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BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, An Advent Overnight – the Good and Perfect Gift, December 7-8. Beginning Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. until Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. GIve yourself or a friend the gift of a day to celebrate the Christ Child. Spiritual Director: Clare Van Lent, MA CSp., Director. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com for more information.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, A Lenten Day of Reflection, God’s Love and Mercy. Saturday, February 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presenter: Sister Dorez Mehrtens, SSND. Cost: Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, Grandparents’ Day Mass and Children’s Play, Sunday, December 16 at 11 a.m. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
JACKSON Advent Lessons and Carols service at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. Details: (601) 969-3125.
Candlelight Remembrance Celebration sponsored by the St. Richard Bereavement Support Group, Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Foley Hall. There will be a discussion of various ways to honor our deceased loved ones followed by a brief candle-lit prayer service. A social time of wine and refreshments follows the service. Please RSVP so we will know how many to plan for. Details: Linda Lalor (601) 853-8840, Suzie Cranston (601) 982-5464 or Nancy McGhee (601) 942-2078, or email ncmcghee@bellsouth.net.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “The Catholic Stuff You Should Know” adult education class will be showing “The Wild Goose,” Sunday mornings at 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. in the Family Life Center lounge. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Alcorn State University Christmas Concert presented by the Natchez Festival of Music, Sunday December 2, at 7 p.m. Open to the public and no cost to attend. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, Advent/Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. followed by dinner. Details: church office (662) 342-1073

YOUTH BRIEFS
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Christmas Extravaganza, Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women Rent Auditorium. Details: school office (662) 328-4479.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph School, Band Concert, Tuesday, December 11, at 6 p.m. Details: school office (662) 378-9711.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Christmas Program “Special Delivery,” Tuesday, December 18, matinee and evening performances. Details: school office (662) 334-3287.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, “How the Grinch Gave Christmas Back” Young People’s Christmas program, Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. Details: Barbara Smith at (662) 233-4833 or (901) 413-8102.
JACKSON St. Richard School, Save the Date, Krewe de Cardinal, Friday, March 1, 2019, at The Railroad District, Jackson. Creole Cuisine, Live Music and Premium Auction. Details: school office (601) 366-1157, Wendi Shearer wshearer@strichardschool.org or www.strichardschool.org.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Boys’ Church Basketball Winter league for 7/8 grade, 9/10 grade and 11/12 grade teams. Registration and money due by November 28. Details: amy.lipovetsky@stfrancismadison.org or (601) 856-5556.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the O’Connor Family Life Center, 613 Main Street. Cost: $10 per person. Details: Carrie Lambert at stmaryyouth@cableone.net or (601) 445-5616.

SAVE THE DATE
“A Guide for Grievers” Through a partnership between Catholic Charities’ Parish Health Care Ministry and the Catholic Diocese of Jackson’s Office of Family Ministry, Bob Willis; artist, author, sculptor and grief specialist from Oklahoma City will present half-day workshops and discussions on grief, and how to adapt to loss. Workshops will be offered at the following locations/times: Hernando Holy Spirit, Wednesday, November 28, 9:30-1:30 p.m.; Indianola Immaculate Conception, November 28, 5:30-9 p.m.; Starkville St. Joseph, Thursday, November 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.; Gluckstadt St. Joseph, Friday, November 30, 12 – 4 p.m. Details: Sister Pat Clemen, Coordinator of Parish Health Ministry at (601) 213-6378, or sisterpat.clemen@ccjackson.org or Charlene Bearden, Coordinator of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487, or charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org. Ministry at 601-960-8487.
VICKSBURG Prayer Ministry, The Mercy Associates are a group of lay men and women who work with the Sisters of Mercy to further the charism of mercy in our parishes and community. The group of 20 women is committed to pray for each intention several times each day for seven days. All prayer requests are held in complete confidentiality. Details: Karen Harrison at (601) 397-7879 to submit a prayer request.

