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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

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, preacher, teacher, spiritual director and former missionary to China. Suggested donation: $450. Details: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Listening with the Ear of One’s Heart: The Benedictine Way of Living,” May 4-6. Curious about who they are and their monastic way of life? If you are a single, Catholic woman who is curious about the Benedictine way of seeking God, we invite you to come spend some time with the Sisters to learn about their life together and to ask questions. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, April Fellowship Luncheon for everyone, Tuesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Christina’s Exquisite Edibles, 331 Cotton Row. Details: Ellen Duplantis (662) 402-9722.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Parish Mission April 23-26. Speaker: Father Maurice Nutt, CssR. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
JACKSON Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Mental Health Care Reform in Mississippi, Wednesday, May 23 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Details: Sue Allen (601) 383-3849, sue.allen@catholiccharitiesjackson.org or register at www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org.
St. Richard, Bible Study for Ladies, Beginning Sunday, April 29 at 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. in the Library. Facilitators: Dabbs Curley and Wendy White. Details: (601) 366-2335.
Walk for Life, begins at St. Richard School, on Saturday, April 28. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and walk begins at 8 a.m. Brunch will be served by the Knights of Columbus upon return. There will be prizes for the top team and individuals who raise the most money. All walkers who raise $25 will receive a t-shirt. Details: www.ProLifeMississippi.org.
MADISON Healthplex Performance Center, Run Foster Run, Thursday, April 19. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Start time is 6 p.m. for children’s run and 6:30 p.m. for 5K Run/Walk. Food and fun for the whole family. Tickets for 2018 Nissan Rogue Giveaway to benefit the programs of Catholic Charities are $100. Details: John Lunardini, (601) 355-8634 or www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org.
NATCHEZ Holy Family, A Southern Road to Freedom, a Choral Presentation, The Natchez Saga of African-Americans from Slavery to Modern Times, Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Details: church office (601) 445-5700.
St. Mary Basilica, Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the O’Connor Family Life Center. The group is currently studying the Ascension Press Bible program of the Book of James. Details: Karen Verucchi, (601) 870-5388.
OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace young at heart group for all seniors meets for lunch at various restaurants on the third Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. Details: Ann Liberto, (662) 895-6950

YOUTH BRIEFS

AMORY St. Helen, CYO fundraiser event, Sips ’n Strokes, a group painting class for the women of the parish, Saturday, April 28, 10-12 a.m. at the hall. Cost is $30 and includes all paint supplies and brunch. No painting skills necessary. Details: Nancy H. or Tracy at (662) 256-8392.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Vacation Bible School, June 4 – 8. Volunteers are needed and also five teams of parishioners to prepare lunch for the children. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, First Communion retreat for children grades five through eight (all cluster parishes), Friday, April 27 at 6:30 pm. retreat for children grades two through four, Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Details: Donna (662) 342-1073.
JACKSON St. Richard, Theology on Tap, Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Youth Center. This is a monthly program that anyone in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s is invited to attend. It is a program that brings people together to discuss important topics of today’s times and who are interested in learning more about their faith all in a relaxed environment. Details: Contact Casey Stevens at (601) 624-8377.
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. Come join us! Details: call Amy Hornback at the church office (601) 856-5556 or https://www.facebook.com/stfrancismadison/
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Vacation Bible School, June 4-8. Students who are eighth grade and older are eligible to serve as helpers. Details: contact Jessica Stubbs at (601) 445-5616.

