This Week at St. Patrick – Week of November 28
It is our prayer that you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and loved ones. We have much to be thankful for, and we are excited to welcome everyone back to campus tomorrow morning as we begin the final three weeks of this semester.
Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, and we are participating in the #iGiveCatholic campaign – here at St. Patrick, we are raising money to support the Irish Fund. Your annual gift to the Irish Fund ensures a nurturing environment with enriching faith, unrivaled academics, and the newest technology at its core. You support over 625 students, 52 athletic and extracurricular activities, a transportation system, and participate in one of the most essential missions of the Church, training disciples in our schools. To participate in this campaign or to get more information, visit stpatrickhighschool.net/iGiveCatholic. All donations, regardless of the amount, are received with prayerful gratitude. Will you be a servant of all and make a gift today?
Welcome to Advent! All of us here at St. Patrick pray that you will be deeply blessed during this season as you prepare for the coming of Christ. And what better way to begin this season than with the invitation in today’s first reading: “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” (Isaiah 2:5).
At Mass today, the first candle on the Advent wreath is lit. Then, for the next three Sundays, the light coming from that wreath will grow stronger as one more candle is lit. And that’s how Advent is supposed to be for us spiritually – four whole weeks of coming more and more deeply into the light of Christ. There are lots of ways we can let that light grow stronger in us as Christmas approaches.
Bring yourself to the light through daily prayer. Spending just a few minutes a day in Jesus’ presence can open your heart to the warmth of his love. You can even use this magazine to help you.
Enlighten your heart and mind through spiritual reading or a Bible study. Let Jesus “instruct [you] in his ways” so that you can “walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2:3).
Ask the Lord to shine a light on those parts of your life where you are content to live in the shadows. Then, take those areas to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and do as St. Paul says: turn from darkness and “put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Spread the light of Christ by joining other believers to serve those in need. Provide them with meals or Christmas gifts. Bring supplies to a homeless shelter. Pray for them.
We don’t have to walk in darkness! Every time we turn to the Lord in these ways, his light in us becomes brighter and shines out more clearly. So let the Advent wreath remind you that Jesus, the light of the world, can overcome all darkness.
May we all come and walk in the light of the Lord this Advent!
Let’s make it a great week, friends!
Dr. Matt Buckley
Colossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
We sing when we are happy. We sing when we are heartbroken. Today we sing out of gratitude. God is not only worthy of all of our praise, he is worthy of all of our thankfulness. But the basis of all our songs is Jesus, and the proclamation of the good news that brings life to us through him. As that message, that word of Christ fills our hearts, we are tuned to be thankful children of the Most High.
I am so thankful today, Lord, for all the many blessings you have poured into my life. Your love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness give me hope for the future. Your gift of Jesus gives me life today and promises life tomorrow. The incredible physical blessings, as well as the blessings of family and friends are wonderful. But the greatest of all blessings is the assurance that I will one day see you face to face and share your glory presence forever. In Jesus’ name I thank and praise you. Amen.
