Last week Chaminade College Preparatory LIFE Team members, Anagette San Roman ’17 and Daniella Torres ’17 participated in a joint service project with other San Fernando Region Catholic high schools at the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row.
Students from Chaminade, Notre Dame, Crespi, Louisville, Holy Family, Flintridge Sacred Heart, and Alemany volunteered for the mission’s annual Back to School event. Back to School provides Los Angeles Unified School District students with new clothing, shoes, socks, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, hygiene kits, and food. The high school volunteers stuffed backpacks with school supplies, and handed them out; as well as passed out clothing and other personal care items.
Following the event, volunteers attended Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in celebration of the culmination of the Year of Mercy.
When students and faculty returned to Chaminade College Preparatory in August, they found updated and renovated Campus Ministry spaces. Thanks to fundraising efforts during Chaminade Gala in April 2016, the school was blessed with much-needed updates to two of the most popular spots on its campuses.
Campus Ministry at the middle school has moved to a more central location and is now across the library. The office space has been transformed into an area where students spend their free time, and during lunch, they fill it wall-to-wall! Multiple sitting areas offer comfortable spots for lounging, homework, board games, and more.
In addition, middle school student clubs and teachers use the new Campus Ministry office as a meeting space. From SHINE gatherings to prayer opportunities and movie club meetings, to a place for family spirit and community building, in a matter of weeks, the office has added significant value to the school community. Faith, fellowship, and fun continue to flourish in Chatsworth.
The high school Campus Ministry office was also transformed over the summer. While it remains in its same spot (near the Cohasset entrance), the space feels and looks different. Affectionately known as Chaminade’s West Hills “living room,” Campus Ministry was repainted, and new furniture and flooring were installed.
Like a true living room, students relax here after a hectic day, watch movies, play heated battles of Madden or FIFA on the Xbox360, or catch-up with one another. The LIFE Team has more planning space in which to better build small faith communities on campus, and as retreat season approaches, the whole of Campus Ministry looks forward to many reunions during which retreatants can relive their memories and experiences.
Renovations for the Campus Ministry rooms at both campuses were made possible by a campaign known as fund-a-need during Chaminade Gala. In a matter of minutes, 88 donors raised their bid paddles and contributed more than $76,000 to this transformational project.
The renovation and revitalization of Chaminade College Preparatory’s Campus Ministry spaces at both campuses has begun.
At the middle school, Campus Ministry will move from its cozy, tucked away place behind the Student Center to a full classroom next to the library. Its new home will be at the center of activity, a fitting location for the heartbeat of Chaminade.
Campus Ministry at the high school will remain in is current location, but will be updated and refreshed. The well-loved area will be repainted, and new furniture and flooring will be installed. In addition, work and collaboration spaces will be added, along with new media equipment, and better storage.
These summer projects were made possible with the help of Chaminade Gala. Fund-a-need during Magical Journey raised more than $75,000 for the school’s Campus Ministry renovation project.