Attitude of Gratitude

Dear Families, I was recently given the Little Book of Holy Gratitude, authored by Fr. Frederick Faber, which features some penetrating insights during this Lenten season. Fr. Faber boldly proclaims that we neglect gratitude more than prayer. "If we had to name any one thing that seems unaccountably to have fallen out of most men's practical religion altogether, it would be the duty of thanksgiving... Alas! It is not hard to find the reason for this. Our own interests drive us obviously to prayer; but it is love alone that leads to thanksgiving." Of course, Fr. Faber does not intend to...

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Challenged to be Better by Students

Dear Families, Today we enter the season of Lent, something I always dreaded growing up but now look forward to. What used to be mean nothing more than 40 dismal days of no dessert (made worse by the fact that my dad, to replace the smoking habit he gave up, relied heavily on a nighttime bowl of Ben and Jerry’s to get through) now presents as an opportunity to clean my spiritual house. Pope Benedict often referred to Lent as a period of conversion, a time to “return to God with all our heart.” The Church is so wise in her liturgical year, providing for us during Lent a framework to make amends...

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2nd Quarter Honor Roll Announced

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 2nd Quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Excellence Honor Extended to Elementary School

Dear Families, As many of you may recall, the high school was named a Catholic Honor Roll school by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Newman Society recently expanded their efforts to support excellent Catholic education all the way down to the elementary level. Schools all over the country have been invited to apply, and so did we. We are pleased to share this message from the Deputy Director of K-12 Programs, Denise Donohue: Congratulations!  After further review of your elementary school handbooks and test data, we are pleased to inform you that your elementary levels are now included in...

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A Voice for Voiceless

Dear Families,Happy New Year!  Hoping you all had a peace and joy-filled Christmas with your families.  We are all happy to see your kiddos again and attack the rest of the second quarter. Right after midterms this month, students in grades 7-12 will depart for the March for Life in Washington D.C.  This year’s theme is “Love Saves Lives,” a succinct statement of what this event is about.  The March, often associated strictly with the issue of abortion, does an excellent job of expanding our understanding of the term “pro-life.”  To say one is pro-life means not only that we value life from co...

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Thank You

Dear Families, I will be saying merry Christmas in a more formal fashion as the date approaches, so I wanted to share a couple of thank you's instead this week.  Thank you to all of the parents, who in the midst of increasingly hectic weeks leading up to Christmas, supported our students by donating time, treasure, or talent to the all of the amazing activities. Your gifts and sacrifices are never unnoticed.  Thank you to all of the students who prepared and participated in our traditional Advent events including Lessons and Carols, the Garden Christmas Pageant, baby items drive, and the Re-Pu...

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Education For All Becoming a Real Possibility

Mount Royal Academy is offering a special opportunity for families looking to transfer right now. For a limited time, application and registration fees will be waived for families who transfer into Mount Royal Academy from public school this academic year.

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Leisure, Family, & Living Well

Dear Families, It struck me in chatting with teachers and parents at school today that we all share the same feeling about yesterday’s snow day, a deep appreciation of time home with our families.  For some reason, family time has become a guilty pleasure rather than a component of what Aristotle termed “living well.” Our family often comes second to work obligations because yes, we do have to pay the bills.  How often do we put our kids on hold while we tend to some other obligation?  But our kids regularly need us to spend time playing Scrabble and going sledding, and honestly, we need it to...

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St. Nicholas and the Golden Coin

Dear Families, December 6th has always been an important day on our academic calendar. As many families customarily celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, so too the MRA family honors one of the most popular saints in the Western world. For those who may not be familiar with the narrative acted out by the high school students for the elementary children, here it is: Popular legends have involved Saint Nicholas in a number of charming stories, one of which relates Nicholas' charity toward the poor. A man of Patara had lost his fortune, and finding himself unable to support his three maiden daugh...

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First Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 1st Quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 42 students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 1st quarter.

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