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)

Project CHEW offers colorful food lesson

COLUMBUS – Annunciation prek through second grade students were honored to have the ladies from Project CHEW with the MUW (Mississippi University for Women) Culinary Arts Institute join them on Thursday, October 18. Chef Mary Helen Hawkins and Registered Dietitian, Amanda Dahl, along with student Chef Nicole and student Chef Nolan demonstrated how to “Eat the Rainbow” to get all the nutrients they need to grow. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)

Vicksburg code writers place in top 10 for competition

RIDGELAND – Vicksburg Catholic School students Andrew Brewer, Caden Pickle, Tommy Martin and Andrew Ulmer placed in the top 10 teams at a coding challenge sponsored by C Spire on October 30. During the event, the team worked with a software developer on a series of puzzles using the Python programming language. More than 100 high school students from schools across the state participated in the event. They also got to interact with a robot and experiment with virtual reality. (Photos courtesy Christin Matthews)

Sister Thea students

Sister Thea students promote the vote

JACKSON – Sister Thea Bowman students cast their votes during a Promote the Vote event. The students had voter registration ID cards, the student council representatives were the poll workers. The students had to sign-in after their names were checked and after voting, they were given “I voted today” stickers. District 3 Hinds County Election Commissioner Zakiya Summers spoke to the students about why it is important to vote. She gave the students a quiz about the history of voting which included the various amendments related to voting rights. (Photo by Shae Robinson)

Master gardeners plant science seeds at Sister Thea

JACKSON – Master Gardeners John Malanchak and Valerie Anderson teach Sister Thea Pre-K students a science lesson on plants. Malanchak provided two plant boxes: one for the students to plant violets and pansies and the other to plant their vegetables: kale, spinach, onions and radishes. (Photos by Shae Robinson)

Catholic school sports champions

In addition to spiritual formation and academic excellence, the four Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of Jackson have been garnering some sports championships as well. Here is a roundup of spring and fall sports championships held by Catholic Schools across the state.

Greenville St. Joe – Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) AA
2017-2018 Boys Basketball District Champions
2017-2018 Football MAIS 2AA State Champions
2018-2019 Football 2AA District Champions. Playoffs are underway. Junior Trey Benson broke the school record for most touchdowns in a single game with 8 touchdowns vs Greenville Christian School.

Madison St. Joe. – Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) 2A
2018-2019 Boys Swim State Champions. They were second-place in state for 2017-2018.
2017-2018 Girls Swim State Champions. Girls swim we second place in the state for 2018-2019.
2017-2018 Boys Soccer State Champions
2017-2018 Baseball State Champions
2017-2018 Baseball District Champions
2017-2018 Boys Basketball District Champions
2017-2018 Boys and Girls Tennis District Champions
2018-2019 Boy and Girls Swim North State Champions

Madison St. Joseph’s baseball team celebrates after winning the state tournament in the spring of 2018. (Photos courtesy of Tricia Harris)

Madison St. Joseph’s boys swim team won the state title. The girls team was second in the state.

Natchez Cathedral – MAIS AAA
2018-2109 Cross Country, Varsity and JV State Champions. This is the third year the varsity has won the title.
2017-2018 Girls Golf State Champions
2017-2018 Boys Golf Individual State Championship.

NATCHEZ – As the bus load of Cross Country runners left Cathedral for the state meet, PreK 4 students with teacher Caroline Ferguson Nobile, assistants Betty Cusic and Jessica Byrne cheered them off campus. (Photo by Cara Serio)

Vicksburg Catholic. – MAIS AAA
2018-2019 Dance Competition State Champions in Jazz and Pom
2017-2018 Girl’s Soccer State Champions in Division III
2018 Girl’s Tennis second in State
2017-2018 Boy’s Soccer State Champions

Vicksburg Catholic Sports

St. Aloysius’ Wyatt Teague kicks Central Hinds’ Nick Lauderdale as they both go for the ball during Wednesday’s MAIS Class AAA semifinal in Raymond. St. Al won, 2-1, to snap Central Hinds’ 71-game winning streak. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

Vicksburg’s girls soccer team brought home a championship this spring. (Photo by YAS Photography)