There are so many wonderful traditions at Cheverus, but one tradition that is especially moving is Grandparents Day. This celebration coincides with the Feast of All Saints and offers the community an opportunity to celebrate the saints among us. This year, we also recognized veterans as we approach Veterans Day.
Over 220 grandparents, special seniors, and veterans filled the gym last Thursday for Mass. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, S.J. was the celebrant. He recognized the important and impactful role grandparents and special seniors have in the lives of our students. Fr. Bob spoke about his own close relationship with his grandfather and how working in his grandfather’s restaurant inspired him to start a career in the restaurant and food service business which ultimately led to his vocation as a Jesuit. He also remembered his grandfather’s service to our nation during WWII and thanked all veterans for their service. Father reminded the congregation that “every Saint has a past, and every sinner has a future,” and encouraged all to look to the Beatitudes for guidance on how to live a good life.
At the end of Mass students offered a special blessing on their grandparents and grandparents did the same for their grandchildren. Participants processed out to a spirited rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In.”
After Mass, students had the opportunity to have their picture taken with their grandparents. An email will be sent to all attendees to access these photos. If you do not receive the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
During the month of November, the Catholic church remembers those loved ones who have died. The Cheverus Book of Remembrance is inscribed with names of loved ones who have passed. Grandparents Day attendees were able to write names of loved ones in the book - including many grandparents - which was brought to the altar during Mass. The persons listed in the book will be remembered at all campus Masses throughout November. If you would like to add the name of a loved one to the Cheverus Book of Remembrance, please click here.
Cheverus Borderlinks Immersion participants were the featured speakers at the World Affairs Council of Maine’s Lunchtime Series on Tuesday, September 25, held at CIEE offices in Portland. Invited to present at this event after council members heard the Maine Public interview this summer, the students, along with their faculty leader Ms. Malm, shared their experience at the U.S./Mexican border this past June. Students spoke about walking through the desert and dropping water for migrants, learning more about the reasons why immigrants take the risk to leave their home country and witnessing how the immigrants interact with the U.S. legal system. In addition, students shared how this trip made an impact on them and their plans for the future.
Ms. Malm said, “I was incredibly proud of how well students represented Cheverus, speaking from the heart about our experiences on the border, and having an inspiring impact on the audience.”
This Borderlinks Immersion is one of the trips offered through the Cheverus Immersion Program, a part of Campus Ministry. In addition to the Borderlinks program, other immersion experiences that are available to students include the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (held in November), the Rosebud Immersion (held in June), and new this year, an urban-plunge immersion experience in our own city of Portland. To learn more about our Immersion Program, go to immersion.cheverus.org.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Yesterday, September 12, Fr. Robert Pecoraro, S.J. celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a Jesuit tradition that marks the start of the academic school year. Started in 1548 at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, the Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition that is almost as old as the Society of Jesus itself. At Cheverus, the Mass of the Holy Spirit is the first all-school gathering of the year.
Led by their senior mentors, the Class of 2022 processed into Mass and was warmly welcomed by the entire school community.
Additionally, our Eucharistic Ministers for the 2018-2019 school year were inducted.
Earlier this week, Ms. Malm and Danielle Whyte '21 spoke with Maine Public's Irwin Gratz about their experience on the Cheverus/BorderLinks immersion trip to Arizona. In its second year, the program was developed by theology teacher Ms. King. This year's trip was an especially powerful experience for the students and their chaperones, Ms. Malm and Ms. Kravitz-Jones, given the current news surrounding immigration and the separation of families crossing the border.
The group prepared for the trip this spring by learning more about the multifaceted issue of immigration through reading, dialogue, films, and interviews with experts on immigration. The group also had to manage fundraising efforts for the trip. Once in Arizona, the group reflected daily on the experiences they shared, and they will have follow-up discussions this coming school year.
The BorderLinks program was one of two immersion trips that Cheverus students had the opportunity to participate in this summer. The other delegation traveled to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Above, Ms. Malm and Danielle Whyte '21 in the Maine Public studios.
Above, the entire BorderLinks Immersion Delegation including chaperones Ms. Malm and Ms. Kravitz-Jones.
Sophomore retreats begin on March 15. The retreat includes wall climbing at Evo Rock + Fitness. In order for the students to participate, parents must complete the online waiver for the rock gym.
To complete the waiver:
- Go to the online waiver form. Fill out the form.
- Click the checkbox to electronically sign the waiver.
- Check your email for a message from Evo and click the "confirm email address" link to submit the completed waiver to Evo. Please note: If you do not complete this step, Evo will not receive the signed waiver.
Students will also bring home a Cheverus permission slip prior to their retreat dates. Please contact Greg Szkarlat with any questions.
Dear Cheverus Community,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the outpouring of kindness and support as we have mourned the death of our beloved Fernanda Darrow. The wake and funeral were emblematic of Fernanda’s life, rich in joy and love. When we celebrated Fernanda’s life, the pews were filled with students and friends dressed in vibrant colors, and the altar was overflowing with garden flowers. The light of our faith was unmistakable.
In these last few days, I have recognized the grace of community. During these difficult times, we have offered words of encouragement to one another, supported and listened to one another, fed and cried with one another. We belong to one another. This is the essence of our Christian community. In our great sadness, we have experienced God’s love.
In the coming weeks, I ask that you continue to hold Fernanda’s family and our entire community in your prayers for support, guidance, and healing. Let us all recognize that God’s love is ever-present in our community.
“If we open the door to Jesus and allow him to be part of our lives, if we share our joys and sorrows with him, then we will experience the peace and joy that only God, who is infinite love, can give.”
World Youth Day, 2014
Fr. Robert J. Pecoraro, S.J.