Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Set the Tone”

To be effective and coordinated, every project, effort, or undertaking needs a theme. Under this umbrella, the purpose, the means, and the goal are attained. Without such a thread that runs through all aspects of an undertaking, the result will not be achieved. In fact, the process may be chaotic. Thus, we need to set a tone, goal, or theme for short term, and even long term, undertakings.

I came across a family some years ago who decided at the beginning of the year to focus on a collective theme in their daily lives. With a family meeting they selected a number of topics suggested by all the participants. From this long list they reduced the choices to four: love, respect, care and family. Finally, for the first year they selected “love” as the emphasis in all their encounters with each other; parents to children and siblings to each other. The theme was posted on a card above the fireplace in the living room, a central meeting place for the family and visitors. Whenever I visited the home I was reminded of the emphasis “love” has when dealing with others.

God must have such a reminder in heaven that “love” is the basis of His dealings with human beings. He sent His Son, Jesus, out of love to redeem us. He extends His unconditional love to us during life and the promise of sharing His eternal home with us forever. Surely, love is the mark of God in His relationship with us.

What is our response to this love of God so lavishly showered upon us? It’s got to be a respectful response of love on our part to our God. In its implementation it must also extend to showing love to our fellow human beings. Whether with a mythical “love” card appropriately placed to remind us of God’s love for us and our expected response, or, by another tangible reminder to show love (compassion, care, concern, sympathy) to our neighbor, we need to be reminded daily of our primary reaction to all that is important.

“Love one another as I have loved you” is not just a pious wish of Jesus for all of us as much as a quality formula for living. In such, love will be the fulfillment of our existence.

Blessings,

Father Vincent T. Kelly

Catholic identity thrives throughout the STA campus and in the hearts of students, faculty, and staff. Serving those who appear “the least” in the community remains the focus of our efforts in and out of the classroom. We encourage STA students to witness to the call of Jesus in service and faith.

“Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.”
- Pope Francis

CrossRoads (Music Ministry)

Vocalists, musicians/instrumentalists, and composers call others to witness Christ through their humble performances at various liturgies and community events throughout the year.

Moderator:

Mr. Michael MCCormack

michael.mccormack@aquinas-sta.org

Liturgical Art and Environment

Students create original works of art for liturgies, retreats, and events throughout the year. These masterpieces become the artistic component of our Catholic Identity and add to the prayerful transformation of the worship space for all school events.

MODERATOR:

MR. MICHAEL MCCORMACK

michael.mccormack@aquinas-sta.org

Raiders for Life

Promoting the value of life from womb to the tomb lies at the heart of our Catholic Identity focus. Raiders for Life partners with the ADOM Respect Life Office to sponsor diaper and clothing drives and participate in the Life Chain, March for Life, and 40 Days for Life.

Moderators:

Ms. Michaela Ecker

michaela.ecker@aquinas-sta.org

Mrs. Maria Jose Mitsoulis

mariajose.mitsoulis@aquinas-sta.org

Witnesses for Christ (Liturgical Ministry)

Witnesses for Christ, a liturgical ministry, allows students to profess their faith publicly by responding to Jesus’ call to serve in ministry to the spiritual and sacramental needs of the STA family.

Students learn the processes of the Catholic mass and are trained in various lay positions. Students participate in masses as lectors, altar servers, and eucharistic ministers.

Moderators:

Mr. Michael McCormack

michael.mccormack@aquinas-sta.org

Mrs. Kathy Myrick

kathleen.myrick@aquinas-sta.org

Campus Ministry awakens students and faculty to the reality of Jesus present in our lives. In various ways, faith formation remains our focus as we encourage students to engage and explore the Theology curriculum, retreats, religious events, and opportunities for individual involvement. Students serve as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, singers, and musicians. STA students share their Catholic Identity through middle school and Confirmation retreat programs at our local parishes. Monthly Nights of Fellowship combine faith, friendship, and fun as the STA community celebrates our Catholic Identity and spiritual camaraderie.