Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

November 8, 2018

 Look Ahead

Monday, November 5 - 9     8:00 am - 12:30 pm Scholastic Book Fair Week

Thursday, November 8        4:00 pm Basketball vs. Brookhaven (4 games) Home

Friday, November 9              8:00 am Elementary Granparents/Grandfriends Day

                                                 4:00 pm Basketball at WCCA (4 games)

Monday, November 12         5:30 pm Soccer vs. River Oaks  (Varsity Only)

Tuesday, November 13        4:00 pm Basketball vs. St. Aloysius (4 games)

Wednesday, November 14    Senior Lunch

Thursday, November 15        8:00 am Thanksgiving Mass at St. Mary Basilica

                                                    4:00 pm Basketball at Centreville (4 games)

Friday, Nov. 16 – 18                   Fall Festival Tennis Tournament Weekend at Duncan Park


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. 


VERY IMPORTANT Click here for Pre-registration Form for 2019 - 2020. Please notice the dates listed on the bottom of the form.  If a returning student has not been registered by December 14, you do risk the possibility of losing your spot at Cathedral.  It is imperative that if you plan for your child (ren) to return to Cathedral for the upcoming year, that you pre-register.  Thank you for choosing Cathedral School – we appreciate you and your continued support.

CPO Pecan Sales Fundraiser Pecan Sale order forms went home last week in elementary students’ folders, all forms are due back by next Tuesday, November 13th!! Mrs. Kathy has extra forms in her office if any high school student would like to help. Please help your CPO raise money by selling pecans. Last year all proceeds went to buying 25 new iPads for the elementary school. Thank you in advance for your help!!

Grandparents/Grandfriends Day We will celebrate our Elementary Grandparent/Grandfriends day next Friday, November 9, 2018.  Grands are to report to child(s) classroom – there they will sign in as a visitor.  Kindergarten & 1st grades - 8:00 am to 9:00 a.m., 2nd & 3rd grades - 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 4th & 5th grades - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with PreK 3 & PreK 4 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The much loved Book Fair and Pictures ($3 per 4 x 6 picture) will be set up in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please remind your Grands there is no parking allowed on any City sidewalk – this includes the sidewalk in front of Cathedral School.  We look forward to seeing everyone!

Annual Fall Festival Tennis Tournament  Friday, November 16 through Sunday November 18 at Duncan Park Tennis Center.  We will have the Adult/Junior Division and Adult 18 and over Division, John McEnroe 80’s costume contest AND a Ping Pong Shot Challenge.  Long Sleeve Dry Fit Tennis Tournament t-shirts will be available for all to purchase. Click here for more Info.  Click here for sign-up form.  Entries close Thursday, November 15 - registering early is appreciated.  It’s all about the LOVE…

Attention Senior Parents – Your senior banners that are on the football & softball fields are ready to be taken down OR put back up.  Thank you!!


Counselor News

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. 

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

Burger King Scholarship High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 school year!  High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible, and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizationsWWW.BURGERKINGSCHOLARS.COM The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is open from Oct. 15, 2018 through Dec. 15, 2018.

Please download the attachment: International High School Essay Contest..Our Chapter's name: NU XI.  Students entering the contest must mail their essay to the following address:

Scholarship Omega Men.pdf


                                                       Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc

                                                       NU XI Chapter

                                                       P. O. Box 1704

                                                       Natchez, MS 39121



St. Mary Basilica is hosting a Lessons and Carols Program that is free and open to the public put on by Mississippi College students. We would love to have a full house for this musical.  Please plan to attend this wonderful event Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm in the basilica.  It is a the 33rd Annual Festival of Lights.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office.

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

YOUTH BAKE SALES – Nov. 17 & Nov. 18 – After Sat. Vigil Mass & Sun. 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. Baked goods can be dropped off in St. Therese Hall before each Mass.

SAVE THE DATE! Sat., Dec. 8 – 8:30-10:30 am

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at the O’Connor Family Life Center

On Sat., Dec. 8th, from 8:30-10:30am. Join St. Mary’s CYO for a pancake breakfast with Santa at the O’Connor Family Life Center; 613 Main Street. Tickets are $10 per person. Bring your own camera to capture the moment! You can purchase tickets in advance from a CYO member or the church. Tickets must be presented at the door


Poinsettia forms are in the bulletin and were emailed to JCYO and CYO parents this week. Poinsettia order forms and money can be turned in at any Youth Program Function or the church office. We have a limited number, so please turn your order(s) in early! Thank you so much for supporting our youth program! The deadline to turn in orders is next Friday, November 16th.

KCYO (3-5 Grade)

Sun., Nov. 25 – 4-6pm - JCYO & KCYO Bonfire at the Verucchi’s. Check your email for the flier; permission slip required!!! *CONTINGENT UPON THE WEATHER

 JCYO (6-8 Grade)

Sun., Nov. 11 – 4:30-6 pm-$6 per person-Bowling at Bluff City Bowl-Check your email for the flier; permission slip required

Sat., Nov. 17 & Sun., Nov. 18 – BAKE SALE

Sun., Nov. 18 – No meetings due to Thanksgiving Holidays

Sun., Nov. 25 – 4-6pm - JCYO & KCYO Bonfire at the Verucchi’s. Check your email for the flier; permission slip required!!! *CONTINGENT UPON THE WEATHER

 CYO (9-12 Grade)

Sun., Nov. 11 – 5:30-7:30 pm – Meal and meeting – review of upcoming events, planned activities, etc.

Sat., Nov. 17 & Sun., Nov. 18 – BAKE SALE

Sun., Nov. 18 – No meetings due to Thanksgiving Holidays

Sun., Nov. 25 – 5:30-7:00pm-$6 per person-Bowling at Bluff City Bowl-Check your email for the flier; permission slip required