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Catholic Schools Week: January 29 – February 4

Catholic Schools Week is January 29 - February 4. This special week allows RAA and other Catholic schools nationwide to celebrate our commitment to faith, excellence, and service. Our faith in Jesus is the foundation for all that we do at RAA. Our faculty helps students develop excellent habits and flourish in virtue by imitating Christ. Our commitment to service allows students to remember that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Christ. Children hunger for real traditions. In that spirit, here are the traditions that we hold dear during Catholic Schools Week at [...]

Catholic Schools Week: January 29 – February 42023-01-25T16:58:03-05:00

St. Thomas Aquinas

Church Doctrine and St. Thomas Aquinas Church Doctrine and St. Thomas Aquinas contributed by Eric Maurer, MClass, Director of Classical Education at Regina Angelorum Academy. Source: Happy feast of St. Thomas Aquinas!  Today RAA celebrates our church’s premier theologian.  He himself a classical educator leading seminar-style classes in which students would pepper him with questions.  Aquinas defended church doctrine and considered countless heresies in his summation of theology, the Summa Theologica and in his Summa Contra Gentiles, written for non-Catholics.   Using the strongest objections to Catholic doctrine that he could find, Aquinas answered each of them one at [...]

St. Thomas Aquinas2023-01-27T16:56:15-05:00

Piety, Music and Gymnastic

On January 27th, our faculty will participate in an in-service day focused on Catholic Classical Education Curriculum. Therefore they will focus on the practices, activities, pedagogy, and curriculum that promote piety, music, and gymnastic in the classroom. Additionally, here are the ways these three areas will be discussed: Piety The duty, love, and respect owed to God, parents, and communal authorities past and present. (The Liberal Arts Tradition, pgs. 15 and 20). Teachers will reflect and note: How piety is reflected in a student's attitude toward the teacher and student interactions with others and visitors What curriculum decisions incorporate piety Their [...]

Piety, Music and Gymnastic2023-03-17T09:56:05-04:00

The Art of Speaking: Declamation

Liam Hallowell, now in 8th Grade, delivers his Declamation at the 15th Annual Forward in the Faith Gala benefiting Regina Angelorum Academy in May 2022. Each year at Regina Angelorum Academy, students participate in our annual Declamation competition. Declamation is the “art of speaking.”  In class and during after-school activities, students at RAA learn and practice how to give speeches: the art of public speaking. In addition,  students select a poem, narration, or speech to memorize each year, beginning in 3rd grade, and enter into the Regina Academies Declamation Competition. Each of the Regina Academies' schools holds its own contest [...]

The Art of Speaking: Declamation2023-01-30T14:31:51-05:00

The O Antiphons of Advent

During Advent, from December 17-23, the O Antiphons are sung during Evening Prayer. We recognize them in a modified version as they appear in the Advent hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel. From Catholic Online: There are seven short verses sung before the Magnificat during Evening Prayer of the Church on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. They each begin with the exclamation "O". Each of them ends with a plea for the Messiah to come. As Christmas approaches the cry becomes more urgent. The antiphons were composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts [...]

The O Antiphons of Advent2023-01-06T17:41:02-05:00

Feast of St. Lucy: Eyeballs, Crowns, and Buns

Today is the Feast Day of St. Lucy (or Lucia) which means light. It's a great day to celebrate light during these much longer nights and shorter days. Around school on All Saints' Day, you might see some of our students dressed up and carrying a plate with two eyeballs or perhaps a class eating eyeball buns. Why is this?   St. Lucy was born to a wealthy Christian family during a time when the Roman Emperor Diocletian was persecuting Christians. After her father died and her mother became ill, she was promised to a pagan man to ensure that she [...]

Feast of St. Lucy: Eyeballs, Crowns, and Buns2023-01-12T08:57:07-05:00

What is Gaudete Sunday?

Gaudete Means Rejoice Today, Gaudete Sunday, is a joyous occasion, but what does it mean and why is the color rose used? First, the definition. Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass, which is: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. (from Philippians 4:4-5) The Color Rose There is also the color rose. This is possibly the most recognizable symbol to many, especially when lighting a rose candle on the Advent Wreath. As a liturgical color, rose is a lightened version of the penitential violet [...]

What is Gaudete Sunday?2022-12-09T10:34:50-05:00

The History of the Advent Calendar

Each December, children are delighted to receive their Advent calendars. As each door is opened, scripture, an image, and sometimes a treat is presented. This tradition has been around since the 4th century, but many of us may not realize its historical significance. Originally, converts to Christianity spent their time during Advent to prepare for their Baptism and eventually it became the season of preparation for Jesus’ birth. Calendars began on December 1st because of the varying dates on which Advent began. Advent---that period of great anticipatory joy---is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ's arrival in Bethlehem as [...]

The History of the Advent Calendar2023-01-13T21:13:58-05:00

Advent Traditions for Catholic Families

  Advent, the prayerful and penitential liturgical season leading up to Christmas, offers so much to enjoy with our families. While the world has already professed Christmas is here, as Catholics, we try to observe Advent and keep to traditions that focus on salvation history from Creation through the Incarnation of Jesus. Familiar Advent traditions include placing wreaths and candles, special prayers each evening at dinner, and celebrating feasts that fall during Advent. There are many ways to observe Advent. Below are ideas you can try together as a family. Attend Mass Attending Mass allows us to grow closer to Jesus [...]

Advent Traditions for Catholic Families2022-11-22T12:21:43-05:00

Preparing for Christmas By Observing a Holy Advent

Advent at RAA Advent is traditionally a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and is sometimes called "little Lent". As we prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of Christ at Christmas, Regina Angelorum Academy (RAA) also prepares intentionally by praying different prayers during Forum and saying the St. Andrew Novena together beginning November 30. In this post, we share ways that RAA faculty and students will observe Advent. To learn ways you and your family can prepare together during this time of great anticipation, read our blog post about Advent Traditions for Catholic Families. Morning Prayer During Forum: Sing [...]

Preparing for Christmas By Observing a Holy Advent2022-11-22T11:34:48-05:00
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