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Jerome Marshall At Nationals

Jamar  Marshall finished 3rd with a time of 13.22 in a race filled with collegiate athletes at the 2019 USATF U20 National Championships. The time makes Jamar the 2nd fastest high school athlete in this event in history. He is the Calfornia state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and won the 110 hurdles at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington.


Jamar has an opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships, set for July 19-21 in Costa Rica.  Jamar was named the Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year at the the third annual Best of The Record All-Star Preps banquet as well.



2019 Salesian Leadership Camp

Members of the St. Mary's Ministry Team are attending the Salesian Leadership Camp in Brooklyn Michigan located on Vineyard Lake. They are David Stoner, Zibby Madill, Abby Delucchi, Jill Peters and Matthew Herrera. The group is attending under the leadership of Campus Ministry Director, Mr. Kevin Costello and Director of Student Life and Leadership, Mrs. Laura Howze. Leadership skills, mentoring and an expanded understanding of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales are provided so they can better serve the St. Mary's High School community.


Skyler May In Junior World Championship


By Nick Woodard

Record Staff Writer


The high school girls golf season ended back in the fall. For athletes such as Skyler May, though, the sport never really stops. Sure, the St. Mary’s golfer took some time off after playing in the NorCal playoffs. But soon enough, she was back on the course. And, this month, May qualified to compete among some of the best young golfers in the world.


With her second-place finish at a qualifying event June 1 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, May qualified for the IMG Academy Junior World Championship in the 15-18 age group.


The three-day tournament is set for July 9-12 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, and will feature players from all over the world, from Colombia to Japan to India and many more.


May will represent Stockton, something that had been a goal after having discussions with people familiar with the tournament. “I’ve talked to so many people that say it’s such a great experience,” May said. “I’m looking forward to playing the course and having a great time.”


Between now and the tournament, May will continue to get in daily work to make sure her game is where she wants it to be when it’s time to step onto the course at Torrey Pines. May said she has goals in terms of scores, but mainly the experience.


“I want to just keep an open mind,” May said. “I’m just going to do what I can do, and believe in that.”


Asked what the past several months on the golf course have been like, May began to use the word “shocking,” but stopped short of it. In all honesty, shocking wasn’t the right word.


Given the work and time May has put in over the years, it’s not shocking that in less than a month, May will have the opportunity to play alongside the top players in the world in her age group.


It’s validating, and it’s exciting for the young golfer’s future. “I’m happy to see it all pay off,” May said. “I hope that it all falls into place, and one day it gets me to where I want to go.”



