Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

February 14, 2019

 Look Ahead

Thursday, February 14         5:00pm MS Baseball vs Amite School Center

                                                5:30pm Soccer at Laurel Christian (V/JV)

                                                7:00pm Baseball vs Amite School Center

                                                Basketball South State Tournament at Columbia Academy

Friday, February 15              TBA MS Baseball Vidalia Tournament at Vidalia

                                                Basketball South State Tournament at Columbia Academy

Saturday, February 16          Science Olympiad Regionals

                                                TBA MS Baseball Vidalia Tournament at Vidalia

Monday, February 18           5:00pm/7:00 Baseball vs Porter’s Chapel                         

Wednesday, February 20     Basketball State Tournament at Leake Academy

Thursday, February 21         5:00pm/7:00pm Baseball vs. Vidalia

                                                Basketball State Tournament at Leake Academy



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. 


MS Scholastic Writing Award Winners Congratulations to Samuel Freiberger for winning the Golden Key Award (first place) and Mallory Hinson for winning the Silver Key Award (second place) in the MS Scholastic Writing Competition.


John D.W. Guice Competition for Young Writers Winners Congratulations to the following 6th grade students:  Bodi Brumfield, Liza Byrne, Afana Chenyavanit, Peyton Covington, Lily Crum, Lillie Floyd, Landon French,Liza Gregg, Joseph Misita, Julia Smith and Sam Stout.


AdvancEd Survey Please complete this important parent survey for our Diocesan Schools accreditation with AdvancEd. Your participation in completing this survey is greatly appreciated. The survey can be accessed here:  and will be available until Friday, February 22nd.

TUITION RAFFLE The CPO is happy to launch the Tuition Raffle for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here for more information. Raffle tickets can be purchased in the elementary school office.

2018 Tax Statements  If you would like a 2018 Tax Contribution statement please call the school at 601-442-1988. We do not automatically send out statements, but we are happy to do so upon request.

Lost and Found The lost and found is overflowing. Please check in the high school and elementary offices if you are missing a sweatshirt or jacket.

Annual Giving Campaign Many thanks to those of you who have donated – we have received $30,378.15!!  This year’s Annual Giving Campaign funds are to purchase purpose built Sanitary Cafeteria Tables to replace the existing fold out utility tables.  Our goal is $40,000.00 – if you have not participated please consider making a donation and remember no gift is too small.  Brochures are available in the school offices or on the Cathedral website. If you prefer to donate online simply click below.   Many thanks for your continued support and generosity!!


Counselor News

Reminders If you need another copy of the scholarship applications that are listed below please come pick one up from my office.  The scholarships below were given out in October. 

  • Mississippi Association of Supervisors Scholarship is due by March 1.  Please have it to me by February 25, 2019.

  • MSU Spring Preview Days-February 18 & March 25. Registration is available January 17th at 9 am, Visit

  • Mississippi State University will be offering Academic Insights, which are college specific events for students who have been admitted to MSU.  These events are designed to give admitted students a closer look at the academic college that houses the major they are interested in pursuing.  Registration for these events goes live on Thursday, January 17th at 9 a.m.  There is no charge to attend these events, however, space is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. 

 Saturday, February 16th

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • College of Forest Resources

  • College of Architecture, Art & Design

  • College of Business

  • Veterinary Medical Technology Program

Friday, February 22nd

  • Bagley College of Engineering

Saturday, February 23rd

  • College of Education

  • College of Arts & Sciences

For more information please visit  


1.     Yearbook deadlines

-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

2.     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.

3.     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. 

4.     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. 

Enter for a Chance to win the SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes!Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks beginning on October 29, 2018 until May 13, 2019.  30 winners will be chosen at random- enter now at


                                 St. Mary Basilica News

YOUTH BAKE SALES – Feb. 16 & 17 After Sat. Vigil & Sun. Morning Mass

The Youth Groups are having a Bake Sale after both the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Morning Masses. We'll have cakes, cookies, brownies, homemade candy, casseroles, homemade soups and more! Proceeds from the bake sales help support our Youth Programs. Calling All Bakers!!!! St. Mary’s Youth welcomes and greatly appreciates any parishioner’s help in making treats for our upcoming bake sale immediately following mass. Baked goods can be dropped off in St. Therese Hall before each Mass.

KCYO (3-5 Grade)

Sun., Feb. 17 – 4-6pm - JCYO & KCYO Bonfire at the Verucchi’s. Check your email for the flier; permission slip required!!! *CONTINGENT UPON THE WEATHER

Wed., Feb. 27 – 5:30 pm - Mardi Gras Parade before the Parish Meal and fun Mardi Gras (wear your Mardi Gras costume and brings some beads to throw!!), and Lent activities in the Youth Wing after the Parish Meal at 6pm.

 JCYO (6-8 Grade)

Sat., Feb. 16 & 17 – BAKE SALE – After Both Masses

Sun., Feb. 17 – 4-6pm - JCYO & KCYO Bonfire at the Verucchi’s. Check your email for the flier; permission slip required!!! *CONTINGENT UPON THE WEATHER

Fri., Feb. 22 – 7:30 am – Donuts and Devotional led by the CYO in the Cathedral Middle School Common Area

Sun., Feb. 24 – 4:30-6 pm-$6 per person-Bowling at Bluff City Bowl-Check your email for the flier; permission slip required

CYO (9-12 Grade)

Sat., Feb. 16 & 17 – BAKE SALE – After Both Masses

Sun., Feb. 17 – 5:30 – 7 pm - Meal and Meeting

Wed., Feb. 20 – 6 pm – CHWC meeting with Parents and teens in the Youth Wing; application to CHWC due from each attendee (I will have them at the meeting); discuss donation letters.

Sun., Feb. 24 – 5:30 – 7 pm - Meal and Meeting – contingent upon Cathedral Basketball Championship Game

Wed., Feb. 27 – 6 pm – CHWC meeting for parents NEW to CHWC about donation request letters in the front conference room at the Family Life Center.