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)


Activities around the diocese

MADISON – St. Joseph students (l-r) Jarret Hall (Ralphie) and Turner Brown (Ralph Parker – the older-wiser narrator of the story) at the production of “A Christmas Story” on Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
JACKSON – The mascot and cheerleaders for St. Joe Greenville celebrate after a big play at the MAIS 4A state championship game on Thursday, Nov. 17. (Photo by Joanna Puddister King)
JACKSON – On Thursday, Nov. 17, Sister Thea Bowman students faced off against St. Richard sixth grade girls on the court. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

Thank you Veterans!

HERNANDO – On Sunday, Nov. 13, the youth of Holy Spirit Church honored Veteran’s with a reception, cards and a jar of red, white and blue M&M’s. (Photos by Amanda Ready)

Youth life around the diocese

VICKSBURG – Coach Larry Calhoun, the star of the Move To Learn exercise break videos came to Vicksburg Catholic School to introduce administrators, teachers and students to the Move to Learn Initiative! The videos feature Calhoun leading students in simple movement exercises that can be done in a small space. Teachers are noticing that incorporating the fitness breaks in the classroom has increased their students’ ability to learn and to focus on schoolwork. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)


Halloween fun around the Diocese

MERIDIAN – The Youth and Young Adults groups at St. Patrick/St. Joseph hosted the 2nd Annual Halloween Carnival on Oct. 22. The event had great community participation. The Hispanic group provided concessions and were able to take the profit that will be used towards expenses for this year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe activities. The school children and teachers helped with games and the profit from the games will help the school with any projects they have in the works. The Youth and Young Adults also put together a Haunted House in the old convent and profits will go towards event registrations and other activities. (Photos by Angela Dove)

CLARKSDALE – Students at St. Elizabeth School wore costumes, ate pizza and cookies at a Halloween Movie-Night Fundraiser. (Photos by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

JACKSON – St. Richard sixth grade student dressed as T-Rexes greet students on Monday, Oct. 31. (Photos by Shea Luckett)

YAZOO CITY – St. Mary parish participated in trunk-or-treat in downtown Yazoo City on Monday, Oct. 31. (Photos by Babs McMaster)

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth held its annual Trunk-or-Treat and canned food drive on Sunday, Oct. 30. The parish collected canned goods for the Clarksdale Care Station while the children dressed up and trick-or-treated through the decorated vehicles and won baked goods at the cakewalk. (Photos by Catelin Britt)

MADISON – St. Joseph students put on a trunk or treat event on Thursday, Oct. 27. Pictured is the Winnie the Poo crew from St. Richard giving an interview to videographer Page for the Bruin Buzz. (Photos by Tereza Ma)

JACKSON – St. Richard School held their annual Cardinal Fest on Sunday, Oct. 23. Pictured is Sister Kelly Moline purchasing homemade cupcakes from students at the entrepreneurs nest. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
MADISON – St. Anthony School celebrated Halloween by incorporating Catholic school symbols. Principal Anne Cowger, Katie Loyacano and Celeste Tassin, dressed as students, chat with the fifth and sixth grade sisters/teachers on Halloween. (Photo courtesy Bridget Moorehead)

COLUMBUS – Annunciation second and third graders took a field trip to The School of Math & Science for their annual Science Carnival on Oct. 24. (Photos by Logan Waggoner)

PEARL – St. Jude parish celebrates the St. Jude feast on Sunday, Oct. 30, with a get together and lunch after Mass with Bishop Kopacz. In front, Lori Lee was “surprised” to be caught with all the cookies. (Photos by Rhonda Bowden)

CLARKSDALE – The three Stonestreet brothers served as altar servers at Mass at St. Elizabeth parish. Sam (senior), Harris (eighth grade) and Michael Stonestreet (fifth grade) are pictured with Father Raju. (Photo by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

YAZOO CITY – (Left) St. Mary parish held Children’s Mass before celebrating the All Saints and All Souls feasts on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Photo by Babs McMaster)


LELAND – Family traditions continue at St. James parish. Growing up at St. James, the adults were all home for a family wedding and took the opportunity to have their children baptized at their “Home” Church. Children pictured: Infant – Luca Vincent Santucci, Cooper Doyle Santucci, Twins – Joseph Able Santucci and John Phillip Santucci. (Photo by Santucci Family)

CLARKSDALE – St. Elizabeth School held a Blue Mass honoring those in Uniform in the Clarksdale community. (Photos by Rachel Patterson)

MADISON – Students at St. Francis celebrated the many cultures of their parish as they processed into Mass, celebrating the feast day of the parish’s patron – St. Francis. (Photo by Sallieann Inman)
COLUMBUS – Annunciation third grade teacher, Mrs. Hubbard, assists Aidan Hinton with his project. (Photo by Logan Waggoner)

JACKSON – St. Richard hosted its 41st annual Special Kids Golf Tournament at Deerfield Country Club. All proceeds raised at this event support the school’s exceptional education programs. (Photos by Tammy Conrad)

St. Richard PreK3 students were treated to a visit from the Jackson Fire Department. Students got to try on the firemen’s gear, use the hose AND sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine! Afterwards, students
returned to their classrooms to make their own firetruck cookies! Pictured: Merrick Milligan dreams of driving the fire engine and shows off his cookie creation.

