It's hard to believe that the time has come for
me to write the final newsletter for the 2015-16
school year and the conclusion of the 140th year
of celebrating St. Mary's in Stockton.
One focal point for our students is the
spirituality of St. Francis de Sales as we
continue to encourage them to "Be Who You Are
and Be That Well."
Four years have quickly gone by as the class of
2016 awaits graduation. This particular class
has accomplished much - they have grown and
developed spiritually, academically, socially
and athletically. We are very proud of each
member of this class, and we know that the
foundation is set for these students to enter
adulthood capable of truly reflecting Christian
virtues. God bless each one of them as they
continue their journey through life.
We are very grateful and thankful to the
teachers at St. Mary's. We appreciate their
commitment to our students. They are here
because they really want to teach and they want
to serve God and His people.
I also want to recognize and thank my fellow
administrators for their vision, support and
guidance. They see St. Mary's High School as a
living institution with focus on improving the
"present." Finally, I am grateful to the staff
who makes all these things happen.
In his book entitled The Seven Secrets of
Successful Catholics, author Paul Wilkes
"Ours is a life lived in the present tense.
Memories may be precious or painful, plans lofty
or low, but all we really have to live is today.
Each day, each hour brings with it opportunities
for our spirits to soar, for us to become the
people we know we can be."
At any given moment, we can choose to live in
one of three places. We can live in the past. We
can wallow in yesterday. We can reopen old
wounds. We can constantly revisit old hurts, old
injustices or even past glories.
We can live in the future. We can spend our
energies worrying about tomorrow, planning for
next week or preparing for the next life.
Or, we can live in the present. While
acknowledging our past and previewing our
future, the only time over which we have any
real influence is the present. The present
moment is the only place in which we can deeply
experience both the power and possibility of
being human as God intends. Ironically, living
in the present gives us the power to do two
things: to reinterpret our past and to truly
prepare for the future.
As one says in Latin, carpe diem: seize the day,
seize each hour, seize each present moment. St.
Francis de Sales reminds us to live in the
present. "The day that is past must not judge
the day present; the day that is present must
not judge the day past. It is only the Last Day
that judges all." "Let us think of only living
well today, and when tomorrow comes, it will be
called 'today'. Then we can think about it."
St. Mary's has been blessed in many ways, and we
sincerely appreciate your support and especially
Once you understand that God is the center of
the universe, it's all very simple. Not a day
goes by that I don't say, "Thank you." I am
I wish all of you a peaceful and restful summer.
Let us keep each other in our thoughts and