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Continuing Care Retirement Community

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Continuing Care Retirement Community

Mary Margaret Judy, Executive Director at St. Catherine’s Village, discusses the benefits of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community with Well-being Magazine.



This article is shared with permission from Well-Being Magazine. It was originally published in the magazine’s January/February 2018 issue. For more from Well-Being visit


Ballet Magnificat

Ballet Magnificat

Kick off “Celebrate The Season” with a traditional performance by Ballet Magnificat!

Ballet Magnificat! is an arts organization dedicated to presenting the good news of Jesus Christ. Its professional touring companies have performed nationally and internationally, ministering to audiences in the United States as well as Czech Republic, Canada, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Greece, France, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Korea, Philippines, and China. Under the direction of Kathy Thibodeaux, the touring companies bring spiritual concepts to life through the powerful medium of dance. The Artists of Ballet Magnificat! come from around the world to spread the life changing message of Jesus Christ.

Holiday Season Celebration

Celebrate the Season

There’s so much happening throughout the season at St. Catherine’s Village. So no matter what holidays you observe, celebrate with us. Check back for specific activities and events during December.


Special Holiday events in December:

Tuesday, 5th

Party 2:30 pm

Marian Hall, Lakeview dining room.

Top O’ Dom Party!

Sign-up for the bus in the front lobby and join us at the top of St. Dominic Building for food & drinks. Hosted by St. Dominic’s Sisters and Staff. You will be there for approximately 1 hour before returning with the group based on the time you sign-up for. This a GREAT event with a wonderful view and good company!

Wednesday, 6th

Party 11 am

Campbell Cove in Atrium (same as last year)

Thursday, 7th

Party 11 am

In Hughes Center.

2-3 pm:  SCV Christmas Party

In the Activity Room. Join us for a holiday celebration with entertainment by Sonja Loper and Fran along with our very own Helen Wetherbee and Alan Lessem! Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there in your “Merry Wear.”

Party 2-3 pm

In Commons Dining Room.

Monday, 11th

**NEW** 10:30 am:  2018 SCV Budget Review

With Scott Kersh.

**UPDATE** 10:30 am:  Activity Committee Meeting

Moved to ‘The Club’ next to the Dining Room.

3 pm:  SCV Christmas Choir Program

In the Activity Room.

Tuesday, 12th

Party 2:30 pm

In Siena 1 Dining Room.

Wednesday, 13th

Party 2:30 pm

In Siena 2 Dining Room.

Friday, 15th

Employee Party 2-3:15 pm

In Commons Activity Room.

Tuesday, 19th

**NEW** 3:30 pm: Bassoon Quartet Musical Performance

In the Activity Room.

Thursday, 21st

1:30-3:30 pm:  Open House Decoration Tour

A list of the apartments and homes hosting will be sent out prior to the event. The bus will be transporting to the homes at 1:30 and 2:30 from the front lobby. Please sign-up for the bus in the front lobby prior to the event.

Friday, 22nd

10:30 am:  Musical Performance by Nicholas McGowan and friends

(son of Assistant Director, David of Maintenance at SCV) Their harmony and skills will have you amazed! Activity Room.

Sunday, 31st

6:30-8 pm:  New Year’s Eve Party

Entertainment by Dan Michael Colbert’s Band and a great spread of appetizers and drinks will be served. Come celebrate the new year with your friends at SCV!


Look forward to seeing you all throughout the month of December for ALL of the upcoming activities. If you have ANY questions, please stop by the Activity Office or call 601-856-0130.



Diana Cornette, Activity Coordinator

St. Catherine's Village Resident Activity

2017 Tax Review – October 24

  • Date:  October 24, 2017
  • Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Place: Commons Activity Room, 200 Dominican Drive, Madison, MS
  • Cost: FREE! Public welcome!
  • RSVP by Monday, October 23rd at (601) 856-0123 or email

St. Catherine’s Village is hosting a free seminar to discuss what’s important for seniors when filing their taxes, specifically as it relates to care and living expenses. Jan Lewis, CPA of Haddox Reid Eubanks Betts, PLLC will offer a review of 2017 tax policies and update pertinent information from the IRS. Get the best tips and strategies for managing your year-end taxes.

Belhaven Chamber Piano Recital

Belhaven Chamber Piano Recital – October 3

  • Date:  October 3, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE!

