What did Christ do in hell precisely?

Our Junior High Catechesis class is considering why Christ really went into hell, as it is referred to in the Apostles Creed.

We invite you to follow along by listening to the follow podcast with us: Christ in hell?

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What does God do with our prayers?

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...

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World Youth Day 2011 Madrid

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Pope Benedict XVI's Exhortation to Youth

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...

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MRA: God’s Temple of Learning

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May Crowning Tradition Renewed

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...

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What is the best gift MRA could give to the Church?

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...

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Senior Boys Look Back on Basketball Season

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...

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Student Offers Principled Defense of Fight For Life

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...

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Lenten Links for Families

Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, embarking upon our journey through Lent, until we experience the fullness of the Paschal Mystery during the Holy Triduum.

At Mount Royal we embrace the Lenten season. Students hear morning reflections during prayer and assembly. We  also pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday morning. This year, our Campus Ministry is organizing a Food Fast as a way to participate in one of the spiritual pillars of Lent - fasting, almsgiving, and prayer -, but also to become informed concerning chronic hunger around the globe.

Below, families will discover links to various...

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