U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference to be livestreamed

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic bishops will gather Nov. 16 and 17 for their annual meeting, but this time in an online format because of the coronavirus pandemic. In what is undoubtedly one of the largest virtual gatherings of Catholic bishops in the world, more than 300 prelates are expected to log on for the two-day meeting with plenary sessions to be livestreamed from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 1 p.m. to about 2:45 p.m. Nov. 17, both Eastern Standard Time, to accommodate the variety of time zones. The sessions will be livestreamed at www.usccb.org/live via a YouTube channel.

“Hopefully, this is the only (annual bishops’ meeting) we have to do this way, but you never know,” said James Rogers, chief communications officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Nov. 10 interview with Catholic News Service. The online format becomes a challenge at a time when the prelates are expected to discuss some of toughest issues affecting the world, the nation and the church, and it comes days after the release of an extensive report on former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and his ascent to power despite abuse allegations against him.

Catholic Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarship applications for the Brunini Memorial Scholarship and the Stella Schmidt Memorial Scholarship are open.

The Brunini Scholarship is for any undergraduate at a Catholic college or university. Area of study is not restricted. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.

The Stella Schmidt Scholarship was established to be used specifically for tuition assistance for advanced studies in theology or religious education at Spring Hill College. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.

Visit St. Mary Basilica on MPB Mississippi Roads on 9/24/20

St. Mary Basilica is one of several Mississippi historic churches featured in the upcoming Mississippi Roads show airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television on September 24, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Watch the episode again on September 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
In Natchez/Adams County, you can watch MPB Television by tuning in to WMAU TV channel 17 or on DIRECTV or DISH channel 29.
After the episode airs, it will be available on the MPB website at video.mpbonline.org/show/mississippiroads.

Mississippi Roads is a local public television program presented by MPB. It showcases Mississippi’ s unique landmarks, attractions, art, history, culture, and of course, people. Mississippi Roads provides viewers an insider’s guide to the towns, events, attractions, history, art, music, food, natural beauty and intriguing individuals that make Mississippi so unique.

Catholic Charities – Creating Hope 2020 Campaign

Catholic Charities needs your support to continue providing help and creating hope! Through their 22 programs they assist Mississippians in need with adoption, therapeutic foster care, drug and alcohol counseling, rape crisis intervention, domestic violence shelters and mental health counseling.

Donate to Creating Hope 2020 here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/catholiccharitiesjacksoncreatinghope2020?fbclid=IwAR32kCINUSdfbPGUafvpyz7QAh0u-rB9KbVYmNPyJKdB2QUwhtPXaQk6_q0

Hurricane Special Collection – Sept. 26 & 27

Special Collection Notice: The USCCB recently announced this special collection for September 26 & 27. Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Laura and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. Funds collected will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, according to Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will also be allotted some of the collections’ proceeds for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the church.

Back to School FAQ

As our country and our diocese continue to navigate this unique situation, our Office of Education is continually working to provide the most up-to-date resources for our administrators, teachers, students, and parents.


Back to School Information

Pautas de regreso a la escuela

Guidance for Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Schools

On Tuesday, August 4th, Dr. Carlos Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP, and Mrs. Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, hosted a webinar to review the back-to-school guidelines for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. Click the link below to view a recording on the webinar:
Webinar with Dr. Carlos A. Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP

You can also view shorter informational videos below, to hear answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our plans for returning to school.

Back to School Frequently Asked Questions

As we prepare to open our schools in just a few weeks, we wanted to provide you with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding our plans to return to campus.

How were these guidelines created?

Our guidelines were created by a Diocesan Task Force comprised of principals, teachers, parents, and healthcare professionals. Click here to for a message from Karla Luke, Associate Superintendent, for more information.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There are several steps all individuals can take to help stop the spread. Click here for a message from Michelle Glorioso, NP, parent, and member of our task force.

What are our schools doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

When you return to school in August, you will notice several new procedures in place. Click here for a message from Bridget Martin, principal at Sacred Heart School in Southaven.

Will schools still offer extracurricular activities?

As Catholic schools, we recognize the importance of enrichment activities in fulfilling our mission to educate the whole child, and we are working to balance this commitment with current limitations on activities that ensure the health and safety of all community members. Click here for a message from Craig Mandolini, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, discussing plans for extracurricular activities.

Learn more about the seven characteristics Mr. Mandolini refers to in this Decision Matrix Guide.

What if I have additional questions?

We want to ensure that all of our community members are confident in the educational experience we will provide this year. Click here for a message from Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, and chair of the Diocesan Taskforce.