Feature photo … Meridian teacher honored

MERIDIAN – St. Patrick School kindergarten teacher Lauren Walker, right, accepts the Golden Apple Award for January from Susan Ross, general manager and sales manager for the Meridian Family of Stations, and Michael Harvey, manager of Mississippi Power Company’s Northern Division, during a ceremony on Wednesday, January 15. Walker will receive a laptop and desktop computer as well as a Teacher of the Month Certificate, $300 cash award, a $1,000 continuing education voucher for MSU-Meridian and $1,250 in school supplies. The Golden Apple Award honors outstanding educators in East Mississippi and West Alabama. (Photo by Celeste Saucier)

Parish News

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
BAY ST. LOUIS, St. Augustine Retreat Center, Willwoods Married Couples Retreat: March 18-19. A great opportunity for couples to break away from the daily tasks and spend quality time enriching their marriage. Suggested donation: $275 requested but not required. Details: www.willwoods.org or Jason Angelette, (504) 830-3716.
CANTON Gray Center, Contemplative Prayer Retreat, April 28-30. Presenter: Trappist Monk and prolific author, Fr. William Meninger. He will discuss the connections between forgiveness and love based on his experiences and writings. To register, go to www.graycenter.org Details: marybillups@bellsouth.net or (601) 693-1321.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, Grace for the Journey “A Spiritual Path to Addiction Recovery” meets every Thursday at 6 pm. There is no cost to attend. Details: Magdalene Abraham at (662) 299-1232.

 

PARISH, SCHOOL AND FAMILY EVENTS
CLARKSDALE St. Elizabeth, Mardi Gras Drawdown for $10,000, Friday, February 24. Includes food, music, and silent auction. Cost: $100 ($25 extra for insurance). Details: Tickets available at the school (662) 624-4239 or parish office (662) 624-4301. Silent auction items being collected: artwork, special services (tours, etc), and other items. To donate, contact Jacquee Wells (662) 902-3115 or (662) 627-3114.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper, Thursday, February 16, 4:00-6:30 p.m., KC Hall on Hwy. 8 West. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any KC member. Details: Logan Roberts, (662) 588-5444 or church office, (662) 843-1437.
GRENADA St. Peter, Life Line Screening, Tuesday, February 21. You must sign up in advance. Details: church office (662) 226-2490.
JACKSON St. Peter Cathedral, Lenten retreat and Mardi Gras party and anointing, Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. Doors open at 9a.m. Open to all parishioners, especially those with chronic illness or age 60 years plus. Pre-registration is encouraged. Details: Laura Tarbutton (601) 613-2430.
– St. Richard, “Supper & Substance” celebrating the sacrament of marriage, Saturday, February 11, in Foley Hall. Social at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner. Presenters: John and Carolyn Harris. Cost: $40 per couple. Reservations required and space is limited. Babysitting available. Details: Debbie Tubertini, (601) 366-2335, ext 107, tubertini@saintrichard.com.
MADISON, St. Francis of Assisi, “Jeans, Jazz, and Bruin Blues,” St. Joseph School’s 24th Annual Draw Down, Feb. 18, 2017, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $130 and admit two adults. Each ticket includes a chance to win $10,000 plus gourmet food, assorted desserts, an open bar and live entertainment. Second chance insurance may be added for $20. To sponsor or purchase tickets, visit stjoebruins.com or call the school office at 601-898-4800.

YOUTH BRIEFS
MADISON St. Francis of Assisi, Toby Mac Concert at Mississippi Coliseum, Sunday, February 26, 7 pm, featuring five other Christian artists as well. Meet at coliseum at 6:20 p.m. Open to other parishioners as well. Group rate is $20 per ticket. Registration due by February 17. Details: lindsey.binion@stfrancismadison.org (601) 856-5556.
McCOMB, St. Alphonsus, Deanery Two Youth Gathering and Mass, Sunday, February 19, Grades 7-12. Natchez, Crystal Springs, Brookhaven & McComb youth gather at Liguori Hall at 3:30 p.m. for food & games followed by Mass at 5:30 p.m. Details: Jessica McMillan, (760)-402-0872.
MEMPHIS, Tenn., St. Francis Hospital, mother/daughter program to learn about God’s plan for growing up, becoming a woman and His gifts of sexuality, fertility and chastity, Sunday, March 19, for 10 – 12-year-old girls and Sunday, March 26 for 13 – 16-year-old girls and their mothers. All programs begin at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital, 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis. $25.00 per family. Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.cdom.org. Go to bottom of page and click “2017 Mother/Daughter Programs”. Details: Mary Pat Van Epps at Diocese of Memphis NFP Center (901) 373-1285.

STORM RELIEF
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reports a total of more than 1,400 homes damaged in eight counties, 715 of them were destroyed or sustained major damage from tornadoes and severe storms on Jan 21-22. There were also four confirmed deaths and 60 injuries. Check the MEMA site at http://www.msema.org/ and select “news” for updates on recovery efforts. Catholic Charities – Biloxi will be assisting those affected in Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Jones counties. They are accepting monetary donations at: 1450 N. Street, Gulfport, MS 39507, Attn: Catholic Charities Disaster. For those affected in the counties of Lauderdale, Pike, Franklin and Wilkinson, contact the Jackson Catholic Charities office at 601-326-3785. Monetary donations to Catholic Charities Jackson can be sent to 850 E. River Place, Jackson, MS 39202 or www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org, Attn: Disaster Ministry.

