This Week at St. Patrick – Week of August 29

Good Evening, My Friend!

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  We are looking forward to another excellent week here at St. Patrick.  

By now, hopefully you have received your book of Luck of the Irish Raffle tickets in the mail. We are excited to launch our 2022-23 Luck of the Irish Raffle presented by C.F. Gollott & Son, our school-wide fall fundraiser!  The Luck of the Irish Raffle supports all of our athletic teams and student activities at St. Patrick.

Our goal for the 2022-23 school year is to raise $150,000 through the Luck of the Irish Raffle. To accomplish this goal, we are counting on each student to sell at least 1 booklet of tickets (10 total tickets). When you sell a booklet, your hard work provides resources for nearly 50 different programs at St. Patrick.

Every student and staff member who sells a booklet of tickets will be allowed to dress in spirit wear (St. Patrick shirt, jeans, and any closed-toe shoes) every Friday throughout the school year.

Let’s start selling now! Tickets are $20 each, and a lucky $1,000 winner will be drawn each month from October through May.  Each month, the winning ticket remains in the drawing, so those who purchase tickets have a chance to win up to $10,000.  Our first drawing will be Friday, October 7, so get your tickets turned in to the front office by October 5 so they will be included in the first drawing.  Tickets may also be purchased online at  If you need additional tickets to sell, please give us a call or stop by the office.

Congratulations to Mrs. Renee Dellenger for receiving the 2022 Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grant! Our faculty at St. Patrick are among the best in the profession, and we are very proud to have Mrs. Dellenger teaching Accounting and Personal Finance. Check out the full story here.

Get excited!  All the details about Homecoming 2022 are coming soon. Look for an email from me very soon with all of the events and activities we have planned. Vie Vie!

Training disciples is the core of our mission at St. Patrick! This Friday will be our first Irish Provinces session for the 2022-23 school year. Thank you to Mrs. Cloud and our Campus Ministry Team for leading this effort. Our students, faculty, and staff will meet for a large-group session as we reveal our theme for the year. Then, everyone will break into small groups for discussion about faith formation, spirituality, discipleship, and service. Our goal is for each of us to continue to grow in our faith so we may be equipped to share our faith with others. Our plan for Irish Provinces is to help fulfill our school’s overall mission by empowering our students, faculty, and staff to know, love, and serve the Lord.

Our fall sports and activities are in full swing. See the section below for information on many of our teams and clubs. I encourage all of our students to get involved. I remain proud of our fall athletic teams as they continue to excel in football, volleyball, dance, cheer, band, cross country, and swimming. Very proud of the Fighting Irish!

Our campus will be closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Tuesday morning. Enjoy your three-day weekend.

Thank you for your love and support of our school.  I look forward to seeing you around campus this week.  

Go Irish!
Dr. Matt Buckley

Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

While it is naïve, on one hand, to think that trusting in God makes all of our problems go away — Christians have many of the same problems that unbelievers do because they share the same mortal flesh, on the other hand it’s true. If we trust in God, we believe our work stands or falls in his hands and that ultimately we will share in his victorious and glorious presence. It means our lives will not be lived in vain. That’s not just confidence; it’s the foundation of true peace — life lived to its fullest and richest, knowing that every moment of life matters and we don’t need to be anxious about its results when we rest our life in the hands of the Lord.

Almighty Father of Peace, thank you for giving me the assurance that my life will not be lived in vain. May I share that peace with others today. In the name of Jesus, my Prince of Peace, I pray. Amen.