Directed by Professor of Music and Music Chair, Dr. Stephen Sachs. Program to be selected from works by: Chopin, Debussy, Messiaen, Mozart and Scarlatti

special events and educational seminars

Sunset Dinner Boat Cruise On The Reservoir – October 12

  • Date:  October 12, 2017
  • Time: 5 –9 p.m.
  • Place: SIGN-UP on Bulletin Board
  • Sign-up and pay the Activity Office by Friday, October 6th


  • BBQ Chicken
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburger w/ trimmings
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Chips
  • Dessert
  • Assorted Cookies
Nature Walk

Mayor’s Fun Walk – October 11

Let’s go walking Ridgeland…at the 2017 Mayor’s Fun Walk!

  • Date:  October 11, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Place: Begins at the Ridgeland Recreational Center
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Contact: Call Ridgeland Recreation & Parks at 601-856-6876
    or e-mail for more.

Mayor Gene McGee will lead us on an easy (light) walk using the beautiful multi-purpose trail. You may walk as little or as much as you want. We will return to the Ridgeland Recreational Center for refreshments, door prizes, and entertainment! Our entertainment will be the musical trio, “Sally, Tim, and Mike.” They will perform a medley of classic rock, Motown, blues, and folk music. Music for everyone to enjoy!

Pre-registration is requested. Registration forms were mailed to area senior adults in our monthly senior newsletter. Interested seniors can also access the form on the city’s website at, click on ‘Licenses, Forms and Permits’ and scroll down to ‘Recreation and Parks.’

Pre-register by mail, postmarked no later than Friday, October 6, 2017. T- shirts guaranteed to first 250 registrants. Registrations should be mailed to: Ridgeland Recreation & Parks, P.O. Box 217, Ridgeland, MS  39158 or you may drop off your registration form to Ridgeland City Hall (Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Office) or Ridgeland Recreational Center.

Special Screening Of “Buck” Being Held At St. Catherine’s Village

St. Catherine’s Village is hosting a special screening of “Buck” on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the community’s Independent Living Activity Room.

The movie, which examines the life of celebrated “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, has been shown in theaters all over the world and has won more than 25 awards including the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: Documentary and the Heartland Award for Truly Moving Picture. It also was an Official Selection for the SXSW Film Festival.

The richly textured and visually stunning film follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his successful approach to horse training where he teaches people to communicate with the animals through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck transforms horses—and people—with his understanding, kindness and respect. Hailed as a truly American story about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

Executive producer and director Cindy Meehl will provide an introduction prior to the movie screening and be on hand for a question and answer session afterwards. Inspired by Buck’s compassionate horsemanship and how the human spirit can triumph over violent circumstances, Meehl spent more than two years filming the documentary. She also founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC.

“We are thrilled to be able to show our residents such a highly acclaimed film but more importantly, to give them the opportunity to interact with the director in an intimate setting,” said Mary Margaret Judy, executive director at St. Catherine’s Village.

Meehl chose St. Catherine’s Village to showcase her film because she has strong ties to the Madison, Mississippi all-inclusive life care community. St. Catherine’s Village offers a mission-focused environment that encourages residents in all levels to enjoy fullness of life, health and faith. It is the first all-inclusive CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) in the state to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs.

The property boasts 160 acres of wooded grounds, protected and beautiful outdoor spaces, and unparalleled facilities along with 24-hour on-duty security and a caring staff that offers companionship and resident-centered care.

Living options include independent living in apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, memory care in Campbell Cove and Hughes Center, and skilled nursing in Siena Center. Also recently introduced was skilled nursing dedicated to memory care.

St. Catherine’s Village is a service of St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, who have owned and operated the hospital since 1946. The private, gated community provides the right care at the right time for those in their retirement years.

To reserve a seat at this special screening of “Buck,” call St. Catherine’s Village at (601) 856-0123.

memory care support

Skilled Nursing Dedicated To Memory Care Now Offered At St. Catherine’s Village

St. Catherine’s Village has announced that skilled nursing dedicated to memory care now is available at the all-inclusive Life Care Community in Madison, Mississippi.

This living option allows residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to age in place more comfortably, according to Mary Margaret Judy, executive director at St. Catherine’s Village.

“When a loved one is faced with advanced memory challenges, the last thing you want is to disrupt their routine and force them to move,” she said. “At St. Catherine’s Village, they can remain in a familiar setting even as their disease progresses.”

A total of 24 private bedrooms with in-room showers are available for this new living option, which combines person-centered memory care with skilled nursing services. The first to take advantage of the opportunity is long-time St. Catherine’s Village resident Robert “Dan” Burt. High school sweethearts who have been married for 58 years, he and his wife Jeanelle initially moved into an independent living apartment 10 years ago. She still resides there today.

