8th Grade Core

C.O.R.E. is a special leadership group for our youngest CYO members.  Standing for Catholics Organizing and Representing Eighth-Graders, CORE is open to any 8th grader involved in the CYO. No elections or invitations needed -just a desire to be more involved. CORE meetings approximately once a month to learn leadership skills and then put those skills to work by planning an event for just the CYO 8th graders.

2020-2021 Update


Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 4:00 PM in the Siena Room

Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the gym

Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 4:00 PM in the gym


8th Grade Mini-Retreat: To Infinity & Beyond…The Phone

Date: Saturday, March 6 – Sunday, March 7, 2021

Time: Meet at Aquinas Hall at 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 6

        Return to Aquinas Hall at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 7

Place: William J. Kelly Retreat Center at St. Augustine’s in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Bring: permission form, $65 retreat fee, clothes for two days, toiletries, etc.  Masks are required. You do not need to bring towels or bedding as these are supplied by this retreat center.

The Committee Organizing & Representing Eighth Graders (CORE - made up of Morgan Buchler, Caden Catanzaro, Natalie Halphen, Sydney Hughes, Grant Latino, Wyatt Mire, and Maddie Pearce) has planned a wonderful mini-retreat for all CYO 8th graders with the theme, “To Infinity & Beyond…The Phone,” where we will take a break from social media and reflect on how to improve our friendships face-to-face and make them the best they can be according to Christian virtues.

The William J. Kelly Retreat Center is located two blocks from Bay St. Louis, and has a meeting room, chapel, cafeteria, and 30 bedrooms that each accommodates two people with a private bathroom. Therefore space is limited to 60 people.  If finances are an issue, please talk to Johnny as we do not want anyone to miss this opportunity.  All Covid protocols can and will be observed at this retreat center.

If you want to attend the mini-retreat, please sign-up with Johnny at 504-813-3003 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 2nd.  No shows will still owe the payment because you will be part of the guaranteed headcount given to the retreat center for lodging and meals.  If a Covid quarantine situation arises between the time you sign-up and before the retreat, please contact Johnny.