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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.
BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Feel the need to get away for one or several days of solitude and self-care? The Dwelling Place is a place of hospitality and prayer open to people of all Christian traditions. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend or longer to let God in. It can be a life-changing experience. They have everything you need – a beautiful quiet setting, a lovely chapel, library and good food! No stress! Just rest in the Lord. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com for more information.
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. Begins Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday morning. Presenters: Lloyd and Jan Tate, both trained spiritual directors of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Suggested donation: $360 per couple. Details: Sr. Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
Saturday, March 9, 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: Sister Sue Von Bank (601) 783-0801 retreatcenter@ssndcp.org.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Hildegard of Bingen: A Woman for Our Times, February 1-3. Explore the life and gifts of Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine visionary, artist, composer and physician who lived in the 1100s. Will include reflection on many of her visions, using her remarkable paintings and writings. Retreat Director: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB. Cost: $245; Shared room $205 per person. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
VICKSBURG Prayer Ministry, The Mercy Associates are a group of lay men and women who work with the Sisters of Mercy to further the charism of mercy in our parishes and community. The group of 20 women is committed to pray for each intention several times each day for seven days. All prayer requests are held in complete confidentiality. Details: Contact Mercy Associate, Karen Harrison at (601) 397-7879 to submit a prayer request.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, 2019 Beginner Italian Language Class starts Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m. at Delta State Ewing Hall. The class fee is $40 for the eight-week course. Professors Franco and Matteo Zengaro will teach the class. This is sponsored by the Italian American Cultural Society of the Delta. Details: contact David Malatesta at malatesta565@yahoo.com or the church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, “Awaken Our Hearts” Parish Mission by Father Joe Sica, January 27-30. The mission kicks off with a Family Concert featuring Matt Daniels on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Mission talks will be Monday through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesdays there will be a meal served in the Parish Center at 5:30 p.m. Details: church office (662) 846-6273 or visit www.faithonfiremissions.org.
Spaghetti Supper, Thursday, February 7. Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, January 27-29 Parish Mission by Jon Leonetti, author of the book, “The Art of Getting Over Yourself and Why You will Be Happier when you do” about discovering the freedom Christ offers by way of his life and love. Details: parish office (601) 856-2054.
GRENADA, St. Peter, Lifeline Screening, Thursday, February 7. They are offering this preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced about $129. Details: 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 or the church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON St. Richard, Renewal Weekend by Gus Lloyd Friday, January 25, from 7-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gus is a national radio host, author, speaker and host of “Seize the Day” on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. There is no charge, but registration is helpful for meal planning. A love offering will be collected. Details: church office (601) 366-2335 or www.saintrichard.com.

YOUTH BRIEFS

CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Bible Adventure for Pre-4 through 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
JACKSON St. Richard School Krewe de Cardinal, Friday, March 1, 7-11 p.m. at the Railroad District. Mardi Gras party with silent and live auction, live music and Creole Cusine. Tickets are $100 per couple. Details: www.strichardschool.org or (601) 366-1157.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, St. Richard Parish gym. Saturday, Jan. 19 10:30 a.m. Open to boys and girls age 9-14. Participants do not have to attend St. Richard. Competition is free. Details: Rusty Haydel, (601) 953-9711.
MADISON St. Joseph School, “Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues,” Annual Draw Down, Saturday, February 23, 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. Scholarship opportunities available. Details: school office (601) 898-4800, tharris@stjoebruins.comor www.stjoebruins.com.

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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 24, 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. : For additional information, or questions, please call the Office of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487 or email Charlene Bearden at charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org .

