Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Giving Back to God”

What an unusual application by Jesus of today's Gospel of the wicked steward who juggles the accounts of his master's books in order to win friends who will care for him in his impending unemployment? We ought to be as prudent in planning for our spiritual future as was the steward in planning ahead for his worldly comforts. Jesus, clearly was not commending the wicked steward for his cleverness in defrauding the owner of his property. Rather, he was using as an example the zealous foresightedness of the wicked steward. The followers of Jesus should be at least as enterprising as the steward in caring for the future of their souls.

How zealous are we in providing for our spiritual future? The answer to this question should give us pause to reflect on the consequences of what we are doing or not doing on earth. We still have a chance to shape the portfolio that we take with us when we inevitably pass through death's door.

A secondary aspect of today's Gospel has to do with what we consider to be our possessions. We only hold what we have in trust; it eventually goes back to God, the true owner of all that we casually believe belongs to us.

A story goes that a woman approached a priest once hoping to discourage him from performing the wedding of her daughter. He refused telling her that the daughter had to make the decision. The mother tearfully replied, “but my daughter is my proudest possession!” Our children are from God, they are his, not ours. We only hold them in trust for a while, then we give them over to find their own way. And not only our children, all that we have is from God and eventually goes back to him, even our own life. We hold in trust all that we have - to be used or developed for the greater glory of God.


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

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.