February 6, 2015

Guest Speaker Film Director Daniel Rabourdin

Announcements

  • The next Moms’ Night Out is scheduled for this Sunday, February 8, at 6:45 PM, in the Perpetual Help Room.  Fr. Victor will speak very briefly on discipline issues; the rest of the time will be for the moms to get together and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Please note that the weekend of February 14-15 is a closed weekend due to President’s Day (Monday, February 16) No students may stay the weekend at the school.  All students return Monday night, February 16.
  • Please note that the winter sports award ceremony has been moved to Sunday, March 1, at 7:00 PM.
  • Many students will be taking the National Latin Exam on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 PM.
  • On Sunday evening, March 8, the school choir will be singing a concert at Holy Family Cathedral. All choir members are required to be present for it.

Athletics

  • Congratulations to our soccer and basketball teams on their recent games.
  • The next soccer games are:  Monday, February 9, at 3:15 PM, at St. Michael’s; and Wednesday, February 11, at 3:15 PM, at St. Michael’s.
  • The next basketball games are:  Monday, February 9, at 4:00 PM, at American Sports Center [1500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805]; and Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 PM, at American Sports Center.

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

Guest Speaker Film Director Daniel Rabourdin

There is an inspiring complementarity between today’s gospel in which Jesus sends out the Apostles, two by two, for their first missionary trip around Galilee and the martyrdom of St. Agatha.

The lynch pin which unites these two events is Jesus himself.  Both the Apostle and Agatha loved our Lord more than anything else, more than anyone else.

The Apostles had already been traveling with our Lord for more than two years.  In His company on a daily basis, they heard his parables and saw his miracles.  They walked alongside him on the dusty roads as they went from village to village.  They waited and they wondered as He spent long periods of time alone in prayer.  They experienced his command of things natural as well as the supernatural. 

Guest Speaker Film Director Daniel Rabourdin
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Jesus instructed his Apostles not to take any money or extra provisions with them. That would teach the 12 both to rely on God to supply their needs and also that there were sacrifices.  Jesus’ instruction also provided motivation for them not to stay long in places where their message wasn't received.  For in these villages there’d be no welcome at the dinner table or to spend the night. 

Jesus knew that His disciples would face the same persecutions He was to encounter. They would be slandered, hated and even killed. In fact, with the exception of Judas and John, all of the Apostles died a martyr's death.

We have the same heroic witness in the life and death of St. Agatha who had given herself exclusively to Christ as his virgin and bride.  As such, she developed a fruitful relationship with Jesus.

This friendship grew because of Agatha’s close knowledge of Jesus’ words and her union with him through constant prayer. Agatha’s martyrdom was the final and heroic act of the informed, free and mature choice of Agatha’s virginity.   Agatha met her fate with exemplary courage. Her martyrdom illustrates the beauty of belonging to Christ without hesitation.

Guest Speaker Film Director Daniel Rabourdin
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Legend says St. Agatha died in 251 in the city of Catania, on the island of Sicily at the command of a high-ranking political official who was determined to gratify both his lust and avarice with her.

Agatha was consistent in her choice for Jesus Christ.  We, in sanctuary and in the nave, who seek the grace to love our Lord more than anything else, more than anyone else ask for the intercession of both the Apostles and Agatha for the integrity and constancy of such heroic faith.

Prayer Requests

● Mr. Andy Portka, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
● Mrs. Donna Loeffler, who is fighting cancer.
● For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.