IN MEMORIAM

Sister Patricia (Pat) Potok, a Blessed Virgin Mary (Liberata) sister, died March 18 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. She was born in Chicago on May 25, 1934 and professed final vows on July 16, 1961. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Pat taught at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Clarkdale. Burial is in Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at http://bit.ly/2DFeOMm.
Sister Vivian Votruba, a Maryknoll sister, died on March 22 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, New York. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 3, 1920. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1943 and her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1946. In 1991, Sister Vivian was assigned to Rosedale for three years to do pastoral work. A funeral Mass was held March 27. Interment was in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Genesis: beginnings to begin again, April 27-29. During this study/retreat, we will reflect on ways in which the Book of Genesis portrays the Creator creating life in the midst of barrenness and famine, homelessness and hopelessness. Retreat Director: Kathleen O’Connor, Ph.D. Cost: Private Room $245; shared room $205/person. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org.
PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, book discussion on The Fine Line by Margaret Watkins, Monday, April 9 at noon at the parish hall. Details: church office (662) 256-8392
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, save the date, Family photo shoot May 31-June 2 or June 21-23. Volunteers are needed. Details: (662) 833-1799
CANTON Canton Flea Market at Sacred Heart Parish, Thursday, May 10. More than one hundred great exhibitors will be at the church, located on Peace Street across from the Canton City Hall. Details: John Oliver Dowdle, Chairman at 601-955-3117 or https://www.facebook.com/CantonFleaMarketCatholicChurch
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, save the date for Father Kent Bowlds’ 25th Anniversary, Friday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. Mass with Bishop Kopacz. Invitations will be sent to priests at a later date. Details: (662) 846-6273
CLEVELAND the Italian-American Cultural Society of the Delta. An Italian social club is being organized in Cleveland to promote the culture and heritage of the Delta Italian-American community by offering bi-weekly language classes (starting first week of April) and monthly culture classes, dinners, bocce games, cooking demonstrations and educational events. Details: David Edward Malatesta at malatesta565@yahoo.com
GREENVILLE Sacred Heart, parish picnic, Sunday, June 3, at 1p.m. Details: (662) 332-0891
MADISON St. Catherine’s Village will host free seminar on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Thursday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Commons Activity Room. Dr. Thomas Mosley, professor and neurological expert, will share the latest advances in Alzheimer’s and dementia research happening now at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) MIND Center. Details: seating is limited so reservations are required. Call (601) 856-0123, or email village@stdom.com or www.StCatherinesVillage.com
St. Francis of Assisi, save the date, Annual Cajun Fest, Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Details: (601) 856-5556
MOUND BAYOU St. Gabriel Mercy Center’s “A Night to Remember” annual award dinner and fundraiser, Saturday, April 7, at 5 p.m. at the Fred B. Clark Family Life Center, 202 North Edwards Avenue, (Old Highway 61). Cleveland Our Lady of Victories and Sisters Monica Mary DeQuardo and Emy Beth Furrer are being honored. Details: Our Lady of Victories (662) 846-6273 to reserve a seat (no cost)
JACKSON 12th Annual Sister Thea Bowman Drawdown, Saturday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket cost $100, second chance insurance $20. Proceeds will be used for instructional materials and operational expenses. Details: Shae Robinson at (601) 352-5441
The Knights of Peter Claver, Council 199 will host its 7th L. W. Sampson Award Banquet honoring Lady Gwendolyn McGill, Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 in the Christ the King Multipurpose Building. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from any Knight. Details: church office (601) 948-8867
PEARL St. Jude, Adult Faith Formation, Sundays at 9:45 a.m. for “Symbolon – The Catholic Faith Explained. This journey of faith, discovery and friendship with Christ will help make a lasting impression on our lives. Details: (601) 939-3181

YOUTH BRIEFS
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Sunday, April 8, Easter Egg Hunt after Mass. Details: (662) 833-1799
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Easter Festival, Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. – noon. Details: (662) 328-4479
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Annual $10,000 Drawdown fundraiser, Friday, April 20, at 7 pm at the Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $100 and admit two adults (21 and older). Includes dinner catered by Huck’s restaurant, live music by Winwheel, open bar and a chance to win $10,000. Details: Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarking@cableone.net or (662) 328-4479
GRENADA St. Peter, youth should save the date for the Steubenville Youth Conference, July 13-15. Details: Annette Tipton at (662) 226-2490
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Vacation Bible School June 18-22, for pre-k-ourth graders. Volunteers are needed. Details: Mary Catherine at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org to volunteer
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. Details: (601) 445-5616
VICKSBURG, St. Paul, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday March 31, at 11 a.m. Details: (601) 636-0140

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Friday, March 30, noon
COLUMBUS Annunciation School, Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross in the school gym
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Live Way of the Cross, Friday, March 30, 2 p.m. on church grounds. The event is well-attended to arrive early
NATCHEZ During Lent, at St. Mary Basilica on Fridays at 12:05 and at 5:15 pm. Also, Assumption Parish offers Stations at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays
PEARL St. Jude, Friday, March 30, 12 noon

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, A Lenten Journey with Gerard Manley Hopkins, February 9-11. He was a Jesuit priest and poet whose life was one of rejection, loneliness and ill health. In spite of this, his strong faith in the Paschal Mystery sustained him and evoked the most powerful poetry of his time. Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, OSB, Ph.D. Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person. Details: Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org.
FORT SMITH, Ark., St. Scholastica Monastery, Seven Stages of Suffering, Tuesdays, February 22, March 1 and March 8 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Using the book Teilhard: Seven Stages of Suffering: A Spiritual Path for Transformation by Louis M. Savary and Patricia H. Berne, this Lenten program will lead one through the seven stages with an emphasis on the positive and transformative energy of suffering. Cost: $60.00. Details: retreats@stscho.org or www.stscho.org/retreats or (479) 783-1135.
GREENWOOD, Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, “Body, Mind, and Spirit Women’s Retreat,” Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with 4 p.m. vigil Mass) sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary #5267. Presenters: Michael Whelan, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author; John Cook, exercise physiologist, and Magdalene Abraham, spiritual director. Cost: $35. Details: (662) 299-1232 or www.locusbenedictus.org.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., Women’s Morning of Spirituality Saturday, February 10, Church of the Incarnation, 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a continental breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. Mass at 12:30 p.m. with Bishop Martin D. Holley, bishop of the Diocese of Memphis. Details: Hernando Holy Spirit church office (662) 429-7851.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
GRENADA, St. Peter, couples’ book study at Teresa and Luther Owens’ home on Wednesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. Discussion of Climbing the Mountain by Anne, a lay apostle; Book study guides are in the back of the church. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
Blood Drive, Sunday, January 28, after Mass. Sign up for a time online at www.bloodhero.com. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON, St. Peter Cathedral, training course for adults interested in becoming catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. The course will run one Saturday a month for ten months beginning January 20 and ending December 8, excluding June and July. The Catechesis is a method of religious formation for children ages three to 12 which utilizes the educational principles of Maria Montessori. This course will be for Level I, the foundational level for children ages 3 to 6. Details: Hope Johnston (601) 969-3125 or hcjohn1@aol.com.
MADISON, St. Joseph School, Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3. 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, book club to resume, Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. Discussion of Chapters 1-8 of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, by Paul Kengor. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.

