Mr. Peter Morelli












Joy in the dictionary is defined as great pleasure or happiness. Many things in life can give one joy, even simple things like driving in the mountains, taking a hike at the seashore, or even just reading a good novel.


I have discovered that I also get joy by walking around campus, observing classrooms, watching students at the break and lunches, attending games, rallies and other activities.  My joy is in witnessing students interact daily. The real pleasure is seeing students build a community. The atmosphere at St. Mary's is the joy of a family, where each student's talents, unique gifts and personality are encouraged and cherished by a community that cares.


This brings me to the joy of this upcoming season. The students at St. Mary's have been bringing joy to others. It started with the blood drive and continued with the canned food drive for Catholic Charities and the Blue Mass where students brought toys and collected money for those in need.


The crowds asked John the Baptist, "What should we do?" He said to them in reply, "Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none."


The message of this season by now is clear and our community truly shares this with others.  The spirit of Advent is joy.  The response is gratitude.  The behavior of joyful, grateful people is a generous nature.  This kind of generosity is bigger than the annual buying of Christmas presents and cooking up the huge holiday meal.  It's bigger than welcoming all the people from out of town and opening up every futon and sofa bed. Our joy is more than jingle bells, and our gratitude can't be wrapped in pretty paper and handed over one box at a time.  If we really understand the meaning of what the world has been given in Jesus, we ought to celebrate Christmas every day.


It is my pleasure to observe the generosity of the students and staff at St. Mary's bringing joy to many.


As we approach this Christmas season and the New Year, let us remember the joy of life and eternal life. Then we can truly rejoice.


We pray that our Heavenly Father will keep us safe and warm during the Advent and Christmas Season and that He will continue with his generous blessings on St. Mary's High School. I wish on behalf of the St. Mary's family for peace to reign in your hearts and homes as we prepare to welcome Our Savior during the holiday season. I ask each of you to pray for one another that we maintain world peace, recognition of the dignity of life and peaceful regard for each other. I wish God's blessing for each of you and your entire family.


In addition to being principal of St. Mary's, Mr. Morelli is a well-respected official with the National Football League where he has served since 1997. Mr. Morelli was the Super Bowl back judge in 2002, when the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.


Mr. Morelli also represents the Tri City League on the Board of Managers for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.























St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207