OLA- News 12/13/2013

BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER — Principal Mike Muir, PTO President Betsy Sichi and Elizabeth Dering pose with future St. Anastasia Panthers and “giving boxes” collected to bring Christmas cheer.

St. Anastasia School embraces season of giving

At St. Anastasia School in Westchester, the concept of helping others is an important part of the curriculum. Every year the students, their families and parishioners extend their hands to help those less fortunate. This year the parochial school has been participating in multiple charitable activities aimed at helping those less fortunate during the Christmas season.

 Students each voluntarily fill a gift box intended for a boy or girl their same age, which will be distributed at Ascension and Sacred Heart parishes. Additionally, the annual Adopt-a-Family program is completing another successful run. Each classroom "adopts" a family through St. Margaret Center, which aids underprivileged families in Lennox. The amount of gifts, clothing and food collected is astounding; and the students have fun creating decorations for their family's Christmas tree and home.

Students then help to deliver the packages to their adopted family, essentially delivering Christmas — complete with a tree, decorations, gifts and dinner, including all the trimmings.

 

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         BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER — Principal Mike Muir, PTO President Betsy Sichi and Elizabeth Dering pose with future St. Anastasia Panthers and “giving boxes” collected to bring Christmas cheer.  

 

 

Holy Trinity, Kipp Academy are FIYA winners

On a beautiful day for football, FIYA (Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics) held its Flag Football Championship Dec. 1 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The championship game saw familiar foes Holy Trinity of San Pedro and St. Anastasia of Westchester battle it out for FIYA supremacy. Trinity got out to a 14-0 lead but knew from experience the Panthers would not go quietly. And after scoring on the last play of the half, St. Anastasia followed it up with a scoring drive to begin the second and cut the lead to 14-12. The Chargers quickly answered with a score of their own though, and made several key defensive stops down the stretch to secure the 28-18 win and the championship.

In the third place game, KIPP Academy of Opportunity of Los Angeles took on Century Academy of Inglewood. The first half saw the teams trade scores, with KIPP holding a slim 12-8 lead at the intermission. It was more of the same in the second half with neither team able to gain control until KIPP got in the end zone one last time in the closing minutes to secure a 24-16 win.

 

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BREAKING CLEAR — Holy Trinity players chase St. Anastasia ball carrier at FIYA Flag Football Championship in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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