Vacation Bible School

McCOMB – St. Alphonsus Vacation Bible School attendees and volunteers pose for a photo after their “Make Waves” program that took place from June 20 -24 . (Photo by Connie Harrington)
PEARL – Kathleen Edwards reads book of creation to children at St. Jude parish on the first day of VBS on June 8. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth students, Tucker Dooley and Brooks Cauthen enjoy VBS activities. (Photo by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

Having a “reel” good time

Around the diocese

MAGEE – Parishioners at St. Stephen prepared an impressive spread for their farewell luncheon held onJune 26 for Sacramental minister Father Antony Chakkalakka. (Photo by Kirby J. Rivere)
PEARL – On Thursday, June 16, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus presented the colors at the 15th annual Catholic Night at the Mississippi Braves Trustmark Park. (Photo by Michael Barrett)


CLINTON – Holy Savior senior graduates pose for a photo with Father Thomas McGing after Mass on May 15. Pictured l-r: Tristan Ballard, Abigail Vargheese, Chenoa Dillion, Father McGing, Katherine McCombs and Matthew Weiss. (Photo by Trish Ballard)
NATCHEZ – Emma Loomis and Molly Anderson exit the Baccalaureate Mass at St. Mary Basilica. (Photo by Cara Moody)
VICKSBURG – Father Rusty Vincent speaks to St. Aloysius students. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
MADISON – St. Joseph Graduate John Hornback is pictured with Doug Hornback, Father Albeen Vatti and Katie Hornback. (Photo by Amy Hornback)
JACKSON – St. Richard fifth graders had a party day on May 24. Students competed boys versus girls by passing balls with their feet into the pool. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
YAZOO CITY – St. Mary parish held a Children’s Mass on Sunday, May 22, with children serving as lectors, altar servers and greeters. Pictured is Will Foster reading. (Photo by Babs McMaster)
LELAND – St. James seniors: Leland Selby, Eleanor Zepponi, Magdalin Prewitt, Graci Pickell and Brett Chustz are pictured with Father Sleeva Reddy Mekala. (Photo by Glenn Pickell)
WEST POINT – J.T. Pope experiences his first time altar serving, surrounded by seminarian Grayson Foley, Deacon Carlisle Beggerly and Bishop Joseph Kopacz, for the ordiantion of Carlisle Beggerly to the transitional diaconate at Immaculate Conception parish on June 4.

Celebrando Exitos de Clase 2022

RIPLEY – (Izq.) El Padre Clem Oya, jefe de la Oficina Multicultural de la Diócesis y párroco de Holy Family en Jackson posa en foto tomada después de Misa celebrada por él para celebrar la graduación de estudiantes de la clase 2022. La foto grupal muestra a los graduados y miembros de sus familias, quienes atendieron a la Misa para bendecir el éxito de los mismos. (Foto cortesia del Padre Clem Oya)
VARDAMAN – Los graduados de Vardaman High School, Orlando Ramos, Joan Juarez y Jacobo Johnson recibiendo una bendición especial del Padre Cesar Sanchez el sábado 28 de mayo. (Foto cortesía de Danna Johnson)

Vicksburg Council 898 of the Knights of Columbus present scholarship

May 19, 2022 – Vicksburg Council 898 of the Knights of Columbus, represented by the council’s treasurer Jeff Eckstein, visited St. Aloysius high school to present a $1,600 scholarship to graduating senior Marissa Jabour, winner of the council’s annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest with her essay on the theme of perseverance. The council was also there to present a $1,130 donation to the Vicksburg Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance fund to Ms. Karla McHan. Funds for the scholarship and donation came from various fundraisers the council conducted in the preceding year. (Photo by Tomas Mondragon)


Crowning Mary

JACKSON – Sister Thea Bowman Elementary fifth grader, Ashleigh Mason accepts flowers from Kindergarteners, Karmen Davis and Kahlie Saleem, along with other Kindergarteners and Father Joe Dyer. The flowers were placed before the Mary statue during the Crowning Mary ceremony held after Mass on Friday, May 6. (Photo by Shae Goodman Robinson)
SOUTHAVEN – Sacred Heart students, Mac Collins and Izzy Viglietti serve as attendants as Gwyneth Michael crowns Mary during Mass on Wednesday, May 11. (Photo by Laura Grisham)
CANTON – Nicole Contreras, María Fernanda Tibet and Denise Contreras prepare to crown Mary at Sacred Heart Parish. (Photo by Blanca Peralta Zunigo)

