September 28, 2022

Japhet Creek Campus

Awakening spiritual attachment to our common home

The Japhet Creek community is a unique, rural enclave in the middle of Houston where St. Catherine’s owns three acres and additional property. Mere minutes from downtown, the land runs adjacent to Japhet Creek, a mile-long tributary that feeds into Buffalo Bayou. This pastoral enclave – our Japhet Campus – provides St. Catherine’s students a vantage to study the history of humanity from its origins in agriculture, conduct immersive scientific inquiry, engage in economic and cultural work, and collaborate with neighbors in an urban community. Currently, students in the Adolescent Community are investigating and studying the impact water has on society. They visit Japhet 2-3 times each week and are using the campus to fuel inspiration for their specific and individual studies and investigations. Students have participated in presentations describing the amount of water crops and products use throughout their production process and collected water samples of the creek for laboratory water testing.


The Japhet Campus serves as a place for adolescents to study, work, and practice living in community, and inspires students to make connections between their work and nature. St. Catherine’s is committed to evolving the campus into a Montessori-prepared environment that supports the needs of the adolescents as well as our other student communities, in harmony with our neighbors in the surrounding 5th Ward community and the environment. With our Japhet Educational Planning Committee we are planning the next phase of Japhet; determining the indoor and outdoor educational spaces that will give St. Catherine’s students of all ages the opportunity to experience land-based learning as envisioned by Maria Montessori.


Catholic High Schools College Night at Strake Jesuit

All high school students in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are invited to attend Catholic High Schools College Night on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Strake Jesuit Competition Gym (8900 Bellaire Blvd.). This annual college fair is jointly hosted by area Catholic high schools (including St. Catherine's) and will be attended by representatives from several dozen colleges and universities. Registration is not required. Click here to view the event flyer. 

"Say Cheese!"

Individual and Group Picture Days are scheduled for October 18-21. Student and classroom portraits will be taken according to the schedule below. Parents will later receive a link to purchase photos. These portraits will also appear in the 2022-2023 yearbook.

Tuesday, October 18

  • Ms. Catherine
  • Ms. Jennifer
  • Ms. Erica 

Thursday, October 20

  • Infant Community
  • High School

Wednesday, October 19

  • Mr. Jaime 
  • Ms. Kathy
  • Ms. Meg

Friday, October 21

  • Adolescent Community
  • Mr. Snow
  • Ms. Hannah

SCM High School Students Lend Voices to Environmental Conference

St. Catherine's is excited to support students Alexa and Gaby as they participate in "Faith in Action for Our Common Home: A half-day conference on environmental issues and our duty to respond as Church" on Saturday, October 1. The students will serve on the Faith in Action Panel of Local Leaders.

This conference is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the St. Dominic Village Auditorium at 2403 Holcombe Blvd. Click here to register.

Blessing of the Animals is Tuesday, October 4 | 8:45 - 9:15 AM

In remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, families are invited to bring pets on a leash or in a carrier to be blessed at school. If you are unable to bring your pet, your child may bring a photo instead.

Please follow your usual morning drop-off procedure then park in the school lot. If you arrive early, you may remain in your vehicle or proceed directly to the soccer field. All pets must remain on a leash or in their carriers while on campus.

Bags and trash bins will be available for you to pick up and dispose of your pet's waste. The ceremony will last about 15 minutes, and pets must be taken home immediately after the event.


Last week, we celebrated our first Mass of the new school year. We were blessed to have many parents and grandparents join us as Fr. Richard Hinkley shared a message of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Click the link to view the photo gallery.

All are invited to attended our next Mass on Wednesday, October 19 at 2:15 PM in the gym.

St. Catherine's seeks Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers for our school Masses for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 1 at 2:15 PM
  • Thursday, December 8 at 2:15 PM
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 8:45 AM  

Please contact Mary Tysor at 713-449-3683 or for more information.


To see a glimpse of what's happening in the third plane classrooms, click on the images below.


Join Friends of the Atrium for Christian Meditation

Friends of the Atrium invites you to join us for Christian Meditation beginning Wednesday, October 5.

