Graduating students

MERIDIAN –The Catholic ommunities of St. Patrick and St. Joseph honored 14 graduates at the annual Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 6. Each graduate received a Catholic Bible, a personal note and they along with their families were treated to lunch afterwards in the St. Patrick Family Life Center. (Photo by John Harwell)

COLUMBUS - Annunication staff join the rest of the student body to wave good-bye to the eighth graders as they leave campus on the last day of school, Thursday, May 24th. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)

JACKSON – At left, Deacon Nick Adam shakes Gracie Hamilton’s hand at the St. Richard sixth grade recognition Mass on Friday, May 25. Teacher Sarah Sistrunk looks on. (Photo by Dave Vowell)

NATCHEZ – Holy Family Kindergarten graduate Robert Terrell leading the graduates in the pledge of Allegiance before their ceremony. (Photo by Valencia Hall)

MADISON – Graduating St. Anthony sixth-grader JJ Tice receives congratulations from principal James Bell at the St. Anthony Mass to honor outgoing students held at St. Francis of Assisi Church. (Photo by Dave Vowell)

NATCHEZ – Cathedral Principal Norm Yvon sings to seniors before they walk the halls in their caps and gowns. During this tradition, students from pre-k through high school line the halls to cheer for the graduating students. (Photo by Cara Serio)

Eagles land in Madison

The Eagles have landed

Due to the hard work of Ed Marsalis and his family, the bronze eagles are in place on top of the western entrance pillars of St. Anthony School. Ed Marsalis, Knight of Columbus Council #9543, was the project manager and supervised everything from beginning to end. The final stage of the placement took four hours on Saturday March 24. For the installation, a steel template had to be made on which were fastened the eagles with four bolts per eagle. These steel frames where then fastened to the concrete top of the pillar with bolts, which in turn were added further 18 inch bolts and the center of the standing pillars were filled with concrete and the mounted eagles, together with  the concrete slabs were hoisted by an excavator to their position on top of the pillars and the projecting 18 inch bolts inserted into the fresh concrete to make  the eagles a permanent fixture. It was a family affair with the following members participating; Ed Marsalis and his wife Corley, his daughter Paige and her husband Mason Spratlan, together with their children Megan, Marleigh, Matthew and Mason Jr. Mason and his family provided ground work and form assembly for the concrete work and brought the excavator to the site. John Ramsey of Pelahatchie was the equipment operator, concrete man and technical expert who placed the eagles in position after they were assembled on the ground. The excavator was provided by Gamma Enterprises of Madison. The attached photos give insight to the work in progress.  

MADISON – A pair of bronze eagles now greets students at the entrance to St. Anthony School. Ed Marsalis and his family managed the tricky installation in late March. Msgr. Michael Flannery donated the sculptures of the school mascot. (Photos by Msgr Michael Flannery)

Greenwood students get weather wise

GREENWOOD – Chris Mathis, WABG meteorologist, hears from St. Francis School students about their use of a wind vane and anemometer to measure wind speed and direction. Father Camillus Janas, OFM, Andrew Lopez, Makayla Robinson and Zuri Brown all listen and watch. Mathis visited the school in early April to talk about weather awareness. (Photos by Sister Kathleen Murphy, OFM)

Youth Briefs

Two Diocese of Jackson students have been named STAR Students by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation. STAR, an acronym for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, selects students on the basis of academic excellence and allows them to name a teacher who had a positive influence on their academic achievements.
Greenville St. Joseph School’s STAR student is Sarah Hayek. She named math teacher Celeste DeAngelo as her STAR teacher.
Madison St. Joseph’s honoree Franco Frascogna selected AP math and science teacher Chance Theriot as his STAR teacher.
The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the STAR Program in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among the state’s high school students. The STAR Program is meant to emphasize scholastic excellence and encourage greater scholastic effort among Mississippi students and recognize the teaching profession.
All the STAR students in the state were honored Thursday, April, 12, at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Students receive blessed rosaries

JACKSON – Second-graders at St. Richard School who received First Communion this year were honored at a school Mass. They got to wear their First Communion outfits and were treated to a reception after Mass. At left, Father John Bohn, pastor, hands out rosaries to Vinnie Milton, Jakob Sistrunk, Loftis Garner and George Decker. The Lunardini family had them blessed by the Pope on August 30 of this year and shared them with the school. (Photos by Wendi Shearer)

BruinThon raises $12,400 ‘for the kids’

MADISON – Above left, students play games during BruinThon, an eight-hour dancing fund-raiser for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. At right, editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey spoke at the event. Students used the theme ‘for the kids’ to recruit sponsors and offered up art for sale. They raised a total of $12,471 during the event. (Photo by Kathryn Sckiets)

Photo by Maureen Smith

Photo by Kathryn Sckiets

St. Matthew hosts NET Retreat

RIPLEY – Several dozen teenagers from several area parishes attended a retreat at St. Matthew Parish offered by the National Evangelization Team (NET) on April 21. NET teams travel across the country to lead Catholic retreats for young people. (Photo by Madeleine Hale)

Photo by Madeleine Hale

Photo by Madeleine Hale

Photo by Madeleine Hale

Photo by Madeleine Hale

Photo by Madeleine Hale