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BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Life Lines: Finding the Pearl of Great Price, October 12-13. Life Lines is a writing experience in which the narrative technique of storytelling is used to focus on different life experiences, painful or joy-filled, that are uniquely yours. Facilitator: Raymond Komar, Ph.D. has 35+ years of helping develop and hone writing skills. Begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Donations: $100 Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Retreat hosted by Knights of Columbus #5267, Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Presenter: Father Ted Dorcey, C.Ss.R. All Knights are welcome to participate. Cost is $25. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. Details: Father Ted at teddorcey@yahoo.com.
JACKSON 40 Days for Life Kick-Off, Sunday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. on the sidewalks at 2903 North State Street and the vigil will commence on Wednesday, September 26. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, intensive campaign that focuses on prayer and fasting for the unborn in our state. Keynote speaker is Natalie Farber Brumfield, chapter leader for Birmingham Bound4Life. Details: Barbara Beavers at (601) 956-8636 or plm@prolifemississippi.org.
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, National Prayer Event – Let’s Life Chain America, Sunday, October 7, 2-3 p.m. Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour of prayer for our nation and an end to abortion. Details: Barbara Dean (901) 486-6470 or Mary Ann (662) 429-7851 or (662) 429-0501.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, “Who Am I to Judge: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love,” a new Bible study begins Wednesday, October 3. Join scholar Edward Sri in discussing cultural questions about morality for all people. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 101 North Bolivar Avenue, Women’s Resource Center Annual Banquet, Tuesday, October 2, 6 p.m. Supports those who have unplanned and difficult pregnancy situations. Free but seating is limited. Details: Our Lady of Victories church office (662) 846-6273.
COLUMBUS Annunciation, Spaghetti lunch in appreciation of support of the ministry of St. Vincent de Paul, Sunday, September 30, following 10:30 a.m. Mass. Details: church office (662) 328-2927.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, 32nd annual GermanFest is Sunday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The family-oriented festival is best known for its delicious German food and authentic German Folk music provided by the band, Polkameisters from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cost: Advance meal tickets are $6 and are available from parishioners. Meals the day of the festival will be $7. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Men’s Association Fall fish fry, Friday, October 5, 4-8 p.m. Cost: Adults $10; children $5. Proceeds go to support Interfaith Food Bank, Catholic Social Services and the Cindy Pretti Scholarship Fund. Details: Sal Galtelli (662) 429-5071 or Lee Smith (662) 233-4833.
JACKSON Holy Ghost All School Reunion, Save the Date, October 12-14. Details: Mary Udoh at (601) 750-3622.
St. Peter Cathedral, Fall Gala, Saturday, November 10, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Railroad District, 824 South State Street Details: church office (601) 969-3125.
St. Richard, John Maxwell’s “Blind Man Looking” one-act play, Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. at Foley Hall. Maxwell had a curiosity about a story in the Bible, John: 9. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
St. Richard Special Kids Day Golf tournament, Deerfield Golf Club, Thursday, October 4. The unique gifts of the children in the Special Kids program are recognized and applauded while the community participates in a day full of fun excitement and fundraising. Raffle tickets on sale for a Mother’s Day Beach Weekend May 9-12 at Ocean Breeze West in Pensacola. Details: Rusty Haydel, (601) 953-9711 rusdale@aol.com or Shannon Garner, (601) 366-2335 garner@saintrichard.com.
LELAND St. James, Tuesday, September 25, Annual Parish Fair. Volunteers are needed. Details: church office (662) 686-7352.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “A Taste of St. Francis” annual multicultural event, Sunday, September 30, in the Family Life Center following 10:30 Mass. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Hornback (601) 953-4182 for more information about how you can volunteer and cook/bring a dish.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Saturday, September 22, “Lay Holiness in Ministry and Mission” presented by Dr. Thomas Neal in celebration of the 6th anniversary of the O’Connor Family Life Center dedication. Dr. Neal is a recognized authority in the field of lay ministry and currently is Professor of Pastoral and Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary. Late registration from 9 – 9:30 a.m. and program is from 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Early registration is encouraged so that an accurate lunch count can be made. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
PEARL St. Jude, Tom Logue Memorial Chili Cook-off, Sunday, November 11, 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. All proceeds go to a needy family. Details: Nat Zummo (601) 573-3184 or zummonat@bellsouth.net.

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CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Woman in the World of Jesus, September 5-6. This retreat will offer an opportunity to focus on the Gospel passages that describe Jesus’ interaction with women. These passages can offer us new insight and appreciation of his generous and inclusive behavior in recognizing their contribution to his mission. Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, OSB, Ph.D. This is a one-night retreat. An additional night of retreat is available for those who wis. Cost: Private room $145; shared room $110 per person. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
BROOKSVILLE, The Dwelling Place, Thomas Merton, Spiritual Writer and Contemplative, August 10-11, begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Donation: $100. Presenter: Ed Thebaud, a passionate admirer and scholar of Merton. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. During this retreat, we will look at Merton’s historical life and conversion to Christianity. We will also look into essays that Merton wrote for the laity on solitude and contemplation. Coupled with these discussions will be some practical discussion on these sometimes thick subjects. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email at dwellpl@gmail.com.
GREENWOOD, Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Grace for the Journey Training for Caregivers, Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. This training is for family, friends, clergy or employees who take care of people suffering from any illness or injury. Presenters: Catherine Kidd and Charlene Gressett. There is no cost to attend. Details: (662) 299-1232.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY, St. Helen, Book Discussion Group will discuss The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood at the parish hall, Monday, August 13, at noon. Everyone is invited. Details church office (662) 256-8392.
COLUMBUS, Annunciation Sit and Sew Circle, Third Wednesday of each month (next one is August 15) directly after the 8 a.m. Mass in the activity center. Bring your own project to work on from sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc. An extra sewing machine will be available if someone needs it. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy the fellowship. Details: Brenda Edwards at the church office (662) 328-2927.
GLUCKSTADT, St. Joseph, Save the Date, GermanFest, Sunday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
HOLLY SPRINGS, “Hands-ON + Hearts-IN” provides week-long discernment experiences for women who are considering life as a Catholic Sister on the following dates: August 22-25 and September 10-14. The only cost to attend is the travel to and from the workshop and travel assistance can be provided. Jointed hosted by the Sisters of the Living Word, the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association and Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Applicants must register one full month prior to the start of a specific program. Details: Sister Sharon Glumb, SLW, (847)-577-5972 ext. 233 (office), (601) 291-6738 (cell) or sglumb@slw.org.
JACKSON, St. Richard, Diocesan New Testament course, Tuesdays, beginning August 21 and continuing until Tuesday, September 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. in the Chichester Room. Facilitator: Mary Louise Jones. Reading the New Testament by Pheme Perkins; Paulist Press, Third Edition. It will focus on the four gospels and Paul’s Letters. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
NATCHEZ, St. Mary Basilica, Parish Blood Drive, O’Connor Family Life Center, Tuesday, July 31, 12:30 – 6 p.m. Details: Regina Mardis (601) 445-5616 or schedule your online appointment at www.unitedbloodservices.org (Sponsor code: stmarynatchez).

