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
October 19, 2022
Dear Families,

October is Bully Prevention Month, a month-long event to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. As part of Bully Prevention Month, Unity Day is celebrated this week. Unity Day was created to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. Our students will be making a unity chain this week to unite our students in kindness and acceptance.
Bible Verse and Prayer Focus of the Month
During the month of October, we will learn Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Our prayer focus is Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 virtue looks and sounds like in our actions and words.

The Cardinal Virtue we are focusing on is Justice, and the related virtues we will focus on the next two weeks are Prayerfulness and Respect

Prayerfulness (Week of October 17) 

Being still, listening, and being willing to talk to God as a friend

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Fold your hand while you pray. Saying “I love you, Jesus” 
  • Ages 10 and up: Maintain a spirit of stillness with your body, mind and heart while praying, make visits to the chapel, create a place of prayer in your home
  • Ages 12 and up: Foster a spirit of interiority in your body, mind, and heart, and participate in the sacraments regularly

Dear Jesus, I desire to have you as my best friend. Give me a desire to spend time with You each day, as I do with my friends. Help me always to put You first in my life, even when I am busy.
Respect (Week of October 24)

Speaking and acting according to our own and others’ rights, status, and circumstances

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Listen and smile when asked to do something, saying “Yes Mom, “Excuse me Dad” 
  • Ages 10 and up: Be respectful in words and actions toward people, places, and things
  • Ages 12 and up: Be respectful in words and actions toward people, places, and things, avoiding sarcasm

Help me to show reverence to people who are in authority over me as I would to You. And help me give all persons the honor they deserve as Your unique creations.
Accelerated Reader Out of Uniform
Students in grades 3rd-8th who have met their AR point goal for the quarter receive an out of uniform day. Students in grades 3rd-8th who met their percentage correct goal receive an additional out of uniform day. Our K-2nd grade students are awarded with popsicles.
B0o Bash Out of Uniform Thursday
Students may come out of uniform Thursday to promote our Boo Bash event. Students may wear the Boo Bash t-shirt if ordered, or any CCS t-shirt. Remember to check our handbook to follow Out of Uniform guidelines.
Toy Bowl Pep Rally - Friday, October 21st
Many of our 8th graders will be participating in Toy Bowl festivities next week, culminating with the court presentation at Lipscomb Field, Saturday, October 29th.  We will celebrate our Toy Bowl Court Members and all of our fall sports participants with a Toy Bowl Pep Rally this Friday, October 21st at 1:30pm. This will take place in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend! If your child participated in a fall sport, they are welcome to bring their jersey to school and wear it over their uniform for the pep rally.
 PTO Boo Bash
Boo Bash 2022 is almost here! It takes a village to put on a wonderful family-friendly event. Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors. Wear your costumes, bring folding chairs, extra cash and have a great time!

Volunteers needed! All information regarding volunteers is on the Sign-Up Genius below. Games/inflatables have a grade assigned to them! Time slots are in 45min increments so you can enjoy the event.

Trunk or Treat: will be located in the lower lot next to the big field. Park your group’s car by 3:00pm, open your trunk and hand out candy! Prize for the best car if you are feeling festive. Starts at 6:00pm so enjoy the festivities before it begins.

Beer Table and Wine Toss will be available for donations during the event!

*All will be sold the day of event*

7th grade Cake Walk: punch cards available for pre-order. $5=5 walks or $10=10 walks. Venmo Jacquie Burkett @Jacquie-Burkett. Include the child's name, grade and homeroom. Cards will be sent home by October 21st. Walks also can be purchased the day of the event.
*All proceeds benefit the 8th-grade luncheon.
A is for Africa Just .25 Days
We will continue to support the Matim Primary School in Tanzania and A is for Africa by participating in Just .25 days when school is in session on the 25th of the month. Next Tuesday, October 25th, students are asked to bring in .25 cents to help support this worthy cause. Below you will find two sweet videos from a few years ago, that the students sent to our school, thanking us for our support. 
Archangel Radio Pledge Drive- Wednesday, October 26th

Tune into Archangel Radio, 1410 am on Wednesday, October 26th at 10:30am to hear some of our very own CCS middle school students speaking about some of the great things we have going on at our school.
Red Ribbon Week
October 24th-28th
Next week is Red Ribbon Week! This week is devoted to learning how to live a healthy and drug-free life. Congratulations to 8th grader Lindsey Nguyen who was selected for our Red Ribbon Leadership Award.
Here is a breakdown of the activities scheduled for next week: 

Monday- "Snooze on Drugs”
  • Students may wear school-appropriate pajamas.
Tuesday- "Drugs Can’t Find Me”
  • Students may wear camouflage clothing. 
Wednesday- "Age Out of Drugs”
  • Students may dress as different ages
Thursday-"Too Bright for Drugs” 
  • Students may bring neon accessories and wear them after Mass. 
Friday- "Show Drugs Whose House This Is”
  • Students in grades 6th-8th may dress in their Homeroom Olympics Theme. 
  • All Other grades may wear school-appropriate shorts for running and their CCS Spirit Shirt. 
  • Students In grades 1st-8th will participate in the Red Ribbon Fun Run. 

