News Archive


  • 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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