Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Fair Weather Friends”

We have all heard, and likely used, the expression, “fair weather friends.” Likely, we have all had people in our lives (or we in theirs) who are most happy to be by our side during celebration and when we are meeting their needs. However, when times are challenging and the view is bleak, we know those to whom we are able to turn. It is at these trying times that some friendships are challenged and motives are questioned.

Instinctively we all want to be a part of a success story and share the good times. Positive desires exist in each of us to share them and share in them. Hence we identify with those who think or act like we do and support us as we support them. The real test comes when difficult times arise and we stay the course of friendship.

On the original Palm Sunday most in Jerusalem wanted to be a part of a celebration. Here was the promised Messiah bringing great hope and joy to all. A new era was about to begin with benefits for all. “Let’s get in the parade.” No apparent negatives surface so we should sign on to the celebration.

The celebration was short lived. Envy, jealousy, deceit surface and the acclaimed Messiah is now a threat to the security of the establishment. He must be removed!! How fickle people are and how they change sides so quickly. Instead of continuing the celebrations, they now were participants or witnesses to a crucifixion.

Is our relationship with the Lord that of a “fair weather friend?” Do we relate to him only on our terms or do we see the journey with Him as sharing joy and sadness, success and failure, health and suffering, ease and pressure? To be counted a Christian who will celebrate an eternity of happiness, we must experience the challenge that Jesus himself had. All we do or suffer, if in union with Him, is enormously meritorious. May we share the joys of the Palm Sundays of life but may we also endure the agony days, all meaningful because they are in union with Christ.

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.