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Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Irish Melkite] #342429 01/29/10 12:22 PM
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Jim,

Father Mike thought of something else and that reminded me of it being discussed here a few years back - that there was a sizeable Slav community in that whole area down there at one time - a community of people whom we usually associate only with the Rust and Coal Belts.

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There has been a long standing Slovak communmity in Biloxi near the bridge going to Ocean Springs. There also used to be a building called the St. Nicholas Society (or something like that) but it was completely wiped out by Katrina. The coast stretches from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis. ... I wouldn't be surprised if some of those Slovaks were originally Eastern Rite.


It might be worth your while to search out ethnic clubs in some of the local directories. I tried to find any info on-line about the society that Father mentions, but didn't have any luck. Some of the more mundane reference sources - local phone books, for instance - might be more revealing. You could also try a few notices in local Latin parish bulletins - those almost always dredge up some closet Byzantines.

And see Hungarian Folklife in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, for evidence of other Slav settlements in the region.

Many years,

Neil



"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Irish Melkite] #342485 01/29/10 11:03 PM
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Thanks. I just was looking in an old National Geographic I have from the 1930s. It featured an article on Mississippi. In it was a picture of Ruthenian girls on the coast dressed in their native attire and performing a traditional dance. I'll try to follow up on that suggestion. The coast is quite a ways from here, but some of their children may be in the Jackson area. Good idea.

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Jim McCafferty] #342546 01/31/10 02:45 AM
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Mr.McCafferty,

Im from Meridian, with the St. Patricks parish. I attend St. Georges pretty often in Birmingham. Deacon Scott Thomas and I, with a few friends went during the late summer last year. Scotts
grandpa being from Lebanon, was actually Melkite.

I have been trying to get some people with the same interest in the central MS area together to study more about the East. Definately feel free to contact me anytime,Im definately interested!

God Bless, Daniel Pittman

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Jim McCafferty] #342547 01/31/10 04:39 AM
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Jim,

I am from Meridian, a member of St. Patricks. We travel to
Birmingham to attend St. Georges Divine Liturgy from time to
time.

Deacon Scott Thomas went on our last trip. His family being from Lebanon, his grandfather was actually Melkite. We try to make the trip as often as possible to attend.

Im definately interested in the Eastern Rites of the Church.
Trying to find a few like minded individuals in the area.
Please feel free to contact me anytime about the Byzantine Rite.

God Bless ! Daniel Pittman

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Daniel 77] #342548 01/31/10 05:32 AM
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Daniel,

Welcome to the forum. I'm delighted to see that Jim's efforts to find some like-minded folks in his area has attracted some notice, as I was feeling badly, knowing that we don't have very many members from that region.

I'm guessing that your second posting resulted from a concern that your first one never went through. Not to worry - as you may have read (I think it says it somewhere when one signs on), posts by new members require approval before appearing on the open forum (a precaution against spammers). Evenings, particularly on weekends, there may be a bit of delay before a Moderator actually sees and acts on them - until myself, the resident night-owl, logs in - but, it's rarely very long.

Again, welcome and I hope you'll enjoy participating here.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Irish Melkite] #342558 01/31/10 12:44 PM
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Hi Daniel,

I don't know if we have met. My husband is the deacon with the short, gray hair, Fr. Deacon Stan. I hope the next time you are in town I can say hi!

Pani Rose

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Pani Rose] #342575 01/31/10 10:44 PM
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Thank you Neil for the reply, I look forward to being active on the forum. I actually did double post, thinking my first reply didnt make it through.

Hopefully Jim will see my post soon, and will get in touch to discuss more about the East. I wish more of the Catholic community here in MS was aware of our Eastern Rite Church.I would love to see a mission established here.

Mrs Rose, thank you for getting in touch! I dont believe we have met, but I have been there many times on Saturday while your husband was celebrating the Liturgy. I plan to visit again within the next month, I will definately look forward to meeting you!

God Bless! Daniel Pittman

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Daniel 77] #342640 02/02/10 01:03 AM
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Daniel--I got your e-mail and replied, but have not heard from you by e-mail. Let me know how to contact you.

Best,

Jim McCafferty

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Jim McCafferty] #342703 02/03/10 02:22 AM
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Jim,

Im sorry about the delayed response, for some reason I didnt recieve your reply. I can be reached by clash590@yahoo.com or
either clash590@aol.com.

Please let me know if the email addy works for you. I can also
give you my number, if you care to chat sometime. I hope to hear
from you soon.

Regards, Daniel

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Daniel 77] #344232 02/25/10 06:15 PM
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Jim,

I know that I promised to get your contact info on the mission page this past weekend, but I got waylaid and forgot it. It will happen this weekend.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Irish Melkite] #344557 03/03/10 07:40 AM
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Jim,

I have been out of touch for awhile, but wanted to touch base with you. I spoke with Father Frank at St. George's a few weekends back about an Eastern Rite mission here in MS. He said he knew of no parishioners in our region.

I believe there was once mention of an attempt of forming a mission on our Gulf Coast. I have not heard any other news on that.

Recieved some great reading material from Father Frank, including a three part catechism. I plan to make a trip back during Holy Week. Please feel free to get in touch if you care to join me. God Bless!

Regards, Daniel

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Jim McCafferty] #346292 04/04/10 09:24 AM
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I hope that you keep this thought alive.

My mother's family are from Liberty, McComb & Osyka (mostly) and have scattered around the state since Grandma's days. Of course they are mostly Baptists.

I had often wished when visiting that there was a Byzantine parish in the area (I would have gladly driven to Jackson for liturgy). I have recently considered relocating to the area when I return to the States, but that seems a good long wait for me presently.

In addition to the Melkites you might try to contact the Metropolia of Pittsburgh for advice on how to begin.

Good luck to you.

Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Hesychios] #346392 04/07/10 03:50 AM
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Michael, my brother,

Who ever knew that you had some roots planted in the Southern climes? Seriously, it's off-topic, but I want to say how good it is to see a post from you, dear friend. Your regular presence here is missed by many.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Irish Melkite] #346587 04/12/10 01:20 AM
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Michael/Hesychios,

I sent you my e-mail by private post, but I haven't heard from you. My mother lives in McComb. Let me know on the forum if you did not get my e-mail. I will look forward to talking with you.

My 17 year old daughter, out middle child, just said yesterday that we need a Ruthenian parish in Mississippi.

Best,

Jim McCafferty
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Re: Interest in Byzantine Mission in Mississippi? [Re: Jim McCafferty] #346692 04/14/10 03:49 AM
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Jim,

It may be a bit before you hear from Michael. He is presently in China and. I believe, occasionally experiences some delays in net access.

Many years,

Neil


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