IN MEMORIAM

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, B.V.M.

Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, B.V.M., died January 1 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa at the age of 91. She entered the BVM congregation in 1947 and professed her final vows in 1955. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Paul Francis taught first, second and third grades and taught high school typing and shorthand at Clarksdale Immaculate Conception School. She was buried in Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque. Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 or online at www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm

 

 

Sister Margaret Mary Flynn, O.C.D

Sister Margaret Mary Flynn, O.C.D., died January 2 at the Carmelite Monastery in Jackson at the age of 88. She was the last of seven nuns from the Carmel of St. Joseph, Clayton, Missouri, who came to Jackson in November, 1951, to establish the first and only Carmelite Monastery in the state of Mississippi. The funeral took place on January 5 at the chapel with burial following in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Gluckstadt.

 

 

 

 

 

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, 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: Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487 or email Charlene Bearden at charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org .

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE, Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Praying Scripture through Lectio Divina” November 10-11, begins with 6:30 p.m. supper. an ancient practice of reading and praying Scripture. There will be group time and periods of silence. Presenters: Mary Louise Jones, retired teacher at Milsaps College and Claudia Addison, who has lead retreats and was associated with Spirit Lifting Ministries. Donation: $180. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

BATESVILLE, St. Mary, Rummage Sale, Saturday, November 4, 7 a.m. Details: Daniel Brennflect (662) 801-3760 if you need help transporting items too large or the church office (662) 563-2273 for other information.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Harvest Festival fish fry, Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take out or eat in. Donations are $10. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
HERNANDO, Holy Spirit, Weight Loss Support Group, Tuesday mornings 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. for weigh-in and sharing. Details: Liz Brown, (901) 331-3419.
Holy Spirit, blessing of veterans at all Masses on the weekend of November 11-12. We encourage all veterans to wear something to indicate their branch of military service. Details: church office (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON, St. Peter Cathedral, Fall Gala, Saturday, November 11, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Details: church office (601) 969-3125.
St. Richard, Father Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., will speak December 8-9 in Glynn Hall on “Christian Perspectives on War and Peace.” Father Malloy served as the 16th president of the University of Notre Dame from 1987 to 2005. He now serves as President Emeritus and is a professor in the Department of Theology. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
Habitat for Humanity, work continues on Catholic Build #32 at 2839 Greenview Drive. Volunteers are needed on all shifts. Details: Tyna McNealy (601) 353-6060 or tmcnealy@habitat.mca.org.
MERIDIAN, St. Patrick, 20th annual Musical and Variety Show, Fashion Show and dinner, Saturday, November 18, 6 p.m. Tickets: Reserved seating $20; open seating: adults $10 and children thru high school $5. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick School. Tickets available in the parish office or school office. Details: Dan Santiago (601) 917-7364 and Mary Yarger (601) 482-6044

YOUTH BRIEFS

JACKSON, Sister Thea Bowman School, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough fundraiser is underway. Proceeds to benefit instructional and operational activities. Last day to sell is November 3. Details: Shae Robinson or school office (601) 352-5441.
JACKSON, St. Richard, Young Adults meet every Tuesday 7-9 p.m. in the Mercy Room. If you are between the ages of 21-35 and would like to join or learn more, email strichardyoungadults@gmail.com.
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. Francis of Assisi, High School seniors are invited to take a Bible Break every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at M7 Coffee House in Ridgeland. Seniors are also invited to choose WOW! on Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.
St. Joseph School Open House: Sunday, November 5 at 2:00p.m. Details:: Tricia Harris, (601) 898.4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com.

St. Joseph School, Save the Date, Jeans Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3, 2018. The Draw Down team is needs both family and business sponsors. Details: Marcie Ralston, (601) 214-9809, Bobbie Simpson, (601) 953-6365 or Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
PEARL, St. Jude, Catholic citizenship essay contest, sponsored by St. Jude Knights of Columbus, open to students in 8-12 grades. Theme: Going to the Peripheries, 500-750 word essay. Prizes: first place from each grade wins $50. Registration forms can be picked up from Stacy Wolf in the church office. Deadline: November 1. Details: dunaway.rooks@teamrevell.com.
JACKSON Catholic Charities, Solomon Counseling Center is in need of volunteer receptionists. Details: Kim Thomason (601) 326-3760.

