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Br. Nick's Weekly Memo

WEEK of 30 APRIL 2017
 
The gospel of Luke shares the story of two despondent followers of Jesus traveling to Emmaus. One might even suspect that they're fleeing from Jerusalem to escape possible capture after Jesus' execution. While on the road, they encounter but do not recognize the risen Christ who patiently explains how scripture foretold of Jesus' suffering and death. They invite him to eat with them. When he blesses the bread and wine, they suddenly realize that their companion is Jesus!
 
This story underscores our incarnational experience of God. Like the two disciples, we come to know God through the sacred Word. Our hearts burn when we encounter God's truth and freedom. We meet God in the Eucharist, at the table of true Communion. Our eyes are opened to the realization that God has been at our side; especially in the darkest moments.
 
At senior retreat last week, I was privileged to watch seniors recognize how they had encountered God in their classmates. Many related stories of being afraid when they started at CHS but one person welcomed them. They spoke of how a friend loved them even though they knew everything dark about them. Others pointed out how they admired the good they saw in a classmate and thanked them for their example. At the Senior Banquet, senior speakers unanimously expressed a profound gratitude for their parents - their first teachers. Indeed, we often experience God working through others.
 
May we surrender our will to God's so that we might be His instruments this week.
 
PRAYER INTENTIONS for:
  • The repose of the soul of Irvin HS coach Archie Duran and the consolation of his family and his campus;
  • The recovery of the students from El Paso HS, Austin HS, Chapin HS, Andress HS, Irvin HS, Jefferson HS, and Burges HS involved in a collision this weekend;
  • In thanksgiving for the Holy Presence of the Blessed Sacrament on campus;
  • Those in need of healing; especially the mother of Phil Pineda '81 (in the hospital); former CHS teacher Ben Tice (battling cancer); the grandfather of senior Joseph Yanez; the mother of David Fontenot '90 (recovering from surgery); the grandparents of junior Zach Powell; the wife of Mr. Yanez (recovering from a car wreck); the mother of Sister Buffy Boeson (recovering from broken hip); the father of Mrs. Martinez (battling cancer); the grandnephew of Sister Dolorette; the father of senior Kevin Arreola; the paternal grandmother of junior Eddie Fernandez; fellow Lasallian Mimi McCall; Mary Hesser (reoccurrence of leukemia); Bill Strange '56 (recovering from cancer surgery); Blanca Canales (grandmother of Victor Reyes '10); Danny Jurado (cousin of Ms. Garibay); Teresa Enriquez de Bustamante; those battling ALS; those struggling with addiction and sobriety;
  • Blessings on the Irish Football Booster's Golf Tournament;
  • Those in mourning; especially the Saucedo, Moulton, Heredia, and Gardea families;
  • The Holy Spirit's blessings on our community during this Easter season;
  • The Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of our young men to consider a life consecrated to service to God as a brother, deacon or priest;
  • In thanksgiving for God's blessings on our admissions efforts;
  • Our alumni; especially expectant and/or new fathers;
  • In thanksgiving for all of our generous parent volunteers;
  • Those families struggling in this economy; especially those looking for work;
  • In thanksgiving for our faithful alumni, supportive families and generous benefactors.
 
KUDOS and THANKS:
 
Thank you to principal Aurora Lujan for her many years of service to generations of Cathedral students. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. We wish her well in her future California adventures!
 
We start off this week with the blessing of the San Pedro Maldonado Chapel on the third floor. Thank you to Sister Dolorette for getting the approval of having the Blessed Sacrament in the school building. She was also the liaison with the workers who did the renovation.
  • Thank you to the Most Reverend Mark Seitz, Bishop of El Paso, for approving and encouraging this project. We're honored to have him here to bless the chapel.
  • We're profoundly grateful to Lucy West for spearheading the invitation for staff and families to donate icons to the chapel.
  • Thank you to the Brothers Community for donating the Lasallian icons.
  • We're grateful to the Brittain family for the donation of the icon-style Stations of the Cross.
  • Thank you to Lucy West and Selene Vega for preparing a book with the stories of each saint on our icon walls and prayers for the Stations of the Cross. Thank you to Brother Javier and Brother Nick for preparing the book on the Lasallian icons.
  • We were blessed by the generosity of Father James McFadin who donated the stunning tapestry icon of San Pedro Maldonado. He also made liturgical recommendations.
  • Another blessing is the monstrance donated by Bishop Mark J. Seitz for Eucharistic adoration.
  • We're grateful to Jorge Virgen, head of Catholic Properties, for sharing his expertise with the renovations.
  • Finally, thank you to Aurora Lujan for her unflagging support of this important project.
 
