Mass – 09.13.19

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. St. Alphonsus aspires to be a Christian community with a love for all and encourages our St. Al’s family to have a place for all.
 

Our students receive Catholic religious instruction with a focus on scripture, prayer, and faith community experiences. All students attend mass each Friday and/or on Holy Days. Mass begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Church of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to attend Mass and are asked to sit behind the classes as students worship together. Second through sixth grades prepare and lead the liturgy throughout the year. Kindergartners and first graders begin reading at mass later in the spring semester. Students participate in the greeting, readings, choir, offertory procession, and altar serving.


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Progress Reports

Progress reports for the first grading period go home on Wednesday, Sept. 11th. Please review, sign, and return.

St. Alphonsus Catholic School uses a rigorous curriculum guided by the Mississippi College & Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS). Each student’s progress is followed throughout the year, and report cards are given each quarter. An electronic grade book, PowerSchool, is a service provided by St. Alphonsus for parents to review their child’s status at any time online.

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Grandparent’s Day

Blessed are those who snuggle and hug, spoil and pamper, boast and brag… for they shall be called grandparents!
 
St. Alphonsus School honors these special people in our children’s lives with a special mass and classroom celebration on Friday, September 6th. Friday’s mass, beginning at 8:15 a.m., recognizes the grandparents in attendance and has a special message. Following mass, students and their guests return to their classrooms for a short celebration from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Deacon Allen and the PTO is hosting a coffee and refreshments hour in the Cafeteria from 10:00 a.m. to lunchtime. Grandparents are welcome to join their student for lunch at the child’s appointed lunch time.

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Labor Day Holiday

St. Alphonsus Catholic School is closed in recognition of Labor Day – Monday, September 2nd. Classes will resume on Tuesday morning, September 3rd.


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Mass 08.30.19 – Be Prepared

Father Mike spent his mass message today talking about preparation. (Feel free to read today’s Gospel lesson, Matthew 25: 1-13, for his biblical jumping off point.)
 
Here are a few things he talked about to help make mass meaningful in your home:
– It is important for us to be prepared.
– We prepare for lots of things in our life; tests, hurricanes, basketball games, choir performances, and more.
– We can prepare by doing things with our bodies or our minds.
– We spend our entire life preparing for the most important thing – our life with God.
– We can prepare every day by living a godly life. We can pray, we can love each other, we can act as the Bible tells us…
– What are other ways we can prepare for our life with God?
 
#massmessage #beprepared #calledtobeaSAINT

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Mass – 08.30.19

The students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School have a foundation in faith. St. Alphonsus aspires to be a Christian community with a love for all and encourages our St. Al’s family to have a place for all.

Our students receive Catholic religious instruction with a focus on scripture, prayer, and faith community experiences. All students attend mass each Friday and/or on Holy Days. Mass begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Church of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to attend Mass and are asked to sit behind the classes as students worship together. Second through sixth grades prepare and lead the liturgy throughout the year. Kindergartners and first graders begin reading at mass later in the spring semester. Students participate in the greeting, readings, choir, offertory procession, and altar serving.


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Open House & PTO Meeting

Parents are invited to walk the halls of St. Alphonsus School on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Alphonsus Open House is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and get familiar with your child’s learning environment. St. Alphonsus makes the choice to have this parent-only evening later in the month of August to give our children and teachers time to work together and lay the groundwork for the coming year. Teacher presentations during Open House are based upon their experiences with their 2019-2020 students and their plan for the coming year based upon their student’s needs.

The evening begins with a gathering in the Cafeteria, then allows time for parents to spend time in the classroom. Networking with other parents is always a highlight of the evening. Deacon Allen, St. Al’s principal, and the teachers look forward to welcoming you and having the chance to share their thoughts on the 2019-2020 school year. There will be time for parents with children in multiple classes at St. Al’s to visit each class.


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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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