Hands-on learning

JACKSON – St. Richard School CASA Stem students learn about batteries and circuits through fun, hands-on experiments. Pictured left to right: Zoe Thomas, Oliver Skipper, Reeves Buckley, Andrew Compretta, Jason Ball (instructor), Ben Compretta, Drew Simmons and Andrew Ueltschey.

Next: St. Richard School closed out its school-wide unit on the Mississippi Blues with a performance by The Al Miller Band with singing, dancing and some original “blues” poetry by students. (Photos by Tammy Conrad)

St. Michael Youth at DCYC

FOREST – St. Michael parish youth were excited about attending DCYC this year. (Photos by Liz Edmondson)

Read Across America

SOUTHAVEN – Scarlett, Maddie, Sadie, Luis, Kannon, Haziel, Jayce, Cash, Zahrah, and Jonas were all smiles when they saw the cat come into view. Pre-K and Kindergarteners celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a visit from the “Cat” himself. (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)

STREAM at Annunciation

COLUMBUS – Annunciation fifth grade students cook with Mrs. Cancellare in S.T.R.E.A.M. Class. Pictured: Above, Preston Dimino scoops batter into baking cups. On right, Annabelle Brislin puts the final touches on her strawberry bruschetta. (Photos by Logan Waggoner)

Meridian youth attend DCYC

VICKSBURG – The Catholic Community of Meridian sent eight high school students to DCYC in Vicksburg the first weekend in March.The Holy Spirit moved in and around the youth through all activities at the annual youth conference. (Photos by Angela Dove)


Featuring: Annunciation School

Annunciation students packed away allelujahs in preparation for the Lenten season. Pictured is first grader, Myers Ferguson packing away his allelujah with Father Jeffrey Waldrep.
Annunciation’s seventh and eighth grade robotics team competed in the state championship on Saturday, Feb. 25 and brought home second place in the robot design category.Team: Hayden Torres, Mark Leonard, Anthony Baumann, Sophia Heinkel, Hutch Clemons, Jackson Browning and James Cancellare. (Photos by Logan Waggoner)
JACKSON – St. Richard PreK-3 students Ayden Butler and Everly Hankins brought the “cool” at the annual Krewe de Cardinal Mardi Gras Parade!
JACKSON – St. Richard students enjoy catching beads and goodies at their annual Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday. (Photo by Christiana Williams)
VICKSBURG – Presenting … the Krewe of St. Francis Xavier Elementary! Montessori, Preschool and Kindergarten students made floats for the annual Mardi Gras parade. Older elementary students and high school students caught some beads. And Father PJ Curley loved seeing all the colorful “floats!” (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)

JACKSON – St. Richard six graders enjoy a moment in the spotlight after after performing the hilarious musical “Hatshepsut the Queen of Denial,” directed by music teacher Mr. Dillon. (Photo by Tereza Ma)


Around our Catholic Schools

MERIDIAN – Father Augustine joins students for a “Tacky Tuesday” dodgeball tournament during Catholic Schools Week.
MERIDIAN – Students plant flags outside of St. Patrick school in honor of our service men and women. (Photos by Emily Thompson)
SOUTHAVEN – Fifth grader, Geneva Hicks helps kindergarten students with finding their numbers while playing bingo. Front left to right, Maiya Pruitt and Kala McCoy. Top left to right, Valentina Amador-Alvarez and Geneva Hicks. (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)

COLUMBUS – Annunciation students follow Ace the Eagle during their “Celebrating our Nation Day” parade. Annunciation seventh grader, Hayden Torres works on renaissance models in art class. (Photos by Logan Waggoner)

JACKSON – Sister Thea Bowman students on the Jaguar basketball team stop for a shot after the SIBA (South International Basketball Association) championship game. (Photo by Christopher Payne)
JACKSON – St. Richard fourth graders recently helped Meals on Wheels pack deliveries. Pictured left to right: Kybrin Johnson, Eli Williams and Cate Weisenberger. (Photo by Tammy Conrad)
YAZOO CITY – Youth at St. Mary Church celebrated St. Valentine on Sunday, Feb. 12 by making crafts and playing games. (Photo by Babs McMaster)