PRO-LIFE MISSISSIPPI TRIP

JACKSON, Pro-Life Mississippi is sponsoring a four day, three night trip to Washington, DC., for the 45th annual 2018 March for Life event scheduled for January 19, 2018. The cost of the bus and hotel is $350 per person. Registration, including a deposit, is due Dec 8. Details: Please call or text Mary (914) 466-4627 or text Dana (601) 260-0746.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE, Dwelling Place Retreat Center, “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Evangelist for the 21st century,” October 27-28. Following each session, there will be an opportunity for private prayer and reflection. Presenter: Melvin Arrington, parishioner at Oxford St. John the Evangelist Parish, and retired professor of Spanish. Begins with 6:30 dinner Friday and concludes mid-afternoon on Saturday. Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “One Grace, Many Gifts: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $40, includes lunch and refreshments. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114.
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Come and See Day,” Saturday November 11, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and “Listening with the Ear of One’s Heart: The Benedictine Way of Living,” May 4-6, 2018. If you are a single, Catholic woman who is curious about the Benedictine way of seeking God, we invite you to come spend some time with the Sisters to learn about their life together and to ask questions. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB at (256) 615-6114.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

ABERDEEN, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic, Sunday, October 22, in the church hall following 4 p.m. Mass. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by the church. Signup sheet will be posted in the hall for sides, condiments, and buns, etc. Details: church office
(662) 813-2295.
AMORY, St. Helen Parish, Book Discussion Group has changed the discussion of “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver to Monday, October 16, at 12 noon at the parish hall. Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and join in the discussion. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
CLEVELAND, Our Lady of Victories Parish, Fellowship Luncheon, Tuesday, October 17, 11 a.m. at No Way Jose Mexican Restaurant. Details: Ellen Duplantis, (662) 402-9722.
COLUMBUS, Annunciation Parish, Doctor Raymond Overstreet is considering starting a men’s Bible study. Details: church office (662) 328-2927 if interested in participating.
GREENVILLE, Sacred Heart, Harvest Festival Fish Fry, Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take out or eat in. Donations are $10. Details: church office (662) 332-0891.
HERNANDO, Holy Spirit Parish, attention all cooks – frozen casserole sale seeks casseroles to sell. Sale is Saturday, November 18 and benefits the Ladies Association. Details: Cil Johnson at (662) 420-9875 or the church office (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON, St. Richard Parish, Monsignor Glynn Brunch to benefit seminarian education, Sunday, November 5, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass hosted by the Knights of Columbus and the St. Richard vocations committee. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
St. Richard, The Third Peace Conference, December 8-9 in Glynn Hall. Guest speaker will be Reverend Edward “Monk” Malloy, CSS, former president of Notre Dame. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
St. Therese Parish, Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. They assist needy members of St. Therese and non-parishioners living within their parish boundaries. Details: (601) 896-8710 on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.
NATCHEZ, St. Mary Basilica, Flu Shots will be administered by Walgreens representatives on Wednesday, October 18, in the youth wing of Family Life Center, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Parishioners should call their prescription drug coverage plan and/or Medicare plan and verify they are covered through Walgreens. If not, they will be billed for the flu shot administration. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
VICKSBURG, St. Michael Parish, Annual Women’s Retreat, October 27-29. Facilitator: Jill Hisaw, who has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. Register early. Details: Ellen Moomaw, (601) 456-1238 or the rectory by noon, (601) 636-3445.
YAZOO CITY, St. Mary, Mary and the Saints class, Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. – noon and will continue each third Saturday of the month. Great opportunity for beginning certification for catechists. However, all are invited. Details: church office (662) 746-1680.

YOUTH BRIEFS

AMORY, St. Helen, Parish youth 8-12 grades will travel to Memphis to the Midsouth “Haunted” Maze on Saturday, November 4. Sign up by October 22. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
MADISON, St. Joseph School Open House: Sunday, November 5, at 2:00p.m. Details: Tricia Harris, Director of Events (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
St. Joseph School, Save the Date, Jeans Jazz and Bruin Blues annual fundraiser, Saturday, February 3, 2018. The Draw Down team needs both family and business sponsors. Details: Marcie Ralston, (601) 214-9809, Bobbie Simpson, (601) 953-6365 or Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com).
MERIDIAN, St. Patrick School, Halloween Bingo, Friday, October 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Cost: $6 bingo card to play all evening. Gift card prizes. Details: school office (601) 482-6044.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS

Catholic Charities Office of Social Justice is offering half-day workshops on Faith in Action in the Diocese of Jackson. All workshops are from 8:30 -11:30 a.m.
Deanery 2 St. Alphonsus, McComb, November 4
Deanery 4 St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale September, 23
Deanery 5 St. Helen, Amory October, 28
Deanery 6 Sacred Heart, Louisville September, 30
Details: Sue Allen at 601-383-3849 or sue.allen@catholiccharitiesjackson.org

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PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

COLUMBUS Fall into Art, Trotter Convention Center, Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $30 at Annunciation School office or $35 at the door. Auction items can be art pieces, giftcertifi cates, donations from a retail store, etc. to donate, please deliver to the school by October 25. Details: contact Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarketing@cableone.net.

CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Women’s Resource Center banquet, Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center. Details: church office (662) 8466273.

GRENADA St. Peter, altar society is selling Advent wreaths which include a 12½” brass holder, green wreath and candles for $20. The money will be used to purchase a new base and Advent wreath for the church Deadline for orders is October 1. Details: Jerome Boudreaux (662) 809-4974 or Irene Stark (662) 417-0968. St. Peter, Adult Faith Formation Retreat, October 13-14, Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m., concluding with Mass at 6 p.m. Presenters: Anne, the lay apostle, and Father Darragh Connolly, Registration is $40. All adults are invited. Details: Annette Tipton (985) 518-5674

JACKSON Christ the King, Father Lawrence Watts Council 199 – Knights of Peter Claver will hold their Annual Fish Fry, Friday, September 29, 4-8 p.m. Plates are $10 and include choice of catfish fillets or pan trout, 2 sides, dessert and drink. Details: church office (601) 948-8867 or see any council member. Holy Family Parish Anniversary, September 29-30 and October 1, celebrating 60 years of worship, praise and joyful events. Banquet on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., a family outing on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday Mass with Bishop Kopacz at 10 a.m. All former parishioners, priests and sister churches are invited to join. Details: contact Father Xavier at 601362-1888 or xavieramirtham@gmail.com . St. Richard Parish, Evening with Mary, Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 p.m. This year’s reflection will be on “Our Lady of Guadalupe – patroness of the Americas.” Women of St. Richard come together for prayer, reflection and to share a dessert in a Marian atmosphere. Presenters: Suzan Cox, Josephine Garcia and Sandra Flores. Cost: There is no fee, but reservations are required. Details: Suzan Cox at cox@saintrichard.com or (601) 3662335.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “A Taste of St. Francis” annual multi-cultural event, Sunday, October 1, in the Family Life Center after 10:30 a.m. Mass. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Horback (601) 953-4182 to volunteer with food or any other area.

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, St. Mary Book Club, first and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (next date is Tuesday, October 3) in the O’Connor Family Life Center. “Aquinas for Armchair Theologians” by Timothy Resnick. Details: church office (601) 445-4616.

SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, National Prayer Event, Let’s Life Chain America, Sunday, October 1, 2-3 p.m. It is a silent prayer vigil to communicate opposition to abortion. Details: Barbara Dean (901) 486-6470 or MaryAnn (662) 429-7851 or (662) 429-0501.

YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Annual craft, flea market, garage sale in the gym, Saturday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A small donation is encouraged to reserve a space. Profit from your items is yours to keep. This is a fundraiser for the Religious Education Program. Details: call Diane Melton (662) 746-1680 if you have items you wish to donate.

YOUTH BRIEFS COLUMBUS

2nd Annual Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run sponsored by Annunciation School at the Boat Ramp Pavilion on the right of Wilkins Wise Rd, Saturday, September 30. Raising money for the St. Vincent de Paul. Details: https://www.fopwalk.org/ eventlisting/eventdetail/?eventid=1765 to register.

MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Youth volunteers (7-12
grades) are needed to lead children’s games at “A Taste of St. Francis” on Sunday, October 1. Sign up to help at WOW! or on Sunday nights. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Horback (601) 953-4182. 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

NATCHEZ Cathedral School, Fall Festival Used Book Sale, September 30 – October 1. Drop off donations of books, VHS tapes or DVDs at the cafeteria stage. Details: Sissy Dicks (601) 334-0784.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS

Catholic Charities Office of Social Justice is offering half-day workshops on Faith in Action in the Diocese of Jackson. All workshops are from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Deanery 2 St. Alphonsus, McComb, November 4 Deanery 3 St. Francis of Assisi, Greenwood, October 14 Deanery 4 St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale September, 23 Deanery 5 St. Helen, Amory October, 28 Deanery 6 Sacred Heart, Louisville September, 30 Details: Sue Allen at 601-383-3849 or sue.allen@ catholiccharitiesjackson.org

