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 4, 2021
Dear Parents, 

Since 2003, all children and youth in the Archdiocese of Mobile in grades Pre-K through 12 have annually been trained in a Safe Environments program. The program, developed and sponsored by the Office for the Protection of Minors and Adults, offers strategies on how to protect themselves from those who would do them harm. This program is taught in religion classes in schools and through classes in parish religious and youth ministry programs. This year the Safe Environments program will be taught during the month of October. When this is taught to your child's class, he or she will bring home a bit of homework to be shared with you. Please look at it and talk to your children about their personal safety.
Sincerely,
Bible Verse
Each month students learn a Bible verse and recite it together during our morning prayers. We also pray a particular prayer each month. The bible verse for the month of October is:

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Our prayer focus is the Hail Holy Queen.

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
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.

We would love for you to work with your students at home.
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 are focusing on is Justice, and the related virtues we will focus on in the next two weeks are Obedience and Patriotism. 


Obedience (Week of October 4) 

Meaning - Assenting to rightful authority without hesitation or resistance. 

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Listen and follow directions
  • Ages 10 and up: Follow directions the first time they are given without complaint
  • Ages 12 and up: Listen to Rightful authority, following directions the first time without complaint in a prompt manner, anticipate what is expected of you

Prayer - Dear Jesus, You are God and yet You were obedient to Mary and Joseph. Help me to do all that my parents and teachers ask of me--promptly, joyfully, and completely. This virtue pleases You more than all other sacrifices!

Patriotism (Week of October 11)

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

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Show respect for your country’s flag, be respectful 
  • Ages 10 and up: Show respect for people and symbols representing your country, pray for leaders and soldiers. 
  • Ages 12 and up: Show respect for symbols and things associated with your country, pray for your country and servicemen. 

Prayer - Dear Jesus, Please bless my country and all those who work hard to lead it. Thank you for blessing us with many good gifts. May you always be King of this land. May you be glorified through its government and laws. Give me a heart of service, especially toward those who are weak and defenseless. 
Respect Life Month
October is Respect Life Month. Many of our middle school students continue to gather at the Women’s Resource Center each Friday morning at 6:30 am as part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign and Respect Life Month. Led by members of our Pro-Life Club, we will participate in a school-wide Rosary for Life immediately following Mass on Friday, 10/22.
Food Pantry - Thursday
The first Thursday of every month is always Food Pantry Thursday. Students are able to come out of uniform (wearing their spirit shirt and out-of-uniform bottoms) if they bring an item to support our Blessings in a Backpack program on Thursday. The following items are requested:

PK-2nd grade: canned vegetables
3rd-5th grade: canned tuna/chicken
6th-8th grade: plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly

The calendar of the needed items for the entire year can be found HERE.
Toy Bowl Court
Our Toy Bowl Court is selling tickets to the 73rd Toy Bowl. The tickets are $5 and are good for all soccer and football games. The deadline to purchase tickets is tomorrow, October 5th. If you would like to purchase tickets in support of a member of our Court, please send the payment tomorrow and include the student's name.
K2 & Make Up School Pictures - October 12
Were you absent on picture day? Make-up pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 12. This is also the day the K2 students will have their pictures taken.
Crazy Hair Day - St. Jude
On Thursday, October 14, donate $2.00 or more…and come to school with your CRAZIEST HAIR! All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Red Ribbon Week is Coming!
Red Ribbon Week, a week devoted to learning how to live a healthy and drug-free life, will be celebrated October 25-29.  Congratulations to 8th-grader Cate Veasey who was selected for our Red Ribbon Leadership Award. Each fall, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated across America to promote the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle among our youth. As part of the awareness program, the Drug Education Council, Inc honors outstanding students from Mobile and Baldwin County who are selected by their school as the Red Ribbon Leadership Award recipient. These students exemplify the 6 pillars of Character promoted by the Character Counts initiative and the Drug Education Council. These include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Look for a breakdown of the week’s activities to be shared soon.
Boo Bash - canceled
Due to COVID guidelines that are in place at the school, and the safety of the students, the PTO made the decision to cancel the annual Boo Bash that was scheduled for later this month.
SCRIP News
Please contact Tracey Netto, SCRIP Coordinator, at SCRIP@CCSCatholic.com if you have questions or would like to purchase a coupon book.
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): https://school.corpuschristiparish.com/calendar-1
October 12-
K2 Pictures and make up pictures for K3 - 8th

October 14
Crazy Hair Day for St. Jude

October 15
End of 1st Quarter

October 25
Red Ribbon Week begins
A is for Africa Just. 25

October 26
Toy Bowl Mass, 5:30

October 29
Noon Dismissal

October 30
Toy Bowl Court Presentation
Corpus Christi Parish News
Parish Information
Parish Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 pm.

Saturday Vigil Mass:
5:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Masses:
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Weekday Mass:
6:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. Monday - Saturday

The Parish Office has moved to the 2nd floor of the Community Center.

If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, please call the Parish Office at 251-342-1852, or add the name to the list in the chapel.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions are heard 30 minutes before each Mass.
Friends of the Poor Walk
The Corpus Christi St. Vincent de Paul Conference is sponsoring the Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, October 23 on and around our campus. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Baked goods are needed, if you would like to contribute or purchase raffle tickets, please contact Bob Brunke at 459-9425. Raffle Tickets will also be sold after Masses on October 9 and 16.
Women of Mary
Gather each Thursday at 3:00 p.m. to reflect on the Sunday Gospel and pray together. Meetings are held in the Parish House. All are welcome. Contact Sister Deborah Kennedy, R.S.M. 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
Join us in service, grow in spirituality, and open your heart in friendship to neighbors in need. The St. Vincent de Paul Society responds to local individuals and families with food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance. Your help will feed children, prevent evictions and so much more. Financial donations can be placed in the brass poor box in the church vestibule, and clothing and food donations can be left at the St. Vincent de Paul Society table. If you are in need of assistance, call 251-366-6443. To find out how to join us, contact Ann Mackie at annmackie10.am@gmail.com. For more info 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. We will be studying Psalms: The School of Prayer, which can be ordered through Ascension Press. Info: Patti Hughes at 251-401-9623 or pm.hughes@comcast.net

We are excited to return to providing child care for moms in need of this service in order to join us! 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, contact Millie Quinones, Chairperson, 808-425-7100 or
Ophelia Gillespie, Co-Chairperson, 251-610-6503.
Tuesday Night Bible Study
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the Parish House. Contact Dave Burchette, 367-6660 or davebur1955@gmail.com

Beginning 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.
Please join us!
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
Sacred Grounds
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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.