The Cougar Connection
The mission of Corpus Christi Catholic School is to nurture every child by providing the opportunities to grow in faith, achieve academic success, and serve others as disciples of Jesus
August 22, 2022
Dear Families,

What an exciting first few days we have had at Corpus Christi Catholic School! We are committed to working with our parents in a partnership to carry out the mission of our school and parent communication is an aspect of this partnership. The school's primary way to communicate with parents is through our "Cougar Connection’’ electronic newsletter. This newsletter is sent electronically on a biweekly basis. You also can find archived links on our school website. 
Please make plans to join us this Tuesday evening for our Back to School/PTO Open House. 

Sincerely,
Bible Verse and Prayer Focus of the Month
Each month students learn a Bible verse. We recite it together at school during our morning announcements and prayers. We also pray a particular prayer together each month. 

During the month of August our verse is:  

Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
 
Our prayer focus is Our Father. 

We would love for you to practice the verse with your children at home. 



Education in Virtue
This year all Archdiocesan Schools will participate in the Education in Virtue program. This program focuses on the development of the whole person and equips our children to strive for holiness, which is where we will find true happiness. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as “a habitual and firm disposition to do the good.” Virtues are essentially those habits of doing good that lead us to Christ. The three theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. The Cardinal virtues are justice, prudence, fortitude and temperance. Flowing from these 7 core virtues are countless other virtues that help us to be in a relationship with God. Everyone is born with a capacity for virtue, but we need education and practice to become truly virtuous people.
    
Each week, we will focus on a particular virtue as a school. Students will learn the definition as well as what living the virtue looks and sounds like in our actions and words.  

The Cardinal Virtue we will focus on in the next few weeks is Justice, and the related virtues are Affability and Courtesy.

Affability (Week of 8/23)

Meaning

Being easy to approach and easy to talk to-friendly.
 
Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Smile, greet others, “How are you doing?”
  • Ages 10 and up: Smile, acknowledge the presence of others, take time to listen to others
  • Ages 12 and up: Smile, acknowledge the presence of others, try to see Jesus in others

Prayer

 Jesus, King of my heart, 
You were kind to the little children who came to you. Be my strength as I try to be good to all those I meet today.  

Courtesy (Week of 8/29)

Meaning

Treating other people with respect, recognizing that all are made in God’s image and likeness. 

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Let other go first, “Let’s work together”
  • Ages 10 and up: Practice manners, let others go first. Speak in a gentle patient tone, do not interrupt. 
  • Ages 12 and up: Show awareness of the feelings of others, be polite, go out of your way for others.

Prayer
 
Dear Jesus, 
Help me to show respect toward others in my words, manners, and body language. 

School Mass and Classroom Blessings 
Last Friday we celebrated our first school mass together. It was a beautiful way to begin our week together. After Mass, Father Pat blessed our classrooms and all areas of our campus. Parents are always welcome to join us at Mass each week.
Middle School Choir
We are excited that we will begin having a middle school choir that will lead us in worship during our school mass. The first practice is tomorrow (8/23) in the church at 7:10. Ms. Demouy has shared a form with the middle school students on the google classroom page for those that are interested. You may also find the form here: Middle School Choir Interest Form
Open House for Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Our Back-to-School Open House for parents is scheduled for this Tuesday. We will begin at 6:00 in the Banquet Hall with a general meeting. After the general meeting, we will break off into classroom sessions. In these sessions, teachers will provide you with information concerning class policies and procedures. 
After 30 minutes, the bell will ring and if you have more than one child, you may visit the next teacher. Teachers will repeat the same information each session. 
Middle School will follow a similar format with shorter sessions, allowing you to visit more teachers. If you have a middle school student, you should visit their homeroom session first. 
Please remember this meeting is for parents, childcare is not available. 
Student Handbook
Each year we have parents read our parent-student handbook together with their students. You can find our handbook on our website at the following link:
 

After reviewing the handbook with your students, please fill out the form below. This form also includes acknowledgment of our Acceptable Use of Technology Policy. You may find our Acceptable Use of Technology Policy in our handbook as well. 

After reviewing with your student, please access the acknowledgment form below. Please complete and submit by Friday, September 1st. 


Lunch Reminders: We Lunch It 
Visit www.welunchit.com to create a lunch account, view menus, and place orders. 
  • Orders must be placed before 12:00 noon the day prior. 
  • Refunds are not given unless orders are canceled in advance. If your child is sick, you are welcome to make arrangements to pick up your child’s lunch if you wish. 
  • If your child does not have a lunch, a Lunch able will be provided for them for a charge. 
  • If you bring lunch from home, please remember that soft drinks are not allowed in our cafeteria. 
Middle School Mystery Theater
Our fine arts department is hosting a mystery theater dinner on October 13. Middle School students are invited to audition. Singing and dancing are NOT required to audition. 
 Auditions will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 3-5 pm. Students can see Mrs. Gee for more information, or you can reach her via email, jegee@ccscatholic.com. 

