If someone is cold, they can usually grab a blanket to help warm up. For many people, even those in the Dayton-area, that’s not possible. That was one motivation behind the Senior Capstone group of Lydia Bice, Rylie Meyer, Josie Schlangen and Annie Weckesser to organize a blanket making project.
The end of January is usually a special week in Catholic schools across the nation, and 2018 isn’t any different. The annual Catholic Schools Week is being held January 28 - February 3. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
CJ is celebrating throughout the week with events and activities:
Seniors looking to make a difference for kids and their parents this Christmas served as personal shopping helpers at the Life Enrichment Center earlier this month. The experience was part of Cheyenne Coyle, Shannon Murray, Cayley Saunders and Kierstin Saunders' Senior Capstone project.
"The surrounding Dayton area is what really interested me — I see child poverty in Dayton and wanted to learn more about it," Kierstin said.
Every two years, high school students from around the nation gather for the National Catholic Youth Conference. This year, students and adult leaders from CJ attended this conference, which was held from November 16-18.
The annual Chaminade Julienne Junior Service Fair brought back memories for both a student and graduate on Tuesday, September 12.
More than 20 organizations partnered with the school’s Ministry & Service office this year to provide opportunities for members of the Class of 2019. Those students’ service requirement is to volunteer at one organization for 25 hours.
A Senior Capstone project, which began with members of the Class of 2016, lives on as several members of the Class of 2018 continue the Got Veggies? mission of bringing fresh produce to those in need in the Miami Valley.
Eight members of the Class of 2018 have split into two Senior Capstone groups to continue the Got Veggies? mission.
On the same day as the first all-school Mass of the 2017-2018 school year, the CJ community welcomed special visitors from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Susan Gibbons, the superintendent of Catholic schools, Michelle Hinton and Vince Woodall joined students, faculty and staff for Mass at Emmanuel Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 30. Meg Sharpe and Sr. Kim Dalgarn, both from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, were also welcomed guests.
Students may not be meeting in the classroom every day until later this month, but in July, members of the Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today (FLIGHT) Class of 2018 gathered to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Members of FLIGHT are from the senior class. The students prepare monthly liturgies, lead retreats, plan service activities and provide prayer experiences for the CJ community.
Faculty and staff members recently joined Marianists from around the country when the national Marianist Lay Assembly was held at the University of Dayton July 13-16.
For many of the attendees, this was their first assembly. Jama Badinghaus, CJ counselor, said this was her second assembly with her first being in San Antonio in 2014.
Peace, laughter, pure joy.
Those were a few of the emotions students used to describe their experience attending a Steubenville Conference from July 7-9.
Along with speakers, students participated in adoration, Mass, and reflection time.
The CJ group, led by teachers Tim and Amy O'Loughlin, shared what they called life-changing experiences from the conference. You can watch the group's reflection here.