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Holy Thursday has always been one of my favorite days to prepare for and to spend with our students. Making the connection between Jesus' actions and our call to wash the feet of others is so tangible for our young students as they are learning every day not only how to see Christ in everyone, but also to be Christ for everyone. While this day is certainly different than we'd planned, and we are sad to miss out on the tradition of our seventh graders serving our student body by leading us in the Stations of the Cross, I am inspired by the many ways you all continue to "wash feet."

Though we are apart and quarantined, sacrificing the comfort of company for the good of our community, we continue the call to do justice, love goodness, and to walk humbly with God during these difficult days as we joyfully anticipate the Resurrection. Thank you for your continued commitment to Catholic Education in partnership with Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. We can be confident that our faithfulness in all things now will provide much fruit in the days to come. I pray you all enjoy a joy-filled Easter and Spring break with family.

Yours in Catholic Education,

Christi Jarreau, Principal

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School


By: ICCS Director of Religious Education, Rose Viau

Today is Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday commemorates The Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. On this night, the Eucharist is given to us as well as the institution of the priesthood.

After supper, Jesus washes his disciples feet and tells them,
"If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

John 13:14-15

Spend some time in prayer today reflecting on how Jesus is calling you to serve others. Whose feet is he calling you to wash?


It is Holy Week. As our school and church communities reflect on the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we offer a few family-friendly resources to help guide and spiritually inspire students, parents and faculty members during this sacred time of year.

Bishop Glen John Provost’s Easter Sunday Mass will be televised on KPLC at 9:30 a.m., April 12 from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass will also be streamed online at Check the Diocese of Lake Charles website and Facebook page for a complete listing of Holy Week and daily Mass times and other important details.

Holy Week At Home Guide: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer Time

A kid-friendly video about the Easter story

Stations of the Cross for Kids

Celebrate the Easter Triduum by taking a spiritual journey to the Holy Land and watch - Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage. This special documentary allows people all around the world to unite and make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and ultimately the heart of the Passion.


Summer Care planning is currently underway for students registered for the 2020-2021 school year. Summer Care is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26th and will contain two five-week sessions.

Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $35.00 (per participant)


Late registration after MAY 18, 2020 is $50.00 (per participant)

Registration fees will be billed through FACTS to be paid by Friday, May 22.

Camp Times: Mondays-Fridays 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM


5/26- 6/26 (5 Weeks)

One child: $525

Two children: $780

Three or more children: $945


6/29 - 7/31 (5 Weeks)

One child: $525

Two children: $780

Three or more children: $945

Fees for each session will be billed through FACTS. Payment in full will be drafted the first week of each session.

**Please note that Summer Care schedules and fee assessments will be adjusted as necessary to abide by COVID-19 social distance guidelines at that time.**

To register for the 2020 ICCS Summer Care Program, please complete the google form:


During National Assistant Principal's Week we celebrate, thank and honor Mrs. Blair Tadlock for all the awesome work she does on a daily basis and throughout the school year!
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Coach Alex Kjellsten is challenging PK-8th Grade students to participate in the ICCS Trick Shot Contest. Students can use any type of ball for the challenge (ping pong ball, basketball, soccer ball, golf ball, football, etc.). Shoot the ball into any type of target (goal, trashcan, cup, etc.) and MAKE IT! Send a video recording of your successful trick shot to The most unique shot WINS!

All videos will be posted on the ICCS Athletics Instagram page and the ICCS Facebook Page. The winner will be announced in a future issue of the Panther Press.

On your mark. Get set. GO! Starting planning and working on your trick shot TODAY!


For your convenience, ICCS will be utilizing prepackaged school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. The fee schedule includes your student’s class party fees, class fees and pre- packaged school supply fees. Prepackaged supplies include the required student planner.

2020-2021 Fee Schedule:
Pre-K & Kindergarten - $120
1st-3rd Grades - $95
4th -7th Grades - $110
8th Grade - $160

These fees will be drafted through FACTS on June 15.


