OLA- News 12/13/2013

BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER — Principal Mike Muir, PTO President Betsy Sichi and Elizabeth Dering pose with future St. Anastasia Panthers and “giving boxes” collected to bring Christmas cheer.

St. Anastasia School embraces season of giving

At St. Anastasia School in Westchester, the concept of helping others is an important part of the curriculum. Every year the students, their families and parishioners extend their hands to help those less fortunate. This year the parochial school has been participating in multiple charitable activities aimed at helping those less fortunate during the Christmas season.

 Students each voluntarily fill a gift box intended for a boy or girl their same age, which will be distributed at Ascension and Sacred Heart parishes. Additionally, the annual Adopt-a-Family program is completing another successful run. Each classroom "adopts" a family through St. Margaret Center, which aids underprivileged families in Lennox. The amount of gifts, clothing and food collected is astounding; and the students have fun creating decorations for their family's Christmas tree and home.

Students then help to deliver the packages to their adopted family, essentially delivering Christmas — complete with a tree, decorations, gifts and dinner, including all the trimmings.

 

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         BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER — Principal Mike Muir, PTO President Betsy Sichi and Elizabeth Dering pose with future St. Anastasia Panthers and “giving boxes” collected to bring Christmas cheer.  

 

 

Holy Trinity, Kipp Academy are FIYA winners

On a beautiful day for football, FIYA (Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics) held its Flag Football Championship Dec. 1 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The championship game saw familiar foes Holy Trinity of San Pedro and St. Anastasia of Westchester battle it out for FIYA supremacy. Trinity got out to a 14-0 lead but knew from experience the Panthers would not go quietly. And after scoring on the last play of the half, St. Anastasia followed it up with a scoring drive to begin the second and cut the lead to 14-12. The Chargers quickly answered with a score of their own though, and made several key defensive stops down the stretch to secure the 28-18 win and the championship.

In the third place game, KIPP Academy of Opportunity of Los Angeles took on Century Academy of Inglewood. The first half saw the teams trade scores, with KIPP holding a slim 12-8 lead at the intermission. It was more of the same in the second half with neither team able to gain control until KIPP got in the end zone one last time in the closing minutes to secure a 24-16 win.

 

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BREAKING CLEAR — Holy Trinity players chase St. Anastasia ball carrier at FIYA Flag Football Championship in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 


Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

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