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Mississippi history

COLUMBUS – Mrs. Moore’s fourth graders at Annunciation School worked to create a large timeline for Mississippi history events. (Photos by Katie Fenstermacher)

Learning is yummy

CLARKSDALE – Learning is fun (and yummy) in Mrs. Curcio’s first grade math class at St. Elizabeth School. Student Bowen Anderson sorts and graphs using skittles. (Photo by Mary Evelyn Stonestreet)

Southaven silly socks

SOUTHAVEN – Students celebrated the 73rd anniversary of Sacred Heart School with crazy sock and shoe day on Sept. 16. (Photo by Sister Margaret Sue Broker)

Field day fun in Natchez

NATCHEZ – On Sept. 13, St. Mary’s CYO members had some field day fun at Memorial Park behind St. Mary Basilica. (Photo by Carrie Lambert)


FLOWOOD – Mariah Grace Morris St. Paul Catholic Church received the Sacrament of First Communion on Aug. 9. (Photo by Jamie Morris)
GREENWOOD – Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, First Communion, Aug. 16, Left to Right: Orla Barnes with sponsor Jessica Barnes; Lucy Hicks with sponsor Meredith Brown; Michael Martin with sponsor David Grossman; Nate Slater with sponsor Mandy Skelton; Kittrell Smith with sponsor Javier Zapien; Britt Nokes with sponsor Barry Barth; Jack Stuckey with sponsor Daniel Smith; and Louis Brown with sponsor Matthew Hicks. (Photo by Caroline Stuckey)
LELAND – (right) St. James Parish, Confirmation, Sept. 10, Front row (l-r): Ellie Zepponi, Graci Pickell, Madison Henry, Hannah Lloyd and Lane Walker.
Back row: Reeves Polasini, Walker Zepponi, Leland Zepponi, Kaid Polasini and Brett Chustz. (Photo by Deborah Ruggeri)
CORINTH – St. James Parish, Confirmation, Aug. 15, Pictured are Ania Ambrocio, Andrew Ayala, Angela Fuentes, Eulises Cobos, Brisanda Luna, Julia Martinez, Kevin Posadas, Elizabeth Soliz, Luis Zuñiga, Jesus Robles, Oswaldo Mejia, Mateo Molina and Italy Molina.
(Photo by Josefina Preza)
CORINTH – St. James Parish, Laisha Sorcia received her First Communion certificate on Aug. 15 from Father Mario Solorzano. (Photo by Josefina Preza)
VICKSBURG – Jackson Fontenot and Elizabeth Theriot recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael parish in Vicksburg. They are pictured with Father Robert Dore.
VICKSBURG – Jameson Piazza is all smiles after receiving his First Holy Communion at St. Michael from Father Robert Dore. (Photos by Caroline Stuckey)
MERIDIAN – Pictured left to right, Manning Miles, Matthew Heggie and Lauren Massey received their First Communion from Father Andrew Nguyen and Father Augustine Palimattam on Saturday, Aug. 1 at St. Patrick Parish. (Photo by John Harwell)
MERIDIAN – Ollie Holcomb received her First Communion at St. Joseph Parish from Father Augustine Palimattam on Sunday, Aug. 16. (Photo by John Harwell)
FLOWOOD – Tennyson Walker receives a certificate for his First Communion at St. Paul parish from Father Gerry Hurley on Sunday, Aug. 9. (Photo by Kimberly Walker)
FOREST – Morton’s Confirmation group at St. Michael Parish, Pictured left to right: Emily Ponce, Hugo Salazar, Diana Carrillo, Father Roberto Mena, ST, Catti Pérez, Iris Pérez and Marvin. (Photo courtesy of Father Roberto Mena, ST)


COLUMBUS – On Aug. 27, kindergarten students practiced their parachuting skills in P.E. class with Father Jeffrey Waldrep. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)
NATCHEZ – (Below) Teens, parents and Knights of Columbus joined together to work on yards on Sunday, Aug. 30. Every six weeks youth from St. Mary Basilica get together with the Knights of Columbus to work on the yard of an older person who needs help. (Photo by Carrie Lambert)
JACKSON – (Left) Father Nick Adam recently spoke to the sixth grade classes at Saint Richard School about vocations. The children had the opportunity to ask questions and visit with Father Nick about his new role as director of vocations for the Diocese of Jackson. (Photo by Emily Myers Garner)


Mississippi Catholic will publish Sacrament pages in upcoming editions.
This means we need 2020 First Communion and Confirmation photos.
Due to COVID-19, we understand there may not be group shots,
so individual pictures are accepted.
email to:
Please include full names, parish, date, name of sacrament celebration and
name of photographer, if possible.

