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Br. Nick's Weekly Memo

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