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Wondering what a Red Mass is? A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Roman Catholic Church for all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students and government officials, marking the opening of the judicial year. Through prayerful petition and thanksgiving the Red Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and offers the legal community an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.

Calendar of events

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
MCCOMB St. Alphonsus Liguori Hall (104 South 5th Street), Women’s Retreat, “Psalm 14: He Heals The Brokenhearted, Binds Up All Their Wounds” will focus on the power of God’s healing love. The retreat takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The speakers are Janet Constantine and Father Bill Henry. Janet is a licensed mental health counselor in Jacksonville, Florida and has more than thirty years’ experience in the mental health field. Father Bill retired last year after serving the diocese for 36 years. He has given many retreats and has spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. There is no charge for the retreat but registration is required. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Masks will be required and donations will be accepted. Registrations should be mailed to: Marian Servants® of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1053 Riverview Drive, Summit, MS. 39666. Details: Contact Charlene Brown at (601) 276-5954 or Marion Amedee at (601) 810-8001.

Engaged Encounter Weekend Retreats offer couples the time and opportunity to question, examine and deepen their relationship with each other and with God. Retreats will resume the weekend of Oct. 15-17, 2021 at Camp Garaywa and Conference Center in Clinton. The following weekends are scheduled for 2022: Jan. 14-16, March 11-13, July 15-17 and Oct. 14-16. Details: Online registration is open on the Office of Family Ministry page at jacksondiocese.org. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Family Ministry at (601) 960-8487 or email Charlene Bearden at Engaged.Encounter@jacksondiocese.org.

PARISH, FAMILY AND SCHOOL EVENTS
FLOWOOD Save the Date, 2nd Annual Homegrown Harvest Festival, October 2nd at St. Paul Parish. Father Nick Adam invites you to support this event which aids seminarian education and vocation promotion across the diocese. If you want to be a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets, visit: one.bidpal.net/homegrownharvest2021

GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Adult Faith Formation, Father Larry Richards’ series “Knowing Jesus and His Church” Sundays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
Germanfest is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-oriented festival is best known for its authentic German food and music. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.

GRENADA, RICHLAND & SUMMIT Pro-life Mississippi Walk for Life, Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. It is not just a walk it’s a family fun day! Food, games and more. No registration fee and prizes awarded. Details: https://bit.ly/walk4life2021 or plm@prolifemississippi.org

JACKSON St. Richard, Young at Heart will meet Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in Foley Hall. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month through May. We have speakers who will share on a variety of topics. The speaker is Judge Jess Dickinson, who can play thirty different instruments. Everyone is invited. Lunch will be provided at $5 per person. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.

40th annual St. Richard Special Kids Day Golf Tournament, Thursday, Oct. 7 at Deerfield Golf Club. The unique gifts of the children are recognized and applauded, and the community participates in a day full of fun, excitement and meaningful fundraising. Details: To learn more, or to find out how to participate in this event, call the church office at (601) 366-2335 or email garner@saintrichard.com.

Save the Date, Krewe de Cardinal, Feb. 25, 2022. You’re going to love the exciting new addition we are planning. Follow Krewe de Cardinal on social media to get clues in advance of the BIG reveal! Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Parish Mission, Wednesday, Sept. 22. Presenter: Deacon John McGregor, D.Min. will speak on “Discipleship and the Authenticity Gap” beginning with food and fellowship at 5 p.m. In his one hour presentation, Deacon John will look at what authentic discipleship means in our everyday lives and why so many people are leaving the church. Sign up for dinner on Flocknote or call the church office. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

Cajun Fest 2021, Sunday, Oct. 3. Plan to attend for a great afternoon of fun and cajun music. Committee chair needed for children’s games. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

St. Francis of Assisi, The M&M Study Group has sessions on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. in St. Thomas Hall. All ladies are invited to attend. They are studying “Learning to Pray” by Father James Martin. Details: call (601) 613-1926 or (601) 853-4187.

NATCHEZ Assumption of BVM, The Grief Share program is held every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. through Sept. 23. Details: To sign up, call the parish office at (601) 442-7250 or (318) 421-4559. You may also sign up at Griefshare.org.

OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Bible Study/Prayer Group meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Details: contact Wayne Miller at (901) 679-3400.

VICKSBURG St. Paul, $3000 Knights of Columbus Drawdown Sunday, Oct. 10. More information to follow. Details: church office (601) 636-0140.

YOUTH BRIEFS
FLOWOOD St. Paul, Big Deal Youth Group meets on Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. for 7th to 12th graders. Please note the time change. The name comes from the Biblical truth, You are made in the image and likeness of God, and that makes you a BIG DEAL. Our Wednesday evenings generally consist of a meal, group fellowship with games, song and worship, and a breakout into small groups for a more intimate encounter with the Lord. Details: church office (601) 992-9547.

MADISON St. Joseph School, Fajitas and Margaritas Fundraiser for St. Joe Swim Team, Saturday, Sept. 25 at the M7 Coffee House (111 North Wheatley Street, Ridgeland) from 5-10 p.m. Because St. Joe doesn’t have a pool of its own, the team has to rent space and time at local area pools to practice and have swim meets. The money raised will help support some of these costs. Cost: $30 per person and includes one entry for a drawing to win a new 32” TV, one fajita plate with chicken and/or steak fajitas, refried beans, rice, pico-de-gallo and a drink of your choice. Details: If you are interested in sponsoring, please text or call David Ellis at (601) 761-0315. A $150 sponsorship includes two tickets to the fundraiser and your business name or logo on the sponsors’ list.

NATCHEZ Cathedral School Fall Festival, Sept. 18-19. Details: school office (601) 442-1988.

OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Wednesday night youth dinners are at 7 p.m. for grades 6-12. Details: church office (662) 895-5007.

Finalistas del premio Lumen Christi

Este premio es el mayor honor que Catholic Extension otorga a las personas que irradian y revelan la luz de Cristo que está presente en las comunidades donde sirven.

Las siguientes personas son constructores de fe, comunidad y, lo más importante, esperanza:

      • Las Hermanas María Imelda Quechol y Eloísa Torralba Aquino, M.A.G., sirven a familias inmigrantes en vecindarios pobres en todo el este de Tennessee proporcionando ministerios que forman comunidades de fe, desarrollan líderes y brindan asesoramiento espiritual.

      • El Padre Bob Goodyear, S.T., trabaja para preservar la fe entre los nativos americanos Choctaw en Jackson, Mississippi, ofreciendo recursos para formar líderes laicos en las comunidades donde ministra.

      • La hermana Julia Huiskamp, ​​D.C., ayuda a los niños a desarrollar habilidades sociales y académicas en Griffin Center en East St. Louis, un centro comunitario que fundó hace más de 30 años para brindarles a los niños un entorno seguro y acogedor.

      • El padre Stan Jaszek fortalece las comunidades de fe católica en la Diócesis de Fairbanks mientras ministra en aldeas remotas a lo largo del Mar de Bering y se une al pueblo Yup’ik para vivir un estilo de vida de subsistencia cazando, pescando y recolectando su comida.

      • El padre Brian Oestreich lidera cuatro comunidades parroquiales en el oeste de Minnesota para crear ministerios que satisfagan las necesidades de los pobres, que abarca tres estados y cinco diócesis.

      •  Racheal Jacoby encabezó la restauración de su parroquia en San Angelo, Texas, que fue construida originalmente con la ayuda de Catholic Extension hace más de 100 años, asegurando que la amada iglesia pueda servir a las generaciones futuras.

       • Jenny y Ben Black Bear sirven como pareja casada en la Reserva Rosebud en Dakota del Sur, ayudando a los jóvenes a experimentar la alegría y la esperanza de su fe católica y los valores de Lakota.Las historias destacadas arriba simplemente raspan la superficie de las personas dedicadas que han sido nominadas para el Premio Lumen Christi de este año. Amigo, gracias a usted y su generosidad podemos seguir presentando este premio cada año, y esperamos que lo siga mientras seguimos compartiendo historias y actualizaciones.

