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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
COVINGTON Louisiana, Married Couples Retreat, March 16-17, at St. Joseph Abbey Christian Life Retreat Center. Come away for rest and spiritual strength and nourishment. Suggested donation: $275 per couple. Details: www.faithandmarriage.org or call (504) 830-3716.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, John Donne and George Herbert: Poets of the Paschal Mystery, March 22-23. They were 17th century metaphysical poets and how exploration of their poetry will enhance the Lenten journey. Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph.D. Cost: Private room $145; shared room $110 per person. This is a one-night retreat. An additional night of retreat is available for those who wish. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
COLLIERVILLE Tenn, Men’s Morning of Spirituality, Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 7 a.m., program begins at 8 a.m. Catholic Church of the Incarnation, 360 Bray Station Road. There is no cost and is open to all men seeking a deeper relationship with Christ and a greater unity with other men seeking to grow their Catholic faith. Keynote speaker: Damon Owens, a gifted and sought-after speaker for national conferences, marriage seminars, seminaries, and youth groups on Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family and NFP. Details: www.castyournets.org/mmos.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Lectio Divina, Fridays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Presented by Shelley Harrigill. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion, five-week study, Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall, then meets after 5:30 Mass on the following Tuesdays. Join scholar Edward Sri as he sheds light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death and how it can draw you closer to Jesus. Study books will be available for $15 each. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Ladies Bible study resumes Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. discussing Chapter 17 “Can God Really Change me or is that just wishful thinking?” Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Knights of Columbus Lenten dinners, Fridays, March 22 (fish fry); March 29 (shrimp etouffee) and April 5 (shrimp po’boy). Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
JACKSON St. Richard, Lectio Divina during Lent meets Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9 from 10 -11:30 a.m. in the Mercy Room. Come experience a way to pray the Lenten Sunday scriptures during this season. Facilitators: Mary Louise Jones and Claudia Addison. You can come to any or all sessions. All are welcome. Details: Claudia at claudiaaddison@mac.com or the church office (601) 366-2335.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Save the Date, Cajun Fest, Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsors still welcome. Details: church office (601) 856-5556 or visit https://www.facebook.com/stfrancismadison/. Sponsors contact Mike and Mary Robinson, Cajun Fest Chairs at robinson557176@bellsouth.net.
Save the date, Miraculous Mission Vacation Bible School 2019: Blast off for Pre-K-4th graders is June 17-21. Details: Mary Catherine George at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org to volunteer or call the church office (601) 856-5556.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Ladies of the Natchez area retreat at Our Lady of the Oaks, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, December 5-8. A $25 deposit is needed for holding your room ASAP. Details: Kot Morris at (601) 334-8339.
Knights of Columbus fish fry, Fridays during Lent in the Family Life Center from 5-7 p.m. Catfish dinners $10; shrimp dinners $11 and combo dinners $12. For grilled catfish, please call 30 minutes ahead. A movie will be shown each Friday. Details: (601) 897-0295.
PEARL St. Jude, Life Walk on Saturday, April 13 at Flowood Nature Park. Registration is at 8 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the walk will provide no cost pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. Details: Anja Baker at anja@cpcmetro.org if you would like to join the St. Jude team.
Save the Date, Vacation Bible School, “Surf’s Up – Chill Out with the Beatitudes” on June 17-21, 9 a.m. – noon. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.
SHAW St. Francis of Assisi, Day of Reflection at Locus Benedictus, Greenwood, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The theme will be Stations of the Cross. Be sure to register before the workshop so they know how much food to prepare. Cost: $10. Details: church office (662) 754-5561.

YOUTH BRIEFS
JACKSON Sr. Thea Bowman School, Draw Down, Saturday, April 27, in the Multipurpose building. Grand prize: $5,000. Tickets are $100 and second chance insurance: $20. Details: school office (601) 352-5441.
MADISON St. Anthony School is now accepting applications for new students entering grades K4 – 6th. Details: visit www.stanthonyeagles.org or contact Michele Warnock at (601) 607-7054.