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BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Feel the need to get away for one or several days of solitude and self-care? The Dwelling Place is a place of hospitality and prayer open to people of all Christian traditions. Treat yourself to an overnight, a weekend or longer to let God in. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com for more information.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer, November 16-18. Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God. Director: Diana Tschache. The weekend will be spent in silence. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer. Cost: Private Room $245. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Ephphatha “Inner Healing Through the Healing Miracle of Jesus,” Friday, November 2 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m., ending with Mass at 4 p.m. Cost: $50. Finance assistance is available. Details: (662) 299-1232.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Trunk or Treat, Wednesday, October 31, at 6 p.m. Parishioners are invited to pass out candy on the playground of the Parish Center in vehicles. Includes a meal, Saints Bio and a hayride. Details: church office (662) 833-1799.
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Bible Study “Who Am I to Judge: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love,” 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.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Weight Loss Support Group, Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for a weigh in and sharing. Details: Liz Brown (901) 331-3419.
JACKSON St. Peter Cathedral, Fall Gala, Saturday, November 10, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Railroad District, 824 South State Street Cost: $60 per person or $100 per couple. Details: Traci Avalon (601) 969-3125 or tavalon@cathedralsaintpeter.org or www.cathedralsaintpeter.org.
St. Richard, Team Bass Challenge, Saturday, November 10 at Ross Barnett Reservoir. You do not have to be a parishioner to participate. Cost: $100 per two man team with optional third member plus $50. This is a fundraiser for retired priests. Details: Tommy Lamas at (601) 366-2335 or email lamas@saintrichard.com.
MOUND BAYOU St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Harvest Festival, Saturday November 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family fun, including Christmas store, country store, Delta Boutique, live music and more. Raffle tickets being sold for $1,000, $250 and $100 prizes. Details: Trena Robinson at (662) 741-3255 ext. 103 or trenar@saintgabrielmc.org
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Haunted House, Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 admission. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
PEARL St. Jude, Tom Logue Memorial Chili Cook-off, Sunday, November 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Cost: $5 for all you can eat; $3 for children 12 and younger and $20 entry fee for each team. Details: Nat Zummo, (601) 573-3184 or zummonat@bellsouth.net.
WEST POINT The Knights of Columbus at Immaculate Conception Parish will offer “Senate Bean Soup” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., as a fundraiser for the Mission, an alcohol recovery and transtional housing program for men. Bowls are $5. Quarts are $15. Details: Chuck Bailey (662) 312-4588

YOUTH BRIEFS

PEARL St. Jude, Faith and Fun Sunday, November 4, from 3-5 p.m. Join us as we learn more about the saints through fun activities. Includes snacks and a short movie about St. Francis of Assisi. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.
JACKSON Carmelite Monastery Gift Shop will have Open House weekends and holiday hours with bake sale, November 17 – December 23. Emanuele Fontanini will make a special visit on Saturday, December 1, from 1-5 p.m. Details: 601-373-3412
MADISON St. Anthony School Starry Night Gala, Saturday, December 8. Guests can bid on live and silent auction items, plus have an opportunity to win a $5,000 raffle. The Tip Tops of Mobile will provide entertainment. Details: Jennifer Schmidt (601) 214-9656 or StAnthonyEagles.org.
St. Joseph School, Open House, Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. St. Joe is known for its incredible art, academics, theater, music, and athletics – not to mention that one-of-a-kind spirit. Details: Tricia Harris, at (601) 898.4803 or tharris@stjoebruins.com.
MERIDIAN St. Patrick School, Candy Cane 5K Dash and Kid’s 1-mile Fun Run, Saturday, December 1, 8:30 a.m. Registration Fees: 5K -$20 – Fun Run $15. To guarantee a t-shirt, register by November 13. Details: school office (601) 482-6044, candycane5kdash@yahoo.com, sign up at www.time2run.net.

CORRECTION

A caption misidentified the winning team from the Bishop’s Cup Golf Tournament sponsored by the Catholic Foundation. The winning team from Flowood St. Paul Parish had a score of 53. The team was sponsored by Tico’s Steakhouse and players included Father Gerry Hurley, Tico Hoffman, Joe Beal and Paul Aron.
The Bishop’s Cup Committee would like to thank all players and sponsors. Proceeds from the tournament went into the Rev. Patrick Noonan Memorial Trust which will help to fund grant projects around the diocese.