Class of 2019

Christian Vincent Aguirre**

Scylla Divinagracia Alavizos**

Alexis Alcantar

Sawyer Nelson Alford**

Gino Anthony Allen

Maximus Stephen Almanza**

Ariana Martinez Arceo

Reyna Milagros Arredondo*

Joseph Abueg Asuncion**

Jerell Usita Ballucanag**

Joseph Edward Jose Banaña

Evan Patrick Robert Bannister*

Carina Gasca Barney***

Lauren Nicole Basso**

Taylor Giana Basso*

Nicholas Robert Baysinger

Samuel Frederick Bettencourt*

Maxwell Isaac Beutel

Angelo Justin Bingham

Christian Alexis Bishop*

Anna Marie Blount**

William Isaiah Brown

Alexander Keahipono Bungalon**

Madison Grace Burgin*

Lauryn Franki Bustos**

Mikael Andres Caballero**

Adrianne Girome Camello*

Luis Angel Cano

Nickolas Alexander Cardenas

Hudson Jett Carruesco***

Stephen Edward Case*

Isabelle Louise Ceballos**

Hannah Love Chandler-Youngblood*

Samantha Marie Chavez

Javier Cisneros**

Jizelle Sahara Clay**

Matthew Agustin Cordova***

Nydia Betsaida Coronado

John Patrick Costello***

DuMauriér Josiah Cotton*

Mary Elizabeth Craig*

Catherine Grace Cranston***

Mia Celeste Catuira Cruz**

Jillian Kau'I Cuaresma

David Karl Dal Porto***

Sophia Gabrielle Davis

William Kenneth Davis**

Abigail Rose De Ocampo**

Logan Garrett Deal*

Ilene Brianna Delgadillo

Isabella Marie Dentoni***

Yanjun Dong**

Brenden Matthew Dougherty***

Jordan Dayvon Doyle*

Charisse Ramos Dumlao***

Giana Lee Ann Duncan***

Parker Steven Dunn**

Julian Alfaro Eguiluz

Grant Kenneth Engdahl

Yessinia Maricsa Enrriquez

Isabelle Villanueva Estrada***

Victoria Elena Estrella*

Gabriela Paz Febres-Duk*

Alyssa Nicole Fong*

Joseph Eurico Fontes

Brianna Nicole Leigh Gotelli Foo**

John Wesley Ford

Edward Casillas Franco*

John Danny Freeman, III

Kayla Loraine Frontella*

Alexandra Elizabeth Gabbard**

Caitlin Rae Galano

Lewis Raymond Gale, V**

Jessica Michelle Garcia*

Alexander Ahmed Garduno

Libertad Anais Gascon-Galindo*

Akayla Jailee Gayles*

Gabriella Marie Gonzales*

Fernando J. Gonzalez***

Kendall Gabrielle Gooding**

Colin Troy Gotschall***

Danielle Marie Greenlee

Joseph Rafael Grimaldi*

Jack David Guidi

Alexander Lua Gunnoe*

Julia Marie Guzman*

Lionel George Guzman

Aubrey Brooke Hanson

Alexis Nya Harrington McCowan***

Marvin Alexander Hernandez Garcia*

Anthony Gabriel Hernandez

Luiz Vincent Rosete Hinayon*

Thomas Carter Hole**

Matthew Kent Hosmer

Alexandra Infante***

Simi Guy Joshua Iulio, Jr.

Alexander Max Jacob

Bryce Jovan Johnson**

Robert Randall Johnson**

Hunter Robert Gary Jones*

Donovan Michael Jordan Scott

Olivia Taylor Corrine Kelley*

Nicholas Bingham Kirk*

Carter Ray Knutson*

Christopher Daniel Kronlund***

John Matthew Kyles

Randy Mateo Laforteza, Jr.**

Isaiah Mason Lee

Jiayu Li**

Madyson Danielle Limas**

Spencer Thomas Loewen***

Gian Bennett Lombardi*

Christina Thao Luong*

Francisco Xavier Magallon**

Jaycee Jose Ymbong Marquez**

Megan Taylor Mathews**

Mareko Liatama Faapito Meafua

Sophia Alicia Mendoza-Miguelino*

Mason Hunter Merin**

Bernadette Soubirous Miller

Vicharadani Norma Minott*

Saejel Gauri Mohan***

Anna Natalia Monterastelli***

Prince Quenttin Taurez Moore*

Matthew Arthur Moso*

Jada T'yania Moss

Uzair Naseer*

Carlos Anthony Dela Rosa Natividad***

Nikolas Ramon Navarro**

Dominique Llamas Nerecina*

Elsie Waithera Ngugi***

Daniel An Tai Ferrer Nguyen**

Joshuah Ashton Kazumi Marlang Nishi**

Nathaniel Carl Nordell*

Chibueze Christopher Nwabuzoh**

Nichole Dixie O'Shaughnessy***

David Nnamdi Okekenta**

Alyssa Viviana Ortega***

Alissa Yolanda Ortiz***

Hana Schmidt Oshima**

Dalton Lewis Ryan Paine*

Alexander Riley Panella

Elijah Jupiter Roque Panomvana

Christopher Basilio Parungao

Guy Joseph Paulin***

Anjelina Nikole Pelicas

Nathaniel Jose Perez**

Miley Alaida Kealani Plaza***

Isabella Marie Podesto**

Madison Grace Ramirez**

Marvin Justin Ramos*

Anthony Jacob Ratto

Victoria Helen Reed

Nicolas Klaus Dipold Reis*

Brianna Christina Relloque*

Daniel Jacob Reyes**

Camron David Rezania*

Riley Jane Richmond***

Dominic Andrew Rico**

Heather Nicole Riggle**

Vanessa Del Carmen Rivera

Karina Celeste Rocha**

Rose Isabel Rodgers*

Gabrielle Paulina Rodriguez**

Samantha Jasmine Rodriguez**

Ashley-Malia O'Hara Rugnao**

Christian Dean Ruiz**

Autumn Leigh Rullman*

Noah James Ryan*

Payton Marie Sandoval**

Britney Ashley Santoyo

Kwame Marshall Satterfield

Eryn Jhonni Scott

Callan Anthony Selna**

Jonathan David Semillo**

Wuthea Melvin Seng, Jr.

