PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS: The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel. Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents entrusted to our care. In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People passed by the U.S. bishops in Dallas, the Diocese of Jackson wishes to encourage any victim of sexual abuse by a member of the Catholic Clergy to come forward and begin the healing process. We encourage any victim to contact Ms. Valerie McClellan, Victims Assistance Coordinator at 601-326-3728.
NB: "Vulnerable adults" are also urged to respond. If you were abused by clergy as an adult, you are considered "vulnerable". Contact local law officials to assist you in your complaint.
CONFIRMATION: On May 7, 2019 at 6:30pm, the Sacrament of Confirmation within the context of Mass will be celebrated at St. John's. Those persons ages 12- 18 are welcome to prepare for the sacrament. It is preferred that the candidate is a practicing Catholic. Courses are short and offered on April 7, 14 and 28th (Sundays) at 10:00am.
Lent begins on March 6th (Ash Wednesday): Services at 7:00am and 5:30pm at St. John's.
Seven Last Words of Christ Retreat: Melvin (Buddy) Arrington will lead a retreat based on the "seven last words" of Jesus on the Cross recorded in Scripture at The Dwelling Place in Brooksville, MS on March 22-23. Buddy is a member of St. John's. This is a good opportunity for a Lenten reflection. Donation of $100.00 for the retreat and lodging. For more information, contact The Dwelling Place www.dwellingplace.com.