JSerra congratulates these students for making their First Holy Communion and Confirmation on April 23 at the Easter Vigil at the Mission Basilica, in San Juan Capistrano.
Receiving Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation were:
This is an esteemed honor for each student to have their first Holy Communion, and I thank the family and friends for showing their support to each student.
For me, the Peru Trip was one of the most memorable experiences in my high school career. Every spring break, members of the Peru Club travel down to the city of Piura, Peru in order to work out of the local parish, Santisimo Sacramento, to help the local people in whichever way possible.
During the week, the students partake in several charitable activities within the city. It’s amazing how much we accomplished this year! We built 13 houses for families who essentially didn’t have a home beforehand. We also had the opportunity – with the help of Dr. Heinrich, members of the Pre-Medical Professional Magnet Program, and translator Juan Gutierrez – to open up a free clinic and treat between 20-30 patients a day.
In addition to that we delivered food, clothes, and donations to dozens of families. We were so fortunate to have Fr. Damien with us this year as well! Every day, we had the chance to accompany him in giving communion to the sick and celebrating mass in the local villages. Students also had the chance to assist at the newly founded school that we helped build last year. We taught students English, started a children’s choir, and completed several murals and still-frames.
We visited the local girl’s orphanage, and also had the opportunity to have a movie and pizza night with them. The fact that we were able to accomplish all of this – and more – in such a short period of time was truly remarkable. Anyone who has experienced the Peru Trip will tell you how much of a memorable experience it was. It’s not necessarily the acts themselves of building houses or delivering donations or helping in a clinic that make this trip so memorable; in fact, it’s being a witness to the true love and gratitude these people show for their God and their neighbor despite their impoverished lifestyle. That’s what makes the true impact.
JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) hadn’t won a league game when Juan Gutierrez arrived on campus in 2007. Now the team is nationally ranked and chasing a Southern California title.
There are quite a few moments from the past three years that stand out to Juan Gutierrez, but let’s start at the beginning. Let’s start with the game against the team in the yellow jerseys.
It was December of 2007, and Gutierrez was one of eight freshmen starting for a JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) team that hadn’t won a Trinity League game since the school opened in 2003.
Gutierrez doesn’t remember who the game was against, but he does remember being scared out of his mind taking the field against a squad that was clearly much bigger and more experienced. Before long, the ball came to Gutierrez, and he received a memorable welcome to high school soccer.
Now that JSerra boys soccer has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in Orange County, the team is looking to make a statement nationally.
The three-time Trinity League champs enter the 2010-2011 season ESPN‘s #1 ranked team in the country.
And senior forward Juan Gutierrez, who has committed play at UC Irvine next year, was heralded by the sports network as the nation’s top player to watch.
“It is painful. But they (JSerra) are a great team, and they have phenomenal talent,” Mater Dei coach Andy Thomas said, to the OC Register. “It is a tough league … a cruel league.”
Opening with a preseason home game against Buena High School on the 29th at 3pm, the Lions look to star forward “Crabby” (Juan Gutierrez), who was voted ESPN’s Athlete of the Year for the 2009-2010 season, to bring his A-game.
What makes Gutierrez even better is that he plays in a system that elevates his game. Last season, Gutierrez scored in three consecutive playoff games for the Lions, bringing the team’s second consecutive Trinity League title safely home for JSerra.
With the much anticipated 2010-2011 season starting soon don’t miss a beat, stay tuned to the JSerra blog for all the latest updates, video and interviews.
For a quick look at the Lions past season check these links out:
Crabby scores top slot in ESPN’s 2009-2010 Athletes of the Year click here to see the complete list.
Pregame introductions were almost over at St. Margaret’s High when the announcer got to JSerra’s starting junior forward and said, “Number nine …. CR-A-A-A-A-BY!”
That’s it. That’s all he said. Just that one word.
After that CIF SoCal Regional game, one in which Crabby finished with a goal and an assist, a JSerra supporter walked on the field and yelled, “He only needs one name like Pele and Ronaldo and all of the soccer greats.”
There’s no doubt Crabby (Juan Gutierrez) has got some skills. He is the Register’s 2009-10 boys soccer player of the year.
To read the rest of the talented Register reporter’s profile and see a video, click here.
JSerra came from behind Thursday night to beat Catherdral Catholic and advance in the CIF Southern California Regional championships.
The Lions, who earned the school’s first CIF championship in a team sport Saturday, were down 1-0 at halftime. But Juan Gutierrez and Dylan Seedman scored at the beginning of the second half to cement a 3-2 victory at a game played at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano.
“Wow. They were good. Very, very good,” coach Davor Fabulich told the Orange County Register following the final whistle.
To read the rest of the Register’s story click here.