This Week at St. Patrick – Week of February 22

Good Evening St. Patrick Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff:

We hope you had a wonderful Mardi Gras – we look forward to seeing everyone back on campus tomorrow morning! 

Welcome to the season of Lent! Imagine the blessings that can come as you spend time with the Lord over these next forty days! Our prayer is that you’ll begin to love him more, and you’ll come to see his cross as the ultimate act of love, both for you and for everyone around you. That love can warm your heart and help you treat everyone with that very same love. May our prayer be for him to teach us how to seek him and find him in prayer during this season of Lent.

We are excited to welcome Fr. Jim Sichko back to St. Patrick this week. Fr. Jim is a Papal Missionary commissioned by Pope Francis who uses real life experiences and ties those experiences into the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We will have our Lenten Family Night tomorrow evening and will have a presentation for the student body on Thursday. Check out the calendar below for all the events we have planned for this week.

Priority registration continues this week for the 2023-24 school year.  Very soon, we will open registration to the public, so if you have not yet submitted your enrollment packet for the 2023-24 school year, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to guarantee your spot for the upcoming school year. To complete your reenrollment packet(s), please login to your FACTS Family Portal. Then, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu and the Enrollment/Reenrollment link. If you have any questions or need assistance with the reenrollment process, please reach out to Emily Aldrich, Director of Admissions and Strategic Communications.

Let’s make it a great week!

Go Irish!

Dr. Matt Buckley

Psalm 75:1: We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.

“What a wonderful God we serve!” More than just the words of a song, these words are true beyond our understanding. To be so powerful, vast, and marvelous yet still know and bless us with his personal attention and care is beyond understanding. Yet God sent Jesus to remind us that he is not only God Almighty but also Immanuel, God with us!

Thank you, dear God, for being mighty, for being gracious, and for being near. Most of all, Father, thank you for being you! In Jesus’ name, I ask you to receive my thanks and praise. Amen.

Anderson, Gage
Brogdon, Knox
Burrowes, Guy
Canon, Cayden
Corley, Mckenzie
Gollott, Micah
Khalifeh, Carli
Meyers, Luke
Miller, Maci
Puzz, Sabree
Taylor, Payton
Tarrant, Baileigh
Mrs. Cassandra Terry

Wednesday, February 22
Partly Cloudy | 76° | 67° | 18%

Today we will follow the Liturgy Bell Schedule. Students are not required to wear blazers and ties.
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Emerald Ambassador Meeting
9:40am Ash Wednesday Mass
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
3:05pm SAVE Club Meeting
3:05pm Choir Practice
6pm Lenten Family Night – Fr. Jim Sichko

Thursday, February 23
Cloudy | 76° | 66° | 15%

Today we will follow the Liturgy Bell Schedule. Students are not required to wear blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
7:40am Quiz Bowl Meeting
7:45am National Junior Honor Society Meeting
8am Science Olympiad – Gulf South Regional Competition
9:40am 60 Minutes for Jesus Presentation – Fr. Jim Sichko
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm Arts and Crafts Meeting
3:05pm eSports Meeting
3:05pm Mock Trial Meeting
4pm Tennis vs. Stone (Home)
5pm JH Baseball vs. Pass Christian (Home)
5pm JH Softball vs. Gautier (Home)

Friday, February 24
Cloudy | 77° | 65° | 24%

7:45am Science Honor Society Meeting
7:45am Science Olympiad Meeting
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
3:05pm Film Club Meeting
4pm Wrestling- Invitational State Finals @ St. Andrews (Day 1/2)
5pm JV Softball vs. Gautier (Away)
6:30pm Varsity Softball vs. Gautier (Away)

Saturday, February 25
Mostly Cloudy | 77° | 63° | 24%

8am Wrestling- Invitational State Finals @ St. Andrews (Day 2/2)
8am FIRST LEGO League State Championship
9am FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
9am MS Homeschool Track Association @ Stadium
11am Softball @ George County
12pm Varsity Baseball vs. West Harrison (Away)
1pm Softball @ George County
2pm Varsity Baseball vs. West Harrison (Away)

Sunday, February 26
AM Clouds/PM Sun | 77° | 65° | 17%

3pm Lady Irish Basketball Banquet
5pm Soccer Banquet

Wednesday | Hot Lunch: seafood bisque, pasta salad, garlic toast; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Grill Items: cheese pizza, tater tots, fish sandwich, tuna salad on croissant, veggie burger

Thursday | Hot Lunch: pepperoni stuffed calzone, broccoli, corn; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Friday | Hot Lunch: pasta with alfredo sauce, green beans, garlic bread stick; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Grill Items: cheese pizza, tater tots, fish sandwich, tuna salad on croissant, veggie burger

Welcome back to a short, three-day school week!  We are excited to celebrate Ash Wednesday and even more eager to begin our Lenten journey.

As we continue to navigate this second semester please be reminded that your first semester average (if a year long course) and this semester’s average, will be averaged together for the overall average for the course.  With that being said, there is still an abundance of time to improve the first semester average as you continue through this semester.

Here are some tips from the Princeton Review for how to lessen distractions while doing homework or studying for tests:

Make homework a habit.
Find your perfect study place.
Get rid of unnecessary interruptions.
Plan ahead.
Big projects?  Start small.
Give your brain a break.
Shift subjects.
Find a friend that you can work with.

There are many tips and strategies for making your work time not take longer than necessary, but often students are not willing to make the adjustments to put the above suggestions in place. It takes discipline and self-control to make the right choices when you are attempting to complete a task that might not be your favorite.

We cannot say enough, the primary support you have in your teachers is invaluable.  Reach out to them.  Ask questions.  Engage in lectures so that you are a part of the transference of information.  Learning should be fun and you should be part of that!


I hope you had a wonderful extended weekend! As we enter the Lenten season, let us remember the love God has for each of us. Let’s take a look at this week’s events:

On Wednesday, there will be an Emerald Ambassador meeting in the morning, and in the afternoon we will have a FIRST Robotics Work Session, SAVE Club meeting, and Choir Practice.

Throughout the day on Thursday we will have Choir, a Quiz Bowl meeting, and National Junior Honor Society meeting, while Science Olympiad competes in the Gulf South Regional Competition. In the afternoon there will be a FIRST Robotics Workday Session, MathCounts meeting, Arts and Crafts meeting, eSports meeting, and Mock Trial meeting. In the evening, our Tennis team will host Stone at  the Bayou Bluff Tennis Club, while our Junior High Baseball team hosts Pass Christian and our Junior High Softball team hosts Gautier.

Friday, our Science Honor Society will meet in the morning, while our Film Club meets in the afternoon. Junior Varsity and Varsity Softball will travel in the evening to Gautier for a pair of games. Our Wrestling team will be competing in the Individual State Championships in Jackson, MS during the evening on Friday as well.

Saturday, our Wrestling team will continue their efforts at the State Championships, while Robotics competes in the FIRST LEGO League State Championship in Pearl, MS. FIRST Robotics will have a Workday Session, while Varsity Softball travels to George County, and Varsity Baseball travels to West Harrison.

Have a Great Week! Go Irish!

Results from Previous Week:

2/13 Tennis vs. Gulfport- Lost 7-0
2/13 JH Softball vs. Bay- Lost 18-0
2/13 Women’s Varsity Basketball vs. Magee (1st Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Won 62-39
2/14 JV Baseball vs. Bay- Lost 7-0
2/14 Men’s Varsity Basketball vs. St. Andrews (1st Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Lost 66-64
2/14 Varsity Softball vs. Purvis- Lost 12-0
2/14 Varsity Baseball vs. Bay- Lost 10-9
2/15 Tennis vs. Pass Christian- Won 5-2
2/15 JH Baseball vs. Resurrection- Won 10-3
2/15 Varsity Softball vs. Long Beach- Won 10-7
2/16 JH Softball vs. North Woolmarket- Lost 19-2
2/16 Varsity Baseball vs. Mobile Christian- Lost 11-1
2/17 Women’s Varsity Basketball vs. Morton (2nd Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Lost 66-35
2/17 JV Baseball vs. Poplarville- Won 7-1
2/17 Varsity Baseball vs. Poplarville- Lost 9-1
2/18 JV Baseball vs. Pass Christian- Won 4-1
2/18 Varsity Softball vs. Vancleave- Lost 11-1
2/18 Varsity Baseball vs. Pass Christian- Lost 10-0
2/18 Varsity Softball vs. Stone- Won 10-4
2/20 JH Baseball vs. Pass Christian- Won 6-1

St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that three students have been named 2023 National Merit Finalists. Thomas Owen, Caleb Powell and Juliana Sabagh have all been named finalists. Read more here.

Congratulations to Mr. Ted Williams and Mr. Ryan Worsham on being named Employees of the Month for January.

Photo Gallery: Lady Irish Basketball vs. Magee – 1st Round
Photo Gallery: Wrestling South State Individuals
Photo Gallery: Irish Basketball vs. St. Andrews – 1st Round
Photo Gallery: Irish Varsity Baseball vs. Bay High

Graduation Requirements and Course Selections Reminders: Students are encouraged to learn the entrance requirements of the college they wish to attend. These requirements are often different depending upon the university selected. The recommended courses for admission to a four-year college in Mississippi are the following:

English: 4 Carnegie Units beginning with English I
Mathematics: 4 Carnegie Units higher than pre-Algebra
Science: 4 Carnegie Units including Biology I
Social Studies: 4 Carnegie Units including Mississippi Studies
Advanced Electives: 2 Carnegie Units
Computer Applications: 1 Carnegie Unit
Foreign Language: 2 Carnegie Units of the same language

Students are also required to take a 1 Carnegie unit College and Career Readiness course, as well as 1 Carnegie unit of a Fine Art, along with a half credit each of Health and Physical Education. All major colleges and universities in Mississippi have the following admission requirements:

Complete a college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 3.2 high school grade point average; or
Complete a college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 high school grade point average and a score of 16 or higher on the ACT; or
Complete a college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.0 high school grade point average and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT.

As we continue registration  for the 2023-24 school year, students and parents should be aware of college entrance requirements so that students and parents, working with the guidance department, can make the most informed decisions about course enrollment for the 2023-24 school year. Please contact Lauren Williams ( or Liz Wilkinson ( with any questions regarding course selection and credits.