Parish News

WINONA – Marvin Edwards, OFS, lay ecclesial minister, and Betty Halik Parish Council President, burned the building loan note for Sacred Heart Parish on Dec 31, 2016, following Mass. The parish paid off the loan three years early thanks to “hard work, several fund raisers and generous and dedicated members of Sacred Heart and the community of Winona,” said Cathy Edwards. The parish also dedicated a new lighted sign at the celebration. (Photo by Cathy Edwards)

WINONA – Marvin Edwards, OFS, lay ecclesial minister, and Betty Halik Parish Council President, burned the building loan note for Sacred Heart Parish on Dec 31, 2016, following Mass. The parish paid off the loan three years early thanks to “hard work, several fund raisers and generous and dedicated members of Sacred Heart and the community of Winona,” said Cathy Edwards. The parish also dedicated a new lighted sign at the celebration. (Photo by Cathy Edwards)

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

CHATAWA St. Mary of the Pines, annual Jackson St. Richard Parish Ladies Retreat January 20-22. Retreat leader: Molly McCarthy. www.spiritliftingministries.net. Cost $130 per person per double room or $150 per person for single room. For registration forms, go to www.saintrichard.com. Details: tubertini@saintrichard.com, 601-366-2335, ext 107.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Church of the Incarnation, Women’s Morning of Spirituality, Saturday, February 25, 8:15 am – 1:30 pm with continental breakfast at 7:15 am. Details: call 901-853-7468 or front.desk@incarnationcollierville.org.
GREENWOOD Locus Benedictus Retreat center presents “A Spiritual Journey through Biblical Times” on Sunday, January 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m. The presenter is Dr. Nancy Ehret. The cost is $15 per person and $20 per family. Details: www.locusbenedictus.org or call 662-299-1232
LAFAYETTE, La. – Holy Spirit Regional Women’s Retreat sponsored by Catholic Charistmatic Renewal of New Orleans at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Lafayette, January 27-29. Register by noon January 23. Presenters: Michelle Moran, Fr. Joe Krafft & Deacon Larry Oney. Details: www.ccrno.org, CCRNO 504-828-1368.

PARISH, SCHOOL & FAMILY EVENTS

BROOKHAVEN St. Francis, appreciation dinner for all lay ministers. Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Mitchell’s Restaurant. Spouses invited. RSVP by January 20. Babysitting not provided. Details: Parish office: 601-833-1799, office@stfrancisbrookhaven.org
COLUMBUS, Annunciation School Military Appreciation Day (part of Catholic Schools Week), Tuesday, Jan. 31. All members of the military both active and veterans are invited to the celebration. Details: acsmarketing@cableone.net.
CLEVELAND Our Lady of Victories, English as a second language classes offered Sunday mornings in the Parish Center Volunteer teachers needed, not necessary to know Spanish. Details: John Czarnetzky, 662-701-8711
GREENWOOD St. Francis School, annual Mardi Gras celebration, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 7 p.m. – midnight, featuring Steve Azar in concert and the Sensation Band of Memphis. Cost is $35, adults only. Details or to purchase tickets, 662-453-0623.
GRENADA St. Peter Parish, Blood Drive, Sunday, January 29 from 10am-2pm. Please make an appointment. Details: Parish office 662-226-2490 or sign up online at stpetergrenadams.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS St. Joseph Parish, Black History program, Sunday, February 5, after Mass honoring Judy Smith, the first black female superintendent of Holly Springs School District.
OLIVE BRANCH Queen of Peace, Super Bowl Raffle tickets are being sold by Knights of Columbus after Masses for $1.00 per ticket. Drawing will be held after 10:30 a.m. Mass January 29.
JACKSON Respect for Life Candlelight Vigil in Rotunda of State Capitol, Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m. Pro-life of Jackson will sponsor. January 22 marks 45th anniversary of Supreme Court Roe vs Wade. Details: 601-956-8636.
VICKSBURG St. Michael, Adult Faith Formation Class on Sacraments and Worship, beginning Tuesday, January 24, from 7-9 p.m. in the Adult Education Building. Eight class sessions on consecutive Tuesdays with class ending March 21 Textbook: “Sacraments: New Understanding for a New Generation,” by Ray Robert Noll. Cost is $20 plus cost of book. Details: Anita Hossley, 601-638-3871.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES MOVES TO NEW OFFICE

Catholic Charities office will be completely relocated to 850 E. River Place, Jackson MS 39202, in Jackson on Jan. 1, 2017. The new site offers more parking and represents a savings of $70,000 to $110,000. There are 160 employees in the organization and the new personnel director has been a very positive influence.
The Domestic Violence Shelter has purchased a building and offers day care for children, as well as housing. They will relocate when renovations are complete
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CATHOLIC DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Catholic Charities has decided not to stage a Catholic Day at the Capitol for 2017 and instead focus on regional legislative advocacy meetings. Check the Catholic Charities website for details and updates, www.catholiccharitiesjackson.org.

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY 2017
World Marriage Day 2017, Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. Mass and reception at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. The celebration honors all married couples, but those celebrating their 25th, 50th or 60th anniversaries or any significant anniversary are invited to participate.

SAVE THE DATE

Matthew Kelly will be coming to the Jackson area on Saturday March 11th from 2-6 pm at the Madison Central High School Auditorium. The facility seats 1,000 people. The cost of the event is $39.00 per person.
Tickets will be available at the Chancery, various Jackson Metro Area parishes and online at DynamicCatholic.com.
In addition to attendance at perhaps the best Catholic event in America this year, the ticket price includes:
• Hardcover copy of The Four Signs of a DynamicCatholic (retail value $25)
• CD copy of The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality (retail value $10)
• Inspirational Journal (retail value $12)
• Dynamic Catholic pen (retail value $1.95)
• Mass Journal (retail value $10)
Total Retail Value: $58.95
*Please note these products are subject to change.