The following is a listing of important school dates and holidays to help families with future planning.

A more detailed calendar will be sent to families when it is available.

First Day of School: Thursday, August 13

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 7

Diocesan Teacher In-Service: Monday, October 12

Veteran’s Day Holiday: Wednesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Holiday: Monday, November 23—Friday, November 27

Christmas Holiday: Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1

MLK Holiday: Monday, January 18

Mardi Gras Holiday: Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 16

Easter Holiday: Friday, April 2—Friday, April 9

Records Day—No School: Tuesday, May 25

Final Day of School & Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 26


As we support one another during this remote learning period, we are asking parents to complete a brief survey to help keep us informed during our time of separation.

Parents, we want to hear from you. Please click on the survey link and complete the information by midnight TONIGHT, Thursday, April 9. We appreciate your participation, feedback and ongoing support and patience during this time.


The Atrium, which is based on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is a special place our students visit at school to learn about the liturgy, the liturgical year, Bible stories and get to know Jesus better. When our students gather in the Atrium, they begin around the prayer table with scripture.

Mrs. Viau has included a link below that contains information on how you can set up a prayer table in your own home during this remote learning period. There are designated scripture verses for the different age levels. Your child can make prayer cards with these verses and display them on the prayer table.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Viau at


We have enjoyed receiving photos and videos of students completing school assignments, using on-line educational resources, praying together as a family, enjoying enrichment-related activities and much more!

It is now time for a "break!" SPRING BREAK!

Please send photos and videos of your family's "at home" Spring Break activities to Your family's submission may be posted on the ICCS Facebook page and included in the next issue of the Panther Press.

We hope everyone has a safe, healthy and relaxing Easter Holiday and Spring Break!


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We have provided links to a variety of articles, tutorials, faith related information and "at home" activities and games that ICCS students and families may find useful and beneficial during this social distancing and remote learning period. Parents are invited to check this section weekly for updates and additional information.

Supporting Children During the Covid-19 Crisis

Religious Related Resources

This website offers many resources for children including a Sunday video of the Gospel.

This website contains prayers, information on the Saints and fun faith-filled activities for families.

Click on the link below for a 3-minute retreat with our Lord.



Mrs. Falcon's 5th Grade students are studying ecosystems. An optional pop bottle terrarium project was offered to 4th and 5th Graders to help students view an example of a closed system and experience a water cycle. Several photos have been shared of the progress. Check out the student's success so far!
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It is a 2nd Grade tradition! Our 2nd Grade students normally read "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary as a class this time of year. Rather than miss out on a great story, our 2nd Grade teachers decided to send copies of the book in the mail to all of their students in hopes they will enjoy the book from home during this remote learning period.


We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to all of our students and faculty members celebrating a Birthday in the month of April!

Ty Pham, 4/1

Mrs. Anita Falcon, 4/2

Grady Byrd, 4/3

Hayden O'Quain, 4/6

Mrs. Christi Jarreau, 4/8

Grayson Whitehead, 4/9

James Kennedy, 4/9

Holden Bertrand, 4/10

Eden Vallette, 4/10

Emery Whitehead, 4/11

Emerson Stout, 4/11

Grayson Palermo, 4/12

Brooks Burleigh, 4/12

Maggie Zimmermann, 4/14

Ms. Sarah House, 4/15

Josie Obluda, 4/19

Olive Crawford, 4/20

Kate Austin, 4/21

Rowan LeJeune, 4/21

Emelyn Hennigan, 4/22

Amjad Husein, 4/23

Scarlett Carmen, 4/24

Maxwell Bradberry, 4/24

Preston Bradberry, 4/24

Noah Ellender, 4/26

Emma Bergen, 4/27

Elise Foret, 4/27

Caroline Hankins, 4/29


Please keep Father Rommel Tolentino in your thoughts and prayers. His father, Joselito V. Tolentino, passed away in the Philippines on April 6. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Father Rommel and his family.

