Irish Insider
September 16, 2020
We hope you enjoy the Irish Insider. For consideration in future editions, please email by 12pm Monday for the Wednesday edition.
Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, September 23rd
  • 1:30 PM- School Mass for grades 5th-8th (PM Cohort)
  • 6:00 PM - First Holy Communion Rehearsal (3rd graders only)
  • *This is for last year's 2nd grade student who did not receive First Holy Communion last Spring due to COVID-19. Current 2nd Grade First Holy Communion Meeting will be moved to later in the Fall.
  • Saturday, September 26th
  • 10:00 AM - First Holy Communion for 3rd Grade Students
  • Wednesday, September 30th
  • 9:00 AM - School Mass for grades K-4th (AM Cohort)
  • 4:30 PM - SPICE Meeting
  • Friday, October 2nd
  • 1st Quarter Interim Grades 
  • Wednesday, October 7th
  • All-School Rosary at 9 & 1:30 at the Grotto
  • (weather permitting)
  • Sunday, October 11th
  • 6-8 PM Middle School Youth Group in the School Gymnasium
  • Friday, October 23rd
  • NO SCHOOL – Teacher Records Day 
  • Sunday, October 25th
  • 6-8 PM Middle School Youth Group in the School Gymnasium
Thoughts with Mr.Watts
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. - James 1:12
Digital Academy
You should have received an email from Mr. Watts titled St Catharine Digital Academy Onboarding on August 28. We need for all parents to log in, set up their accounts, and fill out all the forms for your student(s). If you have any questions, please email Mr. Watts ( The forms need to be filled out ASAP. They were due last week.
Did You Know?
This is a way to learn about things that can make your St Catharine School life just a little easier. Hints and tricks you may or may not know. Do you have a question or comment regarding something you want to know about or something you want others to know about? Send it to and we will feature it in the "Did You Know?" section.

Did you know that you can get some of your uniform pieces at places other than School Closet?
Gym Uniform - We have a year round family convenience service through our Home & School Association. You can find more information about our gym uniform sale on our website.
*This picture is from last year.
Home & School Uniform Swap Sale - This event is a great service to the school community by providing a location for swapping or purchasing gently used school uniforms. You can bring in items your child has grown out of to trade in for larger sizes, if available. Or if you do not have anything to trade, come check out our inventory to see if we have the size you need and purchase your item for a nominal fee. Usually offered in June and August
Regular Uniform - Many of our uniform pieces can be purchased at Target, Costco, Old Navy, Children's Place, Amazon, and many other retail stores and websites. As long as the items fit the uniform guidelines .
Now You Know!

Commissioners needed
  • football
  • baseball
  • summer baseball 
  • basketball
This is a great way to volunteer!!

Please contact PJ Keiffer with any questions at 614-668-0134 or email,

Go Irish!!
Thursday, September 17 is Thankscriping Day. Bonuses up to 20%, that goes directly towards your tuition$$$!

Are you new to St Catharine or your want to learn more about SCRIP? Don't miss out on tuition return $$$, when you are already shopping at these retailers. Reach out to Alli Brinkmeyer at or 614.214.5428 with all your SCRIP questionsor to get started!
For all Current SCRIP Customers
Please update your profile in Account Settings as seen below. This will help us deliver physical gift cards, as they will come home with your oldest child.

The next physical gift card order will be due Friday, October 2.
Mumkin Sale
The Mum Sale is officially underway! Be sure to check your email for a message from In this email, you will find your child's unique webcode and direct order link. Check out the Foertmeyer kick-off video and see the beautiful mums available for sale. Don't forget, students earn a raffle ticket for every item sold for a chance to win an HP Chromebook 14.

Thank you for supporting our school!

Important dates:
9/20 - Last day to place orders
9/25 - Mum pick up behind the gym from 5:30p-8:00p

Community Night - Plank's Cafe & Pizzeria
This WEEK!
Thursday, September 17th - All Day

All Day THURSDAY, September 17th let’s show our support for businesses that have given back to our school by dining in, carrying out or placing a delivery order at Plank's

Mrs. Underwood is looking forward to seeing St. Catharine students and families!

Plank's will be hosting us for the entire day on Thursday, September 17.
K of C Spaghetti & Meatball Drive-Thru
St Catharine Church
St Catharine Youth Groups Kick Off Nights
Middle School Youth Group
2nd & 4th Sundays // 6pm-8pm • Begins October 11th in the School Gym

Middle School Youth Group will kick off with pizza, games, prizes, prayer and more! Open to all students in 6th-8th grades.
First Semester Dates: October 25th, November 15th, November 29th
Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein,

High School Youth Ministry
Every Sunday // 6pm-8pm • October 4th-December 6th in the Parish Center

Our new Damascus Youth Ministry Team is kicking off the semester with free tacos in the Parish Center.
Open to all high school students! Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein,

🔥 Ablaze Family Faith Formation 🔥
Ablaze is designed to reinvigorate the family as a place of faith and celebration in the life of St. Catharine families. And it's for ALL families of the parish, both School and PSR. Ablaze is structured around two pillars: Faith and Feasting. Families will receive two bags per month (like a subscription box) with different activities, lessons, and ideas of how to increase the presence of Jesus in your homes. Head to to register.

Alpha Online
Mondays at 7pm or Thursdays at 8:30pm

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith run over 11 weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as “Who is Jesus?” and “Why and How Do I Pray?”
Fall sessions begin September 21st and 24th.
Head to to register.

Eyewitness: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Wednesdays at 7:00pm • Begins September 16th

Spend 10 sessions in the Parish Center or online with our new Director of Adult Faith Formation, Mike Denz, as he unpacks the extraordinary Gospel of St. John. Discover who Jesus is like never before from the words of the Beloved Disciple himself. Head to to register.

Men’s Midweek Breakfast
Thursdays // 6:30am-8:00am • Begins September 24th in the Parish Center

Join the men of St. Catharine every Wednesday morning for a hot breakfast, coffee, and a short presentation on what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. Get up a little earlier, and make the sacrifice for yourself, your family, and for your community. It will soon become your favorite day of the week.