198th Anniversary of the Society of Mary


October 2, is the Feast of the Guardian Angels and the 198th anniversary of the Marianist order, the Society of Mary. Founded in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, The Society of Mary, composed of brothers and priests, built lay Christian communities dedicated to furthering Mary’s apostolic mission.

Although the society was not founded for any specific work, it became apparent early on that their focus would be on education. Chaminade advocated for schools of every kind and at every level, to be made available to the common people. He directed Marianist religious into schools to encourage Christian communities of learning.

Today, the Society of Mary serves in 30 countries on five continents. They minister over 100 schools around the world. In the United States, Marianists sponsor the University of Dayton in Ohio, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 18 secondary schools, six parishes and four retreat centers.

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade was beatified by Pope John Paul II September 3, 2000, his feast day is celebrated on January 22.

For more information about the Marianists, please visit www.marianist.com.

Chaminade Football at Loyola on October 2

Chaminade-EaglesOn Friday, October 2, the Chaminade football team travels to Loyola High School in Los Angeles to face the Cubs in a Mission League match-up. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. This is the first season of on-campus Varsity home games for Loyola, and there are specific ticket purchasing and parking instructions for Friday.

If you cannot attend, you can watch the game online via Prep Zone.

Ticket Purchase Information

  1. To purchase tickets, visit this website, http://www.loyolahs.edu/home-games/.
  2. Click on the link to buy tickets.
  3. Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for youth under 13, and free for children under three-years-old.
  4. Visiting faculty, staff and high school students are eligible to receive one free ticket (must present valid school I.D.) and should use promo code LHSFB15.
  5. Purchase your ticket online and present it at the ticket booth. Faculty, staff, and students, please remember your Chaminade I.D. You will need to present it at the booth.

There are 1,500 tickets held for Chaminade, but you are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance.

There will be a $10 per vehicle charge for parking, so please come prepared. Parking on or near campus is extremely limited. Loyola will close down Venice and parking will be on Venice in front of the school.

How to Tune-in
Prep Zone will stream the game live online at FOXSportsGO.com, as well as on the FOX Sports GO app. Download the app to your tablet or mobile device, select FOX Sports GO Extras or Prep Zone, and Chaminade at Loyola to watch the game. You will need to login with your TV provider credentials online, as well on the app.

An Apostolic Works Experience to Remember

By Annelie Rugg P ’20

“Mom, this is fun! When can we do this again?”

Hearing these words from my 8th grade daughter, Hanna, made me smile for many reasons. We were not at a theme park. We were not on a trip. We were volunteering three hours on a hot Sunday, August afternoon as a part of Hanna’s Chaminade College Preparatory apostolic works experience.

Our time was spent at Hopemill’s Assembly Day. Located in Encino, Hopemill’s mission is “to help those who find themselves homeless.” But it is so much more than just another well-meaning organization.

Funded entirely by private donations, Hopemill’s primary service is assembling backpacks (hence, Assembly Day) with essential items, and distributing them to the homeless, as well as to people living in missions and shelters throughout Southern California. On this particular Sunday, our volunteer contingent of about 25 people — including children as young as 6 and adults as old as 70 — carefully and efficiently assembled 400 brand new backpacks earmarked for delivery to a series of shelters near Bakersfield.

What makes Hopemill different, and why will we be back? For Hanna, it is energizing to join side-by-side with adults and other kids, building something that someone really needs. Seeing how a little bit of thought and organization can make volunteer work fun and meaningful. For Hanna and I, it is the detailed thought and care that goes into every aspect of the work that results in assembled backpacks. For starters, all the supplies are brand new: from clothing to food to personal items. We were not just jamming one of each item into the packs and zipping them shut. We were respectfully asked to “pack each bag as though it is a gift,” to convey to the recipient that they are a valued person.

So what did we do? Our cohort divided across about eight different stations, where volunteers carefully packed a pre-arranged selection of items comprising the general hygiene packet, the toothbrush packet, the shampoo packet, the food packet and, in my case, the stationery packet. This latter packet stood out for me: it consisted of a stamped envelope, a notepad or a few sheets of paper, a pen, and a safety whistle. It was included so those struggling to survive could write to family or friends and let them know how they are doing. Thoughtful. It made me see that these people are not just going through the motions. They have put themselves in the shoes of a needy person and imagined what that person could use that no one else thinks of.

I sometimes wonder whether Hanna has any sense of the impact her apostolic works have, or whether it even matters to her. Being part of Assembly Day at Hopemill re-awakened a confidence in the power of our works that we can make a positive contribution, and that there are real people out there who need our help. Hopemill is right in our neighborhood, helping people in our area, doing the simplest of things, and doing it with thought and care. Truly, an apostolic works experience to remember.

The Apostolic Works Learning Program allows Chaminade to educate students in grades 6-12 for service, justice, and peace by helping them engage in a variety of service opportunities. It is not just a Christian Service program, but one that forms Chaminade students into the school’s Catholic-Marianist tradition and challenges them to be agents of change.

Chaminade Celebrates Homecoming Week

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This week, students at the West Hills and Chatsworth campuses are celebrating Homecoming week. This year’s theme is “Journey Through the USA” and students participate in a host of activities all week long. Festivities kicked off Monday, September 14 with a rally at the middle school and the voting of the Homecoming King at the high school. Additional theme days for the week include State Fair Western Day, East Coast Preppy Day, Tacky Tourist Day and  USA/Red, White and Blue Day. On Wednesday high school students showed off their school spirit at the Road Trip Rally where Keanu Balani ’16 was crowned Homecoming King, and juniors rocked the house winning the coveted “Spirit Stick” for having the most school spirit.

Friday, September 18, is Varsity football game vs. Birmingham High School. Homecoming booths open at 4:00 p.m., the game kicks off at 7:00 p.m., and the Homecoming Queen will be announced at halftime. The week-long festivities come to a close Saturday night with a semi-formal dance “The President’s Ball,” and reunions celebrations for the Classes of 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005.

Chaminade Holds Off Valencia


Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News

On Friday, September 11, Chaminade traveled to Valencia  High School to face the Vikings. Leading 43-17 with 5:48 left in the third quarter, the Eagles seemed to be in full control of the game. The Vikings rallied back and scored three touchdowns in the second half. The Eagles managed to hold off the Vikings for a 43-38 non-league victory.

Next, the Eagles take on Birmingham High School, September 18. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PDT at Booster Stadium.

Read the Los Angeles Daily News article.

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