•Next Parent Meeting: this Sunday, October 29, at 6:30 PM, Fr. Benedict Solomon, O. Praem. will speak on raising teenagers. A question & answer opportunity will follow the talk. This will take place in the Perpetual Help classroom. Please be on time!
•Thank you to Mrs. Julie Vuong and the other parents who provided the school and abbey with a special Vietnamese dinner this past week!
•Here is the link to our online spirit shop: http://stmichaelsprep.org/athletics
•Reminder to all those going to Rome to turn in the second and final payment by November 20.
•The school will hold a classical music recital on Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.
•Congratulations to the following students who made the Second Quarter Honor Roll!
+First Honors (93% and above): Paul De Jesus, Quinton Dubay, Joseph Emanuel, John Esser, Leighton Frater, Thomas Goodwin, Daniel Johnson, Bruno Moebest, Aaron Nezzer, Anthony Nguyen, Kyle Nguyen, Kyle Nguyen, Luke Nguyen, Vincent Nguyen, Isaac Osborne, Alexander Pham, Peter Pham, Luke Smith, Daniel Suh, Daniel Trainor, Dillon Tuliau, Amaru Vasquez, Joseph Verburg, Triet Vu, Franklin Watkins,
+ Second Honors (87% to 92%): Andrew Burnham, John Cybulski, Isaac Domingo,
Nicholas Garcia, Ian Girod, Myunghyun Kim, Pablo Leiva, Lucas Lopez, Dan Mason
Briggs Moravec, Justin Ng, Nathan Peters, Matthew Rosales, Joshua Russell, Benjamin Sturkie, Jonathan Sturkie, Attila Vodnak, Caleb White.
•The school is in the process of reviving (and improving!) its drama club. We are hoping to put on a production in the spring. All interested students should see John Cybulski (club president) or Mrs. Angela Cybulski (club moderator).
•Congratulations to our football players and coaches on a very fine and exciting season!
•The Fall Sports Awards Ceremony will be on Sunday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help room.
•Our cross country team has advanced to the CIF League Finals! Congratulations! The next race (Preliminaries) is Saturday, November 11, at 9:15 AM, at Riverside City Cross Country Course [1011 N. Orange Street Riverside, CA 92501].
This month of October is dedicated not only to the Holy Rosary, but also to the angels.
It’s too bad that the angels often get such a bad rap from us humans. Even the most irreligious individual will believe in demons—the huge interest in the occult is a clear but unfortunate proof of this; but the angels are all too often looked upon as chubby baby faced cartoon-like creatures, the figment of a child’s imagination. In fact, the angels are far more powerful than the demons and far more numerous. Remember, when the demons fell, though they kept their natural powers, which are very great, they lost all supernatural help, which the angels retain. Remember also that only one-third of the angels fell, which means that the good angels out-number the evil ones.
Sacred Scripture mentions angels no less than 300 times—which shows how ridiculous those people are who say they are Christian but yet do not believe in them (in fact, even Jews and Muslims believe in angels). And their creation and existence was defined as a dogma of the Church to be believed by all at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215.
You might already be familiar with some stories from the lives of saints like St. Pio, St. John Vianney, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Margaret of Cortona, all of whom had daily visible contact with their guardian angels. Recall how Padre Pio once was unable to sleep on account of the guardian angels of so many of his spiritual children who had sent them to deliver messages to the saint. Or St. Gemma Galgani, who lived just a few years before Padre Pio, and who was so accustomed to seeing her angel everyday, that it was only later in life that she learned that this was a special gift given to her and that not everyone saw their guardian angel. We are amazed at such stories, and yet our own angels are no less active in our lives even though we do not see them. In fact, one of the reasons God allowed these saints to see their angels was so that the rest of us would never doubt their existence and always seek their assistance.
The word “angel” is from a Greek word meaning “messenger”, and under this aspect their name signifies one of their two functions, namely to be God’s messengers to man. Being purely spiritual creatures, they have a certain power over physical matter, and therefore can do much to help us. For instance, though they cannot, strictly speaking, move our intellect and will, they can nevertheless move our emotions and imagination, and thus help us resist sin, help us learn, help us think pure and holy thoughts. Angels can also aid us in overcoming sickness—physical, mental and spiritual. Most importantly, angels can protect us from the snares of the devil and help us remain faithful to Christ. As it says in Psalm 90: God has given His Angels charge over you, to keep you in all thy ways. The other duty of the angels is simply to adore God.
If anyone has ever had to walk by himself at night through the city streets of LA, he knows what it feels like to want to have someone near in time of danger. If we ourselves were in such a situation we would certainly wish for some sort of bodyguard and continually implore his protection. The valley of tears through which we all must walk is far more perilous than any city street, the enemies far more powerful, and they are not after our wallets but our souls. That is why God has given us these most powerful bodyguards, the angels.
Think about it, who else has been with you so long, who else has been by your side at every moment since your birth? How many of us have friends, maybe even family members who have deserted us over the years. But our guardian angel has been faithful through it all. Then why do we so often neglect him? It would be bad manners and even uncharitable to ignore someone who entered a room and wished to converse with us; and yet that is what we often do to this most faithful of friends, our strongest bodyguard, handpicked by God to be our companion as long as we walk this earth.
Develop a loving relationship with your guardian angel. Thank him daily for his fidelity and protection. Confide in him, ask him for help in everything, even the trivial material things—like when you can’t remember something, or are having trouble carrying out some job, or when you’re lonely, or sad, or happy. Isn’t that the way we relate to a friend?
Someday, someday soon we will leave this life and our angel will lead us forth to the next. How embarrassing it would be, to put it mildly, if at that moment we greet our guardian angel for the first time!
•For Greg Johnson, the father of alumnus Daniel Johnson, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
•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.