Bishop Kopacz and Fran Lavelle talk about progress made in Synod and Regional Sessions

Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Fran Lavelle talk about the Synod process and reflect on amazing progress the Diocese of Jackson has had with the process on a parish and ministry level. They also speak on the remaining upcoming regional synod sessions around the diocese:
Tuesday, March 29, 2022: St. Jude Pearl 6:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, March 30, 2022: St. Mary Basilica Natchez 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 31, 2022: Immaculate Heart of Mary Greenwood 5:30-7 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 31, 2022: St. Francis Greenwood 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Monday, April 4, 2022: St. Patrick Meridian 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 6-7 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 7-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, April 6, 2022: St. Mary Batesville 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
(Previous sessions happening at St. Francis Madison on March 21 and at St. Michael Forest (Spanish) on March 24.)

Bishop Kopacz to join Pope Francis in Consecrating Russia and Ukraine on March 25

JACKSON – Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz will preside at a Holy Hour for the Consecration of the Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle. This local celebration is in conjunction with Pope Francis’ Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the IHM at 5 pm Rome time.

The Holy Hour will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and the Prayer of Consecration from Pope Francis. Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord will be celebrated immediately following the Holy Hour and Consecration.

Bishop Kopacz invites all priests, deacons and laity to the Cathedral next Friday to participate in solidarity with Pope Francis and the faithful around the world, especially in Ukraine and Russia.

Regional Synods set throughout Diocese of Jackson

Regional Synod Listening Sessions

Bishop Kopacz will be holding regional listening sessions for the Synod on Synodality. The diocese has done a cursory review of the major themes from the local listening sessions. In the sessions with Bishop Kopacz, we are seeking concrete ways to advance the ideas from the local sessions. Please join your nearest session:

Monday, March 21, 2022: St. Francis Madison 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022: St. Mary Batesville 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 24, 2022: St. Michael Forest 7-8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Tuesday, March 29, 2022: St. Jude Pearl 6:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, March 30, 2022: St. Mary Basilica Natchez 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 31, 2022: Immaculate Heart of Mary Greenwood 5:30-7 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 31, 2022: St. Francis Greenwood 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Monday, April 4, 2022: St. Patrick Meridian 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 6-7 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 7-8 p.m. (Spanish)

Sesiones Regionales de Escucha

El obispo Kopacz estará participando, a través de la diócesis, en Sesiones Regionales de Escucha, como parte del proceso del Sínodo sobre la sinodalidad. La diócesis ha revisado los temas principales de las sesiones de escucha locales. En estas sesiones regionales con el obispo Kopacz, buscamos formas concretas para promover las ideas de las sesiones locales. Únase a la sesión más cercana a Usted:

Lunes, 21 de marzo de 2022: St. Francis Madison 6-7:30 p.m. (Inglés)
Martes, 22 de marzo de 2022: St. Mary Batesville 6-7:30 p.m. (Inglés)
Jueves, 24 de marzo de 2022: St. Michael Forest 7-8:30 p.m. (Español)
Martes, 29 de marzo de 2022: St. Jude Pearl 6:30-8 p.m. (Español)
Miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2022: Basílica de Santa María Natchez 6-7:30 p.m. (Inglés)
Jueves, 31 de marzo de 2022: Inmaculado Corazón de María Greenwood 5:30-7 p.m. (Inglés)
Jueves, 31 de marzo de 2022: St. Francis Greenwood 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Español)
Lunes, 4 de abril de 2022: St. Patrick Meridian 6-7:30 p.m. (Inglés)
Martes, 5 de abril de 2022: St. James Tupelo 6-7 p.m. (Inglés)
Martes, 5 de abril de 2022: St. James Tupelo 7-8 p.m. (Español)

Bishops issue joint statement on SB2643 – opens door for unilateral divorce

We, the undersigned, are the Catholic Bishops of the Dioceses of Jackson and Biloxi that encompass the state of Mississippi in its entirety. We are writing in unison to express our concern over Senate Bill 2643, specifically its 13th addition that in effect is opening the door to a process of unilateral divorce that is subject to abuse on many fronts.

For the past 50 years the State of Mississippi rightly has codified the compelling grounds that protect the rights of the injured party in a marriage to petition for divorce. Desertion, chronic drug and/or alcohol abuse, spousal domestic abuse, intellectual disability and mental illness do erode and can devastate the bond of marriage. The rights and wellbeing of the injured spouse and family members must be upheld in such cases. With regard to mental illness this current bill painstakingly addresses the safeguards that must be in place in order to determine beyond a reasonable doubt that the mental illness undermines one’s capacity for marriage. These precautions are prudent and just and well-grounded in jurisprudence that surrounds marriage with the presumption of permanence.

On the contrary, the insertion of the 13th cause at the end of the bill is troublesome because it takes another path, and opens the door for unilateral divorce. As written, it is lacking in any of the intrinsic safeguards that are so evident in the 12th cause on mental illness. Aside from the compelling reasons noted above that can justify divorce, the 13th cause appears to be going down a slippery slope that could erode the institution of marriage and thus undermine the common good of society.

We hope that this bill is voted down in its current form. We thank you for your consideration over this critical matter.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

For PDF of above letter – click here

For text and latest updates to SB2643 visit: http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislation/measure-search/