Congratulations to the 85 STCS students who competed in over 20 categories at the P.S.I.A. meet on Saturday, March 24th. And thank you to the parents that not only chaired sessions that day, but listened to recitations and prepared your children in other ways for the event. Due to everyone’s fantastic efforts, 23 of our students earned a 3rd place or higher distinction in their areas, and 15 of our students will go on to compete at the state level! Ms. Dorian Speed and the faculty who supported her in our preparation efforts deserve our undying gratitude for all of the work and time they invested in getting us “fighting fit” for the competition. STCS came in third overall among all of the schools competing.
On Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m. our choir will perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with string quartet and organist, Dr. Kevin Clarke. The concert will also feature sacred motets and chants appropriate to the celebration of the Holy Mass and the Lenten season. Soloists included Catherine Goode, Soprano and Lauren Henderson-Turner, Mezzo-Soprano. The choir will be directed by Mr. Zachary Turner.
On Monday, January 29th, select 5th–8th graders visited the campus of Houston Baptist University at the invitation of Dr. Terrence Johnson, Chair of the School of Music and Director of Choral Activities. They performed a 40-minute concert in a forum of students and faculty of the music school. The quality of the performance was exceptional and our audience was absolutely thrilled. The accolades were so great that Dr. Johnson has invited our students to collaborate with him and his collegiate choir in a performance of a piece he is composing in honor of Saint Therese-The Story of a Soul.
Part of any great, well-rounded education is Athletics. We encourage our students to exemplify what they learn in the classroom on the court, field or track. We instruct our students to be leaders and good examples whether they win or lose. Come on out and show your support for our Griffins!
We are so proud of our Griffins and what they’re doing on the basketball court! Check out our latest achievements for this season.
On November 8, 2017, the fifth grade at Saint Theresa Catholic School stepped back in time to experience the sights and sounds of an authentic recreation of a 16th century European village at the 13th Annual School Days at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Students interacted with hundreds of costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science, and literature of the Renaissance Period.
Fifth grade students competed in multiple contests as part of the festival, and earned awards in several categories at the Intermediate School level. In the Poetry competition, an Honorable Mention went to Danica Tran for her poem, “Dragons,”, with Adanna Okeke’s “The Queen’s Party” earning third place, Anastasia Dementyev’s “Of Times Long Past” second place, and Monica Martin’s “Death Remembrance” first place.
In the Essay competition, third place was merited by Emily Tran with her essay “The Renaissance Inventions,” second place by Monica Serice with “Major Inventions during the Renaissance Period,” and first place by Megan Cung for her essay, “Henry VII, King of England.”
In the Art competition, Honorable Mention went to Stacy Saucedo for “The Girl Writing Music” and Megan Cung for “The Lone Knight,” with Jaclyn Khong winning first place for her drawing, “Renaissance Princess.”
The Texas Renaissance Festival includes an Early Music Festival during the School Days program, designed to encourage students to explore the varied forms of early music and to discover the joy of performance. Our fifth grade students won second place in the Treble Choir competition under the direction of Mr. Zachary Turner.
We are thankful for the opportunity to attend the School Days this year!
Please join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. as the Saint Theresa Catholic School Music Department
hosts “Una Noche de Música.”
This fundraising event will take place in the Community Center on the parish campus located a 705 St. Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77498.
An evening social will be followed by performances of faculty and students of Saint Theresa Catholic School featuring selections from Bizet’s famous opera Carmen, along with other Spanish influenced pieces.
Cocktails (cash bar), Hors D’oeuvres, and Silent Auction begin at 6:30 p.m. (babysitting will be available on campus)
Concert begins at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets – $35.00
Please R.S.V.P. to Toni Goldak at email@example.com, or call 281-494-1157.
St. Theresa Catholic School in Sugar Land has recently celebrated a number of unprecedented events. On Friday, May 26, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was the main celebrant for the school’s first Graduation Mass. The eighteen members of the eighth grade class included a number who had formed the first pre-K class at the very opening of STCS.
Two days after Commencement, the group set upon fulfilling a dream: a class trip to Rome. Having studied Latin since first grade, the group had been anticipating this journey for years. Under the auspices of the Paideia Institute and under the very capable direction of Meaghan Harley, their guide, they enjoyed ten days of enriching travel, exploring a rich blend of experiences both ancient and modern, secular and sacred.
Having arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, they immediately boarded the motor coach that would take them south to Campania: Naples, Pompeii, and Baia. That the trip would impose physical demands became clear from the start, since the first excursion involved scaling Mount Vesuvius!
The arduous climb offered the spectacular reward of a panoramic view of Italy’s celebrated Amalfi coast. While in the area, the group blended study with relaxation as they visited the Naples National Archaeological Museum (home to the celebrated Farnese collection of classical sculptures) and the Mediterranean beach at Bacoli! The latter site afforded the visitors cool breezes as well as some treasured bits of sea glass.
