From January 28 - February 2 we are celebrating our Catholic identity. Below is a list of activities and events taking place during the school week:
Monday - Celebration of the Holy Mass in honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic education
Tuesday - Kickoff of Food Drive
- We are organizing a food drive for the Newport Food Pantry. Students are invited to bring 2 dry goods on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. As a reward, students will be allowed to have a Tag Day (wear appropriate casual clothes instead of uniforms). This is a great way to concretely instill the value of service! We anti...
Every year we customarily cancel classes for grades 7-12 in order to participate in the March for Life. 2013 is a particularly significant year, for it is the 40th anniversary of that dreadful decision that has since licensed so many abortions, Roe v. Wade.
We approach this annual school trip as a pilgrimage. Pilgrimages are an ancient form of spiritual sacrifice in which an individual or collection of individual embarks upon a long journey, carrying deep within their heart both a specific intention, and a desire to conform more closely to the will of God.
For three years in a row now, student...Read More
Below is an excerpt from a Christmas commentary authored by Archbishop Charles Chaput:
For believers, the Christmas season doesn’t end this week. It begins. So much of modern life at this time of year – its noise, its urgency, its relentless emphasis on shopping and the fatigue that always follows – can seem beyond the control of individuals. These things can easily distract us from the real reason most Americans, even today, celebrate “the holidays,” the birth of Jesus Christ.
That humble birth is not a legend or seasonal fairy tale. It’s a matter of historical record with real conseque...Read More
One of the most cherished traditions of Advent is the annual Christmas Pageant. Amidst the chaos and consumption of the secular holidays, the Christmas pageant helps families remember the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas pageants illustrate how Catholic education forms the whole person, enabling students to remain cognizant of the real reason for the season: the birth of the Christ-Child and the great mystery of the Incarnation.
Popular culture tends to draw our minds away from the true origins of Christmas. We venerate the real sequence of events that inspire such a revered and lasting tr...Read More
Last evening, November 28th, the St. Thomas Aquinas chapter inducted six new students into the National Honor Society. It was a delightful and inspiring ceremony for all of the attendees. In attendance were the current members, faculty, and parents, as well as Deacon Jim Rock, the featured speaker for the evening.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high schoolstudents. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Se...Read More
The following column will now appear regularly on the MRA website, beneath the Parent Portal.
What is Advent? Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming”, and the Advent season is the four weeks leading up to Christmas when we prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior. This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent when the western liturgical year begins. It is a tradition for many to have an advent wreath on the dinner table, and to light the first of four candles, lighting an additional candle on the remaining three Sundays. The Christmas season does not actually...Read More
We are pleased to announce that the annual Mount Royal Academy Christmas Pageant will be held at the LaSalette Shrine. The details are below.
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: 5:15pm at LaSalette Shrine in Enfield, NH for
Grade Levels: All students in Grades 1 - 12 and their families.
- Members of the 7-12 Choir and the 1st - 6th grade students will be performing.
- All students are to wear their school uniforms.
- Mrs. Wesoja would like the students to arrive 1/2 hour before the start of the pageant so they can practice.
All families are invited to attend! See you there! This event i...Read More
Each month we focus on a specific virtue as an entire school. This month - fittingly enough - students and teachers have been discussing gratitude. The virtue of the month program is critical for the moral formation of our students. It is what makes Mount Royal such a special place.
Although Americans traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, it is valuable to consistently reflect on what we are thankful for. The Mount Royal school community certainly has a lot to be thankful for: a renovated campus, two new buildings, over 100 students have been added to the school in four year...Read More
A staple tradition at Mount Royal has always been the celebration of All Saints day. Instead of emphasizing the unsettling and inhuman aspects of Halloween, we embrace the goodness and virtue of the saints. Rather than focusing on characters created by the culture that spook and shock us, we lift up those saints whose Christian lifestyles point to the inherent attractiveness of the good. By celebrating All Saints day, we are also reminded of St. Paul's numerous references to the "holy ones" - living saints if you will - indicating that all the baptized share a universal call to holiness.