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
September 19, 2022
Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we have reached the middle of our first quarter of school. What a fantastic start we have had. As always, thank you for trusting us with your children. It is a joy to welcome your sweet students to school each and every day. 
Bible Verse and Prayer Focus of the Month

Each month students learn a Bible verse and recite it together at school during our morning prayers. We also pray a particular prayer each month.

During the month of September, our verse 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.

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. 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 are focusing on is Justice, and the related virtues we will focus on in the next two weeks are Kindness and Loyalty. 

Kindness (Week of September 19) 


Expressing general concern for the well-being of others and anticipating their needs.

Ways to Cultivate

  • Ages 6 and up:  Talk to someone who seems sad, ask if others need help

  • Ages 10 and up: Ask how someone is doing, respond to kindness by being kind in return

  • Ages 12 and up: Practice speaking, thinking, and acting kindly even when someone is not being kind to you


Dear Jesus, you are kindness itself. I desire to show charity toward my neighbor through my thoughts, words, and actions. When others meet me, let them meet YOU in me! 

Loyalty (Week of September 26)


Accepting the bonds implicit in relationships, defending virtues upheld by Church, family, and country. 

Ways to Cultivate

  • Ages 6 and up: Speak positively about family and friends, “My brother/sister/friend is good at…”

  • Ages 10 and up: Make your actions correspond to your words and promises

  • Ages 12 and up: Seek to do your best to help others, fulfill your responsibilities, be faithful to your commitments. 


Dear Jesus, help me to be steadfast in my relationships and faithful to the duties those relationships entail, even when this may be difficult.
Toy Bowl Spirit Week

Thank you for supporting our 8th-grade students participating in the CYO Toy Bowl Court. What a fun-filled spirit week we had! 
Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser for St. Jude
We are so proud of our students that participated in Crazy Hair Day. It was fun to see all the crazy hairstyles while raising money for a wonderful cause. Through the generosity of our families, we were able to raise $2276 for St. Jude! Our top two fundraisers were SJ Bailey and Henry Barnhill. We are so proud of all of our students!
Interim/Mid Quarter Progress Reports
Mid Quarter grade reports will be sent home with students who have a grade C or below in grades 3-8 on September 21. 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 for assistance. 

Grandparent’s Day
We are looking forward to hosting our grandparents and special family friends on September 30. Our day will begin with mass and a reception for our grandparents, but in an effort to offer a more safe and more secure environment for our school and students, we have restructured the visiting portion of our morning. Please see the attached schedule. I know our students are going to be eager to host their grandparents and grand friends and it will be a lovely day! 
Fall Book Fair 

This week our K-5 students will have the opportunity to participate in the lollipop pull for a chance to win a prize. All families are invited to a special Family Day event, this Sunday. The event will take place between the hours of 10:00-2:00. 
Ice Cream Fridays  

A new and exciting (totally optional) Treat starts THIS week!!
CCS Tailgate at the Lip 
Friday, September 24, 5:30-7:00
We will be hosting a tailgate for CYO night at the Lip this Friday. We would love to have all of our families join us for some fun before the game. The Booster Club will be providing drinks, a few snacks, as well as tents and games. If you are willing to also bring a snack to share, please sign up below.
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 and I will be glad to assist you.
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.

Thank you to our very generous families for the donations. Our next food pantry will be on October 6th.

Middle School (6-8) - plastic jars of peanut butter or jelly
Elementary (3-5) - canned tuna or canned chicken
Primary/Preschool (PK-2) canned vegetables
Mystery Dinner Theatre


Suspect Hollywood will be on October 13th at 6:00pm

Tickets are on sale until October 5th.

Please email Mrs. Gee at if you have any questions.
Booster Club Meeting
The Corpus Christi Booster Club will hold its Bi-monthly meeting on Sunday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium. The club seeks to promote the Mission of Corpus Christi Parish through youth sports. The Booster Club supports numerous sports that compete in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) leagues and host fundraising events that assist the club with the maintenance of sports facilities at Corpus Christi.  The Booster Club is open to any person interested in the betterment of the Corpus Christi sports programs and Booster Club events. Food and beverages will be served. Child Care will be provided. This is a great way to get involved and meet other people in our Parish community. If interested in attending, please email Lloyd Meyers at
Boo Bash
There will be a meeting for those interested in volunteering for Boo Bash this Sunday, September 25 at 5:30 in the atrium. Our Boo Bash is planned for Saturday, October 22. Please make plans to attend this fun family event! Boo Bash T shirt orders will be going home soon. Students can wear their Boo Bash shirt out of uniform on Thursday, October 20. If students do not purchase a Boo Bash shirt, they can wear any white CCS shirt. 
Remember you can view our school calendar online here:

Upcoming Dates to Remember

25: Book Fair Family Day, (10:00-2:00), Boo Bash Volunteer Meeting (5:30) Booster Club Meeting (6:30)
29: McT Carpool Pep Rally 
30: Grandparent’s Mass and Visit 


6: Food Pantry Thursday OOU
8: Called to Love Women’s Conference
12: Make-Up Pictures
13: Mystery Dinner Theater
20: Boo Bash OOU
22: PTO Boo Bash
24-28 Red Ribbon Week
29: Toy Bowl

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 or email:
Parish Staff
Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor

Fr. Alex Crow, Parochial Vicar

Mrs. Kristy F. Martin, School Principal

Mrs. Mary Lawson, Director of Religious Education

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.
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
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
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, chairperson, 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: 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 (