News Archive


  • May

    Incoming Freshmen June Faith Retreat Opportunity (By Elisa "Eli" Arguello '21)

    Cross Training hosts a retreat every year to provide an opportunity for teens to get excited about their Catholic faith before they face the trials of high school. They also aim to empower youth with a community of fellow Catholic students to grow in faith together.
    • What: Catholic Summer Retreat
    • Who: Incoming High School Freshmen
    • When: Monday, June 10 - Thursday, June 13
    • Where: Eagle's Wings Retreat Center in Burnet, TX
    The Cross Training mission is to train young Catholics to be confident in their faith and strong leaders in the community.  During the past 20+ years, Freshmen Summer Camp has, through the power of the Holy Spirit, developed to be the deep, spiritual, and immensely fun camp that it is today. Registration is available now! Go to the Register page to complete an online registration.

    We would love to see lots of freshmen this year! Here is a flyer for the fridge.

    Thank you,

    Elisa "Eli" Arguello '21
    (St. Ignatius Parish Member)
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  • April

    Handing on Christ’s Revelation: The Foundational Role of the Twelve Apostles (By Carolyn Leatherman, Theology Instructor)

    For students in Theology I, a central focus of study this semester is a foundational topic in Christianity: Revelation. Christianity is based on God’s revelation. The word “revelation” (‘apokalypsis’ in Greek, which literally means ‘unveiling’) was first used by the earliest Christians to describe the process of God revealing himself to mankind throughout human history. Put simply, revelation is the idea that out of love, God has sought us out and revealed himself and the truth, and has taught us how to live life in a way that leads to the happiness we are created for.

    This invitation to authentic happiness lies at the heart of accurately understanding the Christian concept of Revelation. In the Person of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Father fully revealed himself and his plan of love to the world. This is why Jesus says “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). But Jesus lived some 2,000 years ago; how can we today know with certainty all that Jesus did and taught? How does Christ’s revelation reach us today, and how can we know it is true? These are a few of the essential questions students are asking and seeking the answers to in the current unit of study.  Key to discovering the answers is understanding the foundational role that the Twelve Apostles played in the earliest years of Christianity and the handing on of Christ’s revelation to the successive generations of Christians through the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit.

    To help make this history of the early Church come alive, students have been watching the first three episodes of "AD Kingdom" and "Empire," a miniseries (available on Netflix) based on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Watching these episodes that depict the events from Jesus’ passion through the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost has sparked class discussion and guided our further study of the process of how God’s revelation has been handed on throughout history in the Church. In order to invite students to consider the personal invitation to abundant life that Jesus extends to each person through his revelation, we will end this unit by considering Pope Saint John Paul II’s words on revelation in his encyclical Fides et Ratio:

    “History therefore becomes the arena where we see what God does for humanity. God comes to the Incarnation of the Son of God...God takes on a human face. The truth communicated in Christ’s Revelation longer confined to a particular place or culture, but is offered to every man and woman who would welcome it as the word which is the absolutely valid source of meaning for human life.”
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  • March

    Sophomore Theology Students Explore Identity and Temptation (By Adrienne Prochaska, Theology Instructor)

    Students in Sophomore Theology are entering into the narrative of the Gospels by looking at the key events in Jesus’ life and discussing the relevance of those events in their own lives. Recently, students read about Jesus’ baptism and temptation in the wilderness. Students learned about how Jesus receives His identity from the Father, and how He is defined by the Father’s love for Him. Each class then had a student-led roundtable on the topics of identity and temptation, exploring the relationship between a sense of their own identity and their ability to live as disciples of Christ. This discussion enabled students to see the necessity of being rooted and grounded in the love of the Father so that they might follow Jesus more closely and receive the abundant life that He promises. 
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  • Fasting & Abstinence Guidelines for Lent (By Dennis Hodapp, Director of Campus Ministry)

    Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

    The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
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  • February

    FORMED: Netflix for All Things Catholic

    A generous donor has made available an online Catholic resource. We're pleased to announce, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and ebooks On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. You will also be able to easily access any featured content that we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us.
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  • Pennies for Patients SLT Fundraiser

    St. Michael’s students are taking part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients fundraiser from February 19 to March 8, led by the Senior Leadership Team.
    During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’ mission:
    Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
    St. Michael’s has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family: SMCA Online Donation Link. When you donate, make sure to choose which grade to donate to. The grade who gets the most money will win a pizza party, and the top student will get to throw a pie in Mr. Cutrer’s face!
    Our goal is to earn $5,000; our stretch goal is $10,000. We will reach our goal if each student donates $13 and our stretch goal if each student donates $25.

    • Winning Class - Pizza Party
    • Winning Student - One pie in Mr. Cutrer’s face
    • Winning Faculty/Staff - Gift card
    • Winning Alumni - Personalized “Thank you!” video from Senior Leadership Team
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  • Austin Marathon Volunteer Opportunity

    Date: Feb 17 (Sunday) 6:30-11am 
    Volunteer agency: GAZELLE FOUNDATION, work a water stop at the Austin Marathon
    Location: OUTDOORS RAIN OR SHINE at mile 11 of the marathon (2302 Enfield Road, Austin TX 78703 see map below)
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  • Catholic Schools Week Launches Second Semester (By Dennis Hodapp, Director or Campus Ministry)

    As we bid a wistful farewell to Winter Term 2019, with its fantastic, globetrotting trips, intern explorations, and cleverly crafted classes from our creative faculty, we plunge into a new semester, happily inaugurated by National Catholic Schools Week this January 27 - February 2.

    During Catholic Schools Week, we have the unique opportunity to celebrate the long history of the Church’s nurturance of the whole person through holistic education. For instance, on Monday, we celebrated in our morning prayer one of the greatest Catholic theologians of all time, St. Thomas Aquinas, whose writings and teachings are so influential that nearly a thousand years later he is widely studied and considered, in the words of the late Saint Pope John Paul II, "A master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology." As the patron saint of Catholic Schools and students, we pray to him, asking him to teach us to lift our minds and our hearts to our Creator and Lord, Who is the source of Wisdom and Love.

    I also want to take this opportunity to celebrate our students who, in the longstanding SMCA tradition of service, put their faith into action by serving others as Christ serves them. As many of you know by now, we implemented a new service tracking system, MobileServe, at the beginning of last summer. By all accounts, it has been a success, and I am excited to share some results from the service log data. SMCA students have already logged a total of 2555 service hours for the first semester. More info about our top service hour earners can be seen in the graphs and chart below. Congratulations, and keep up the good work guys!

    Please remember that service hours are a graduation requirement. If you are looking for opportunities to serve, check out our SMCA Recommended Service Opportunities. Also take a look at our SMCA Service Learning Info Sheet which explains the service requirements and how to log hours properly.

    As always, I pray for each and every member of the St. Michael’s community, and ask you to keep me and our community in your prayers. St. Michael, pray for us!

    Sincerely Yours,

    Dennis Hodapp
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