Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School September 30, 2018

Mission Statement

St. Maria Goretti is a living testament to our Lord's work in His youngest disciples, exemplified by academic excellence, spiritual formation, and compassionate service to others.

Principal's Message

Dear SMG Families,

Happy Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Though students were off last Friday, SMG faculty & staff were on campus for an inservice meeting. The meeting allowed us to work more indepth on some long-range plans, as well as gave teachers the opportunity to participate in a Socratic-type discussion, a method of discussion that teachers will be encouraged to use in their classroom with your students.

The countdown to Kountry Karnival has begun! Please be sure to support the school and join us this weekend for this fun event. There are still opportunities to volunteer and earn SPIRIT hours. Please visit the school website KK SignUp Genius for opportunities.

A few reminders for this week:

  • Students will attend Mass this week on Thursday, October 4th @ 9:15AM as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi. We will NOT attend Mass on Wednesday this week. Students should wear their dress uniforms this week on Thursday only.
  • Students may wear their Kountry Karnival t-shirts with uniform bottoms every day this week, except Thursday.
  • Friday, October 5th: Pet Blessing in the west parking lot at 11:00AM; early dismissal at 12:00PM; no SMEED that afternoon.

Have a fabulous week ahead and I look forward to seeing you all at Kountry Karnival next weekend!

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


October-The Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary, with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th. A perfect was to celebrate this special month is to commit to praying the Rosary everyday. The Rosary is a powerful instrument of conversion and a wonderful way to honor our Blessed Mother, Mary.

We will be praying the Rosary with your students, especially during this month. Some ways you can honor the month of the Holy Rosary at home include praying the Rosary everyday with your children. Even if you only have time for one decade, that's okay. Maybe you'll have time to pray two decades the next day. Pray the Rosary for special intentions for loved ones, a sick friend, or for our priests and nuns--there is always someone who needs your prayers and the intercession of Mary. Finally, attend Mass on the the feast day (which this year happens to fall on a Sunday) as well as on October 13th, the day of the final visit of Mary to Fatima.

For more information on the month of the Holy Rosary, other feast days in October, as well as prayers and devotionals, please visit

October Virtue-Reverence

The virtue we are focusing on during the month of October is Reverence. Reverence means showing your deepest respect for things of God. Three saints who exemplified reverence include:

  • St. Hyacinth: St. Hyacinth was a Polish priest who became a Dominican. When robbers were coming to attack the church where he lived, St. Hyacinth took Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary to a safe place. He did this to show his love and reverence for Jesus and Mary.
  • St. Tarcisius: While taking Holy Communion to some prisoners, St. Tarcicius was attacked by a group of people who did not believe in Christ, and he died defending the Sacred Host. When those who had killed him searched St. Tarcicius, the Eucharist he was carrying had miraculously disappeared.
  • St. Margaret Clitherow: St. Margaret lived in England during a very tumultuous time in that country, especially for Catholics who under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, were being persecuted. St. Margaret offered her home as a refuge for Catholic priests who had to offer Mass in secret for the faithful. When authorities discovered this, Margaret was arrested and sentenced to death.

For more information on the Virtues in Practice program, visit

Kountry Karnival 2018

Kountry Karnival is this week, October 6 & 7, 2018! In addition to being one of our school’s biggest fundraisers of the year, Kountry Karnival is a great opportunity to have a lot of fun and come together as a community. Many hands are needed to make Kountry Karnival a success. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please click Support, then Kountry Karnival on the school website.

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Kountry Karnival Parking

As always, Karnival grounds will be located on the back (west) parking lot and grounds. Parking for the Karnival and weekend Masses will be available at the Benge Street Parking Lot and the UTA Maverick Stadium Parking Lot. A shuttle will be running Saturday and Sunday between the UTA Lot and the church. The small lots just north and south of the church, off Davis Street, will be reserved for mobility impaired and special permit holders only. Please plan to arrive early for weekend Mass to allow time for parking. Thank you in advance for your patience and generous support of the school.

Dean and Emily Peterson

Kountry Karnival Parking Chairs

Kountry Karnival Book Nook

Though we no longer have the boxes outside classrooms for you to deposit your book donations, book donations can still be dropped off at the front office this week!
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Support SMG through Box Tops for Education Program

More information, including the Box Tops Collection sheet on which box tops can be attached, please visit the school website at
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Calendar Notes

Monday, October 1st: First Monday Morning Assembly @ 7:55AM in Cafetorium

Thursday, October 4th: Feast Day of St. Francis of Assissi; Mass at 9:15AM; Dress Uniform

Friday, October 5th: Pet Blessing @ 11:00AM in west parking lot; Early Dismissal @12:00PM; no


Saturday, October 6th through Sunday, October 7th: Kountry Karnival

Monday, October 8th: Regular school start time at 7:55AM