YOUTH BRIEFS

CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Movie Matinee, Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. in the Parish Center. Popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks will be provided. Volunteers to help with refreshments would be appreciated. Friends are welcome. Details: Jenifer Jenkins at (662) 402-7050.
COLUMBUS, Annunciation, CYO Kick-Off Pool Party, Sunday, August 19 at 4 p.m. at Father Jeffrey Waldrep’s house, 811 3rd Street. Details: contact Leslie at (541) 868-4944.
MADISON, St. Joseph Catholic School community is hosting a Blood Drive in support of Finn Blaylock on Thursday, August 2 from 2-7 p.m. in the St. Joe Cafeteria. Finn was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the beginning of the summer. He is the six-year-old son of Ron and Lindsay Blaylock and is a student at St. Richard Catholic School. His sister Susanna is a sixth grader at St. Richard; his brothers, Declan, an eighth grader, and Gabe, a senior, are students at St. Joe. Please help us support this family of our school and Church community by visiting the St. Joe website to register www.stjoebruins.com. Details: Tricia Harris (601) 898-4800.

CORRECTIONS
In our annual report published last week, we accidentally omitted Religious Sisters living and working in the Diocese of Jackson. We deeply regret the error and honor the Sisters for all the work they do.
2016/2017 Stats: Sisters: 122 (includes 53 in residence at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa)

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, Icon workshop/retreat for students who are beginners in iconography, August 20-27. They will be led by Father Igumen Mefodii from the Prosopon School of Iconography. Suggested donation: $1,145. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
FORT SMITH, Ark, St. Scholastica Monastery, July 19 – 22, Standing in the Presence: the Benedictine way for everyone. Presenter: Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. The focus will be Benedictine spirituality as a pathway for spiritual growth. Cost: $300. Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is July 5. Details: retreats@stscho.org or www.stscho.org/retreats or (479) 783-1135.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, The Redemptorist priests of Greenwood are now available at the retreat center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. for spiritual direction, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer. Details: (662) 451-7980.
HOLLY SPRINGS, “Hands-ON + Hearts-IN” provides week-long discernment experiences for women who are considering life as a Catholic Sister on the following dates: August 22-25 and September 10-14. The only cost to attend is the travel to and from the workshop and travel assistance can be provided. Jointly hosted by the Sisters of the Living Word, the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association and Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Applicants must register one full month prior to the start of a specific program. Details: Sister Sharon Glumb, SLW, (847)-577-5972 ext. 233 (office), (601) 291-6738 (cell) or sglumb@slw.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, Book Discussion on To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, Monday, July 9, at noon in the parish hall. Details: (662) 256-8392.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, college/young adult Bible study meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and will be discussing popular questions about Catholicism. Details: Sarah Cauthen at the church office (662) 624-4301 or (662) 645-6260
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, “Extending Our Reverence” – Christian Yoga Workshop, begins Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. It is a four-week workshop and will focus on breathing, movement, body alignment and meditation with Lectio Divina. The workshop is limited to 10 spaces and is being taught by Teresa Speer. Cost: $20 donation. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the church foyer. Details: (601) 856-2054.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Parish Blood Drive in the O’Connor Family Life Center, Tuesday, July 31, 12:30 – 6 p.m. Details: (601) 445-5616.
Choral Concert, Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. Guest Conductor: Dr. Rollo Dilworth. Details: (601) 445-5616.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Parish Potluck Lunch, Sunday, July 15 after 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall cafeteria. The church will provide the meat, bread and drinks. Parishioners’ last names A-D, please bring a salad, E-H, please bring a meat or vegetable casserole, I-Q, please bring a vegetable, R-Z, please bring a dessert. Details: (662) 746-1680.

YOUTH BRIEFS

AMORY St. Helen, Vacation Bible School, July 22-24, 5-8 p.m., with a closing cookout at 6 on Wednesday, July 25. This year VBS for St. Helen and First Presbyterian children will be held at First Presbyterian Church. Details: (662) 256-8392.
MADISON St. Joseph School Gym, Bruin Cheer Camp, July 16-20, 9 a.m. – noon for rising K-6th graders. Cost: $150. Details: Coach Racheal Cole at rbcole1225@gmail.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Summer Choir Camp, July 16-20, 9-11:30 a.m. Let your child learn the joy of song in the context of children’s choir. Students also will complete a visual arts project and serve as music ministers for the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, July 21. Details: Register online at www.stmarybasilica.org or email Musicdirector@cableone.net.

