Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

September 13, 2018

 Look Ahead

Thursday, September 13     6:00 pm MS Football vs. Amite – Home

Friday, September 14           7:00 pm HS Football at Simpson 

Monday, September 17        5:45/7:00 pm Softball at Centreville Academy

                                                6:00 pm Soccer at Brookhaven Academy

Tuesday, September 18       5:30 pm Varsity Soccer vs. Discovery Christian – Home

                                                6:00 pm Softball vs. Bowling Green at SW Community College

Thursday, September 20     Fall Festival Golf Tournament (info below)

                                                4:30 pm Soccer JV/V at Laurel Christian

                                                6:00 pm MS Football vs. Delta Charter – Home

Friday, September 21           7:00 pm HS Football vs. Copiah – Armed Forces Home


Cathedral School Mission Statement:

Our mission as a Catholic School is to develop, encourage and support the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical growth of each member of our school community. 

Box Tops Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Gamberi’s class - our August Box Top winners!!  The next Box Top turn in date is Monday, October 15 – for your convenience click here for a  Box Top Collection Sheet.  Thank you so much and happy clipping!! 

Box Tops for education week - september 17 – 23

During this special week, the goal is to collect every single Box Top in our community. It's a huge goal, but we have the supplies to help you get there. Just imagine how much money Cathedral School could raise!

School Pictures Picture order forms are due back to the school offices by September 20.  Please return all forms – if you would not like to order pictures simply write across the form NO ORDER or RETAKES.   Stockton Photography will be back for missed pictures & retakes on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

 New Parent Luncheon   Attention new to Cathedral parents please save the date - New Parent Luncheon will be Friday, September 28 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. at the home of Dr. Keith and Natalie Schwager.  This is a wonderful opportunity for new parents to simply ask questions, visit with our school principals and other Cathedral parents.  Invitations will be in the mail early next week!!

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Development Office at 601-445-9844. 

Lost & Found The lost and found basket in the high school office and elementary are overflowing with uniforms, shoes and jackets.  The basket in the elementary is full of little girls uniform shirts – mainly left from Rah-Rah camp week.  If you are missing anything please stop by the office and pick up.  Thank you!

CATHOLIC SCHOLAR TO SPEAK AT ST. MARY ANNIVERSARY   St. Mary Basilica will mark the 6th anniversary of the dedication of its Family Life Center on Saturday, September 22. The guest speaker for the program will be Dr. Thomas Neal is a specialist in the field of Catholic religious education and he has spent most of the past 20 years in that area of ministry. Has served as dean of Notre Dame seminary in New Orleans and is teaching seminarians and lay church leaders full time. He has led hundreds of retreats and workshops in religious education. His theme will be “the vocation of laity to holiness and ministry.”  Early registration is encouraged and registration is open 9:00 – 9:30 on September 22. Registration cost is $10 and this includes lunch. Presentations are 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 – 4:15 pm. For further information contact Regina Mardis, St. Mary parish office, 601 445-5616.

ADULT STUDY OF CATHOLIC BELIEFS AND PRACTICES The program known as the ‘Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is scheduled to begin at St. Mary Family Life Center, Natchez on Thursday, September 27. The program is designed for individuals who are seeking knowledge of the faith, individuals who are already Catholic and who want to update their faith, Catholics who have fallen away from the practice of the faith, and young parents who want to be better prepared to teach their children and update themselves.  The first eight weeks, with a focus on the Christian Creeds, is scheduled for Thursday evening, September 27 – November 15, 2018. It will be held in the Family Life Center beginning with a light dinner, 6:00 – 6:30 pm. Presentations on the topic for each evening will continue from 6:30 pm until 7:45. For further information, please contact St. Mary parish office (Regina Mardis) 601 445-5616

Fall Festival Info

Fall Festival will be here before you know it and your chairs and helpers are working hard preparing for a great time!!  If you are planning on purchasing presold paddles, raffles, etc., please send it in as soon as possible.

Your 2018 Fall Festival Chair Couples are Lee & Hyde Carby and co-chair couple Laura & Scott McLemore.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for ANYTHING please email or

Used Book Sale We are still taking items for the Used Book Sale table!!  You may drop them off at Cathedral Elementary School. If you call the Elementary Office before you come we will try to have someone available to help you unload ~ 601-442-1988.  If you have any questions, please call Sissy Dicks at 601-334-0784. 

Fall Festival T-Shirt If you would like to order a Fall Festival t-shirt it is not too late!!  Click here for the order form – please fill out completely and return to school with payment.  Friday, September 14 is the absolute deadline to submit a t-shirt order.  If you have any questions, please email Jessica Stubbs at  

For additional details of the Fall Festival activities please click here


Counselor News

October 2- ACT at Cathedral (10-12th grade students)

October 10-PSAT

1.     Yearbook deadlines

-Senior quote and baby picture are dueJanuary 25, 2019

-Senior pictures:  Due by February 22.  You must have your photographer submit to Mrs. Gamberi on disc or by email.  Please have them submit to this email: .   

