Spotlight on Campus Ministry
- June 2023
- May 2023
- March 2023
- February 2023
- January 2023
- December 2022
- November 2022
- October 2022
- September 2022
As the winds of Pentecost howled through the Upper Room and filled Jesus’ disciples with the Holy Spirit, the month of May was also a month to celebrate the Holy Spirit moving through our students. As the quote above attests, God’s glory is made manifest best when we are living our lives “fully alive.” In May, as we closed out the academic year, we celebrated all the ways we saw our students be “fully alive.” And we believe that by our students living out their lives to the fullest, they truly brought great glory to God!
Organized by the Service Leadership class of Ms. Maile Shelley, the entire school engaged in the Duck Race fundraising effort and raised money that went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The annual event honors Mr. Jim Olwell, a beloved Math teacher, coach, and former student who battled cancer twice before passing away in 2017. On May 10, each grade level and the faculty and staff had a representative actually race ducks (rubber ducks, that is) across the pool. It was great fun!
The seniors came together for a senior breakfast on May 17th, and were given the letters they wrote to themselves when they first came to De La Salle as Freshmen and again at their Kairos retreats. They again came together with their families to be celebrated in a gorgeous Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 19th, when we heard from 6 of our seniors who gave a call to worship and reflected on how they learned, acquired and will live out the 5 core Lasallian principles of concern for the poor and social justice, faith in the presence of God, quality education, respect for all persons, and what it means to build and be in an inclusive community.
This year’s ST. BENILDE AWARD, which is awarded by the Campus Ministry team to a graduating senior, was given to John Arcidiacono who consistently demonstrated his commitment to Christian service and ideals from the first day he set foot at DLS all the way to his last. John was a consistent and dedicated member of the Campus Ministry leadership team during his 4 years on Winton Drive.
KAIROS REGISTRATION: Registrations for the 2023-2024 Kairos retreats opened up a couple of weeks ago. All rising seniors received information in their Religious Studies classes about registration as well as an email with the registration link. The retreats are already filling up fast. If you have a rising senior, please register NOW by clicking on this link.
SUMMER DISTRICT PROGRAMS: Several of our students will be participating in two of our SFNO District’s summer programs:
- LASALLIAN YOUTH ASSEMBLY (LYA) June 11-16, 2023 will take place in San Diego. We will be bringing eight students and two adults to this week-long immersion. They will experience first-hand the reality of immigration and spend a week of service and learning with their fellow Lasallians from other schools in the District.
- LASALLIAN STUDENT LEADERS (LSL) July 16-21, 2023 will take place at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. We will be bringing fifteen students and two adults to this action-packed week. This weeklong program will gather students from across the District for leadership training. Students will gain valuable skills to equip them to be great leaders here at De La Salle High School.
As we rejoice in this season of Easter, we recall a motto that appears at our school and many other Lasallian schools - Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve. The image above is from our Ven a Ver Tijuana immersion (explained below) where our students truly had an opportunity to become Christ's hands and feet in service to those in need. At our Founder's Day Mass (see below), Father LaSalle reminded us to "incarnate Christ" in our daily words and actions. As we live these 50 days of the Easter season, may we celebrate it best by truly being Christ's hands and feet as we "bless all the world."
“Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which He looks, Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good, Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.’” (St. Teresa of Ávila)
A LOOK BACK:
- HOLY WEEK MASS: It was a joyous celebration anticipating the Resurrection of Christ when the entire De La Salle student body, staff, and faculty came together on April 4 to celebrate the Holy Week Mass with Father LaSalle Hallisey, OP, and Father Mark Padrez, OP. At this Mass, we recalled our journey through Lent, including our reflection on the Stations of the Cross in the Inner Courtyard, as we looked forward to the celebration of Christ's victory over death and our promise of eternal life.
- SPARTAN CHARITY CHALLENGE: We also celebrated a successful Spartan Charity Challenge thanks to the generosity of all our faculty, staff, and students - especially Mr. Curry's 9th grade students, who alone raised more than $1,440. The entire 9th grade class won the competition by raising $3,346 out of the total $8,000.01 that was collected.