Father Rommel sent a special message to Cathedral Parishioners and friends on April 7. The message is printed below.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

On behalf of the Tolentino Family, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and words of condolences. Our greatest comfort during this time of sorrow, sadness, and grief is the knowledge that there are so many people praying for the eternal repose of my Dad (Joselito V. Tolentino) and for the consolation of our family. We are touched and overwhelmed by the warmth of your love and your prayerful support.

For me personally, I am grateful to God for allowing me to minister to my dying father even though we were separated by a great distance. While he was still conscious and conversant, I was able to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with him and gave him a special blessing at the end.

Our Lord's promises to St. Faustina give me so much hope:
1. That if the Chaplet is prayed in the presence of the dying, Jesus will stand between the dying person and God the Father, not as a Just Judge, but as a Merciful Saviour.
2. That the most hardened of sinners will experience the grace of conversion if he prays the Chaplet even just once.

I owe my life and my Priesthood, not just to my Heavenly Father, but to my earthly father as well. May he rest in peace!

Joselito Villavicencio Tolentino
(March 6, 1941 - April 6, 2020)

Sincerely in Our Lord & Our Lady,

Father Rommel Pasion Tolentino


The Diocese of Lake Charles is hosting the True Presence Contest. Rules and contest details are included below. For more information, please contact Sister Marirose Rudek at

True Presence Contest Details

Eucharistic Art Goal: To creatively portray our Catholic belief in the True Presence.

Deadline: All submissions are due no later than Friday, May 15, 2020 by 4:30 pm.

Winners will be announced on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 14, 2020.


Submissions must be turned in by the deadline. Only one entry per person. Written works should be in English. All submissions will be judged based on the following:

• content—theologically accurate

• interpretation and clarity of the theme to the reader/viewer

• quality of composition

• overall design (for art)

• creativity and originality of the presentation of the theme

• overall impression.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category and in each of the following age levels:

• Grades K-2

• Grades 3-5

• Grades 6-8

• Grades 9-12

• Adults 18 and older (18 year olds who are still in high school should submit according to their grade).

The following are the categories for submission:

1) Original Artwork: A drawing or painted work no smaller than 5x7 and no larger than 11x17 Media for Artwork: Paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.)

Drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils, markers, etc.)

2) Original Poetry: Poems should be no longer than 40 lines, exclusive of the title. Poems should be typed

3) Original Creative Writing: All submissions should be typed, with the exception of K-2. Fictional short stories and reflective essays—(narrative or descriptive) will be accepted, we will not accept expository or persuasive essays for this contest.

*Students in grades K-2 may draw a picture book, or write a short story of their own, but it must be their own original work.

*Grades 3-5, may submit a work between 150-500 words. All submissions should be typed (12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced)

*All others should submit a short story or original essay, between 500-1,500 words. All submissions should be typed (12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced)

How to submit:

1) One submission per person

2) Please include the following typed or neatly printed on the back of your artwork or writing submission: First Name, Last Name Mailing Address E-mail Address Phone Number Grade/Adults indicate “Adult” Title of your Work Category (art, poetry, creative writing)

3) You can either hand deliver your submission or mail it to: Office of Religious Education 411 Iris St. Lake Charles, LA 70601 *Submissions will not be returned.

All of the winners will have their artwork or writing displayed at the Chancery and published for distribution throughout the Diocese.

Grades K-5

1st Place, $25

2nd Place, $15

3 rd Place, $10

Grades 6-8

1st Place, $50

2nd Place, $25

3rd Place, $10

Grades 9-Adult

1st Place, $100

2nd Place, $50

3rd Place, $25


Parents, Grandpanthers & Faculty Members:

Please scan grocery store receipts and help ICCS earn funds through the Box Tops For Education program. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. Click on the video link for more details.


Parents and students are encouraged to access past issues of the Panther Press for distance learning information, tips and tutorial videos. For convenience, past and current Panther Press issues can be found on the website.
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O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.



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