Published March 24, 2015
On Thursday, March 19th, the entire MRA school community gathered to observe the solemnity of a very special heavenly patron – St. Joseph.
Fr. Michael Monette and Fr. Rick St. Louis concelebrated the Mass. After Mass, students processed to St. Joseph, leaving petitions and words of gratitude to his intercession. The school was also blessed to receive a bouquet of roses from a generous benefactor.
As is customary, the entire student body shared lunch together, followed by cake. High school students and teachers served the younger students, as students across all ages sat together.
It is difficult to fathom the growth and dynamism of the MRA school community without recalling the support of St. Joseph. Each day St. Joseph is called upon to intercede for the needs of the school, but more importantly, for the faithfulness of its mission. St. Joseph is famously silent in the gospels, yet he willingly surrenders himself to God’s plan for the salvation of humanity.
Please join us in asking St. Joseph for another 20 years of heavenly support.
Published March 11, 2015
We are nearing the halfway point of Lent. Many of our students are preparing to receive sacraments during this ultimate period of preparation.
In moments of deep distress, it can be hard to recall ‘first things’. I will forever remember when a wise man once told me, “we have to keep first things first”. Otherwise, our lives can become disordered or even unhinged.
What is the first objective of our school’s mission (It is so much easier to answer this question than it is to articulate an entire history curriculum)? Our school exists to empower young people with the tools needed to become fully alive, and to enter into eternal communion with God, who is ultimate life.
A traditional and true idea has always permeated the Catholic lifestyle: our lives are a massive preparation effort. In this season of Lent, we prepare for that redemptive moment when Christ transformed our existence into a new beginning.
At MRA, our goal is to encourage young people to minimize the noise and cultivate a habit of seeking God’s voice. Our institutional knowledge indicates that since our school’s inception in 1994, there has been at least 1 conversion per year. Each year, at least 1 student has listened to God’s voice, answering the call to enter into that new communion with Him – the Catholic Church.
2nd graders have asked their parents to receive the sacraments and teenagers have decided to join the mystical body of Christ. This is the best indicator that as long we keep “first things first”, we will participate in the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom on earth. It is also a great consolation to know that grace overcomes all of our own weaknesses, so long as we remain open to God’s voice – His loving plan for our redemption.
“This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Yours Truly In Christ,
Published March 4, 2015
Mount Royal Academy’s JV boys basketball season came to a close last Sunday as they lost in the quarterfinals of the 14th annual Pittsfield JV basketball tournament to Wilton High School.
After a strong start (4-1) they had some difficulty winning on the road. Although the boys often faced larger teams with a deeper bench, the boys tough defense and scrappy play allowed them to maintain a winning record throughout the season and finish with an overall record of 10-8.
The final regular season game against Holy Family Academy was the highlight of the season. The boys pulled off a thrilling double-overtime win before a packed crowd that showed up for Senior Andrew Thibault’s last home game. It was a galvanizing moment for the mostly young team that now looks forward to greater success next year.
Published March 3, 2015
For the third time in four years, the MRA middle school boys basketball team played in the championship game. The boys have competed well since joining the Merrimack Basketball League, and they are continually one of the stronger teams in division one. In a bid to repeat last year’s championship, the team played hard but came up short against St. John’s.
The team had a strong finish to the season after a slow start. They utilized their speed, quickness. and excellent defense in order to be competitive against the many teams with superior size. They finished with an overall record of 7-10.
Michael Fitzgibbons drives to the hoop.
Andrew Normandin takes a shot. John Thibault and Michael Fitzgibbons go for the rebound.
Published March 1, 2015
The junior lady knights earned their second championship in 3 years back on February 21st, defeating ICB2 by a score of 28-18 in the championship game. MRA overcame the height of Mont Vernon in the semifinal on February 18th – a very familiar foe – after receiving a first round bye.
MRA finished the season as the #1 overall seed in D2 of the Merrimack Basketball League (7/8 girls division).
The team was comprised of girls in grades 6-8. Their best strength throughout the season was team defense, allowing the fewest points in their division. A healthy complement of experienced and novice players allowed for team growth and achievement. The experienced ladies helped others grow in their knowledge of basketball, and as the season progressed, the team performed well together.
The girls finished 11-3 overall, and 6-1 in the league.
Published February 25, 2015
Mount Royal Academy welcomed four students into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 20. Members were selected by a council comprised of faculty members for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Cooper McCrillis, Naomi Nelson, Hannah Everitt, and Daniel Fitzgibbons met all of the requirements necessary to obtain this honor. As part of their induction and election into office, the students must collaborate on a community service project to be completed by the end of the school year. The students must also remain in good standing in all four criteria to remain in the National Honor Society.
“As advisor of our chapter, I am so pleased to see these four young people join our exceptional group of leaders,” said Mr. Andrew Mihaly, Faculty Advisor. “These students enrich our school on a daily basis and we are excited to see where the future takes them.”
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and since its inception in 1929; millions of students have been selected for membership.
Published February 24, 2015
Matthew and Miriam Caveney have long awaited their opportunity to return to the state meet. It seems as if year after year, the weather derails their hopes at capturing first place.
Matthew and Miriam are of course siblings, but they are also extremely competitive and successful swimmers. During the seasonal meets, they both regularly post the lowest times in their respective events.
As a freshman, Miriam finished in first place in the 50 yard freestyle event, winning the first ever individual championship for the MRA swimming team (a team currently consisting of 2).
In 2015, Matthew and Miriam faced off against very strong competitors at the DII Championship meet, which took place at the University of New Hampshire on February 14th.
Matthew stated, “That was the best meet we ever went to! We competed against swimmers who have a real shot at qualifying for the Olympics.”
Intimidation proved to be a non-factor.
Miriam Caveney finished 4th in the 50 freestyle (25.79). The winning time was 25.10. She also finished 7th in the 100 backstroke.
Matthew finished 5th overall in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.13. In the 100 freestyle, Matthew also finished 5th overall (52.50).
The Caveney’s are certainly training to return to the podium in 2016, which will be the final campaign of their high school career.