GREENVILLE – St. Joseph Parish, First Communion, Aug. 9, First row (l-r): Father Aaron Williams, Ann Archer Brown, Sandy Dominguez, Caroline Barham and Mary McClain Morlino. Back row: Matthew Lipscomb, Campbell Hooker, Brayden Hillman, Walt Milam and Noah Signa. (Photo by Mary Lynn Powers)
MERIDIAN – St. Patrick Parish, First Communion, Aug. 1, First row (l-r): Manning Miles, Matthew Heggie and Lauren Massey. Second row (l-r): Father Andrew Nguyen and Father Augustine Palimattam. (Photo by John Harwell)
FLOWOOD – St. Paul Parish, First Communion, Aug. 9. Nicholas Mangialardi celebrated his First Communion with his parents Sam and Ashley Mangialardi. (Photo by Anthony Mangialardi)
FLOWOOD – Father Gerry Hurley distributes first communion to Piper Pollard on Aug. 9. (Photo by Monica Walton)
MERIDIAN – (Above) St. Patrick Parish, First Communion, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. L-r: Ava Cayer, Blakely Purdy, Father Augustine Palimattam, Jeremiah Mari and Kyler Williams.
St. Joseph Parish, First Communion, Aug. 9, L-r: Geraldine Medrano and Josselyn Reyes with Father Augustine Palimattam. (Photos by John Harwell)
NATCHEZ – St. Mary Basilica, First Communion, Aug. 2, Front row (l-r): Frances Daniel, Mary Virginia Waycaster, Vivienne Gibson, Camille Anderson, Laura Verucchi, Grace Anne Biglane and Macy Carter. Second row (l-r): Audrey Janette, Brooklyn Rayborn, James Brown, Rivers Atkins, Grayson Tosspon, Tyler Orr and Alex Rojo. Back row: Father Mark Shoffner and Father Scott Thomas. (Photo by Shannon Rojo)
CARTHAGE – St. Anne Parish, First Communion, July 25, Front row (l-r): Edward Lopez,
Amber Salvador, Alan Modesto, Casandra Lopez, JaDavis L. Rayveon and Lou Joyner (catechist). Back row (l-r): Poedro Lopez, Father Odel Medina S.T., Enmanuel Modesto and Yens Snyder Lopez. (Photo courtesy of Father Odel Medina)
MERIDIAN – St. Patrick Parish, First Communion, Aug. 15, First row (l-r): Beckett Ethridge, Mariana Mora Cordova and Guadalupe Garcia. Second row (l-r): Father Andrew Nguyen, Xofia Rose Joyner, Isaac Rigdon and Father Augustine Palimattam. (Photo by John Harwell)
GREENVILLE – St. Joseph Parish, Confirmation, Aug. 16, Front row (l-r): Anna Grace McGaugh, Mecklyn Claire Vaught, Haylee Elizabeth Trussell, Lauren Elizabeth Shelley and Ella Synclaire Millwood. Back row (l-r): Madison Claire Cain, Christopher George Tonos II, Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Father Aaron Williams. (Photo by Mary Lynn Powers)
MERIDIAN – St. Patrick, First Communion, Aug. 8, Front row (l-r): Jude Saylor, Christopher Hall, Avery Matthews, Ruben Hernandez and Richard Hernandez. Second row (l-r): Father Andrew Nguyen and Father Augustine Palimattam. (Photo by John Harwell)