- VEN A VER: A group of five students and two members of the Campus Ministry team spent their Holy Week (April 2-8) in Tijuana, Mexico, living, learning, and serving those in need. The group stayed at our Christian Brothers ministry, Centro La Salle, in downtown Tijuana for a week of immersion into the topic of immigration. The team served at three different migrant shelters, had an official visit with the Border Patrol, sat in on an immigration court hearing, interacted with people involved with immigration issues and policy, and even did direct service at a farm for migrants. It was truly a life-changing experience.
- MMM WEDNESDAY: On the morning of April 19, O Happy Days filled the beautiful skies of the De La Salle inner court thanks to the Carondelet and De La Salle choir, under the direction of Ms. Amy Way and the accompaniment of Mr. Reguzzoni, Matthew Ortega Cerna, Peter Heiskell, and Cody Lasater.
- FOUNDERS DAY MASS: On Wednesday, April 29, we celebrated St. La Salle with a Founder's Day Liturgy. It was our last all-school liturgy of the year. At the Mass, we also recognized the Lasallian Educator of the Year, Mr. Joe Grantham, as well as the many years of service of De La Salle staff and faculty.
A LOOK AHEAD:
- MMM WEDNESDAY: While we technically had our last MMM Wednesday, we will be having another gathering on Tuesday, May 16. It will be a way for our students to celebrate the last late start of the year with great Music, Ministry, and Munchies.
- SENIOR BREAKFAST: The seniors will get together the morning of May 17 for a breakfast before their graduation practice. Here they will receive the letters they wrote themselves during Freshman Retreat, as well as their letters from Kairos.
- BACCALAUREATE MASS: We will celebrate our seniors in a very special way at our Baccalaureate Mass on May 19 at 6 pm. Be sure to mark your calendar if you have a senior.
- SUMMER DISTRICT PROGRAMS: Several of our students will participate in two SFNO District summer programs:
- Lasallian Youth Assembly (LYA), June 11-26 in San Diego. This assembly will immerse our students in the reality of immigration where they will spend a week of service and learning with Lasallian students from other schools in the District.
- Lasallian Student Leaders (LSL), July 16-21, at St. Mary's College in Moraga. This weeklong program will gather students from across the District for leadership training. Students will gain valuable skills to equip them to be great leaders here at De La Salle.
As we enter into the month of March, Christians from all around the world enter into the season of Lent, a 40-day season of preparation for Easter. The three traditional practices we are called to engage in during this season are Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Here at De La Salle, we want to give every opportunity to our students to take advantage of this season to become the best versions of themselves, guided by these three pillars. Before we get into all of these opportunities, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the highlights from last month.
- Mega Drive – From January 30 to February 10th, we ran our first “Mega Drive”, a collaboration with our Lasallian Youth Club led by Brother Inigo Riola. We raised over 200 books for St. Jamie Hilario School in the Philippines, 500 diapers (with more on the way) for Bay Area Crisis Nursery, and over 50 jackets for Contra Costa Foster Friends!
- Laps for Life – On February 4th, over 200 people gathered for De La Salle’s 12th annual Laps for Life event. Laps for Life is a positive event, focused on changing the way we talk about teenage mental health. This year, we raised over $3,000 with all of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Thank you to all who attended and to Mrs. Jennifer Stein, Mrs. Lauren Stevens, Dr. Christopher Miller, and Ms. Maile Shelley for their work planning this year’s wonderful event.
- Kairos #144 – Over 40 of our seniors participated in Kairos #144, the first Kairos to be held at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. This was an amazingly impactful experience for our seniors. In the words of one of the participants, “With all of the love…I was able to learn more about myself, the people around me, and God.” The last Kairos of the year is coming up this month, so keep the participants in your prayers.