Ryan Christian Sevy*

Ana Kinana Shamroukh**

Clarissa Annabel Shane***

Olivia Shao**

Andrew Christopher Shipman

Charles Joseph Shipman

Carson Thomas Simi

Natalie Noelle Smith*

Jonathan Jose Solorzano Ramos*

Oluwatofarati Oluwajare Somotun**

Jacob Benjamin Soria

Brianna Noelle Stahl***

Gregory James Stevens

Caleb Justin Sylvia*

Ryan Christopher Tadman

Katelyn Carlos Telmo**

Taylor Alana Thiessen

Carly Anne Tschirky

Karen Gabriela Valtierra*

Julia Veronica Valverde*

Monique Josephine Vu*

Zachary Mathieson Wallace*

Leo Joseph Warmerdam, III***

Austin Gregory Williamson**

Donald Thomas Wuellner, II**

Chase Nolan Wunsch***

Nicole Monet Young**

Daniel Alejandro Zapien*

Madeline Ann Zevallos

Lili Simone Zumout**

*** Highest Honors               ** High Honors               *Honors


Principle Kathy Smith's Speech


Seniors, think back when you were 13 or 14 years old and you walked through the doors of Saint Mary's High School starting your high school career. Now, four years later, here you sit the class of 2019, ready to embark on yet another phase of your education.


Just think, you will not need to worry anymore about taking your earbuds out before the Deans see you, or coming up with a believable story as to why you were late getting back from lunch. No more bringing in cans for extra credit in science, the boys will not need to worry about shaving, and the mad dash to the parking lot, particularly on Fridays will become a walk in the park. And, of course, you will not need to worry about being in our beloved school uniform.


What you will miss are the friends you hang out with faithfully every weekend, and even though you may not think so now, you will also miss your parents keeping a watchful eye on you and waiting patiently for you to come home before curfew. You will miss the extra mile our teachers go to help you be successful, and I guarantee, you will miss nothaving an assigned parking spot.


You have described your class as one that is quiet, one that flies below the radar, yet a class who always strives to do their best. You have proven this by the theater productions, which over the last four years have received numerous awards, by your athletic prowess on the athletic fields, through your senior reflections and the love you have of your faith at our school Masses and by your perseverance to succeed by being accepted into colleges such as Cal Poly, Princeton, New York University, UOP, Dominican University, Harvey Mudd, Cornell, USC, CAL Berkeley, Santa Clara University, UCLA, Rice, Loyola Marymount, Bard College Berlin, Germany, Regis, Ithaca College, Brown University, the US Naval Academy among many more.


We have come to learn that Uzair is not a butterfly and he loves school so much he shows up even on days we have an in-service. We learned that there are some of you who pray for those you pass on the way to school who are less fortunate.


I have learned that I could probably take Yay Yay's earrings away every day of the week and he would still not run out of earrings.


You have given us many moments to remember. From your participation in our Every 15 Minutes program, to your performance in Beauty and the Beast. It was a first for Saint Mary's when you had a part in singing our National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants game. You made a difference when you went to serve the homeless at St. Mary's dining hall. We have been fortunate to hear Isabelle Ceballos sing the Ave Maria at graduations and it was pure joy watching David Okenkenta jumping up and down when he was announced homecoming king.


And of course who could ever forget the now famous rendition of Mr. Stoker as Elsa during our last rally.


Yes indeed, you have given us many moments to remember, but now is the time to take a moment and to thank your parents for the sacrifices that they have made for you during your years here at Saint Mary's. Do not let this day go by without telling your parents that you love them.


Parents, I am sure by now you have given your son or daughter the typical words of advice: find your passion, never compare yourself to others, don't complain, the little things do matter, be grateful and act with integrity. 


You may think your words of advice have fallen on deaf ears, but the words they will hear and will always remember are, I support you and I love you. I know it will be difficult for many of you to let go, but letting go is a part of the journey. 


