Anonymous Donors offer matching challenge grant for debt reduction to three diocesan schools

32169810_10156436419143140_4237026928751542272_n

32148285_10156436419193140_390610881681031168_n

32116635_10156436419273140_4464004014631026688_n

DIOCESE OF BILOXI -Anonymous donors have come forward to offer a matching challenge grant for debt retirement of up to $500,000 to three diocesan schools – Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula, St. Patrick Catholic School in Biloxi and Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hattiesburg.

Bishop Louis F. Kihneman, III, fourth Bishop of Biloxi, visited each school on May 9 to share the good news with students, teachers, administrators and stakeholders.

“I am deeply touched by the commitment of the donors for this most generous gift which will help these schools meet our mission to teach, preach and make holy.” said Bishop Kihneman. “I express my deepest appreciation to all who sacrifice in order for children to attend Catholic Schools. Your commitment, dedication and love will impact our children throughout their lives.”

In order to receive funding, recipients must adhere to a number of stipulations, including, but not limited to, the following:
• Each participating school will be awarded up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000).
• Each participating school will be required to match dollar for dollar in order to receive full donation.
• Each participating school will be given a five year period to raise the funds necessary for the match.
• The five year matching period begins on August 1, 2018 and ends July 31, 2023.
• If the match occurs any time before the 5 year period expires, all funds will be released.

“The destruction of Hurricane Katrina set our schools back financially, and they toil diligently to keep Catholic tuition affordable,” said Dr. Mike Ladner, Superintendent of Schools. “Our schools provide tremendous opportunities for so many children. They help families provide their children a strong foundation, formed in Christ, with moral and spiritual guidance to give them strength to live faithfully in a secular world.”

 

 

Advertisements

Guardian Angel….helping others receive the gift of Catholic Education

Guardian Angel Cover

By donating to the Guardian Angel program, you can now help others receive the gift of a Catholic education. The Guardian Angel program is the vision of the Most Reverend Louis F. Kihneman, III, Bishop of Biloxi, and its mission is to provide financial assistance for children to attend Catholic schools in the Biloxi Diocese. Many children in the Biloxi Diocese long to receive a Catholic education but simply cannot afford it. The purpose of the Guardian Angel program is to provide needs-based scholarship assistance to allow all children who want to receive a Catholic education to be able to receive a Catholic education. Parents/Guardians apply for assistance through the Guardian Angel program, and the pastor and principal at each school will review the applications and make award determinations. The scholarship is available to all students in the Diocese from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

“As Bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi, I am deeply touched by the commitment of the local Church to enable our Catholic Schools to meet our mission to teach, preach and make holy,” said Bishop Kihneman. “I express my deepest appreciation to our pastors, administrators, staff, faculty and the faithful of our diocese who support our Catholic Schools. I thank the parents, families and Guardian Angels who sacrifice in order for children to attend Catholic Schools. Your commitment, dedication and love will impact our children throughout their lives.”untitled.png

The benefits of a Catholic education are well established. Students in the Biloxi Diocese consistently perform several grade levels ahead of their peers, and the average ACT score for the Biloxi Diocese’s Class of 2017 was 24.4, compared to the state average of 18.6 and a national average of 21.0. Graduating seniors in the Biloxi Diocese receive an average of $30,000,000 in scholarships annually. In addition, Catholic schools in the Biloxi Diocese teach religion daily, offer mass weekly, and incorporate religion into all aspects of the curriculum. The schools encourage open prayer throughout the school day, have prayer tables present in classrooms, promote social justice projects, and participate in the May Crowning each year. The Biloxi Diocese schools have also won over 100 Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships. Students attending schools in the Biloxi Diocese can expect to receive a well-rounded superior education that is based on the Diocese’s mission to teach, preach, and make holy.

Anyone donating at least $300 per year will be recognized by the Biloxi Diocese as a Guardian Angel. Donations may be paid annually, semiannually, quarterly, or monthly. Donations are made directly to the school of the Guardian Angel’s choice to be used for scholarships at that school. The average tuition for elementary schools in the Diocese is $4,000 Catholic/$5,000 Non-Catholic while the average tuition for middle and high schools is $5,500 Catholic/$6,500 Non-Catholic. The Guardian Angel’s goal is to allow all children in the Biloxi Diocese to receive a Catholic education regardless of their ability to afford this tuition. To find out more about the Guardian Angel program and how to make a donation, please contact a Catholic School Principal, Pastor or email to guardianangel@biloxidiocese.org.