Senior Retreat is always a major undertaking involving scores of people who want the best experience possible for our seniors. Thank you to all of the parents who donated water, food, and snacks. We're grateful to those family members and staff who wrote letters for the seniors.
Chaperoning overnight is a challenging task so we're especially grateful to Jake Estrada, Leo Steinhauser and Mario Vazquez! Thanks to the staff who assisted with different aspects of the retreat: Carlos Puertas, Mike Woznicki, Luis Lujan, Rebecca Hulick, Brother Javier, Brother Mariano, Jose Lara, Brother Nick and Jerry Alvarez. Thanks to Cafeteria Concepts for the hearty breakfast. Finally, we send a shout out to Sister Dolorette and Armando Heredia for organizing the two day retreat.
 
The 2017 Senior Banquet was simply amazing thanks to the efforts of senior mothers Tricia Brittain, Becca Conde and their committee. The senior gifts this year were beautiful school bags with CHS seal. Hats off to senior Daniel Ramirez and his crew for creating an incredible video tracing the four year journey. Thank you to Leslie Valtier and her volunteers for burning copies of video for every senior. This year's senior speakers spoke profoundly from the heart and touched everyone in the room: Jason Creighton, Mauro Provencio, Christopher Schutte, Luis Daniel Corona, and Chris Frazier. Congratulations to the seniors who honored by the various departments for their excellence: German Chao (French), Daniel Ramirez (Spanish), Jacinto Obregon (Social Studies), Alan Romero (Religion), Christian Garcia (Fine Arts), Christopher Schutte (Science) and Samuel Andres Duran (Math). Thank you to Elva Martinez for the lovely program.
 
Congratulations to the Jazz Band and the Choir for their successful Spring Fine Arts Concert.There were some outstanding performances! We were grateful for the presence of two guest artists to accompany our students: Ricky Malichi on Drums and Jaun Anguiano on Bass. Kudos goes to Mack Goldsbury and Sylvia Moreno for their direction. Thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended.
 
Congratulations to the student-athletes who qualified at TAPPS State Regional competition to advance to the State Track Meet. You had to get first or second in your event to advance. 3200 m: Brandon Seagreaves (1st); 800 m: Ian Smith (1st);1600 m: Brandon Seagreaves (1st); Evan Magallanes (2nd); 4x400 m relay: Alex Dragon, Ian Smith, Brandon Seagreaves, Nate Aguilar (2nd); 400 m: Nate Aguilar (2nd); 100 m: Dylan Whitfield (2nd); Long Jump: Dylan Whitfield (1st), and the 4x200 m team may advance as a wildcard to the state meet: Tommy Chavez, Cole Urrea, Nate Aguilar, and Justin Baker (3rd).
 
NEWS YOU NEED:
 
Breakfast (freshly made pancakes, a variety of burritos, cold cereal, fresh fruit) is available after 7:15 AM everyday through Cafeteria Concepts in the MPB.
 
Re-enrollment for next year is now open. You will be able to complete this procedure through your Parents Web account, as you did last year. Go to your Parents Web account and select Family information - the option for Enrollment/Re-enrollment will be found there. Follow the checklist until all sections have a green check mark on all the sections. You will then be able to make the Re-enrollment Payment of $550.00 for the 2017-2018 school year, at which time your re enrollment will be complete.
 
You may notice that we now have a difference service provider, Edlio, for our school's website (www.cathedral-elpaso.org). Please let Mr. Vazquez (mvazquez09@cathedral-elpaso.org) if something is not functioning properly.
 
