26Nov

Thanksgiving Reflection

November 25, 2011 As I was cleaning my desk the other day I came across a note that was made to myself. The note simple said, “reflection on MRA graduation”. The deadline Mr. Tremblay gave me was woefully missed! There were a myriad of thoughts and emotions running through my being that beautiful June day.  Both sets of grandparents were in attendance. Our recently transferred pastor Father Richard St. Louis was officiating the graduation ceremony which included Mass at St. Joachim. (It must be noted that Fr. Rick was a great supporter of the Mount Royal Mission.)  There were the party plans a...

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15Nov

Big Turnout at 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Event

Mount Royal Academy hosted its 4th annual Holiday Shopping Event in early November.  While the event had been run in previous years, this was the first time it was held in the new gymnasium in the St. Joseph Center. More than 30 vendors sold items ranging from lighted pine cone baskets to American Girl doll clothes, wooden items to jewelry, wooden folk art to locally made maple products.  Particularly popular were the hand knit and hand crocheted hats and many kids could be seen walking around sporting their new hear wear. Vendors were very pleased with the event and many have already reserved...

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06Nov

Why go to China?

I was recently dispatched to China by our Headmaster in order to meet directly with prospective international students with a strong interest in coming to the United States of America for secondary education. As I have been interviewing students, speaking with other educators, and attempting to absorb the astonishing sights of the Chinese culture, my reflection at the end of the day has always led me to this question: Why is God calling Mount Royal to welcome Chinese students to our school community? My observations have only reinforced my awareness of the distinct charism of our school commun...

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25Oct

Martin Doman at Mount Royal

Mount Royal Academy will be hosting acclaimed Catholic musician Martin Doman on Friday, November 18th for an evening of praise and worship. The concert begins at 7:00pm. Youth within and outside our school community will also be led by Martin through a spiritual retreat during the regular school days hours. Martin is  featured on EWTN and Catholic TV, and is currently serving as director of praise and worship for Ave Maria University. Martin has led worship for Steubenville’s Youth Conferences. Families and youth groups are invited to join Mount Royal for a night of unforgettable praise and wo...

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16Oct

Knights Soccer Update

With only 2 weeks remaining in the regular season, the Knights have demonstrated significant growth. Our record doesn't quite reflect the improvement in team play, as we stand at 3-5 overall, and 3-1 in league play. Losses are typically losses only on the scoreboard, because the Knights have competed well against all foes. The Knights have proven themselves capable of winning any game, but we have failed to cultivate a sense of confidence and focus that could potentially enable us to string together several wins. The handiwork of God's gracious hand is always visible nevertheless, as evidenced...

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10Oct

Mount Royal Opens New St. Joseph Center

Click this text to be forwarded to our monthly newsletter. Readers can also subscribe to the newsletter, similar to the blog, and receive updates directly to their email inbox. The newsletter is a great way to review the many observable blessings God the Father continues to lavish upon our school community, all through the intercession of our heavenly patron, St. Joseph.

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05Oct

The New Face of Missionary Work

Dear Families, When I think of missionary work my imagination can easily conjure up the image of the lone missionary going forth, struggling through hardships, arriving overseas, and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the inhabitants of such un-charted territory. Our Catholic Church from the beginning has been going forth to evangelize all parts of the world. It has always been awe inspiring to hear of such people called to a life of missionary work. My inspiration came not only from the work of the missionary but from the tremendous gift of faith and courage it must have taken to make...

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25Sep

Knights Split Versus Holy Family

As was previously announced, the Knights hosted two soccer matches against Holy Family Academy on Saturday, September 24th. Both games were action-packed. The JV game was filled with a couple of dramatic lead changes, while the Varsity match-up exhausted players and spectators,  as both teams very admirably challenged each another for the whole 80 minutes. The final score of the JV match was 6-5 in favor of Holy Family. It was a game full of many 'firsts' in Mount Royal history: our first EVER JV game; the first time our younger players were left to compete without the direction and leadership...

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24Sep

MRA Welcomes Holy Family Academy

Mount Royal welcomes families from Holy Family Academy to our campus on Saturday, September 24th. There are two soccer matches today: our JV squad, consisting of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be kicking off at 10:00am. Then, our Varsity team, including grades 9 - 12, begins match play at 12:00pm. The rain looks like it is holding off, and the Student Government is hosting a Bake Sale and Concession stand. We are very grateful for the solidarity and charity that has been shared between Holy Family and MRA over the years, and we pray that this day will be filled with cheerfulness, excitement, a...

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16Sep

Knights of Our Lady Win Season-Opener

On one of the many feast days dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Sorrows, the Knights of Our Lady were victorious in their first soccer game of the season. Her intercession was certainly made known, as the rain remained minimal, the support poured in, and the team's resolve to come together and play hard was very high. This season represents a changing of the guard so to speak for our soccer program. Many of the core student-athletes who participated in the past have graduated, and the team has welcomed several new faces. There is only one 12th grader on the team, but the leadership...

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