As a high school chemistry teacher, you don’t often hear the word “awesome” applied to your class. But this past week, we took a field trip which some of the students said was just that. Last Tuesday, all twenty high school students, along with five chaperones and a baby, braved the heat and mosquitoes to take a tour of the Philbrick Cricenti Bog in New London. A bog is one of the three varieties of wetlands, and is a unique sanctuary for certain plants and animals that thrive in conditions particular to a bog. The Cricenti bog formed from an ancient lake, which existed during the glacial ...Read More
God uses our prayers to show us that He is not there for us to use him as some crutch, but to help us when we truly need it. He will do things with us, not for us. In that way He is a like a father to us. Like a father, God wants to spend time with us and help us when we are truly in need. He has a plan for us that will work out for the best if we choose to follow it. Also, similar to a father, God enjoys it when we talk to him lovingly, for who He is, not what he can do for us. This is the best way to show that you have wholehearted love for God.
God does not answer our prayers because his mi...Read More
Our Holy Father is currently on a pilgrimage to the European nation of Croatia. As is customary on all his pilgrimages to specific nations, he addressed the youth of Croatia after praying and meditating upon the Scriptures with them. It is interesting to consider how Pope Benedict will often times meet with two social groups whenever he travels to a foreign land: social leaders, such as politicians, businessmen, ambassadors, and even influential athletes; and, he always sets aside a time of prayer and teaching with the youth. What is the message that he is attempting to instill? The young...Read More
Each year at Mount Royal Academy we customarily celebrate the month of May in harmony with the liturgical pace of the Church. May is dedicated to the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to the weekly recitation of the rosary on Friday mornings, we also honor Mary with a May Crowning ceremony.
On Friday, May 27th, we were privileged enough to host Fr. Lance Harlow from the Diocese of Burlington. Fr. Lance is a world renowned specialist in Mariology, and was invited in order to reinvigorate and reconsecrate our school's devotion to Our Lady. He engaged the youth by enlisting spec...Read More
May 15th marks the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In his message, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the following theme, "Proposing Vocations in the Local Church". At MRA we strive to carry out our Holy Father's call to take seriously the duty of all Christians to cultivate vocations.
A recent poll of the Ordination Class of 2011 highlighted the importance of the faith community in assisting young men hear the call to the priesthood. Families, parishes, and school communities that remain unabashedly focused upon the face of Jesus Christ undoubtedly provide a suitable environment to assist...Read More
The Mount Royal Basketball boys basketball team had its most successful season in school history. Our boys were finally victorious in capturing the title at the annual Mount Royal Tournament, a tradition that will continue well into the future, as we look forward to the opening of our own gym for the 2011 - 2012 school year.
Our coach, Mr. Will Begin, had this to say shortly after the championship game:
"Wow! Hard to believe the season is over. This team came a long way from November to March....It's a long season but to see the improvement over the season is inspiring as a coach. The kids wer...Read More
First, a little context...
The theology curriculum at our high school culminates with an Apologetics course. Students are challenged to contemplate and express the veracity and sensibility of Catholicism, while polishing academic and social competencies that are essential for their character growth. In particular, critical thinking, logic, oral speaking, and rhetorical debate are embedded into the instruction of the course.
The fourth level of the classical curriculum is rhetoric, in which students focus on supporting perspectives with reasonable and logical evidence, while appealing to univer...Read More