The final all-school Mass of the year will be on Monday, May 1st, at 8:20 AM. This unusual schedule is to accommodate our celebrant, Bishop Mark Seitz. We will be on Bell Schedule #3. Students are in Irish Standard.
 
The Irish Football Boosters Golf Tournament is Monday at the Coronado Country Club. Registration begins at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Contact IrishBoosters@yahoo.com for more information and registration. We wish them all the best.
 
A photographer and reporter from the Washington Post will be on campus on Monday. They are working on a sports story following sophomore Raul Flores. Please make them feel welcome.
 
Brother Chris Patino, FSC, the Vocation Coordinator for the District of San Francisco New Orleans, will be on campus on Wednesday to visit with students interested in joining the Contact Program. This program enables college students to continue to discuss and discern their personal vocation with Brothers. There are also opportunities for retreats and service. Please join us in welcoming him.
 
Delasalle Day, our annual Field Day, will be on Friday at Veteran's Park in northeast El Paso. Details are being given through Homeroom.
 
The Alumni Association will host their monthly meeting on Saturday. This month's speaker is John Balliew, CEO and president of El Paso Water. Breakfast begins at 8:30 Am and the meeting begins at 9:00 AM in the Vandenburg Library.
 
DEVELOPMENT and ALUMNI:
 
The Cathedral Alumni Association will have its' monthly meeting on Saturday, May 6th, at the Vandenburg Library. This month's speaker is John Balliew, president and CEO of El Paso Water. He is responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater and reclaimed water service to the greater El Paso metropolitan area and stormwater management in the city of El Paso. He reports to and implements strategic policies set by the Public Service Board. Breakfast burritos are available at 8:30 AM and the meeting begins at 9:00 AM.
 
Last week I noted how a number of alumni were running for office. I failed to list Louie Pellicano '58 who is running for the City Council District 3 seat.
 
Congratulations to two alumni who will be inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Ray Adauto will be honored for his thirty-two years as a public address announcer for athletic organizations including UT El Paso, Sun Bowl Association, Golden Gloves and the El Paso Chihuahuas. Ronnie Hernandez is being recognized for twenty-nine year service as a college basketball official at the Division I level. He has officiated as such prestigious tournaments as the John Wooden Classic, the Great Alaska Shootout and the Hawaii Rainbow Classic. Congratulations to these two outstanding supporters of El Paso athletics!
 
The Alumni Association committee in charge of selecting the students who will be awarded Alumni Association scholarships will announce the recipients in the next two weeks.
 
The Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation is sponsoring another Brother Timothy Wine Sale for the first two weeks of May. We'll post details on FaceBook as soon as we have the link. All proceeds from the sales go directly to financial aid for students at CHS.
 
 
 
 
MEN OF IRON/MEN OF GOLD

 
 

Fraternally Yours,
Brother Nick Gonzalez, F.S.C.

WEEK of 23 APRIL 2017

 

This Sunday’s gospel is an amazing story of mercy. The resurrected Jesus suddenly materializes before startled apostles. Rather than attack them with recriminations for abandoning him, Jesus repeatedly said, “Peace be with you.” Thomas, the one disciple who was absent, later dismissed the story by demanding proof. He would not believe until he could touch Jesus with his own hands!

 

A week later, Jesus again appeared – this time a terrified Thomas was present. Again, rather than challenge Thomas’ lack of faith, a gentle Christ invited him to touch him. Jesus simply said, “Do not be unbelieving but believe!

 

Our classrooms and homes are filled with many a teenage Thomas. They want explore on their own. They refuse to believe until they have had the experience themselves. This is why it is essential for them to experience God’s loving mercy through us. We must pray for the grace needed to embody mercy rather than swift justice. Let us work at creating classrooms filled with true peace and patience. Let us pray that we can meet our students where they are and lead them toward the resurrected Christ who stands with outstretched arms ready to embrace them.

 

Peace be with you!

