RCIA: Our church community will soon begin inquiry sessions to share with others the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our parish family. Starting Wednesday, August 12th at 6:30 PM, in the Parish Hall, there will be regular sessions for those who would like to look into the Catholic Church and its teachings. I invite you to join us in the RCIA program. The sessions will always be on Wednesday evening, are free and imply no commitment on your part to join the Catholic Church. We are simply inviting you to learn what the Catholic Church teaches, and to meet some of our parish members who serve in this ministry. ~ Deacon Rich Hollingsworth
Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each Saturday evening from 4:15 to 4:45 before Vigil mass.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be received by anyone with a serious illness, those who are infirm, in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery. This sacrament is not only for when a person is in danger of death. You can receive it in either English or Spanish. Please contact Fr. Mike or Fr. Peter if you are interested.
Monsignor Michael Thornton
Rev. Mike, from Country Galway, Ireland, is the Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Laurel. He celebrated his 45 anniversary of the priesthood in 2014 and continues to lead our parish with love.
Reverend Piotr (Peter) Kmiecik
Rev. Fr. Peter, from Lindow, Poland, was ordained in Biloxi, MS on June 7, 2014 by Bishop Roger Morin. After ordination he traveled north to Laurel to be the Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He brought with him a strong reverence for the Mass and a joyful spirit.
Deacon Rich Hollingsworth
Deacon David Hughes
The facilities ministry maintains all of the grounds and buildings of Immaculate Conception Parish. Their duties include inspecting church facilities, maintaining parish vehicles, coordinating clean-up days, and keeping a current inventory of parish property and contents. If you are interested in joining the facilities ministry, please call the church office at 601-426-3473.
Parish Life Ministry:
The parish life ministry reaches out to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception to strengthen the spiritual life of the parish and build up the parish community. The main responsibilities of this ministry are fellowship (hospitality, family life, and the Knights of Columbus), spiritual life(ecumenical activities, evangelization, and spiritual enrichment), and social justice(respect for life, St. Vincent de Paul). If you are interested in becoming involved with any of these ministries, please call Rusty Tisdale at 601-426-3473. read more>
The education ministry’s objective is to oversee all the educational programs of the parish. These include adult RCIA, youth religious education program (CCD), instruction for the sacraments, vacation bible school, and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, please call Suzie Middleton at 601-426-3473.
Administration and Finance Ministry:
The administration and finance ministry oversees the parish finances. Although members to this ministry must be appointed, you may contact Father Mike at 601-426-3473 if you are interested in joining.
The Hispanic ministry coordinates events of the Spanish speaking community of Catholics with the other ministries of the pastoral council. The ministry plans the mass in Spanish, provide CCD in Spanish, organize Spanish and bilingual social events, and offer assistance to members of the Hispanic community in Laurel. If you are interested in joining the Hispanic ministry, contact the church office at 601-426-3473.
The liturgy ministry helps plan the Sunday liturgy and other special liturgical events. Their duties include training alter servers, Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, ushers, and lectors. They also coordinate decorations in the church. If you are interested in becoming involved with the liturgy ministry, please call Rich Hollingsworth at 601-763-3982.