History of Ash Wednesday & Easter Preparations

Coming up on Wednesday, February 18th we will be having an Ash Wednesday Mass. As Easter is quickly approaching, it seemed fitting to remind everyone about the history of Ash Wednesday in preparation for Easter.

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Before Ash Wednesday begins, there is a celebration of Fat Tuesday. Here at JSerra, these festivities will be on Feb. 17th. This is a time that marks the day of feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

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Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent and starts the beginning of the 40-day fasting period and abstinence. It is there that a priest applies ashes to the foreheads of individuals to indicate an inner repentance. Those who participate are invited to the alter to receive the imposition of remnants before receiving the Holy Supper. The Lenten period lasts for approximately six weeks. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Holy Saturday, which is the Saturday before Easter.

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Although Easter may be associated with the Easter Bunny, the true meaning behind the Easter celebration has much more meaning. This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. We are all actually celebrating His death for our sins and His resurrection. Many people often call Easter, Resurrection Sunday, because that is exactly what it is.

What will you give up for Lent this season?

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JSerra Blog: New Year, New Year Resolutions for Students & Parents

A new year filled with new resolutions. For many graduating high school students and parents 2015 will be a year full of change. It’s an exciting time of choosing which universities to attend in fall and parents figure out where they will be sending their children. On the brink of so many changes, it is important to start the year off right and set New Year Resolutions that will make 2015 a year of success!

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Here are some great ideas for New Year resolutions for both students and parents:

  • Stop procrastinating. As a student and a parent, it is important to give yourself the appropriate amount of time needed to get the job done and to give the best effort you can.
  • Don’t do it all. You are a high school student with a hectic schedule and a million things to do. You may want to do everything with everyone, instead concentrate on a handful of things and excel at them.
  • Commit to keeping a calendar. With another busy year ahead, both students and parents should make use of a calendar planner to keep track of appointments, classes, sport practices and games to stay on top of everything and meet all deadlines.
  • Try something new. High school is the perfect time to spread your wings and branch out from what you are used to. Join a new club, make new friends or go on new adventures. This is the time to find what you like and dislike, so stray from your comfort zone and get out there!

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Make a resolution and stick with it! Happy 2015 Lions!

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Christmas Break Reflection: What are you most grateful for?

“It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.” Christmas break is here! From loving friends and family to a wonderful education to amazing extracurricular opportunities, Christmas is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the breathtaking life moments we are given and spend time with your loved ones.

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As you’re on Christmas break, take the time away from school to relax and enjoy the time you have to spend with your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. As students, you have so many things going on that it’s easy to forget about the people and things that you have been blessed with. As parents, there are countless details of life to focus on, whether it’s work-life, home-life, or your students’ lives. Be sure to take a moment to tell loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life!

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It is important to remember the reason for the day. Take advantage of a break away from your hectic schedule to think of all of the things you have to be grateful for.

What are you grateful for Lions?

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JSerra Hosts Joy Splash to Benefit the NEGU Foundation

"Joy Splash" swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women's 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo.  Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register
“Joy Splash” swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women’s 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo. Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register

*By the OC Register

It was a day of family fun at JSerra Catholic High School’s pool for “Joy Splash.”

The event June 15 included swim relays, face painting, games, music, food and a chance to meet pro athletes like U.S. Olympic swimmers Kaitlin Sandeno and Chloe Sutton. Funds raised during the event benefit the Never Ever Give Up Foundation, which was started by Rancho Santa Margarita’s Jessie Rees, who died at age 12 of brain cancer.

To view the photo album from the event click Joy Splash.

Congratulations to the 2013 Underclassman Award Recipients

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2013 Underclassman Award Recipients

Each year, JSerra recognizes the stellar achievements of our 9-11 grade students at the annual Underclassmen Awards. The awards are presented at an all-school assembly in early June. On June 3, ten awards were given to 22 outstanding JSerra students. Congratulations to the recipients:

International Student Award

Haley Park

Faculty Awards

Ethan Worden and Haley Kempf (Freshman)

Nick Robinson and Kimberly Waszak (Sophomores)

Noah Mudd and Cayley Oliver (Juniors)

Class Awards

Joseph Santoro and Gemma Hartigan (Freshman)

Chandler Chaffee and Tiffany Nolet (Sophomores)

Zachary Johnson and Francesca Bacino (Juniors)

CEO Lion Challenge Award

Ben Joseph

National Latin Exam Award

Cum Laude: Tucker Squiers

Magna Cum Laude: Fergus O’Connor and John McGlinn

Maxima Cum Laude: Andrew Cameron

To view the complete album of award recipients click here.

JSerra’s Class of 2013 Leaves a Record Breaking Legacy

IMG_0321Celebrating its tenth anniversary, JSerra has had its share of accomplishments but it is the class of 2013 that has helped mark the school’s first decade as truly remarkable.

The graduates have had national record-breaking swim championships, the school’s first Trinity League Athlete of the Year, a valedictorian with a record high GPA of 4.88, never before seen at JSerra, a cross country team who has won League, CIF, and State championships three times in a row, a first in the state of California, among countless other accomplishments.

With graduates attending top Universities like Duke, USC, Berkeley, Notre Dame, and more, they have collectively received more than $12.5 million in scholarships, the highest of any graduating class at JSerra.

As President Richard Meyer quoted St. John Paul “In the design of providence there is no coincidence.” It is not by mere coincidence that this graduating class has had many successes during their four short years as Lions.

With plenty of cheers from classmates this class has demonstrated the connectedness that is cultivated by the faculty, staff, and parents within the JSerra community.

Salutatorian Vanessa Zuck, delivered her address during the Baccalaureate Mass held on Friday evening. With a smile on her face she remembered her freshman year and the big win against Santa Margarita’s football team, and rushing the field at Saddleback. Zuck also recalled wise words from a past teacher, that remain with her to this day. “Never accept what your told but to learn it for yourself.” As the class of 2013 discovers new adventures in college, Zuck reminds them of what Louis Zamperini said while visiting campus, “while it may be sad to say goodbye, what matters is that we met.”

(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe
(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe

Valedictorian Sachin Govil, reminisced about his time at JSerra during his speech said, “It’s astonishing how life comes at us instantaneously, it grabs us and takes us on our own journeys… and in the midst of it, we don’t always appreciate the time we have and the people that we share it with.”

Among those honored where Monica Patel the recipient of the JSerra Award, acknowledged for exemplifying JSerra’s mission and philosophy.  The highest honor a student can receive at JSerra. Jovy Mann receiving the Msgr. Martin Award, Owen Hosseinzadeh receiving the Gillian Sabet Award, Saseen Najjar receiving the Lion Award, Ryer Baldridge acknowledged with the Leadership Award, Madison Myers-Cook received the Campus Ministry Award, Andrew Lee for the Spirit Award, and Josephine Duran receiving the Christian Service Award for her 2,500 hours donated in community service.

To view the complete photo album from Graduation please click Class of 2013.

Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #Classof2013 to share on Instagram.

Saying goodbye to senior year at JSerra

By Julianna Crisalli, OC Register

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As seniors at JSerra count down to graduation Saturday, let’s take a look at their journey in the past year.

Click the photo above for more photos.