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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. … Continue reading

INVITATION R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

A study of Catholic beliefs and practices including the Church Creed, sacraments, worship, prayer, morality and commandments. No charge … Download pdf file for more information.

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What sets Catholic health care apart

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz

On Monday, July 1, Catholic healthcare in central Mississippi took a historic stride forward when the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois passed on the torch of sponsorship to the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Franciscan Calais Ministry has been providing Catholic health care needs in north-central Louisiana since 1911, while the Dominican Sisters launched their mission with Catholic health care in Jackson in 1946. … Continue reading

Martha, Mary, and the Attitude of Discipleship Ordinary Time - Week 16

By Bishop Robert Barron – July 21, 2019

Although the little story of Martha and Mary has been interpreted throughout the centuries as a parable dealing with the “active” and “contemplative” approach to the spiritual life, it can be read as Christ’s invitation to all people to partake in his inner circle of discipleship. Christ overturned the social conventions of his time by summoning all people to discipleship. Thus, we must remove all barriers to discipleship for all people.

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Bishop Barron on “John Wick: Chapter 3”

By Bishop Robert Barron – June 20, 2019

As I watched the third installment of the “John Wick” franchise, I thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and his metaphor for life and death. Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire.

“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.

In reading the "Catechism of the Catholic Church"
we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God... Pope John Paul II

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"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you
take things for granted or take them with gratitude."

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Stain Glass Window in St.. Mary Basilica Gift of Mrs. Mary Passbach (1961)   

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