News Archive

2021

  • September

    Archangel Mass Sep 28 at 9:30 am (By Will Cutrer, Dean of Students)

    The Archangel Mass is a celebration of the Feast Day of Saints Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel. Because both St. Michael's Catholic Academy and St. Gabriel's Catholic School are namesakes of two of the archangels, we join together every year to celebrate their feast day.

    This year, Bishop Joe Vasquez will join us as presider, and our chaplain, Fr. Lou Brusatti, will concelebrate the Mass on Tuesday, September 28, at 9:30 am. It will take place at St. Gabriel's school football field in an effort to allow all students, faculty, and staff from both schools to attend this event safely. Accordingly, students may wear a collared short-sleeve or polo shirt tucked into clean pressed khaki shorts (no athletic shorts) in lieu of regular Mass dress attire. Walking or athletic shoes are also encouraged.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month (by Annie Bullock, PhD, Theology Instructor)

    Last week, St. Michael’s faculty and students celebrated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in a specially designed bilingual prayer service led by the Senior Leadership Team with help from some other dedicated students and faculty. The service was part of a campus ministry initiative intended to enrich liturgical life on campus by fostering engagement with the Catholic faith in all its diversity and beauty. 

    The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic people to American culture and so the decision to focus on Our Lady of Guadalupe was an easy one (even though her actual feast day falls on December 12).
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  • A Little Help, Please! Archangel Diaper Drive (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    In partnership with St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, St. Michael’s is participating in an Archangel Diaper Drive to support the St. Gabriel’s Pregnancy & Parenting Program through Catholic Charities of Central Texas. The mission of the program is to guide and empower individuals to build a strong foundation of healthy relationships and a supportive environment for young children, ensuring a healthy and stable start to life. Your donation of baby items is a powerful step to helping others. Please consider donating today!

    Check in with Ms. Schaffer before placing donations in the bin in the Upper Commons and for every two (2) boxes of diapers or five (5) of the other items donated, students earn one hour of community service. The Diaper Drive culminates with the Feast of the Archangels Mass. Please contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com with any questions. 

    SUGGESTED DONATIONS
    • Diapers of any size - especially sizes 4, 5, and 6
    • Baby wipes
    • Baby wash
    • Baby lotion
    • Diaper cream
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  • Kairos Retreats for Juniors + Seniors (Meredith LaFontaine, Theology Instructor)

    ATTENTION JUNIOR & SENIOR PARENTS! 

    Is your student interested in attending an annual SMCA Kairos retreat?
     
    Kairos is a Christian, tried and true, Ignatian retreat program offered all over the country to high school and college students and is a long-standing tradition at St. Michael’s.  This year the retreat will be offered to our juniors and seniors once in the fall, winter, and spring.  It is student-led, overnight, off-campus, and optional.

    The purpose of Kairos is to allow the retreatant to see the value of the Christian faith lived and experienced in community.  With the support of that community, one can more effectively look within and find true worth as a person in relationship with God, family, friends.

    Dates/Location: All of the retreats will be held at Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton.
    • October 26 - 29
    • February 8 - 11
    • April 25 - 28
    All juniors and seniors have been emailed an interest survey from their theology teacher for signing up.
     
    If they're interested, please remind your student to fill out the survey and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns (mlafontaine@smca.com).
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  • August

    Special Pancakes + Prayer Friday, Aug 27 (By Ms. T, Dining Hall Services Manager)

    We invite our students, faculty and staff for Pancakes and Prayer tomorrow, Friday, August 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.  This is our introduction to what Pancakes and Prayer is all about. Come by if you can and start your Friday off right! We will resume our regularly scheduled gatherings beginning the first Friday of every month in September. All are welcome!
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  • St. Michael's Lauren Warner Diocesan Appointment

    St. Michael's Theology Chair and Instructor Lauren Warner was recently appointed Coordinator of Black Ministry by the Diocese of Austin and participated in the "Christ our Hope" panel discussion on Saturday, August 28, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. We're so proud, Ms. Warner! 😊
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  • May

    Inside Books Project Service Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. 

    Volunteer The volunteer opens the letters from the inmates, selects books to best fit the request, and makes packages of books to send back to each inmate. The books selected by the volunteer become the personal property of each inmate. Volunteer with Inside Books Project 

    Donate   
    Inside Books Project has sent over a quarter-million free books to inmates in Texas, funded entirely by donations from our community. Give your gently used books a second life by donating them to Inside Books Project. The student can earn 1 hour of service for every 10 books donated to the project.  Donate to Inside Books Project

    Contact me at rharrison@smca.com questions.
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  • April

    Bishop Vásquez Note to the Community Regarding Mass Attendance

    April 24
    Effective May 23, 2021, Pentecost Sunday, the temporary protocols for the celebration of the sacraments initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic will be rescinded and the temporary dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, which I granted because of the pandemic, will be lifted. I joyfully invite all Catholics back to in-person participation in the sacraments and the life of the parish.
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  • "Love in Action" Service Award Recipients (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    “YOU are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
    Matthew 5:13-16

    Service to the community is an integral part of the mission of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. We are inspired by the many ways our students managed to reach out to those in need while in the midst of the pandemic and particularly want to recognize those who went beyond the 60 required hours during their four years of high school. They volunteered at a variety of organizations and events, including food pantries
    St. Michael's telethon, NHS Tutoring, Archangels Food Drive, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels, Inside Books, The Trail Foundation, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, among others.
     
