Ms. Brown
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Ms. Amy Brown

My hope for this year, my first at St. Alphonsus Catholic School, is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment where children are excited to learn. St. Al’s has a rich history and is full of time-honored traditions – I am excited to be a part of it and experience it all! My favorite subject is history and I am excited to have my students experience *it* all. I have been married to my husband, Ray, for 22 years. We have 3 children – Emma, a senior at the University of South Alabama, Ray Jr., a freshman at MS Gulf Coast Community College, and Anna Catherine, a sophomore at Ocean Springs High School. I am blessed to have my parents and my 3 sisters and their families all living in Jackson County. Can you tell I love family, being close to them, and spending time together?
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Classroom Team

 
 
 
 
 
Ms. Amy Brown
Teacher
 
 
Ms. Gena Gatschet
Assistant
 
 
 
 
 

Our “Special(s)” Team

 
Ms. Gena Gatschet
PE Teacher
 
 
Ms. Kathy Mangin
Music Teacher
 
 
Ms. Mary Rogers
Librarian
 
 
Ms. Lauren Ross
Spanish Teacher
 
 
 
 
 
C L A S S R O O M   A C T I V I T I E S

Mass 08.23.19- Let the Children Come to Me

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Every week our littlest children in PreK-3 through our more mature sixth graders fill the pews to worship; coming to experience the kingdom of God through song, prayer, readings, and messages from the clergy. Sometimes their little voices aren’t so little. Their wiggles tend to wander down the pew. They even steal focus from Father every once in awhile. (These actions aren’t limited to St. Alphonsus masses, they can happen inany church, at any service, at any moment.)

But we choose to remember that our students are learning. They are learning about our faith. They are learning how to praise Him through song. They are learning how to ask for help in hard times through prayer. They are learning how to seek forgiveness when they have made a mistake through confession. They are learning how to welcome others to the Body of Christ through sharing the peace. They are learning to see the least of us sitting among us. They are learning from the Bible and realizing that it is more than just a story, it is life. It gives us life.Our children are the future of our faith. Our children aren’t noisy, they are learning to make a joyful noise. Our children aren’t squirmy, they are actively, and age appropriately, participating in mass. Our children are worshipping.St. Alphonsus Catholic School mass — with its joyful noise and active participation — could not happen without EVERY ONE of its precious students. Each one is vital to the school community, the family of faith, and the kingdom of God.Thank you parents for giving your children a foundation in faith. Thank you for allowing us to worship with them at school. Thank you for the amazing work you do at home teaching them about God’s love and the importance of growing with God. It begins at home and we applaud your hard work. #calledtobeaSAINT #littlechildreninbigchurch #letthechildrencometome

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Mass 08.15.19 – The First Disciple

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. On a daily basis they receive scripture, engage in prayer, and have the opportunity to experience their faith with their friends and teachers on a very real level. Today was the first Mass of the year where students sat with their class and experienced scripture, communion, prayer, and a special message from Father Mike. (Today’s mass was a special Holy Day of Obligation, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)
 
Here are a few things Father Mike talked about to help make today’s Mass meaningful in your home too:
– Mary was the first intentional disciple.
– She was so excited to be Jesus’ mother that she told every one of God’s work.
– We can be excited about the amazing things God does in our life, too.
– She shared her son, Jesus, with us. Jesus ultimately shared His body with us when he died.
– It is good to share with others. What good things about God can we share with others?
 

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First Day of School Recap

St. Alphonsus Catholic School’s first day of class for the 2019-2020 school year was Thursday, August 8th. St. Alphonsus began the year with a special Mass at 8:15 a.m.,  bringing students and parents together to prepare their hearts and minds for the new year. St. Al’s teachers sat together, families sat together, and the St. Alhponsus School community prayed together. After mass, parents walked their students to the classroom to witness a special classroom blessing from Father Mike.
 
From there, the school day began and was filled with smiles, new friendships, new lessons, and the same St. Alphonsus spirit we know and love.
 
 

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