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FORT SMITH, Ark, St. Scholastica Monastery, July 19 – 22, Standing in the Presence: The Benedictine Way for Everyone. Presenter: Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. The focus will be Benedictine Spirituality as a pathway for spiritual growth. Cost: $300 Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is July 5. Details: retreats@stscho.org or www.stscho.org/retreats or (479) 783-1135.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, Empowered by Love Growth in the Spirit Retreat, Friday, June 15, 6 p.m. to Saturday, June 16. Ending with Mass at 4 p.m. Cost: $50. Details: (662) 299-1232 or www.locusbenedictus.org.
KENNER, La, The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) will sponsor its annual Day of Refreshment for Women on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner, in the school gym. The theme is “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight.” Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Details: (504) 828-1368 or register online at www.ccrno.org by Wednesday, June 20, noon to order lunch.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Gospel of Mark four-week Bible study, beginning Monday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. Presenter: Jim Tomek. Details: Jim Tomek at (662) 846-7136 or tomekj@bellsouth.net.
JACKSON St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Save the Date, Level II Training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Classes are: August 11, September 8, October 6, November 2-3, December 1, January 4-5, February 1-2, March 2, April 6 and May 4. Cost: $675, which includes course materials, lunch, snacks and certification by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, USA. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by August 1. Details: Rachel Misenar, rachel.misenar@gmail.com or 601-573-3689
St. Peter Cathedral, Bethlehem Nativity Olive Wood carvings and religious item sale, June 30-July 1. Purchases will help the Catholic Community in Palestine. Details: (601) 969-3125.
St. Richard Bereavement Support Group, Tursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. Sister Pat Clemen speaks on the difference between mourning and grief and the “Tear Soup” recipe for healing grief. Details: Nancy McGhee 601-942-2078 or email ncmcghee@bellsouth.net
LELAND St. James is interested in starting CCD classes. Volunteers are needed to teach, starting in September. Details: Call the rectory at (662) 686-7352.
NATCHEZ Compassion Care Hospice, Suite A, 113 Jefferson Davis Blvd, Grief and Loss Support Group, Monday, June 11 (2nd Monday of the month). Details: (609) 518-6814 or St. Mary Basilica (601) 445-5616.
Grace United Methodist Church, 2 Fatherland Road, Miss Lou Support Group for those grieving loss due to suicide. Meets on Thursdays, June 7 and June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Details: Jana and Pete Mills, (601) 431-4818.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Takeout smoked chicken dinner, Friday, June 29. The Knights of Columbus are pre-selling tickets to raise money for the annual Relay for Life. Details: Michael Lott, Grand Knight (662) 588-6163.
VICKSBURG St. Paul, KAIROS Men’s Weekend at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, September 27-30. Team members meet once a week for seven weeks in preparation for the weekend. The first team meeting is Thursday, August 9. Details: Any man interested in participating, contact Frank Vollor at (601) 638-8686.

YOUTH BRIEFS
COLUMBUS Annunciation, CYO activities, Saturday, June 23, Movie Night at Malco Theaters, Disney’s Incredibles 2, time TBD. Cost: $10. Also, Saturday, July 14, Bowling at GT Lanes. time TBD. Cost: $8 per person and Laser Tag $8 per person per game. For updates on these events, follow on Instagram@annuciationcyoteens. Details: annunciationcyo@gmail.com or church office (662) 328-2927.
MADISON, St. Francis of Assisi, Castaway Creative Arts Camp for fifth and sixth graders, June 18-22, 9 a.m. – noon. An assistant camp director is needed. Details: (601) 856-5556.
Jr. Bruin Baseball Camp on June 19-21 for boys in Pre-K through rising seventh grades at D.M. Howie Field from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $100.00 per camper. The Bruin coaching staff and players will be on hand to teach the fundamentals of baseball. This camp is for beginners, as well as the most experienced players. Walk-ups will be welcome. Details: Coach Gerard McCall at gmccall@stjoebruins.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Summer Choir Camp, July 16-20, 9-11:30 a.m. Let your child learn the joy of song in the context of children’s choir. Students also will complete a visual arts project and serve as music ministers for the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, July 21. Cost: $25 per child. Details: Register online at www.stmarybasilica.org or email Musicdirector@cableone.net. church office (601) 939-3181

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BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, private or directed retreats, June 8-16 or July 14-21 (schedule 3, 5 or 8 days within this block of time). Donation: $90 per day. Director: Clare Van Lent, founder. A directed retreat is a personally guided prayer experience following the Spiritual Exercises adapted to your needs. Enjoy a time of solitude and prayerful reflection primarily using Scripture. Meet daily with the director for guidance and mutual discernment. Join the community in daily Worship. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.
John of the Cross – Hope in Our Darkness, June 22-23. Though John of the Cross lived in the 16th century, he has left us a treasure in understanding the spiritual life and leading others in growth in prayer. As we struggle with the normal dry spells in prayer, John gives us deeper insight into that darkness and dryness, encouraging us in our desire for an ever-deeper relationship with God. He urges us to carve out silence in the midst of all the noise in our culture. Presenter: Father John Bohn, pastor of Jackson St. Richard Parish, a long-time student of Saint John of the Cross. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, English as a second language class meets Fridays, 10 a.m., at the parish hall. Details: (662) 256-8392.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Dutch luncheon at the Ranch sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, Tuesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. Details: Joyous Sbravati at (662) 624-6185.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Ladies Bible Study will be studying the book “Walking with Purpose.” Resumes Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Details: Jenifer Jenkins (662) 846-6273.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Pentecost celebration, Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m., Special celebration for all six parishes. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
Open House for new chapel and hall that is being renovated, Sunday, June 10, 10:30 – 1p.m. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON The president of the National Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ralph Middlecamp, will be speaking at St. Richard Parish on Thursday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Glynn Hall. His topic is the strategic plan of the National St. Vincent de Paul Society in the United States. All are welcome. Details: George Evans, 601-707-3218.
PEARL St. Jude Parish international Pentecost celebration. Saturday, May 19, 5:30 p.m. Stations representing peoples’ countries of origins will feature food and cultural heritage representations. The party is open to all and celebrates the founding of our church. Please note Mass will be at 4 p.m. this day. Details: (601) 939-3181.

