The journey begins: Fr. John Unni, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, said the Ash Wednesday Mass this morning in the Perry Gymnasium.
Fr. Unni reflected on the alms, fasting and prayer that Jesus encouraged of his flock in the day’s Gospel reading. “When you give something up, what happens inside? Something happens. There’s a clarity inside,” he said. “When you step back from that stuff, it gives you some mental acuity, some clarity, some discipline and inner strength…and when we step back from the things you like, it helps us recognize what rules us as opposed to us ruling it. These are things to look at during Lent, whatever your faith background, so your spirituality becomes real and speaks to you.”
Think your driveway was long? Thanks to CM’s stalwart maintenance staff working through the blizzard and into the long weekend, over three acres of snow on CM’s parking lots and sidewalks were cleared before classes could resume this week. These guys carried the weight of Boston’s 5th largest snowstorm in history on their shoulders. Thank you, gentlemen!
On the road for life: Eighteen CM students traveled to Washington, DC on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade for the annual “March for Life” from January 24-27, joined by Mr. Russell, Mr. Finn, and Mrs. McCourt. The students took in the sights of the capital while staying overnight in a hotel and reflecting on politics and morality in the CM vans. The students included Brendan Sanders ‘17, Mike Iula ‘16, Jack Murphy ‘16, Jack O’Brien ‘16, Domenic Scialoia ‘16, Augusto Figari ‘16, Nathan Cagnon ‘15, Andrew McElman ‘15, Kevin Wang ‘15, James Wang ‘15, Justin Yang ‘15, Robert Curran ‘14, Casey Hamel ‘14, William Kennedy ‘14, Denis Riordan ‘14, Drew Rowean ‘14, Andrew Gordon ‘13 and Jack Torpey ‘13.
Yule tidings from room 4! Students in Ms. Cells’s junior classes trimmed the “chemis-tree” this month with ornaments that celebrated the lives of great chemists.
Knights pride: varsity hockey captain Jack O’Hear ‘13 looks good in this varsity CM sweater. But it’s not his sweater–it’s his father Tom’s. Tom ‘78 earned that letter in his first season at forward for Coach Bill Hanson 37 years ago. The father and son share more than a sweater size: both were named co-captains of the team in their senior year. That’s also true for Jack’s brother Dan ‘11, now playing hockey at Annapolis. Thanks, Mr. O’Hear, for keeping that sweater clean all these years!
Herren returns to the Perry Gym: the last time he played on the CM campus, Chris Herren was a point guard for Durfee High School in 1991. Twenty years later, Herren stood on the free-throw line and delivered a message for the student body. With rapt attention from students in grades 7-12, Herren described his descent from the heights of NBA stardom (playing for the Celtics and Denver Nuggets) to drug addiction and recovery.
“At 24 years old, I became a convicted felon,” he said. “At 24 years old, I became publicly known as that kid who threw everything away because of one little yellow pill two years earlier. When I got bailed out of jail, I didn’t call my mom and dad…or my wife…I called my dealer. That’s how sick this monster is.”
Herren explained to students what he has lost and how he has found strength to redeem himself, despite harming so many friends and family members.
“Before I take the microphone,” he said, “I say one prayer. I say, ‘Please God, let me make a difference in one kid’s life today. Let me prevent one kid from going down the path I went down.’”
Herren is the subject of a 2011 documentary, Unguarded. Read more…
And the winner is…civics! CM’s Middle School Program conducted a mock-election on Tuesday morning, with classes filing into the resource room to cast their vote in both the presidential and congressional elections. Above, PJ Trahon ‘17 and Kyle Sonnie ‘17 working the polls. And since you read this far, here are the results: President - Romney (62%) and Senator - Brown (80%).
Return of the Green Knight: Brian Keane ‘85 visited his alma mater this morning to talk to seventh, eighth and ninth graders about his new book, Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy. Published last week, Keane’s book is a renewable-energy guide for beginners. Keane, the president of Smart Power, a Washington, DC based think-tank, has become a leading voice in the policy discussions surrounding renewable and alternative energies. Read more…
Farther down the Emerald Necklace…For the first time in as long as anyone could remember, the cross-country team didn’t begin its season at Franklin Park, as the iconic course at the Olmstead-designed park is undergoing restoration this fall. Instead, the team kicked off its season by hosting Arch. Williams at scenic Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, where Ryan Reid ‘13 captured first place. Asked how he liked the hilly, 2.7-mile course, Reid responded, “It was brutal.” The team won, 21-37.