- Parent-Son Retreat – Almost 20 families participated in the Parent-Son Retreat at the end of February. This was a beautiful time for parents to connect with their sons, spend some quality time together, and work on continuing a strong bond between them. As one parent remarked, “Thanks for this wonderful opportunity and the gift of time with my son. Such a special time that I will treasure for life.” This was our last Parent-Son Retreat of this year, but look out for the two opportunities coming up next year!
LENT 2023 OPPORTUNITIES
As we have mentioned above, the season of Lent focuses on the three traditional practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Here are some of the opportunities our students have to dive deeper into Lent and nurture their spiritual lives:
- Ash Wednesday: We kicked off Lent with our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on February 22nd. As we gathered over 1,000 of us into the Hofmann Center to worship, our students heard from the Word of God and also from two of our seniors (Sean Cofer and Chukwunonso Udeh) who inspired all of us to enter into these 40 days of Lent in a very intentional way.
- Morning Mass: During the season of Lent, we will continue to offer Mass every morning of the school week, but at a slightly later time--7:45AM. Students and faculty alike are invited to join us in the Chapel to pray and start the day off on the right foot.
- CONFESSIONS WITH FR. LASALLE: When we fast, we recognize the things in our life that we can “give up” or turn away from during the Lenten season. Fr. LaSalle is available for Confessions during Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays of Lent to help students identify the things in their life they need to “give up” or “let go of” to help them get closer to God.
- ALL-SCHOOL RECONCILIATION SERVICE: On March 16th, all DLS students will participate in an All-School Reconciliation Service. This will give us the chance to communally look at the areas of our lives that need attention and invite God into our lives to bring us healing and wholeness.
- SPARTAN CHARITY CHALLENGE: One of the best ways our students can engage in this Lenten practice is through their participation in the Spartan Charity Challenge. This challenge, which began in 1998, has raised over $247,000 for local and global charities. This year we are supporting the relief efforts for the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, our Lasallian ministries to the poor of Eritrea, Africa, the Monument Crisis Center here in Concord, CA, and our very own Brotherhood Fund at DLS that helps all of our students when going through financial hardship. We have collections three times a week during Lent and students can also donate using their MySchoolBucks account. (And stay posted for more information on how to donate online!)
May this season of Lent be a time for you to do the spiritual work to become the best version of yourself!
As we enter into the month that everyone associates with LOVE (and chocolates and cards and Hallmark), it is important to remember what true love is. This verse from the Gospel of John reminds us that we demonstrate love best when we give of our lives in the service of others. Throughout February our team in Campus Ministry is giving our students an opportunity to demonstrate love through a number of different ways to serve. Before we get into those upcoming events, here is a quick recap of what your students have been up to:
We began the New Year (2023) with a Kairos Retreat with our seniors. Kairos 143 was held under torrential rain and we got to experience nature unleashing its power as a giant tree right outside the adult leaders’ sleeping quarters fell upon unsuspecting patio furniture. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it was quite a humbling moment and it reminded us all to be deeply grateful of all the gifts we have, most of all the gift of love that our young men got to tangibly feel during this Kairos retreat.
We ended January with the Sophomore Retreat--Metanoia. This retreat was held over a period of five different days to give our sophomores a chance to explore deeper in smaller groups their call to be Men of Integrity. They used the model of Jesus, especially in John 8, as a person who stood up and stood for those most in need as a way to challenge themselves to stand for others.
We celebrate Catholic Schools Week starting on Monday, January 30. Each day our students got reminders of how special it is to be at a school rooted in faith, just as our founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle, envisioned for his students.
Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:
- De La Salle “Mega Drive” – January 30th-February 10th: We will be launching the “Mega Drive” at the end of January and it will run through February 10th to help our local communities and children in the Philippines. Students can donate books, diapers, and jackets. The diapers and jackets will be distributed locally, especially during this harsh and rainy California winter. The books will be sent to the Philippines on behalf of the De La Salle Lasallian Youth Club. Service Leadership and Lasallian Youth will be tabling to collect donations outside the Hofmann Center.
