In the popular Coldplay song “Sky Full of Stars” we hear the band sing “cause you're a sky, you’re a sky full of stars, such a heavenly view.” As we celebrate Homecoming, this song can be seen as a reflection of the view of which our lives should be focused on - Heaven. Homecoming is a time to reflect and celebrate our short, but rich 18 year history as a Catholic High School at Saint Thomas More. We have been blessed and fortunate to have over 1,000 “stars” come through our halls to learn and achieve academically and in extra-curricular, grow in fellowship, hear the Truth, and be a witness of of Faith to the world around them. This is ultimately the goal and mission of STM to help our students shine bright in the world and join the true “sky full of stars” in Heaven one day.
In Heaven we find our true homecoming that is lit up by all of the “stars” of faith who have gone before us - the Saints. The Saints are those men and women throughout all of HIStory who have followed the great North Star of Christ in lighting up the darkness of the world with the light of Christ through their prayer and work. One of the joys of our Catholic Faith is that we have so many different examples of Saints who have joined the sky full of stars in Heaven that we can all identify with and seek to model our own lives after. This year with our Family System at STM we have four families named after four great saints who were truly stars of faith during their “lifetime” in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Kateri Tekawitha, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Peter. Each family Saint was decided upon by the students in each of those families and all have a great story that our students can model and imitate in their own lives of faith.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton helped to start the beginning of the Catholic Education Movement in America and our March for Life group visits her shrine in Maryland every year
- St. Kateri Tekawitha brought the Christian faith to her fellow Native Americans as she is called the “Lily of the Mohawks”
- St. Michael the Archangel leads us in our Spiritual Combat helping us to overcome temptation and sin that joins us to the Lord’s Heavenly Army through Christ’s victory over Satan
- St. Peter is the Rock upon whom Jesus built His Catholic Church upon and who reminds us to keep the foundation of our lives on the true Rock of Christ
Although each Saint has their own story and our Family Saints serve as an inspiration to our students for many reasons, all of them have one thing in common and that is the courage they had to live out their faith. In line with our theme for the school year of #MoreCourage, each of those saints had to have that strength to conquer their fears by putting all of their faith and trust in God that all would work out as they should for good. It can be difficult to be a star of faith in the world today, but our students take small steps each day in stepping out of their comfort zone to share and witness their faith to others and by doing the right thing even if it means going against what is “popular.” Even our teachers and staff take this step into the unknown in leading our students to a deeperunderstanding of their faith through their own witness of faith and in doing the right thing.
We have these great patron saints for our Family System at Saint Thomas More to be an example and intercessor for us along with our patron Saint who stayed true to his conscience even when it ultimately “cost” him his life. We also have Mary who had the courage to give a total and free yes to the Lord’s will and desires that all of her children follow the light of her Son. It is our hope and prayer that STM, her students, families, teachers, alumni, benefactors, and future students may always be led by the light of Christ as we continue on our journey to our true home in Heaven.
Mary Our Lady Star of the Seas...Pray for Us!