By Kate Beskid ’00
Wednesday, February 10, marked the start to a very important time in the Church and our community, the beginning of Lent. Over the next six weeks, Chaminade will be participating in many Lenten activities. Our theme this year is Journey to Mercy. Pope Francis has declared this year a year of Mercy and so, campus ministry is inviting all of our Chaminade community on a journey to mercy, and to experience the joy of God’s everlasting love and forgiveness. Each week, we will celebrate and commit to working on one value and how it helps in our Journey to Mercy. Our weekly themes include:
- Fast – Create Space In Your Life
- Pray – Make Time to Read and Pray
- Serve – Consider How You Value Others
- Give – Use Your Gifts and Talents
- Thank – Thank Someone Special
- Reflect – Make a Change for the Better
In the following, weeks we have many school wide events such as the blood drive, Stations of the Cross prayer service, a Sunday Life Mass and our Holy Thursday Para Liturgy. Campus ministry will also be hosting many service opportunities for our community including a lunchtime sandwich making, Teens for Jeans, making knot blankets for the organization Binky Patrol, a canned food collection drive, and a middle school house competition benefiting the Marianist organization called Partnering with the Poor. Information regarding Lenten activities on both our Chatsworth and West Hills campuses can be found online and through the Chaminade This Week email newsletter. We invite our Chaminade community to take advantage of these great opportunities that will help you in your personal journey to mercy.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday. Chaminade College Preparatory will hold a Mass and distribution of ashes at each campus in Chatsworth and West Hills.
DeLong Center, Chatsworth
Uribe Sports Center, West Hills
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons 14 and older. The law of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday (February 10) and Good Friday (March 25) applies to all persons 18-years-old and younger than 59. Fast and abstinence mean that one full meatless meal per day may be eaten. Two other meatless meals may be taken sufficient to maintain strength, but together they should not equal a full meal. Liquids, including milk and fruit juice, may be taken between meals. If health or ability to work is affected, fasting does not oblige.
Let us pray:
Mary, you were a powerful and quiet presence in the life of your Son.
Let us humbly attend, as you did, to the God, who accomplishes great things in us,
As we work and pray during this season of Lent. Amen.
On February 4, 2016, 756 donors gave $100,384 on Chaminade Giving Day. Thanks to this incredible feat, the Giving Day challenge was met, and a generous alumni family will give $25,000 to Chaminade College Preparatory.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Chaminade Giving Day. Whether you gave, volunteered, or spread the word about your love #forChaminade, you helped us reach our goal.
February 4 has arrived, and Chaminade Giving Day has begun! Help us reach our goal of securing gifts from 750 donors in 24 hours. If we do, an alumni family will give us a $25,000 gift. Here’s what to do:
- Give your gift online at www.chaminade.org/give.
- Tell your friends and followers that you gave today and show your love #forChaminade on social media. Help us spread the word!
On Signing Day, five Chaminade seniors signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and committed to playing football at universities in California, Washington, and Missouri.
- Jordan Chin – University of Washington
- Dymond Lee – UCLA
- Isaiah Thomas – UC Davis
- Oscar Madrigal – Missouri Baptist
- Raymond Campos – Missouri Baptist