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Getting in the Christmas Spirit: Winter Concert (Monday) -- Advent Mass (Friday)

December 12, 2016
By Jane Glass

The Cheverus community gathered Thursday, December 8, to celebrate a special Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass with Fr. George E. Collins, S.J., as presider and reflections offered by Mr. James Ferus, S.J. Many students participated in the Mass as greeters, lectors, musicians, presenters of gifts, and as eucharistic ministers. See the full photo gallery on Facebook.

  • Bishop Deeley will join the Cheverus community to celebrate our Advent Mass on Friday, December 16. All parents and friends are welcome to attend. The Mass is followed by a Christmas reception to provide students and guests the opportunity to socialize with Bishop Deeley. Campus Ministry, in partnership with the Cheverus Families Association, is calling for help to make this event special  Your donations of baked goods and/or volunteer support the day of the event is greatly appreciated. Kindly sign-up here -- thank you for your support.
  • The Winter Concert is Monday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Keegan Gym.  Come here some great music -- including some holiday favorites!

  • Swimming & Diving Alumni Meet: Come ready to swim or hang out on the pool deck on Friday, December 23, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the YMCA. Reconnect with your old teammates and get back in the pool to take on this year's team. FMI contact
  • Purple & Gold Activity Passes are still available! Passes are now $60 (price reduction after fall season) and allow admission for up to four people to all Cheverus sporting and drama events through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Buy your P&G pass at any atheletic or drama event charging admission or by emailing Mary Penk.
  • The Key Club is joining other clubs in Maine to collect everyday items to help the homeless youth served by the Preble Street Teen Center. Learn more about the project and find out what items are needed. Please bring donations to the Main Office through Friday, Dec. 16.
  • What if we have a snow day?
  • There are still a few unclaimed tickets for the special viewing of Rogue One this Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. at Westbrook Cinemagic.  Tickets are $15.50 each. Please contact the Cheverus Families Association at to reserve your tickets.
  • Winter Sports season is under way.  Check the Athletics & Activities Calendar for all games and events. 
  • Parent ads for the yearbook are due by December 16.  Download the flyer for sizes and prices.
  • Cheverus is partnering with Sunday River to offer a four-week ski and snowboard program in Jan./Feb. 2017. This program is open to all Cheverus Students, Parents, Faculty & Staff. Click here for dates, prices and info on the "Try It Before You Buy" Preview on Dec. 10.

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To submit a nomination please review the Eligibility Requirements and download the Nomination Form.  Nominations are due by January 6, 2017. For more information, visit the Hall of Fame page.

The week ahead: 

Monday, December 12
Purple & Gold Meeting
5:30 p.m. -- Board
6:30 p.m. -- General Meeting
Loyola Parlor

Winter Concert
7:00 p.m., Keegan Gym

Tuesday, December 13
Winter Concert X-Order
9:10 a.m., Keegan Gym

Thursday, December 15
Campus Store Sale
10% off all in-stock items

Kairos Candlelight Mass & Reunion
6:30 p.m., Loyola Parlor

Mass in the Loyola Chapel followed by potluck dinner in the parlor.

Star Wars -- Rogue One
7:00 p.m., Cinemagic Westbrook

Friday, December 16
Advent Mass with Bishop Deeley
9:10 a.m., Keegan Gym
Reception in the cafeteria following Mass

College Advising News

Parents of Seniors: file FAFSA and list each school to which your student applied or is considering applying. Check each college's financial aid page to see if there are other required forms, and to see deadlines. Typically, the admission application deadline is also the financial aid application deadline.

Parents of Juniors: On December 8, you should have received an email inviting you to sign up for a January family meeting with college advising. If not, contact Ms. Coddaire.

All Parents: consider something academic-related this summer for your student. It can make them a more competitive college applicant! Classes, volunteering and internships are listed here.

Key Club Delivers 500+ Thanksgiving Dinners

November 18, 2016
By Jane Glass

(video credit: Mrs. Aromando's Journalism class)

More than 100 Cheverus students, parents, faculty and staff gathered after our Thanksgiving Interfaith Service to finish assembling and delivering the ingredients for more than 500 complate Thanksgiving dinners to families in the Greater Portland area today.

The school community celebrated a diversity of faith traditions during the annual interfaith service. Rabbi Laura Boenisch led the call to worship and, with two Cheverus students, read from the Torah and then talked about the Torah -- what the passage meant, how a Torah is made, and how Star Trek is connected to Judaism (hint: "Live long and prosper.").

(click on the image above for a photo gallery of the Interfaith Service and Key Club deliveries)

Several students recited prayers from representing Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Episcopal, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Unitarian Universalist, and Congregationalist faith traditions.  Students from the Key Club filled a basket with bread, milk, vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, and a turkey to represent the meals they would deliver after the service.

Key Club President Cassidy McCusker '17 reported that the club exceeded its goal in food donations -- including generous donations of bread and milk from Oakhurst and Amato's -- and would be able to provide Thanksgiving baskets to many of the families on the waiting list.

Cassidy noted that Maine ranks first in New England for food insecurity: one in four children in Maine don't have sufficient food. "Thirty-five percent of Maine's food insecure population makes too much to qualify for public assistance, meaning they must rely on the charity food assistance network. 

Congratulations to the Key Club and their advisors Mrs. Connick and Ms. Sullivan for a job well done and thanks to all who donated food, time and effort to this endeavor!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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