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THE PASTOR'S DESK REV. DAVID O'CONNOR PASTOR, ST. MARY BASILICA


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Father O’Connor will lead a group trip to Ireland June 25- July 5, 2018. The group will depart and return to Jackson and will be limited to 35 people. The group will fly Jackson – Atlanta- Dublin and return… Read more


CHRISTMAS GREETINGS 2017

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I am sending you Christmas greetings. You touched my life with your help, understanding and love throughout the year. I acknowledge this as important and a genuine blessing to me. Even as I wish that 2017 was a blessed year for everyone, I realize that some among us have suffered loss, disappointment and grief during the year. I am especially mindful of you and extend my words of encouragement and prayers to you.

I continue to love my work at St. Mary Basilica and Assumption parishes in Natchez, Mississippi. Congregation members help me with the ministry and work of the parishes. Some of the adult members are engaged in on-going study of their faith, and the RCIA continues to attract new members and to update life-long Catholics. In my parishes, we use many approaches to minister to our youth and children. Leading up to Christmas and until the Epiphany, we have an exciting program this year, ‘Walk with us in the Christmas Spirit.’

Cathedral school, in operation for 170 years, continues to do well, thanks to the dedicated work of administration and teachers, and the generous involvement by parents. Enrollment is about 660 (pre-K thru 12th grade). Annual graduation 40-45 students.

I had the opportunity of visiting my family in Ireland during July 2017. It was a blessing for me to spend time with my siblings and their families. I got to see many of my nieces and nephews, some I did not see because work outside of Ireland. I spent nine days with a group, mostly from Mississippi, traveling in Ireland. This was a very lovely experience. I have another group scheduled to visit Ireland, June 26-July 5, 2017.

For the most part, I enjoy good health. However, during 2017 I had had complete knee-replacement surgery. This was done by Mississippi Sports Medicine doctors on July 20th. I mistakenly thought I would be back to normal within three months. My medical advisors assure me I’m doing very well, although not as quickly I would like, and that it will take another three months for total wellness. I have had excellent physical therapy. I have also been blessed by the support, care and love of my Natchez parishioners and friends. Please continue to pray for me.

May you and your loved ones enjoy all the blessings of Christmas – peace, love and joy. I will include you in my prayers and Masses during this blessed season and I ask for your prayers also. May 2018 be a year of many blessings for you.


FATHER DAVID O'CONNOR'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Fr. O'Connor was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1964, Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles in Tipperary County, Ireland… View slideshow.


A PRAYERFUL SETTING

Father David O"Connor presents a Natchez History Minute about the dedication of St. Mary Basilica which took place this day, Christmas Day, December 5 in 1843. The cornerstone had been laid in 1842 but construction on the magnificent structure would take another 40 years. Today, the congregation of St. Mary takes pride in the architectural masterpiece but also its prayerful setting… View video


REV. O'CONNOR HONORED DURING 50TH ANNIVERSARY

By Mary Kathryn Carpenter —The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ — The Rev. David O’Connor had several reasons to be jubilant Wednesday.
His reasons were the occasion of his jubilee celebration as well as the dedication of St. Mary’s Family Life Center in his name… Read more


ST. MARY RECTOR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF MINISTRY IN CATHOLIC CHURCH


The Rev. David O’Connor can summarize the last 50 years of priesthood in two simple, yet complex words.
“It’s been amazing and challenging,” said O’Connor, who is celebrating this month his 50-year anniversary… Read more


THE PASTOR'S ARCHIVES

JESUS BIRTH AND LIFE: A LESSON ON THE DIGNITY OF BEING HUMAN

People in this community will experience Christmas in many different ways. Some will welcome family members from different places to celebrate Christmas in Natchez, some will travel to be with family members and friends out of town, some will spend Christmas alone in their home, approximately 400 individuals will eat Christmas dinner prepared at the Stewpot, and a number of people will serve as volunteers to prepare the Stewpot meal… Read more


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