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Thomas Merton: Spiritual Writer and Contemplative Retreat, September 8-9, begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Donation: $100. Presenter: Ed Thebaud is a passionate admirer and scholar of Merton. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala. Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Celebrating Women, September 29 – October 1, a gathering of women of many cultures from across the South. You will have the opportunity to design your own place setting at the table using image and art to express who you are. Presenter: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and team. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, Sister Lael will be offering English as a Second Language classes to interested parishioners. Details: contact Sister Lael (662) 256-8392 to register.
GRENADA St. Peter, Blood Drive Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON Christ the King, Health Fair, Saturday September 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the multipurpose building. Details: church office (601) 948-8867 or ctkcatholicchurch@comcast.net.
JACKSON Holy Family, fall series, the History and Implementation of the RCIA, beginning Wednesday, August 16. Did you miss getting confirmed, but would like to complete the Sacraments of Initiation? Been Catholic all your life but still wonder why we do what we do? Or do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and class from 6:00 -7:15 p.m. Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Discovering Christ 2017, begins Thursday, September 7, and lasts for seven weeks. An opportunity to deepen your faith and grow closer to your fellow parishioners. Free and includes a meal and live music. Complimentary child care is provided. Space is limited so register early. Details: (601) 856-5556, christlife@stfrancismadison.org or www.stfrancismadisonchristlife.org/register.html.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner Benefit, Family Life Center, Sunday August 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. eat in or take out. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
TUPELO St. James, Catholic Book Club meets at noon in the library the second Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is September 13. The selection for September will be “The Complete Father Brown Mysteries” by G.K. Chesterton. Come and bring a friend even if you haven’t read the book. Details: church office (662) 842-4481 or st_james_parish@comcast.net.
JACKSON The Volunteers of Gleaners, Open House 237 Briarwood Drive, Sunday, August 20, 2-4 p.m., celebrating 30 years of service in the Jackson Metro area. They are a public charity that salvages food and distributes to shelters and safe lodges. Enjoy refreshments, meet the board members and discover many volunteer opportunities. Details: Nancy Willis (601) 956-4740 or Gloria Martinson (601) 856-0673.

YOUTH EVENTS
JACKSON Bishop Joseph Kopacz and the Office of Youth Ministry are encouraging everyone aged 18-39 to participate in a pre-synod survey sponsored by Pope Francis to prepare for World Youth Day 2018. A link to the survey is available on the diocesan website: www.mississippicatholic.com or www.jacksondiocese.org
NATCHEZ Multi-parish youth celebration, Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Basilica. Presenters from Dumb Ox Ministries as well as musical duo Greg & Lizzie will lead a day of fun, food and worship with the theme #PrayProclaim. Youth from all parishes are welcome. Registration is $10. Details: Carrie Lambert, 601-455-5616 or stmaryyouth@cableone.net.

SAVE THE DATE
MIAMI, Fla 14th National Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Oct. 5-8, Miami, Fla. The theme this year is “The Challenge is to Silence the Mind.” Adult registration is $150, High school and college registration is $75 and youth aged 8-13 is $50 not including hotel rooms. The Office of Black Catholic Ministries has registration scholarships available on a first-come basis. Details: 601-949-6935

In Memoriam

Father Charles Yost

Father Charles Yost, SCJ, died July 8 at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake in Franklin, WI. He had gone into home hospice care just days earlier. He was 85. Father Yost professed his first vows in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. From 1962-63 he was able to fulfill his dream of being a missionary, serving in Indonesia. Father Yost moved to Mississippi in 1993, working in parish minstry at Hernando Holy Spirit. He also served as spiritual director of the Sacred Heart League (now Sacred Heart Southern Missions) from 1998-2004.
Retired, Father Yost was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. In retirement, he continued to be active, overseeing the production of the American Ordo for many years, in collaboration with the Province Development Office. He was buried in Wisconsin.

Calendar of events

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center, “Then Sings My Soul” inner healing retreat, Friday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cost is $60.  Details: Magdalene Abraham, (662) 299-1232.
GRENADA St. Peter, Save the Date, Saturday, October 7, Adult Retreat. More details will be forthcoming.  Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Eucharistic celebration, Sunday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Carmelite Monastery Chapel, followed by a reception on the front lawn. Father Jeremy Tobin, OPraem, will be the main Celebrant and Deacon Denzil Lobo will be the homilist. Join the sisters before the feast for novena Masses: Sunday, July 9 – 11 a.m.
Monday-Friday, July 10-14 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday July 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Details: (601) 373-1460.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Save the Date, Fall Bazaar, Saturday September 30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers needed to set up before and help the day of the bazaar. Details: Barbara Smith (662) 233-4833 or (901) 413-8102.
JACKSON Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, graphic artist needed to volunteer on a special project. Details: Cathedral office (601) 969-3125 or (601) 613-2430.
– St. Richard, monthly Bereavement Support Group “Life is Changed Not Ended”, Thursday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Mercy Room. Speaker: Rev. Ann McLemore, associate rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Rev. McLemore has been an Episcopal priest for 20 years and has been devoted to helping those who have lost loved ones since her husband’s death eight years ago. Open to all. Details: Suzie Cranston, (601) 982-5464, Linda Lalor (601) 853-8840, or Nancy McGhee (601) 942-2078 or email ncmcghee@bellsouth.net.
MADISON 2017 Mississippi Drug Summit, July 11-13 at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Summit to focus on opioid and herion abuse. Open to counselors, advocates, social workers and attorneys. Continuing education credits available to clinicians. Details: www.drugsummit.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Blood Drive, Tuesday, July 18, noon – 5:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
– American Choral Association Directors Concert, Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m., free and open to the public. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
STARKVILLE St. Joseph Parish, Billings Ovulation Method, Natural Family Planning Teacher training, July 20-23, Registration fee covered by the Catholic Diocese of Jackson for Catholics. Deadline to register is July 11. Cost: Food/beverage – $50 per person (July 20 dinner included, other evening meals on your own). Details: Mrs. Carmen Wilder, (662) 341-8865, sue@boma-usa.org, (651) 699-8139 or www.boma-usa.org and select the Teacher Training tab.
VICKSBURG St. Michael, Meals on Wheels, the parish serves the elderly of their community on the second Friday of each month. Next service day is Friday, July 14 at 8 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Need volunteers to help with cooking, boxing, delivering meals or donating a dessert, salad or bread. Details: Carrie Meyer (601) 218-1007 or Jennifer Vincent at (601) 529-3230.