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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
Assisi Prayer Chain, The power of prayer is available to all those in need through the Assisi Prayer Chain. Details: (601) 937-5943 or (601) 214-3093 between 5-7 p.m.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, “The Lenten Journey: A Couple’s Response to Christ’s Call” for married couples, Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, 2019. Begins Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday morning. Presenters: Lloyd and Jan Tate are both trained spiritual directors of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and given retreats for more than 40 years. Suggested donation: $360 per couple. Details: Sr. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
Saturday, March 9, 2019, A Lenten Day of Reflection – Chosen, Blessed, Broken and Shared, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Eucharist is the very pattern of our lives. Listen to the wisdom of Pope Francis as he calls us all to be sent in holiness. Presenter: Christine Ingrassia, who is a lay minister, graduate of Loyola Institute for Ministry and spiritual director. Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sr. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Epiphany Day of Reflection, Saturday, January 5, 2019. Epiphany is a perfect time to pause and reflect on Christ in our midst. There will be a particular focus on art and literature that incorporate the theme of Epiphany. Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B. Cost: $30, includes lunch. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, new Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke beginning Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in St. Elizabeth rectory. Details: Libby Antici at (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Ladies Bible Study, resumes Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6 p.m. on Lesson 11: What does the sacrament of Penance have to do with my friendship with Christ? Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, January 27-29, 2019, Parish Mission by Jon Leonetti, author of his newest book, “The art of getting over yourself and why you’ will be happier when you do.” This book is about discovering the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love. Details: parish office (601) 856-2054.
PEARL St. Jude, Alpha courses beginning on Mondays, January 7 – April 1, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question on faith and is designed to create conversation. Each talk starts with a meal and will be followed by a video presentation with small group table discussion. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.
YOUTH BRIEFS
CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Bible Adventure for Pre4 – 2nd graders meets Sundays from 9:40 – 10:20 a.m. in the daycare room at St. Elizabeth School. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
MADISON St. Francis, Save the Date, NET Retreat for 7-12 grades, Saturday, February 16. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.
St. Joseph School, “Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues,” Annual Draw Down, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $130 and admit two adults; second chance insurance may be added for $20. Each ticket includes a chance to win $10,000. Details: school office (601) 898-4800, tharris@stjoebruins.comor www.stjoebruins.com

SAVE THE DATE
World Marriage Day – The Catholic Diocese of Jackson and the Office of Family Ministry are pleased to announce that the 2019 Diocesan World Marriage Day Celebration will be Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. Bishop Joseph Kopacz, will honor couples with a blessing at Mass. A reception immediately follows. Couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, and 60th anniversaries, or any significant anniversary should notify their parish to be included in the celebration. Details: Charlene Bearden, Coordinator, Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487, or charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org

National Migration Week January 6-12, 2019
CORINTH St. James, Tuesday, January 8, 6-8 p.m., Free Legal Clinic TBA; Migrant Support Center of Catholic Charities
TUPELO St. James, Sunday, January 6, 2-4 p.m., Inauguration with Epiphany celebration; Cultural and video presentation with Professor Carlos Horacio Toro Escobar, Southeastern Pastoral Insitite (SEPI).
Thursday, January 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Creating Communities of Welcome” with Father Sean Carroll, S.J., Kino Border Initiative. For pastors, LEMs, staff and leaders of Deanery V.
St. James and Vardaman, Friday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Tour and conversation with Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. Meeting with Advisory Board, staff and community members in Vardaman.
6-8 p.m. – Youth Mass commemorating National Migration Week with Father Carroll and Bishop Kopacz
Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Culture of Encounter” Hispanic celebration and closure of National Migration Week with Mass

