Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

This Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020 (Good Shepherd Sunday) was live streamed on Facebook at 9 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Spanish) from Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz.

For better visual quality visit https://www.facebook.com/JacksonDiocese/

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-718704.

Third Sunday of Easter

This Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 was livestreamed on Facebook from Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Father Matthew Simmons. (English and Spanish versions are below.)

For better visual quality visit https://www.facebook.com/JacksonDiocese/

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-718704.

Catholic Schools Closed through end of 2019-2020 school term & Early Learning Centers through May 22

Superintendent Catherine Cook sent the following letter out to school’s regarding closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school term and Early Learning Centers through May 22.

April 15, 2020

Dear Catholic School Parents,

First, thank you, for your ongoing support of the Catholic school your child(ren) attends. Your support allows us to partner with you in a new way to provide Catholic education to our 3661 students across the Diocese. Please know that we recognize the added burden the Distance Learning has placed upon you as parents. We know that across the Diocese we have families that represent those that are struggling financially due to lay- offs, juggling working from home while supervising your children, and others working in essential businesses and professions that require you to go to work each day facing the coronavirus head-on. We know this “new partnership in education” has added to the stress this pandemic has placed upon us all. Each school has kept learning going forward for their students. I have been pleased to see the daily prayer, faith formation lessons, and Lenten prayer experiences provided to your children. We believe the learning experiences infused with faith formation is what sets Catholic school education apart. Our hope is that during this difficult time, the added prayers and reflections provided to your families through student lessons and social media have been a source of spiritual support for your family.

For full letter, click here. (Espanol)

National Prayer on Good Friday

National Day of Prayer on Good FridayArchbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children.

Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
11:00 AM (12:00 PM EDT)
Livestream: USCCB and Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Text of Litany of the Sacred Heart: English / Spanish
Social Media: Invitation

Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19.

Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb.