This Week at St. Patrick – Week of January 30

Good Evening to YOU, my friend!

All this week, we have a ton planned to celebrate Catholic Schools Week – however, at St. Patrick, our celebration of Catholic education is year round!

Join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2023! From strong academics, to a focus on faith and service, Catholic schools offer something truly unique. So, let’s take a moment to celebrate and recognize the hard work and dedication of all our teachers, students, and staff that goes into making our Catholic school so special.

Priority registration opens tomorrow for the 2023-2024 school year! We are expecting to reach capacity very quickly and have a waiting list for the upcoming school year – we want our returning students to have the first opportunity to enroll. Priority registration and enrollment will remain open for four weeks. After that, enrollment will open to the public.  Look for an email from me tomorrow morning with instructions to complete your enrollment packet and register for the 2023-2024 school year.

Check out all the events we have planned for this Catholic Schools Week in the calendar section below. Thank YOU for choosing St. Patrick! Let’s make it a great week!

Go Irish!
Dr. Matt Buckley

Acts 4:19-20: Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

We can’t contain what we’ve experienced in Jesus. We can’t help but tell about what we’ve heard. No ruler, no threat, has been able to completely stop the voice of God from being heard through his people’s witness. Sharing our faith happens out of the overflow of our experiences in Christ and our relationship with Christ. When we share our faith in this way, the authenticity of our witness can be rejected or ridiculed, but it can’t be erased. We have experienced God’s work in our lives. How dare we keep silent? We can’t!

God of the nations, please give your missionaries and ministers words of truth and power, especially as they face ridicule and hostility. Please help me better know how to reach the lost around me and please bless our evangelistic leaders as they try to strategize and discern your way of reaching the lost in our world today. In the name of Jesus, the atoning sacrifice for my sins, and the sins of the whole world, I pray. Amen.


Adams, Ella
Adams, Katherine
Centanni, Parker
Centanni, Sofie
Corneiro, Saya
Cole, Christian
Denoux, Luke
Deroche, Liliana
Goodhart, Isabella
Jordan, Lily
Mays, Brigand
McDonald, Noah
Mestayer, Nora
Mitchell, Ashley
Reed, Brandon
Sabagh, Juliana
Williams, Kenner


Monday, January 30
PM Thunderstorms | 73° | 60° | 35%

Priority Registration opens for the 2023-24 School Year
We will follow the pep rally bell schedule today.
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am CAC Meeting
8am Faculty and Staff Spa Day (PTO)
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
2:30pm Catholic Schools Week Teacher vs. Student Dodgeball Game
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)

Tuesday, January 31
Cloudy | 71° | 56° | 21%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today.
9:40am Catholic Schools Week Trivia Game
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
3:05pm LEGO Robotics Work Session
5pm JV Men’s Basketball- vs. St. Stanislaus (Home)
5pm JV Women’s Basketball- vs. OLA (Away)
5:30pm Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. OLA (Home- MHSAA South State Championship)
6pm Varsity Men’s Basketball- vs. St. Stanislaus (Home)
6pm Varsity Women’s Basketball- vs. OLA (Away)

Wednesday, February 1
Cloudy | 69° | 59° | 24%

We will follow the pep rally bell schedule today.
7:30am Donut Breakfast (PTO)
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Mu Alpha Theta Meeting
2:30pm Living Rosary
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
3:05pm Choir Practice
6pm Catholic Schools Week Faculty/Staff Dinner

Thursday, February 2
Thunderstorms | 72° | 49° | 87%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today, and students should dress in their liturgy uniform including blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
7:40am Quiz Bowl Meeting
9:40am Mass + Junior Ring Ceremony
3:05pm FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm eSports Meeting
3:05pm Mock Trial Meeting
6pm Drama Production
6pm Varsity Women’s Basketball- vs. West Marion (Away)
7:30pm Varsity Men’s Basketball- vs. West Marion (Away)

Friday, February 3
AM Clouds/PM Sun | 74° | 62° | 24%

7:45am Science Olympiad Meeting
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
9am Bowling @ MHSAA State Championships (Flowood, MS)
1pm Catholic Schools Week Movie Day
1pm Irish Raffle Drawing
6pm Drama Production

Saturday, February 4
Mostly Sunny | 62° | 46° | 4%

FLL Lighthouse/Schooner Tournament
Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. TBA (TBA- MHSAA State Championships)
8am FTC and LEGO Tournaments
9am FIRST Robotics Competition Workdays (FRC)
6pm Drama Production

Sunday, February 5
Partly Cloudy | 65° | 45° | 21%

2pm Drama Production

Monday | Hot Lunch: spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, garlic toast; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Tuesday | Hot Lunch: country style chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, roll; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Wednesday | Hot Lunch: corn dog, macaroni and cheese, green lima beans; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, tater tots, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Thursday | Hot Lunch: chicken tenders, broccoli rice casserole, roll ; 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: quarter pound hot dog with chili and cheese, macaroni and cheese, 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


As we enter the fifth week of the second semester, please remember that progress reports will be distributed the sixth week of school, February 10. It is so very important that attention to your child’s academic progress is continuous to prevent a pattern of poor performance that is so difficult to correct later in the semester.

If your child is doing poorly at progress reports, it is time to take action immediately. If this is your experience, please reach out to the respective teachers to determine a course of action that addresses the deficiencies and return your child to a successful academic track.

If you have any issues with this, please let us know. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond in our efforts to ensure academic success.

Tutoring is available for all students who need it. Please monitor your child’s ongoing performance, so you can ensure your child is taking advantage of this opportunity. All teachers have posted tutoring times, but many accommodate student needs/requests to the best of their ability.

Also, be reminded that the calendar feature in Canvas is very useful for managing your courses.  This feature provides assignment names, due dates, major v. minor, homework v. assessment, etc.

Here is what is looks like from the student’s perspective:


Welcome to Catholic Schools Week! This is always one of the most anticipated and fun weeks of the school year for our students, faculty, and staff. Let’s take a look at the week’s events:

On Monday, we have our very first CAC Meeting– we are transitioning our FCA into Catholic Athletes for Christ. This will be a game changer for our entire school, and will be led by Mr. Rivera. Students, please stop by at 7:45am and check it out! At 2:30pm we will have our annual Student vs. Teacher Dodgeball game– get ready! And after school there will be a Robotics Work Session.

During the day Tuesday we will have a Catholic Schools Week Trivia Game, and after school both FIRST and LEGO Robotics will have  a work session. In the evening, our Men’s Basketball team will host St. Stanislaus beginning at 5pm, while our Women’s Basketball team will travel to OLA for a 6pm game. At 5:30pm, our Varsity Women’s Soccer team will host OLA in the MHSAA South State Championship, which will begin at 5:30pm. Come out and support the Irish!

Wednesday we have a Mu Alpha Theta meeting during the day, and after school a FIRST Robotics work session and Choir Practice.

Before school Thursday there will be Choir Practice, and after school FIRST Robotics will have a work session, while MathCounts, eSports, and Mock Trial will all have meetings. At 6pm our Drama Guild will host the first ever production of the “The Green Knight.” Tickets are $15 and are on sale at . Please come out and support our players! Also, the Varsity Basketball teams will travel to West Marion for important district games. Go Irish!

Friday will begin with a Science Olympiad Meeting in the morning, our students will participate in Movie Day during school, and we will continue our Drama production at 6pm in the evening. Throughout the day, our Bowling teams will be competing in the MHSAA State Championships at Fannin Lanes in Flowood, MS. Good luck to Coach Williams, Coach Blakeney, and our awesome bowlers! See you there!

On Saturday, our Robotics team will be hosting the FLL Lighthouse/Schooner Tournament. Come support our students! Also, our Drama Guild will continue with their production of “The Green Knight” at 6pm Saturday evening.

“The Green Knight” will conclude with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. We hope to see you there!

As always, if you need anything, please let me know. Go Irish!

Results from Last Week:

1/23/23 Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Clarkdale (2nd Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Won 2-0
1/25/23 Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. Perry Central (Senior Night)- Won 67-8
1/25/23 Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. SE Lauderdale (2nd Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Won 7-0
1/25/23 Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. Perry Central (Senior Night)- Won 56-31
1/26/23 Bowling at District Championships (Philadelphia, MS)- Girls (2nd); Boys (2nd)
1/27/23 Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. Tylertown- Won 47-44
1/27/23 Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. Tylertown- Lost 58-53
1/28/23 Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. St. Stanislaus (3rd Round MHSAA Playoffs)- Lost 2-1
1/28/23 Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Loyd Star- Won 6-0
1/28/23 Wrestling @ Daphne Duals (Daphne, AL)- 2 wins


St. Patrick Catholic High School has named Caroline Dellenger and Brandon Reed as the school’s nominees for the Lindy Callahan Award. Read more here

Photo Gallery: Bishop’s Mass and Class Talks
Photo Gallery: Lady Irish Soccer vs. Southeast Lauderdale
Photo Gallery: Basketball Senior Night 

Thank you to all who attended the Guidance Department’s Course Selection and Graduation Requirements Seminar this past Wednesday evening. If you have any questions about the information discussed, please contact Mrs. Williams ( or Ms. Wilkinson (

Many opportunities for students to take the ACT are coming up this spring. All sophomores and juniors will take the ACT during school on March 28. Students struggling with time management on the ACT can benefit from following a few tips provided by the ACT corporation. There is no perfect answer to the time management struggle, but students should begin by evaluating the amount of time spent on each question or passage. For free practice tests, test-taking tips, and to register for an ACT account, students should go to the ACT website.

The D’Iberville Historical Society 2023 Local History Essay Contest for Members of the Class of 2024 is due February 1, 2023.

We are looking for answers to the following: For the past 35 years, the City of D’Iberville and the unincorporated community of St. Martin has seen tremendous economic development and population growth. Select one impact that has positively influenced this growth and explain how it has affected the community historically speaking when crafting your response.

Essay Rules: Entries shall be no longer than 250 words and must be typed, double-spaced, and use a font of Arial or Times New Roman, size 12. One essay per student allowed. Students are encouraged to embrace local history by doing some minor research to craft their entry. The student’s first and last name, grade level, and school name should be included at the end of the essay with the student’s signature.

All essay entries should be turned in to Ms. Wilkinson.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Grades

Be more engaged in your classes. Ask and answer questions. Participate in class.

Improve your attendance. Attendance is the number one success factor.

Complete homework assignments. When you complete your homework, you do better on tests, and you get more out of classes.

Have a positive attitude.  Having a positive, can-do attitude can make all the difference.  Use positive self-talk and believe you have the ability to succeed.

Take better notes. Since most tests come from material that’s been presented in class, it’s important to have good class notes.  Organize your notes, and underline or highlight important information.

Study more for tests. To do well on tests, start studying early, have good notes, and ask for help if there is something you don’t understand.

Be more organized. Keep your backpack and study area neat, clean, and organized.

Manage  your time. Use any extra time during the day to start on your homework, look for chunks of time that are wasted, and limit the time you spend on social media and video games.

Make your education a priority. A good education will provide you with many more opportunities in life.  Don’t let  anything get in the way of your schoolwork.

Ask for help. If you’re having a problem in a particular subject, talk to the teacher.


Shamrockin’ the Coast creates an opportunity to celebrate the community’s success in Catholic education and to continue answering the call of making disciples of Christ at St. Patrick. At a soccer game last week, a parent described the growth and success of St. Patrick as “palpable.” I thought it was a wonderful description of the state of our school, and I believe that palpable feeling is the Holy Spirit. As a community, we’ve created a culture of giving that is continuing the critical mission of Catholic education for years to come. Like the many generations before us, we are doing our part to advance the Church. These contributions should be celebrated in His name and through community, a pillar of our Catholic faith.

Our goal is to raise $185,000 at this year’s Shamrockin’ the Coast – setting another record for fundraising at the event. The funds raised help us accomplish many different goals across campus, including teacher raises, technology upgrades, facility improvements, and tuition assistance for all St. Patrick families.

So, sponsor a table, buy a ticket, bid on auction items and be a part of the fun. Enjoy His kingdom. We have much to celebrate on March 18. I look forward to it!

God Bless and Go Irish!

Patrick ‘08


Alumni, Families, Clergy, and Friends – Join us on March 18 for the biggest party on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to celebrate St. Patrick Catholic High School and Catholic education!

All proceeds support our mission of living out the Great Commission of Jesus – making Disciples of Christ at St. Patrick.