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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. Gift yourself or a friend the gift of a day to celebrate the Christ Child. Call a halt to the many Christmas preparations and take time to ponder the reason for gift-giving and family gatherings. Spiritual Director: Clare Van Lent, MA CSp., Donation: $100. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com for more information.
CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, An Advent Day of Reflection – Hospitality of the Soul, Saturday, December 1, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Advent invites us to a deeper reality as we celebrate Christ’s Incarnation. Retreat leader: Andrea Vidrine, LCSW, 14-year veteran at the Jesuit Spiritualty Center in Grand Coteau. She serves as interfaith minister, hospice chaplain and spiritual director. Suggested donation: $40, includes lunch. Details: Sister. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
AMORY St. Helen, – Grandparent’s Day Mass and Children’s Play, Sunday, December 16, at 11 a.m. Details: church office (662) 256-8392.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner, Thursday, November 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $9 per plate. Tickets available from any Knight. Details: church office (662) 833-1799.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Bible Study “Who Am I to Judge: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love” at Noon on Wednesdays in the rectory. Join scholar Edward Sri in discussing cultural questions about morality for all people. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, “Taste of Italy – lasagna dinner,” Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $10 dine in or carry out. Details: church office (662)846-6273.
GREENWOOD St. Francis of Assisi, Bible Study, Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Friary Library. Everyone is invited to grow in their Catholic Faith. Details: church office (662) 453-0623.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Annual frozen casserole sale, Saturday, November 17. We are asking each family to donate at least one of your favorite casseroles. Details: Cil Johnson (662) 420-9875 or the church office (662) 429-7851
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “Make Room for Jesus” Advent Fair, Sunday, November 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Many volunteers are needed to set up, decorate, assist with children’s craft and projects, etc. Details: Mary Catherine at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, the 33rd Annual Festival of Lights, Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. featuring the Mississippi College Singers. Free and open to the public. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
St. Mary Basilica blood drive, Tuesday, November 27, from 1-6 p.m. at the Family Life Center. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
PEARL St. Jude, Adult Faith Formation meets each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with the Gus Lloyd audio series on Apologetics. He is the host of “Seize the Day” on the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM satellite radio. Topics will include: the Eucharist, the papacy and Peter, confession and more. Facilitator: Mark Bowden. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Bake Sale, Tuesday, November 20, in the cafeteria from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The proceeds will be used by the Religious Education Department to send our catechists for faith formation to the Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference in January. Details: church office (662) 746-1680.

YOUTH BRIEFS
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of St. Joseph and St. Patrick, Bowling for youth in grades 6-12, Saturday, November17 after Mass. Details: church office (601) 693-1321.
MADISON St. Anthony School Starry Night Gala, Saturday, December 8. The gala is a fun, festive experience for adults to kick off the Christmas season, while supporting the growth of St. Anthony. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items, plus an opportunity to win a $5,000 raffle. The Tip Tops of Mobile will provide be the entertainment. Proceeds go to maintaining Advanced STEM program and making improvements in fine arts. Details: Jennifer Schmidt (601) 214-9656 or for tickets, visit StAnthonyEagles.org.

IN MEMORIAM
Deacon Jack Hunter, Diocese of Biloxi, died October 26. Visitation for was November 6 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Biloxi followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial took place in Biloxi National Cemetery. Deacon Jack was ordained at Meridian St. Patrick in 1979.

SAVE THE DATE
JACKSON Carmelite Monastery Gift Shop will have Open House Weekends and Holiday Hours with Bake Sale, November 17 – December 23. Celebrating Fontanini Nativity’s 110th anniversary, they have been awarded a personal appearance with Emanuele Fontanini on Saturday, December 1, from 1-5 p.m.
WASHINGTON D.C. Pro-Life Mississippi’s 46th annual March for Life, “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro Science,” Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 16 – Sunday, January 20. For a complete event guide, Text MARCH to 73075 to download the app for your phone. Details: If you would like to sponsor a student’s travel expenses or attend the March, contact (601) 956-8636 or plm@prolifemississippi.org.

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CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, Annual Women’s Retreat, “Poetry: A Doorway into Prayer,” October 26-28. Retreat leader Sister Beth Fitzpatrick, currently vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has served at Notre Dame Seminary, will explore the Psalms, the Song of Songs and other scriptural passages. Suggested donation: $150 private room; $120 shared. Details: retreatcenter@ssndcp.org or (601) 783-0801.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Cross and Compassion: The Spiritual Journey of Edith Stein,” Saturday, October 20. Retreat Director Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B. will reflect upon her life and spirituality and consider her life in the context of her times with a special focus on her concern for human brokenness and her emphasis upon the cross of Christ. Cost: $30 includes lunch. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Holy Hour to pray for clergy and religious on the Feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower, Monday, October 1, at 6 p.m. Chapel of Mercy at Locus Benedictus. This is a time of sadness and shame for our Church. It is also a time to turn in trust to our Good Shepherd, Jesus, for mercy and healing. Join us as we intercede for all ordained ministers and religious in our diocese and in the world. We will pray for the forgiveness and conversion of those who have participated in the sin of sexual abuse. We will pray for the healing of young people and families affected by this great evil.
MEMPHIS, Tenn, Holy Rosary Church, 4851 Park Avenue, 2018 Father/Son Program, Sunday, October 21, from 2-5 p.m. for boys 12-15 years old. The topic will be Learning Together about God’s plan for growing up and becoming men of integrity. $25 per Family and $30 after October 17. Details: More information at www.cdom.org or call (901) 373-1222.
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.