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week around our schools

JACKSON – Bishop Kopacz speaks to Sister Thea Bowman School students at a special Catholic Schools Week Mass. (Photo by Christopher Payne)
GREENVILLE – Greg Fore receives communion from Bishop Kopacz at Mass at St. Joseph School. (Photo by Nikki Thompson)
NATCHEZ – Father Aaron Williams blesses the throat of sixth grader John Zachary Wingfield on St. Blaise’s feast day on Friday, Feb. 3.
VICKSBURG – Pictured after Mass at Vicksburg Catholic School are Jon Graham, Katie Emfinger, Fathers P.J. Curley, Rusty Vincent, Joseph Nguyen, Robert Dore, Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, Vicar General Father Lincoln Dall, Karla Luke and Mary Arledge. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
MADISON – St. Anthony welcomed Bishop Kopacz to Mass during Catholic Schools Week celebration of vocations day. Pictured left to right are James Dukes, Bishop Kopacz and Ben Schenk. (Photo by Kati Loyacono)
HOLLY SPRINGS – Father Jack Kurps, SCJ, led Monday’s prayer service at Holy Family. Students and staff members received a special blessing and were presented with a certificate of appreciation. (Photo courtesy of school)
CLARKSDALE – Students, Waverly Roach and Ella Bronwyn Graves bring forth the gifts during Mass at St. Elizabeth during Cathoilic School Week. (Photo by Sarah Cauthen)
VICKSBURG – St. Mary parish celebrated Catholic School Week with their Vicksburg Catholic School students; Miracle Flowers (commentator), De’Marques Flowers (altar server), Me’Kayla Flowers (altar server) and Eva Evans (altar server). (Photo by Leonette Thomas)
GREENVILLE – St. Joseph fifth graders, Caryn Jackson, Matthew Lipscomb and Elizabeth Baldwin, enjoy a reading break between activities during Catholic Schools Week. (Photo by Nikki Thompson)
TUPELO – Santiago Lopez and Nathan Eschete wash vans used daily by the Boys and Girls Club of Tupelo. (Photo by Mary Frances Strange
MADISON – St. Joseph student, Ted Klopman prepares himself a complementary cup of hot chocolate on Student Appreciation Day during Catholic Schools Week. (Photo by AK Stephen)

JACKSON – Sister Thea Bowman School sixth grader, Bailey Thiac presents her science fair project to the judges. (On right) Sixth grader, Ashleigh Mason explains her science fair project to the panel of judges. (Photos by Christopher Payne)



COLUMBUS – Annunciation Art Teacher, Emmie Sherertz, assists students in Art Club. She teaches painting at the Columbus Arts Council and teaches art here at Annunciation Catholic School and her art work will be featured at Van Der Plas Gallery in New York City read more: (Photos by Logan Waggoner)


VICKSBURG – Senior Theology students hold a monthly food drive the for Storehouse Community Food Pantry of Vicksburg. (Photos by Lindsey Bradley)


MADISON – Mrs. Dukes fourth grade class at St. Anthony School, packs and delivers healthy backpack meal kits each week for local students facing hunger. Students pictured from left to right: Lily Le, Cade Beard and Addison Santana (pictured with their teacher, Mrs. Dukes – center) are working hard to unload the nonperishable healthy food items to be packed into backpack meal kits for local students. (Photos by Celeste Tassin)


CLARKSDALE – Grandparent, Ann Ruscoe watches as sixth grader, Reed Chapman shows fourth grader, Ridgely Walls how warm Polar Bear skin feels at St. Elizabeth School’s Math and Science Family Fun Night. (Photos by Sarah Cauthen)


MADISON – Parents and children enjoy fun and fellowship at St. Francis of Assisi’s annual Thanksgiving feast. (Photo by Chelsea Scarbrough)


SOUTHAVEN – Seventh and eighth grade girls at Sacred Heart School set up a play to get the volleyball over the net. (Photos courtesy of school)


JACKSON – St. Richard sixth grade girls (in red) played Jackson Academy students on Jan. 17. (Photo by Tereza Ma)


NATCHEZ – National Honor Society members at Cathedral School sort and distribute coats at the Natchez Stewpot. (Photos by Cara Moody)


MERIDIAN – Youth dash from the starting line for the kids run at the 6th annual Candy Cane Dash 5K Run for St. Patrick School. (Photos by Emily Thompson)


VICKSBURG – Tenth graders and second graders from Vicksburg Catholic School gathered for a photo op after the second grade Saints Celebration program. The Sophomores assisted the second graders in learning about their assigned saints to prepare for the program. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
LELAND – Children of St. James parish celebrated Christmas Eve Mass. (Photo by Peyton Palasini)
OXFORD – Christmas Eve Mass at St. John was a success thanks to Gemma Yates, Ian Yates, Jacob Zerangue, Maddie Thornton and John Whelan. (Photo by Tim Walsh)
COLUMBUS – Father Jeffrey Waldrep gives a blessing during Mass on Thursday, January 5. (Photo by Logan Waggoner)
GREENVILLE – Youth play their version of “Dirty Santa,” with another winning ticket being pulled from the pool of tickets at Sacred Heart parishes annual Christmas raffle and party. (Photo by Maurice Mosley)
TUPELO – During arts and crafts with Katya Cruz, students constructed “joy” ornaments, individual “joy” banners and created a group “joy” poster, pictured. (Photo courtesy Rhonda Hanby)


Advent programs at our Catholic Schools



JACKSON – St. Richard students perform for parents and loved ones for their annnual Advent program on Friday, Dec. 16, orchestrated by teacher, Andrew Dillon. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Serving Our Lady

PEARL –St Jude parish held their first Guadalupe procession on Saturday, Dec. 10. Altar servers, Thomas, Dori Pazcak and Olinsar Villafranca are pictured. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Principal serves with a smile

VICKSBURG – St. Aloysius Assistant Principal, Jon Graham, helped serve lunch with a smile to students and staff. Vicksburg Catholic School students, faculty and staff: “lead with humility, serve with love, strive for excellence and prepare for distinction.” (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
HOLLY SPRINGS – Cazateatro Theatrical Group helped celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at Holy Family School. Brother Diego Diaz enjoyed every second of the production. (Photo by Tunia Sangster)
JACKSON – St. Richard School sixth grade girls (white) play a game on their home court against Jackson Prep (blue). (Photo by Tereza Ma)