Statement From Bishop Kopacz on COVID-19 Regarding Suspension of Mass And Parish Ministries Effective Immediately

In Solidarity with the Archdiocese of Mobile and the Dioceses of Biloxi and Birmingham, I announce today that Public Masses in every parish, school and institution in the Diocese of Jackson are suspended effective immediately until further notice. This decision was guided by health experts, the Center for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Health and in light of the announcements from President
Trump and Governor Reeves. The situation will be reassessed at the beginning of April in regards to the Sacred Triduum ceremonies.



Death of Father Martin Ruane

Father Martin Ruane died this morning at St. Dominic’s Hospital. Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday, May 19th – Visitation from 5-7 p.m., Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Jude Church, Pearl
Wednesday, May 20th – Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. at St. Jude Church.

Father Ruane was born ordained in Ireland on Dec. 20, 1938 in Ballinasloe, Ireland. He was ordained June 8, 1963.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

In the Diocese of Jackson and the Province of Mobile, the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This transferral happens every year.

Therefore, Thursday, May 14 is the Feast of St. Mattias, Apostle, found in the Proper. This is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but it is a major feast day for an apostle. The Gloria is recited or sung, Vestment color is red. The readings are from #564 in the Lectionary: Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Psalm 113:1-8; John 15:9-17. Preface of Apostles I or II.

Sunday, May 17, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Readings are from #58 in the Lectionary.

Please check the Ordo for further questions. Thank you.

Decrees on Suppression of St. Mary Parish, relegation of church

Bishop Joseph Kopacz announced the impending suppression of St. Mary Parish and merger with St. Therese Parish on Friday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m., during a meeting with members of the parish community. See previous post in Diocesan News for details. The merger and suppression are now complete with the publication of the following decrees. The community will gather for a final Mass at St. Mary Sunday, March 8th at 3 p.m.

St Mary Jackson – Suppression

St Mary Jackson – Relegating to Profane

Invitation to participate in Family Synod Survey

Many thanks to all those who responded to the Survey in preparation for the Synod on the Family. While the survey itself is closed, we wanted to make the preparation document available to anyone who might want to read, reflect and pray about it. The link to the online document and PDF versions are below.

 “Lineamenta – “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”

Lineamenta En Espanol

Lineamenta in English

Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family in his Angelus address on the Feast of the Holy Family. . . (Dec. 29, 2013):

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

St. Mary Parish supressed, merged with St. Therese

St. Mary Parish suppressed, merged

Bishop Joseph Kopacz announced the impending suppression of St. Mary Parish and merger with St. Therese Parish on Friday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m., during a meeting with members of the parish community. Bishop Kopacz made the decision after prayerful discernment with the pastor, parish community, presbyteral council and the engineering firm Laird + Smithers, of information gathered over a period of months as well as consultation of Canon Law. The merger and suppression will be completed by decree in approximately one week. The community will gather for a final Mass at St. Mary Sunday, March 8th.
St. Mary Parish has experienced a decline in membership in recent years, making the cost of repairs unrealistic. The neighborhood, once a thriving community for young families who supported both the parish and a school, has experienced a dramatic decline in population. This was noted almost 9 years ago when St. Mary School merged with Christ the King to create Sister Thea Bowman School.
It has also been discovered that St. Mary’s church building has suffered from structural degradation in recent years including water intrusion as well as foundation and wall cracks. An engineering firm that consulted on the building on behalf of the diocese said that while the structure remains safe at the present time, continued decay should be expected and could render the building unsafe. It would be hard to know when that happens and the safety of the community had to be a priority in this decision.
In order to provide for the care of souls, Bishop Kopacz decided to suppress and merge St. Mary. There are three parishes within three miles of St. Mary, Christ the King, St. Therese and the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. Parishioners who live in St. Mary’s parish boundaries are encouraged to become a member of their new parish, St. Therese Church. Those living outside the parish boundaries are encouraged to join the churches where they live. “I know losing a beloved parish church is difficult and this was not a decision I made lightly or quickly. My prayers are with the families who have a historic connection to St. Mary Parish, including the dedicated individuals who have supported St. Mary up to this very day. I know the members of St. Therese Church are ready to welcome them with their many gifts warmly.”

Here is the text of the statement Bishop Joseph Kopacz made to the St. Mary community

2015 Confirmation Schedule

Below is the confirmation schedule for 2015. If a candidate is unable to attend the celebration in their local area, the pastor or confirmation coordinator should contact the parish where they would be able to receive the sacrament.

April 12 – St. Richard Parish, Jackson – 5 pm

April 19 – St. Joseph Parish, Gluckstadt – 5 pm

April 21 – Annunciation Parish, Columbus – 6 pm

April 22 – St. Elizabeth Parish, Clarksdale – 6 pm

April 29 – St. Francis Parish, Madison – 6:30 pm

May 2 – St. John Parish, Oxford – 11 am

May 2 – St. Francis Parish, New Albany – 4:30 pm

May 3 – St. Luke Parish, Bruce – 11 am

May 5 – St. Jude Parish, Pearl – 6 pm

May 9 – St. Joseph Parish, Greenville – 11 am

May 9 – St. Peter Parish, Grenada – 6 pm

May 10 – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Houston – 11 am

May 10 – St. Helen Parish, Amory – 4:30 pm

May 12 – St. Patrick Parish, Meridian – 6 pm

May 14 – St. Mary Basilica, Natchez – 6 pm

May 17 – Our Lady of Victories, Cleveland – 5 pm

July 25 – St. James Parish, Tupelo – 4:30 pm

Oct. 25 – Christ the King Parish, Southaven, 5 pm