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“A Guide for Grievers” Through a partnership between Catholic Charities’ Parish Health Care Ministry and the Office of Family Ministry, Bob Willis; artist, author, sculptor and grief specialist from Oklahoma City will present a half-day workshop and a discussion on grief, and how to adapt to loss. Workshops will be offered at the following locations/times: Hernando Holy Spirit Parish, Wednesday, November 28, 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; Indianola Immaculate Conception Parish, November 28, 5:30-9 p.m.; Starkville St. Joseph Parish, Thursday, November 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.; Gluckstadt St. Joseph Parish, 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.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, Book Discussion Group will discuss Educated by Tara Westover at the parish hall Monday, October 8, at noon. Everyone is invited to read the book and plan to join in the discussion. Details: church office at (662) 256-8392
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis of Assisi, Annual Parish Picnic, Sunday, October 7, following 10 a.m. Mass in Serio Hall. Lunch, Bingo and jumpers for the kids. Details: (601) 833-1799.
CANTON 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.
CLEVELAND Women’s Resource Center Annual Banquet, First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 101 North Bolivar Avenue, 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.
GREENVILLE St. Joseph, Parish Fair Dinner and Live Auction date has been changed to Sunday, November 11, at 6 p.m. Details: church office (662) 335-5251.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit blessing of the pets to honor the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Wednesday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m. All pets should be on a leash or in a cage. Details: (662) 429-7851.
JACKSON St. Therese Parish, Feast Day and Heritage Celebration, Sunday, October 7, at 11 a.m. 312 Camp Garaywa Road, Clinton. A planning meeting will be held Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Details: church office (601) 372-4481.
St. Richard, eighth Annual “Evening with Mary,” Tuesday, October 9, from 6-8 p.m. in Foley Hall. The speaker is Maureen Roberts, assistant director of Marian Servants of Jesus, the Lamb of God community. The theme is “Our Marian Spirituality.” There is no cost, but reservations need to be made by October 3. Details: Suzan Cox at (601) 366-2335 or cox@saintrichard.com.
Purple Dress Run to benefit Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter, Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. at the District at Eastover. See ad on page 13 for details.
INDIANAOLA Immaculate Conception, Annual Spaghetti Supper, Monday, October 8, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., $10.00 a plate, eat in or take out. Details: (662) 887-4659.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Beginning November 3, Saturday evening Mass will be at 5 p.m. (from 5:30 p.m.). New Confession time will be at 4 p.m. (from 4:30 p.m.) and on request. Details: church office (601) 856-5556.
Blood Drive and FinnFest in support of Finn Blaylock on Wednesday, October 10 on the campus of St. Joseph Catholic School. The blood drive is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the St. Joe gymnasium and FinnFest will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on the grounds of St. Joe. FinnFest will include food, games and music including Patrick Harkins, the St. Joe Jazz Band and Daniel and the Dirtdevils. Finn, a 6-year-old St. Richard student, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the beginning of the summer. His siblings attend St. Joe. All proceeds will go to the Blaylock Family. Details: sign up to donate blood. www.stjoebruins.com
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of Meridian, Adult Faith Sharing of David the King, Wednesdays, October 3 – November 7, 10:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Bishop Robert Barron’s newest study and experience on how the whole New Testament opens up once we see it through the person of David. Details: Mary Billups at mary@catholicmeridian.org.
St. Joseph, Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, October 6, at 10:15 a.m., at the parking lot celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, bring pets or a photo of an animal that you love. Details: church office (601) 693-1321.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Flu shots administered, Wednesday, October 3, at O’Connor Family Life Center, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Walgreens will administer the immunizations. Details: Donna at the church office (601) 445-5616.
WINONA Sacred Heart, Blessing of the Pets, Saturday, October 13, from 2-5 p.m. A photographer will be on site to take pictures with your pets. Details: church office (601) 594-8254.

