Seminarian Education – $125,000

Seminarian Education provides our diocese with priests that will minister to our Catholic Community. Your support of the Catholic Service Appeal helped the six men prepare for the priesthood so that they receive the academic and spiritual formation necessary to serve the people of our diocese.

 


Catholic Charities – $350,000

The Catholic Service Appeal provides support to Catholic Charities so they can reach out into the community particularly the poor. Catholic Charities offered direct assistance to men, women and children in need of counseling and healing services. Catholic Charities has 22 programs that provide help and create hope for needy Mississippians with offices in Jackson, Gulfport, Natchez, and Vardaman.  Eighty-Five percent of families served by Catholic Charities Inc. live below the federal poverty level (which in 2019, was $25,150 for a family of four) and struggle to meet their basic needs daily.

 


Campus Ministry – $50,000

 

The Campus Ministry program works with colleges around the diocese to help met the spiritual needs of our Catholic young adults, the future leaders of our Church. Students find a place where they can learn to grow in their faith through the celebration of Mass, campus and diocesan retreats, social gatherings and bible study groups. We surround them with a community of believers who share a desire to live a Christian lifestyle.

 


YOUTH MINISTRY – $25,000

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Youth Ministry ministers to, with, and for young people. We encourage and challenge our young people to fully engage in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic Church. Believing that the most effective ministry to youth occurs at the parish level, we assist parishes and the adults called to lead our youth by offering programs, events, and outreach to build and maintain a strong youth presence. Our diocesan youth conference, SEARCH retreats, and Jr. High retreat are a few of the ways we reach out on a diocesan level to bring youth together. We also sponsor buses for parishes to transport youth to the Abbey Youth Fest held each year in March.


Mission Parishes and Schools – $100,000

 

Our mission parishes and schools are filled with people who are committed to our Catholic faith and committed to building a stronger Catholic community, but resources are scarce. Your support helped to subsidize many of our mission parishes and schools, provided many Catholics in Mississippi a place to worship and provided children an education based on the gospel teachings.

 


Formational Ministries – $127,500

The Lay Faith Formation Office provides training, retreats and certification for parish lay ministries and Catholic School teachers who are involved in catechesis, RCIA, Liturgy, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Pastoral Ministry and more. This training provided both on-site and online.  We currently have 161 catechist and catechetical leaders enrolled in our On-Line Level One Catechist Certification program offered by the Diocese. It is a free program, and anyone can take classes.

 


Intercultural Ministry Office is a newly created office that serves the needs of long standing and emerging cultural communities in the Diocese.

In 1978, Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA was appointed by Bishop Joseph Bernard Brunini to direct the Office of Intercultural Affairs for the Diocese of Jackson. In this position Sister Thea was integral in promoting cultural awareness and sensitivity. In that role, she balanced the challenge of encouraging Catholics to embrace our common faith while celebrate diverse cultural heritages.  With Sr. Thea’s example in mind, we have incorporated the Offices of Black Catholics and Hispanic Ministry to a re-envision Office of Intercultural Ministry.  In affirming the Diocesan Pastoral Priority to create inviting and reconciling communities, the Office of Intercultural Ministry has been tasked with serving the needs of long standing and emerging cultural communities in the Diocese. The Office’s constituencies include Black, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Native American Catholics.  Its mission also includes sensitivity to emerging cultural communities. The Office of Intercultural Ministry is served by a Coordinator and an Associate for Youth and Young Adults.

 

The Office of Family Ministry works with parishes to provide a variety of services that support and minister to families, whether these families are traditional, single parent, blended, or extended. Many of these programs are focused on supporting couples. We support parishes regarding marriage preparation and remarriage preparation, mental health and grief support training, and Natural Family Planning training.


Priest Retirement and Clergy Assistance – $190,000

 

Your gift to the Catholic Service Appeal is a way of honoring those retired priests that have faithfully served our parishes and diocese for many years.  Even in retirement, many continue to serve by celebrating Mass, visiting hospitals and ministering to the sick.


Evangelization and Public Relations – $47,650

Diocesan Communication Office works through media, print and internet to promote the new evangelization by bringing the gospel message to all the faithful in our diocese.  Your support not only helped to keep our Catholics up to date on local, national and worldwide Catholic events through our MS Catholic newspaper and website, but also offered the Church’s teachings to the broader community.

 


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