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Leaving a Vision St. Mary Pastor says farwell to community

The Rev. David O’Connor is retiring Sunday after serving 55 years in the ministry, including 22 years in the Natchez community. The St. Mary congregation invites the community to a reception honoring O’Connor from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the church’s family life center. … Read article from The Natchez Democrat

Faith and Family: Reception honoring St. Mary’s retiring pastor set for June 23

NATCHEZ — The congregation of St. Mary Basilica invites the community to contribute to a tribute for the Rev. David O’Connor as he embarks on his new journey in retirement.

O’Connor recently announced his retirement after serving the last 16 years as the pastor of the St. Mary and Assumption Catholic churches… Continue reading

A Celtic Adventure

A Celtic Adventure to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Hosted by Father O'Connor

10 Day Air & Land Package: Monday July 8th – Thursday July 18th 2019

July 8th will be a travel day – first day in England will be July 9th
More information on the tour

Father David O'Connor's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fr. O'Connor was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1964 … View slideshow

Rev. O'Connor Honored During 50th Anniversary

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 … Continue reading

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,” … Continue reading


A Prayerful Setting

Christmas lights glisten in store windows, streets, Memorial Park and private homes. The Christmas tree on Main Street, in stores and in family homes set the Christmas mood. Christmas carols and music draw us into the Christmas spirit. Giving and receiving beautifully wrapped gifts is also part of the pre-Christmas excitement …

Nativity manger: Focus of Christmas

Father David O'Connor presents a Natchez History Minute about the dedication of St. Mary Basilica which took place this day, Christmas Day, December 25 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 …

Jesus Birth And Life: A Lesson On The Diginity 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 …

Christmas Greetings 2017

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 … Continue reading the above Visit the Pastor's Archives

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