 

Nate-related postponements, cancellations

 

untitled.png

Due to Tropical Storm Nate,  some parishes have had to adjust their schedule of weekend activities. Check here for more information. Here’s what we know so far.

  • The Healing Mass scheduled for this Sunday at Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church in Biloxi has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 15 at 1pm.
  • Sacred Heart Parish’s Bazaar, scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until postponed until next weekend (Oct. 14-15).
  • The Diocese of Biloxi ‘s 2017 Rosary Rally, scheduled for Sunday October 8 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Pass Christian, has been cancelled.
  • St. James Parish’s Fall Festival (Gulfport) has been postponed until next weekend – October 14-15.

Father Patrick McDermott’s priestly ministry ‘a source of great blessing’ to the Diocese of Biloxi

21462723_10155768548323140_7957177112326046443_n

Father Patrick McDermott, pictured above, died Sept. 16 in Ocean Springs. Photo/Terry Dickson

 

Fr McDermott Funeral 25 Sept 2017 (57).JPG

Bishop Louis Kihneman celebrated a Funeral Mass for Father Patrick McDermott on Sept. 25 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Pascagoula. Burial took place in Ireland. Photo/Juliana Skelton

BY TERRY DICKSON
PASCAGOULA – The year was 1965, and newly ordained Fathers Michael Kelleher and Bernie Farrell had just arrived from Ireland for their very first assignment in Mississippi at Nativity BVM Church in Biloxi.
After being given their assignments for the next day by one of the outgoing associates – one was to celebrate Mass at the Little Flower Convent, and the other at Sacred Heart- the two young priests were left to their own devices.
Enter Father Patrick McDermott – “Father Mac,” as he was known – a fellow Irishman, who arrived at Nativity the previous year.
“Thank God for Father Mac. This young, strong, powerful man with shiny, black, well-groomed hair came through the back door. He greeted us with a very pleasant smile, told us that we were very, very welcome and that this was indeed a very wonderful parish, that we would be treated well and accepted by the people,” said Father Farrell. “He told us that he would be there for us throughout the year, that we would be friends and that we would work together,” said
Father Farrell was a homilist at a Sept. 25 Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church in Pascagoula for his friend, Father McDermott, 77, who passed away Sept. 16 after a brief illness. Bishop Louis F. Kihneman was principal celebrant for the funeral Mass; also present were Bishop Roger Morin, Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze, and priests from the Diocese of Biloxi and Jackson.
“I remember Father Kelleher and I realizing that we hadn’t asked Father Mac how we were going to get to Mass. Father Mac said, ‘Don’t worry about the Masses. I’ll call in the morning and tell the sisters you won’t be able to make it.’ He told us not to tell the pastor, Msgr. Geoffrey O’Connell, and then he showed us to our rooms. These are the first impressions I had of Father Mac, and they have stayed with me for all these years. He was a very, very faithful companion and friend.”
Fathers Farrell and McDermott served at Nativity during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, and would regularly attend local meetings.
“By our presence, we were showing our support for the cause of the times,” said Father Farrell. “I remember going to those meetings and hearing all the clatter and arguments and frustration. But I also remember that, when things would quiet down, Father Mac would say a few words and his words were very persuasive. He would say, ‘We’re all children of God, and we should treat each other as equals, and be fair and just without exclusion or exception.”
Father Farrell said he will remember Father McDermott as “a man of faith, who loved God, family, parishioners and fellow priests.”
Acknowledging the sadness of Father McDermott’s passing, Bishop Kihneman, who anointed him the day before his death, said, “It’s also a time of great joy, because one of God’s beloved has been called home.”
