Our Blessed Mother Has Gotten a Makeover!

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord~

For God who is Mighty has done great things for me!”

Mary’s Magnificat

 

How blest are we here at Mater Dei High School to have the statue of our patroness Mary, in the center of our Grotto.

This statue, a gift from the Women’s Guild in May of 1951 is truly a reminder of the protection we receive from the Mother of God.

This beautiful image of Mary was just repainted and is absolutely gorgeous! She shines brightly in the morning sun, reflects the sunset in the afternoon and even the lights of the night in the Grotto reflect the image of this beautiful woman.IMG_3651

We encourage you to take a few moments to stop by the Grotto!

May the renewed image of our Lady, Mater Dei be a visual reminder to each one of us to continue to pray and to ask our Mother to intercede with the Lord on our behalf and for those who have entrusted themselves to our prayers and to pray for renewed Peace in our world!

Hail Mary full of Grace~ You are blessed among all women—you are our Honor, Glory and Love!

In Mater Dei,

Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

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Visual Arts Tour – Italy 2015

SIENA – The Siena Cathedral begun in the 12th century, is a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture, and where we were to celebrate Easter Sunday mass. A beautiful cathedral built with soaring arches of black and white marble crowned with a massive dome, create an impressive space filled with beautifully carved statues and intricately inlaid marble floors depicting saints and their good works. Individual family altars line the naïve dedicated to the wealthy of the medieval town. As a UNESCO Work Heritage Site, Siena has preserved its gothic appearance from the 12th to 15th century. After mass and a quick lunch and tour of the town we traveled on to Florence.

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Visual Arts tour – Italy 2015

POMPEII – Early on day two, everyone boarded the bus to ride two hours to arrive in the ancient city of Pompeii. The overcast sky, threatening rain, cast a gloomy feel on the city that had been entombed by a volcano over two centuries ago.

Good Friday, what better place to spend the day but in Rome! The ruins around the Coliseum, including a garden and the Roman Forum of excavated buildings, then on to the actual Coliseum where gladiators fought to the death for the amusement of Romans and emperors. Afterward a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to view the amazing frescoes of Michelangelo. Though the clouds threatened rain, a silver lining appeared as we entered Saint Peter’s square.

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POMPEII – Early on day two, everyone boarded the bus to ride two hours to arrive in the ancient city of Pompeii. The overcast sky, threatening rain, cast a gloomy feel on the city that had been entombed by a volcano over two centuries ago.

Good Friday, what better place to spend the day but in Rome! The ruins around the Coliseum, including a garden and the Roman Forum of excavated buildings, then on to the actual Coliseum where gladiators fought to the death for the amusement of Romans and emperors. Afterward a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to view the amazing frescoes of Michelangelo. Though the clouds threatened rain, a silver lining appeared as we entered Saint Peter’s square.

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Visual Arts tour – Italy 2015

IMG_0498 IMG_0495 IMG_0494 IMG_0489 IMG_0496 IMG_0498 IMG_0497 IMG_0499 IMG_0503 IMG_0502 IMG_0501 IMG_0500 IMG_0504 IMG_0518ROME – Twenty-three students traveled not only a great distance in miles, but also in time, to the eternal city of Rome. Weary from a thirteen-hour flight, they climbed onto the waiting bus to check in at the hotel. Then on to the first gastronomic treat – gelato, just around the corner from the hotel they happily found a wondrous gelato shop offering fifty flavor combinations of gelato, served in cups, on cones, even a triple scoop in a brioche. Reinvigorated by the cold, sweet treat the students moved on to discover their first antiquity – Piazza Popolo. Just a few blocks from the hotel, the Piazza Popolo lies at the foot of the stairway to the Borgia property, and a breath-taking view of Rome at sunset. After taking advantage of the photographic opportunities, they walked back to the hotel and their first dinner in Rome and off to a good night’s sleep.

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Visual Arts Students Travel to Italy!