YOUTH EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen parishioners have been invited by First United Methodist Church to adult Vacation Bible School on July 10-12, 9 a.m. – noon, includes lunch. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
MADISON St. Joseph School, Summer Camps:
Basketball Camp: 3rd – 8th grades for girls and boys, July 17-19. Details: Coach West, (313) 355-3973 or St. Joseph School (601) 898-4800.
Cheerleader Camp: Rising 1st – 6th graders, July 17-19. Details Emily Toulomelis ebechtold@stjoebruins.com
Spirit Stepper Camp: rising 1st – 6th graders, July 17-19. Details: Leslie Ann Harkins lharkins@stjoebruins.com.
TUPELO St. James, Vacation Bible School “SUPER SAINTS”, July 17-21. Registration forms are in the back of the church and in the office.  Details: Dori, (662) 316-1461 if you can volunteer.

Save the Date
MADISON Faith Formation Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m – 3 p.m. at St. Joseph High School. The Department of Faith Formation invites parish and school catechists, RCIA team members, youth ministers, DREs/CREs, Adult Education Leaders and all who are interested in faith formation for a day of enrichment and education. Look for details in coming weeks.

IN MEMORIAM


Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, died June 21 at the age of 82 in Louisville, Kentucky. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1954. She earned a BA degree in English from Ursuline College, Louisville, in 1958 and a MA degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1964. Sister also studied at Spalding University, Louisville; and Trinity Washington University (then Trinity College) in Washington, DC. Sister Louise taught at Saint Mary School and Saint Joseph High School in Jackson from 1965 to 1969.
Visitation was at the Ursuline Motherhouse June 26, followed by a Vigil Service.  The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on June 27 in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Associate Weekend, August 18-20. It will be a time to share our common vision and ministry, support one another in prayer, renew our commitments for another year, welcome new friends and plan for the future.  Begins with supper at 6:30. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Five-Day Directed Retreat, August 7-11. Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director and personal reflection and prayer. Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB, Sister Treva Heinberg, OSB and Sister Priscilla Cohen, OSB. Cost: private room $470. Details: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, OSB; Director, www.shmon.org or (256) 734-8302.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY

JACKSON St. Peter Cathedral, Bingo Party, Saturday July 15. Details: Laura Tarbutton, ltarbutton@cathedralsaintpeter.org..
– St. Richard, Save the date – Level II church history class, 9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:  August 15, 22 and 29, and September: 5, 12 and 19. Facilitator: Mary Louise Jones. The class will use “The Catholic Church through the Ages” by John Vidmar, OP. Details: church office (601) 366-2335.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Loyola Theology Study, first course begins Friday, September 15. Details: contact the church office (601) 445-5616 or Donna Martello, Program Coordinator@cableone.net by June 30.
TUPELO North Mississippi Health Services, Volunteers are needed in many areas of health care. Details: Jessica Vaughn at (662) 871-5033 or jvaughnii@aol.com.
YAZOO CITY McCoy Elementary Cafetorium,  “Revive Yazoo” city-wide revival. June 26-30 at 7 p.m. Guest speakers include Bishop Edward Duke, Butterworth, South Africa; Pastor Rickey Musgrove, Edmond, Oklahoma; and Dr. Robert and Pastor Pam Armstrong, Springfield, Illinois. Flyers at the St. Mary church entrance. Details: church office (662)-746-1680.
 – St. Mary,  An eight-week Catholic Bible study will be offered in September. Details: Diane Melton at (662) 746-1680.

YOUTH BRIEFS
AMORY St. Helen, Vacation Bible School, held in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church, July 9-11, from 5-8 p.m. There will be a cookout on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. for both congregations. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
GRENADA St. Peter, If anyone is interested in organizing Vacation Bible School and getting a team together for one week this summer. The church can provide a program with all the details needed to pull it off. Details: Annette Tipton (662) 226-2490.
TUPELO St. James, Homework, July 26-29. Open to youth going into grades 6-12. They will have games, service projects, guest speakers and more. There is no cost. Forms are at the back of the church, in the church office, or available by email.  Adult Volunteers needed. Details: Dori Stearns, (662) 842-4881 or st-james-cyo@comcast.net.

