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.

Volunteer Mixers are Around the Corner – RSVP Today!

The Office of Advancement and the Chaminade Parents’ Association will host the school’s annual volunteer mixers on Tuesday and Thursday, August 20 and 22. The mixers are a chance to meet committee chairs of special events, find out more about available volunteer opportunities, and meet other parents, grandparents, and Chaminade’s Advancement team.

Both mixers are open to all parents and are not campus-specific. Parents of middle and high school students at Chaminade may attend either event, and everyone is encouraged to bring a friend.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception
Tutor Center Amphitheater (West Hills)

Thursday, August 22, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Oak Room, Chaminade Hall (Chatsworth)

Click here to RSVP

Jordan Axani Comes to Chaminade April 8

Jordan Axani has a long track record of bold acts that move and inspire people. His unique background and immense vulnerability have made Jordan a sought-after speaker on mental wellness and leadership. To learn more about Jordan, visit jordanaxani.com.

The Chaminade Wellness Program welcomes Jordan Axani, mental wellness and leadership expert, Monday, April 8, to speak to parents, students and teachers about the biggest problems facing our mental wellness.

During his visit, Jordan will give the following presentations:

  • Middle School: What’s Your Big Truth?
    Jordan shares stories and lessons of his struggles with letting his family and friends in on some of his mental health challenges and ways to cope by being open and honest.
  • High School: What’s Your Big Lie? 
    Jordan focuses on the mental health struggles that affect high school students today and offers coping skills such as acceptance, peer support, and awareness of local mental health resources.
  • Parent Presentation
    5:30 p.m. Reception  |  6:00 -7:00 p.m. Presentation

    Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, West Hills campus
    Jordan talks about the state of mental health in teenagers and discusses how parents can better communicate with their children on this important topic. All parents with a student(s) in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP for the parent presentation.

This event is made possible by funds raised from the 2018 Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction providing Chaminade the tools to expand our vision to develop resilient young men and women who can advocate for themselves and successfully balance school life.

Lent 2019: Here is My Heart Lord

On March 6, Chaminade marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday prayer services on both campuses. “Here is My Heart Lord” is our Lenten theme for 2019. As we journey through this season of Lent, we are asked to recommit ourselves to God’s merciful love, and act upon our apostolic call to pray, give alms, and fast during this sacred liturgical season.

To help us on our Lenten journey, Chaminade will host events on each campus which our families are encouraged to attend.

LIFE Mass – March 10 at 5:00 p.m.
• West Hills Campus Condon Center Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Chatsworth Campus: March 14-15 at  2:20 p.m.
• West Hills Campus: April 11-12 time TBD

Lenten Prayer Service
• Chatsworth Campus: “Stations of the Cross” March 20 at 9:15 a.m.
•  West Hills Campus: “Last Seven Words of Jesus” April 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Founders Day Mass – April 4 at 9:30 a.m.
• West Hills Campus

Last Supper Para Liturgy – April 8 at 10:15 a.m.
• Chatsworth Campus

In the following weeks, Campus Ministry will offer opportunities for our students to serve, including an apostolic works sock drive, service Saturday for middle school students, a service trip to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, and spring cleaning drives throughout March and April for the high school students. Additionally, on March 29, Chaminade will once again host the Special Olympics on the West Hills campus.

More Information regarding campus-specific Lenten activities can be found online and through the Chaminade This Week email newsletter. We invite our Chaminade community to take advantage of these great opportunities to help you in your Lenten journey.

Catholic Schools Week Comes to an End; Three Employees are Honored

Middle school students making blankets at SHINE Faith Sharing Lunch. Photo by Instagram @campusminnadems

Another successful Catholic Schools/Marianist Heritage Week has concluded at Chaminade College Preparatory. Students on both campuses enjoyed fun-filled, mission-driven activities. Middle schoolers enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed special dress days and celebrated the week with an NJHS Bake Sale, Mix It Up Lunch, Faith Sharing, house picnic, and energetic Faith Rally.

High school students on a service trip with Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Instagram @nadeactivities

High school students commemorated the week with Random Acts of Kindness Lunch, an Instagram contest, the annual Fr. Chaminade Contest, a service trip with Habitat for Humanity, and an exciting Formation in Faith Rally.

Marianist Educators honored three fellow employees with the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award: Kelly Benning and Paul Sauter from West Hills, and Oscar Perez from Chatsworth. Each recipient was nominated by his or her peers for demonstrating one or more of the Characteristics of Marianist Education: integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice, and peace.

Pictured left to right: Luis Guerra, Kelly Benning, Paul Sauter, and Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp. Photo by Pam Liceralde

Kelly Benning is the librarian at the West Hills campus. She makes the library an innovative learning space for discernment, reflection, and academic research. Under her leadership, the library is a gathering place where students are challenged to consider how they can contribute to society with their gifts and talents. 

Paul Sauter, biology teacher and science department chair on the West Hills campus, demonstrates compassion, humor, and love in all he does. Paul serves through the Kairos retreat every year and has coached in the past. He is always willing to give of himself to serve his students.

Pictured left to right: Nikki Russ, Oscar Perez, and Fr. Josephraj Rymond, S.M. Photo by Tommy Smeltzer

Oscar Perez is on the facilities staff at the Chatsworth campus. With a positive attitude, Oscar imparts warmth, understanding, and generosity in all he does, from setting up for Masses and rallies, to finding solutions to complicated campus problems. His work is precise, accurate, and done with a smile. Dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff, Oscar has a hand in everything on the Chatsworth campus.