YOUTH BRIEFS
GREENVILLE St. Joseph School, Color Me Cured – 5K Color Run Run/Walk for Aries Cotton, a St. Joe student, Thursday May 31, at 5:30 p.m., Benny Strazi Football Field. Special pricing on early registration by May 16. Details: school office (662) 378-9711.
Mini Cheer Camp, June 4-6, 8 – 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-12 years. Cost: $50 per camp, includes T-shirt if registered by May 21, snacks and drinks. Details: Perlita Dixon (662) 378-9711.
Tennis Camp, June 18-20. Mark Apartments Tennis Courts, 481 Cyress Lane, Greenville. Camps for 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13 years and older. Cost: $40 due with application to ensure place at camp. Details: school office (662) 378-9711.
Football Camp, June 4-6, 8-11 a.m. St. Joseph School Field House, coach John Baker.
Basketball Camp, June 4-6 12 noon – 3 p.m., St. Joseph School Gymnasium, Coach James Hunter.
Softball Camp, June 11-13, 8-11 a.m., St. Joseph School Softball Field, Coach Billy Ainsworth.
Soccer Camp, June 25-27, 8-11 a.m., St. Joseph School Practice Field, Coach Craig Mandolini.
Above four camps are for 5-12 years, boys and girls. Cost: $50 per camp. Includes T-shirt if registered by May 21, snacks and drinks. Details: school office (662) 378-9711.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Christian Service Initiative – Putting Mercy in Motion. June 3-8 for girls and June 17-22 for boys. For youth currently in high school to spend the week at Sacred Heart Southern Mission’s Volunteer House in Walls, helping clients in need with odd jobs. Deadline is May 20. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Class of 2018 Senior appreciation Mass and reception on Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m. Reception to follow. Details: (601) 856-5556.
PEARL St. Jude, Homework mission experience for youth, June 27-30. Instead of traveling out of this community for a trip this summer, our youth will have a mission experience in our own backyard, reaching out to our parish, our community and the diocese. It will include service work, spiritual reflection and a lot of fun. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.

POSITION AVAILABLE
JACKSON Mississippi Catholic seeks Spanish Language content manager/office manager. Reporting to the Director of Communications, this position oversees content for Mississippi Catolico, the Spanish language paper for the diocese, as well as providing translation services as needed. The candidate must be fluently bilingual. Limited travel. Experience with writing and photography beneficial. The office manager for the department of communications is responsible for the day-to-day business operations. This includes managing the subscription database, billing, record-keeping and office maintenance. Candidate will also provide some clerical support for the office of vocations. Application deadline: June 1. Send resumes, writing samples to editor@mississippicatholic.com.

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CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, The Art and Heart of the Spiritual Life, June 17-23. The spiritual life is the ongoing process of being transformed into the image of Christ for the sake of others and breaking free from the agenda of the false self, living in the present moment and willingness to resist temptation and to forgive others. Presenter: Father Albert Haase, OFM. Suggested donation: $450. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 8-Day Intensive/Post-Intensive Centering Prayer, May 22-29. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required. Deadline for registration and deposit is May 1. Details: Katy Smith at (205) 410-1493 or smithdoc20@gmail.com.

DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENT
The Office of Family Ministry is seeking parish participation for a divorced Catholics support ministry. In every parish, there are some marriages that end in divorce. The first place most Catholics turn when confronted with divorce is to their own parish. The Diocese of Jackson wants to support parishioners recovering from divorce, by assisting them with learning and living their faith more fully. Will you help to support divorced Catholics in your parish? The “Recovering from Divorce Parish Program” can help you get started. Details: Charlene Bearden at 601-960-8487 or email at charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, book discussion group will discuss “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews on Monday, May 14, at noon. Details: (662) 256-8392.
CANTON Sacred Heart Parish is hosting more than 100 exhibitors during the Canton Flea Market, Thursday, May 10. Details: John Oliver Dowdle, Chairman at 601-955-3117 or https://www.facebook.com/CantonFleaMarketCatholicChurch/
COLUMBUS Annunciation, Pentecost International Food Festival, Sunday, May 20, from 5 p.m. – sunset. Details: to volunteer to be the coordinator for a food region (Cajun, Southern, Italian, etc.), contact Mike Cancellare at mikecancellare@hotmail.com or (703) 597-3498.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph Parish, Formal Tea on Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m., in the Parish Hall, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Available for purchase after all Masses on May 6 and 13. Proceeds will be donated to the Carmelite Monastery in Jackson. Details: Gracie Wilson at (601) 790-4524.
JACKSON St. Richard, Cardinal Men’s Club “Flight to the Finish” 5K Run, 5K Race Walk and Mile House Challenge, Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. After the 5K, Pigs ‘N’ Tails from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Includes all-you-can-eat crawfish and pulled pork. They’ll be serving hamburgers and hot dogs also. Cost: $15 – age 13 and older; $10 – age 5-12. Free for age 4 and younger. Details: Shannon Garner garner@saintrichard.com or (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Cajun Fest, Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mouth-watering food will include crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, boiled crawfish and other Cajun delicacies. Festival favorites also include corn dogs, funnel fries and sno-cones. Entertainment will include games for the kids, awesome raffle prizes and bingo. Dance to live music or pick up a bargain at the Cajun Fest General Store. Arts and craft vendors will also have a variety of Mississippi-made products on display. Details: call Amy Hornback at the church office (601) 856-5556 or https://www.facebook.com/stfrancismadison/
PEARL St. Jude, Adult Faith Formation, “Symbolon – The Catholic Faith Explained,” Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.