School Calendar/Student Information System 
Rediker is the student management system that is used by all Archdiocesan elementary schools. You can access Rediker to see your student’s grades and other important information. If you have not received your Rediker login information, or need assistance logging in, you may email me at kmartin@ccscatholic.com and I will be glad to assist you. 
4th Quarter Awards
After mass concludes on August 28, we will recognize students currently in grades 5-8 that received academic honors during the 4th quarter of the last school year. Students maintaining the status of principal list all four quarters of last year will also receive special recognition. 
Blessings in a Backpack Ministry
Our school will once again participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program this year. Through this ministry, we will help provide meals for students in need on the weekends. Students are asked to bring donations in on the first Thursday of each month. Our first Food Pantry Thursday of the new school year will be Thursday, September 1st. 

Students who donate items may wear their CCS spirit shirt with jeans or shorts (no shorts or athletic pants in Middle School) The following items are requested for the September Collection: 

  • K3-2 individual packets of instant oatmeal or grits
  • 3-5 granola bars, snack crackers
  • 6-8 fruit cups, applesauce cups 

If you have not yet ordered a spirit shirt, you may do so in the office. 
Child Protection Training
 All adults who plan to volunteer in any capacity at Corpus Christi Catholic School or Parish must receive training in the Archdiocesan Child and Adolescent Training Program. We will offer this training on Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 pm. The class will be held in the adult education room in the Community Center. If you are unable to attend the September 6th session, monthly sessions are held at St. Dominic Catholic Church on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Before you attend an initial training, you must create an account with CMGConnect. Please click the link below and follow instructions: 


For parents who were trained in previous years, you must renew online. All individuals wishing to renew must visit their account with CMGConnect online. You may click here when you are ready to renew:


If you need assistance with your login information, please contact Kathy Lollis at klollis@mobarch.org. 
School Calendar
Remember that you can always access our online school calendar via this link from our website:


Once on the page, you will need to scroll to the bottom to access the online calendar. 
Picture Day
Smile pretty... in uniform picture day is September 8th. This will be for individual and class pictures. Make up pictures (individual) will be on October 12th.
Weather 
In the event of the threat of severe weather that could lead to an early dismissal, please monitor the local news. It is important to remember that Catholic Schools do not always do the same thing as public schools. If a decision is made for our schools, please know that you will get a phone call, email, and text message through our student management program. Let’s pray that severe weather will not be a threat to us this school year. 
Toy Bowl
Class of 2022 Toy Bowl Court Candidates
GO COUGARS!!!
  
GIRLS:
Heaven-Leigh Davis     
Amelia Hanna
Lilly Heller
Lindsey Nguyen
Madison Nguyen 
Teagan O’Brien
Lucy Rahmel
Maddie Tran
Madison Wallace
Marley Walsh
Audrey Woodard
BOYS:
Baylor Cape
Cayden Fitzgerald
Jacob Grantham
Damien Gonzales
Colin McGinnis
Braxton McLeod
Brandon Murillo
Sean Pavel
Troy Pham
Ollie Poiroux
Josh Quina
Brady Sparks.
Toy Bowl Fundraiser



Support the 2022 Toy Bowl Court. Pizza orders are due on August 28th. Click on picture for order form.
CUB SCOUT KICKOFF
Join us as Cub Scout Pack 29 kicks off our new year! All families with boys ages 5-10 are invited. Pack 29 offers Pinewood Derby, 5 Campouts, Rockets, Hikes, BB Guns, Archery, Campfires and of course S'mores!! We are dedicated to offering the same Cub Scout program myself and the other leaders who are Eagle Scouts grew up with. Scouting is a game with a purpose. We teach our Cub Scouts to help other people at all times and to make our world a better place! We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have!

Monday, September 12th, 2022
6:00-7:30
Corpus Christi Family Room (down hall behind Banquet Hall)
2022-2023 Yearbook
Yearbook order forms are going home today. The cost is $40 if you purchase before September 2nd. You can also order online

Upcoming Dates to Remember
September

1: Food Pantry Thursday

5: Labor Day Holiday, No School

6: Child Protection Training for New Parents/Volunteers (6:00)

8: Picture Day - IN UNIFORM (individual and group)
Room Parent Meeting (6:00)

12-16: Toy Bowl Spirit Week (more info to come)

15: Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser for St. Jude

16: Toy Bowl/Fall Sports Pep Rally
 
21: Mid-Quarter Reports Sent Home

27: Book Fair Week

30: Grandparent's Day Mass
Corpus Christi Parish News
Parish Information
PARISH OFFICE
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., second floor of the Community
Center.

TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Parish Office: 342-1852, Fax 342-6313
School Office: 342-5474, ext. 1
Fax 380-0325

SUNDAY MASSES
Vigil: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 and11:00 am

WEEKDAY MASSES
8:15 am Mass: Monday - Saturday
5:30 pm Mass: Monday - Friday

ADORATION
Every 1st Friday of the month following the 8:15 am Mass until 5 pm. Sign up sheet in the chapel.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Grades K–12,
Sundays during the school year, 10:05-10:55 a.m. in school buildings.

BAPTISM, MARRIAGE, ANOINTING OF SICK
Please call the parish office (342-1852) for information about scheduling a baptism, marriage, or anointing of the sick.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Confessions are heard 30 minutes before each Mass.

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (R.C.I.A.)
Please see the published schedule for dates and times, or call the parish office, 342-1852.

TO REGISTER AS A MEMBER OF THE PARISH
Please fill out a Census Form. Census. Forms are available in the church vestibule and parish office.

COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS
For rental information, please call the parish office at 342-1852 or 342-1420.
Parish Staff
Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor
pastor@corpuschristiparish.com

Fr. Alex Crow, Parochial Vicar
frcrow@corpuschristiparish.com

Mrs. Kristy F. Martin, School Principal
kmartin@ccscatholic.com

Mrs. Jennifer S. Pritchett, Parish Catechetical Leader
ccd@corpuschristiparish.com

Mr. Peter J. Stoyka, Youth Ministry Coordinator
pstoyka@ccscatholic.com

Ms. Ashley Kovaleski, Parish Secretary
office@corpuschristiparish.com

Mrs. Wendy Tulo, Parish Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@corpuschristiparish.com
Divine Mercy Prayer and Rosary
Join us every Tuesday at 3:00 PM in the Chapel to pray the Divine Mercy and Rosary.
Women of Mary
Gather Thursdays at 3 p.m. to reflect on the Sunday Gospel and pray together. Meetings will be in the Community Center, 2nd floor Conference Room. All are welcome. Contact Sister Deborah Kennedy, RSM 251-753-4872
Men of St. Joseph
Our purpose is to help all men become the spiritual leaders of their families. All
men are welcome to meet for prayer, gospel reflection, and fellowship.
Tuesday Mornings, 7-8 am, 2nd floor Conference Room.
Info: Jay Cox at 401-6070 or Auburn50@hotmail.com.
Wednesday Evenings, 7-8 pm, 2nd floor Conference Room.
Info: David Sheffield, 423-5666 or David.sheffield@uniti.com
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Please consider donating clothing items to
Goodwill-Easter Seals by leaving them at our
table in the vestibule. This allows our St. Vincent
DePaul Society at Corpus Christi to receive $5
certificates for our neighbors in need. Thank
you, PARISHIONERS, for your participation and generosity. Please contact Ann Mackie should you have questions. Meetings on the 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:30 pm, Conference Room, 2nd floor of the Community Center. For more information, contact Ann Mackie: ann_mackie@comcast.net, or go to www.svdpccc.org or follow St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi Conference on Facebook.
Women’s Bible Study
All women are invited to join us on Thursdays from 9:15-10:45 am in the conference room, 2nd floor of the Community Center.  Beginning February 10, we will begin a new video series titled "The Wild Goose". Fr. Dave Pivonka narrates this engaging and beautifully presented study on the gift of the Holy Spirit. Info: Patti Hughes at 251-401-9623 or pm.hughes@comcast.net
If you are considering joining us and are in need of child care please contact Cynthia Wentworth, 251-767-0532 or cynwen@yahoo.com
Youth Group
Grades 9—12, meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the Parish House.  For more information contact Fr. Crow: frcrow@corpuschristiparish.com
Funeral Reception Committee
Volunteers are needed to donate food, serve, and clean up. For more information please contact Ophelia Gillespie at 251-610-6503.
Sacred Grounds
All are welcome in the Atrium after each Mass for a cup of coffee and fellowship. If you would like to volunteer to prepare coffee, serve, or clean up, please call Glenna Cannon, 251-666-6552
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Meetings on the last Monday of each month, 7:00 pm in the Parish House.
Contact: Chad Pugh 251-232-0648.
Corpus Christi Women's Club
The CCWC is a group of women in our parish that helps our community through fundraisers which include the Angel Tree, an area nursing home, and Penelope House. We also have meetings on occasion at area restaurants to discuss ideas and planning. All ladies in the parish are welcome to attend. Contact info: Lois, 251-209-2163
TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the Adult Ed Room, Community Center. September 21, we will begin a new series titled "A Biblical Walk through the Mass" which is a five-part video series taught by Edward Sri. Dave Burchette, 367-6660 or davebur1955@gmail.com Please join us!