Gastronomic delights included a taste of genuine Campanian mozzarella di buffalo, the world-famed mozzarella made from the milk of Asian/Indian water buffalo of the region. They also enjoyed carbonara, varying their pasta choices beyond the familiar spaghetti. In each neighborhood they visited, they found—and delighted in—the gelateria—sampling new and rich flavors.
A number of “Aha!” moments punctuated the journey as when the group chanced upon a statue of St. Philip Neri. They graduated on this saint’s feast, and Cardinal DiNardo’s homily included mention of St. Philip’s wholesome good humor. Seeing the statue in Rome was like meeting an old friend in a faraway place! Similar encounters awaited the group at the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Church of St. Mary, built over a shrine of Minerva) which houses the body of St. Catherine of Siena. While touring the Catacombs of St. Callistus, the group learned from their guide that St. Cecilia, patroness of music, had been buried there. They later visited the Church of St. Cecilia in Trastevere (beyond the Tiber River), where the relics of the martyred saint are now preserved.
In addition to meeting saintly friends in stone, the group delighted to see sculptures that they’d grown familiar with from photographs. The Capitoline she-wolf and the statue called “The Dying Gaul” awaited them in the Capitoline Museum, while the celebrated Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoön group were highlights among the Vatican Museum sculptures.
The ten-day trip became a blend of tour and pilgrimage. Much as the travelers enjoyed seeing the images of mythological characters and Roman emperors, they responded with a profound silence as they visited such sacred sites as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of San Clemente. Availing themselves of the opportunity to go to Confession at St. Peter’s Basilica and to dispose themselves to receive a plenary indulgence there as well as at St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran, the group was, by journey’s end, unable to limit themselves to only one favorite site or moment or experience.
During the final night of the trip, after enjoying one last authentic Italian meal near Piazza Navone, the band of travelers was led down Roman streets, left turn, right turn, until they were happily surprised to be standing before the Trevi Fountain. Taking advantage not only of the chance to catch a last evening photograph, this time with the illuminated fountain as backdrop, the pilgrims fortified their hopes to return to The Eternal City by casting a lucky coin into the Trevi Fountain.
On Friday, May 26, 2017, Saint Theresa Catholic School conferred diplomas on its very first class of graduates. STCS families and students were delighted that His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, accepted our invitation to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, which immediately preceded the Graduation Ceremony. The 18 students of the first-ever graduating class of Saint Theresa Catholic School formed a very impressive group. All of them gained acceptance to their top-pick high school. These included such institutions as Strake Jesuit, St. Agnes Academy, St. Thomas, St. John XXIII, and Incarnate Word Academy. Most of our graduates have earned substantial advanced academic credit in Mathematics, Latin, and Spanish.
In his homily, Cardinal DiNardo congratulated the graduates on having had the benefit of a solid Classical and Catholic education, then charged the group to consider the good they could do for their fellow man in the world through the formation and training our students receive at STCS. He reminded the group that the use of reason and the development of character are unique gifts that God has bestowed upon man, and that each of is therefore called to use our gifts in service of one another.
The faculty, processing in full regalia, took their places in the Sanctuary following Mass, and Father Eurel Manzano, Pastor, opened the Graduation Ceremony with a touching Invocation. Mrs. Francesca Rice, Assistant Principal, served with aplomb as Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Mark Newcomb, Headmaster, gave a brief opening address that reminded the graduates of how far they have come over the years since they first entered STCS. He also thanked those who laid the foundations—literally and figuratively—of our very fine Classical and Catholic institution. Dr. Anne Carson Daly, former Academic Dean of Belmont Abbey College and past President of Mount Saint Mary College, delivered the Commencement Address. She encouraged the graduates to face the future by orienting themselves to the light—Christ himself. She also challenged the entire assembly to think less in terms of self, and to focus more on those who need our encouragement and help. Dr. Daly noted that the path of wisdom lies in showing gratitude and lending a hand in support of the salutary labors of those around us.
Zachary James M. Alonte
Samuel Thomas Cerda
Dominic Anthony Corridore
Trish Phuong-Truc Duong
Chidubem Jordan Ezike
Felecia Raquel Gonzalez
David Michael Herne
Cybil Elizabeth Long
Melvin Gabriel B. Mendoza
Jakob Samuel Merkelz
Leonardo Joonhee Morales
Riley Bishop Perry
Tristan Nhat Phan
Sofia Giovanna Roncal
Anthony Nguyen Thai
Fernando Enrique Urdaneta Morillo
Ross Mann Watson
The Ceremony featured a Gratitude rite, as each graduate presented a single rose—in honor of Saint Therese, the Little Flower—and a letter of thanks to their parents. In their notes, the graduates extolled their parents’ encouragement, financial support, and foresight.
Individual graduates were then called to the stage to receive Achievement Awards for a host of academic distinctions in Music, Latin, Art, Spanish, Mathematics, Athletics and other subjects.
The Morales family was given special recognition as the very first to register with STCS when the School was newly launched.
The Ceremony concluded with a Benediction from Father Eurel Manzano, followed by a catered reception for graduates and their families in the Community Center.