St. Mary's Logo History and Meaning
The logo of St. Mary's Catholic School was designed in Winter 2019 by Rev. Brian Buettner. Each element of the logo has a special significance to our school community.
The three main colors of the logo are blue, gold and white.
Blue has always been a color attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of our school.
The color blue was specifically mentioned in Numbers 15:38-39 to remind the Israelites to hold
fast to the Commandments of God. There was never anyone who remained truer to the commandments
of God than the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Gold is a color representing that which is precious and valuable. It has commonly been used in religious art to highlight the awesome presence of God and to remind us of His glory. Gold also adorns all of the sacred vessels that touch the Most Blessed Sacrament during Mass.
White is a color that represents purity, virtue, and holiness. This is particularly seen in the Sacrament of Baptism when the newly baptized receive a white baptismal garment to remind them to one day bring that garment unstained into the Kingdom of Heaven.
+ Fleur-de-lis, Chalice & Olive Branches
The Fleur-de-lis is the central image in the logo for St. Mary's Catholic School. This ancient symbol represents the Blessed Virgin Mary and combines two distinct flowers – the lily and the iris. The lily represents the purity and virginity of Mary, and the iris represents the Seven Sorrows Mary endured during the life of her son Jesus Christ.
Superimposed upon the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of a chalice and host that are used during the Sacrament of the Eucharist. St. Mary's Catholic School was established in 1907, as the parochial school of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church immediately after the parish was established as the first Catholic Church in the Lawton Fort Sill area. The history of the parish and the school are inseparable.
The golden olive branches surrounding the fleur-de-lis and the Eucharist represent the victory and peace that come from being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Students of St. Mary's Catholic School are encouraged to achieve academic excellence, and they receive the moral and ethical groundwork to put their knowledge in service to God and their neighbor for the rest of their lives.
The motto of St. Mary's Catholic School is "know, love and serve." This is taken from the Catholic approach to the question of why each of us was created. We were created to know, love and serve God while on Earth so that we can be with Him forever in Heaven. "Know, love and serve" are "Cogitare, Amare and Servire" in Latin. At St. Mary's, this motto guides our desire for each of our students to be a future leader equipped with a moral compass to guide their lives.