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BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, “Transitions and Transformation,” November 9-11. Some of the topics will be: realizing our gifts, overcoming fears, addressing regrets and exploring lost dreams. Facilitators: Dr. Francis Baird, LPC, who has a private counseling practice in Columbus and Starkville, and Clare Van Lent, MA CSp. Dwelling Place director. Donation: $180. Details: (662) 738-5348 or email dwellpl@gmail.com.
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer, November 16-18. Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God. Director: Diana Tschache. The weekend will be spent in silence. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer. Cost: Private Room $245. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Ephphatha “Inner Healing Through the Healing Miracle of Jesus,” Friday, November 2, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m., ending with Mass at 4 p.m. Cost: $50. Financial assistance is available. Details: (662) 299-1232.

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“A Guide for Grievers” Learn creative ways to express grief and loss, and how to support others through the grieving process. Through a partnership between Catholic Charities’ Parish Health Care Ministry and the Catholic Diocese of Jackson’s Office of Family Ministry, Bob Willis; artist, author, sculptor and grief specialist from Oklahoma City will present 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, Wednesday, November 28, 9:30-1:30 p.m.; Indianola Immaculate Conception, November 28, 5:30-9 p.m.; Starkville St. Joseph, Thursday, November 29, 12:30 – 5 p.m.; Gluckstadt St. Joseph, Friday, November 30, 12 – 4 p.m. Details: Sister Pat Clemen, Coordinator of Parish Health Ministry at (601) 213-6378, or via email: sisterpat.clemen@ccjackson.org or Charlene Bearden, coordinator of Family Ministry at 601-960-8487, or via email: charlene.bearden@jacksondiocese.org.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

ABERDEEN St. Francis of Assisi, Parish Picnic, Sunday, October 21, at the parish hall following Mass, which will be at 4 p.m. that day. The church will provide the meat and a signup sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. Details: (601) 813-2295.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Ladies Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Opening your Heart: The Starting Point. Come join in for fellowship and building a closer relationship with Jesus. Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
“Taste of Italy” Lasagna Dinner, Tuesday, November 13, changed from November 8. Details: Mary Helen Waller to volunteer at (662) 843-3152.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, AARP Driver Safety Class, Tuesday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Details: contact Nancy Marking at (901) 219-3662 or Bill Marking at (901) 210-0484.
JACKSON Catholic Charities Purple Dress 5K – help us “run” domestic violence out of town, Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. at The District at Eastover in Jackson. Details: Julie O’Brien at (601) 326-3758 or julie.obrien@ccjackson.org. To register online, go to https://raceroster.com/events/2018/18389/purple-dress-run.
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, beginning November 3, Saturday evening Mass will be 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.
MERIDIAN Catholic Community of Meridian, Musical and Variety Show, Fashion Show and Dinner, Saturday, November 3, at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Tickets: Reserved $20, Adults $10, Children thru High School $5. Proceeds benefit St. Patrick School. Tickets are available in the parish office, school office or Dan Santiago (601) 917-7364. Reserved tickets available from Mary Yarger at (601) 482-6044.
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. Details: church office (601) 939-3181.

YOUTH BRIEFS

JACKSON St. Richard School Open House, “Cookies with the Cardinals, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9-11 a.m. Details: Wendi Shearer, 601-366-1157 or RSVP at strichardschool.org.
MADISON St. Anthony School, Open House, Sunday, October 21, 2- 4 p.m. Details: Michele Warnock at mwarnock@stanthonyeagles.org or (601) 607-7054.
St. Joseph School Open House, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Details: Tricia Harris, (601) 898-4800.

