is the International Day of Peace. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students gave speeches on what peace means to them and students made pinwheels for peace which they displayed outside the school.  (Photo by Celeste Saucier)

Preparation for confirmation

MADISON – The current confirmation class at St. Francis of Assisi parish participated in the signing of the cenus during the entrance ritual for Mass on Sunday, Sept. 30. This is part of the formation process before confirmation. Pictured (l-r) Chase Crawford, Julie Clayton, Emily George, Leigh Ann Peroni, Anna Roberson, Zenowia Wendel, Taylor Smith and Michelle Glorioso. (Photos by Melissa Smalley)



Gluckstadt festival has German roots

GLUCKSTADT – St. Joseph Parish staged the 32nd annual GermanFest on Sunday, Sept. 30, on the church grounds. The Gluckstadt community was founded in 1905 by German immigrants. Many of the descendants of the original families still attend St. Joseph. Each year, the parish hosts the GermanFest the last Sunday in September as its premire fund-raising event.

Prior to the festival, families gather to can sauerkraut using a traditional recipie. For days before they prepare sausages, bratwurst, desserts and other German delicacies to share with their neighbors. This year, participants could prove their braun in a beer stein-holding competition. Children can enjoy games and the music during the daylong event.

Parish picnic kicks off year

By Cory Head
FLOWOOD – Sunday Sept. 30, St. Paul Parish celebrated the opening of a new religious education and Youth cycle with a parish Back-to-School Picnic. The gathering started after a 10:30 a.m. Mass on the hill behind the church and was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

During the event, the Religious Education Program sponsored a raffle to raise money to provide school supplies for students at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Forest. Families enjoyed lunch and fun games for the family.

(Cory Head is the youth director for Flowood St. Paul Parish)

Taste of St. Francis of Assisi

MADISON – St. Francis of Assisi Parish celebrates its patron saint with Taste of St. Francis, held this year on Sunday, Sept. 30. The festival honors the many nations and cultures present at the parish. Parishioners share dishes from their home country or a dish of their choosing. They are invited to decorate a table with cultural items or offer a dance or music from their homeland. This year, 27 different countries were represented. The festival started more than 10 years ago.

St. Paul earns Bishop’s Cup

MADISON – Congratulations to the team representing Flowood St. Paul Parish, (l-r) Marcus Mallory, Denny Howell, Josh Oller and Michael Kimbrell, for winning the 2018 Bishop’s Cup . The tournament was held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Lake Caroline Golf Club. All proceeds raised go to The Catholic Foundation and the Rev. Patrick Noonan Memorial Trust. The Bishop’s Cup Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for helping to make the day a success. (Photos by Rusty Harris)

Gluckstadt’s team, including Deacon Mark Schffner, Eddie Adkins, and David Madere take their shot at winning the Bishop’s Cup tournament to benefit the Catholic Foundation.