Trip Details
Group: AP Studio Art & advanced visual arts students
Group Leader: Catherine Wilson
Departure Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Return: April 9, 2015

The exposure to Renaissance art, Roman civilization, or the architecture of centuries old cathedrals, can substantially enhance an Advanced Placement Studio Art portfolio. Educational Travel on a college application demonstrates initiative, maturity, well rounded interests and an inquiring mind. Students who travel grow in confidence and maturity over the course of the program as they navigate foreign cultures, speak foreign languages, make new friends, and are challenged intellectually. By traveling abroad, students learn what is truly “American” by seeing and experiencing what is not American. They bring their experiences and insights back to their artwork, classrooms and hometowns, each in his or her own way helping to lessen the knowledge gap between America and the cultures from which many of our cultural, religious, linguistic, and civic traditions evolved.

23 visual arts students will embark tomorrow to spend the next nine days learning more about the world, Europe, Italy, and themselves. We will be photographing and journaling about our journey. We invite you to follow us . . .

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Stations of the Cross on Campus

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]Did you know that the Stations of the Cross have become a part of the Mater Dei campus during our Lenten Season?

The path starts from the Dean’s Office and continues clockwise around the Grotto.  The Stations have numbers on them, however, they are very tiny etched in the bottom right hand corner of the plaques.

Our Block 4 Campus Ministry aides created a photo map of the Stations to help with the journey. CLICK HERE to access the map.

Students in their Religious Studies classes have been visiting the Stations of the Cross and have used some of the following meditations for teens:

http://bustedhalo.com/features/virtual-stations-of-the-cross
http://www.passionist.org/ministry/youthandyoungadult/youthstations
http://www.archwinnipeg.ca/wcm-docs/youth_resources/youth_resource-1238107982.pdf

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We invite the entire Mater Dei community to visit the Stations at any time.

Thanks to Mrs. Kendra Hart and her husband John for bringing this wonderful addition to our campus.

In Mater Dei,

Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

 

 

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Principal’s Message: Guest Blogger Ms. Anna-Lisa George ’89 – Academic Decathlon Accolades

principals-message-logoIt was a great weekend to be a Monarch!  Guest blogger, Ms. Anna-Lisa George’ 89, English Department Teacher and Academic Decathlon Head Coach, shares about the Academic Decathlon team’s incredible performance at the California State Finals March 19-22.

It’s definitely been a great weekend to be a Monarch! The Academic Decathlon team made a great showing at the California State Finals in Sacramento, where they competed as one of 66 teams from all over the state.

Results:

TEAM Silver in Super Quiz, Division II – (Brian Smith, Reilly Barry, Sydney Gang, Jonathan Saba, Marc Vukcevich, Emme Bartlett, Irvin Solorio, Sebastian Gutierrez, Jack O’Keefe)

Bronze: Overall Scholastic High Score, Division II – Jonathan Saba
Bronze in Essay, Silver in Language & Literature, Gold for Team High Score – Reilly Barry
Gold in Essay, Bronze in Social Science – Jonathan Saba
Bronze in Math, Silver in Music – Emme Bartlett
Bronze in Science, Silver in Speech – Sebastian Gutierrez
Silver in Language & Literature – Jack O’Keefe

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These accomplishments were in addition to our accolades in February 2015 where our Mater Dei decathletes were named  the Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon Regional Champion!  This is the first time since 2006 and only the second time in school history.

Our Division I team took first place overall, plus first place in Super Quiz, with 57 individual medals. Jonathan Saba won 2nd (Silver) top student in the entire competition.

Our Division II team placed third overall and 3rd in Super Quiz, with 32 individual medals.

Thank you to our incredible students for all of their hard work and dedication and to their parents for their support along the way.  Also thanks to Assistant Coach Julian Galindo for his support and guidance of these wonderful students!

Anna-Lisa George ’89
Head Coach, MD Academic Decathlon

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