Cougar Connection August 2021

Keeping Everyone Connected

What is the Cougar Connection?

The Cougar Connection is Gross Catholic’s quarterly e-newsletter where one can find information of about upcoming events, alumni programs and other ways to stay involved in the Cougar Community.

Campus Ministry

The campus ministry team at Gross Catholic has selected “discipleship” as the theme for this academic year. As followers, learners, and adherents of Jesus Christ we, as his disciples, follow Christ as our Master, teacher, and Lord.

Each of our quarterly Cougar Connections this year, will include scripture from one of the Gospel writers from the New Testament.

“You have heard that is was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:43-45

Class of 2022 Senior Prayer Sponsor Program

The Senior Prayer Sponsor Program was created a few years ago, as a way to connect Gross Catholic Alumni and the current senior class. Henceforth, our seniors have been very grateful for the prayers they have received from our alumni prayer sponsors. If you are a Gross Catholic Alumni willing to commit some of your prayers for the Class of 2022, please sign up below.
There are two things that are asked of alumni prayer sponsors:
1. Include the Class of 2022 specifically in your prayer intentions.
2. Send a graduation card and special congratulations note, to a senior, at the end of the school year (a reminder email will be sent).
Please sign up for prayer by Tuesday, August 31st

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established to recognize Gross Catholic graduates that have continued to promote our school spirit and demonstrate dedication to our motto, Dux Esto. The presentation of this award is held every year during halftime of the homecoming football game.

If you would like to nominate a Gross Catholic alumnus for this year’s award, please complete our online nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Nolte at 402.734.2000 or

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 3rd. Would you like to view previous Distinguished Alumni Winners?.

Upcoming Events

Cougar Cup Cornhole Tournament

Sunday, August 29th at 2pm

Register now for the Cornhole tourney!

Cougar Classic Golf Tournament

Monday, September 20th

Register now for the Golf tournament!

Homecoming in Hollywood Tailgate and Football Game

Friday, September 24th

Alumni Giving Challenge

Congratulations to the Class of 1999! They had the highest percentage of giving, during our last Alumni Giving Challenge.
We are moving! The Annual Alumni Giving Challenge is moving to homecoming week! The challenge will kick off on Sunday, September 19th and continue through Saturday, September 25th.

Innovation Center

The Innovation Center will support our academic vision, expanding partnerships with local universities and organizations for dual enrollment opportunities.

On August 27th, 2021 at 10:30 am Gross Catholic will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Innovation Center. Gross Catholic’s world award winning and 2021 state champion robotics team has built a robot that will cut the ribbon at the ceremony. Archbishop George Lucas will be leading the dedication and blessing of the center. Watch the ceremony on Facebook Live!

Booster Club Calendars

Every fall, the Gross Catholic Booster Club publishes the 500 Club Calendar. The calendar can only be purchased up until the Homecoming Football game (Friday, September 24th) Purchase one, and you may win $1000 or more! $50 drawings every Friday plus Marianist drawing dates. there are 53 chances to win!

You can also win big money at the summer Booster Mass & Bash where the drawings are for $100, $200, $300, $500 and $1000. You need not be present to win. Contact for more information.

Do you need to update your contact info?

Did you get married, have a baby, or news you want to share? Please send us your latest news and photos so we can share them with your classmates and the Cougar Family. If your email and/or physical address have changed, please contact us with your latest information. You can submit the update HERE or email

About Gross Catholic

Gross Catholic, a co-educational, college preparatory high school, began its proud heritage of academic excellence rooted in the Marianist tradition in 1968. We consider ourselves one of the best Catholic schools in Omaha, Bellevue, and Papillion. The school motto Dux Esto (“Be a Leader”) is at the core of its extraordinary mission, innovative spirit, and fundamental values. The school offers a challenging environment and outstanding quality of life, both in academics and co-curricular activities, with a strong focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education. The spirit of Christian service and giving back is part of everything the school does. Gross Catholic’s top-tier status is reflected in its talented faculty, staff, and coaches who take great pride in seeing virtually every graduate head to college, often to the most prestigious domestic and international universities and service academies. Together with families and alumni, Gross Catholic forges relationships for a lifetime, helping to ready the next generation to be exemplary, principled leaders of the world.

To discover the Gross Catholic difference, contact us at 402.734.2000 or visit our Admissions page.