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Celebrations of the Word for Holy Week 2020 For Households and Families

Due to the COVID-19 crises which has prevented the faithful from participating at the Holy Week liturgies in their parishes, these sample prayer services have been adapted from various texts and rituals of Holy Week to allow households the opportunity to celebrate with the Church these sacred days of the year. They are note intended to replace the liturgies if available, or the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours when the faithful have the ability and access to participate. … View or download



While all Masses are closed to the public until further notice, Father Scott and Father Mark will live stream the 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass on the St. Mary Basilica FaceBook page and Please join in each Sunday!

Also, our priests will offer the Sunday Mass for the intentions of our parishioners and will offer a Mass each day for the intentions listed on the back inside page of the bulletin.


New Public Health Concerns Page – Coronavirus

Due to the public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the diocese has a Public Health Concerns page that we will update as more information becomes available. Please visit and see the directives concerning the coronavirus from Bishop Joseph Kopacz.



During this Coronavirus pandemic, we ask our parishioners to remember to send in their regular donations to help with our parish’s weekly operating costs (either mail to 107 S. Union St., Natchez, MS 39120 or use the drop box by the Rectory front door.)

We now have online giving, with the assistance of ParishSOFT’s Church Management Software

The church office remains open, but please try to handle all business by telephone (601.445.5616) or Email. We pray that everyone stays healthy during this difficult time.

Pastor's Corner

Father Scott Thomas

Pastor's Corner Father Scott Thomas

April 12, 2020

Something amazing is going on and we must not lose sight of it! After 40 days of fasting in the season of Lent, which was exacerbated by this whole Coronavirus pandemic, we now begin a season of 50 days of feasting and rejoicing in the Season of Easter. Just like Christmas, Easter is more than just one day. Rather, it is 50 days long, and we must not let the pandemic distract us from that! The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the oldest celebration in Christendom and the most important. It is times like these that we find hope in the Resurrection. And by embracing this truth we can trudge through the awfulness of social distancing and illness with great hope and trust that this, too, shall pass.

For forty days we have gone without singing “Alleluia” but now we bring it back and with great joy. Plaster the word all over your house! Put it on your mirrors, the refrigerator, your phones and computers and everywhere else! Sing the praises of the angels for the Savior has defeated death and offers us eternal life! Another feature is that the first eight days of the season of Easter are basically eight Sundays in a row. In other words, Monday is Easter Sunday. Tuesday is Easter Sunday. And so on. This forms what we call the Easter Octave. We celebrate Octaves to emphasize important days like Christmas and Easter. An Octave is eight straight days referencing that the world was created in seven and recreated on the “eighth day” through the Resurrection of Jesus. To borrow a phrase from a few months ago, Easter ain’t over yet!

Take note of the great Paschal Candle in our sanctuary at St Mary. Its massive size. Its burning flame. Its simplicity without noticeable decoration other than the five incense nails sticking out of it. Even when Jesus rose from the dead, the wounds of His Passion were still visible as reminders of the suffering that comes before the joy. “By His holy and glorious wounds,” prays the priest at the Easter Vigil, “may Christ the Lord guard us and protect us.”

Finally, join in reciting the Regina Caeli in place of the Angelus through the season of Easter until the Solemnity of Pentecost has passed.

The Regina Caeli is as follows:
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Scott and Fr. Mark plan to trade months in offering
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St. Thomas of Canterbury stain glass window 8(b). In Memory of parents of Letitia Payne (1893)

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