YOUTH BRIEFS
CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of Clarksdale, Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School, June 18-22. Volunteers are needed. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, “Camp Catholic” Vacation Bible School, June 11-13. Join us as we prepare to Camp in God’s Creation. Adult and youth volunteers fifth-graders and older are needed. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be in the back of church. Details: contact Karen Worrell at kworrellcre@hotmail.com or church office (601) 856-2054.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, “Open Gym” for sixth-12th graders, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The Men’s Association provides dinner and a time for fellowship before religious education classes. Additional volunteers are needed to help chaperone. Details: Hank Ludwig at (662) 404-4672 or hludwig@renasant.com.
MADISON, St. Francis of Assisi, summer trip for current eighth- 12th graders. Includes a fun-filled service conference, a day at the beach and a theme park. Details: Amy Lipovetsky amy.lipovetsky@stfrancismadison.org or church office (601) 856-5556.
St. Joseph School will host a Jr. Bruin Baseball Camp June 19, 20 and 21 for boys in Pre-K through rising seventh grades at D.M. Howie Field from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $100.00 per camper. The Bruin coaching staff and players will be on hand to teach the fundamentals of baseball. This camp is for beginners, as well as the most experienced players. Details: Please pre-register with Coach Gerard McCall at gmccall@stjoebruins.com.
NATCHEZ Cathedral School, Crawfish Countdown, Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. Includes crawfish, jambalaya, desserts, beverages and prizes. $100 ticket admits two people and the chance to win $5,000. Details: (601) 442-2531 or www.cathedralgreenwave.com.

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METAIRIE, Louisiana, Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, March 16-18, Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center, “I Am the Lord Your Healer,” Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Discounts are available for pre-registration. All priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend the conference at no charge, but pre-registration is requested. Details: (504) 828-1368; info@ccrno.org: or www.ccrno.org.
Holly Springs, “Hands-ON + Hearts-IN” provides week-long discernment experiences for women who are considering life as a Catholic Sister on the following dates: May 7-11, May 21-25, August 20-24, and September 10-14. There is no cost. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Living Word, the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association and Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Applicants must register one full month prior to the start of a specific week-long program. Details: Sister Sharon Glumb, SLW, (601) 291-6738 (cell) or sglumb@slw.org.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., Men’s Morning of Spirituality Saturday, March 10, Church of the Incarnation, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Mass at noon with Bishop Martin D. Holley. Details: register at www.MensMorning.com

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
ABERDEEN St. Francis of Assisi, Lenten Luncheon at St. Francis on Wednesday, February 28, with speaker Van Moore of First Presbyterian Church. Details: church office (662) 813-2295.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis of Assisi, Ladies Retreat, Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. – noon in library. Speaker: Mary Louise Jones. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
Lent Adult Bible Study, Sunday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8:40 – 9:15 a.m. with Father Shelton in the library. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, “Living in the Father’s Love,” Ladies Bible Study 6 p.m. in the Parish Center, Wednesdays until March 28. Part of the “Walking with Purpose” series www.walkgwithpurpose.com. Details: Melanie Bray (662) 588-8294 or Renee LaMastus (662) 588-1635.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Parish mission April 23-26. Speaker: Father Maurice Nutt, CSSR. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
JACKSON Holy Family, Lenten Mission Preparation “How well is it with your soul?” Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. and Lenten Mission, March 5, 6, 7 at 6 p.m. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Presenter: Father Frank Cosgrove. Details: Joyce Adams, (601) 214-6123.
St. Richard – Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet at 7 a.m. on the following Mondays: February 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Details: (601)-366-2335
MADISON, St. Francis of Assisi, Save the Date, Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Annual Cajun Fest. Details: (601) 856-5556.
VICKSBURG St. Paul Parish will deliver Meals on Wheels on Saturday, March 3. Volunteers needed to make dishes or deliver meals. Details: Rae Nelson (601) 529-3187 or Jan Jackson (601) 415-0584.
TUPELO St. James, Sunday, March 19, LIMEX introductory meeting in Christian Life Center at 3 p.m. This program offers adults an opportunity to earn a master’s degree, or certificate of advanced study, in theology or pastoral ministry from Loyola University, New Orleans, while meeting in their local area. Details: Gail at (662) 640-2221, or Len at (662) 889-8771 or www.loyno.edu then type in LIMEX.

