Holy Week Message from Bro. Adam Becerra

Dear Chaminade Family,

Throughout our Lenten season, our Chaminade community has been celebrating God’s amazing grace. God’s grace is the very essence of who we are and how we are called to manifest His presence in our everyday life.

Beginning with Palm Sunday, we have now entered into the holiest times of our Catholic tradition: Holy Week. This is a time in which we reflect upon and enter deeper into the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ: his life, death, and resurrection. Every Christian is called to contemplate upon this mystery to seek ways in which to follow Jesus and live out His amazing grace that comes with the gift of salvation.

The Marianist Three O’clock prayer that we pray everyday reminds us that we stand with Mary at the foot of Jesus’ cross, ready to receive the gift of His very own self, and manifest His love throughout the world in which we live in. This is the gift of being at a Marianist school. We encounter the love of Jesus Christ who offered Himself for us on the cross and resurrected to a new life that would bring us love, faith, hope, and joy. It is also through this encounter that we gather together with our brothers and sisters of other religious faith traditions to celebrate and recognize God’s infinite love in each other.

I pray that each of you may experience the love and joy that comes with Jesus’ resurrection as you rejuvenate your life and bring hope to others. May God’s blessings be upon each of you and your families as you celebrate the gift of God’s amazing grace!

In Christ,
Bro. Adam  Becerra, fsp, M.Th.
Director of Mission Integration & Ministry

Bro. Skip Continues to Inspire Chaminade Students to Serve

After Bro. Skip’s passing in December 2016, several students proposed putting together a Chaminade service project to keep his memory alive. The inaugural event took place on a Saturday in March, and more than 100 students and faculty from both campuses served three organizations, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, MEND, and Heal the Bay.

The day started in Campus Ministry (West Hills), and the group joined in prayer before leaving on buses to their destinations. The Student Council sponsored bus sponsored headed to the Food Bank, the largest in the United States serving several millions of people each year. Students helped by sorting donated foods and checking expiration dates and quality of canned foods before sending them down a conveyor belt for packaging. By the day’s end, they sorted 29,737 pounds of food!

MEND Poverty volunteers cooked meals and worked in the organization’s mailroom. Their work doubled as a cooking lesson, and they had an opportunity to taste the food MEND clients would be served the next day. This bus was sponsored by Chaminade’s Caring Hearts and Homeless Hearts Clubs.

The Key Club and Environmental Eagles Clubs joined forces to sponsor the third bus, which took Chaminade students and faculty to participate in Heal the Bay activities. With more than 1,000 other volunteers, including Chaminade’s middle school students, the group worked to keep Southern California’s beaches clean.

Chaminade Service Day happened thanks to the efforts and commitment of Keegan Coppola ’17, Nick Sederlin ’17,  Monty Balleweg ’17, Cristian Puente-Ortiz ’17, Tina Najm ’17, Erin Fabian ’17, Tina Pan ’17, and Alec Simoni ’18. High School Principal, Bro. Tom Fahy; Director of Campus Ministry, Shawna Sedik; and Director of Student Activites, Julie La Belle helped the students to determine how the day would unfold. The students each took ownership of a specific project, promoted Service Day, led ice breakers on the bus, and served as group leads at each service site on the day of the event.

Each service group had an amazing experience and impacted their local communities through a few hours of service. Campus Ministry and Student Activities hope to continue to offer Chaminade Service Day, work more with the middle school, and double the number of students who will go out and keep Brother Skip’s legacy alive.

Funds raised during Chaminade Gala’s fund-a-need on April 8 will establish the Bro. Skip Matthews Apostolic Works Endowment. This endowment will help fund projects like Chaminade Service Day, which will ultimately enhance one of the most important parts of the educational experience at Chaminade – Apostolic Works.

 

Chaminade Mock Trial Makes History…Again

Chaminade Mock Trial has accomplished what no team from Los Angeles County ever has: they reached the semifinals at the California State Championship two years in a row. This is on top of their history-making victory in November 2016; a back-to-back Los Angeles County Championship in the senior division, and a concurrent first-place win in the junior division.

As was the case last year, the Legal Eagles first had to prevail in the largest county Mock Trial competition in the country, and defeat more than 90 different teams. No school has ever repeated as Los Angeles County Champion in a field of this size.

Winning qualified the team to represent Los Angeles County at the State Championship held in Riverside. From the beginning, Chaminade was considered one of the teams to beat. In their first round, the Prosecution Team defeated the county champion, Justin-Sienna High School (Napa). In Round 2, Chaminade’s Defense Team faced and defeated former State Champion Redlands High School (San Bernardino). The Defense was called upon again in Round 3 to win against former State Champion and reigning Sacramento County Champion Elk Grove High School.

Wins in the first three rounds secured the Legal Eagles a spot in one of two semifinal rounds against Shasta High School (Shasta). In their third match of the day in a packed courtroom, Chaminade was narrowly defeated. However, their 3-1 record and scores secured Chaminade fourth place overall at State. This is ahead of former State Champions and Mock Trial Powerhouse schools Menlo, Tamalpais, Riverside Poly, Centennial, Redlands, Elk Grove and La Reina.

This year’s case was People v. Awbrey, where the Defendant, Cameron Awbrey was charged with the Human Trafficking and False Imprisonment of the chef of his new restaurant, a young immigrant from the fictional country of Tanterra.

Three members of the team were recognized for their performances during the competition, including Bryce Hurless ’17 who received the most outstanding witness award for his portrayal of the Defendant Cameron Awbrey. Others receiving recognition include attorneys Samantha Bader ’18 and Louis Gerny ’18.

The members of the 2016-17 Mock Trial Team are Maxwell Newman ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, Lexi Afradi ’17, Veronica Mansour ’17, Christine Gotthardt ’17, Christopher Azarloza ’17, Bryce Hurless ’17, Kristina Marter ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, Hannah Sellfors ’18, Bryce Shirley ’18, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Isiuwa Omoigui ’19, Julia Wilson ’19, Brenna Cheney ’19 and Chloe Johnson ’19. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.