Seniors, as you continue to grow, never forget what others have said, "one of the best signs of intelligence is curiosity. The more questions you ask, the more enlightened you become."


When you are walking down the street, put your cell phone away and enjoy your surroundings. You never know what opportunities you may be passing by.


The words of Maya Angelou will always ring true, "remember where you came from and know that people may forget what you say, and people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."


Recognize that you can always take comfort in knowing that it is your faith and trust in God that will guide you and with this you will come to realize that you will never be alone.


And so seniors, it is time to move on. Always believe in who you are, and in the words of St. Francis de Sales, "Be Who You Are And Be That Well."



The 2019 Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at Presentation Church with Bishop Myron Cotta as the principle celebrant, assisted by Fr. Matt Issac, O.S.F.S. and Monsignor Rober Silva, the pastor of the parish. Bishop Cotta spoke to the graduates about remaining true to their faith, not to abondon it regardless of difficulty and extolled them to always seek the intercession of the school's patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.


















































The St. Mary's CROP Club's annual peanut butter drive collected over 2 tons of product that was delivered to Catholic Charities for used in its outreach programs for the poor by a van and two pickup trucks. The generosity of our school community was again evident.


Be who you are and be that well.


















e-transcripts are here!  


Are you getting ready to start the college application process? St. Mary's has teamed with Parchment to make the process easier for families


One of the required documents you will need when applying to college is an official high school transcript, a student's academic record. St. Mary's High School has a new, online service where you can request an official high school transcript and send it to the college of your choice with just a few clicks.


Parchment sends your transcript securely, accurately and confidentially to any college or university.  The best part is you can request your transcript anytime from anywhere.  Just click the Parchment  logo to visit


Just follow these 3 easy steps to get started:

1.   Register for a free account at

2.   Request your transcript

3.   Track your transcript


The fee for eTranscripts is $5. When registering with Parchment you will be prompted to put in your payment of choice information.


Sending the transcript electronically is easier, safe and saves money! Because it's online, it is processed much faster; your high school can send it instantly, and the college or university receives it immediately.  You no longer have to wonder if your transcript was sent by St. Mary's, or received by the college or university to which your child is applying.  Now you can track it all online at your account on  That's peace of mind!


University of California campuses do not want a transcript until final grades are complete in June. CSU campuses and private and/or out of state colleges will vary. Please check with each campus and check all emails sent by the universities. Students applying via the Common Application will automatically have the initial and midyear transcripts submitted by their counselor. In June, ALL seniors must request a final transcript to be sent to the college they will be attending.


Seniors: Final Transcript For College


Your college of choice will require a copy of your FINAL TRANSCRIPT?


You will need to request this through PARCHMENT


Parchment sends transcripts securely, accurately and confidentially to any college or university. It is all done online and delivery of a transcript is in one business day!


Please request your final transcript NOW to be sent to your college of choice and choose the option to 'Hold for Grades' on the Order Details page.


If you have any questions, contact your counselor or Mrs. Towne - Registrar at (209) 957-3340, Ext. 103 




Explorer Competition at St. Mary's


On February 16 and 17, a CHP Explorer competition took place on the campus of St. Mary's High School. Explorers from multiple agencies, including various CHP posts, El Dorado Sheriff's Department, Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin Sheriff's Department, Manteca Police Department and others took part in the two days of competition that included  felony car stops. self defense, personal finance advice, crime scene investigation, DUI, minors in possession, suicide intervention, major incident response, emergency first aid and drill competition, officer down and other exercises.  St. Mary's was proud to host the event and is thankful to Mr. Art Zaninni, Dean of Students and Head of Campus Maintenance for his hard work in making this event a success





























Datlon Paine Headed to State


Dalton Paine, a three-sport student-athlete, will be competing in the State Championships in wrestling after qualifying in the CIF Nor Cal competition. He was TCAL MVP and TCAL League Champion. Dalton played the line on the Rams football team and also plays goalie for the SM lacrosse team. 


He is pictured with his parents on the left and Coach Jim Sherin, who has coached him in both wrestling and lacrosse, on the right. Dalton is the first St. Mary's wrestler to make it to the CIF State Championship in over a decade.