Catholic student life

JACKSON – On Friday, May 6, St. Richard fifth graders performed Fifty Nifty United States. Students showed what happens when the States decide to visit and swap spots with each other. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
WEST POINT – Confirmation candidates, left to right, Paola Garcia and Paulina Lemus, are pictured reaching out to prospective donors for the Confirmation students annual blood drive that took place on Wednesday, May 25. Other candidates also made calls, distributed posters and flyers, and worked on the day of the drive, welcoming prospective donors and offering snacks and assistance; as well as, setting up and cleaning up. (Photo by Cathy Johnson)
GREENVILLE – St. Joseph students Raymon Singh, John Maddox Hillman, Jerrian King and Lori Ann Hughes compete in a team building exercise at their Junior Retreat. Working together is a necessity. (Photo by Emily Thompson)

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VICKSBURG – St. Aloysius 2022 graduates have some fun! (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
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Student life at Catholic schools


COLUMBUS – Seventh grader, Day Ivy acted as the Queen of Hearts in the Annunciation Middle School musical, Alice in Wonderland. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)


GREENVILLE – Jasmine and Joe Parish, along with Emma, Madelyn and Matt Clanton enjoy a dinner before they hit the dance floor at the Daddy Daughter Date Night on Friday, April 29. (Photo by Nikki Thompson)



JACKSON – Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School Kindergartener, Zyon Brown and PreK4 student, Katelyn Kelly presented teachers Barbara Davis and Ethel Jimerson with a class gift basket of sweet treats to show how thankful the students are to have them as their teachers. (Photo by Shae Goodman-Robinson)
JACKSON – St. Richard student, Mary Catherine Vanderloo completed her “Famous Mississippian” project on Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first full-time female official (referee). The entire fourth grade was surprised when Sarah Thomas herself visited the class on Friday, April 29. (Photo by Tammy Conrad)

Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY – St. Mary parish celebrated Mother’s Day with “Mary in the Garden.” Parishioners had a beautiful day of fellowship, the crowning of Mary and praying the Rosary to celebrate mothers. (Photo by Babs McMaster)



Easter around the diocese

SOUTHAVEN – The last of the stations as acted out by our eighth grade students for the student body before going home for Easter break. Jack Hicks acted as Jesus. (Photos by Sister Margareth Sue Broker)
COLUMBUS – Annunciation middle school students, Isabel Keith, Mary Beth Waggoner, Kelsey and Kennedy Perkins, Amy Williams and Lola Sullivan (8th grade) act as the women of Jerusalem weeping over Jesus during Living Stations of Cross on April 13. (Photos by Katie Fenstermacher)
CLINTON – Right: Anna Kate Yentzen participates in Holy Savior’s egg hunt. (Photo by Trish Ballard)
MAGEE – Parish youth participated in an egg hunt at St. Stephen parish. (Photos courtesy of St. Stephen parish)
VICKSBURG – The Pre-K3 class at the Sisters of Mercy ELC released butterflies after learning about the their life cycle. They watched them grow from small caterpillars into beautiful butterflies. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)


School life around diocese

COLUMBUS – On Friday, March 25, students at Annunciation school joined Pope Francis, Bishop Joseph Kopacz, and other Bishops around the world in praying the Rosary for peace and an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)
HOLLY SPRINGS – Anita Temple assists in judging science fair projects at Holy Family School. (Photo by Phyllis Parker)
JACKSON – St. Richard student, Ruby Hospodor serves up the ball during a volleyball match on April 7 against First Presbetarian Day School. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
JACKSON – Students Brennyn Bolden and Cassie Anderson from St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison head out of the Cathedral of St. Peter after the Consecration of Russia, Ukraine and the Diocese of Jackson to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Student life at Catholic schools

Fifth grader, Bryson Walk presents his reading fair project to judges. Anne Larkin Vollor looks on. (Photos by Emily Thompson)
NATCHEZ – PreK-3 teachers, Paige Iseminger and Hailey Tosspon with assistants Dana Dupre and Jody Upton, took their students outside for their prayers for peace time for Ukraine and Russia.
NATCHEZ – Pleasant Acre Day School requested assistance on replenishing their supply of Mardi Gras beads and Cathedral Green Wave families were happy to help. Pictured is Torri Webber’s first grade class assisting with loading up beads to be delivered to the day school. (Photos by Cara Moody)
MADISON – Fifth and sixth grade students at St. Anthony directed aplay. Pictured are Kee Curro, Arie Strong, Lily Kate Lloyd and Maddie Morris. (Photos by Katie Signa)


Ashes to ashes



SOUTHAVEN – Sister Margaret Sue Broker distributes ashes to students at Sacred Heart School. (Photo courtesy of Sister Margaret Sue Broker)


NATCHEZ – PreK-3 student, Collins Garrity receives ashes from Father Mark Shoffner at Cathedral School. Cam Walker observes in the background. (Photo by Jessica Carter)

Children Mass

Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY – St. Mary parish held a Children’s Mass on Sunday, March 6, where children served as lectors and altar servers. Pictured left to right: Meriella Kirby, James Blande Pettigrew, Will Foster, Ella Grey McMaster and Kelsie Kennedy. (Photo by Babs McMaster)