First Holy Communion for JSerra Students

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.
Hayden Cornwell
Kyle Shackleford
Juan Gutierrez
Jacob Loflin
Emilee Haw

Receiving Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation were:
Heather Dadashi
Kelsey Siminson

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.

God Bless,
Fr. Vincent

Peru Club President, Kyle Shackleford Shares JSerra Memories

by Kyle Shackleford, Peru Club President

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.

Kyle Shackleford, helping to build in Peru

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.

For pictures from the trip click here.

Juan Gutierrez makes history at JSerra with pure talent and flair

The following is from an ESPN Rise article.

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.

For the complete coverage click here

. To view a PDF of the print version of ESPN’s article, click here.