At Hope of the Valley Thrift Shop, students organized the donations that are used to help the homeless get a new start in life.
On Saturday, September 22, Campus Ministry at Chaminade’s middle school campus hosted its second annual Service Saturday. Service is a big part of the Chaminade experience, and through the Apostolic Works program, student’s missionary spirit leads them to give direct service to those in need through various methods of outreach. Service Saturday was an opportunity for students to put their Apostolic Works Commissioning into action and become agents of change.
At the Pregnancy Counseling Clinic, volunteers worked on prepping, stuffing and boxing baby bottles for upcoming baby bottle drives.
At the West Valley Food Pantry Garden, students helped with weeding and resetting the beds for the Fall planting.
More than 200 students, parents, faculty, and staff met at the Chatsworth campus for breakfast and prayer service before heading out to their destinations.
Volunteers served ten organizations and collectively performed more than 400 service hours. “I really enjoyed working alongside students and parents as a participant of Service Saturday,” said middle school principal, Michael Valentine. “It was a great opportunity to give back to our local community and bond together with members of our Chaminade family.”
Each service group had a fantastic experience serving their local community while discovering an appreciation for their dignity and self-worth, as well as the dignity and self-worth of others. “I would say this experience opened our eyes to the love and friendship that can be formed when we all come together as one family and share our gifts with each other,” says middle school parent Melissa Mandyam. “It was just a wonderful day that we will never forget.”
Volunteers joined Tree People and assisted with cleaning up the environment, watering, removing invasive species, and planting seedlings in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade said, “We are all missionaries, and we consider ourselves on a permanent mission.” In September, high school and middle school students were commissioned to start or continue their journey of service in a special Apostolic Works Commissioning Mass held on each campus. Throughout each Mass, the message was clear, as a community we must continue the mission of the apostles and follow in the path of Mary and become agents of change.
“No matter what type of service you choose, no matter what organization you help, you are making a difference to someone,” said Chaminade student Gia Frank ’23 during her presentation at the middle school Mass. Frank continued to reflect upon her first experiences as a fifth-grader visiting Chaminade for the first time and how one student recognized her trepidation and made an effort to make her feel welcomed. “I just came here in search of a school, but I found a home and family I didn’t know was missing from my life. I have witnessed the power of God’s love through this community, and it is a powerful thing.”
The Mass was not only a call to action but also a reminder that God has blessed us all with unique talents and gifts to help one another. “If there is one thing God gave you that is powerful and cannot be overlooked, it’s your voices. What you do well, and what you are passionate about, is what makes you special. It is what makes you…you, and it is what makes you a servant leader.”
The Apostolic Works Service Learning Program is rooted in the Catholic, Marianist tradition of being in alliance with Mary’s mission: to nurture Christ in others and communities to transform the world by giving service to those in need through various methods of outreach. It empowers students to discern their gifts and apply them to organizations that expose them to life situations different from their own to become agents of change. From middle school through high school, students will experience a progressive growth in their responsibility of service from one grade level to the next. The program also spurs students to question why service and transformation are necessary, what changes have to be made, who needs to be served, what motivations move one to serve, and how adaptations and changes might be practically affected. Students discover an opportunity to connect the knowledge or skill they learn in a classroom with how it can be used to help others or transform conditions in their community.
Click here if you would like to read Gia Frank’s full reflection.
Chaminade’s second annual Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, 2018. This year’s festivities, hosted by Chaminade’s Gala committee at the Marianist Community House in West Hills and sponsored by Laura and Michael Galieote, feature authentic German food, beer, music, games, and other fun activities.
“It’s a great community builder,” says Chaminade’s President, Rob Webb “parents from both the middle school and high school attend and it draws our community closer creating that family spirit.”
Chaminade’s Oktoberfest is a fundraising event leading up to the Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction in March. All proceeds directly benefit student programs on both campuses. “We had so much fun,” says Karen Friedman, who attended last year’s festivities with her husband, Adam. “The food is great, and the music is fun, people dance and best of all, it’s a great way to help our children’s school.”
Guests can either bring a Gala auction item valued at $50.00 or more per person or pay $50.00 per person at the door by check, cash or credit card. Click here to RSVP today!
There’s just one week left to support the 2017-2018 Chaminade Fund campaign, and help us reach 100% participation among parents, alumni, and faculty and staff by May 31, 2018. To help us finish the year on a powerful note, please give your gift today. The easiest, quickest way is to give online, or you can call (818) 360-0615 to make your gift over the phone.
The Chaminade Fund is our highest fundraising priority, and allows us to fulfill our promise as a Catholic Marianist school to a Chaminade education affordable to a socioecnomically diverse community. Gifts to Chaminade’s Greatest Needs provide the most flexible funding, and allow Chaminade to respond to learning opportunities as they arise. Gifts may also be designated to support programs that are the most meaningful to you, such as the Wellness Program, financial aid, the arts, athletics, or other student programs.