Mrs. Emily Aldrich
Monday, November 28
Partly Cloudy | 70° | 55° | 14%
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am FCA Meeting
8:30am Logistics Team Meeting
2:15pm Leadership Team Meeting – Advancement
3:05pm Robotics Work Session
4pm Bowling Match
4:30pm 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. North Woolmarket (Home)
5:30pm JH Women’s Soccer vs. North Gulfport (Home)
5:30pm 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. North Woolmarket (Home)
6:30pm 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. North Woolmarket (Home)
7pm JH Men’s Soccer vs. North Gulfport (Home)
7:30pm 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. North Woolmarket (Home)
Tuesday, November 29
Thunderstorms | 73° | 65° | 74%
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day
7:45am Student Council Meeting
3:05pm LEGO Robotics Work Session
3:05pm Quiz Bowl Meeting
5pm JV Men’s Basketball vs. Forrest Co. AHS (Away)
5:30pm Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Resurrection (Home)
6pm Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. Forrest Co. AHS (Away)
7pm Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Resurrection (Home)
7:30pm Varsity Men’s Basketball vs.Forrest Co. AHS (Away)
Wednesday, November 30
AM Thunderstorms | 74° | 40° | 94%
7:30am Holy Half – Eucharistic Adoration
7:45am Emerald Ambassador Meeting
3:05pm Robotics Work Session
3:05pm Choir Practice
5:30pm JV Women’s Soccer vs. Harrison Central (Home)
6pm St. Patrick Society Leadership Benefactor Dinner
6pm JV Men’s Soccer vs. Harrison Central (Home)
Thursday, December 1
Sunny | 60° | 42° | 1%
7:30am Choir Practice
1pm Advent Penance Service
3:05pm MathCounts Meeting
3:05pm Arts and Crafts Meeting
3:05pm eSports Meeting
3:05pm Mock Trial Meeting
4:30pm 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. East Central (Away)
5:30pm JH Women’s Soccer vs. Creekbend (Away)
5:30pm 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. East Central (Away)
6:30pm 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. East Central (Away)
7pm JH Men’s Soccer vs. Creekbend (Away)
7:30pm 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. East Central (Away)
Friday, December 2
Mostly Sunny | 68° | 58° | 7%
7:45am Science Honor Society Meeting
7:45am Science Olympiad Meeting
9am Leadership Team Meeting – Operations
11:45am Senior Luncheon
1pm Irish Raffle Drawing
3:05pm Film Club Meeting
5pm JV Men’s Basketball vs. Harrison Central (Home)
5:30pm JV Men’s Soccer vs. St. Stanislaus (Home)
5:30pm Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. OLA (Away)
6pm Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. Harrison Central (Home)
7pm JV Women’s Soccer vs. OLA (Away)
7pm Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. St. Stanislaus (Home)
7:30pm Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. Harrison Central (Home)
Saturday, December 3
Partly Cloudy | 75° | 60° | 15%
9am Wrestling St. Andrews Invitational
11am Interact Club: Laying of the Wreaths at the Biloxi National Cemetery
6pm Band: Christmas Parade
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, 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: taco soup, macaroni salad, tortilla chips; 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: chicken teriyaki, 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
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are prepared for the final three weeks of the first semester. Please be reminded that semester exams are in two weeks and they count fifteen percent of the final grade. Since the exams are cumulative, all students should begin studying early in December and continuously until the day of their exam.
Remember to submit all those missing assignments. There have been many absences due to the flu and winter viruses, and we want all to receive the full benefit of their efforts this semester, so be sure you have submitted and received credit for all your make-up work.
If you have any questions regarding the progress your child is making in a particular class we encourage you to email the teacher of that class. There is always a plan that can be put in place or some insight that can help lay out the path moving forward.
Also remember that many of our courses are year-long courses, so this semester’s average will make up half of the average for the entire year/course. There is still an entire semester for the students to aim for higher grades.
I hope everyone’s week was restful! We have a lot to be thankful for, and as always I am thankful for each of you. Let’s finish the semester strong!
On Monday, Junior High Basketball will be home against North Woolmarket, beginning at 4:30pm. Junior High Soccer will also be at home versus North Gulfport, beginning at 5:30pm. Bowling will have a match at Cypress Lanes after school, and Robotics will have a work session.
Tuesday, Student Council, Lego Robotics, and Quiz Bowl all have meetings throughout the day. In the evening, Varsity Soccer has a big district match versus Resurrection at home beginning at 5:30pm. Come out and support the Irish! Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball is on the road against Forrest County AHS also.
Wednesday has a Robotics Work Session in the afternoon and at night Junior Varsity Soccer is at home vs. Harrison Central, beginning at 5:30pm.
Thursday is a full day with MathCounts, Arts and Crafts, eSports, and Mock Trial having meetings during the day. After school our Junior High Basketball team will travel to East Central, while our Junior High Soccer teams travel a short distance to Creekbend. Good Luck to our teams!