Back 2 School

NATCHEZ – Cathedral PreK-4 assistant Debra Colston, helps PreK-4 student Neil Willard out of the car in the drop off line, making sure he adjusts his mask to start the day. (Photo by Cara Serio)
SOUTHAVEN – Sister Margaret Sue Broker, OSF, administers beginning of the year assessments for PreK through second grade students at Sacred Heart School. (Photo by Laura Grisham)
VICKSBURG – St. Francis first grade student, Mercy Moore, enters the school and uses the hand sanitation station before she begins the first day of school on Aug. 17. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
MADISON – Teacher Susie Odom instructs Senior English class. Pictured with Odom are students Erin Dorsey, Jackson Evans, Harper Evers, Clifton Goodloe, Seth Hall, Christian Sanders, Chase Taylor, Connor Westfall and Tyler Wiggins. (Photo by Caitlin Burkes)
VICKSBURG – (Below) Father PJ Curley visits with St. Francis Montessori students. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)
HOLLY SPRINGS – Holy Family School’s D’Mari Faulkner completes a worksheet on his first day of first grade. (Photo by Laura Grisham)
COLUMBUS – Armando Leyva, Allison Kreiger and Maria Keith get to work on their first day of eighth grade at Annunciation School. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)
SOUTHAVEN – The seventh grade religion class at Sacred Heart School learned about the Assumption of Mary. Junno Pullan proudly displays his art work in honor of the Blessed Virgin. (Photo by Laura Grisham)
MADISON – St. Anthony School PreK teacher Amanda Jones demonstrates the proper handwashing technique on the first day of school to PreK student, Anna Devassy. (Photo by Kati Loyacono)
COLUMBUS – Annunciation fourth grade student, Isabella Ratliff carefully stacks paper for a project. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)
JACKSON – On Aug. 11, St. Richard third grade student Christopher King got a thumbs up from principal Jennifer David and Jessica Skipper to enter school on first day. (Photo by Tereza Ma)


CANTON – Lylnee Runnels, George Holifield and Libby Kraft received their First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart Canton on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Runnels)
JACKSON – Left to right: Sebastian Louis, Mary Catherine Vanderloo, Hudson Louis, Lachlan Louis and Ian Burkes gathered to celebrate their First Communion at St. Richard on Sunday, June 21, 2020. (Photo by Caitlin Burkes)
MADISON – Nicholas Allen Horne celebrated his First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi parish on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Photo by Allison Herrington)
MADISON – Blaise Allen Rodrigue celebrated his First Holy Communion at St. Francis of Assisi parish on July 18, 2020 (Photo by Sommer Rodrigue)
FLOWOOD – Jordan Parker received a certificate at his First Communion at St. Paul parish from Father Gerry Hurley on Sunday, Aug. 9. (Photo by Cassie Parker)
MADISON – (Right) Madeline Vanderloo joyfully made her First Holy Communion on Aug. 9, 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi parish. (Photo by Christina Butler Vanderloo)
JACKSON – Joseph Piers Hoffman of St. Richard parish, celebrated his First Communion on June 21, 2020. He is pictured with Father Nick Adam, on left, and Father John Bohn, on right. (Photo by Mike Hoffman)
SOUTHAVEN – Hunter Wong of Queen of Peace parish in Olive Branch, son of Carolyn and Garrett Wong, celebrated his First Holy Communion on Aug. 1 at Christ the King parish. He is pictured with Deacon Ted Schreck, on left, and Father David Szatkowski, SCJ, on right. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Gardner)

Youth news

Sports are back at Catholic Schools

NATCHEZ – On Monday, Aug. 3 the Lady Wave softball team of Cathedral School and the Lady Flashes of St. Aloysius Vicksburg square off for the first game of the season. (Photo by Cara Moody Serio)
GREENVILLE – Fighting Irish football is back at St. Joseph School Greenville. The team works on stretching exercises on Aug. 3. (Photos by Father Aaron Williams)

Meet the teacher/Meet the student

JACKSON – New student, Christopher King and new teacher, Caroline Harris visit at St. Richard’s School “Meet the Teacher” day on Thursday, Aug. 6. King is entering the third grade. Six students will be learning in class with Harris and others virtually.
(Photo by Joanna Puddister King)

Teachers get ready for the school year

VICKSBURG – Vicksburg Catholic Schools faculty and staff began the 2020-2021 school year with a retreat celebrating “HUMANITY!” on Aug. 3. (Photo by Lindsey Bradley)