“We had a friend who lived at St. Catherine’s Village and we would come visit, so we were familiar with the community,” Mrs. Burt explained. “One day, my husband started to show signs of memory loss and soon after was diagnosed with dementia. I did a great deal of research and everything I read said that moving into a Life Care Community was a excellent option because it would be less disruptive for him to stay in one place as his memory issues advanced.”

That’s when the couple decided to move to St. Catherine’s Village.

“I wanted a one-bedroom apartment that had a big closet and a balcony overlooking the lake,” she said. “One was available so we signed the paperwork right away and put our house on the market. Amazingly, we sold and closed within a month.”

The Burts had been in their independent living apartment for five years when the caring staff at St. Catherine’s Village noticed that Mr. Burt’s routines were changing. One day Mrs. Burt knew it was time to move him to the community’s memory care facility, Campbell Cove.

“We transitioned him gradually. At first, Dan and I would go over to Campbell Cove and listen to hymns then go back to our apartment. We began, occasionally, letting him eat lunch there without me. He also would stay an hour or so while I attended some of the many seminars St. Catherine’s sponsors here at the Village. All this allowed Dan to become familiar with the property and living areas,” said Mrs. Burt. “Finally, we moved his belongings over into a room at Campbell Cove while he was at lunch. He didn’t want to stay but the staff reassured me: ‘Give us three weeks and he will be fine.’ Sure enough, almost three weeks to the day, he felt safe and secure in his new surroundings.”

She continued, “During this time, I could visit him whenever I wanted to, which helped me with the separation. Because my apartment is in the complex next door, this was easy for me to do. After more than 58 years of loving him, I’m reassured to know he is being well cared for. In fact, I have the privilege now of going over every day to assist him with lunch and supper.”

A move to another area of St. Catherine’s Village was on the horizon two years later when Mr. Burt experienced more traumatic health issues. After approximately two weeks in the hospital with serious complications from blood clots, Mr. Burt transferred to Siena Center, the skilled nursing section of St. Catherine’s Village.

“I really wanted him to go back to his room at Campbell Cove but we knew he needed a higher level of care than what was available there,” said Mrs. Burt. “The round-the-clock-care at Siena Center was what he required.”

While in skilled nursing, Mr. Burt’s health improved; however the staff at the nursing home was not specialized in the nuances of caring for with those with dementia.

“Dementia patients live in their own world, not in ours,” Mrs. Burt said. So when the plans for skilled nursing dedicated to memory care were unveiled, the Burts immediately expressed their interest. “Dan was the very first resident to move in.”

Mrs. Burt describes the atmosphere as calm, serene and peaceful.

“No matter how distressed one might be, when they come into this environment they are soothed,” she explained. “The staff is amazing. They are always doing things to make Dan comfortable. They pamper me, too. I actually feel better when I leave knowing he is in such qualified hands.”

She gave accolades to everyone at St. Catherine’s Village—from executive director Mary Margaret Judy to the nurses and CNAs on the floor every day to the housekeeping staff. They are all gifted in what they do.

“There is a standard of care here at St. Catherine’s Village that is well above any other place I have seen,” she said. “You can see the dedication and compassion on their faces.”

One might expect this exceptional level of care to be unattainable; however, Mrs. Burt noted that she and her husband held modest jobs before they retired and they were able to move to St. Catherine’s Village within its all-inclusive Life Care program. He had been a fireman and she had been a city clerk/stenographer.

“Everyone here, regardless of background, is treated the same way,” Mrs. Burt said.

The seamless care Mr. Burt receives has been noticed by Mrs. Burt’s family, as well. She is happy to say that her sister Norma Ruth and her husband Parham Williams are now residents of independent living.

“We wanted to move while we were still in good health,” her sister said.

In addition to the skilled nursing dedicated to memory care, housing options at St. Catherine’s Village include independent living in apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, memory care in Campbell Cove and Hughes Center, and skilled nursing in Siena Center. St. Catherine’s Village is the first all-inclusive CCRC in the state to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs.

The all-inclusive life care community also offers 160 acres of wooded grounds, unparalleled facilities, a caring staff, companionship, 24-hour on-duty security, protected and beautiful outdoor spaces, access to on-site resident-centered care, and a mission-focused environment that encourages residents in all levels to enjoy fullness of life, health and faith.

St. Catherine’s Village is a service of St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, who have owned and operated the hospital since 1946. The private, gated community provides the right care at the right time for those in their retirement years.

St. Catherine's Village offers new living option - skilled nursing memory care