- In February, all Juniors will participate in the Junior Retreat--F.S.C.: Faith, Service, and Community. It is a day-long immersion experience of service and learning that takes place at St. Anthony’s Kitchen in San Francisco. Students will learn about the reality of poverty and our response to the social needs of our community. For more information, reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Laps for Life - Saturday, February 4: It is a powerful, positive event focused on changing the conversation about teenage mental health. With openness, love, and community support, we can have the courage to talk about our struggles and loss, and we can become healthier together. Part resource fair and part walk/run fundraiser, Laps for Life is hosted by De La Salle High School with the dual purpose of promoting mental health and preventing teen suicide. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. at De La Salle High School. For more information, reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley at email@example.com.
- Ven a Ver Tijuana application extended to February 7th. All juniors and seniors interested in putting their love into action by learning and serving those most in need can still apply for Ven a Ver Tijuana (April 2-8, 2023). This immersion experience will take students to our Lasallian ministry on the Mexican border for a week of learning and serving. All juniors and seniors interested can click here to fill out the application. For more information, reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mother/Son Liturgy and Brunch–Sunday, March 5: As we approach the last semester with our Seniors, this is a great opportunity to celebrate a great Mass and meal with your son. Click here to register.
2022 was quite a year, and we at De La Salle commemorated the conclusion of this year well. The Junior Mass of Unity brought out our junior class on a Sunday to celebrate their call to be one body. During the mass they encircled the entire Hofmann Center as a symbol of that unity. Our Mass of the Immaculate Conception brought together our entire student body to conclude the year united in prayer. And we kicked off Finals Week in prayer on Monday with Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Service, including dozens of roses left at our statue as well as pan dulce and Mexican hot chocolate!
As we begin 2023, we look forward to a new year filled with promise and hope. This semester offers so many new opportunities for our students! As you will see below, all sophomores will be participating in a brand NEW retreat--Metanoia. All of our juniors will have a reNEWed opportunity to serve those in need with their F.S.C. retreat, back after a hiatus due to the Pandemic. We have a NEW Ven a Ver immersion to Tijuana, Mexico for our interested juniors and seniors. And so much more…
Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:
Toy Drive Update: De La Salle High School brought cheers to the Bay Area this Holiday Season! The Annual De La Salle Toy Drive was a massive success! Thanks to the partnership of Ms. Shelley’s Service Leadership students and Mr. Eidson’s Freshmen Religion classes who rallied the school, our students donated over 1,000 toys and raised $3,772. De La Salle High School was able to deliver toys to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, De La Salle Academy, Running With Love, and Oakland Catholic Worker.
Sophomore Retreat--Metanoia: All sophomores will be attending this one-day, off-campus retreat, beginning on January 23rd, with their religion class. This retreat is not only connected to their curriculum but it is, more importantly, designed to help students develop into the Men of Faith and Men of Integrity that we expect graduates of De La Salle to be. All sophomore parents should have received the permission slip to sign off on in preparation for this experience. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andrew Berkes at email@example.com.
Junior Retreat--F.S.C.: All juniors will be attending the Faith, Service, and Community (F.S.C.) immersion beginning at the end of February. Students will go with their religion class to St. Anthony’s Kitchen in San Francisco for a day of service and learning about the reality of poverty in the Bay Area. Students will have various opportunities for service to complement the learning they are doing in the classroom about our response to the social needs of our community. More information will be distributed to juniors at the end of this month. For more information, reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ven a Ver, Tijuana–April 3-8, 2023: Juniors and Seniors can join De La Salle High School Campus Ministry as we embark on a new Ven a Ver (Come and See) across the border to Tijuana, Mexico! It is a chance for our Men of Faith to take all that they have learned in the classroom over their time at De La Salle and put it into action. During this immersion, students will have the opportunity to learn from the Christian Brothers in Tijuana about the lives of those in the community and do direct service with those in need. The application for Ven a Ver Tijuana CAN BE FOUND HERE, and it is due by January 31st. Please reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley - email@example.com if you have any questions.