CROP Sleeping Baq Donation


St. Mary's Christian Relief Outreach Project (CROP) conducts soup sales and bake sales throughout the school year to raise money to help the poor. This year, through the kindness of Sean the manager of a the Big 5 Sporting Goods store, CROP was able to purchase  98 sleeping bags to give to St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room for distribution to the poor and homeless in our area.































Bringing Joy to Children's Lives


Members of our St. Mary's High School Varsity Football Team along with Coach Franks brought Christmas Gifts  to the UC Davis Children's Hospital. In addition to bringing gifts to the older children, the team brought gifts for the preemies as well.


The players scrubbed up to take a tour of the NCU. It was a great day of fellowship, education and prayer for these Ram student-athletes.

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving."- Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

























Toy Drive


The 2018 Senate-Cabinet Toy Drive was again a huge success due to the very generous spirit of the St. Mary's Community. These toys were donated to the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department, Stockton Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Stockton Police Department to distribute through their Christmas toy programs to the needy in our community.























CROP Canned Food Drive


It took the combined force of students. administration, faculty and staff to load all of the canned goods collected during the CROP annual canned goods collection. By the time it was over, the Catholic Charities truck was loaded to capacity with all manner of canned goods, along with dozens of turkeys and hams, all of which will go to feed the poor of our community. The generosity of the St. Mary's High School community, in particular the students showed once again that the words of St. Francis de Sales guide the daily their daily actions: "Be who you are and be that well."



Student Charity



St. Mary's Student Government  hosted a Food Basket Drive led by Laura Howze, St. Mary's activities director to help the poor in our community by providing them with Thanksgiving meals.








Members of the St. Mary's CROP Club prepare vegetables and other ingredients to the Soup Sale. The club, led by Margo Kozina uses the proceeds from the soup sales and bake sales to help fund the purchase of sleeping bags for the poor and homeless in our community, in addition to weekly harvests from the CROP Garden given to Catholic Charities, canned food and clothing drives and a annual Peanut Butter Drive.
















Photography Club Halloween Contest


For the month of October the theme of the competition was Spooky Season. The members of the club are given a month to capture an image that they think represents this theme best. Each member was allowed to submit one entry for this Competition. In total there were 16 entries to vote on. The entries were submitted on November 1st and were voted upon by the members on Schoology on November 2nd. Prizes are given out to the top three entries.



Daniel Winter Named Athlete of the Week

The Record


STOCKTON - If a St. Mary’s High cross country runner named Winter winning races feels like deja vu, don’t fret. Daniel Winter has heard it all before. Daniel is this year’s edition of a Rams standout with the Winter surname. He happens to be the younger brother of Karl Winter, The Record’s 2018 Boys Cross Country runner of the year who now competes for Pepperdine University.


In all honesty, Daniel Winter said, he started seriously running this summer. The freshman ran things like 5K fun runs and other similar events in the past, but took a full dive into the sport following his brother’s success. “I got into it because of my brother,” Daniel Winter said. “Karl works really hard. I knew I had big shoes to fill, and I just thought I had to come in and work really hard.”


Daniel Winter started at the JV level this year, and won all six two-mile races he participated in. He made the jump to the varsity level for the Ram’s first Tri-City Athletic League meet of the year and had since placed second, seventh and first in both the 2018 40th Asics Clovis Cross Country Invitational and Wednesday’s TCAL Championships. His 16:09 time in the first TCAL meet stands as his current personal record.


“He’s committed, he’s talented and he has a really good work ethic,” said Felicia Rowley, the St. Mary’s High coach, of his success thus far. “Another thing is, he’s very humble. He’s almost embarrassed when people congratulate him, “It’s not about him. He’s very team oriented.”


Winters said the transition to varsity, and the extra mile of running to go with it, was a pretty substantial

transition. That said, it’s been a pretty solid start to his running career. “It’s been great,” Winters said. “The success has been fun, and our team’s been doing really well.”


Next up for Winters is the Sub- Section Meet, set for Nov. 3 at the Frogtown course in Angels Camp. Winters said he’d like to make it to sections, and he understands what kind of challenge it will take to make that happen. “I have to just run a good race,” Winters said. “Those hills, they can get to you.”


