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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

September 05, 2023

Dear Parents,

What a phenomenal first few weeks we have had! Wonderful things are happening at our school, and we look forward to experiencing them with our students and their families. Thank you for giving your child the gift of a Catholic education and choosing to be our partners in the education of your children. 

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.

Our Bible verse for the month of September is: Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Our prayer focus is The Our Father. We would love for you to work with your students at home. 

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

Education in Virtue

As a reminder, we strive to incorporate the Education in Virtues program into our daily schedule. 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. 

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 is Justice, and the related virtues we will focus on in the next two weeks are Generosity and Gratitude: 

Generosity (Week of 9/5)


Giving of oneself in a willing and cheerful manner for the good of others

Ways to Cultivate

  • Ages 6 and up: Share your items and time, “Would you like to have one of my cookies?”
  • Ages 10 and up: Share, give away extra items.
  • Ages 12 and up: Give of yourself, focus on one act of charity/kindness each day.


Dear Jesus, let me share myself with others as You share your life with me. 

Gratitude (Week of 9/11)


Thankful disposition and heart

Ways to Cultivate

  • Ages 6 and up: Smile at your mom after she cooks you dinner, Say “Thank you!” 
  • Ages 10 and up: Write a thank you note, take into consideration the blessings in your life
  • Ages 12 and up: Say thank you even for difficult or unwanted things (homework, cleaning your room, etc.) Count the blessings in your life.


Dear Jesus, Please give me a thankful heart, realizing that all I have comes from you. 

Child Protection/Safe Environment Training-Tonight, September 5

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 initial tonight, Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm. The class will be held in the Banquet Hall. A Background screening is an integral component of child protection training. 

All planning to attend a training session should first make an account on the CMG website to begin the screening process. You can access the website by visiting and following the instructions for first-time volunteers. 

If you are unable to attend the session at Corpus, there are monthly sessions held at St. Dominic Catholic Church on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. More information can be found at the Archdiocesan website,

If you have attended a training in the past, you do not need to come to the training, you must complete your retraining each year online. Visit and follow the steps for retraining. Parents and volunteers are asked to complete their online retraining by October 31st of each year. 

School Pictures  

Students in grades PK2-8 will take school pictures in uniform. They will take individual and class photos on this day. 

Toy Bowl Fundraiser

Donations Due this week 

Our 8th-grade students participating in the Toy Bowl court are hosting a Toy Bowl Spirit Week the week of September 11th-15th. Funds raised will go toward supporting each student participating in the Toy Bowl Court, which directly benefits the CYO program. The cost is $5/per student for all the weekly activities. 

Sock Hop

On September 15th there will be a sock hop sponsored by the CCS 8th Grade Toy Bowl Court.

This is for Middle School students only and ALL students MUST pre-register and pre-pay in order to attend. Click on the link below to register.

Registration Form

Food Pantry Thursday 

Our school will 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 Collection Day is this Thursday. 

Students who donate items may wear their CCS spirit shirt with out-of-uniform bottoms (no shorts or athletic pants in Middle School).

If you have not yet ordered a spirit shirt, you may do so in the office. Students may wear an orange shirt if they have not yet ordered a spirit shirt. 

St. Jude Crazy Hair Day


Saint T-Shirt Orders

Due Friday

Each class has a class saint assigned to them by Father Pat. A saint t-shirt is available for an optional purchase, which represents all of our school saints. These shirts can be worn on announced dates with out-of-uniform bottoms. If you purchased one last year, a new shirt is not needed. The deadline is Friday, September 8th. Click the link below to submit your order and read more details. Money will need to be sent in separately. Cash or Check to Corpus Christi.

Saint T-Shirt Order Form

Booster Club Meeting

Interim/Mid-Quarter Progress Reports

Mid-quarter grade reports will be sent home with students who have a grade of C or below in grades 3rd-8th on September 13th. Parents are encouraged to check their student’s grades and progress regularly by logging into Rediker. If you need help with your Rediker log-in, please email [email protected] or [email protected] for assistance. 