****Face shot, not full length body shot (chest up), in a vertical format.

Senior picture-you may use any photographer you wish

Group picture-will be taken in October.  Girls will need an appropriate black dress and guys will need a navy blazer, tie and khaki pants.

2.     Graduation supplies

-Representative will be here in Oct.   You will need to be thinking about how many invitations you will need.  Approximately $1.30 each   (Your child does not have to order invitations through the school.  You are free to purchase the standard invitation or design your own.) 

3.     Fastweb-Seniors need to take the time to sign-up, if they haven't.  Please remember to ask your child about this and check your email daily for these scholarship opportunities.


4.     Scholarships-All scholarships which cross my desk are announced on the weekly newsletter and I will occasionally send out emails to senior parents.  (Please make sure the school has an email address which will be checked by a parent.)

         -LA residents-TOPS deadline is the April ACT test. (You must send your ACT scores directly to TOPS-1595.)  You must have at least a 23 on the ACT to qualify for this.

         -MS residents-MTAG deadline is Sept. 15, 2019.  You must register with MTAG and this can be done in January. The school will submit the GPA and ACT in April.  Student must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to qualify for this. 

MTAG/MESG-Mississippi residents may go to the Mississippi Student Financial Aid website and register.  The website is:  There are many scholarships available:

MTAG-Minimum 2.5 GPA and 15 on ACT ($3,000 over 4 years)

MESG-Minimum 3.5 GPA and 29 on ACT ($10,000 over 4 years)

HELP-Minimum   2.5 GPA and 20 on ACT, student and parent's combined income cannot exceed $36,500. 

NISSAN Scholarship-2.5 GPA and 20 ACT, essay required-Deadline:  March 1

This is just a small listing of scholarships available through this website. 

Academic Common Market-If Mississippi does not offer your child's intended major, check on the Academic Common Market.  Many schools will waive out-of-state tuition with certain majors.  LSU waives Mississippi residents out-of-state for:  Coastal Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Management Systems. 

5.     Financial Aid-You will be able to go online to after October 1 (and it goes through June 30) and start your application.  You may go online now and apply for a pin number.  You must have your completed 2017 tax returns to actually start the application process.    Please be wary of organizations which promise to find scholarships for you.  Watch out for

College Applications-At this point, your child should have at least 3 colleges in mind.  You may apply on-line.  Once application process is complete, student should tell me and I will send their transcript.  You may get correspondence from college telling you that application process is not complete and they are missing transcript.  This usually means the Final transcript. 

Upcoming Senior Events: (I will have calendars to give out at the meeting)

Ψ September 20-Army visit during 4th period

Ψ September 26-Senior Lunch in the cafeteria

Ψ October 1-5- Homecoming Week

Ψ October 2- ACT at Cathedral

Ψ October 3- College Fair at Co-Lin

Ψ October 5- End of the 1st Nine Weeks

Ψ October 6-7- Fall Festival

October 8-No classes for Cathedral




11:15am -1 pm – Family Fun Day after 10 am Mass. Join us for a picnic and tons of fun for the whole family. We’ll have outside games, inside fun stations, face painting, arts and crafts, and live music led by Tyler Gregg. The parish provides food and drinks for all at the picnic!

CYO (9-12 Grades)

Sun., Sept. 16 – 5:30 – Meal & Meeting – Games & Discuss/Plan Family Fun Day (9/23)

Sun., Sept. 23 – 11:15am-1pm – Family Fun Day – See above for details.

Sept. 29 & 30 - Sat. & Sun. - Bake Sales after both Masses

Sun., Sept. 30 – 5:30-7 – Meal and Meeting – Plan Haunted House

 JCYO (6-8 Grades)

Sun., Sept. 16 – 4:30-6pm – Meal & Meeting – Games & Discuss/Plan Family Fun Day (9/23)

Sun., Sept. 23 – 11:15am-1pm – Family Fun Day – See above for details.

Sept. 29 & 30 - Sat. & Sun. - Bake Sales after both Masses

Sun., Sept. 30 – 4:30-6 – Meeting and Meal– Plan Halloween Carnival

KCYO (3rd – 5th Graders)

Wednesday, Sept. 19 - 6pm - KCYO - #natchezrocks – Meet in the Youth Wing after the Wednesday Night Dinner to have a crazy fun time painting rocks for #natchezrocks

Sun., Sept. 23 – 11:15am-1pm – Family Fun Day – See above for details.

St. Mary’s Kids (PK3-2nd Graders)

Sun., Sept. 23 – 11:15am-1pm – Family Fun Day – See above for details.