Speech and Debate


Clarisa Shane, Francisco Magalon, William Vick, Carlos Santana and Lauren Rogan were among the top finishers  at Yosemite Forensic League Tournament Saturday October 20th.


















Justin Alarcon Honored


Justin Alarcon, Class of 2020 has been awarded the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence for outstanding academic performance, leadership potential and dedication serving humanity through the profession of medicine. Justin would like to pursue studies in the field of Marine Biology.  

















Do You Have A Vocation?

Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?




Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to for more information.


Are you ready to Wake Up the World?



Vocations Prayer Card














Campus Construction


Cortopassi Aquatics Center


The generosity of the Cortopassi family made it possible for St. Mary's to co nstruct a preier, top level pool center that, since its completion in 2007 has not only served St. Mary's but the surrounding community and has been the venue fo inter-collegiate and state water polo tournaments and games as well as the Stockton City League swimming championships.


Basso Family Tennis Complex


Due to generous donation by the Basso Family, the tennis complex at St. Mary's has been completely rebuilt with the courts completely redone.




St. Mary's venerable chapel remodeling began in the summer of 2011 thanks to the generosity of the school's alumni and friends.  The remodeling has been completed and the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels again serves as the focus of the campus.

Chase Family Fitness Center


The Chase Family Fitness Center has been completed due to the generosity of the Chase family. This new building takes the place of the St. Bonaventure structure and provides a center for fitness training for the students with trainers, classroom and locker facilities.


Overall Progress To Date


The Chapel has been remodeled and was re-dedicated in the 2012. The Cortopassi Aquatics Center is open The  upgrade to the Gus Sanguinetti football field was completed along with the Basso Family Tennis Complex. The Lagorio  Administration, Library and Technology building is open. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 28, 2005 and construction was completed in September, 2006. The building was dedicated in February 11, 2007. The Chase Family Athletic Fitness Center is in full operation, dedicated in 2014.


Three new portables were installed in the north side of the campus to provide additional classroom space, along with additional storage facilities.


The Sprague family  donated a new field house used by baseball, wrestling and cheer, the baseball field became a "Field of Dreams" and was more recently upgraded in 2017 with the installation of all weather turf in the infield, and the Thompson family  generously donated funds to create the Thompson Sports Complex. 



Faculty & Staff News


Steve Towne Retires


Mr. Steve Towne, an icon at St Mary's who has taught, coached and mentored generations of students and athletes has finally decided it is time to retire.


Mr.  Towne is a 2018 inductee into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. A native of Long Beach, Mr. Towne came to town to play quarterback for University of the Pacific. He coached at Pacific from 1983-88 and from 1989-2001 was the head coach at St. Mary’s High, going 92-48-3 with three league titles and eight playoff appearances. He was also the Rams’ head track coach on two occasions (1994-97, 2002-2010).


Fortunately, St. Mary's will still have his lovely and talented wife, Sue Towne as our Registrar for at least two more years. Thank You Mr. Towne. We will miss you and we wish you a long, happy, healthy retirement. God Speed.










Coach Mike Mulvihill Named Coach of the Year


For the first time in its short history, the St. Mary's Lacrosse team captured the SVLL title durng a season of unparalleled success. At the helm was Mike Mulvihill, Class of 1990 and a Superior Court judge who has spent many years developing a winning lacrosse team. His hard work, dedication and tenacity earned him the Coach of the Year title. The Record, in reporting the honor set forth the following: "As for Mulvhill's own accolade, he said earning the title of coach of the year was truly an honor. At the same time, he said the credit should also go to his staff, and the team itself."




Mrs. Genesta Jackson Leaving


Mrs. Genesta Jackson, St. Mary's Vice Principal has announced that she is leaving her position at the end of the school year. Mrs. Jackson has been a teacher, dean and finally vice principal at the school. She is a woman of faith and has demonstrated integrity, honesty, commitment, compassion at all times. She exemplifies the motto of St. Francis de Sales: "Be who your are and be that well."


It is with sadness that the St. Mary's community will bid her farewell but with hope and prayer that Mrs. Jackson will enjoy a bright and rewarding future.















Coach Christian Harrison Dies


At age 36, Christian Harrison was tragically killed February 9, 2019 when struck by a stolen vehicle. Christian was an assistant basketball coach at St. Mary's where he devoted his time and talent to helping women's basketball. He was also a coach for the Stockton Mavericks.