On Friday, Science Honor Society and Science Olympiad meet in the morning, while Film Club meets immediately after school. Our Women’s Soccer teams are on the road versus OLA in an important district matchup, while our Men’s Soccer teams host St. Stanislaus in an equally important game. Our Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball teams are also hosting Harrison Central Friday evening, so please come out and support all of our teams!
Saturday, our Wrestling team will be traveling to St. Andrew’s for their Invitational Tournament. Good Luck to our Irish!
As always, please remember to purchase your tickets online at stpatrickhighschool.net/tickets and feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Results from Previous Week:
11/14 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Gautier- St. Patrick 28-6
11/14 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Gautier- St. Patrick 12-11
11/14 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Gautier-St. Patrick 51-7
11/14 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Gautier- Gautier 41-7
11/14 Bowling Match @ Cypress Lanes- 4th Place
11/15 JV Men’s Basketball vs. Richton- St. Patrick 54-31
11/15 Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. D’Iberville- St. Patrick 7-0
11/15 Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. Richton- St. Patrick 46-32
11/15 Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. D’Iberville- St. Patrick 1-0
11/15 Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. Richton-St. Patrick 64-41
11/16 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. D’Iberville- St. Patrick 35-10
11/16 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. D’Iberville- D’Iberville 22-21
11/16 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. D’Iberville- D’Iberville 29-25
11/17 JV Men’s Basketball vs. George County- George County 58-42
11/17 JH Women’s Soccer vs. D’Iberville- St. Patrick 5-0
11/17 JV Women’s Soccer vs. Gulfport- Tie 1-1
11/17 Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. George County-St. Patrick 46-14
11/17 JH Men’s Soccer vs. D’Iberville- St. Patrick 4-0
11/17 JV Men’s Soccer vs. Gulfport- Tie 0-0
11/17 Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. George County- George County 55-45
11/17 Wrestling Dual Scrimmage vs. Vancleave- 6 and 5 Win
11/18 Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Long Beach- St. Patrick 3-1
11/18 Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Long Beach- Long Beach 1-0
11/21 JV Women’s Basketball vs. PRC- PRC
11/21 Varsity Women’s Basketball vs. PRC- PRC 46-32
11/21 Varsity Men’s Basketball vs. PRC- St. Patrick 66-63
The deadline for seniors ads in the 2022-23 yearbook is Friday, December 2. Form, photos and payment are all due at the same time. No photos or additional ads will be accepted after December 2 due to yearbook deadlines. Yearbook ads may be ordered here.
📸 Photo Gallery: Lady Irish Soccer vs. D’Iberville
📸 Photo Gallery: Irish Soccer vs. D’Iberville
📸 Photo Gallery: Class of 2027 attends Pathways to Possibilities
Class of 2024, the Coolidge Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship is a full ride, four year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. For more information, please go to this website.
The Fleet Reserve Association is a national organization of the Navy and Marine Coast Guard. This year we have been invited to participate in the Americanism essay contest for students in grades 7-12. The theme is “What the United States Flag Stands For.” The maximum number of words is 350. Please give your essay to Ms. Wilkinson by Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
FAFSA Update: Only 38% of seniors and parents have completed the FAFSA. Please complete the FAFSA using your 2021 filed taxes. You must have a completed FAFSA on file to be eligible for the HELP, MTAG, or MESG grants. You may access the application at here.
The 2022 St. Patrick ornament is in just in time for Advent and the celebration of Christ at Christmas! They are on sale for $20 in the front office with Mrs. Holliman or by clicking this link.
Members of the Gold Club ($500-$999) 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 transportation, uniforms, materials, and the equipment they need to be successful in athletics and extracurricular activities. Your help also provides more than one month of education for a St. Patrick student.
As we continue to support champions, we know you’ll be at the tailgate and in the bleachers cheering on our student-athletes!
All gifts to the Irish Fund are fully tax deductible. Priority stadium parking and spirit items are available in addition to any Gold Club gift or higher. After an additional non tax-deductible fee of $125, any member who gives at the Gold Club level or above qualifies for priority options and parking at the St. Patrick Stadium (Including 2 all-sports passes to St. Patrick athletic events at home. The passes do not include post-season events). Click here to join!