Notre Dame HS grad killed by lightning

Nick Fagnano.

Nick Fagnano, a member of the Notre Dame High School Class of 2012, died July 27 from injuries suffered when lightning struck the ocean off of Venice Beach.

Fagnano, 20, had been on the beach with friends and reportedly re-entered the water to wash sand off when the lightning hit, part of a sudden electrical storm that produced a series of strikes. Some 13 people were injured, but Fagnano was the only one who died; his body was recovered about 50 feet from the shore about 30 minutes after the bolt hit the water.

A pitcher on Notre Dame’s baseball team, Fagnano attended community college in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, and was preparing to enter the University of Southern California for the fall 2014 semester, where he planned to study urban development.

The young man was active at St. Brendan Church in Hancock Park, where he had attended morning Mass before going to the beach that afternoon. He graduated from St. Brendan School before coming to Notre Dame.

In a statement to alumni, parents and friends on the Sherman Oaks school’s website, Notre Dame president Brett A. Lowart offered condolences on Fagnano’s passing.

“By all accounts, Nick was a wonderful and sweet young man who loved participating on the Knight baseball team throughout his high school years,” wrote Lowart. “He was also very involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). We ask that you pray for the Fagnano family and his ND classmates (Alex Zamora, Brett Sesma) who were involved with this tragic accident.”

A vigil was scheduled July 29, 7 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, North
Hollywood.


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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