Acosta, Scott
Bennett, Troy
Brazier, Addison
Charrier, Elli
Deroche, Luke
Fontan, Ella
Fore, Isabella
Karcher, Will
Mandal, Emma
McHarg, Jackson
Ngo, Jacob
Robertson, Juju
Underhill, Charlotte
Watts, Lila Grace

Monday, August 29
Partly Cloudy | 90° | 75° | 24%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am FCA Meeting
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
2:15pm Leadership Team Meeting – Advancement
5pm JH Volleyball vs. Magnolia (Away)
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Pascagoula (Away)
6pm JV Football vs. Poplarville (Away)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Pascagoula (Away)

Tuesday, August 30
Scattered Thunderstorms | 90° | 74° | 54%

11am Junior Class Ring Orders
3:15pm JH Cheer Practice
5pm JV Volleyball vs. Tylertown (Away)
6pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Tylertown (Away)

Wednesday, August 31
PM Thunderstorms | 89° | 73° | 58%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Emerald Ambassador Meeting
8:15am PTO Meeting
11am Letterman Jacket and Sweater Fitting with Balfour
3:05pm Choir Practice
5pm JH Volleyball vs. Bayou View (Home)

Thursday, September 1
PM Thunderstorms | 90° | 73° | 48%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today, and students should dress in their liturgy uniform including blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
7:45am Students for Life Meeting
9:40am Mass
3:05pm Campus Ministry and Peer Ministry Training for Small Groups
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
5:30pm JH Football vs. West Wortham (Home)
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. OLA (Home)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. OLA (Home)

Friday, September 2
Scattered Thunderstorms | 86° | 74° | 56%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today.
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
9:40am Irish Provinces – Theme Revealed
3:05pm Film Club Meeting
7:30pm Varsity Football vs. St. Andrews (Away)

Monday | Hot Lunch: sweet and sour chicken, steamed rice, eggroll, peas and carrots; 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: salisbury steak, 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: fajita chicken with cheese sauce, santa fe rice, fiesta corn; 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 fettuccine alfredo, 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

Friday | Hot Lunch: quarter pound hot dog with chili & cheese, macaroni and cheese, field peas; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Is it such a joy working with you and your child as we share this educational journey to high school graduation. Please know we are always here for you, so please reach out if you ever need anything.  

It is important for all students to be present at school as often as possible. We understand, however, that situation arise which may cause a student to be absent. To receive a prior approved excused absence for being absent from school, parents should submit the Request for Prior Approval of Absence Form. Students are responsible for making up all lessons and assignments missed when absent from class – teachers are available to assist.

Please remind your child of the importance of being fully attentive and focused during their instructional periods so they may receive the most out of what is being presented. The teaching and learning process is so dependent on cooperation and collaboration and it is essential that all parties bring their best to the experience.

Also, if your child needs additional help in a course, please contact your child’s teacher or look at the tutoring and remediation portion of the syllabus to see when your child’s teacher is available for remediation.

Parents and students are reminded that homework for each of their courses should not take more than thirty minutes for the average student per night. If you are seeing extreme circumstances regarding your child completing their homework assignments, please contact the teacher for that course and share your concerns with him or her.

Here are a few helpful Canvas tips for parents:  


We have another big week of clubs and athletics ahead. Please make sure to be involved and support our teams!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet at 7:45am on Monday in Mr. Rivera’s room. Please stop by!

Our Interact Club will be having signups this week, so please be on the lookout for that.

Students for Life and MathCounts both have meetings on Thursday, so please listen to the morning announcements next week for more information.

Our newest club, the Film Club, will have its first meeting on Friday afternoon. Please contact Mrs. Brimmer for further details.

Our JH Volleyball team will be traveling to Magnolia on Monday, but will then be at home on Wednesday afternoon vs. Bayou View at 5pm. Please come out and support our team!

Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball will be on the road Monday at Pascagoula, and Tuesday at Tylertown for an important district game. On Thursday, the teams will be at home for a HUGE District Match vs. OLA, beginning at 5:30pm. Let’s fill up the stands and support the Irish!

Junior Varsity Football will be on the road for its first game on Monday vs. Poplarville at 6pm. The future is bright for these Fighting Irish!

JH Football will play its first home game vs. West Wortham on Thursday at 5:30pm. Get Loud for our JH Football players and Cheerleaders!

Varsity Football will once again be on the road this week as they head to the Jackson Metro area to face off with St. Andrews. Go Irish!

