Featured photo . . . Come, Lord Jesus – Advent retreat

RAYMOND – Sister Michele Doyle, left, along with about 25 women sing “Come Lord Jesus” accompanied by Mary Robinson playing the guitar (right) during an Advent retreat at St. Moses the Black Priory on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Participants are part of the Martha and Mary Bible Book Club at Madison St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The theme of the day was center on the prophets, “The Bible’s Human Bridges.” (Photo by Elsa Baughman)

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Lifting up the cross

LOUISVILLE –The men of Sacred Heart Parish had a breakfast then went out to hand hew a cedar post for a cross to be displayed outside the church. Pictured (l-r) Father Darnis Selvanayakam, Henry Brandt,Greg Fulton, Reese Fulton, Steve White, Bob Burks, Larry Veazey. (Photo courtesy of Tom Tehan)

Germanfest kraut canning

GLUCKSTADT– Wesley Gannon, closest to the camera, Billy Endris and Paul Aubin boil the canning materials as they prepare sauerkraut for GermanFest 2018. The festival is a St. Joseph Parish tradition honoring the German roots of the community. The 32nd annual GermanFest is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day features lots of German delicacies, polka music, games for kids and a country store. Advance meal tickets are $6 and are available from parishioners of St. Joseph. Ticket information is also available by calling the parish office at (601) 856-2054. Meals the day of the festival will be $7. (Photo by Felicia Lobrano)

Family donates books by Catholic author

JACKSON – Jo Watson Hackl, author of the young-adult novel Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, signs copies of her book at Lemuria Bookstore on Thursday, July 12. Hackl is Catholic and has family in the Jackson area who are donating a copy of the book for each sixth-grader in the Catholic Schools of the diocese. The book follows the adventures of 12-year-old Cricket, who has run away to the woods to look for her mother. (Photo by Rusty Harris.)

International Pentecost Celebration

PEARL – Mexican dancers perform as part of the 13th annual international Pentecost celebration at St. Jude Parish. Families bring food to represent their homelands and different groups present cultural exhibits such as music and dance. Dozens of nations are represented each year including the Phillipines, Germany, countries in Central and South America. The event also featured a drawdown-style fund-raiser for the Carmelite Sisters. (Photo by Tereza Ma)