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Lumen Christi Award finalists – Catholic Extension

Youth

SEARCH – Exploring the call

GALLMAN – Youth gathered for a SEARCH retreat July 23-25 at Camp Wesley Pines. SEARCH is a unique experience designed for juniors and seniors who have a strong desire to deepen their faith and relationship with Christ. Each year the Office of Youth Minsitry offers SEARCH retreats. This retreat was themed ‘Explore the Call’ with a focus on Jeremiah 29:11-13. “For I know well the plan I have in mind for you.” (Photo by Abbey Schuhmann)

Summer camp fun

SOUTHAVEN – Summer Camp students at Sacred Heart taste carrots and tomatoes from the children’s garden. The food could be tasted alone or with sugar, salt or Ranch dressing. What do you think they preferred? (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)
MADISON – Before school begain in August, students kept busy during the summer at St. Joe’s Volleyball camp. (Photo by Tricia Harris)

Vacation Bible School

McCOMB – Father Suresh Thirumalareddy surrounded by all the children who attended Vacation Bible School at St. Alphonsus parish. This year’s theme was “God’s Wonder Lab.” (Photo Connie Harrington)
MADISON – VBS instructor, Seth Dean shows a group of young “scientists” how magnets work at St. Francis of Assisi parish. (Photo by Mary Catherine George)
CLARKSDALE – (Left to right) Liza Stonestreet, Madison Williams, Virginia Johnson, Anne Taylor Tackett and Elsie Grace Young dance at St. Elizabeth’s VBS. (Photo by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

Graduating seniors recognized

LELAND – St. James parish celebrated their 2021 graduating seniors. Pictured left to right, Reeves Polasini, Madisyn Henry, Father Sleeva Mekala, Walker Zepponi and Lane Walker. (Photo by Deborah Ruggeri)
FLOWOOD – St. Paul parish celebrated seniors who graduated in 2021. Pictured left to right, Alexis Boman, Nikki Lawrence, Victoria Esparza, Cory Head (Youth Leader), Brendan McIntyre, Joshua Burton and Ares Colas. (Photo by Renee Borne)
WEST POINT – Father Bihn Nguyen celebrated graduating seniors Dominic Borgioli (left) and Aidan Henson (right) at Immaculate Conception parish. (Photo by Cathy Johnson)

Rachel weeps for loss of innocent life at St. Richard parish

By Joanna Puddister King and Tereza Ma
JACKSON – Rachel stands perpetually weeping for the loss of innocent life on Lynwood Drive in Jackson near the Special Kids building at St. Richard parish. “Rachel Weeping” is the culmination of a vision that started at the parish years ago in a desire to have a substantial ‘pro-life’ monument permanently present at the church.

“One day a few years back, I … stumbled across a story whose headline said something to the effect of ‘Iceland eliminates down syndrome,'” said Father John Bohn. He was prepared to be amazed by scientific discoveries, but found that they were simply aborting any child who tested positive for Trisomy 21, the condition that leads to down syndrome.

“So, I didn’t think that was a cause for celebration. I thought that it was a tragedy, in large part because our Special Kids program here at St. Richard is really the best part of our parish. I thought about what we’d all miss if these souls had been aborted by their parents before birth simply because they were different,” said Father John.
Commissioned by the Knights of Columbus at St. Richard, the work began in 2017 and was sculpted by Tracy H. Sugg.
The concept of the sculpture is based on the scripture in Jeremiah 31:15 “Behold, Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted because they were no more.”

JACKSON – St. Richard’s pro-life monument, “Rachel Weeping” stands near the Special Kids building at the parish. The statue stands eight feet tall and is full of symbolism. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Sugg, whose studio is in Tennessee, has been sculpting professionally for about 30 years and has ties to Jackson, earning a master of fine arts from Mississippi College. She also sculpted a piece in the main hall of St. Richard called “Christ Setting Forth the Sacraments,” and has pieces across the country, including “G. V. Sonny Montgomery” at Mississippi State University in Starkville, “Dominican Sister” in the lobby of St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson and “General Tadeusz Kosciuszko” in Kosciusko.