Reminder – Letterman Jacket and Sweater order forms are due on August 31. Our Balfour representative will be here to fit students during lunch on Wednesday.

Below are the scores from our various teams for last week:

  • JH Volleyball vs. Gautier – Gautier 2-1 7th Grade; Gautier 2-1 8th Grade
  • JV Volleyball vs. Greene County – SP JV 2-0
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Greene County – SP Varsity 3-2
  • JH Volleyball vs. Creekbend – SP 2-0 7th Grade; Creekbend 2-0 8th Grade
  • JV Volleyball vs. West Marion – SP JV 2-0
  • JH Football vs. Magnolia – Canceled
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. West Marion – SP Varsity 3-0
  • Varsity Football vs. Resurrection – Resurrection 35-0
  • Swim – Coastal Invitational @ Biloxi – Girls 1st Place; Boys 2nd Place
On behalf of the Mercy Cross High School Class of 1986 Scholarship Fund, Peter Barhonovich MC ‘86 and Mike Cooper MC ‘86 presented a check of $1,000 to St. Patrick’s Irish Fund. The gift is made in memory of Taylor Fountain, Michele LeBlanc, Frank Barhonovich, and Michael Zorich. Thank you, Mercy Cross class of 1986, for making a meaningful impact at your alma mater.

Congratulations to Mrs. Renee Dellenger for being awarded the Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grant for 2022. Dellenger teaches personal finance to juniors and seniors. Read more about how she plans to use the grant here.

Congratulations to Thomas Salloum on being named to the preseason Sun Herald All South Mississippi Team and SMACM Team for the 2022 season. In 2021, Thomas led the Fighting Irish in rushing with 410 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding four receptions in the air. Defensively, Thomas had 14 tackles with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

The Fighting Irish varsity football team was featured on WLOX News’ Countdown to Kickoff. You can watch the video here.

We are gearing up for our College and Career Fair on September 14. If you are interested in setting up a vendor booth please contact Mrs. Williams or Mrs. Wilkinson to RSVP your space.

📸 Photo Gallery: Campus Ministry Team Commissioning
📸 Photo Gallery: Junior High Volleyball vs. Woolmarket
📸 Photo Gallery: JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. West Marion 

Registration is now open for all Saturday ACT test sessions. Students must log in or create an account on to register for a test date. 

Thank you to all parents and students who attended our College Financial Aid Night this past Wednesday. Please contact Ms. Wilkinson or Mrs. Williams with any additional questions.

All available scholarships have been updated on the website. To access the scholarships, please click academics. Then, on the left hand side, there will be college scholarships. Look at the due date. The date at the bottom is the date the scholarship was first entered. You may also click here to access the scholarships webpage.

As we quickly approach the end of our first month of the 2022-23 school year, students should practice the following tips for a successful school year:

  • Attend school daily
  • Participate during your classes
  • Always be on time 
  • Do your homework
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help
  • Create a distraction-free study schedule                  
  • Take breaks when needed
  • Keep yourself motivated
  • Have a goal


Have you joined the St. Patrick Gold Club yet?  Members of the Gold Club are some of our biggest fans and supporters of the Irish Fund. When you join the Gold Club, you give to ensure students at St. Patrick Catholic High School have all they need to be successful in our athletic programs and extracurricular activities.  As we continue to support champions, we know you’ll be at the tailgate and in the bleachers cheering on our student-athletes!  You may find the link to the Gold Club membership form here: Join the Irish Fund’s Gold Club.

Fall sports and activity-specific merchandise are now available in the Spirit Store. You are able to order merchandise for the following: band, cheer, cross country, dance, football, volleyball, and swim.

Please make your order by the end of the day on August 30. Orders can be expected to arrive on campus within two weeks after the order deadline. We will notify you when your items arrive. We plan to hold a similar order for the winter and spring athletic seasons. Student-athletes and parents may find the link to Fighting Irish Merchandise here: Fighting Irish Merchandise