YOUTH BRIEFS
Catholic Camp Friendship for children in northeast Mississippi will be held: June 17 -23 for boys and girls ages 8–11; June 24–30 for boys and girls ages 12–14. This is a residential, over-night camp that includes daily Mass, sports, art and opportunities to meet other Catholic children in North Mississippi. Cost is $100.00 per week. Scholarships and reduced fees are available. Applications are in the church office at Tupelo St. James. Details: Fr. Tim Murphy, (662) 304-0087or catholiccampms@juno.com.
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, $10,000 Drawdown, Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $100 and admit two adults for early bird dinner, open bar, live music and raffles. Details: Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarketing@cableone.net
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, “Open Gym” for 6th-12th graders, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Men’s Association will provide dinner, drinks and a time for fellowship before religious education classes. Additional volunteers are needed to chaperone each week. Details: Hank Ludwig at (662) 404-4672 or hludwig@renasant.com.
PEARL St. Jude, Chicken Spaghetti Supper Monday, February 26. Pick-up time: 5-6 p.m.; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to help the youth go to Abbey Youth Fest and future summer events. Details: (601) 939-3181.

IN MEMORIAM
Sister Clare Marie Cato SSND died January 31at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa. Nancy Dell Mary Cato was born in Itta Bena on October 8, 1924. She professed her vows as Sister Clare Marie in 1945 for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis.
Sister Clare Marie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. Her teaching assignments were in Illinois, California, Texas. Finally, for 14 years, she taught at St. Philip Neri School in Metairie, La. At times during these years she was also the school administrator.
Morning prayer and visitation was February 6., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Church in Chatawa. Her burial was at the Chatawa Cemetery. Memorials may be made to School Sisters of Notre Dame; St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, MS 39657.

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CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, A Lenten Day of Reflection, God’s Love and Mercy. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presenter: Sister Dorez Mehrtens, SSND. Cost: Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org
St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, Tending the Soul of Marriages, Married Couples Retreat, February 16-18, 2018. Begins Friday 4 p.m. – Sunday morning. Presenters: Robin and Easton Hebert, spiritual directors and retreat leaders from Lafayette. They have built a ministry of mentoring those who prepare for marriage and those who desire to live the sacrament more fully. Cost: Suggested donation: $360 per couple. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Epiphany Retreat: The Invitation of Epiphany, January 5-7, 2018. With the season of Christmas behind us and the new year inviting us forward, Epiphany is a perfect time to pause and reflect on Christ in our midst. Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, OSB. Cost: Private Room $245.00; Shared Room $205.00/person. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center and the Redemptorists of Greenwood announce the second bilingual Pilgrimage for Life and Family on Saturday, January 20, 2018. All faiths are welcome. The day begins with gathering from 9-10 a.m., a rally from 10-11 a.m., a three-mile pilgrimage on the grounds of Locus Benedictus and an ecumenical prayer service before a picnic lunch. The day ends with the celebration of Catholic Mass at 4 p.m. at the shrine. Details: (662) 299-1232 or www.locusbenedictus.org

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

JACKSON Christ the King, Mardi Gras Ball, Saturday, February 3 at JSU E-Center, sponsored by the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary #199. If you want to be represented in the ad booklet, contact any member to purchase an ad. Tickets will be available at a later date. Details: (601) 948-8867
St. Therese, Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in St. Therese Parish Hall. Participation is welcomed as an active or associate member. Calls are accepted every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Details: If you know of anyone in need of their services, please have them call (601) 896-8710.
St. Richard, “Following Christ,” begins, Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Gives important ways of maintaining and growing in our relationship with Jesus. Go to www.christlife.org for details. Details: If you have completed Discovering Christ and have not yet signed up for Following Christ, go to www.saintrichard.com or call Nancy McGhee at (601) 942-2078.
NATCHEZ Mental Health First Aid training, January 25 (adult) and 26 (youth). 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This public education program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common supports. Course can be used for continuing education credits. Cost $30. Catholic Charities is one of the sponsors. Details: Ann Elizabeth Kaiser 601-807-1840 or annelizabeth.kaiser@catholiccharitiesjackson.org.
VICKSBURG St. Paul, Following Christ – Part two of Christ Life, (repeat sessions from last Fall, 2017), January 10 – February 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Farrell Hall. Details: church office (601) 636-0140

YOUTH BRIEFS

JACKSON St. Richard, 5th Annual Krewe de Cardinal Carnival Ball at the Railroad District in downtown Jackson (new venue), Friday, February 9, 2018, featuring New Orleans- style cuisine and cocktails, music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, and both a live and silent auction. Hibbett and Susan Neel have been selected as this year’s Grand Marshals. Details: school office (601) 366-1157 to purchase tickets or to become an event sponsor
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Save the Date for NET Retreat for 7th – 12th graders, Saturday, February 10, 2018. Details: church office (601) 856-5556
PEARL St. Jude, Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party, Saturday, December 31, 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring your favorite party food to share. Dancing, karaoke, games, food and more. Details: Stacy in the church office (601) 939-3181

SAVE THE DATE

World Marriage Day, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson and the Office of Family Ministry is pleased to announce that the diocesan World Marriage Day Celebration will be held Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson. There will be Mass with a reception immediately following. The Mass honors all married couples, but invites those celebrating their 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries or any significant anniversary. Please contact your parish office for registration details. Details: For additional information, or questions, please call the Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487 or email Charlene Bearden at charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org .
VICKSBURG Prayer Ministry, The Mercy Associates are a group of lay men and women who work with the Sisters of Mercy to further the charism of mercy in our parishes and community. The group of 20 women is committed to pray for each intention several times each day for seven days. All prayer requests are held in complete confidentiality. Details: Contact Mercy Associate, Karen Harrison at (601) 397-7879 to submit a prayer request.