Bishop Kihneman thanked the McDermott Family, who were represented by his sister Rosaleen Deery and her husband, Eddie, for the gift of their brother.
“He’s been a great blessing to us as a diocese,” Bishop Kihneman said.
“Over the past four months, I’ve gotten to know him a bit,” said Bishop Kihneman, who visited Father McDermott at nursing facilities in Biloxi, Wiggins, Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs. “At one point, he said to me, ‘You’re never going to get away from me, are you?’”
Bishop Kihneman called those times spent went Father McDermott “a source of great blessing.”
“Of course, right now, being able to hold his chalice today was a wonderful blessing for me and a great joy. So, we lift him up in a very special way. The life of a priest, especially a missionary priest like Father Mac, is not an easy one. When the guys symbolically give up the boat and they hit the heat of Biloxi, there’s a true longing for Ireland. But he found a home here and he truly loved the people.”
Father McDermott was the son of the late Con and Frances McDermott and brother of the late Con, Jim and Gerard McDermott. He attended the local primary school where his father Con was principal teacher. He then attended St. Eunan’s High School in Letterkenny, Donegal; later he attended St. John’s College in Waterford, Ireland where he was ordained June 14, 1964. He arrived in Mississippi in September 1964, where he was assigned as assistant pastor of Nativity BVM Parish, Biloxi. He also served as assistant pastor in St. Elizabeth parish in Clarksdale and St. James Parish in Gulfport.
His assignments as Pastor included St. James Parish in Gulfport, Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula, Sacred Heart Parish in D’Iberville and a second stint as pastor in Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula, where he served until his retirement in 2010. He then resided in Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Biloxi.
Father McDermott was also an avid golfer and devoted fan of Notre Dame football. In fact, before his health declined, he would make an annual trip to South Bend with Dr. Matt Kuluz, Father Farrell and others to see the Fighting Irish play.
Dr. Kuluz and Father McDermott became fast friends shortly after Father McDermott’s arrival in the United States 53 years ago.
“He was at Nativity and I was living on Point Cadet in Biloxi. When he came to Our Lady of Victories Parish, that’s when I really got to know him,” said Dr. Kuluz.
“He was a very solid person and very welcoming to everyone, including people of all faiths, all kinds of people. That’s the thing that struck me over and over and over again. He was a good person, a good friend and just solid as a person.”
Father Fintan Kilmurray served as associate pastor of Our Lady of Victories Parish from 1989 to 1990, and remembers Father McDermott as a good friend. “He was a great friend to the young priests of his day, very supporting with a super sense of humor,” Father Kilmurray said.
Larry Tabor, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in D’Iberville, said Father McDermott’s “dedication spread through the parish.”
“He was well-loved by members of Sacred Heart Parish. He just contributed so much to the well-being of the parish and the school. He also made sure that everything was well taken care of with the St. Vincent de Paul Society,” said Tabor. “He was a very good-hearted priest who grew the parish. At a time when many of the youth were leaving the Church, he choreographed a lot of things that held the people together, and actually brought new people into the parish.”
As Bishop Kihneman said, it’s not easy for a missionary priest to pick up stakes and leave home for a foreign land. But Father McDermott embraced the challenge and, ultimately made Mississippi a home away from home as well as a place of welcome for his family members.
“He opened up a whole new world to us when he left Ireland for Mississippi, especially when it came it to the Gulf Coast, because we would have never known about Biloxi, Gulfport or Pascagoula or Ocean Springs. Those little towns would not have been on the map” said Father McDermott’s sister, Rosaleen. “He opened up a whole new world for us and it was wonderful when he would come home. It was a great occasion. We’d always go to the airport to meet him.

