This Week at St. Patrick – Week of October 3

Hello to YOU!

Thank you for making it a memorable and remarkable Homecoming 2022.  The legacy of Catholic education remains STRONG at St. Patrick Catholic High School, and it was my honor to celebrate with you this week!

Congratulations, again!  This week, we were proud to announce that St. Patrick was ranked as the #1 Best Catholic High School in Mississippi. Bishop Kihneman also sends his well-wishes: “Congratulations on St. Patrick’s being named the number one Catholic High School in the state.”

Our Fall Holiday is scheduled for Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11.  Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Wednesday, October 12.

I have been reading a fascinating book about St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Did you know that she spent only nine years as a cloistered nun before her death in 1897 at the age of twenty-four; however, the witness of her life and the depth of her writings have brought millions of people closer to the Lord. Her influence was so profound that in October 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church.

Thérèse understood the gospel to be nothing less than the revelation of God’s tenderness and mercy toward his children. Her writings focus on this great mystery: that those who choose the trust and humility of children discover who God really is.

When she was young, Thérèse could be easily hurt by even the smallest offenses. She also suffered from scrupulosity, a distressing focus on her sin and a fear of offending God. In one of her letters, she described herself as a fragile little bird that places all its hope in Jesus, the divine Eagle. But with childlike trust in the Lord, Thérèse managed to overcome her inner struggles and find peace in Jesus’ embrace.

Like that little bird, we too can find peace and freedom as we learn to live in childlike trust. It’s not always easy, but we can become more aware of God’s power and goodness in our lives. We can respond to our weakness with a renewed trust in God’s strength.

No matter what happens or no matter what struggles you face, always remember that you are a child of God. When you choose to be weak in him, that’s when you become strongest of all.

This week, may our prayer be that we place all our hope and trust in Jesus. 
Let’s make it a great week at St. Patrick!

Go Irish!
Dr. Matt Buckley

Proverbs 29:25: Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.t love for us, our brothers and sisters in Christ need love demonstrated to them, too!

Fear is such a paralyzing emotion. It robs us vitality, decision making ability, and strength. Courage helps us step out of fear’s paralysis and turn its nervous edge into power. But this kind of courage comes to us fully only when we know that all Satan and his allies can really have of us is our bodies. He cannot take our mind, our attitude, our faith, and most of all, he cannot take our relationship with God given to us through Jesus.

Oh God my Savior and great Redeemer, thank you for triumphing through Jesus over all that I fear. You have not only given me a hero I can trust, but a hope by which I can live victoriously. In the name of my Conquering King, Jesus, the victorious Rider on the white horse, I thank you. Amen.

Broussard, Keller
Catchot, Reece
Ferguson, Ian
Gordon, Amanda
Johnson, Grace
Kirby, Benjamin
Lawson, Mckinzy
Mandal, Samantha
Miller, Henry
Myers, Olivia
Peters, Cade
Powell, Caleb
Roth, Ryan
Spicuzza, Sophia
Stoddard, Ava
Weir, Rose
Ms. Dee Blakeney
Mr. Ryan Worsham

Monday, October 3
Mostly Sunny | 84° | 60° | 3%

7:30am Bowling Interest Meeting
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
2:15pm Leadership Team Meeting – Advancement
3:05pm Bass Fishing Meeting
3:05pm Robotics Work Session
4pm Cross Country – Forerunner Lakeshore Run (Hattiesburg, MS)
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Harrison Central (Away)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Harrison Central (Away)


Tuesday, October 4
Partly Cloudy | 82° | 60° | 4%

7:45am Student Council Meeting
9:20am Vocations Office Presentation (Juniors and Seniors)
3pm Prolife Sidewalk Chalk Decorating
3:05pm LEGO Robotics Work Session
3:05pm Quiz Bowl Meeting
3:15pm JH Cheer Practice
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Pascagoula (Home)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Pascagoula (Home)


Wednesday, October 5
Partly Cloudy | 84° | 60° | 6%

7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Mu Alpha Theta Meeting
8:30am PSAT Workshop
3pm Prolife Sidewalk Chalk Decorating
3:05pm Robotics Work Session
3:05pm Choir Practice
5pm Swim Meet @ Biloxi
6pm Coaches Meeting


Thursday, October 6
Mostly Sunny | 87° | 59° | 5%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today, and students should dress in their liturgy uniform including blazers and ties.
7:30am Choir Practice
3pm Prolife Sidewalk Chalk Decorating
3pm Irish Province Small Group Training
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm Mock Trial Meeting
3:30pm Cross Country – Admiral Brickyard Bayou Classic
5pm 7th Grade Football vs. St. Stanislaus (Away)
5:30pm JV Volleyball vs. Harrison Central (Home)
6:30pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Harrison Central (Home)
7pm 8th Grade Football vs. St. Stanislaus (Away)


Friday, October 7
Partly Cloudy | 89° | 62° | 5%

We will follow the liturgy bell schedule today.
7:45am Science Olympiad Meeting
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
9:40am Irish Provinces – Life Month
1pm Irish Raffle Drawing
3:05pm Film Club meeting
7pm Varsity Football vs. Sylva Bay Academy (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: country fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, biscuit; 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: red beans and rice with sausage, coleslaw, cornbread; 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: loaded macaroni and cheese, green beans, 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: Dr. Buckley’s world famous chicken and sausage gumbo with rice; Fresh salad bar; Loaded baked potato; Fresh ham, turkey, and cheese sub sandwich with chips; Grill Items: pizza, french fries, hamburger, spicy chicken sandwich

Last week was an exciting Homecoming week with plenty of school events. Even with all the Homecoming activities, we were able to maintain our instructional efforts. Thanks to all for making Homecoming eventful and fun for all our students.