There will be several speakers promoting a drug-free healthy lifestyle as well. 
Preschool families should check with their student’s teachers to see what days their classes may be participating in. 
Red Ribbon Run 
We are so excited to bring back our Red Ribbon Run for our students in grades 1st-8th. Permission slips have been sent home and are due tomorrow, please sign and return to school in order for your child to participate. The run is a two-mile fun run around the neighboring streets, and representatives from the Mobile Police Department ensure that we remain safe during the run. It will begin at 10:15. Parents are welcome to join us and run/walk with their students. 
Box Of Joy Items Due October 28th
As an early Christmas service project, our Archdiocese participates in Cross Catholic's Box of Joy campaign. For many poor children around the world, a box of joy filled with toys, school supplies, healthcare products, a rosary, and the story of Jesus is the only gift they may receive. You can read more about the Box of Joy Project and view videos of children opening their boxes of joy here:

Our Disciples of St. Michael students will help organize and pack boxes from our school. Each class has been assigned a different item to bring in. Please help if you are able to donate any of the following: 
Donation List:
  • Preschool: $ donation for shipping
  • Kindergarten: coloring books, colors
  • First Grade: small storybooks for age 4-7 or pencil, small drawing pad
  • Second Grade: Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Third Grade: hairbrush, or small storybook for ages 7-10
  • Fourth Grade: small cars, small dolls
  • Fifth Grade: puzzles, stickers, small toys
  • Sixth Grade: jump ropes and small bouncy balls
  • Seventh Grade: sidewalk chalk, Legos for boys and girls
  • Eighth Grade: $ donation for shipping
Report Cards for First Quarter
 Today marks the beginning of the 2nd quarter. We are so proud of how diligent our students have worked during this past quarter. Report cards will be uploaded to the Rediker Plus Portals by Friday afternoon, a paper copy will not be sent home. In order to view the report card, please adhere to the following steps: 
Rediker Plus Portals by Friday afternoon, a paper copy will not be sent home. 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 First Quarter Report Card 2022-2023 School year. 
4. You may download the PDF file and save /print it for your records. 
If you are having difficulty logging into your Rediker account, please feel free to contact me for a password reset link.
Parent Conferences
Anytime you feel the need to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, you are always welcome to do so. Our teachers are glad to meet with parents at an agreeable time to discuss a student’s progress. You may email your child’s teacher for assistance in scheduling a conference. 
As we have come to the end of the quarter, teachers will be asking if you would like to schedule a report card conference. Please look for more information from your child’s teacher. 
First Quarter Awards following Mass on Thursday, October 28th
Mass will be held on Thursday, October 27th of next week instead of Friday. 
Following Mass, we will recognize students for their academic achievements earned in this first quarter. Students in grades 4th-8th meeting the following award criteria will be recognized: 
Honor Roll - no more than 2 “B’s” and nothing below “S” in Special Classes. 
Principal's List – This award is given to a student who receives all “A’s” and nothing below “S” in special classes.  
In addition, students in K-8th are eligible to be honored with the Christian Attitude Award. This award is given quarterly to two students in each class who consistently display Christian values, attitudes, and actions. 
Parents are welcome to join us. 
Upcoming Noon Dismissal
We will dismiss at noon on
Friday, October 28th. 
All Saint’s Day Celebrations 
We will attend Mass on Tuesday, November 1st to celebrate All Saints Day. Following Mass, our Fourth-Grade students will present a Saint Parade. Students will then receive a special treat of Soul Cakes and lemonade before returning to their classrooms for further All Saints Day Activities.
Parent “Saints” are needed to assist with our special snack. Please sign up at the link below if you are able to assist.
St. Jude Crazy Hair Day 
We are so proud of the generosity and kindness of our students. As students modeled their craziest hairstyles a few weeks ago, they also raised $2,276.00 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
Christmas Musical
Attention 3rd-5th grade students! The Christmas musical auditions are tomorrow, October 19 from 3pm-4:30pm. Any 3rd-5th grade student interested in having a speaking role or special singing part should audition. Please complete this form if you haven’t already!!!

CYO Basketball
Our school calendar is always available on our school's website.
Fall 2022 Closing Rally
Trunk or Treat
Monday, October 31st
Please join us from 4:30pm-5:30pm for Family Halloween Fun with Costumes, Pizza, and Trunk or Treat.
We will draw our Teen Sidewalk or Shop Selfie Raffle winners during the Rally.  

Visit our website for more information.
Upcoming Dates to Remember

22: Boo Bash 4-7 pm

24-29: Red Ribbon Week

25: A is for Africa, 8th Grade Field Trip to McT Preview Day, Toy Bowl Mass and Banquet (5:30)

26: CCS Students on Archangel Radio

27: Awards Mass

28: Box of Joy Items Due, Red Ribbon Run (10:15), Noon Dismissal

29: Toy Bowl Court Presentation (12:30)

31: Halloween


1: All Saints Day, Mass and Activities

3: Food Pantry OOU

11: Veteran’s Day
Corpus Christi Parish News
Parish Information
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 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. Sign up sheet in the chapel.

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

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

Confessions are heard 30 minutes before each Mass.

Please see the published schedule for dates and times, or call the parish office, 342-1852.

Please fill out a Census Form. Census. Forms are available in the church vestibule and parish office.

For rental information, please call the parish office at 342-1852 or 342-1420.
Parish Staff
Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor

Fr. Alex Crow, Parochial Vicar

Mrs. Kristy F. Martin, School Principal

Mrs. Jennifer S. Pritchett, Parish Catechetical Leader

Mr. Peter J. Stoyka, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Ms. Ashley Kovaleski, Parish Secretary

Mrs. Wendy Tulo, Parish Bookkeeper
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
Wednesday Evenings, 7-8 pm, 2nd floor Conference Room.
Info: David Sheffield, 423-5666 or
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:, or go to 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
If you are considering joining us and are in need of child care please contact Cynthia Wentworth, 251-767-0532 or
Youth Group
Grades 9—12, meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the Parish House.  For more information contact Fr. Crow:
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
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
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 Please join us!