“The children – our kids all loved him. We made many trips to Mississippi too. One time, when the kids were younger, we drove to Disney World. We also went to Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis. We have great memories.”
Deery said her brother truly loved Mississippi. “The parishioners were so good, so loving, so supportive,” she said. “Twenty years ago, he was offered by the bishop to come back to Donegal because there was a bit of a shortage of priests at the time. But he said no. He could not leave his parishioners in Mississippi. I think he believed he’d be betraying his flock here.”
In addition to his sister and brother-in-law, Father McDermott is survived by his brothers, Donald and Liam McDermott, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or to Notre Dame Hospice of Mississippi, 5407 Indian Hill Drive, Diamondhead, MS 39525.
Deery also wishes to thank Kare Med in Ocean Springs, where Father McDermott spent his final days, and Notre Dame Hospice.
Father McDermott was buried in Ireland.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Words of Reflection from Father McDermott’s brother, Liam
The death has taken place on September 17th last of the Rev. Patrick Mc Dermott. Fr. Padraig (as he was known to his family) was born in Edeninfagh, Glenties in 1940 and was the son of the late Con and Frances Mc Dermott and brother of the late Con, Seamus and Gerry.
Fr. Padraig attended the local primary school in Edeninfagh where his father Con was the Principal teacher. He received his secondary education in St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. Later he attended St. John’s College in Waterford where he was ordained a priest on June 14th 1964. In September 1964 he was assigned as assistant Pastor of Nativity BVM Parish, Biloxi, Mississippi. He served in many parishes as Pastor in Biloxi diocese and finally in Our Lady of Victories Parish, Pascagoula where he served until his retirement in 2010.
Because of his dedication and hard work, Fr Padraig was extremely popular in all the parishes he served in. This was demonstrated by the huge numbers who attended his Mass for Christian Burial held in Pascagoula last Monday. There was a great showing and outpouring of love and admiration by his former parishioners.
Fr Padraig never lost his love for his native country and travelled to Ireland every summer on vacation. He also visited all his friends and relations and travelled extensively throughout the country. Never losing his interest in Irish sports, he was a keen and avid fan of the Donegal football team and indeed all GAA matters. Every Sunday night during football season he rang his brothers and sister asking for match scores and accounts of matches. He was especially proud when Brian Mc Eniff managed the county team to win the All Ireland Football final in 1992. And again in 2012 when Glenties man Jim Guinness managed the Donegal All Ireland winning team. Fr Padraig played a lot of Gaelic football himself and to a very high standard whilst attending both St Eunan’s College and St John’s College, Waterford. He was also a keen handball player – a game widely promoted in St Eunan’s College.
Golf was his passion sport in Mississippi and he played it a lot with his friends. After settling down in Mississippi he soon became interested and became a great supporter of American football and baseball. Later he became a fan of the Notre Dame college football team and of the local Saints football team in New Orleans – often attending their games.
Fr Padraig was a wonderful family man and every member of his family visited him many times in Mississippi. His parents, Con and Frances, visited Mississippi on numerous occasions. Although they had a little difficulty at first understanding the drawl of the Deep South, they soon mastered it and they loved the American way of life – the food and the culture. They enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Mississippi and socializing with them was one of the joys while on holiday there. On their return from Mississippi, Con and Frances had many stories and anecdotes to tell their friends and neighbors.

 

In Memoriam: Father Patrick McDermott

21462723_10155768548323140_7957177112326046443_n

Father Patrick McDermott died on September 17 in Ocean Springs.
Father McDermott, 77, a native of Donegal, Ireland, was ordained at St. John College in Waterford on June 14, 1964. He served as assistant pastor of Nativity BVM Parish, Biloxi; St. Elizabeth Parish, Clarksdale; and St. James Parish, Gulfport. His assignments as pastor included St. James Parish, Gulfport; Our Lady of Victories Parish, Pascagoula; Sacred Heart Parish, D’Iberville and a second stint as pastor of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula, where he served until his retirement in January 2010. In retirement, Father McDermott resided at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Biloxi. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, September 25 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Pascagoula. Father McDermott will be buried in Ireland.

Msgr. Francis Farrell, a priest of 62 years, dies in Gulfport

 

50th Anniversary 3

 

Msgr. Francis Farrell, who celebrated 62 years of priestly ministry in June, died Saturday in Gulfport. Msgr. Farrell, 86, a native of Lacanvey, Westport County, Mayo, Ireland, was ordained at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow, Ireland, for the Diocese of Natchez on June 5, 1955. His appointments included: Liturgy Commission chair; member, Board of Advisors to Liturgical Apostolate, Diocese of Biloxi’s Board of Consultors and Diocesan Building and Real Estate Committee chair. He served as assistant pastor at St. Richard, Jackson, and at St. Paul, Vicksburg, and as pastor at Assumption, Natchez; Sacred Heart, North Biloxi; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis, and Our Lady of Fatima, Biloxi. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at Our Lady of Fatima and on Friday from 10 am to 11am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11am, with burial to follow at Biloxi City Cemetery.

