Since the new school year began this week, Holy Cross Catholic Church held its first ever "Blessing of the Backpacks" during both masses on Sunday, Aug. 3. All of the school age children in the congregation brought their backpacks with them to church.

During the service, they came forward and each child received a special blessing for a safe and productive school year. Father Augustine Palimattam, pastor, blessed each child and the backpacks and gave them all a tag to attach to their backpacks with a quote from Proverbs 245:" A strong man knows how to use his strength, but a person with knowledge is even more powerful." The tag states that, "this is a blessed backpack by Holy Cross Catholic Church."

Our monthly Social Sunday followed in the church hall immediately after mass. This event is held after the 10:30 mass on the first Sunday of the month. We wish all of our young church members from the littlest learner to the biggest, a safe, happy, and positive school year full of knowledge and a desire to learn more each day!

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Congratulations to Kate Timmons for receiving a cheerleading scholarship to attend the University of South Alabama in Mobile where she will major in pre-physical Therapy. She plans to make a career of physical therapy and is excited to already be on campus. She is the daughter of Vicky Timmons of Philadelphia. We wish her good luck for a great school year!

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What could be more fitting for an end of summer than a weekend spent at the Neshoba Fair and a week at the beach!

Susan Mundy Burt, a former Miss Neshoba County, participated in the pageant on Monday night, accompanied by pretty little Katie Ruth Warner, daughter of Robert and Hayley Ingram Warner.

The next day, Tuesday, found Susan and John Burt along with their daughter, Ashley Burt Peebles and grandson, Pete Peebles, packing their car and driving down to spend a week at the beach for one last fling before settling down to school and work.

Although they missed Ben Peebles and Robert Burt who had to work, the rest of the family had a wonderful time relaxing on the beach, dining out, shopping, and just enjoying life!

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A Mexican Fiesta kicked off a new church choir year on Wednesday evening in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church. Old members, new members, current members, and those who might like to join this dedicated group were included in the festivities.

Minister of Music Pat Fiedler stressed the dedication of the choir members who give up so many hours of their time twice a week to contribute their talent to the church. A Mexican meal was served in Peter's Pottery from a table covered with a tablecloth in Mexican colors made by one of the members. A huge centerpiece of brightly colored flowers arranged in three large Peter's Pottery vases decorated the serving table and added a cheerful touch to the party. Pat is looking forward to another great choir year at FMU!