Laps for Life--Saturday, February 4: Laps For Life is a powerful, positive event focused on changing the conversation about teenage mental health. We believe that with openness, love, and community support we can have the courage to talk about our struggles and loss and we can become healthier together. Part resource fair and part walk/run fundraiser, Laps for Life is hosted by De La Salle High School with the dual purpose of promoting mental health and preventing teen suicide. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 am at De La Salle High School. For more information, reach out to Ms. Maile Shelley - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother/Son Liturgy and Brunch–Sunday, March 5th: As we approach the last semester with our Seniors, this is a great opportunity to celebrate a great Mass and meal with your son. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
De La Salle “Mega Drive” – January 30-February 10: We might be moving out of the Holiday Season but we never move out of the giving season at De La Salle High School. The “Mega Drive” will be running from January 30th to February 10th. This is a chance for students to donate 3 different items to benefit people in need in our community: Books, diapers, and jackets. The diapers and jackets will be distributed locally, especially during this harsh and rainy California winter. The books will be sent to the Philippines on behalf of the De La Salle Lasallian Youth Club. Service Leadership and Lasallian Youth will be tabling to collect the donations outside the Hofmann Center.
There is so much to be thankful for and we are grateful that November was filled with so many opportunities to give thanks. We opened the month of November with a beautiful All Saints Mass and ended it with an equally beautiful Thanksgiving Mass. We also came together for MMM Wednesday to sing and eat together early on November 9th. Thanks to the Donut Club who offered donuts to all who showed up to brave the cold, we also listened to Peter Heiskell sing Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, and all together we sang Lean on Me.
On November 10th we acknowledged our veterans with a prayer service in the Quad during lunch and said a prayer for them and for all the veterans who served this country.
During this month of December, our Church begins a new liturgical year as we enter into the season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for the amazing celebration of Christmas, a time when we reflect on how much God loves us by sending us His only Son (John 3:16). This is a month where we particularly walk with Mary, and recognize that this time was a time of great hope for her as she prepared to give birth to Jesus. It is with this same hope that we celebrate the following this month:
World AIDS Day on December 1st - a day that we hold onto hope for an eradication of HIV and hope for all those suffering from AIDS
Junior Mass of Unity on December 4th - a hope-filled morning that reminds our Juniors of their unity as a class and the integral part they play in the life of De La Salle High School
All-School Mass for the Immaculate Conception on December 8th - our last all-school mass of 2022 to remind ourselves that, like Mary, God has an incredible purpose and hope for each one of us as we bring Christ into this world in our own way
Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Service on December 12th - a prayer service before school where we recall the hope that Mary’s appearance brought to Juan Diego in Mexico in the 16th century
Our Annual Toy Drive is here! The Toy Drive is a way for our school community to bring hope to hundreds of children in Contra Costa County living in poverty. The drive concludes on December 15th– You can donate through PayPal.
Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:
- Sophomore Retreat (during the last week of January) - All sophomores will attend a day-long retreat with their Religion class during the last week of January. More information will be coming out to all parents of sophomores.
- Parent-Son Retreat (February 25-26, 2023) - There is still room to sign up for this weekend retreat with your son! This is a great way to renew your relationship with your son and enjoy a weekend away at the beautiful Vallombrosa Center.
- Mother/Son Liturgy and Brunch (Sunday, March 5, 2023) - As we approach the last semester with our seniors, this is a great opportunity to celebrate a great Mass and meal with your son. Click Here to register.
The month of November is typically associated with Thanksgiving, and we, in Campus Ministry, are genuinely THANKFUL for all that God has blessed us with here at De La Salle. We are filled with true Thanksgiving for:
- TWO incredible Kairos retreats with our seniors this past month (Kairos #141 and Kairos #142). Lives have been changed and hearts have been opened. Three more are planned for next semester.
