Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Prepare, it’s the Chance of Your Lifetime!”

"Prepare the way of the Lord." Repeatedly we are advised to be vigilant, be on guard, be watchful since we do not know the time of the coming of the Lord. How liturgical and how "churchy" this message is! It seems that only those who attend church would hear it, and of those who hear it, only those who have inner conviction will abide by it. The message of the Scriptures is for everyone, whether you pay heed or not to the cautions of the prophets of old.

In a very dramatic way today, the prophets of news casting are telling us the same thing although in a very secular fashion. They report daily on the unreliability of life, most recently with a reduction in life expectancy right here in the U.S. We see headlines of violent deaths in car accidents, in plane crashes, in natural disasters. Drug related killings, robbery, homicides and sex-related crimes all caution us to the proximity of someone taking another's life. Regrettably, we seem to be moving to a point in our society where the respect for human life has diminished dramatically. Is anybody safe? Not really, but we must take every precaution possible to protect our own lives and the lives of others.

It is an advisable to heed to the Scriptures to be on guard, to be prepared. But these cautions refer not only to our personal safety, but more importantly to our inner peace with God. Not knowing the moment in which we will meet him as we terminate this life, we must constantly make our peace with God. We must attempt on a daily basis to be in the state of grace with nothing to separate us from him. We need to have our bags packed at all times. When he does come eventually, we will be happy at the union. After all, that's why we have lived the life he gave us, so that we could prove ourselves worthy of our eternal place with him. “Prepare the way of the Lord."

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.