Nativity receives Innovations in Catholic Education Award
“We’re just a little school in El Monte so getting this national attention is such an honor,” says Sister of St. Louis Stacy Reineman, principal at Nativity Elementary School, one of 12 recipients of the 2014 Innovations in Catholic Education Awards from Today’s Catholic Teacher.
St. Lawrence Martyr rakes 3rd at State Junior High Decathlon
St. Lawrence Martyr School, of Redondo Beach earned third place at the 2014 California State Academic Junior High Decathlon, held April 5 at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino.
Serra Catholic School, from the Diocese of Orange, won the event which featured nine teams from junior high schools throughout California, plus a team invited from Denver. St. Lawrence Martyr represented the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after the team’s third consecutive winning performance in the local competition March 1.
‘His music rose to God in blessing and in praise’
Paul Salamunovich began his role as music director at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood when my twin brother and I were in the eighth grade at St. Charles School —in 1949. Over these 65 years it has been a privilege to have known Paul and to experience his extraordinary music genius on so many occasions, both at the parish and in many other venues where he directed choirs.
Water conservation: High school video sends a message
Using the digital tools of their generation, members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Earth Club decided to make a humorous video with a timely message highlighting simple tips on how to conserve water in this third consecutive year of California’s drought.
Earth Club co-historians Christina Roh, videographer, and Emma Weeks, video “news anchor,” joined with seven other club board members in the project to raise awareness about water conservation in light of the state’s three-year rain deficits, low-reservoir levels and sub-par snowpack.
CEF Senior Mass honors 650 students
The accomplishments of hundreds of graduating high school seniors — recipients of tuition assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation — were celebrated during a Mass April 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Interfaith clergy awareness of juvenile justice issues increases
Community Bible Church’s Senior Pastor Ruett Foster shared his own story to help the teenagers he sat with at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall open up and talk about their own lives.
And Imam Abuishaq Abdulhafiz, from the Islamic Shura Council, was awestruck by the maturity of the teenage girls housed in the only female unit at the Sylmar detention center.
A new approach to ‘Together in Mission’
Together in Mission, part of the annual Catholic appeal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, makes it possible for 37 parishes and 56 schools to continue serving their communities.
“It appears to be off to a strong start,” said Anthony Sciacca, director of archdiocesan appeals, of the 2014 campaign. This year’s goal is to raise $15 million, money that would go straight to communities most in need.
L.A. Catholics present pope with letters from undocumented children
Ten-year-old Jersey Vargas met Pope Francis today.
Vargas joined a coalition from Southern California that journeyed to Vatican City to deliver letters from children with undocumented parents written to the Holy Father.
In her letter, Vargas wrote how she’d spent her last two birthdays without her father, who has been in custody with U.S. immigration officials. She told the pope about her father in person today after the general audience at St. Peter’s Basilica.
At the Cathedral: Fresh insights, inspired by faith
Graham Student Art Exhibit offers high school youth a showcase for their artistic talent.
Louisville High School senior Nathalie Moreno has applied to the University of Southern California to pursue a career in fine arts. On the afternoon of March 23, she was thrilled to learn that renowned artist Gayle Garner Roski — for whom USC’s Roski School of Art and Design is named — would back her with a letter of recommendation.
Garner Roski is a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels’ fine arts committee and a strong promoter of the fourth annual Robert Graham Memorial Student Art Exhibit, which opened March 23 and runs through May 4. Moreno is one of 72 Catholic high school participants, having created “The Lion of God,” an unusual but faith-based sculpture on display at the Cathedral.
Attendees: They came, they saw, they said…
The 40,000-plus who came to the Religious Education Congress March 14-16 offered comments on a variety of topics — from the workshops they attended to the faith they practice and proclaim. A sampling of their reflections (more online):