PRAYER INTENTIONS for:

 

  •      The repose of the soul of Lourdes Saucedo, mother of David Saucedo ’79 and grandmother of David ’03 and Maury Saucedo’06; and the consolation of their family;
  •      The repose of the soul of Geraldine Ann Vasquez, the grandmother of current students Anthony and Timothy Moulton as well as the mother of alumni Mark, Matthew and Martin Moulton, and the consolation of her family;
  •      The repose of the soul of the uncle of Armando Heredia and the consolation of his family;
  •      The repose of the soul of the father of Miguel Gardea ’06 and the consolation of his family;
  •      Those in need of healing; especially the grandfather of senior Joseph Yanez; the mother of David Fontenot ’90 (recovering from surgery); the grandparents of junior Zach Powell; the wife of Mr. Yanez (recovering from a car wreck); the mother of Brother Mariano (recovering from a fall); the mother of Sister Buffy Boeson (recovering from broken hip); the father of Mrs. Martinez (battling cancer); the grandnephew of Sister Dolorette; the father of senior Kevin Arreola; the paternal grandmother of junior Eddie Fernandez; fellow Lasallian Mimi McCall; Mary Hesser (reoccurrence of leukemia); Bill Strange ’56 (recovering from cancer surgery); Blanca Canales (grandmother of Victor Reyes ’10); Danny Jurado (cousin of Ms. Garibay); Teresa Enriquez de Bustamante; those battling cancer and ALS; those struggling with addiction and sobriety;
  •      The Holy Spirit’s blessings during this Easter season;
  •      God’s blessings on Ronald Pollack, former Lasallian Volunteer, as his wife and he begin their new marriage;
  •      The Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of our young men to consider a life consecrated to service in the church as a brother, deacon or priest;
  •      In thanksgiving for God’s blessings on our admissions efforts;
  •      Our alumni; especially expectant and/or new fathers;
  •     Those families struggling in this economy; especially those looking for work;
  •     In thanksgiving for our faithful alumni, supportive families and generous benefactors.

 

KUDOS and THANKS:

 

Kudos goes to Mr. Vazquez for organizing our inaugural College Signing Day assembly which honored the hard work of the Class of 2017. Thank you to Luis Lujan and Marco Ortigoza who were so instrumental in helping our seniors to achieve their hopes for college options. We give a shout out to seniors Christopher Schutte, Jaime Perales, and Abraham Millan for their honest reflections on the lessons learned from the college application process. Thank you to all of the parents who were in attendance.

 

We give a shout out to Connor White, Emmanuel Escarcega, and Luis Reynoso for being named by the El Paso Times to the All-City Swimming Team. Alec Barbour and Jacob Barajas were named to the Second Team. Manny Gardea, who trained under Coach Jack White, was named as the top swim coach.

 

Congratulations to the Spanish Honor Society and Ms. Garibay on the success of their annual Easter Basket Drive. Fifty-five baskets were donated to the Candlelighters organization which works with children dealing with cancer. Over three hundred were donated to the annual KISS radio station Easter Basket drive. Thank you to our students for their generosity.

 

We’re very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Davis of Cafeteria Concepts for taking over the lunchtime catering for our students. We’re especially grateful to them for doing so a week ahead of schedule. When our previous caterer simply stopped coming, Cafeteria Concepts quickly stepped in to fill in. Please join us in welcoming them to CHS.

 

Kudos goes to the CHS students who spent Holy Week evangelizing in the mountains of Chihuahua with students from Lasallian schools in northern Mexico.  Thank you to Zach Brittain Ochoa, Xavi Navarro, Jose Juan Tirado, German Tirado, Mario Porras, Alejandro Granados, Benito Fernandez and Angel Pappatheodoreau. Thank you to former CHS parent, Pacelli Mesta, for training them. Brother Javier was able to meet up with them while he was spending Holy Week with his Jesuit uncle in Creel, Chih.

 

Thank you to Andres Lopez and CHS students for hosting sixteen students from Lasalle Catholic College Preparatory for an El Otro Lado border immersion experience. By all accounts, this was the best week yet. It was also the last one for this school year.