Sugg surrounded Rachel with astounding symbolism from her bare feet to the curls in her loose flowing hair. The Knights requested that Rachel hold a baby blanket, which Sugg took great care to create, using only her hands.

“I wanted to bring home to the viewer the loss of that life. So, I chose to create a sharp contrast between the movement found in the figure to the shocking stillness found in the blanket,” said Sugg. “So, I just have the blanket inert with gravity pulling on it so it has very heavy folds.”

The same folds are also tucked in the sculpture under Rachel’s belt. “The folds are echoed in the blanket and it ties in with her womb and visually creates a connection mentally between the grieving mother and the loss of a child,” said Sugg.

“This sculpture … will continue to show the dignity of human life. It will continue to glorify God and this testimony through the tool of a bronze sculpture. It goes beyond me and beyond all of you. And beyond this generation that is alive right now because it will continue to tell the story long after they are gone,” said Sugg.

“My hands are just the tools. This was the vision of the Knights of Columbus and Father John … we are all a part of this enduring statement that will endlessly cry out to those who view it of the blessed dignity of all human life.”

(More about Sugg’s process for creating Rachel and more about her breathtaking symbolism can be found at www.tracyhsugg.com/rachel-weeping/.)

St. Paul Vicksburg dedicates statue of patron saint

By John Surratt, The Vicksburg Post
VICKSBURG – A statue of St. Paul Catholic Church’s patron saint now graces the church’s sanctuary, and the story behind its arrival begins with a new pastor and a donation left to the church’s altar society.

Not long after he arrived at St. Paul Catholic Church as pastor, Father Rusty Vincent was approached by Janice Waring with a gift from the church’s altar society.

“Some money was donated to the altar society years ago and it had been in a CD for many years,” said Waring, who was altar society treasurer.

Interest in the altar society had been waning for several years and two years ago the group disbanded with the money still in the bank.

“I went to Father Rusty and said we want to do something with it, but we don’t want to piecemeal it out,” Waring said. “What is something we may need?”

Father Vincent noticed the need. The church had statues of Jesus and Mary but there was no statue of the church’s patron saint, St. Paul the Apostle.

“Since the church didn’t have a St. Paul statue and we were named St. Paul’s, I thought that was the best thing to do,” Father Vincent said.

VICKSBURG – On Sunday, June 27, Father Rusty Vincent of St. Paul Catholic Church blessed a new statue of the parish’s patron saint. The statue of St. Paul, which was gifted by the parish’s Altar Society, rests on a stand that was handmade by church member Charles Hahn. (Photo by Connie Hosemann)

The decision led to a two-year process to find a statue of St. Paul that ended with the T.H. Stemper Co., which specializes in supplies and reconditioning and making statues for churches, making the statue.

When she first saw the statue, Waring said, “It was a white statue, but the manufacturer put us with an artist and when it was finished it looks like wood. We were very pleased.”

Parishioner Charles Hahn made the stand for the statue using the old church organ’s wood pipes.

On June 27, St. Paul dedicated the statue of its patron saint during a ceremony at its 10:30 a.m. Mass.

“He is the patron saint of the church, it is named after him and the saints in heaven are already with God so they’re interceding on our behalf; they’re praying for us to get to heaven,” Father Vincent said of the statue’s significance to the parish.

“When you name a church after a saint, you have a special connection with that saint,” he said. “St. Paul’s life as a saint, whether it be his conversion or martyrdom, is all to encourage us to live the life of a saint as he did.”

St. Paul initially persecuted Christians.

“He was caught up in the zeal for the Jewish faith,” he said. “He was very passionate about it but at the same time too, he was very misguided in the sense of the fact that he thought he was right, but he was living it out in a cruel way.
“Then he had his conversion; he had that vision of Christ that’s seen in the Acts of the Apostles and changed him completely; he was devoted to Christ from that day forward, even to death. It was amazing the change he went through,” Father Vincent said.

(Reprinted with permission of The Vicksburg Post. John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church.)

