Chaminade Celebrates Advent

Over the last three weeks, Chaminade has been celebrating the Advent theme, “So We Wait.” As a community, we reflected on the coming of our Savior, Emmanuel, God-with-us, and are now ready to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent on December 22, which will mark the final week of prayer as we wait for the birth of Jesus Christ on the eve of Christmas. This final candle, the “Angel’s candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on earth, goodwill to all people.” As a Chaminade family, let us unite in peace and hold each other in prayer, knowing that our God of peace will soon be born and will ring hope to a new year!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Season of Advent

Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp, DMin
Director of Mission Integration & Ministry

Next week Chaminade transitions into the season of Advent. This is a time of waiting in joyful hope for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Campus Ministry has chosen Awaken Hope as our Advent theme for 2017. We recall the wonderful story of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary saying, “You shall bear a son and name him Emmanuel.”  With Mary’s profound “yes,” we are invited to prepare our hearts for the Incarnate God-with-us, Jesus Christ. This is what sets us apart from other Catholic schools – our call to ponder upon Mary’s yes in bringing Jesus Christ to a waiting world – a mandate from Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

In order to prepare the way of our Lord, we will celebrate two prayer services that will be led by our very own SHINE and LIFE Teams on each of our campuses. These services will include scripture, music and personal testimonies given by students and faculty.  The dates and times are as follows:

  • Chatsworth: November 28 at 9:15 a.m. (DeLong Center)
  • West Hills: November 30 at 10:00 a.m. (Uribe Sports Center)

On December 8, we will also celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Mass which deepens our understanding of Mary’s birth and how God acted upon her soul, keeping it “immaculate.” The Masses are scheduled as follows:

  • Chatsworth: 9:15 a.m. (DeLong Center) – Priest Celebrant, Fr. Ted Ley, SM
  • West Hills: 10:00 a.m. (Uribe Sports Center )- Priest Celebrant, Msgr. Raymond East (Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila, Washington D.C.)

Campus Ministry will also schedule times for our students to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the Advent season.

All of our parents are invited to attend one of our prayer services and Mass as we journey together in joyful hope for the birth of our Savior!