Chaminade Welcomes Grandparents to its Middle School Campus

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Welcoming grandparents and grand-friends to Chaminade College Preparatory’s Chatsworth campus the Tuesday of Thanksgiving is a well-loved, annual tradition.

Today the tradition continued as hundreds of our grandest guests arrived in the morning to celebrate a Grandparents Mass with middle school students, faculty, and staff. Concelebrants Fr. Ted Ley ’58 and Fr. Joseph Raj led a beautiful Mass which reflected on the importance of grandparents. After Mass, guests and students enjoyed snacks and had the opportunity to pose for photos.

Join us for High School Open House

HS Open House 2On Sunday, November 19, Chaminade College Preparatory welcomes families to Open House. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about our high school program, which combines a rigorous academic curriculum with robust course offerings and extra-curricular activities. Open House will be held at our West Hills campus from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During Open House you can:

  • Take a campus tour and see our facilities
  • Talk to faculty, students, and current parents
  • Learn about our one-to-one tablet technology
  • Visit academic departments and learn more about our innovative learning program
  • Explore our arts and athletics programs
  • Talk to our admissions team and administration

Don’t miss a special performance of Macbeth by William Shakespeare in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Families are invited to drop in anytime during Open house and stay for a Q& A after the performance.

If you can’t make it to Open House, please call 818-347-8300 to schedule a tour or visit our website.

Respect Life Week

From October 10 to October 20 Chaminade joined Catholic schools around the Los Angeles Archdiocese in celebrating Respect Life Week. Each October we try to set aside some time to focus on the very precious gift of human life and the ways that we can contribute to treating that gift with reverence and dignity. This year we focused on the seven Catholic Social Teaching Principles:

  • The Dignity of Human Life
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Options for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity, and Stewardship
  • Care of God’s Creation 

We celebrated a beautiful Mass on each of our campuses highlighted by a candlelight procession symbolizing how we can be light to the world and stand up for human dignity. Gia Frank ’24, pledged to take care of God’s creation and challenges all of us to do the same saying “each of us has a calling to make the world a better place.”  Alec Simoni ’18, says that respect life is about “valuing dignity in one another regardless of who or where you are in life.”  He promotes the dignity of human life through the club that he founded, Caring Hearts, whose mission is to help sick and impoverished youth in our community and around the world.

Society of Mary 200th Anniversary Prayer

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Monday, October 2, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Mary.  This is a joyful day for the Marianist brothers and priests, and they ask all of us to help them celebrate in a simple and profound way.

The Marianists have composed a special prayer commemorating their bicentennial, and encourage everyone at all sponsored schools and other ministries to join as one voice, simultaneously, on that day.  Think of it: all students, Marianist educators and parents across the Province joining in prayer with Marianists at the same time!  Truly, we will be what Blessed Chaminade called a “spectacle of saints.”

The following time zones will gather us into one voice to pray:

Time Zone

Hawai’i
Pacific
Central
Eastern
Ireland

Begin prayer at

8 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
7 p.m.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., a SHINE (middle school) and LIFE (high school) Team member will say the Bicenntenial Prayer over the public address system. All classes will come to a halt to pray the prayer.

The entire Chaminade family is invited to join the Marianist family in prayer today:

Holy God,
you chose Mary to be the mother of your son,
and you have chosen us to know, love, and serve you
as members of the Marianist Family today.

Help us bring Christ anew to the world!

We give thanks for your faithfulness
And for the faithfulness of Marianist brothers, sisters and priests
across 200 years of Marianist life and service.

And we give thanks for the Marianist Family that today
carries on the inspiration of our founders.

Help us discover and faithfully live our vocations,
with Mary as our model, letting your word be fulfilled in us.

Bless all of us in the Marianist Family;
may we together practice the love of Christ
and continue to know, love, and serve you for centuries to come.

May we be a spectacle of saints,
for the world and all those we meet,
helping your kingdom come!

And may the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be glorified in all places,
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Amen.

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.