Handbook Information

Each year, we have parents read our parent-student handbook together with their students. You can find our handbook on our website by clicking on the link below. 

Parent Student Handbook on Website 

After reviewing the handbook with your students, please fill out the form below.

Handbook Form 2023-2024 School Year

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. 

The form is past due, as it was due September 1. If you have not filled out the acknowledgment form, please do so.

Vocations Visit

Father Patrick Gilbreath, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Mobile, will be visiting us on September 15th. He will celebrate Mass with us and then visit our classrooms, speaking on vocations. As always, parents are welcome to join us for Mass!  

Book Fair


Are you a "Head Room Parent"???PTO will have a Head Room Parent meeting Sunday, September 10th at 4:00p.m.


Carpool Shoutouts

Grandparent’s Day

We are looking forward to hosting our grandparents and special family friends on September 29th. Our day will begin with mass and a reception for our grandparents, but in an effort to offer a safer and more secure environment for our school and students, we have structured visiting times for the remainder of the morning. I know our students are going to be eager to host their grandparents and grand friends and it will be a lovely day!  Please see the attached schedule. 

Pack the Chapel

This is open to any students/parents that would like to attend. We will pray the morning offering prayer and any prayer intentions that the group may have. Each week we are going to pray for a specific teacher and class. Hope to see you there next Wednesday, September 13th.

Morning Drop Off 

In the mornings, you must go through the carpool line or you have the option to park and walk your child to their entry point. Students with preschool siblings can be escorted to the preschool building and walk the remainder of the way. No student should be dropped off in any parking lot and allowed to walk on their own. These guidelines are in place for the safety of our students. Please help us to ensure the safety of all by adhering to them. 

Scrip Program

An easy way to earn money for our school without spending extra money. It just takes a little bit of planning. You even have a chance to earn yourself some extra money!! Want to learn more??? Contact Tracey Netto at [email protected]

Box Tops

Download the App, select our school and start scanning!! SUPER EASY!!

School Calendar

Remember that you can always access our online school calendar via this link from our website:

Parish News

St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk/Run

Registration for the St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk/Run is now open! Join us on Sept. 16th to support the work of SvDP in our parish. Register online at:

There is no cost to participate. 

Adult Religious Ed: Mystagogy Series

The next class in our Mystagogy Series is coming up on Sept. 17th and 24th following the 11am Mass. For this two-part class, Fr. Pat will be taking us on a virtual Scavi Tour. Join us as we bring a bit of Italy to Corpus Christi! No registration is required to attend. 

Knights of Columbus Fraternal Benefits Night

Our Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Fraternal Benefits Night on Saturday, Sept.16th following 5:30pm Mass. Join us to learn how permanent life insurance can be a blessing to your family. No registration is required to attend. 

Young Adult Night

All young adults in our parish (married or single) ages 21 to 39 are invited to join us on the third Thursday of the month for Young Adult Night. This month we are meeting at the Parish House, located at 454 Evergreen Road. Bring drinks or a light snack to share! Contact Robert and Kelly Schaefers for more information at [email protected].

Upcoming Dates to Remember

A Look Ahead in September

10: Room Parent Meeting, Booster Club Meeting

11-15:Toy Bowl Spirit Week

13: Mid-Quarter Interim Reports

15: Vocations Visit

22-Fall Book Fair Begins

24: Book Fair Family Day

29: Grandparents Day

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Parish Information


Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 9:00 - noon

Located om the second floor of the Community Center.


Parish Office: 342-1852, Fax 342-6313

School Office: 342-5474

Fax 380-0325


Vigil: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 and11:00 am


8:15 am Mass: Monday - Friday

5:30 pm Mass: Tuesday and Wednesday


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





Paper forms are also available in the Parish Office.


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Parish Staff

Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor

[email protected]

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