•Congratulations to all of our students on a very fine school year!
•Thank you to all our teachers, parents, volunteers and benefactors!
•Please check out the great work Mr. Hanson, our College Counselor, has done in creating a special site for college counseling: https://stmichaelsprep.wixsite.com/counselingcenter
•The first day of school for the 2018-2019 academic year is August 20 (August 19 students report). Football players report the week before. Contact Fr. Vianney for more information regarding football.
Holy Mother Church celebrates today the Feast of Mary’s Visitation, that day on which the Gospel, the Mother of God visited her elder cousin Elizabeth, who was then pregnant with St. John the Baptist. This event might seem rather insignificant at first. In fact, one might wonder why we would even take the time to commemorate it. The fact is that the significance of this event lies precisely in its apparent unimportance.
The Blessed Virgin had just some time before received the message from the Angel Gabriel that she was to bear the Savior of the World, the long-expected Messiah. She, out of all the women who ever lived or ever would live, was to have this most special honor—to be the mother of God. Most of us, if we were to receive an honor or a grace even half as great, would probably be so full of pride that we would immediately forget everything and everyone else. “After all,” we might say, “I’m already the mother of God, I’m set for life. I don’t need to do any more.” But our Lady’s reaction was quite different. Having received a gift from God, the greatest gift possible, she then shared it with others. She knew that faith needs to be complimented by good works, or else it is dead. So when the time came to bring to another God’s word—in this case the very Word Incarnate—she seized the opportunity.
As we say farewell to our senior class we offer them this perfect example of our Blessed Mother. They have received the great grace of a solid Catholic education, a very rare thing nowadays. But they should not think that they do not have to do anymore since, after all, they’ve already gone to Mass and Holy Hour every day for four years and had 4 years of religion classes. Now, like our Lady, they must take the word to the streets, so to speak. They must communicate this great grace to others by word and example. They must bring Christ into the lives of all whom they meet, just as Mary brought Christ into the life of Elizabeth.
Their road to heaven might not be a glorious martyrdom, but rather the simple day to day, apparently insignificant practicing of the faith.
We pray for our graduating seniors, that through Mary’s intercession they might live out their faith with courage and perseverance, and seek to do God’s will in all things however apparently insignificant.
•For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
•For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
•For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.