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CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, “Celebrating Women,” September 28-30. This weekend for women will be framed with the Navajo story of Spider Woman, who wove the way in the richness of form and color of our present world. Women will be invited to explore ways they can celebrate beauty and create it in their own lives. Retreat Director: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and the Celebrating Women Team. Cost: $245; shared room $205 per person. Details: (256) 734-8302, retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.
BROOKSVILLE The Dwelling Place, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, September 7-9. A beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. The weekend is an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief. Donation: $180. Scholarships available upon request. Details: (662) 738-5348 or maria_vineyard@yahoo.com or dwellpl@gmail.com.
Olive Branch Senior Center, 8800 College Street, Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support Group, Thursday, August 16 from 1- 2 p.m. Details: Pat Youd at (662) 892-8102.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

CLARKSDALE Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, Parish Fair, Tuesday, September 18. Help-wanted sheets will be located at all church doors. Details: church office (662) 624-4301.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Parish indoor picnic, Sunday, August 26, following 10 a.m. Mass. Food will be provided by the church and games in the parish center. Details: church office (662) 846-6273.
COLUMBUS Annunciation, social and overview of the RCIA process, Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Activities Center. All are welcome. Details: Maria Dunser at dunserfarm@att.net or call the church office (662) 328-2927.
GLUCKSTADT St. Joseph, Save-the-Date: The 32nd annual GermanFest is Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-oriented festival is best known for its delicious German food and authentic German Folk music provided by the band, Polkameisters from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cost: Advance meal tickets are $6 and are available from parishioners. Meals the day of the festival will be $7. Details: church office (601) 856-2054.
GRENADA St. Peter, Knights of Columbus are selling tickets for the football raffle for the upcoming season. Tickets will be on sale until September 1. Take time to support your local Knights of Columbus! Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
HERNANDO Holy Spirit, Annual Ladies Association Appreciation Dinner, Saturday, August 25, 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. This year’s theme is: “Color Me Purple”. Wear your purple clothes, hat, shoes and purse. Prizes will be given for best outfit, best purse and best accessories. RSVP by August 13. Details: church office (662) 429-7851 or email holyspirit.la.hernando@gmail.com
Save the date, Church Bazaar, Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Details: Barbara Smith at (662) 233-4833 (home) or (901) 413-8102 (cell).
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, “A Taste of St. Francis” annual multicultural event, Sunday, September 30, in the Family Life Center following 10:30 Mass. Details: call the church office (601) 856-5556 or Amy Hornback (601) 953-4182 for more information about how you can volunteer and cook/bring a dish.
NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Appreciation and gratitude meal Wednesday, August 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center to all parishioners and sponsors who donated to help their youth attend Catholic Heart Work Camp in June. Details: church office (601) 445-5616.
OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16. Sister Rose Hacker, SSSF, will present a talk on Human Trafficking. The group will also be making sandwiches for the needy of New Hope Village in Holly Springs and which is an ongoing project. Details: church office (662) 895-5007.
TUPELO St. James, Study Theology in English or Spanish. Are you inspired by Pope Francis’s commitment to the “freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”? Do you want to better answer the call to holiness in everyday life and bring disciplined study to your Catholic faith? Consider pursuing studies in theology and spirituality in English or Spanish. Loyola University in New Orleans offers Master’s level and Certificate classes at Saint James. Orientation is Sunday, August 19; classes start in September. Details: go to http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/tupelo or call the local class facilitators: Mrs. Gail Boland, (662) 889-8771 or Dr. Len Pinkley, (662) 640-2221.

YOUTH BRIEFS

MADISON St. Joseph School, Spirit Steppers are sponsoring a “Spirit Stepper for a Day” Dance Clinic on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the school gym. “Mini Steppers” will perform during the St. Joe vs. St. Andrew football game on Friday, September 7. K-6th grade are eligible to participate, and the cost is $50. Details: school office (601) 898-4800.

