September 8, 2017

Announcements

•There will be a meeting offered by our school’s College Counselor, Mr. Nicholas Hanson, for all seniors and their parents on Sunday, September 17, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom.  Juniors and their parents might also want to attend.  All other students and their parents are welcome to attend, if they wish.  The meeting will be about applying to colleges.
•Looking ahead:  The Abbey Gala is Saturday, September 23, 2017. See the abbey website for more details.
•Looking even further ahead:  The school’s first Parent-Teacher conferences are on Sunday, October 1. All students and parents (who don’t live out of town) are required to attend.  More information to come.

Athletics

•Our school is most grateful to Coach Larry Toner (legendary former coach of Servite High School) for helping our team this past week.
•The cross country team is running this Saturday, September 8, at the Laguna Hills Invitational.
•The next football game is:  Thursday, September 14, at 3:30 PM, at St. Michael’s.

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to Christ….And the whole city was gathered together about the door.

For those of you who do not have the pleasure to live up in the dorms, you may not realize how well our students, my dear sons, put into practice today’s Gospel passage every night. Yes, at sunset, after Holy Hour, all who are sick with various diseases, i.e., all who are sick with the disease of “Homework-itus”, “Ramen-fever”, and the latest epidemic “Mogu Mogu”—gather together, at one point or another, at a fellow student’s door.

And what do they seek? Healing? Deliverance? Christ, like those in today’s Gospel passage? Well, in some sense, yes to all of these things. They seek Christ in their brother, you could say—a brother who will heal and deliver them from their neediness…talk to them, laugh with them, and yes, even scream with them. Yes, after Holy Hour up in the dorms, it is a far cry from the Magnum Silentium practiced across the parking lot in the novitiate by our five new postulants. Up in the dorms, the sun has set, the chalk dust has settled, and the hustle and bustle of students amazingly re-energized from Holy Hour transform the hallway of St. Michaels’s Prep into an interstate highway.

Yet, amid all the noise, the hustle and bustle, students gathered at doors buying and selling late night munchies, there is, as any student will tell you, his safe space. What is his safe space? His sanctuary? His place where he can simply get away from it all? Well, it is nothing other than behind a closed door….the door of his own room. 

Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, our deserted place, our safe space is our own room. Here, demons in the form of distractions and wasted time are prevented from creeping in. So, my dear sons, are you overwhelmed at times by your brother’s two feet creeping through your door? Or from those persons trying to prevent you from doing the will of God, your homework? Then you might do well to do just as one brave student did this past week: i.e., to say: “Shut the Door.” 

Yes, shut the door, and like Christ, rebuke the noise and do not let it speak. For it is there, only in silence, the interior of your own cell, the cell of your own heart, where you shall not only follow the example of Christ who left the crowds, his friends, and went to a deserted place, but also be ready to fulfill the purpose for which you have been sent here—i.e., to be a good student and thus prepare yourself, upon leaving from here, to proclaim the good news and lead many souls to Heaven.

Prayer Requests

•For Teresa Ng, sister of student Justin Ng, who has to undergo open heart surgery this Tuesday.
•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.