Summer break is fast coming to an end. Schools are reopening for a new academic session. Hence it is important to update our community about the changes that have taken place in our elementary school.
Towards the end of the last academic year, the Principal, Ms. Rose Navarro, retired for health reasons. We are profoundly grateful to her. She led us through the pandemic in an extraordinary way. A search committee was put together to help hire a new principal. We hired Mr. Robert G. Bringas, Jr. as our new principal.
Mr. Bringas brings with him 27 years of experience in the field of education. He was a 7th grade teacher at Precious Blood School and Holy Trinity School, both in Los Angeles. He later became both Vice Principal and the Head of School of Holy Family High School in Glendale. Mr. Bringas has been on both sides of the academic world. He was a lead teacher both in Math, History, and Religion in both schools. “He is very strong in curriculum development” said Mrs. Meg Samaniego, a retired principal who worked with him at Holy Trinity. Mr. Bringas’ leadership experience includes curriculum development that utilizes technology that meets the learning needs of the students. This is important for our school to keep our legacy as State Champions in the Odyssey of the Mind competition which we have achieved for some years now.
In a setting like a school where various interests abound; conflict is bound to happen. The ability to handle conflict is very important for the cohesive existence of such community. “Mr. Bringas is fair in handling conflict,” said one of his former staff members at Holy Family High School. Mr. Bringas has an open-door policy, and he listens to all sides of the story. One of his goals is to create a welcoming and safe environment for all students, teachers, and staff.
Mr. Bringas’ experience goes beyond the confines of schools. He is currently the Board Secretary to San Gabriel Education Foundation as well as Co-Program Director for Starlings San Gabriel Volleyball Club. His leadership in these two bodies will benefit our school immensely.
“I think you hit a home run here! You have found a person who appears to be a very, very good principal for our school. His enthusiasm and style are exactly what we need,” said a member of the ABVM Consultative School Board after Mr. Bringas addressed the Board.
Fr. Mike Ume
Faith Formation News
Teen Confirmation Mondays
October 2-Year I-7:00PM
October 9-Year II-7:00PM
There is still time to register before classes begin!
Religious Education is for 1st-8th grade students in non-Catholic schools. Confirmation is for all high school teens.
To register contact: Cheli Valdez, at (626)792-6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last weekend we joined with the Universal Church and began the Year of Eucharistic Revival with a Corpus Christi procession. The purpose of this year is to encourage Catholics to focus their lives on the Eucharist, its meaning and significance, and the life of Jesus.
“The Eucharist is the mystery of the almighty God’s presence among us, it is a mystery of our Creator’s love, the mystery that He decided to share His divine life, His intended friendship with each one of us,” said Archbishop Gomez. “We mean so much to Him that He offers His body and blood for us. We are worth so much that He would endure the pain of the cross and the shame of the cross so that we can live forever in the fire of His love.”
The strategic pillars of the Eucharistic Revival are:
- To foster encounters with Jesus through the proclamation of the Gospel and experiences of Eucharistic devotion.
- Contemplate and proclaim the doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the Truth of our teaching, Beauty of our worship, and Goodness of our accompaniment of persons in poverty and those who are vulnerable.
- Empower grassroots creativity by partnering with movements, apostolates, parishes, and educational institutions.
- Reach the smallest unit: parish small groups and families.
- Embrace and learn from the various rich intercultural Eucharistic traditions.
It is expected that parish activities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress on July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis: See
eucharisticrevival.org. or visit lacatholics.org/eucharist.
For people living on the margins
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles fingerprinting procedures
The Archdiocese provides fingerprinting services free of charge and works with the California Department of Justice to have these fingerprints submitted and scanned by the appropriate agencies. Anyone in the archdiocese who has regular contact with minors or vulnerable adults, whether in a paid or volunteer position, must be fingerprinted before they can begin work.
For more information about fingerprinting protocols, visit https://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9/section-9-3.
For fingerprinting information go to: lacatholics.org/fingerprinting/
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