OLG Mariners Newsletter
November 2020
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Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School



A Note from Fr. Tommy

Dear Mariner Family,

By the grace of God and your faithful adherence to the safety protocols that we have set in place for our school, our first quarter of the school year in person has been a great success!  Thank you to all our students, faculty and parents for following the COVID precautions that our COVID taskforce has recommended.  I understand the great personal sacrifices that you all have had to make and am truly grateful to you for doing them.  I know that for our teachers and older students, wearing a mask the whole day is not that comfortable.  Some of the other protocols of taking daily temperature and sanitizing surfaces and handwashing disrupt the daily conveniences that we used to enjoy and take for granted.  While we are mainly getting accustomed to this "new normal," sometimes we may become annoyed by the extra precautions that are asked of us.  So, what do we do?  If we find ourselves becoming frustrated with safety protocols, I invite us to step back and remind ourselves of our Lord's command to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Then, we can remember that practicing the COVID precautions can be a concrete expression of our concern for the good of our neighbors.  You may not personally like the protocols, but you can still make the choice to practice them for the sake of others.  And when we can do that, then the sacrifices of comfort and of convenience that we make during these times, as our community is still trying to gain a good handle on the pandemic, become a fulfillment of our Lord's command to love others: to look out for the good of others beyond our own personal likes and dislikes.  

If you have not yet returned to Sunday Mass in person, I do want to invite you back!  The general dispensation from the Sunday obligation that Bishop Cahill had granted since March is now expired and all Catholics in the Diocese of Victoria are obliged to return to Mass in person, unless you have serious medical conditions that would prevent you from doing so safely.  I want to assure you that we are following very careful protocols in all our Catholic churches in Calhoun County.  Face masks are still required in our churches.  Social distancing is maintained in the churches.  And here at Our Lady of the Gulf, you may even sit outside in the fresh air to participate in the Mass on the front porch of the church and clearly hear the Mass via the outdoor speakers.  As Catholics, the central act of worship that we give to God and that defines who we are is the weekly Sunday offering of the holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Why is the Mass essential?  Because by the Mass, we participate in our Lord's saving death on the cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead.  In the holy Mass, we are able to receive the sacrament of salvation which is the holy Body and precious Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.  We can't do that anywhere else.  For the believer, the holy Mass is the only way for us to be nourished and remain spiritually alive in God.  Therefore, don't starve your soul any longer.  Come back to Sunday Mass!  

Let us continue to pray for one another as we cooperate with God's grace to bring about His kingdom "on earth as it is in Heaven."

Fr. Tommy 

Up and Running!

  • We have been in face-to-face classes since August 11th.

  • Students are doing a great job of washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing.
  • Royal blue or grey, 3-ply cloth masks are still available for order through the school office (361.552.6140 X6). 
  • The school office also has t-shirts and ties for sale.  Just call to place your order and we will send them to you and bill fax (as applicable).

Bonus for the teachers

Each year the Home & School Association of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School participates in the Catholic Life Insurance Sweepstakes to help fund school improvements. The year 2020 has brought many challenges to our world and to the educational community. The teachers at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School faced, and continue to face, the educational challenges presented by COVID-19 as a team. Thus, this year, 100% of the school raffle proceeds will be utilized for the teachers’ bonus. This is being done instead of a school Gala which is not possible during this time of COVID.

Catholic Life Insurance is sponsoring the Catholic Schools’ Sweepstakes as follows:

Guaranteed to win $1000 Prepaid Visa Credit Card!

All participants will then vie for a choice of a 2021 Ford F-150 Truck, a 2021 Ford Focus Sedan or a $20,000 Prepaid VISA Credit Card.

Please join us in recognizing our dedicated teachers by purchasing raffle tickets or by making a cash donation toward this year’s teachers’ bonus fund. 

Thank you for your support of our teachers and may God bless your generosity.

Current Activities

Morning Dropoff

We continue to screen all students, faculty, and visitors to our school.

The day starts with morning drop-off, where students are screened and greeted.


All grades take turns attending Mass in order to maintain social distancing, and each grade attends at least once a week. Those not attending in the church have a Liturgy of the Word service in their classrooms.



Students completed the First Quarter and continue to work hard in their classrooms.  The Student Advancement in Learning (SAIL) program also started up in the First Quarter to assist students with reading. The Math SAIL program will begin 2nd quarter.



Students enjoy their time outdoors each day.


Building Construction

The 4th grade has a new wall, making a much-needed improvement in the room (and no more leaks when it rains).



The glass doors at the end of the hall have been replaced with metal doors and key card access, enhancing security and esthetics.



Water Bottle Fillers

Water bottle filling stations are used daily as students fill their water bottles. Additional hand washing stations have also been installed. 


Recent Mariner Events
Priest Appreciation Day

Students celebrated Priest Appreciation Day by presenting a certificate to Fr. Tommy and dressing like little priests.

Safe Environment

All students participated in age-appropriate Safe Environment/Digital Citizenship training on October 15th and had some great discussions with their teachers. Parents are invited to watch the videos and discuss with their children. For grades K-5th, go to and for grades 6th - 8th, go to

School Feast Day

The 8th graders are shown here with the statue of Mary as the school celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Gulf.  They also went on their first retreat in October.

Mariner Halloween March

Mariner families enjoyed a festive evening of dressing up in costumes and getting treats from the OLG faculty.  Fr. Tommy even had live sheep to pet!

All Souls Day Trip to Cemetery

Kindergarten through 8th grade marched to the cemetery on All Souls Day to pray for our deceased brothers and sisters.  

Christ is the Source...

Let us work together to keep each other safe - social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and coming together to do what's best for our children and families. In the midst of all trials, let us choose love.

The Diocese of Victoria is celebrating the Year of the Family. Beginning in October, families will monthly explore an area of our faith and participate in activities that will help them to PrayEat, and Play together. See

Prayer for the Family

Lord Jesus, be with my family. Grant us Your peace and harmony, an end to conflict and division. Gift us with the compassion to better understand each other, the wisdom and love to assist each other, and the trust and patience to live peacefully together. Grant that, through the intercession of Your mother, Mary, and St. Joseph our family too may become a holy family, accepting each other, working together in unity, and selflessly dedicated to one another and to You.


School Advisory Council

We are most grateful for the SAC members, who meet monthly to ensure that we can continue to provide a faith-based education to every child whose family so desires. 
Covid Task Force

We are also grateful for Covid Task Force members, who contribute their medical expertise to lead us safely through these times. They meet monthly or as needed to continue to help ensure the safety of students and staff. 
We want to take this opportunity to thank our donors.

Your generosity makes it possible for our school to provide a loving and productive environment in which students can grow in the Light of Christ.

Margaret Yanta
Dr. Thao M. Truong
Armando Lopez & Ana Campos De Lopez
Raymond & Lydia Aviles, In Memory of Dolores L. Sanchez
Catholic Daughters
Grace B. Heurtevant
Rafael Garcia


This newsletter is periodically distributed to connect the Mariners with their families and community partners. For more information about our school, please go to our website:
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301 S. San Antonio St.
Port Lavaca, Tx 77979

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