St. Mary's extends its prayers and condolences to Christian's family including his father Sam Harrison, a long time assistant coach at St. Mary's.







Faculty Service Day



St. Mary's Faculty participated in the annual Faculty Service Day on January 11th. The day of service was originated by Mrs. Margo Kozina with the permission of Mrs. Kathy Smith as part of the social justice outreach for the school. This year's event was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Costello. After gathering for Mass, celebrated by Fr. Matt Issac (who also was part of the painting crew), members of the administration, faculty and staff painted at the Stockton Shelter for the homeless, worked at the Gospel Rescue Mission, helped at the Food Bank volunteered at the Transitional Learning Center teaching aerodynamics, and also prepared and served food to the homeless at the St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room.


"Be who you are and be that well." -St. Francis De Sales


General Announcements





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Crab Feed a Success



The Annual Crab Feed was a huge success as the sold out event brought together friends and family to support St. Mary's and to enjoy a wonderful evening of food, entertainment and dancing. Bishop Myron Cotta thanked everyone for coming to support the school.



NCCB Letter on Pro Life Issues


February 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months.

Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:


“Abortion has always been built on a lie. Today, the lie is switching from 'abortion is a choice' to 'abortion is healthcare.' A law recently passed in New York not only legalizes abortion essentially for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy but removes any protection for children born alive after abortion. A similar bill was proposed in Virginia along with several other states, all in the name of women’s health. 


This legislation is evil, pure and simple. And it shocks the conscience to see such evil legislation greeted with raucous cheers and standing ovations. Most grieving to our Lord of Life is that those who advocate for abortion put their eternal souls in jeopardy.  


It is sickeningly dishonest to claim that women’s lives or health depend on intentionally killing their children. This is especially true for late-term abortion, which always involves the purposeful destruction of a child which could have been born alive, with much less risk to the mother, had they both received real healthcare.  


Now is the time for all Catholics—bishops, priests, and laity—to fight for the unborn with renewed vigor. We must educate family, friends, legislators, and fellow citizens about how it is never necessary to intentionally kill unborn children in order to save their mothers. Local action is especially important. Though ending Roe v. Wade is a central goal of the pro-life movement, if the decision were overturned, only eleven states would immediately ban abortion; the other thirty-nine states would still allow it.  


I urge Catholics, and thoughtful Americans of all religions or none at all to advocate for local change. Sign up for your State Catholic Conference or diocesan pro-life advocacy network, which can help you communicate to elected officials. Or seek out state and local pro-life groups, including parish respect life groups, that are making a difference at the state level.  


Though we live in very dark days, we know that the Lord has already triumphed over death. But we must use this time on earth to be His hands and feet. This means each of us rededicating ourselves to prayer, and fighting for the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children and their mothers.”  




Fr. Matt Delivers Giving Tree Donations


Fr. Matt Issac, on behalf or St. Mary's High School, delivered approximately $1700 worth of gift cards from the Giving Tree to the  St Thomas Moore Parish community. St Thomas More Parish is currenlty being accommodated at Our Divine Savior Church at Chico. Fr. Matt was told by Greg Kinder, a parishioner of St Thomas Moore Church, who leads the rescue and rehab operations the church that this was the best Christmas gift ever.


St. Thomas Moore is a Catholic Community with 700 parishioners, most elderly and retired. Approximately 300 of the parishoners have re- registered at the Chico Community Center. The rest have left and are living with their loved ones all around the United States. They still don't know how many are missing or have lost their lives. It is a sad story.


Fr. Matt then visited the town of Paradise and saw the heartbreaking scenes. Only the chimneys of homes standing,  heap of twisted steel and melted vehicles. People were still searching at their homes.











Grandparents Mass


St. Mary's took time to recognize and thank grandparents during a special Mass and reception on December 7th.


Fr. Matthew stressed the wonderful work and the legacy of faith and wisdom that grandparents impart on their grandchildren. He also stressed the need for students to honor, thank and learn from their grandparents who love them, have sacrificed for them and have given them a foundation of faith.


Senior John Costello, whose grandmother was present at the Mass,  recounted the story of his maternal grandparents escape from communist Hungary in 1948, their journey to America and the love,  faith and values  they have given to their family.