New Permanent Diaconate class to commence in 2018

Pg 11 w

Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III has authorized information sessions to be held across the diocese which will begin the implementation of a new Diaconate Formation Class.

The selection process will begin in the fall of this year and classes would commence in the fall of 2018.
Pre-selection information sessions will be conducted from 8:30 until Noon on the following days:

Saturday, August 19th at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Hattiesburg
located at 3117 W. 4th Street
Saturday, September 9th at St. Joseph Parish, Gulfport,
located at 12290 DePew Road (Orange Grove)
Saturday, September 16th at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Ocean Springs,
located at 4900 Riley Road

For interested men, attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory, and your wife is required to attend. Please see your pastor, and for further information, call the Diocese of Biloxi, Office of the Diaconate, (228) 702-2107.

For more on the Permanent Diaconate, see PP???

Msgr. Flannery’s book tells the history of the Saltillo Mission

Fr Flanntery and His Book

BY TERRY DICKSON
MADISON – Msgr. Michael Flannery has written a definitive history of the Saltillo Mission, which was established by the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson in 1969.
In his book, “Saltillo Mission,” Msgr. Flannery, who served in the mission from 1971-74, tells how the Catholic Church in Mississippi came to serve the people of Mexico and delves into the life and ministry of the mission’s founder, Father Patrick Quinn, who faithfully served the people of this poor, mountainous region until his untimely death in 1997.
A native of Ireland, Msgr. Flannery, 77, was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Mary Parish in Jackson. In 1968, he was appointed associate pastor of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Pascagoula, one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of the Saltillo mission.

Saltillo Summers
“Actually, Pascagoula was the first group that went down there,” said Msgr. Flannery, alluding to the genesis of the Saltillo Summer Experience.
“I was teaching the seniors religion and I challenged them to do something for the poor. There were three guys – Robbie Goff, Cary Olsen and Donald Martin – who volunteered to drive a nine-ton U-Haul truck filled with clothes and medicine to the Mexican border. We gave them $50 a piece for their own expenses and a credit card to pay for their gas and hotels. They were to leave the truck in Laredo. Father Quinn was on his way to Ireland for vacation and was going to meet them at Christ the King Church in Laredo. Well, they decided to go into Mexico and visit the mission. Father Quinn was not going to be there, but they went in anyway by bus. They came back to Laredo and had enough money to buy a bus ticket to New Orleans. When they got to New Orleans, they met a lady who gave them a dollar, which was enough money for bus fare to Hwy 90. From there, they hitchhiked to Bay St. Louis. Cary Olsen had an aunt in Bay St. Louis who fed them and got them bus tickets for the rest of the way back to Pascagoula.”
By the time the three boys returned to Pascagoula, Msgr. Flannery said, the three boys hadn’t shaved in a week and were barely recognizable to their own parents. However, there beards weren’t thing to grow out of that initial trip.
“OLV was actually the first parish to send a group of kids down there and that’s what started the summer program,” he said.
“That really took off and became the best program that we actually had for youth. Conservatively, there were over 20,000 kids from all over the country who visited the mission during Father Quinn’s time. It was a game changer for most of those kids who went down there.”
According to Msgr. Flannery, the first high schoolers to visit the mission were OLV students Pat Stone, Mary Evans, Kathleen Moore and Genevieve and Yvonne Walker. In addition, Dr. Matt Kuluz, a Pascagoula pediatrician and OLV parishioner, solicited donations of supplies such as vitamins, proteins, baby food, bandages, antibiotics and antihistamines to take along on the maiden voyage.
In fact, Msgr. Flannery dedicated his book to Dr. Kuluz, “who has supported the Saltillo mission more than anyone I know.”
Msgr. Flannery notes that Dr. Kuluz has visited the mission more than 30 times and “inspired other medical doctors to join him in reaching out to the poorest of the poor.”