Buddies at church and school

MADISON – (Right) Blaise Rodrigue and Luca Picarella celebrated their First Holy Communion together at St. Francis of Assisi on July 18. Both attend St. Anthony School in Madison. (Photo by Sommer Rodrigue)

St. Mary Natchez youth find love of service at home

By Joanna Puddister King
NATCHEZ – In past summers you could find youth from around the country taking part in the annual Catholic Heart WorkCamp, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic many youth were sidelined from the service projects that brought them to much needed communities near and far that need help. But the St. Mary Basilica Natchez CYO group did not let it get them down, they found projects in their own hometown to tackle.
Between July 20 and July 31, 2020, groups of CYO members and adult sponsors worked to beautify the outdoor areas of Cathedral School and the yards of six elderly and homebound parishioners as well as help with a local Habitat for Humanity project.
Youth director, Carrie Lambert said, “This felt like it had more of a spiritual impact on the teens than going out of town to a work camp because the youth knew the people they were working for, asked questions about Habitat, and really felt like they had accomplished something and were appreciated when they were done.”

“They feel this way at Catholic Heart as well, but when the smiles looking back at you are from people you know – you’re touched in a different way.”
Bonding is a big part of mission trips, like those taken through Catholic Heart WorkCamp. Last year, the youth spent time in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, working to beautify schools and churches damaged by Category 5 Hurricane Maria in Sept. 2017. After working, the youth enjoyed the beach and the sights of island life.
This year, the youth bonding experience was still special even though work was only completed in their own hometown.
“I loved watching the team work, the leadership and the hard work my teens put into this camp. I am so very proud of what they did and their attitudes while they were doing it.,” said Lambert.
“We at St. Mary are so blessed by the number of adults and parents who volunteer their time and energy to work alongside our teens throughout the year. The overall experience ended up feeling a bit like traveling on the Road to Emmaeus – feeling like we were accompanying one another and finding Christ in what we were doing and He was working there alongside us.”
Going forward the CYO will pair up with the Knights of Columbus for work days during the year.
“The main theme of our youth programs is ‘Faith in Action,’” said Lambert.
“Doing work for people simply because you want to help someone out is a wonderful way to put your ‘faith in action.’”

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Youth work camp at Cathedral school

NATCHEZ – On Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21, a group of CYO members and adult sponsors worked to beautify the Cathedral School flower beds and playground sites for the approaching opening of school.
Thirty-five youth along with nine adults did a fantastic job sprucing up the property. The youth engaged in multiple jobs throughout the week.

NATCHEZ – Jag Gilfoil and Ryan Carney work on the rose bushes in front of Seton Hall at Cathedral school.
Meredith Lessley trims the bushes near the Cathedral school gym.
CYO students pull weeds on the Cathedral elementary school playground.(Photos by Carrie Golden Lambert)

VBS is a treasure in Madison

On July 13, the first day of home Vacation Bible School, Emerson and Harper Schuhmann dig in to their treasure chests of materials for the week. (Photo by Abbey Schuhmann)
Presleigh and Harlee Kate Nassar are showing their Welcome Holy Spirit door hangers and treasure chest snack crafts on the last day of VBS. (Photo courtesy Nassar family)

Volunteers finish up home repair projects

By Laura Grisham
SOUTHAVEN – Sacred Heart students and Frater Hubert Liassidji, SCJ Jonathan Nguyen, Jacob Smith and Frater John Huan Nguyen, SCJ finished up a pre-COVID painting project this week. Volunteers began working on Edna’s home in Holly Springs earlier this year. The pandemic halted volunteer work mid-March. The elderly woman was extremely grateful to have this phase of the repairs complete.

Hello Summer from St. Anthony

MADISON – The fifth and sixth grade team (Amanda Jones, Vicki Moorehead, Cyndie Robertson and Katie Williams) give St. Anthony students a summer sendoff. (Photos by Michele Warnock)
(Below) St. Anthony student, Justina Visgarra and her father, Walter, enjoy the celebration parade that St. Anthony school had to honor sixth grader students.