YOUTH BRIEFS

COLUMBUS Annunciation School presents “Understanding Mississippi” Art Auction 2018, Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at Town Creek Pavilion, 32476 Highway 50 East, West Point. Open bar and live auction. Details: school office (662) 328-4479.
NATCHEZ Cathedral School, Fall Festival used book sale, October 6-7. It’s that time of year to clean off your shelves and bookcases. Any kinds of books, VCR and DVD movies accepted. Details: Sissy Dicks at (601) 334-0784.
PEARL St. Jude, Faith and Fun Sundays is a new ministry for K-6th grades and their families. It will be one Sunday a month beginning October 7, from 3-5 p.m. Will have crafts, snacks and a movie. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.

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CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Letting Go and Letting God: The Wisdom of Twelve-Step Spirituality. This reflection day will focus on the core principles of twelve-step spirituality and the gift of spiritual freedom that is experienced when these principles are put into practice. Tuesday, August 28. Retreat Director: Sister Therese Haydel, O.S.B. Cost: $30 includes lunch. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
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. Details: (662) 299-1232.
METAIRIE, La., “Fresh Fire 2018,” a day-long gathering for those desiring refreshment and empowerment in the Holy Spirit, will take place Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at St Benilde Cafeteria, 1901 Division St., Metairie. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO). The theme for the day is “Return to Your First Love” and will focus on the call of the Lord to us now. Registration is $30 per person and includes lunch. Special price for youth ages 18-30, $10. Register online at www.ccrno.org no later than Wednesday, August 22, noon, to reserve your lunch. Details: Call CCRNO at 504-828-1368 for more information.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLARKSDALE Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, A Healthy Night Out for Ladies, Thursday, July 19, at 6:15 p.m. in the private dining room. This event is free and features numerous speakers and exhibitors, including a skincare presentation from parishioner Lisa Chicorelli. Details: St. Elizabeth church office (662) 624-4301.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, All Parish Picnic, Sunday, July 29. Chewalla Lake Recreation Area, 726 Chewalla Lake Rd., Holly Springs, 3-5 p.m. Mass at 5 p.m. swimming, food and fun! Bring a side dish to share and drinks for family. The meat will be provided. Don’t forget your chairs. Details: (662) 429-7851.
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, rmisenar@standrews.ms or (601) 573-3689.
Catholic Charities, Mississippi Catholics against Human Trafficking (MCAHT) will meet at Catholic Charities, 850 East River Place, Jackson on Monday, July 23 at 4:30 p.m. Details: For more information, contact Dorothy Balser, dorothy.balser@ccjackson.org or (601) 941-4600.
Christ the King, National Black Catholic Men’s Conference in Richmond, Virginia, October 18-21. Fifteen years of fellowship among men who have been forged by faith and experience. Registration forms are available on the table at the back of the church. Details: church office (601) 948-8867.
St. Richard, ChristLife: Discovering Christ, Mondays from August 20 and ends October 1 at 6:30 p.m. with a retreat on Saturday, September 22. Explore answers to questions such as, “How does knowing Jesus really make a difference? Dinner and program offered at no cost. Seating is limited. Details: (601) 366-2335, register at www.saintrichard.com.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, 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.
SHAW St. Francis of Assisi, Religious study of Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, Fridays at 9:30 a.m. after Mass. Details: church office (601) 754-5561.
YAZOO CITY St. Mary, Parish Potluck Lunch, Sunday, July 29, after 10:30 Mass in the Parish Hall cafeteria (changed from an earler date). 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. There are sign-up sheets in the back of the church. Details: (662) 746-1680.

SAVE THE DATES
JACKSON Catholic Charities welcomes Jim Caveziel Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets start at $25. Group rates are available. Details: Catholic Charities (601) 355-8634 or www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org.
Diocesan Middle School Retreat: October 13-14, Lake Forest Ranch, Macon, Miss. Lead by young adults from NET Ministries. This retreat is open to youth in 7-8th grade. Registration will open late August 2018.

Correction:
A story in the last issue of Mississippi Catholic misidentified the president of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sister Susan Gatz, who delivered a victim’s impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Rodney Earl Sanders. We regret the error.

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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, 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