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123 North West Street

Jackson, Mississippi  39201


Office Hours 8:30 am -4:30 pm Monday – Friday



Adult Faith Formation

On Sundays, during the 9:15 – 10:00 time slot between Masses, we will discuss the book The Gospel of Mark by Mary Healy. This book is part of a series entitled  the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. The author teaches at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. If you plan to participate, please obtain your own copy of the book. It is available in print from and also in the Kindle format. It is also available in the Apple bookstore for your Apple device. Plan on spending at least an hour each week reading in preparation for the discussion. This will best be done by reading a few pages each day. We will begin on Sunday, September 13, with the discussion taking place in the Cathedral itself. Later we might be able to move to the center. When Advent begins in November, we will be hearing from the Gospel according to Mark at Mass. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Simmons at


RCIA 2020-21

We are preparing for RCIA this year. Due to COVID precautions we anticipate beginning by Zoom after Labor Day. We are trying to get an idea of who might be interested. Please consider inviting someone to learn more about the Catholic Church. Look for more information to follow & contact Fr. Simmons at


The Flu Clinic for 2020


Due to Corona Virus Concerns


If you cannot attend Mass

You can mail  your donation to

Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle
P. O. Box 57
Jackson, MS 39205

Or you can give online at:


Online Donations


See Guidelines below




Monday through Friday
•   Daily Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:05 p.m

•   R.C.I.A. Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 6:00 p.m. Resumes in the fall



•   Reconciliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4:30 p.m.
•   Vigil Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:15 p.m.

•   Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 a.m.
•   Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Suspended until further notice
•   Adult Education  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m  Suspended until further notice

•   Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10:30 a.m.
•   Misa en español . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m.

  • NEW!! Misa en español . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 p.m.

Public Mass Guidelines

Cathedral of St. Peter, Public Mass Guidelines

  • The obligation to attend Sunday Masses remains suspended for all Catholics. You will not be committing a sin if you do not assist at (attend) Mass.
  • Those who are sick or symptomatic will please stay home.
  • Vulnerable individuals, those 65 and older or with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women, should continue to shelter in place. Families with vulnerable individuals are encouraged to continue to take special precautions.
  • We would like for parents to consider the vulnerability of infants, toddlers and small children during this time, considering not bringing them to Mass or to perhaps bring them to a Mass during the week that is less attended rather than one of the busier weekend Masses.
  • Wash hands at home and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
  • Face masks are mandated for all assembly members over the age of two. Please bring your own mask to wear during the Mass.
  • Pastors must use face masks in proximity to parishioners, especially during the distribution of communion.

The following guidelines apply to the Cathedral parish:

  • With the most efficient use of our space, we can seat approximately 100 people in the Cathedral for Mass. We must account for the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet spacing between families.  In order to achieve the most efficient seating, small families will find it best to sit in a side pew. We plan to have some chairs for individuals placed in the transepts.
  • Ushers will assist in seating and directing parishioners to pews.

Protective Procedures

  • Congregating in the Gathering Space is not permitted. Please arrive early so that physical distancing can be maintained near the doorways and so that seating is orderly. In general, it will be best to fill up toward the front first.
  • Please be patient as we exit the Church maintaining physical distancing.
  • Collection baskets will be placed near the doors before the end of Mass. We appreciate your generosity. The Cathedral needs your financial support.
  • Pews will be sanitized by volunteers before Mass and between Masses.
  • Every other pew will be marked off for distancing purposes and ushers will direct parishioners in appropriate distancing for longer pews.
  • Those attending Mass must bring their own masks.
  • Ministers will have their temperature taken before the Mass in the sacristy with the infrared contact-free thermometer.
  • We will provide sanitizer throughout the church, but we encourage you to bring your own as well for the sake of maintaining physical distancing.
  • The nursery will be closed according to the policy of the diocese.
  • While the restrooms will be cleaned between Masses, due to their size we recommend that every member of the family use the restroom at home before coming to Mass.
  • Neither hymnals nor missalettes will be available. When Fr. Simmons sees a person using an iPad or phone during Mass, he assumes they are following the order of the Mass.
  • Bishop Kopacz and servers will enter and leave through the sacristy and will not greet parishioners after Mass.
  • The sacrament of reconciliation on Saturday evening will continue to be offered outdoors due to the size of the reconciliation room.
  • The sign of peace between parishioners will be omitted. After the priest offers Christ’s peace to the people and the people respond, the Mass will continue with the Lamb of God.

