MD Celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]The Mater High School Community celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by honoring Mary, Mater Dei at an All School Mass on Monday, December 8.  During this Mass, representatives from every aspect of our community participated as ministers.  Our choral and orchestra truly enhanced our celebration with musical selections that honored our patroness.

At the end of Mass, Mr. Patrick Murphy and Ms. Frances Clare awarded our Sister Marie Furlong an Honorary Mater Dei Diploma. Sister retired two years ago and continues to faithfully serve the Mater Dei Community, by assisting in the Counseling Office with tutoring and helping with college essays.  When she is not assisting students she is in the Chapel praying for all our Monarchs—past, present and future.

How blest are we to be part of a community named for the Mother of God!

I leave you with some of the lyrics of the Communion Meditation Song:

Sing Of A Lady
Liam Lawton

Let us sing of a maiden, let us sing of a girl who spoke with an angel, 
saying YES to the Lord.

Let us sing of a maiden, let us sing of a girl who bowed to the Spirit
and gave life to the WORD

So come and sing with me.
We’ll raise a joyful song to lead the world from dark to light
and turn to right from wrong.

So come and sing with me a hymn of joyful praise: 
Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Ave Maria the hope of all our days.

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As we continue our Advent Journey we ask our Mother, Mary, Mater Dei to be the beacon for each one of us, so that our YES to the Word of God may create PEACE in our days and a deeper sense of JOY to all whose lives we touch!

Always in our hearts and prayers,
Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

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On the Sidelines: Smooth Transition

athletics message logoThe Pacific 12 Conference recently named Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson ’14  as its men’s basketball Player of the Week.


For the week, Johnson was the Most Valuable Player at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals.

In the tournament’s championship game vs. nationally-ranked San Diego State, Johnson helped lead the Wildcats to the title with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics


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On the Sidelines: In Good Company

athletics message logoMcQuin Baron ’14  has been named to the California IMG_0036Interscholastic Federation 100th Anniversary Fall All-Century Team.  Notable athletes also named from the sport of football were Tom Brady, John Elway, Bill Walsh, John Madden, Norm Van Brocklin, Ollie Matson, Jim Plunkett, Dan Fouts, Lynn Swann, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Tony Gonzalez.

Also included were three-time Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh from  volleyball and Tony Azevedo and from water polo.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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On the Sidelines: Good and Plenty

athletics message logoCurtis Godin ’14 was recently inducted into the Mater Dei Hall of Fame.  He is the first track and field athlete to receive the distinction.

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In the spring of 2014, Godin (pronounced “Good-in”) helped lead the Monarchs to their first CIF-SS championship in boys’ track and field, winning the 100m with a wind-aided time of 10.34 and the 200m at 20.90.  He continued his postseason success by running a 10.55 to become the CIF Masters champion in the 100m and culminated his senior year by racing Mater Dei to the CIF-State championship, again the school’s first such crown in the sport, as he became the 100m and the 200m champion with times of 10.31 and 20.87, respectively.  His 10.31 time in the 100m fell  just shy of the 10.30 all-time California state record.  Earlier in the season, Godin was the 100m champion at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational after running a 10.36, which equaled the fastest time at the event as well as serving as the best mark ever recorded in Orange County history.

At the conclusion of his high school career, Godin was honored as the 2014 Orange County Register Track Athlete of the Year and named to the USA Today All-American Second Team.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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Principal’s Message: Student of the Month Program

principal's  message logoOne of the celebrated traditions for our Seniors at Mater Dei High School is the monthly selection of Students of the Month for September through June. Each month, we honor a Young Man and Young Woman for their overall character, citizenship, academic excellence, community service, and extra and co-curricular achievements.  Senior students are nominated by our faculty and staff and the list of nominees is submitted to the Administrative Board for final selection. The month’s honorees are officially notified with a surprise breakfast in the Principal’s Office with our ASB team.

At the conclusion of the school year, the Administrative Board selects one Young Man and Young Woman of the Year from all of the monthly honorees.

In years past, these honored students have had a biography featured in the monthly edition of The Lumen, which was the school’s official newsletter for many years. With the changing times and a more robust website, The Lumen was officially retired in June 2014.

Student of the Month biographies are now featured in The Scarlet Scroll, Mater Dei’s online student-produced newspaper. With this change, we will also be adding additional forms of recognition including an announcement via MDTV and the PA system as well as featuring the monthly honorees on the homepage of our website.

Please join me in congratulating the student honorees thus far:


Peter Seidner and Taylor Kissinger – September

Julia DiCambio and Jonathan Bailey - October

Julia DiCambio and Jonathan Bailey – October

Gabriella Glover and Sean Soper - November

Gabriella Glover and Sean Soper – November

Onyinyechi Ogomaka and Malik McMorris - December

Onyinyechi Ogomaka and Malik McMorris – December


Frances Clare

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Principal’s Message: Guest Blogger Mrs. Jill Cavotta, Journalism Advisor

principal's  message logoHave you seen The Scarlet Scroll, Mater Dei’s student-produced online newspaper? Under the direction of Mrs. Jill Cavotta, The Scroll and the MD Journalism program have recently been overhauled in an effort to educate our students in the ways of 21st century journalism. We asked Mrs. Cavotta to share about recent changes to this program as well as an exciting partnership with the Los Angeles Times.

LA Times High School Insider:  Viewing High School Sports from the Student Perspective

What is the best way for my student reporters to learn the craft of journalism? Through real world experiences, they learn by reporting on what is happening around them and telling a story from their unique perspective. My staff of student reporters, who fill the online pages of the Scarlet Scroll with their stories, opinions and perspectives, were recently provided with an opportunity to take their reporting to the next level.

The LA Times is providing student journalists with a unique opportunity to tell their stories and build their writing and reporting skills. This week the Times launched High School Insider, a platform for high school students to cover their school’s sport programs. Mater Dei was invited to participate in the program and you can expect to see game coverage, videos, feature photos and profiles of both student athlete’s and coaches.

It’s an incredible opportunity for my students. Through this program, student work is edited by professional LA Times staff writers and copy editors. Few journalists can say they had content published with the LA Times, and for these hard working student journalists they can add this achievement to their college resumes and future portfolios.

You can open the pages or look online for traditional sports high school sports coverage, but what does is look like from the unique student lense? I invite you to look at the exciting and unique stories my students are contributing to High School Insider and The Scarlet Scroll.

Jill Cavotta, Journalism Advisor

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Annual Celebration of Life Mass

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]Each year our entire Mater Dei High School community joins in prayer to honor the saints and to pray for our loved ones who are enjoying the gift of Eternal Peace. On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, we gathered for this Mass.

The Christ Candle, Holy Water and Book of Life were presented in our entrance procession—truly a sign of the presence of the Kingdom here on earth and the promise of Eternal Life for all of us!

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For this Celebration, the members of our community whose parents or siblings are in heaven shared in the ministries of the Mass—their faith strengthens us and gives us hope.

The extraordinary music provided by our Choral Department and band, the peaceful environment of the Meruelo Athletic Center, the wisdom of Father Kiet in leading us in this Mass, and yes the respectful, prayerful and enthusiastic participation of our community created a lasting memory on our hearts.

For we are the faithful believers who believe in the power of the resurrection and as one Family.

We Remember

We Celebrate

We Believe

In Mary, Mater Dei,

Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

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