Opening School Liturgy at Emmanuel

CJ students, faculty and staff gathered together as a community to celebrate the first all-school Mass of the year Wednesday morning at Emmanuel Church. Fr. Matt Robben, who joined the office of ministry and service as the school’s chaplain, served as celebrant.

The monthly all-school liturgies, which are performed at the historic church on the opposite side of Franklin Street, are planned and led by the ministry and service staff in conjunction with CJ students. Mass is also held each day before school at 7:15 a.m. in the CJ chapel (located in the annex near the business office). Parents and CJ community members are invited to join.

CJ Mass Schedule

Mon. - Fri., 7:15 am  |  in the CJ Chapel

Wed. - Sat., 7:30 am; Sun., 10:30 am; Holy Days, 7 am  |  at Emmanuel Church

Wed., Sep. 12  |  Opening School Liturgy

Wed., Oct. 10

Thurs., Nov. 1  |  All Saints Day Liturgy

Wed., Dec. 12  |  Our Lady of Guadalupe         

Wed., Jan. 16  |  Chaminade Day Liturgy

Wed., Feb. 13  I  Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Wed., Mar. 27  |  Holy Week Liturgy

Wed., Apr. 24   |  Easter Season Liturgy

Wed., May 22  |  Senior Farewell Liturgy

Thu., May 30  |  Baccalaureate Mass

Dating as far back as the pre-Civil War era, Emmanuel Parish -- Dayton's oldest Catholic Church -- is celebrating its 175-year anniversary in 2012.

“Emmanuel has been favored with two beautiful churches. The first was built in 1837; the second one in 1871 and is one of the largest church buildings in the Archdiocese [of Cincinnati],” according to the parish Web site,

The downtown landmark is located just north of CJ’s main building, adjacent to the Marianist Mission. Mass at Emmanuel has become an integral part of the unique Chaminade Julienne experience for students. In years past, CJ has additionally used the building to host retreats and house overflow classrooms.

Emmanuel was formerly staffed by Marianists priests and brothers for about 55 years, but is now staffed by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.