    The following individuals contributed more than 200 hours and are recipients of the "Love in Action" St. Michael's Service Award. So proud of them!
    • Elissa Arguello
    • Gabrielle Bliss
    • Caroline Brutocao
    • Alyssa Garlepp
    • Fernanda Gonzalez
    • Ellie Greff
    • Ella Hudson
    • Sophia Linn
    • Grace May (371 hours!)
    • Anna Usleman
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  • Service-Learning Opportunity at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the Botanic Garden of Texas. The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work. The center relies on its volunteers! 
     
    Are you interested in learning more about the native plants of the Texas Hill Country? Garden volunteers work mornings only in our gardens, greenhouses, and other designated areas to assist with planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, and propagation. Arboretum and Natural Areas volunteers work to maintain the Texas Arboretum Wildlife Center and trail systems. 
     
    Can you teach others the importance of environmental awareness? Much of what goes on at the Wildflower Center revolves around education. Help develop curriculum for our children’s programs, greet guests to the Little House, assist us in preparing educational materials or supervise learning stations. You may choose to volunteer occasionally when your schedule allows or schedule a placement as often as once a week.
     
    If you can’t commit to an ongoing placement at the Center but want to give your time when they need it most, consider volunteering at one of the festivals or seasonal seminars. Large and small groups are needed to help with every aspect of these events. See the events calendar for dates at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.co with any questions.
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  • March

    St. Michael's Receives Bottled Water Delivery for Community (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    As reported in last week's newsletter, St. Michael's current and alumni parent John Esparza, Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) President and CEO and Southwest Movers Association (SMA) Executive Director, was able to help coordinate the reach of his affiliate organizations from neighboring states to supply hospital systems in Austin, Houston and Waco with critical water supplies during the recent winter storms. This effort, Water4Austin, was a major nationwide undertaking, involving a relief network that connects companies with communities impacted by disaster.

    The St. Michael's community is now also a beneficiary of this effort courtesy of the Texas Trucking Association in partnership with the America Trucking Association. . Should you or someone you know be in need of water, please come by and help yourself to a case from a supply in the vestibule of the Carter Athletic Center. Thank you to the Esparza family for arranging the delivery of this community resource.
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  • February

    St. Michael's Parents Step Up (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    Amid the uncertainty and anxiety of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, a particular plea caught the attention of Christy Lewis, St. Michael's current and alumni parent, who gave up her Covid-19 vaccination slot to someone else in greater need - a woman she didn't even know. An article was first published in the Washington Post. Christy's gesture also resulted in an uplifting ABC news segment, which can be viewed here

    St. Michael's current and alumni parent John Esparza, Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) President and CEO and Southwest Movers Association (SMA) Executive Director, was able to help coordinate the reach of his affiliate organizations from neighboring states to supply hospital systems in Austin, Houston and Waco with critical water supplies during the recent winter storms. This effort, Water4Austin, was a major nationwide undertaking, involving a relief network that connects companies with communities impacted by disaster.

    In a press release, John Esparza is quoted as saying, “Whether keeping the economy moving, delivering daily necessities or providing relief during these catastrophic events, trucks are always rolling, many times stepping away from their own needs to serve others.”

    The full official press release is included here should you like to read more.
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  • Putting Children First: SAFE Alliance (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The organization needs baby wipes, formula, hand sanitizer, diapers and pull-ups, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, bleach, laundry soap, tissues, trash bags, and non-perishable food. Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org for more information regarding quantities and delivery details. 
     
    You can also help a child by creating an Activity Box. Help the children served at SAFE experience normalcy by providing boxes filled with supplies for crafts, sports, game nights, and movie nightsClick here to view options and sign up. Please contact me at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • January

    Ronald McDonald House Remote Volunteer Opportunities (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. They rely on the caring support of the Austin community to carry out their mission and offer several remote volunteer opportunities including: (Please select "Read More" for list.)
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  • Operation Gratitude for First Responders and Service Personnel (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    VOLUNTEERISM NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER!

    Operation Gratitude’s response to Covid-19 is a call to action for Virtual Volunteerism, and they are providing ways for individuals to give back from home. Their campaign allows every American the opportunity to support Deployed Troops, National Guardsmen, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Personnel on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Serve in a variety of ways:
     
    • Make paracord “survival” bracelets for our troops and first responders to wear in case of an emergency. The threads you carefully knot in these bracelets become extremely useful in a survival or emergency situation.
    • Write personal letters of appreciation to deployed troops, veterans, frontline responders, wounded heros and their caregivers. 
    • Donate Beanie Babies to be sent in a Care Package. Some are used to entertain deployed troops; others are given to children in combat zones. 

    Use this link to access Operation Gratitude and discover more about serving our troops and first responders.
    https://www.operationgratitude.com/ Please contact me at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • Students Ava, Katelyn and Lily Launch Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Student of the Year" Campaigns (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    It says a lot about our students that we have two groups from St. Michael's participating in this effort to help fund the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's work on eradicating blood cancers, which is launched today and continues for the next seven weeks.

    St. Michael's twin sisters Katelyn and Lily Peter '23 have joined up with Team Yari, headed by St. Stephen's student and friend Yara Ben-Musa. You can read their statement and find the donation link here:
    https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/yben-musa

    Junior Ava Bautch is leading a group of St. Michael's students as their candidate representative for "Students of the Year" that includes: Ginny Daboub,  Caleb Eby, Jen Fang, Cadence Layne, Avery Lindsey, Jude Turneville, Jack Urano, and Lily Watkins. You can read their statement and find the donation link here: https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/abautch 

    According to their website, the Students of the Year Campaign is “a six to eight-week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of 2-3 students, participate in a fundraising challenge to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer.”

    To lead, a student undergoes an application process, including answering essay questions, before qualifying as a candidate. For example, Ava's acceptance letter is included here.
    While campaigning, students practice leadership, communication, and marketing skills, and become familiar with finance and budgeting tasks.
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