For the next few weeks, we will continue sharing some parenting tips for school success.

It is important for parents to get to know their children’s teachers, creating an open line of communication between the parent and school throughout the school year. Getting to know your child’s teacher is an important component of tuning into where your child is academically and identifying potential problems and obstacles in their earliest stages. Make time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher right at the beginning of the school year, and convey your interest in helping your child succeed academically. Attend parent-teacher conferences and carefully read all correspondence from your child’s teacher and school.

Next week we will continue with some more specific tips for parenting for school success.

Please continue to monitor the Calendar in Canvas to teach your child how to plan and implement time management within their learning environment. They should see all assignments and due dates on this platform.

We have begun conducting Department Meetings this week.  These meetings will encourage collaboration and constructive conversations about best instructional practices.


We hope everyone had a great Homecoming Week!

Please remember to purchase your tickets to all home athletic events online at

As our Fall Sports begin to wind down, our Winter Sports are getting ready to kick into high gear! If you are a student or parent of a student whose child participates in a winter sport, please make sure to go on and complete your Dragonfly paperwork for eligibility. If you have questions about this, please contact your coach.

On Monday, we will begin with a Bowling Interest Meeting at 7:30am in the Auditorium. This is our first year to have a team, and Coach Williams is excited to get it going, so please stop by the meeting! Also, our Cross Country team will be competing in Hattiesburg during the afternoon, and our JV and Varsity Volleyball teams will be on the road at Harrison Central.

Volleyball will be at home on Tuesday vs. Pascagoula, beginning with JV at 5:30pm, followed by Varsity. Come out and support Coach Blakeney and the team as they gear up for another playoff run!

Our Swim team will be at a meet on Wednesday at the Biloxi Natatorium, beginning at 5pm. Our swimmers are second to none, in case you have not been keeping up with their awesome results! Check them out!

Coach McDaniel and the Cross Country team will be at again on Thursday, this time at the Admiral Brickyard Bayou Classic in Gulfport, and our Junior High Football team will be on the road at St. Stanislaus, beginning at 5:30pm. JV and Varsity Volleyball will also be hosting their last regular season contest vs. Harrison Central, beginning at 5:30pm. Come out and support!

On Friday, Varsity Football travels to Sylva Bay Academy in Bay Springs for a 7pm contest. Go Irish!

Also, please check on the school calendar for our weekly activity meetings, as they include Bass Fishing, Robotics, Student Council, Quiz Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, Choir, MathCounts, Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, and Film Club this week. There are multiple opportunities to get involved and I hope you are able to do so!

Below are the results from our teams last week:

9/26 JH Volleyball vs. North Woolmarket (Away)- 7th Grade- North Woolmarket 2-0; 8th Grade- North Woolmarket 2-0
9/26 JV Volleyball vs. East Central (Home)-  East Central 2-0
9/26 JV Football vs. Stone (Away)- Stone 40-0
9/26 Varsity Volleyball vs. East Central (Home)- East Central 3-0
9/28 Swim- Meet @ Gulfport- Boys- 1st Place; Girls- 1st Place
9/29 JH Football vs. North Woolmarket (Home)- North Woolmarket 22-0
9/29 JV Volleyball vs. Vancleave (Home)- St. Patrick 2-0
9/29 Varsity Volleyball vs. Vancleave (Home)- Vancleave 3-1
9/30 Varsity Football vs. Snook (Home)- Homecoming- St. Patrick 56-18
10/1 Swim- Demourelle Invitational @ Biloxi- Boys 1st; Girls- 1st

📰 News: St. Patrick Ranked #1 Best Catholic High School
📸 Photo Gallery: Student vs. Teacher Volleyball Game
📸 Photo Gallery: Junior Varsity Football vs. Stone County 
🎥 Video: Irish Idol
📰 News: Southern Miss President Visits Senior Class
📸 Photo Gallery: Swim Meet @ Gulfport
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Family Movie Night
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Mass
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Classic Luncheon
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Family Picnic and Pep Rally
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Court Presentation
📸 Photo Gallery: Homecoming Dance
📰 News: October Senior Standard

The PSAT Workshop will be October 5 from 9am until 3pm. The PSAT Test will be administered on October 12.

ITBS scores for the 2021-22 school year were sent home with the students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Please contact a member of our team if you have any questions.

Seniors and parents of seniors, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open!

What is the FAFSA? For students and parents, many know they must complete the FAFSA but have no idea what is or how it is used. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and will be completed by going to

FAFSA completion is required for a student to receive any federal aid (Federal Pell, Federal work-study, Federal loans, etc.)

The results of the FAFSA are used by many colleges and universities for their need-based aid.

The FAFSA results are also used for one of the eligibility requirements for the HELP grant, one of our state aid programs.

When should a student complete the FAFSA? For the 2023-2024 academic year, you can begin filing the FAFSA on October 1, 2022. Filling out the FAFSA as early as possible can help the student get a jump on other financial aid applications (state or institutional aid) that may have early or priority deadlines. It also will give the student more information earlier about the financial aid for which they might qualify and will help them make an informed decision about which college is the best financial fit. 

For an overview on how to fill out the FAFSA, watch this short video. More information on the FAFSA and the new features and changes for the 2023-24 college academic year may be found at the Get2College website, Federal Student Aid website, and our October Senior Standard e-newsletter


Our first $1,000 Luck of the Irish Raffle Drawing is this Friday!  Be sure to get your tickets turned in to the front office by October 5 so they will be included in the first drawing.

Thank you to all of you who have sold raffle tickets so far! We are excited about 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 keep selling! 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.  Tickets may also be purchased online at  If you need additional tickets to sell, please give us a call or stop by the office.