When: Every Wednesday in October, 8:15 - 8:35 AM

Where: Locations vary; ask at the Front Desk.

What: Meditation is prayer in a simple form that dates back to the earliest Christian tradition. It is pure and undivided attention to God.

Click here to learn more about Christian Meditation.

Don't miss your opportunity to host a Sociable!

If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting a Sociable this year, now is the time to complete the host interest form and connect with the Sociables chairs!

Dates must be approved and all party details finalized by October 10 to give the committee time to prepare the Sociables Catalog and market the events before ticket sales open. Click here to learn more about Sociables and contact the chairs.

PSO Fall Fest

We hope everyone in the community will join us on Saturday, October 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on the school grounds for a potluck style celebration of our school and the fall season! Please bring a dish to feed 8-10 people and reusable water bottles for your family. We will have music, water/lemonade, popsicles for the kids, and lots of fun. Contact Kelley Bruso if you would like to contribute to the efforts being made to accommodate those with food allergies ( 

Volunteer at Fall Fest!

The PSO needs volunteers to help make Fall Fest a success. Please consider giving some of your time before, during, or after the event. We also need volunteers to bring ice, water, lemonade, and/or ice chests.

Want to help? Please click here to access the volunteer sign-up sheet.


SCM sports is in full swing with Varsity Soccer and Volleyball several games in to their seasons. With this current week an off week for our Varsity teams, our focus moves to C-team with both C-team volleyball and C-team soccer playing their first games of the season today.

Next week has a busy schedule with all our teams playing! Check out the calendar for game times and locations.

First High School Volleyball Game

We are excited and proud to announce that we have our first ever SCM High School game in any sport. The High School girls volleyball team will be competing against Emery/Weiner on Monday, October 3 in the SCM gym at 5:00 PM. All are invited. Go Owls!

Saturday Soccer for Primary and Elementary Students

Click here to learn more and to register by Friday, October 21.


Wednesday, September 28

  • C-Team Volleyball @ Emery/Weiner, 3:00 PM (The Zone; 10371 Stella Link Rd.)
  • C-Team Soccer vs. St. Anne, 4:30 PM (SCM Soccer Field)

Friday, September 30

  • Garden Work Day, 8:30 AM (SCM Grounds)
  • Parent Potluck - Ms. Erica's PR class

Saturday, October 1

  • Faith in Action for Our Common Home Conference, 8:30 AM (St. Dominic Village - Auditorium; 2403 Holcombe Blvd.)
  • Parent Potluck - Ms. Catherine's LE class

Monday, October 3

  • C-Team Volleyball vs. Emery/Weiner, 4:00 PM (SCM Gym)
  • Varsity Soccer @ Corpus Christi, 4:30 PM (4005 Cheena Dr.)
  • High School Volleyball vs. Emery/Weiner, 5:00 PM (SCM Gym)

Tuesday, October 4

  • Blessing of the Animals, 8:45 AM (SCM Soccer Field)
  • C-Team Volleyball vs. St. Francis De Sales, 4:30 PM (SCM Gym)
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. St. Francis De Sales, 5:30 PM (SCM Gym)

Wednesday, October 5

  • Christian Meditation, 8:15 AM
  • Catholic High Schools College Night, 6:00 PM (Strake Jesuit Competition Gym; 8900 Bellaire Blvd.)

Thursday, October 6

  • Varsity Soccer @ Holy Ghost, 4:30 PM (6920 Chimney Rock Rd.)

Friday, October 7

  • Rosary: Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 8:15 AM
  • Garden Work Day, 8:30 AM (SCM Grounds)
  • All School Early Dismissal, 12:00 PM. After-School Program Closed
  • Parent Education: The Montessori Journey, 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 8

  • Parent Education: The Montessori Journey, 8:30 AM

Monday, October 10

  • No School. Employee In-service Day. After-School Program Closed

For more calendar events please check our website.

If you would like to submit something for The Globe, please send it for approval to by Monday at noon.

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