- An incredible Freshman Retreat that was held on October 12th, where all of our Freshmen were reminded that they belong here at De La Salle! Our keynote speaker, Ashanti Branch, helped our newest Spartans be free from any masks they wear.
- A Parent-Son Retreat, October 8-9, which was a deeply moving experience to see parents and sons connect and reflect together. (Our next Parent-Son Retreat is February 25-26, 2023. You can register here.)
- Our Cereal Drive had an amazing turnout with hundreds of our students rallying to bring in cereal, gift cards, and donations! (Shout out to our Jefferson Awards/Students in Action Club who solicited hundreds of donations from local stores.) Through this Cereal Drive, we are helping thousands of families in need through the Monument Crisis Center.
- Our second all-school Mass for All Saints Day which was held on November 1st, when we remembered all of those people to whom we give thanks for their lives of holy living.
Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:
- National Vocation Awareness Week takes place November 6-12, 2022 throughout our country. At De La Salle, we will be highlighting some of our amazing faculty and staff who have truly responded to God’s invitation to live a life of holiness.
- MMM Wednesdays--Music, Ministry, and Munchies in the inner court around the cross showcase some awesome musical and vocal talent of our students, faculty, and staff. We have two coming up on November 9th and November 30th, before the school day starts.
- Junior Mass of Unity will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 10 a.m. For all you parents of juniors, please CLICK HERE to register. Our hope is to get 100% of our juniors at this Mass to celebrate the unity of the class of 2024!
- Before we head into Thanksgiving Break, we will have an all-school Thanksgiving Mass on November 16th to remind us of all that we have to be thankful for!
As we enter into the month of October, we continue on our journey praying and working for peace during these International Lasallian Days for Peace.
As St. Oscar Romero reminds us:
Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Here are some highlights from Campus Ministry:
- We kicked off these International Lasallian Days for Peace with an all-school Prayer Service on September 21st (see image above).
- We celebrated our Sophomore Class with a liturgy and brunch on Sunday, September 25th.
- Two Senior Kairos retreats already took place in September. Over 60 students have participated and came back with their hearts deeply touched and their souls expanded. We highly recommend signing your senior son to a Kairos retreat if you have not yet done so. (See below)
- Our first Parent/Son Retreat of the year is taking place October 8-9, 2022. We have a full retreat with a waiting list, which is exciting! Our next one will be February 25-26, 2023.
- If you have a Junior, we invite you to join us for the Junior Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony that will take place on December 4, 2022.
- Our Ven a Ver Salinas Immersion will take place November 2-5, 2022. Applications for juniors and seniors have opened and are due October 7th.
We have some new faces in Campus Ministry here at De La Salle! Following the retirement of Roger and Mary Hassett, we have two new people who will be joining Ms. Nadine Ghammache and Fr. LaSalle. The first face is not so new to De La Salle but is new to Campus Ministry.
Mr. Andrew Berkes has transitioned over from the Religious Studies Department after spending fifteen years in the classroom and is overjoyed to enter into this new role. He will primarily be working on retreats, liturgies, and other prayer experiences.
Ms. Maile Shelley is a new face to De La Salle High School but is not a new face to the Lasallian world. She attended Christian Brothers High School and did her undergraduate and graduate school at St. Mary’s College in Moraga--all Lasallian schools in our district. Ms. Shelley will be primarily focused on service and justice work, including our immersion program.
In addition to some new faces, our Campus Ministry department has some new spaces. With some creativity, we have established a new space on campus for students to come, rest, recharge, get candy, and engage in some good conversation. This new space is called Parmenie, named after the place where St. John Baptist de la Salle went to rest, recharge, and have good conversation (but probably not get good candy). It is located in the space where the Hassett's desks were on the bottom of the 400-wing. And Fr. LaSalle has moved his office over to the first floor of the Brothers’ Residence, with his sliding glass door opening up to the Courtyard. In this way, we have expanded Campus Ministry’s spaces, in the hopes of continuing to expand the spiritual work that we do here at De La Salle.