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FORT SMITH, Ark, St. Scholastica Monastery, 3-day silent directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, January 4-7, 2018, Presenter: Sister Rachel Dietz, OSB. It is a time to practice silence in order to make room for God to work in your life and by this, to strengthen your relationship with Him. Cost: $300.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at the time of registration. Lodging and meals are included. Deadline for registration is December 20. Details: retreats@stscho.org or www.stscho.org/retreats
CULLMAN, Ala., Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, Advent day of reflection, Wednesday, December 6, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. An opportunity to ponder your heart’s longing for God in the context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent. Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, O.S.B. Cost: $30, includes lunch and refreshments. Details: contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114, www.shmon.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Spirituality Center and the Redemptorists of Greenwood announce the Second Bilingual Pilgrimage for Life and Family on Saturday, January 20, 2018. All faiths are welcome. The day begins with gathering from 9-10 a.m., a rally from 10-11 a.m., a three-mile pilgrimage on the grounds of Locus Benedictus, with an ecumenical prayer service before a picnic lunch. After the lunch we celebrate Mass in the shrine. Details: (662) 299-1232 or www.locusbenedictus.org.
The Gleaners, an all-faith organization, is celebrating 30 years of contributions to the Jackson-Metro area. Gloria Bomar Martinson named this service after the Biblical story of peasant women picking up the remnants in fields in the Book of Ruth. The organization needs around $50,000 per year for expenses. Tax-exempt donations can be made by check to: P.O. Box 9883, Jackson, MS 39286, phone number (601) 956-4740. Details: Rita Martinson, Lisa W. Davis or Joseph N. Goodell at rrmbm@bellsouth.net (601) 942-0772.
JACKSON Candlelight prayer vigils sponsored by Pastors for Life Mississippi and Pro-Life Mississippi, Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at 400 High Street. Details: plm@ProLifeMississippi.org or (601) 956-8636.
DIAMONDHEAD (Gulf Coast) prayer vigil (see above), Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 6 pm. At Twin Lakes Pavilion, 4040 Twin Lakes Lane. Details: Bill Blaisdell, (228) 255-9835 or bbillblais2@aol.com.
TUPELO prayer vigil (see above), Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6 p.m. Fairpark across from City Hall, Details: Tanya Britton at (601) 672-7010 or tebritton1@yahoo.com.
JACKSON Catholic Charities Adoption program is selling T-shirts and journals. The shirts are purple with an adoption message on the back. The journals are soft bound and have a back pocket. Shirts are $15; journals are $15 or $25 for both. Details: www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org
LAFAYETTE, La, Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat, January 26-28, 2018, Dr. Mary Healy and Father Bill Henry will be featured at the annual Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette. The theme is “Gather in upper room with Mary”. There will also be a Life in the Spirit seminar presented by Deacon Larry Oney, his wife Andi, and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) team. Patti Mansfield will also be featured at this retreat. This retreat is sponsored by CCRNO and serves hundreds of women from throughout the Gulf South. Weekend and Saturday commuters are welcome. Register online at www.ccrno.org or call (504) 828-1368.

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS

AMORY St. Helen, Mission Mississippi, Saturday, December 16 at 8-9 a.m. pancake breakfast and wrapping of gifts for two families. Details: (662) 256-8392.
BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, Ladies of St. Francis Morning Retreat, Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. – noon. Guest Speaker: Mary Louise Jones. Details: church office (601) 833-1799.
JACKSON St. Richard, Christmas candle-light service, a special Christmas remembrance for deceased loved ones, Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. in Foley Hall. Open to all, regardless of how long ago the death occurred or your church affiliation. Please RSVP as soon as possible so that preparations can be made. Details: Linda Lalor (601) 853-8840, Suzie Cranston (601) 982-5464 or Nancy McGhee (601) 942-2078 or ncmcghee@bellsouth.net.
SOUTHAVEN Christ the King, Posada, Monday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the procession with Mary and Joseph in their search for shelter. The night will end with hot chocolate and sweet bread. Details: (662) 342-1073.

YOUTH BRIEFS

NATCHEZ St. Mary Basilica, Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve 4 p.m. family Mass. Practice Monday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Details: Katherine Callon at kecestia@yahoo.com.

VICKSBURG St. Paul, Children’s Christmas Pageant during the Christmas Eve Mass. Children of all ages and teenagers are needed and are encouraged to participate. Practice will be each Sunday at 10 am in Glynn Hall. Details: Candice Reeder (601) 529-0018 or Allyson Johnston at (601) 218-9952.