 

Congratulations to Brother Javier Hansen, FSC, on the renewal of his annual vows. Brother recited his vows at April’s all-school Mass with Auxilary Visitor, Brother James Joost, FSC, as witness.

 

We’re grateful to Hampden Hurt and the Fellowship of Catholic Athletes for planting ice plants in the pots on the Porras Family Patio over break.

 

NEWS YOU NEED:

 

You may now use your MySchoolBucks account to add funds online to pay for your son’s lunches. Your son may also pay cash for lunch.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available to students starting at 10:30 AM on Tuesday in the third floor chapel.

 

The annual Honor Society Induction will be on Tuesday at 5:00 PM in the Houghton MPB. Various honor societies induct new members and give senior members their honor cords for graduation.  

 

The senior retreat will be from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Campus Ministry will be providing more details through Religion IV classes.

 

Classes will be dismissed early on Thursday (1:30 PM) for faculty meetings.

 

The Spring Concert of the Jazz Band will during Periods 1, 2, and 3 on Friday, April 28th

Families are welcome to join us.

 

The annual Senior Banquet will be at 6:00 PM on Friday at the Epic Railyard Event Center. The dress code is Irish Standard.

 

The 2nd Binational Congress Pro-Life Family Congress will be on Saturday, April 29th, at Canutillo HS. There will be a number of nationally recognized youth speakers. Check it out at www.binationalcongress.org. The cost is $10.00 per student.

 

The 4th Annual Football Boosters Golf Tournament will be on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Coronado Country Club. Registration begins at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. A team of four is $500 if you register before April 15th. There are opportunities to be green, blue or gold level sponsors. Contact IrishBoosters@yahoo.com for more information and registration.

 

Coming up:

 

The final Mass of the school year has been moved to Monday, May 1st, to accommodate Bishop Seitz’ schedule. Mass will be at 8:20 AM at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

  •      Bishop Seitz will consecrate an extra host to put into a Luna which will be placed into the tabernacle in the third floor chapel. After Mass, there will be a procession with the Luna leading back to the chapel. Representative students from first period Religion classes and members of the choir group will participate in the procession. Upon arriving at the chapel, Bishop will bless it and name it the San Pedro Maldonado Chapel.
  •      San Pedro Maldonado became a priest during Catholic persecutions in Mexico. Although trained in Chihuahua, he had to be ordained at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 1918. San Pedro returned to Chihuahua to minister to various parishes. He was regularly harassed by the authorities and sometimes had to flee to escape sure death. San Pedro was finally arrested in 1937 and beaten so severely that he died the next day. He was a martyr for the Catholic faith. Throughout his life, San Pedro had and encouraged a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Delasalle Day, the annual school field day, will be on Friday, May 5th. More details will be forthcoming from the Dean’s Office.

 

ALUMNI/DEVELOPMENT:

 

The Class of 2006 had their well-attended class reunion Easter weekend. Thank you to Matthew Loweree for helping to organize the day and to Diego Lopez for all of the photographs. The class honored the memory of classmate Eder Diaz by putting a memorial cross in the hallway. Eder’s parents were present and expressed their gratitude to the class.

 

Thank you to Leo ‘80 and David Feuerstein ’84 of Western Precast Concrete for becoming one of the sponsors for the upcoming Wall of Giants exhibit on CHS at the El Paso Museum of History. We’re grateful to Octavio Gomez ’98 of Pan y Agua for sponsoring the catering for the opening event. We appreciate Mimco for also being a sponsor. Thank you to alumni Joseph Balsiger and Danny Levario for spearheading this.

 

Congratulations to Aldo Lopez for becoming a shareholder in the law firm of Ray, McChristian & Jeans, PC.

 

A number of alumni are becoming involved in local and national politics by running for office.

 

Kudos goes to Nathaniel Armendariz ’16 who was recently awarded with the Sons of the American Revolution medal at Texas A&M University. Only one was awarded per branch of the Corps of Cadets. Armendariz is a member of the Marine Corps NROTC Battalion.

 

MEN OF IRON/MEN OF GOLD