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.

St. Mary's VBS

June 4, 2018 — June 8, 2018

Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Each day at Shipwrecked VBS, kids travel through faith-building rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures.

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

Holiness both Ordinary, Transcendent

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
“That my joy will be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15, 11)
These were the words of Jesus in last Sunday’s Gospel when he was preparing his disciples for his radical separation from them on the Cross. In the same conversation he invites them into divine friendship and instructs them – or maybe pleads with them – to “love one another as I have loved you.” 15,12-14) This passage is the ideal pathway into Pope Francis’ recently published exhortation on holiness… Read more

Walking according to The Spirit

I’m delighted that on this Pentecost Sunday, I can reflect on one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is taken from the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this passage, Paul gives those who belong to Christ their marching orders by laying out the works of the flesh—those attitudes and actions that stand against the way of love—and the works of the Spirit.

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Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire

Bishop Barron on St. Peter and Salvation

St. Peter's sermon in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles proposes a very serious challenge to the inclusiveness and non-judgmentalism that is taken for granted in our culture today. The chief of the Apostles says, “He is the stone rejected by you the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Stay with how uncomfortable this is—because in a way, that’s the point.
Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire

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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"The happiness of your life depends upon the
quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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One of many facial corbels in St. Mary Basilica.

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