JUBILEES

 

Sister Patricia “Pat” Clemen

Sister Patricia “Pat” Clemen, a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, is set to celebrate her Golden Jubilee on Saturday, June 24, at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa, and Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. In 1978 Sister Pat moved to Mississippi and currently resides in Morton. From 1988-2008 she volunteered as DRE/RCIA Director at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. Presently, Sister Pat is Quality Improvement Director at Sta-Home Health and Hospice in Jackson and volunteers at Excel Learning Center in Morton teaching CPR.
The following School Sisters of St. Francis, Wilwaukee celebrated Jubilees on June 17:
Sister Noel (Renelle) LeClaire (70 years) was born in Escanaba, Michigan.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, a Master of Religious Education degree from Regis College in Boston, a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical Institute of Regina Mundi in Rome, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Marquette University, Milwaukee. In the Diocese of Jackson, she served in Holly Springs as a social worker at Sacred Heart Southern Missions (1992-1994) and at a social service agency (1994-2005).  Sister resides in Milwaukee.
Sister Maria Ann (Esther) Raef (70 years) was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee and graduated as a certified nursing assistant from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Walls (1959-1965). Sister resides in Milwaukee.
Sister Margaret Sue (Vincens) Broker (60 years) was born in Frankenstein, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, a Master of Science degree in Education from Memphis State University, Tennessee, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Walls (1961-1994) where she also served as principal (1994-1996) and worked as a member of the development staff (1996-1999). Sister is now a teacher at Sacred Heart School, Southaven (1999-present).  
Sister Sheila (Charmond) Kloss (60 years) was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. She served as principal of CADET School, Holly Springs (1969-1986). Sister resides in Idyllwild, California.
Cards for the last four sisters may be mailed to the sister’s name, ATTN:  Jubilee Committee, 1515 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

CHICAGO Ill., “Disciples Making Disciples,” National Gathering on Christian Initiation conference for catechumenal ministers and pastoral leaders, July 5-6. Conference will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of the ministry of initiation. Details: ngci@ltp.org, (773) 579-4900, ex. 3554 or www.NationalGatheringOnChristianInitiation.org to register.
STANTON, Tenn. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women suffering after an abortion, Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, June 16-18. Participation is strictly confidential. Come experience God’s love, compassion and forgiveness. Be not afraid. Details: Cathy,  (901) 463-3595 or rvmphs@gmail.com.
BROOKSVILLE Dwelling Place Retreat Center, St. Theresa of Avila’s “The Interior Castle,” July 14-15. Written in 1577, St. Theresa describes how the soul is like a diamond in the shape of a castle that contains seven mansions. The mansions are symbolic of the seven stages of a journey of faith which culminates in ‘union with God.’ Even though these words were written nearly 450 years ago, St. Theresa’s wisdom is just as applicable and practical today. Presenter: Father John Bohn, pastor of Jackson St. Richard Parish and a long-time student of St. Theresa and St. John of the Cross. Begins with 6:30 p.m. dinner Friday to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation $100. Details: Sheila Avery, (662) 738-5348 or www.dwellingplace.com.
NATCHEZ, Compassion Care Hospice, Suite A, 113 Jefferson Davis Blvd., Grief and Loss Support Group, Second Monday of each Month, 5:30 pm. Next meeting, Monday, June 12. Details: call (601) 442-6800 or dana.pias@cchnet.net

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CRYSTAL SPRINGS St. John the Evangelist, Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of Father Thomas Delaney’s 60th Anniversary of ordination, Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Details: church office (601) 892-1717.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, annual Follies, Saturday, July 29. Proceeds go to the debt reduction for the church. This year’s theme is “Skits and Bits” – musical numbers and short skits. Volunteer actors, dancers, stage hands and costume makers needed. Details: contact Ken Hoover at (901) 692-0859 or Barbara Smith at (901) 413-8102.
MERIDIAN Saida and George Rashmawi, volunteer members from the Church in Bethlehem, are visiting St. Patrick and St. Joseph, the weekend of June 24-25. They will speak about the Christian struggle in the Holy Land and offer olive wood carvings for sale. Details: church office, (601) 693-1321.
VICKSBURG, St. Aloysius Class of 1977, 40-year class reunion, homecoming weekend of October 6. Details: Laurie Galloway Chadwell (lgchadwell@aol.com) or reunion website: https://tinyurl.com/stal77.

YOUTH EVENTS

CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Come and See Day,” Saturday November 11, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. If you are a single, Catholic woman who is curious about the Benedictine way of seeking God, we invite you to come spend some time with the Sisters to learn about their life together and to ask questions. Details: Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114.
JACKSON Holy Family, Vacation Bible School, June 12-15, 6-8 p.m. Ages 4-11 (grades pre-k4 through rising sixth graders). Details: church office (601) 362-1888.
– St. Therese, Vacation Bible School, June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ages 4-13, younger children are welcome with a parent, lunch served noon daily. Details: parish office (601) 372-4481.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Vacation Bible School, Volunteers are needed for our VBS on Friday evening July 7 & Saturday morning July 8. Details: Diane Melton at (662) 746-1680.

Save the Date
MADISON Faith Formation Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m – 3 p.m. at St. Joseph High School. The Department of Faith Formation invites parish and school catechists, RCIA team members, youth ministers, DREs/CREs, Adult Education Leaders and all who are interested in faith formation for a day of enrichment and education. Look for details in coming weeks.