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
January 04, 2023
Dear Parents,

We were so excited to welcome all of our students back to school with us as we begin another wonderful semester at Corpus Christi Catholic School. It was great to see the smiling faces of our students! 
Tuition and Fee Information for the 2023-2024 school year will be shared with families this week. Registration information for the upcoming school year will be sent home on Monday, January 9th with the youngest student in each family.  In order to register your student(s) for the upcoming school year, please return both the family registration form and signed tuition agreement by January 20th. The registration fee of $150/student will be debited through the FACTS program on February 8th.
Bible Verse and Prayer Focus of the Month
Our Bible Verse for January: Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 
Our prayer focus is the “Anima Christi”  

Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me. 
Blood of Christ, fill me with love. Water from Christ’s side, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Good Jesus, hear me. 
Within your wounds, hide me. Never let me be parted from you. 
From the evil enemy, protect me.
At the hour of my death, call me, and tell me
to come to you that with your saints I may praise you through all eternity.
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 are focusing on a particular virtue as a school. Students have been learning the definition as well as what living the virtue looks and sounds like in our actions and words.  

The Cardinal Virtue we are focusing on this week is Prudence, and the related virtue we will focus on the next week is: 
Circumspection (Week of January 9) 

Careful Consideration of circumstances and consequences. 

Ways to Cultivate

  • Ages 6 and up: Pause to think before you say anything
  • Ages 10 and up: Think before acting and speaking 
  • Ages 12 and up: Seek advice, silently reflect upon the circumstances and consequences of your actions

Dear Jesus, my actions affect not just myself, but others. Please give me the wisdom to think before acting. Please give me the gift of counsel, so that I may act in the best way at each moment of the day. 
Report Cards
Final grades were due to be posted today. We will be working on finalizing 2nd quarter report cards and they will be uploaded to the parent portals in a few days. You will receive an email when the report card is available to access.

In order to view the report card, please adhere to the following steps:
  1. Upon logging into the portals, click on the E-Locker on the orange toolbar at the top of the page. 
  2. Once opened, click on E-Portfolio
  3. You will be able to find report cards here. Make sure you choose the report card labeled Second Quarter Report Card 22-23 School year. 
  4. You may download the PDF file and save /print it for your records. You may notice that you can find the previous quarter's report card in the E-Locker as well. 
Faculty Changes for 2nd Semester
There are two new faculty changes to share for this new semester of school.

Mrs. Dee Dee Picicci will be taking over duties teaching 5th grade for the remainder of the school year. Mrs. Sondra Taylor will continue to offer consistency within our PE program and Mrs. Piccci plans to return to our PE program when this school year concludes. 

Mrs. Kasey Crawford, who was currently serving as our resource teacher for 3rd-5th grade students is also taking over the duties of teaching 5th grade for the remainder of the year. Currently, plans are in place to ensure the resource needs of students in grades 3rd-5th will continue to be met. 
AR Out of Uniform Days for students in Grades 3rd-8th
Students in Grades 3rd-8th who meet their AR Goal for the 2nd quarter were able to come out of uniform on Wednesday, January 4th. Students who meet their percent correct goal will be able to come out of uniform on the bonus OOU day, January 5th. (We realize this is food pantry day, but students with this honor will be able to come fully out of uniform and not be bound to wear the spirit shirt.) 
Food Pantry Thursday
January 5th 
We will support the Blessings in a Backpack Ministry on Thursday, January 5th as we participate in Food Pantry Thursday. Students who bring an item for the food pantry may come out of uniform with their spirit shirts.
Father-Daughter Dance Registration Due
January 7th
Our Booster Club-sponsored Father-Daughter Dance will be held on January 21st from 7:00-9:00 pm. The registration deadline is January 7th. 

2nd Quarter Award Ceremony
January 13th
We will recognize students receiving academic honors in grades 4th-8th following Mass on January 13th. Parents are welcome to join us. 
Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday
January 16th 
We will not have school next Monday, January 16th in observance of the MLK holiday. 
PTO News
March for Life
January 20th
Our March for Life Rosary Walk on our Field will take place on Friday, January 20th at 1:45pm on the field for grades 1st-8th. Our walk will coincide with the March for Life in Washington D.C.  
Mass Change
January 24th
Please note our students will be attending Mass on Tuesday, January 24th. This will take the place of our regular Friday Mass that week. 
NCEA Distinguished Graduate Award
We are taking nominations for this award which will be presented to an alumnus during Catholic Schools Week. If you would like to nominate a graduate of CCS, please access the nomination form at the link below. 
Prospective Parent Open House
We will host an open house for prospective families on Sunday, January 29th from 2:00-4:00pm. If you know of someone interested in our wonderful school, please let them know of this event for students. 
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.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
13-Awards Mass
16-No School-MLK Holiday
18-Archdiocesan Spelling Bee
20-March for Life
23--Frist Grade Field Trip
25-Just 25-A is for Africa
29-Catholic Schools Week Kick-off Mass (11:00am), Open House for prospective families (2:00-4:00pm)
Corpus Christi Parish News
Parish Information
Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., second floor of the Community

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

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

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

Every 1st Friday of the month following the 8:15 am Mass until 5 pm.

Sundays during the school year, 10:05-10:55 a.m. in school buildings.

Please call the parish office (342-1852) for information.

Confessions are heard 30 minutes before each Mass.

If you're interested in learning more, please contact Fr. Pat Arensberg:
Phone: 251-342-1852

Please fill out a Registration Form. They are available in the church vestibule and parish office.

For rental information, please call or email the parish office.
Parish Staff
Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor

Fr. Alex Crow, Parochial Vicar

Mrs. Kristy F. Martin, School Principal

Mrs. Mary C. Lawson, Sacramental Coordinator

Mr. Peter J. Stoyka, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Ms. Ashley Kovaleski, Parish Secretary

Mrs. Wendy Tulo, Parish Bookkeeper
Women of Mary
We 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
Men of St. Joseph
Our purpose is to help all men become the spiritual leaders of their family. All men are welcome to meet for prayer, gospel reflection and fellowship.
Tuesday Mornings, 7-8 am, 2nd floor Conference Room.
Wednesday Evenings, 7-8 pm, 2nd floor Conference Room.
Contact: Jay Cox at 401-6070 (
David Sheffield, 423-5666 (
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Join us in service, grow in spirituality, and open your heart in friendship to neighbors in need. St. Vincent de Paul has a very active conference at Corpus Christi. Vincentians believe that Jesus’ words in scripture are very clear that all of us must help the poor face-to-face to obtain heaven. We invite all parishioners of all age groups, including our youth, to join us in following our Lord’s commandment to us. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 6:30pm in the Conference Room.
To join us, contact Ann Mackie at:
or call the parish office for contact information.
Women’s Bible Study
All women are invited to join us on Thursdays 9:15-10:45 am in the conference room, 2nd floor of the Community Center.

Contact: Patti Hughes at 401-9623 (
Child Care is offered by Cynthia Wentworth, 251-767-0532 (
Youth Group
Welcome to Corpus Christi Youth Group. We are a community of high school disciples of Christ striving to live holy lives. We meet Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm in the Parish House to grow in faith and fellowship. All High School students are invited!
For more information contact Fr. Crow:
Phone: (251)-342-1852
Funeral Reception Committee
Volunteers are needed to donate food, serve, and clean up.
For more information, contact
Ophelia Gillespie 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.
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: Lois, 251-209-2163
All are welcome at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the Adult Ed Room, Community Center.
Contact: Dave Burchette, 367-6660 (