Principle Kathy Smith, thanked the many grandparents present for their example, love and sacrifice on behalf o their grandchildren.

























CHiPs 4 Kids


The annual CHiPs 4 Kids basketball game between St. Mary's and the California Highway Patrol was a bit different than in the past. Due to the CHP-Stockton squads being on tactical alert and having spent many weeks of 12 hour days at the Camp Fire in Paradise, Officer Tesch needed St. Mary's to loan some players to their squad, which it gladly did.


With Myree Bowden, former Harlem Globetrotter and current Dunk King providing highlight reverse dunks, and with Fr. Matt Issac OSFS playing for SM with Fr. John Peter Pragasam and Fr. Suresh Ery volunteering to play on the CHP team, the game, refereed by



Kathy Smith, SMHS principal, was fast paced, competitive, fun and entertaining with St. Mary's coming out on top 90-79.

















Even Athletic Director Adam Lichter's children got into the fun, forming the first squad and cheering on their Dad.


The winners however, were the many children in Stockton and the surrounding communities that will benefit from the generosity of the fans who brought in a large number of toys for the charity drive.











Blue Mass Honors Those Who Serve


St. Mary's High School celebrated its 5th Blue Mass in honor of police, fire personnel and first responders on November 20th with Bishop Myro Cotta as the main celebrant.


The sacrifice and courage of those who serve was highlighted by the presence of Phil Agdeppa, Class of 1998, a California Highway Patrol Flight Officer/Paramedic who has been given the Medal of Valor from the State of California and from  the California State Fire Fighters Association for his part in saving 41 people from death during the Napa fires, who with his partner officers plunged their helicopters repeatedly through hurricane-force winds into and among the flames to rescue people without a thought for their own safety.


From The Record: "Bishop Myron Joseph Cotta and hundreds of St. Mary’s High School students and staff gave thanks and honored those who risk their lives and run towards danger without hesitation.


Cotta delivered a 15-minute sermon Tuesday morning for his first Blue Mass, which is now its fifth year of being observed days before Thanksgiving.


Among those in attendance inside Morelli Gym were members of the Stockton Police Department, Stockton Fire Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Tracy Police Department.


The Blue Mass, which has a long history in the Catholic Church, reminds the faithful to be thankful to those who serve in the community in law enforcement, as firefighters and first responders, as well as to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.


“We recognize your self-sacrifice,” said Principal Kathy Smith. “Today, we pray for your continued safety and commend the dedication you have to serving others.”


Serving as Stockton’s sixth bishop of the diocese since succeeding Bishop Stephen Blaire, Cotta said the men and women who respond to dangerous situations are “guardians” who watch over the community.


It’s been a difficult and trying time for law enforcement and emergency officials, faced with senseless tragedies in the form of continued mass shootings in Pittsburgh and Thousand Oaks, hurricanes, and the two current devastating Camp and Woolsey fires.


“Sometimes it’s overwhelming,” said Cotta. “Sometimes we become a little callous from all this, but we can’t be, because human life is always at the center of these tragedies.”


First responders who sacrifice their lives for others can be seen as being similar to Jesus Christ, Cotta said, and he challenged those in the room whenever they hear a siren to offer prayer for those who are responding and for those who are in trouble.


 “God bless our firefighters and God bless those first responders that have gone there and put their lives in danger, out of love for one’s neighborhood and laying down one’s life for their friends if need be,” he said.


In addressing the students sitting in the bleachers, he said they, too, have an important role in the community to respond to needs.


“We have to respond as Jesus responds for the sake of this community,” Cotta said. “How will we respond to the gifts that God has given you in this point in your life, at this age in your life, to put into action and be a first responder to a need?”


Afterward, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said it was an honor to attend the Mass and that he particularly liked Cotta’s message to the students about responsibility.


“Even the student body has a responsibility to be first responders in the things that they see and have influence over within their circles, to do things for others, and to have courage to speak up or take action,” said Jones.


Jones continued: “Public safety is a dangerous job, but it’s so great for this time of year to be appreciated by the entire student body and admissions. We don’t sign up to be appreciated, but we always do certainly when it does come around; it feels good and it makes the job worthwhile.”








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The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."


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