By DAWN MCGINLEY
MORTON – Two dozen college students from three different colleges across the diocese spent the weekend of Feb. 24-25 at Roosevelt State Park participating in spiritual renewal thanks to the College Campus Ministry spring retreat. Students came from Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi and East Central Community College in Neshoba County.
The retreat theme was Heart Speaks Unto Heart. Father Jason Johnston, associate pastor of Madison St. Francis of Assisi Parish and teacher at Madison St. Joseph High School was the retreat leader. He and Father Rusty Vincent, coordinator for College Campus Ministry for the diocese, planned the weekend. It included Mass and small group faith sharing.
(Dawn McGinley woirks in College Campus Ministry in Starkville.)
MORTON – Father Jason Johnston leads the spring retreat for college students Feb. 24-25, at Roosevelt State Park. Students from three Mississippi colleges attended. (Photos by Gina Mowdy)
The altar is set for Mass at the retreat. The theme was Heart Speaks unto Heart.
COLUMBUS – On Tuesday, December 19, Annunciation School pre-k through fifth graders performed in the annual Christmas Extravaganza at the Rent auditorium on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. (Photo by Katie Fenstermacher)
JACKSON – Children at St. Therese Parish were the stars of the program, singing in English and Spanish, at the beginning of Christmas Mass. The children are singing Las Posadas, a reenactment of Joseph and Mary looking for shelter. (Photos by Elsa Baughman)
CORINTH – On Christmas Eve, families of St. James Parish celebrate the final Posada of 2017 with food, music and festivities. (Photo by Luis Rosales)
PEARL – On Thursday, December 18, the Catholic youth from Meridian St. Joseph and St. Patrick parishes kicked off their holiday break with a day trip to Pearl where they enjoyed the movie “The Star,” shared lunch and went ice skating at the Christmas Wonderland. Natalie Pierce, left, Maggie Manning and Taylor Nguyen support one another on the ice. In the background, l-r, are Hannah Dover and Serena Harwell Sanders. (Photo by John Harwell)
MADISON – More than 400 teachers, administrators and staff from all the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Jackson gathered at Madison St. Joseph Catholic School on Friday, Jan. 5, for a development day. They got to hear John Findlater, a veteran of Catholic Schools, speak about the rewards of a Catholic education for both the givers and the receivers. Findlater gained teaching and administrative experience in the Archdiocese of Detroit, serving a spectrum of students across socio-economic, cultural and academic groups. Participants heard his thoughts on the importance of knowing the history of each school and how schools mirror society in every way. He said educators and schools must be adaptive to change while still holding true to Catholic identity. He delivered his important message with humor, song and even dance. The day closed with Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz. (Photos by Maureen Smith)