Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Be My Valentine!”

What was the ideal of Valentine? We do not know very much about St. Valentine except that he loved to share the love of Christ with others every day. This sharing was to be without any ostentatious display or an expectation of it being returned.

This loving spirit is instinctively found in parents and siblings. Selfless love seems to come naturally in families. The ability to give and serve for the bloodline, regardless of the cost, is often an innate feeling. It also develops in persons who genuinely attach to each other. Obviously this generosity could be abused, but life-experiences moderate the capacity of the giver and receiver.

By extension this gentle disposition of being sensitive to the needs of others is what the human heart is destined to do. Helping, caring, anticipating is the way of the Lord and it is offered to us. We could of course reject that invitation of God to share his love with others and concentrate on our own personal feelings and desires. Such a path would lead to fabricating a selfish disposition which eventually will bring much discontent and unhappiness.

Perhaps you could use this Valentine’s season to explore in your heart how you could do random acts of kindness for those in your life, knowing that these acts will often go unknown and unacknowledged. The receiver will be the privileged recipient while the giver will have some contentment now, but an everlasting appreciation by the Lord hereafter.

Sure, sending a card, giving candy, or baking a cake are all nice ideas. But to truly extend the love of Christ in your life, it may be time to move on to providing little acts of kindness and to encourage others to do likewise. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

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.