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


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Walk With Us In The Christmas Spirit

St. Mary Basilica parish welcomes our neighbors, family members, friends, and present and former members to Walk With Us In The Christmas Spirit. Christmas Spirit means sharing kindness, peace, joy, encouragement, faith, forgiveness, and hospitality. Please share these qualities among yourselves and with everyone you meet during the weeks before and after Christmas. Members of St. Mary parish and Cathedral School are asked to actively help with this. We invite former members to join us in this Spirit… Read more


R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 2018-2019

A study of Catholic beliefs and practices including the Church Creed, sacraments,
worship, prayer, morality and commandments. No charge… Read more

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

Asking for your support for Sister Thea Bowman

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz

Bishop Joseph Kopacz was traveling this week for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fall meeting. He sent the speech he presented at the conference asking for his fellow bishops to support the cause for canonization for Sister Thea Bowman as his column for this week. See related story in this issue. His regular column will resume in the next issue… Read more

Rejoice Always!

By Bishop Robert Barron – December 16, 2018

Advent - Week 3
Like most of the prophets, Zephaniah trades in a fair amount of doom and gloom—but he also dreams of the great day of victory and vindication. The Apostle Paul—the former rabbi Shaul, who had studied the prophets and their works under the great teacher Gamaliel—came to see that in the Paschal Mystery, in the dying and rising of Jesus, the totality of Zephaniah’s message was realized. The destruction that Zephaniah and the others foresaw came massively true in the destruction of Christ’s body on the cross. However, having gone all the way down, God in Christ brought the human race all the way up. Therefore, rejoice!

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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

Natchez, Chaplains of Camp Shelby;1941 photograph from the Bishop R. O. Gerow Collection. Chaplains Westendorf, McMahon, Sullivan and McDonnell with Bishop Gerow and Msgr. Brunini in Natchez, MS… View image.

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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