Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Truth is Freedom”

We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder because we are influenced by our feelings and emotions. When it comes to beauty, thank God that we are all entitled to our opinions. Truth, however, is not open to the same subjective opinions. Unfortunately, we often try to compromise truth by our individual tastes and preferences. Sometimes the truth is twisted and perverted by those who will say or do anything to get their way. Too often, people believe that their opinions are the only truth, and that other people are wrong. Our own ignorance or even sinfulness can keep us from seeing the truth that is right before us.

Those who are not open to the truth that comes to us from Jesus Christ can find truth hard to accept. Pope John Paul II said in his encyclical letter, The Splendor of Truth, “People today need to turn to Christ once again in order to receive from him the answer to their questions about what is good and what is evil.” Jesus Christ is called the way, the truth, and the life because his words are true. They will help us to live again in the freedom and happiness for which we were created. Jesus speaks the truth about creation, sin, God's love for us, and eternal life. Not only are we called to hear the truth, but God sent the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, so that we may give witness to this truth through our words and deeds.

Openness to the truth is a precious gift and also a challenge. Truth is only feared when we live in falsehood and deception. As a matter of fact, the truth will set us free. As a Church, we too, teach the truth of our faith. This leads us to speak on issues of justice and to speak against falsehood. This often comes into conflict with the interpretation of the truth in which we live. It can be the cause for division among us because it may require us to change our hearts and attitudes. As we share the same journey in life and approach the same Lord, may our common language be the medium of truth. In this way, we recommit ourselves to being witnesses of Christ's truth to the world.


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.