Mission and Ministry, First Quarter Review

The Office of Mission and Ministry wants to thank everyone in the Cathedral Catholic family for an amazing first quarter!  With the support of parents, employees, and students, we are spreading God’s love and building a “Culture of Encounter” on campus and in our community.  Here are a few highlights:

August 14: Employee Retreat

All employees gathered at St. Brigid Parish in Pacific Beach to kick off the 2017-2018 school year with a retreat centered around the “Culture of Encounter.”  Mr. Aiello from facilities and Ms. Tierman from the Learning Center shared reflections on the theme of “Encounter.”  Teachers also enjoyed small group team-building, time for prayer, and a walk to the beach.   

August 23: Liturgy of the Holy Spirit with Bishop McElroy and visiting priests

Bishop McElroy and priests from across the Diocese of San Diego celebrated our first all school liturgy, followed by a luncheon.  The Mass of the Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as the “Red Mass,” is our traditional way of opening up our school year with prayer.  

September 6: One Night: What makes Cathedral Catholic?

Sandy Blackstone-Gardner, Fr. Martin Latiff, Chase Reynolds (class of 2017), and Alison Purpera welcomed a group of parents to discuss and celebrate the Catholic identity of CCHS.  This was the first of our “One Night” series.  Click here to mark your calendar for future “One Night” events.  

September 16: Beach Clean Up

Mrs. Lonergan, Ms. Purpera, CCHS students, and parents teamed up with I Love a Clean San Diego for Coastal Cleanup Day.  

September 14: Campus Ministry Night and XLT

Ms. Lopez and her Campus Ministry classes organized an evening of games, fellowship, praise and worship, adoration, faith talks, and opportunities for confession for the student body.  

September 16: Sports Liturgy

Fall sports athletes, parents, and coaches gathered in prayer at a special liturgy held in their honor by Fr. Patrick Wainwright. Winter and Spring sports will also celebrate a liturgy together at the beginning of their seasons.  

September 20-22: Kairos 6 Retreat

73 seniors and 8 employees retreated to Palomar Christian Conference Center for Kairos 6, led by Mr. Gramme.  The Senior Kairos retreat experience is a profound experience of God’s immeasurable love. On this retreat, Seniors discover the grace of God’s presence in our lives through family, friends, and community.  The tradition of Kairos is growing strong at CCHS!  

September 27-28: Freshman Retreat

Led by Ms. Lopez and Mr. Hurt, Campus Ministry classes hosted Freshman Retreats on campus to focus on the Freshman theme of “Let my gifts change the world.”  Freshmen celebrated mass together, had small group discussions, played games, and heard a powerful message from guest speaker, Jamie Cleaton.  

October 4: Employee Book Club

Many CCHS employees are reading Dead Man Walking by Sr. Helen Prejean, in preparation for her visit to Cathedral Catholic in February.  Employees gathered to discuss the first few chapters of the book and will continue to meet throughout the year.  

October 4: First “Faithline” meeting; Campus Ministry Club for Freshmen and Sophomores

Senior Campus Ministers started a club for Freshmen and Sophomores who want to grow in their faith through our Campus Ministry programs.  These students will be meeting monthly for Bible study and will receive special invitations for all ministry events.

October 5-6: Los Angeles Immersion

Mr. Hurt, Ms. Currie, and 7 students toured Homeboy Industries, volunteered on Skid Row, and visited a Catholic Elementary school in Compton as they learned about the realities of poverty in Los Angeles.  

October 6-7: Dead Man Walking drama production

Mrs. Wilson directed “Dead Man Walking,” a play by Tim Robbins based on the book by Sr. Helen Prejean.  The students did an excellent job portraying the struggles associated with forgiveness, mercy, and the right to life for all.  

October 7: Catholic Charities Food Bank

Students volunteered their time to help sort food at the Catholic Charities food bank warehouse on a Saturday morning.  Catholic Charities is getting ready for the busy fall season and we were happy to lend a hand!

October 12: XLT- Right to Life Month

Mrs. Blackstone-Gardner and Ms. Lopez joined student leaders in hosting an opportunity for prayer in honor of Right to Life Month.  Students said a decade of the rosary and Emily Smedley shared a reflection before praise and worship and adoration.