Opening School Mass

Today's Gospel and the message delivered by Fr. Bob Jones SM, chaplain, both focus on the aspect of what we experience as members of the CJ community. Here is a portion of what was shared today at the openening school Mass:

In the First Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes, "As the body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ...If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?" (1Cor 12:12, 17)  All members of the CJ community are special and unique individuals with a diverse set of gifts and talents given to them by God. It is this diversity that makes the CJ family so rich when it comes together as a community.  If one member were missing, something would be lost because their uniqueness and their giftedness would be lacking from the community.

As we gather together in the bond of unity through the Holy Spirit, we begin to resemble the Body of Christ.  Of course, this takes work. Just being together in the same building does not automatically create unity.  We are challenged to hear the words of Jesus to his disciples and to us: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you" (Jn 15:12).  In small ways, Jesus invites us all to love our brothers and sisters so that we can become what we receive in the Eucharist: The Body of Christ.  This is when we are at a our Eagle best: united as a diverse community through our love for each other, reflecting God's love for each one of us.

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Each class as well as members of the faculty and staff made a commitment to each other and to the school community for the 2016-2017 school year;

Freshmen - Class of 2020
We the freshman, the class of 2020, are eager to be taught the word of God. As we start our high school careers, we ask the upperclassmen for encouragement and support throughout our faith journeys these next four years. Lord, please help us to not be afraid in offering our gifts and talents to the Chaminade Julienne Community.”

Sophomores - Class of 2019
We the sophomores, the class of 2019, dedicate ourselves to learning about Christ’s kingdom and becoming active leaders in the community.  We are committed to learning the traditions of Chaminade Julienne and strengthening our bonds as a class.  Lord, give us the patience and courage to listen, learn, and lead with open hearts.

Juniors - Class of 2018
We the Juniors, the class of 2018, commit ourselves to carrying out the spirit of service in our greater community.  We are ready to step up and become leaders in the community.  Lord, help us grow in the Spirit of Chaminade Julienne to be bearers of Christ’s justice in our world.  Help us to create a sense of community within our grade.

Seniors - Class of 2017
We the Seniors, the class of 2017, have shared in the tradition of those who have graduated before us.  We are eager to lead our Chaminade Julienne community and to be servants of Christ.  Our past 3 years here at CJ have taught us what it means to truly be an Eagle.  This next year, we strive to prepare the underclassmen to take our place and be the leaders that our community needs.  Lord, provide us with the wisdom and courage to take advantage of the time we have left here at Chaminade Julienne and create the legacy of 2017

Faculty and Staff
We the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne strive to lead these young people academically and spiritually in becoming Christ’s light.  We are honored to serve in the Catholic community of faith.  We understand that it is our duty to pass on the traditions of this school.  Lord, grant us the ability and wisdom to serve this community by our words, teachings, and examples.

Whole School Community
We are the Eagles of Chaminade Julienne.  We have been entrusted with a rich heritage.  Lord God, help us to carry the traditions we have inherited with dignity and grace worthy of the generations who have come before us in Chaminade Julienne tradition.  Teach us to trust in you, Lord, that you may renew our strength, and that we might soar with Eagles’ wing.

(Pictured; Sr. Damien Grismer, SNDdeN, former CJ teacher, traveled from Cincinnati to join CJ for its opening school Mass)