VICKSBURG – Vicksburg Catholic School alumni gathered for food, friends, family and football before the annual Homecoming Game. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
VICKSBURG – St. Aloysius Senior, Ally Dorion, was selected as the 2022 Homecoming Queen. Ally looks with excitement at her Father, Phillip Dorion, as her name was announced. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)

MADISON – St. Joseph seventh graders work on their lab project: Physical Properties of Matter. (Photo by Tricia Harris)

MADISON – Terry Cassreino’s communication/broadcasting class at St. Joseph School are pictured in action. (Photo by Tereza Ma)


VICKSBURG – Lydia Nettles and Father Rusty Vincent donated blood to help save lives through a blood drive for Mississippi Blood Services. Blessings to all the Flashes family who participated in this life-saving event. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)

COLUMBUS – At Annunciation School, chess club members practice their skills ahead of their first competition. (Photo by Logan Waggoner)

JACKSON – PreK-3 students at St. Richard School harvested vegetables from their class gardens and made their own salsa. Pictured is Oliver Metzger adding cilantro to the mix. (Photo by Tammy Conrad)
MADISON – The Jr. Bruins and the Jr. Flashes face off in a game on Monday, Sept. 26 on Bill Raphael Field at St. Joseph School. The teams are made up of fifth and sixth graders at St. Anthony, St. Richard and St. Francis Xavier Schools. (Photos by Joanna Puddister King)
MADISON – Cheerleaders perform in a pep rally at St. Anthony School on Thursday, Sept. 29. (Photos by Joanna Puddister King)


Special celebrations

YAZOO CITY – (Right) Seminarian EJ Martin visited St. Mary parish in Yazoo City on Sunday, Sept. 25. He spoke to the children about his vocation, the seminary and also served at Children’s Mass. (Photo by Babs McMaster)
JACKSON – In 1953, the Sisters of Mercy founded St. Richard School. To honor their Mercy heritage the school included sixth-grade girls in a special celebration – a Mercy Day Tea with several members of the Sisters of Mercy on Wednesday, Sept. 21. (Photo by Tereza Ma)
VICKSBURG – St. Father Robert Dore gives a blessing during schoolMass at Vicksburg Catholic Schools. (Photos by Lindsey Bradley)

School Masses

VICKSBURG – Father PJ Curley offers a blessing to Brady Shows during the opening school Mass at Vicksburg Catholic Schools.


Happy birthday, Mary!

CLARKSDALE – The St. Elizabeth School celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Mary’s birthday – on Thursday, Sept. 8 with a procession. God’s gift of His Son to humankind was preceded by another precious gift — the gift of the Mother of His Son. Mary brought forth Jesus into the world. In this modern world, each and every follower of Jesus is also invited to “bring forth” Jesus into the world, in his or her life situation. (Photo by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

Hands-on learning

SOUTHAVEN – Aleena, A.J. and Aaric work on “stained glass” sun-catcher Crosses on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross at Sacred Heart School. (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)
JACKSON – Second graders at St. Richard Catholic School finished their combined science and social studies units with a visit from Scott Riddell – a real beekeeper. Students learned about the effect of the environment on animals and how the environment is affected by animals. (Photos by Tammy Conrad)


SOUTHAVEN – Sacred Heart School’s seventh grade baptism study included the students making their own candles. Pictured is Fernanda Bermudez working on her votive candle. (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick assistant teacher, Jasmine Jordan aids kindergartener Matthew Rush with finger painting. (Photo by Emily Thompson)

MADISON – St. Anthony third graders work on a science project in Ms. Holder’s room. Pictured left to right: Isaac Smith, Aspen Taylor, Sydney Beard and Cruz Warwick. (Photo by Kati Loyacono)

VICKSBURG – AP Biology students participated in an Animal Behavior Lab exercise learning the response to environmental variables. Katelyn Clark and Sara Beth Johnston observed animal behaviors relating to environmental stimuli and courtship behaviors. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)

JACKSON – The shape of the week was a square and these St. Richard PreK-3 students got “hands on” when making their very own squares. Clockwise from top: Josie Ball, Oliver Metzger, Townes Crews and Louise Simmons. (Photo by Tammy Conrad)

FLORA – After a time out with their coach, the Jr. Bruins march back for another play versus the Tri-County Academy Rebels on Thursday, Aug. 25. The Jr. Bruins are made up of fifth and sixth grade students from St. Anthony and St. Richard schools. (Photo by Joanna Puddister King)

Back 2 School






Breanna Sumlar, Kira Faulkner and Teyuana Reaves take a break from the day’s activities at Holy Family school. (Photo by Phyllis Parker)


St. Aloysius interim principal, Buddy Strickland celebrates with the class of 2023 as they walk in for their “last, first day of school.” (Photos by Lindsey Bradley)
VICKSBURG – Father Rusty blesses backpacks at St. Paul parish. (Photo by Connie Hosemann)

MERIDIAN St. Patrick


Sister Thea Bowman

St. Richard



Prepping for the new school year

VICKSBURG – Father Rusty Vincent celebrates Vicksburg Catholic School’s faculty and staff Mass. All hope to find God’s grace in each other as they start the new school year with fresh hope, joy, forgiveness and love. They will serve the Lord with gladness. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
COLUMBUS – Mrs. Ferraez and Mrs. Young learn about the new technology program at Annunciation school and work on assigning new devices (iPads and Chromebooks) to all students for the year. (Photo by Logan Waggoner)
JACKSON – Parents and students gathered at St. Richard school for the “Meet the Teacher” event on Thursday, Aug. 4. (Photo by Tereza Ma)

In the Lord’s Army

YAZOO CITY – Youth at St. Mary parish participated in Vacation Bible School with the theme “Armor of God.” The children dressed as knights and sang “In the Lord’s Army” at the close of event. (Photo courtesy of Babs McMaster)