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


Every five years St. Mary Basilica parish produces an updated directory of all parishioners’ names, addresses and phone numbers as well as pictures of those who have their photographs taken for our directory by LifeTouch. Our new pictorial directory will be available in Fall 2018. Every parishioner who has a photo taken for the directory will receive a free 8 x 10 photograph and a free directory—a hard copy as well as an online directory. Access the link below to schedule your photography session with Lifetouch. Pets are also welcome in your photo!

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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Summed Up in Christ

For many people in the West, liberty seems to trump everything. We avatars of the egodrama, we worshippers at the altar of freedom, say that our choice is supreme. We don't want anyone to constrain our pursuit of money, success, power, influence, safety, or physical health. But what matters in the end is not to place our wills in the position of ultimate concern. Everything in nature, history, science, and our careers is, in the end, summed up in Christ.

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Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire

Bishops declare Sister Thea ‘Servant of God’

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz
Earlier this month the Catholic Bishops of the United States gathered for the annual spring meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to address a range of pastoral realities that currently affect the Church and society… Read more

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Virtue Ethics

I recently finished a paper on chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which I was asked to talk about at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. While many have discussed chapter 8 of this exhortation, I was really struck by the Pope's comments on moral formation, communication technology, and sex education in the previous chapter.
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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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"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come
to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
Mark Twain

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One of many facial corbels in St. Mary Basilica.

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