Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Stain glass window executed by Emil Frei of St . Louis. Gift of Mrs. Mary Passbach


Summer Choir Camp

July 16–20, 2018

Register now for Cantate! - a choir and fine arts camp for children July 16-20, 2018. Campers will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and be introduced to selections that are part of the choral curriculum for St. Mary Basilica choral groups during the 2018-2019 liturgical year. Participants also will serve as principal music ministers at the 5 p.m. Mass on July 21, where their created art projects will also be displayed.

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Cost is $25 per student and includes daily snacks, tee-shirt and all copyright and performance fees. Online registration is available by clicking the link below. For more information email the Music Director.

Protection of Children

The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children. The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.

Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents entrusted to our care… Learn more

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Father O'Connor Tour of Ireland

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Father O’Connor will lead a group trip to Ireland June 25- July 5, 2018. The group will depart and return to Jackson and will be limited to 35 people. The group will fly Jackson – Atlanta- Dublin and return… Read more

The Mustard Seed Principle

Our Gospel for today features one of Jesus’ most beloved parables: that of the mustard seed. How does God tend to work? What does the building up of the Kingdom typically look like? From the very small to the very great—and usually by a slow, gradual process. God, it seems, tends to operate under the radar, on the edges of things, quietly, clandestinely.

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Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire

Visitation perfect complement to ordinations

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
“My sons you are now to be advanced to the order of the Presbyterate. You must apply your energies to the duty of teaching in the name of Christ, the chief teacher. Meditate on the law of God: believe what you read, teach what you believe and put into practice what you teach… Read more

Bishop Barron on Priestly Celibacy

Everything in this world—including sex, family, and worldly relationships—is good, but not ultimate. This is why, the Church is convinced, God chooses certain people to be celibate: in order to witness to a transcendent form of love.
Bishop Robert Barron WordonFire

Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years… Fr. Ron Rolheiser's column

Catholic Diocese of Jackson - Bishop R.O. Gerow Collection

From the Bishop R. O. Gerow Collection. A photograph of Bishop Thomas Heslin as he lay in state in the Rectory in Natchez, Mississippi. Bishop Heslin was named the fifth Bishop of Natchez by Pope Leo XIII. Click image to view.

Catechism of The Catholic Church

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" than the name of Jesus… New, easy-to-navigate format

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"A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax
and a fine, except that a fine is generally much lighter.”
G.K. Chesterton

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One of many facial corbels in St. Mary Basilica.

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