Second Week of Lent

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Stations of the Cross — 6 pm every Friday during Lent, followed by a fish dinner in the Family Life Center

Religious Ed Classes are on Spring Break! Sunday morning CGS will resume on March 22nd. Wednesday night Big Deal will resume on March 18th.

Parish Reconciliation Service — March 16th @ 6:00 pm Make plans to join us. We will have several priests here to help!

St. Paul Early Learning Center is holding a raffle for a Florida Beach Vacation. Tickets available now to win a May 21-25th vacation at an oceanfront condo in Perdido Key, Florida. Tickets are $10. Call the Learning Center @ 601-992-2876 for tickets and details. The winning ticket will be drawn March 17th at the Learning Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Sing-A-Long.

Easter Egg Hunt — March 29th after 10:30 Mass sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Children and parents, meet in the Early Learning Center cafeteria to join the fun!

40 Days for Life — February 26-April 5 We pray for an end to abortion. We pray for all who have suffered with an abortion, and for all who are considering abortion. May they find hope, help, and healing.

Catholic Service Appeal UpdateWe thank all those at St. Paul Parish who have generously responded to the annual Catholic Service Appeal. We ask those who have not sent in your pledge to please consider a gift. Each of us is called to respond in faith, knowing and trusting that God recognizes your willingness to live out the message of the Gospel.
To date, our Parish has raised $36,074 of our $66,189 goal.

Catholic Relief Services projectJoin more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the information table.  During the 40 days of Lent, reflect on the challenge of global hunger and how it affects our human family. Pray for the hungry and give generously.

Crisis Humanitarian Relief for Families of ICE RaidSacred Heart Catholic Church has continued to facilitate a major Emergency and Support Ministry for the children and families of the workers who remain incarcerated and have been deported. Twice a month they provide food and money to pay rent, utilities, and legal fees for 70 families in Canton. They also have a homework ministry to help the children and provide them after school snacks. They are in need of volunteers and donations of rice, beans, canned meats, diapers, and more. Please contact for more information.


We understand your concern and want to assure you that the Parish and Early Learning Center are  responsive to the threat of this current virus and the flu. We offer our compassion, love and prayers for all who are affected by illness, and we are taking the following precautions:
  • All Liturgical Ministers, including Fr. Gerry, will refrain from serving at Mass should they have any fever, cough, or other flu-like or virus symptoms.
  • All Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist have been instructed to use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of Holy Communion. Everyone is encouraged to receive the Consecrated Host in the hand if physically possible. We have suspended offering the Precious Blood to the congregation at all Masses until further notice.
  • The Sign of Peace is to be exchanged without physical contact, parishioners are not to hold hands during the Our Father, and the Holy Water fonts will remain empty until further notice. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed near the two empty Holy Water fonts and throughout the Family Life Center.
  • Our Early Learning Center will maintain normal hours until further notice. The staff continues to exercise diligent care in protecting against the spread of germs. We will follow the direction of the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Diocese of Jackson and the Rankin County School District regarding possible closure. Friday, March 13th is a pre-scheduled closure.
  • All Religious Ed classes, RCIA, Nursery & Children’s Liturgy, Friday night Stations & Fish Fry, Daily & Weekend Masses, Alpha, and all Parish programs will continue as planned until further notice. We will follow the direction of the Diocese of Jackson and the Rankin County School District regarding possible cancellations.
  • Please check our website regularly for the latest updates.
  • Everyone who is experiencing any fever, cough, or other flu-like or virus symptoms is not obliged to attend Mass, and is urged to refrain from participating in any Church functions. Students will be excused from classes. In the event, you cannot attend Mass, we invite you to pray the following prayer.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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