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
March 21, 2022
Dear Families,

This week our students in grades 2-8 will begin taking the IOWA Assessments also known as the ITBS Test (Iowa Test of Basic Skills.)The results of this test help us to better serve your children. We use their scores to evaluate our curriculum and create school and grade level areas of improvement. We want all of our children to have the opportunity to produce the results they are capable of achieving. There are ways that you can help with this:

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest during the testing period. 
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning before the test.
  • Help to minimize any disturbances to the testing process by not scheduling any appointments that will take your child out of the classroom during testing time.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time and has number 2 pencils.
  • Please keep our students in your prayers.

Generally, our testing time will begin promptly at 8:00 each morning. Your child’s teacher should provide you with a detailed testing schedule for their class. If your child is in grades 2-8 and arrives at school tardy, they will be asked to remain in the office until the testing session is over, so as to not interrupt the classroom during testing.
Sincerely,
Bible Verse
Our Bible verse focus for the month of March is John 14:6

“Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Our prayer focus is The Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen
Education in Virtue
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 will begin focusing on is Temperance. We will spend this week learning about Temperance and the related virtue we will focus on next week is:

Honesty  (Week of March 28)
Meaning: Sincerity, Openness, and truthfulness in one’s words and actions

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Tell the truth, even if it means you will get in trouble.
  • Ages 10 and up: Not covering up mistakes, telling the truth in all situations, speaking up when someone is being treated wrong. 
  • Ages 12 and up: Be aware that God knows your heart, don’t hide things from your parents and friends, seek to live, and speak the truth even when it is hard.
Prayer:
Dear Jesus, 
You said I am the truth (John 14:6) You have made me for Truth, because You have made me for Yourself! Help me be honest in all that I say and do, that I might know true happiness in You! 
Stations of the Cross
Remember that every Friday during Lent our students participate in the Stations of the Cross at 2:00. Parents are welcome to join us! Also, the 7th graders will be presenting the Living Stations of the Cross for our students and families on April 13 at 2:00. Please make plans to join us for this wonderful service.
3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony
The 3rd Quarter Award Ceremony will be held this Friday, March 25. Christian Attitude winners will be recognized following Mass and the academic awards ceremony for students in grades 4-8 will follow. Please see an overview of awards below:
  • Upward Bound: (Grades 4-8) Students went up a letter grade in at least one subject while maintaining all other grades. 
  • Honor Roll: (Grades 4-8) a minimum of 5 A’s and the rest B’s, nothing below an S in special classes
  • Principal’s List: (Grades 4-8) students who received all A’s, nothing below an S in special classes
  • Christian Attitude Award: This award is given quarterly to two students in each class who consistently display Christian values, attitudes, and actions.
Just .25 fundraiser to support A is for Africa, March 25
Students are encouraged to give a quarter for our next Just .25 fundraiser day this coming Friday. Money raised goes to support the Matim Primary School located in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.
Vocations Visit with Father Victor Ingalls
Father Victor Ingalls will be joining us next Tuesday, March 29. He will celebrate Mass and visit our classrooms throughout the day discussing vocations with the students. Parents, as always, please join us for Mass. We will not have Mass on Friday next week. 
Summer Camp Program
We are accepting registration for our 2022 Summer Camp Program. It is open to students in grades K2-K5 (entering K3-1st next year.) The program begins Tuesday, May 31, and will conclude two weeks before the first day of school. Please see the registration form below for program hours and tuition. The deadline to register is April 14.

Fish Fry Fridays
Our PTO supports our school by helping to fund various needs including technology, recreational, educational, and building maintenance projects. Please support our PTO at our Fish Fry Fridays. Volunteers are always needed. You can sign-up at the link below:  

Dancing with the Stars - Jacket Style
We are so excited that Mr. Stoyka and Miss DeMouy are participating in the 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars - Jacket Style at Ft. Whiting on March 26th! Help them bring home the mirror ball...purchase your tickets or vote for them using the link below:


Proceeds support the St. Augustine Scholarship program at McGill and provide funding for additional programs and special projects that benefit all students.
Out of Uniform - TOMORROW
We are having an out-of-uniform day TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 22 to support #TeamDeMouy/Stoyka!
Preschool Cougars of the Month
Our preschool Cougars of the Month got a special treat from Mrs. Martin!
Yearbooks on Sale - NOW
The deadline to purchase a yearbook is Wednesday, April 27th. As we did last year, the yearbooks will include the entire school year so they will not be delivered until the summer. Don't miss out, purchase your yearbook TODAY!
Coupon Books - now on sale!
The last day to turn in orders is Wednesday, April 23.
Red Ribbon Service Project
One duty of Ribbon Week leaders is to carry out a service project before the end of the school year fitting certain guidelines determined by the Drug Education Council. Our leader, Cate Veasey, is leading our students in a project to benefit Wings of Life. We are collecting items this week. The requested items are listed below.
Tickets for Tuition
40 Days for Life Campaign
MASS ACROSS FROM THE SIDEWALK

Tuesday, March 22nd

Fr Steve will celebrate Mass across from the Planned Parenthood sidewalk, in the Women’s Resource Center parking lot. St Lawrence parishioners will come across the bay, taking a bus & leaving the church parking lot at 6:30 am. All are welcome to ride the bus. Contact Lisa Word 404-307-1355 for more information. Or Steve Pierre (Spiritual Campaign Manager).

Address: 718 Downtowner Loop W Mobile, AL 36609

Time: 7:15 AM

See y'all there!!

Jennifer Rehm Porr
director40DFLM@yahoo.com
2022-2023 School Calendar
The Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Mobile released the calendar for the 2022 - 2023 school year. It can be found below. The school calendar for Corpus Christi, with dates and events specific to our school, will be released at a later time.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
You can view our school calendar for the entire year on our school website (you may need to scroll down to see it): School Calendar

A printable copy of the April calendar can be found HERE.
March 25
Awards Ceremony Following Mass
A Is for Africa Just .25

March 29
Mass (8:15) with Father Victor Ingalls

April 7
Food Pantry Thursday

April 12
8th Grade will attend the Chrism Mass

April 13
Living Stations of the Cross (2:00)

April 15
No school - Good Friday, Easter Holidays Begin
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

Mrs. Beth Yell, Facilities Manager
facilities@corpuschristiparish.com

Mrs. Theresa Jernigan, Parish Secretary
office@corpuschristiparish.com

Mrs. Wendy Tulo, Parish Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@corpuschristiparish.com
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross are in the church immediately following the 5:30 pm Mass each Friday during Lent.
Holy Week Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:15 am and 5:30 pm
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:00 pm
Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion: 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil Mass: 7:30 pm
Easter Sunday: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am
CORPUS CHRISTI ALTAR SOCIETY
If you are interested in giving of your time to serve our parish, please
consider helping with our Altar Society. We will be undertaking our annual “big clean” of the church on April 6, beginning at 9:00 am. For more information contact Dawn Goffi at 251-639-0877 or 251-751-5075. All are welcome!
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
Pro-Life News
Presence on the sidewalk 6AM- 6PM every day. 717 Downtowner Loop W in front of the abortion clinic. Visit 40daysforlife.com/mobile to register and sign up for vigil hours.

Support women in our community who are facing unplanned pregnancies. Also, please place baby items in the box in the vestibule.
https://www.40daysforlife.com/resources-faq.aspx
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!