Although the school year has just started, Campus Ministry has been busy getting our Freshman Class Liturgy (8/14), our Mass of the Holy Spirit (8/24), as well as our Faculty/Staff Retreat (9/2) off the ground. We have been overjoyed to see the enthusiasm our students and adults have brought to all of these events!
One thing you would not want to miss out on is our Father/Son Retreat. It is a weekend experience offering fathers and their sons the opportunity to honestly evaluate and celebrate their relationship in the beautiful and delicious setting of the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. It is open to students in all grade levels.
Our first senior retreat, Kairos 140, left on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Kairos is a 2-night, 3-days experience that challenges the young men to integrate their faith into their relationship with God, others, and themselves. We highly recommend you choose a retreat sooner rather than later as the retreats fill up.
A few events coming up soon, that we don’t want any of you to miss out on, include:
- The Sophomore Class Liturgy and Brunch--September 25, 2022
- The Father/Son Retreat--October 8-9, 2022
- Ven a Ver Salinas--November 2022
And if you are a Senior and have not yet signed up for Kairos, please do so now! Spots are filling up fast:
- Kairos 140: September 7-9, 2022 (Wednesday-Friday) (Best for all sports except Football, Water Polo, and Cross Country)
- Kairos 141: September 30-October 1, 2022 (Friday-Sunday) (Best for all sports except Football, Water Polo, and Cross Country)
- Kairos 142: October 26-28, 2022 (Wednesday-Friday) (Best for all sports except Football, Water Polo, and Cross Country)
- Kairos 143: January 13-15, 2023 (Friday-Sunday) (Best for Baseball, Football, Water Polo, and Cross Country)
- Kairos 144: February 8-10, 2023 (Wednesday-Friday) (Best for Cross Country, Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling)
- Kairos 145: March 22-24, 2023 (Wednesday-Friday) (Best for Cross Country, Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling)
- 60 seniors have already participated in Kairos this year, and all have come back deeply grateful for the experience. The next one, Kairos 136, is October 27th-29th.
- We continue to join our prayer for peace with Lasallians from around the world.
- On October 6th, we welcomed the new month with MMM Wednesday when we share music, ministry, and munchies.
- Fathers and sons will be spending a meaningful weekend together, October 9th-10th, at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center. If you would like to participate in such a connective retreat, the next one will be February 5th-6th. You can register here.
- On Wednesday, October 13, all freshman students will participate in a retreat designed specifically for them. Registration is not required, but the retreat is mandatory.
- On October 14th, a group of seniors and juniors will participate in Ven A Ver and have the opportunity to “walk in the shoes of the poor.” The deadline for Ven A Ver San Diego is November 12th. You can apply here.
Attention all Juniors: You will be participating in a mandatory Junior Retreat in early November (you do not need to register), here on campus, which will culminate in the Junior Class Mass of Unity and Ring Ceremony on November 14th. You can sign up here for the Mass of Unity.
What a blessing it was to be able to celebrate, finally, together in person, the welcoming masses on campus for the incoming Freshman, Sophomore and transfer families. And what a joyous moment it was when the entire De La Salle High School came together for the first time since March 2020 on Wednesday, August 25th, to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit and pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide our community.
- MMM (Music, Ministry and Munchies) is back on Wednesday, September 1.
- Kairos 134, the first of the 6 senior Kairos retreats of the year will take place Sept. 8-10 at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Kairos 135 will be September 22-24.
- “Rise Together for Peace” is the theme for this year’s International Lasallian Days for Peace (ILD)) which will begin on September 21 and run through October 21.
- Looking ahead
- there are still spots available on Kairos retreats, but they are filling up.
- The Father/Son Retreat will be October 9-10. There are still a few slots available, but the deadline for registration is September 10. The
- Freshman Retreat, which all freshman students participate in, will be on Wednesday, October 13 from 8-noon and will be held on Campus.
Links to register for Kairos and the Father/Son Retreats are below.