Faith and Family: Reception honoring St. Mary’s retiring pastor set for June 23

NATCHEZ — The congregation of St. Mary Basilica invites the community to contribute to a tribute for the Rev. David O’Connor as he embarks on his new journey in retirement.

O’Connor recently announced his retirement after serving the last 16 years as the pastor of the St. Mary and Assumption Catholic churches… Continue reading

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

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A Celtic Adventure to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Hosted by Father O'Conner

A Celtic Adventure
10 Day Air & Land Package: Monday July 8th – Thursday July 18th 2019

July 8th will be a travel day – first day in England will be July 9thMore information on the tour

Easter season brings new life to Church

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz

Fittingly, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, I experience the abundant life that Jesus promised in his life-giving death and resurrection. Sacramentally, the oil of Chrism flows in abundance in the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation throughout the diocese. In a distinct way the sacred Chrism anoints the hands of the newly ordained priests, now configured to Jesus Christ through Holy Orders. We joyfully welcome Father Mark Shoffner and Father Adolfo Suarez-Pasillas as priests in the Diocese of Jackson. … Continue reading

Begotten Not Made Trinity Sunday

By Bishop Robert Barron – June 16, 2019

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Nicene Creed articulates the mystery of the Trinity with the wonderful phrase “begotten not made,” meaning that the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving love breathed out between the Father and the Son.

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Bishop Barron on Pope Francis, Tradition, and John Henry Newman

By Bishop Robert Barron – June 11, 2019

A recent informal statement from Pope Francis about tradition not being a “return to the ashes” has gotten some attention. There are two poles to avoid in this discussion: a liberalism that stresses a mindless openness to the culture, and a “conservatism of the museum” that desperately clings to the past. The one that helps us to see through the dilemma is someone who will be canonized by Pope Francis in a few months—namely, John Henry Newman. 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.
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we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God...Pope John Paul II

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