November Priests’ Assignments

On the recommendation of Very Reverend John Edmunds, S.T., General Custodian of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity:

Reverend Odel Medina, S.T. appointed Pastor of St. Anne, Carthage, in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Therese, Kosciusko and Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart, Camden and Holy Child Jesus, Canton, effective November 1, 2014.

Reverend Raúl Ventura, S.T. appointed Associate Pastor of St. Anne, Carthage, and St. Therese, Kosciusko, in addition to duties as Pastor of Sacred Heart, Camden and Holy Child Jesus, Canton, effective November 1, 2014.

+Joseph R. Kopacz

 

 

 

Bishop Kopacz meets Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets Bishop Kopacz of Diocese of Jackson, Miss., during meeting with new bishops at VaticanBishop Joseph Kopacz met Pope Francis on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Holy Father received in audience more than 130 newly ordained bishops from around the world. At the audience each bishop was able to spend a few moments with Pope Francis. Cutline — Pope Francis greets Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson, Miss., during a meeting with 138 new bishops from around the world at the Vatican Sept. 18. The pope encouraged bishops to be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

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July Clergy Appointments

On the recommendation of Very Reverend Harry A. Grile, C.Ss.R., Provincial Superior of the Redemptorists Denver Province, the following appointments effective July 1, 2014:

Rev. Patrick Keyes, C.Ss.R. appointed to the Mississippi Delta Hispanic Initiative as Superior of the Redemptorist Community in Greenwood.

Rev. Scott Katzenberger, C.Ss.R. appointed to the Mississippi Delta Hispanic Initiative of the Redemptorist Community in Greenwood.

Rev. Theodore Dorcey, C.Ss.R. appointed to the Mississippi Delta Hispanic Initiative of the Redemptorist Community in Greenwood.

Rev.Thanh Dinh Nguyen, C.Ss.R. appointed to the Mississippi Delta Hispanic Initiative of the Redemptorist Community in Greenwood.

Rev. Ricardo Phipps appointed Pastor of St. Therese Church, Jackson, in addition to his other duties as Pastor at Christ the King and St. Mary Churches, Jackson, effective July 1, 2014.

Rev. Jeremy Tobin, O.Praem. appointed Associate Pastor, Christ the King, St. Mary & St. Therese Churches, Jackson, effective July 15, 2014.

 

SCOTUS ruling on Hobby Lobby

July 1, 2014

Diocesan Statement

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., is a victory for religious freedom guaranteed under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). Although the Hobby Lobby decision involved a for-profit corporation, the Court’s reasoning also supports the position of non-profit Catholic organizations who have filed their own challenges against the Mandate.

The federal government is defending the non-profit Mandate on the ground that it makes available a so-called “accommodation” to non-profit religious organizations who object to providing or paying for contraceptive coverage. Under the “accommodation,” non-profit religious objectors are required to sign and submit a “self-certification” that triggers an obligation for their insurance company or third-party administrator to provide contraceptive coverage to employees who are enrolled in their health insurance plans. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has made clear, this “accommodation” is illusory. It fails to alleviate the moral problem inherent in the Mandate because it continues to require Catholic organizations to act in violation of their religious beliefs—namely, by (1) filing a legal document that triggers a third party’s obligation to provide contraceptive coverage; and (2) continuing to provide health insurance through a third party that is authorized to provide contraceptive coverage to employees enrolled in the plans.

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Catholic Charities, Catholic Schools and other diocesan entities have joined the Biloxi Diocese and others in requesting injunctive and other relief similar to the remedies provided to religious employers in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh,and D.C. Circuits. The lawsuit is presently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The government parties have been served with a copy of the Complaint and a Summons and a responsive pleading is due from the government attorneys August 4. Our lawsuit does not seek to deny access of the public to contraceptives, abortifacients or sterilization, but instead seeks relief from governmental regulations that require religious entities to violate their beliefs.

​We are elated the United States Supreme Court recognized and affirmed the importance of religious freedom in the practice of business. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties have scored an important victory regarding religious conscience that we hope that it will likewise lead to a triumph for religious-based and nonprofit employers pursuing similar lawsuits.

New Priests’Assignments

Father Binh Nguyen appointed associate pastor of Madison St. Francis Parish, effective July 1;

Father José de Jesús Sánchez appointed associate pastor of Meridian St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parishes, effective July 1;

Father Rusty Vincent appointed associate pastor of Greenville St. Joseph Parish, effective July 1.

Bishop’s Ball – June 27, 6 pm

The 2014 Bishop’s Ball promises to be another wonderful event to help raise funds for the vital ministries of Catholic Charities. The Ball will  welcome our new Bishop, Joseph Kopacz, to the diocese. For their tireless dedication to the mission of Catholic Charities Samaritan Awards will be given to Alex and Pat Malouf of Greenwood and James and Carol Cooper of Jackson.

Music and dancing will fill the evening as well as a silent auction, live auction and the great food of Jackson Country Club.

Tickets are a bargain at $75. Get yours today by calling Jennifer Kelemen @ 601.326.3758 or email her jennifer.kelemen@catholiccharitiesjackson.org

 

Appointments – effective April 1

Reverend Odel Medina, S.T. appointed Pastor of St. Therese Church, Kosciusko, in addition to his duties as Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart, Camden, effective April 1, 2014.

Sheila Przesmicki appointed Lay Ecclesial Minister, St. Francis of Assisi, Booneville and its mission, St. Mary, Iuka, effective April 1, 2014.

Linda Gunther appointed Lay Ecclesial Minister, St. James the Less Church, Corinth, effective April 1, 2014.

Holy Week

Holy Week Celebrations at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle

Bishop Joseph Kopacz will preside at the following celebrations in the Cathedral. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 15 – 5:45 pm — Mass of Chrism

Wednesday, April 16 – 5:30 pm — Tenebrae

Thursday, April 17 – 5:30 pm — Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday, April 18 – 5:30 pm — Good Friday

Saturday, April 19 – 8 pm — Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 20 – 10:30 am – Easter Sunday