Published : Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 6:17 PM
Last week, Immaculate Heart High School observed Catholic Schools Week, anchoring the week-long celebration of IHHS’ identity and values with the Junior Ring Ceremony. The Ring Ceremony is a longstanding Immaculate Heart tradition that marks the juniors’ official transition to upperclassmen by presenting them with their class rings.
After a mass led by Father Marlon Mateo of Holy Family Church, Immaculate Heart President and alumna Maureen Diekmann, Class of 1969, talked about the importance of Mary’s patronage and example, as well as the symbolism of the ring’s crest—a fiery heart, surrounded by roses and pierced by a sword. Together, the ring represents Mary’s suffering, as well as her passion and love for all people.
Principal Naemah Zarif Morris, Class of 1995, then led attending alumnae in blessing the rings before each junior came up to receive her ring, a rose, and a letter of encouragement from a senior sister.
This meaningful tradition commemorates the continual renewal of Immaculate Heart’s values and community, as the seniors prepare to pass the torch of leadership to the juniors.
While the juniors and seniors attended in the Ring Ceremony, the freshmen and sophomores also participated in Catholic Schools Week by crafting Valentines for patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, corsages for the retired sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Kenmore Residence, and paper cranes to decorate posters honoring the juniors.
Each of these activities gave students a way to honor Immaculate Heart’s commitment to service by creating things that would bring joy to those who received them.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.