Receiving Communion

  • Empty pews will allow us to leave the sanctuary and distribute Holy Communion while people remain in position in the pews.
  • The Body and Blood of Christ will only be received under the species of the Sacred Host during this time.
  • According to the directives of the Diocese of Jackson: “Distribution of Holy Communion will be in the hand. Distribution on the tongue is suspended.”
  • Please do not wear gloves to receive Communion lest any particles adhere to the glove.
  • After the first weekend, we will review and make adjustments as needed. We understand this is an unprecedented and unique time. We ask for your prayers and patience. As usual, Fr. Simmons will not remember anything you tell him before or after Mass, so please contact the parish office (601)969-3125 during the week with any questions.


Catedral de San Pedro, Jackson

Las siguientes acciones serán requeridas para cualquier Misa en la diócesis.

1) Nadie, clérigo o laico, debe asistir a Misa si se siente enfermo.

2) La dispensación general de la obligación de asistir a Misa permanece vigente.

3) Las personas vulnerables, mayores de 65 años o con problemas de salud subyacentes, y mujeres embarazadas, deben continuar refugiándose en el lugar.

4) Quisiéramos que los padres consideren la vulnerabilidad de los bebés, niños pequeños y niños pequeños durante este tiempo, considerando no llevarlos a misa o quizás llevarlos a una misa durante la semana a la que menos concurren en lugar de una de las Misas de fin de semana más ocupadas.
La Misa en Ingles del sábado a las 5:15 PM generalmente tiene la menor cantidad de personas presentes

5) Lávese las manos en casa y use desinfectante para manos al entrar a la iglesia.

6) El distanciamiento social en las Iglesias es requerido. Solo pueden usarse los bancos de manera alterna; los bancos que no se usen deberán ser acordonados con una cinta o cordón.

7) El uso de bancos debe respetar las reglas del distanciamiento social. Se debe tener cuidado de que solo el número apropiado de personas asista a Misa para que se pueda mantener el distanciamiento social. Esto significa que nadie debe sentarse a menos de 6 pies de distancia, a menos que viva en el mismo hogar. Según estas reglas, La Catedral de San Pedro tiene una capacidad de 100 personas.

8) Las máscaras faciales son obligatorias para todos los miembros de la asamblea mayores de dos años. Por favor traiga su propia máscara para usar durante la misa.

9) Un tocador del instrumento musical y un cantor solista pueden estar presentes pero solo si se mantiene el mismo distanciamiento social.

10) Los ministros de la liturgia también tienen que observar el distanciamiento social. 8) Las canastas de las ofrendas no pueden ser pasadas de persona a persona. Canastas estarán cerca de las puertas. 9) Se omite el público Signo de la Paz entre parroquianos.

11) Distribuiremos Comunión a los comulgantes en sus asientos en los bancos.

12) La comunión no se distribuirá desde el cáliz.

13) Según las directivas de la Diócesis de Jackson: “La distribución de la Sagrada Comunión estará en la mano. La distribución en la lengua está suspendida.

14) Los sacerdotes deben desinfectar sus manos antes de distribuir la Comunión.

15) Los comulgantes deben mantener el distanciamiento social cuando reciben la Comunión del sacerdote.

16) La Comunión no puede ser distribuida ni recibida con guantes.

17) El sacerdote debe tener cuidado de no tocar al comulgante. Si lo hace, debe volver a desinfectar sus manos antes de continuar con la distribución de la Comunión.

18) Se debe pedir a las personas que mantengan el distanciamiento social cuando salgan de la iglesia al final de la Misa.

19) Los bancos / superficies comunes deben desinfectarse entre una Misa y otra.

20) Los baños serán desinfectados entre misas. Sin embargo, debido al pequeño tamaño de los baños, solicitamos que todos los miembros de la familia usen el baño en casa antes de venir a misa.

21) Debido al tamaño de la sala de reconciliación, el Sacramento de la confesión continuará ofreciéndose al aire libre.

22) Los libros de canto y otros recursos compartidos de adoración no se pueden usar. Solo se pueden usar recursos de adoración de un solo uso.

La próxima semana, revisaremos estos procedimientos y haremos los ajustes necesarios.