Featured photo Father McGing’s golden anniversary …

CLINTON – Father Thomas McGing celebrated his golden jubilee with cake and fellowship at Holy Savior Catholic Church on June 14, 2021. He was ordained on June 14, 1971 at Killawalla Parish Church in County Mayo, Ireland and arrived in the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson on Aug. 25, 1971. He first served as assistant pastor at St. Richard Jackson and has served in many parishes and roles across the diocese, as well as in the chancery office. (Photo by Trish Ballard)

Calendar of event

PARISH, FAMILY AND SCHOOL EVENTS
ABERDEEN St. Francis of Assisi, Adult Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. They are presently studying church history. All are welcome. Details: (662) 813-2295.

CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Father Raju is offering a Healing Mass on the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 a.m. If you would like to schedule it for a special intention, call the church office at (662) 624-4301.

FLOWOOD St. Paul Early Learning Center 8th annual Golf Tournament, Friday, Sept. 10 at Bay Pointe Golf Club. Individual players $100; four-person teams $400. Shotgun start at 1 p.m with lunch and doorprizes at 11:30 a.m. Dinner and awards at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to update tables and chairs in classrooms and cafeteria. Details: call 601-992-2876 or email stpaullearningcenter@gmail.com.

GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Save the Date, Germanfest is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-oriented festival is best known for its authentic German food and music. There are a lot of “behind-the-scenes” jobs that happen before the actual festival day. Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Kraut Packing, 4 p.m. until finished. This is the kraut they will use the day of the festival. Lots of help needed! Details: church office (601) 856-2054.

GRENADA, RICHLAND & SUMMIT Pro-life Mississippi Walk for Life, Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. It is not just a walk it’s a family fun day! Food, games and more. No registration fee and prizes awarded. Details: https://bit.ly/walk4life2021 or plm@prolifemississippi.org.

JACKSON St. Richard, Save the Date, An Evening with Our Stars, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Foley Hall. This is a fundraiser benefitting the St. Richard Special Kids. Tickets are $60 each. Enjoy dinner, dancing and decadent desserts. Dinner will be provided by the Knights of Columbus. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.

40th annual St. Richard Special Kids Day Golf Tournament, Thursday, Oct. 7 at Deerfield Golf Club. The unique gifts of the children are recognized and applauded, and the community participates in a day full of fun, excitement and meaningful fundraising. Details: To learn more, or to find out how to participate in this event, call the church office at (601) 366-2335 or email garner@saintrichard.com.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, The M&M Study Group will have sessions on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. All ladies are invited to attend. The first session will be on the book ‘’Learning to Pray” by Father James Martin. Details: call (601) 613-1926 or (601) 853-4187.

Parish Mission, Wednesday, Sept. 22. Presenter: Deacon John McGregor, D.Min. will speak on “Discipleship and the Authenticity Gap” beginning with food and fellowship at 5 p.m. Deacon John will look at what authentic discipleship means in our everyday lives and why so many people are leaving the church. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

Save the Date, Cajun Fest 2021, Sunday, Oct. 3. Plan to attend for a great afternoon of fun and cajun music. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

MERIDAN Catholic Community of Meridian, Save the Date, Sunday, Sept. 12, we will gather after 11 a.m. Mass for a family luncheon to recognize and officially welcome the parishioners who have joined our Catholic Community in the recent years. We look forward to everyone getting together once again to share a meal and the fellowship of one another. Details: church office (601) 693-1321.

NATCHEZ Assumption of BVM, the Grief Share program is held on Thursdays through Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Details: to sign up call the church office at (601) 442-7250 or (318)-421-4559 or sign up at www.Griefshare.org.

OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Bible study/prayer group will meet Wednesdays at 9:30 am. Details: contact Wayne Miller at (901) 679-3400 with any questions.

YOUTH BRIEFS
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, “Open Gym” on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for sixth through 12th grades at the Family Life Center. Make plans to come and enjoy the food, fun and games. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Ignite! 2021-22 Life Teen for 7th-12th graders begins with their annual kick-off event on Sunday, Aug. 29 starting with 5 p.m. Mass followed by supper and flaming fun! Details: contact Mary Catherine or Melissa at the church office (601) 856-5556.

Prayers for our St. Jude family…