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CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Advent day of reflection, Wednesday, December 6, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. An opportunity to ponder your heart’s longing for God in the context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent. Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, O.S.B. Cost: $30, includes lunch and refreshments. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, “Body, Mind, and Spirit” Women’s Retreat, Saturday, January 27, 2018, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary #5267. Presenters: Dr. Michael Whelan, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author, John Cook, exercise physiologist, and Magdalene Abraham, spiritual director. Open to all women. Details: (662) 299-1232 or www.locusbenedictus.org.
TULANE UNIVERSITY New Orleans, The Divine Dance with the Trinity presented by Father Richard Rohr. Cost: $100. To register, email William.thiele56@gmail.com Details: Mary Billups at Meridian St. Patrick church office (601) 693-1321.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, Parish Christmas dinner for all parish adults, Saturday, December 9, with appetizers and auction time from 6-7 p.m. and dinner at 7:00. Parishioners are invited to bring an auction item. Funds from the auction will go toward the cost of the dinner. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories Parish, Life After Loss recovery support sessions, Tuesday, November 28 and continuing Tuesdays through January 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The upcoming holidays can be both joyful and stressful. Presenter: Larry L. Lambert, Licensed Professional Counselor. Details: Larry L. Lambert (662) 719-8756 or lamb5999@bellsouth.net.
COLUMBUS Annunciation Parish, Men’s Bible Study, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Activities Center. Dr. Raymond Overstreet will be studying “Great Things of the New Testament.” Details: church office (662) 328-2927.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph, chicken spaghetti dinner, Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds go toward church restoration. Cost: $10 per person. Details: church office (662) 335-5251.
St. Joseph Parish, “Tinsel and Tears” bereavement support group: getting through the holidays when you’ve lost a loved one, Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Details: Sandra Cirilli at (662) 820-0757.
JACKSON Holy Family Parish, a Community Food Pantry is being opened and they are looking for volunteers. Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
St. Peter Cathedral, Advent retreat and anointing Mass, Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. Presenter: Father Anthony Quyet. RSVP by November 28. Details: church office (601) 969-3125.
St. Richard Parish, exposition of sacred relics, Thursday December 7 at 6:30 p.m. More than 150 relics will be shown, some believed to be two thousand years old. Presented by Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross. Details: Debbie Tubertini, 601-366-2335, ext. 107 or www.treasuresofthechurch.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Advent wreath workshop, Wednesday, November 29, following Wednesday night dinner at O’Connor Family Life Center. Cost $12 for wreath kit. Details: church office (601) 445-5616
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King Parish, Advent/Christmas concert, Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. The concert will be followed by a chili dinner. Everyone is invited. Details: Sister Emily Morgan, RSM, (662) 342-1073.

YOUTH BRIEFS

HERNANDO Holy Spirit Parish, “The Christmas Story” young people’s Christmas program, Sunday, December 10, at 6 p.m. Details: Annemarie Gaudet (901) 828-0768 or Jeannine Gaudet (901) 828-0768.
JACKSON St. Richard School Krewe de Cardinal, Save the Date, Friday, Feb. 9. Live and Silent Auction, live music, food and fun. Details to follow at www.strichardschool.org.
MADISON St. Anthony School, 9th annual Starry Night Gala, Saturday, December 9, 7-11 p.m., with a VIP cocktail hour and auction preview from 6-7 p.m. Live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, food by the Knights of Columbus and area restaurants. The attire will be cocktail, festive Christmas with a holiday atmosphere. Details: Jennifer Schmidt, (601) 214-9656 or
Jenniferschmidt819@yahoo.com.
St. Joseph School, Save the Date, Jeans Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3, 2018. Details: Marcie Ralston, (601) 214-9809, Bobbie Simpson, (601) 953-6365 or Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, pancakes with Santa, Saturday, December 2, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., O’Connor Family Life Center, $6.00 per person. Details: church office (601) 445-5616

In Memoiam

Sister Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary, died Saturday, November 11, at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Missouri. She was born Elizabeth Louise Ebo on April 10, 1924 in Bloomington, Illinois. Her courageous words during the March 10, 1965, march in Selma, Ala., became a rallying cry for many in the Civil Rights movement. In the Diocese of Jackson, she was chaplain at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson from 1981-87.
A funeral Mass was celebrated November 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church, in north St. Louis. In lieu of flowers, donations can go to Cardinal Ritter High School, the Archdiocese of St. Louis Peace and Justice Commission, St. Matthew Church, St. Nicholas Church, or St. Alphonsus Liguori (Rock) Church.