Daily Announcements

MAY 3, 2017

About Our Faith:

FEAST OF ST. PHILIP & ST. JAMES, APOSTLES - James, Son of Alphaeus: We know nothing of this man except his name, and, of course, the fact that Jesus chose him to be one of the 12 pillars of the New Israel, his Church. He is not the James of Acts, son of Clopas, “brother” of Jesus and later bishop of Jerusalem and the traditional author of the Letter of James. James, son of Alphaeus, is also known as James the Lesser to avoid confusing him with James the son of Zebedee, also an apostle and known as James the Greater.
Philip: Philip came from the same town as Peter and Andrew, Bethsaida in Galilee. Jesus called him directly, whereupon he sought out Nathanael and told him of the “one about whom Moses wrote” (John 1:45). Like the other apostles, Philip took a long time coming to realize who Jesus was. On one occasion, when Jesus saw the great multitude following him and wanted to give them food, he asked Philip where they should buy bread for the people to eat. Saint John comments, “[Jesus] said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do” (John 6:6). Philip answered, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little [bit]” (John 6:7). John’s story is not a put-down of Philip. It was simply necessary for these men who were to be the foundation stones of the Church to see the clear distinction between humanity’s total helplessness apart from God and the human ability to be a bearer of divine power by God’s gift. On another occasion, we can almost hear the exasperation in Jesus’s voice. After Thomas had complained that they did not know where Jesus was going, Jesus said, “I am the way…If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6a, 7). Then Philip said, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” (John 14:8). Enough! Jesus answered, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9a). Possibly because Philip bore a Greek name or because he was thought to be close to Jesus, some gentile proselytes came to him and asked him to introduce them to Jesus. Philip went to Andrew, and Andrew went to Jesus. Jesus’s reply in John’s Gospel is indirect; Jesus says that now his “hour” has come, that in a short time he will give his life for Jew and gentile alike.
Reflection: As in the case of the other apostles, we see in James and Philip human men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving. All power is God’s power, even the power of human freedom to accept his gifts. “You will be clothed with power from on high,” Jesus told Philip and the others. Their first commission had been to expel unclean spirits, heal diseases, announce the kingdom. They learned, gradually, that these externals were sacraments of an even greater miracle inside their persons—the divine power to love like God.


FRIDAY - Mass, 7:10 am, Chapel; First Friday Adoration


  • LIBRARY – The library will be closed May 11th and 12th after school.  All library books are due May 15th.
  • LOST & FOUND – Items are displayed on table outside main office. Please claim your items by Friday. All unclaimed items will be given to charity.
  • VOTE FOR INTO THE WOODS FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDShttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017HSMTAPeoplesChoice
  • AP STUDENTS (next year) – MANDATORY MEETING, THIS THURSDAY, at 3:10, in dining hall for all students who have signed up to take an AP class next year. Please do not be late as it will be a brief meeting. Students will sign in and receive their summer assignments. The meeting is mandatory – no exceptions!
  • BAND CONCERT   SATURDAY, MAY 6 at 7:00 pm in the theater
  • SBA OFFICES FOR NEXT YEAR – WE WANT YOU – to run for SGA Officer! Are you energetic, organized and LOVE SBA? Do you want to plan Homecoming, Pink Week, Food Drive and so much more? Step up and be an SGA Officer! Petitions available beginning tomorrow in B120. Due by this FRIDAY. Offices are President, Vice President, Secretary, Chaplain and Sergeant at Arms. IT director also needed – pick up petition & submit résumé. Any questions? Stop by B120 or email Ms. Freel at freelh@sbaeagles.org.



    • GOLF - Interested in joining the Boys or Girls Golf Team, contact Coach Hervey @ 901 674-1658 or herveyb@sbaeagles.org. Practice and Evaluations begin August 4th and 7th.
    • VOLLEYBALL - OPEN GYM-Mon, Wed, Fri, from 3-5pm. If you are interested in participating in volleyball or if you just want to play, come on out. Questions? contact Head Coach Erica Lear at learmetrovbc@gmail.com. TRYOUTS, MAY 30 & 31, 12 Noon-2 PM in the GYM.
    • GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS - June 2, 5:00-6:30 pm & June 3, 10:00-11:30 am  For information, see Coach Jackson.
    • TODAY
      • JV BASEBALL @ JV Tournament, TBA
      • BOYS/GIRLS TENNIS @ Region Tournament, TBA
      • VAR SOFTBALL vs. St. Agnes @ SBA, 5:00 pm
      • VAR BASEBALL Dbl Elimination Tournament @ MUS, TBA
      • JV BASEBALL @ JV Tournament, TBA
      • TRACK @ Shelby County Championships-Houston, 4:30/6:00 pm
      • JV/VAR BOYS SOCCER vs. Briarcrest @ SBA, 4:30/6:00 pm
      • VAR SOFTBALL @ Briarcrest, 5:00 pm
    • FRIDAY
      • VAR BASEBALL Dbl Elimination Tournament @ MUS, TBA
      • JV BASEBALL @ JV Tournament, TBA
      • VAR BASEBALL Dbl Elimination Tournament @ MUS, TBA
      • JV BASEBALL @ JV Tournament, TBA
      • WATER POLO @ State Tournament, Knoxville, TBA
    • BOYS LACROSSE – Congrats to the Boys Lacrosse Team for outstanding action over the weekend.
    • TRAP – Senior Sam Childers won high overall at the Shelby County district trap championship on Saturday with a score of 99. Sophomore Harrison Lee won 1st place JV alternate male with a 92 and sophomore Joe Walsh won 2nd place JV alternate male with a 90.  Joe also earned his 25th straight patch in registered ATA competition.
    • WATER POLO – The Eagle Water Polo Team came in 4th out of 6 squads at the Western Sectional Tournament on Saturday. The first game was a hard fought 13-12 double overtime win against St. Georges.  The team was powered by Ray Wynne (8 goals), Zach Ryan (2 goals/1 assist), Emily Haff (1 goal/1 assist).  Andrew Williams had 10 saves. Playing only an hour later, the Eagles fell to CBHS 9-4.  Andrew Williams anchored the defense with 14 saves while Zach Ryan (1 goal), Jacob Hamman (1 goal) and Ray Wynne (2 goals/1 assist) led the offense. The third game was a 12-6 loss to MHEA.  The scoring was led by Zach Ryan (3 goals), Ray Wynne (1 goal/1 assist), Jake Coppedge (1 goal/1assist) and Emily Haff (2 assists). Ray Wynne and Andrew Williams were selected to the 1st Team of the Western Section All Star Team.  It was Ray’s 4th consecutive year as a first team selectee and Andrew’s 1st.