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 6, 2022
Dear Families,

What a phenomenal first few weeks we have had! There are wonderful things 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 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 Generosity and Gratitude.

Generosity (Week of 9/6)


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 9/12)


Thankful disposition and heart

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Smile at your mom after she cooks your 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 6
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 6 at 6:00 pm. The class will be held in the adult education room in the Community Center. A background screening is an integral component of child protection training. All those 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 pm. 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 31 of each year. 
Kona Ice
Kona Ice will be visiting us tomorrow during lunch waves. The funds raised from this visit will benefit our Spanish program. Sizes and prices are as follows:
  • The truck will visit the preschool first at 10:00, their price is $3
  • The prices for K-8 are as follows: 
$4 Classic Kona
$5 King Kona 
$6 for color-changing refillable cups (refills are $3 if you already have a color cup).
$7 Kowabunga cup (refills are $3)
Color-changing spoons are available for $1 
School Pictures 
Students in grades PK3-8 grade will take school pictures in uniform on Thursday, September 8. Students in PK2 will take pictures on September 21. They will take individual and class pictures on this day. There is a makeup date for individual
pictures set for October 12.
Toy Bowl Fundraiser
Our 8th-grade students participating in the Toy Bowl court are hosting a Toy Bowl Spirit Week the week of September 12-16. Funds raised will go toward supporting each student participating in the Toy Bowl Court, which directly benefits the CYO program. The week consists of the following activities:
  • Monday 9/12: Spirit Ribbons for Sale, can be worn all week ($1)
  • Tuesday 9/13: Crazy Socks Day ($1)
  • Wednesday 9/14: Orange and White Out of Uniform Day ($1)
  • Thursday 9/15: Crazy Hair Day ($2) (Separate fundraiser for St. Jude) 
  • Friday 9/16: Sno Cone Sale During Lunch Waves ($3)

Please click on link for detailed information MONDAY (
Room Parent Meeting
There will be a room parent meeting at 6:00 pm on September 15. If you are signed up to be a room parent for your child’s class, please make plans to attend. The meeting will be held in the library. 
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!
Handbook Information 
Each year we have parents read our parent-student handbook together with their students. You can find our handbook on our website at the following link:

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

After reviewing with your student, please access the acknowledgment form below. The form is past due, as it was due September 1. If you have not filled out the acknowledgment form, please do so below. 
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. 
Middle School Choir

We are excited to have the Middle School Choir lead us in worship during our school masses. Practices are Tuesday and Friday in the church at 7:10am with Ms. Demouy. ALL middle schoolers are welcome.
Lunch Reminders
Visit to create a lunch account, view menus, and place orders.
  • Orders must be placed before 12:00 noon the day prior. 
  • Refunds are not given unless orders are canceled in advance. If your child is sick, you are welcome to make arrangements to pick up your child’s lunch if you wish. 
  • If your child does not have a lunch, a Lunch able will be provided for them for a charge. 
  • If you bring lunch from home, please remember that soft drinks are not allowed in our cafeteria. 
School Calendar/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 first food pantry of the school year was a complete success.
Mystery Dinner Theatre
Congratulations to the cast of Suspect Hollywood! Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesday's afterschool in the music room starting tomorrow. Parents and students involved should join the Suspect Hollywood Google Classroom as this is the main hub for information. The class code is yioq7ty. You can also click on this link to join:

Please email Mrs. Gee at if you have any questions.

Remember you can view our school calendar online here:

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • 12-16 Toy Bowl Spirit Week

  • 15-Crazy Hair Day for St. Jude

  • 21: Mid-Quarter Progress Reports

  • 23: Fall Book Fair Begins

  • 25: Fall Book Fair Family Event (10:00-2:00)

  • 30: Grandparent’s Day, McGill-Toolen Homecoming
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!