Serving the poorest of the poor
In the book, Msgr. Flannery discusses his decision to volunteer for service in the Saltillo Mission.
“I had been before and was inspired by what was going on there,” he said.
“I came to Mississippi from Ireland looking for missionary work. If I had stayed in Ireland, the probability is that I would have ended up teaching high school for 25 years. That did not appeal to me. There was more variety in the work here. There was also a shortage of priests here and that’s why I volunteered to come to Mississippi. Most of my contemporaries went to places like California and Florida because those were the popular places to go. I chose Mississippi because it was the poorest state in the union.”
The difference between Mississippi’s poverty and Saltillo’s poverty, however, was very stark.
“In Mississippi, you have some resources. You can call on welfare and get state and federal assistance,” he said.
“In Mexico, there’s none of that. A lot of people would live from hand to mouth. They didn’t know where their next meal would come from, particularly in these mountain villages. They were the poorest of the poor. The lived in adobe mud huts. They had no running water and no basic amenities of life.”
One thing they did have was a deep faith in God. So, whenever a priest would visit – sometimes just once a month – the people would turn out for Mass and other sacraments. In 1969, Father Quinn reported just over 500 baptisms. In 1978, he reported 1,416 baptisms, 1,200 First Communions and 256 marriages.
“The mountain villages had been neglected,” Msgr. Flannery said. “Some of these villages hadn’t seen a priest in ten years, yet the faith was alive, which was strange enough. Mexicans are religious people, basically. They might live in a mud hut, half the size of my living room. But, generally, in the corner there is a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s a sacred space. That’s very important to them. They have a deep faith response. It’s very different from ours, but, if you could take the best of their faith response and add it to ours, you’d really have something going.”

Father Quinn
By the time of his arrival in 1971, Father Msgr. Flannery said the number of villages being served by the mission had grown from 44 in its infancy to 62.
“Father Quinn could never say no to anyone,” Msgr. Flannery said.
“Initially, Father Quinn made a commitment to staying in Mexico for five years and ended up staying for 30 years. After five years, Bishop (Joseph) Brunini asked him to stay on and he was happy to do that. By the time of his accident (which is detailed in the book), he was so enamored with the people that he didn’t want to go back to the United States for medical treatment. He nearly died down there because he got two pulmonary embolisms”
Father Quinn initially refused to go to the United States for treatment, Father Flannery write, “on the grounds that this service was not available to the people he served and he should show good example by staying and accepting what was available to a regular patient.”
Msgr. Flannery remembers Father Quinn as a visionary.
“He could look at any situation and know how best to approach it,” he said.
“During his time there, the city quadrupled in size. It went from 400,000 to 800,000 people. Part of that was caused by drugs in the mountain villages. If you lost a crop for two years in a row, you had nothing. You had no seeds to sow. So, people moved at that point and a lot of them became squatters on the side of the mountain. A lot of the growth happened to be at Perpetuo Socorro (Perpetual Help). He responded to that need. He could see that people were living in cardboard boxes. So, he started this program of building cinderblock homes and he ended up building 2,250 of them in his time.”
Msgr. Flannery came back to Mississippi in 1974 and ministered to the poor in the Mississippi Delta. He retired from active ministry in 2014 and currently resides in Madison.
He continues to visit Saltillo on an annual basis.

HOW TO GET A COPY

Copies of Msgr. Michael Flannery’s book, “Saltillo Mission,” ($15) are available at in the offices of the Gulf Pine Catholic, located inside the Diocese of Biloxi’s Pastoral Center, 1790 Popps Ferry Rd, Biloxi. Msgr. Flannery is also planning to bring the book to the Diocese of Bioxi later in the fall to offer at several parishes. Check the Gulf Pine Catholic for more details. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit St. Anthony School in Madison.

Priestly Ordination of Colten Symmes set for June 24 at 10am

untitledc.pngBishop Louis F. Kihneman III will ordain Deacon Colten Symmes to the priesthood on Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral, 870 Howard Avenue, Biloxi. A reception will fall in the Nativity BVM Parish School, 1046 Beach Blvd.
Masses of Thanksgiving
He will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, June 25 at 6 pm. at Our Lady of the Gulf Church, 228 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis. Father James Wehner, rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans will be the homilist.
He will also celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on July 2 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Victories Church, 503 Convent Avenue, Pascagoula.