September 2005

La Salle Pasadena Prays and Donates After Hurricane

La Salle Pasedena Mass 9-1-05On September 2, the entire community at La Salle High School of Pasadena came together to collect money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. During the first liturgy of the school year, Father Bill Nicholas ’88 from St. Cecilia’s in San Francisco; Father Richard Krekelberg from St. Rita’s in Sierra Madre; Father Francis Dang from Assumption in Los Angeles; Father Joe Moniz from St. Philip’s in Pasadena; Father Paul Fitzpatrick from Ss. Felicities and Perpetua in San Marino; and Father Francis Mendoza from St. Andrew’s in Pasadena joined the La Salle community in prayer. Collection baskets were passed during the Mass, and students, faculty, administration, alumni, and parents donated money for fellow Lasallian schools that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. By the end of the liturgy, the collection baskets held almost $8,000, and by the end of the day donations had reached more than $10,000. A similar outpouring of charity was seen last year in the collection for the Asian Tsunami Relief Fund.

La Salle Pasadena Mass 9-1-05The three Lasallian schools that are damaged are St. Paul’s School in Covington, De La Salle in New Orleans, and Christian Brothers School in New Orleans. St. Paul’s School sustained a great deal of wind damage but no flooding; De La Salle sustained a great deal of water damage and may be closed for several months before reopening. At this point the condition of Christian Brothers School is not known.

La Salle High Pasadena Principal Pat Bonacci says that the money collected for the hurricane relief fund will go to the New Orleans-Santa Fe District. Bonacci also says that he would like to take part in bringing in any student from any of the three schools who has family in our region that would like to attend La Salle, just as other Lasallian schools around the nation have done.

To continue reading about updates on the conditions of the three Lasallian schools, please visit the Christian Brothers regional web site at .

To learn more about La Salle High School in Pasadena, California, visit the schools web site at





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