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Events & Registration
Father-Son Christmas Mass, Brunch and Toy Drive (Sunday, December 1st, 9:00 am - Noon)
Begin the Advent season with other dads and sons by celebrating the Eucharist, enjoying breakfast, and responding to the call to support those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped gift for a child in need. This is a special day of reflection and fellowship not to be missed.
Our guest speaker is Kerry Keating, analyst for ABC TV’s “After The Game” NBA live post-game show, adviser and broadcaster on the Hot Mic app, and a 20-year Division I basketball coach.
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 30th. However, limited space is available so REGISTER NOW!
Winter Ball Set-up, Coat-check and Break-down (Fri., Dec. 6th & Sat.Dec 7th)
Dads can help make Bell’s Winter Ball a night to remember for students and their guests by helping with set-up, coat-check and break-down. This is an easy, fun volunteer opportunity and you’ll get the bonus of seeing Bellarmine boys in snazzy suits and ties instead of their typical “Bell uniform” shorts and sweatshirts. Click here for more information on shifts and to sign up for a shift.
Home Basketball Game Snack Shack (Fri., Dec. 6th & Sat.Dec 7th)
Help feed hungry fans by prepping food, serving, and cashiering. This is a fun opportunity to meet other parents, students and faculty and to cheer on the Bells--there are always chances to catch the game during the slow times at the Shack. Shifts are ~2 hours and no experience is necessary--just a great teamwork attitude! For more information and to sign up for shifts, click here.
Third Thursday Social + Teen Book Drive (Dec. 19th, 6 p.m.)
This casual, no-host social at Hapas Brewing Company (460 Lincoln Ave #90, San Jose) is a perfect way to begin your unwinding from the week and connect with other Bell dads. No sign-up is needed. Just show up, bring a book for a teen (see below), wear some Bellarmine swag if you can, and enjoy the Bell spirit!
If you miss this December date, we are gathering again on Jan 16th, Feb 20th, March 19th, April 16th, and May 21st.
To demonstrate “Dads for and with Others” we ask that you bring a new or used young adult book that will be given to the Sacred Heart Nativity School (SHNS) library. As part of its outreach, Bellarmine provides support to SHNS, a Jesuit school with a mission to “break the cycle of poverty through Education.”
The DADs' Club looks forward to the following events each year
Father-Son Work Day (October)
The annual Father/Son Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th, the day before the Bellarmine Open House. Our goal is to get everything neat and tidy for the prospective students and parents that will be touring the campus the next day.
The work day starts at 8:30 AM with a mass in the Leontyne Chapel followed by a light continental breakfast, before heading out to the job. The day ends around 12:00 PM with a BBQ lunch provided by Bellarmine.
Each year, around 30 father/son teams volunteer and have a fun and productive day cleaning up around the school and enjoying the camaraderie of their fellow workers.
Suds for Duds (November)
Attention all Dads, Dads of Grads and Alumni - Come join us Monday, November 18th at 5:30PM for the 8th Annual Dads’ Club Suds for Duds event.
Join other Bell dads, grads, and dads of grads for a fun-filled evening of microbrews, fantastic food and football, while supporting the Bellarmine Winter Warmth Drive.
We'll watch the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers battle it out on the field, and enjoy a variety of delicious sausages and sample excellent local microbrews from Horsehead Brewery, Sonoma Springs Brewing Co., Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hapa's Brewing Company, and Strike Brewing Co. And, you can enjoy all of the microbrews from a Bellarmine Beer glass that is yours to keep!
You will enhance the camaraderie of the evening by bringing gently-used warm clothing, such as coats and sweaters, for men, women, and children, or blankets and sleeping bags. If you don't have any gently-used clothes, we're collecting new socks and long underwear sets. These donated items go to Sacred Heart Community Service and HomeFirst emergency shelters for women and children.
Bring your friends! All adults 21 and over are invited. It's a great way to socialize and network in a relaxed, informal setting!
Cost for the event is $30 plus a clothing/blanket/sleeping bag donation for the Winter Warmth Drive. Alternatively, you may simply pay an additional $35 (total $65) which will be donated to the cause.
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 15th. However, limited space is available so REGISTER NOW!
If you have any questions, please contact Chang So
Father-Son Christmas Mass (December)
The Father-Son Christmas Mass & Brunch will be held on Sunday, December 1st from 9AM to 12PM. The Dads' Club cordially invites all fathers and sons to honor the "Men for and with Others" Bellarmine brotherhood by celebrating the Eucharist together in Leontyne Chapel. The Mass will be followed by a short program and Christmas breakfast served by the Mothers' Guild in the Samuel A. Liccardo Center. All fathers (or father figures) and sons are welcome. Please come, reflect, and celebrate your special relationship during this Advent Season.
Bell Wars (February)
Get Ready Dads and Sons! Bell Wars is a truly unique event at Bellarmine. It will be held on Sunday, February 2nd from 10AM to 1PM. Here's a chance to do something that you both will enjoy! Dad & son teams compete in various fun events, from golf to blackjack, for fun prizes. Start practicing your putting, blackjack, and free-throw skills to name a few of the many fun activities that await participants! Every year, some new activity is added to keep up the spirit of the competition.
Tijuana Immersion Trip (April)
The Bellarmine Tijuana Immersion Trip takes place over the Easter break. Approximately 60 members of the Bellarmine community travel to Tijuana to build houses under the direction of Amor Ministries, an organization that has been in Mexico for 30 years, providing homes for people that need them the most.
Junior and Senior students, members of the Dads' Club and faculty travel into Tijuana to literally build a foundation for the future for four to five families living in Tijuana. Students work in groups of about 12 on 4-5 houses. The houses are built from the ground up, starting with pouring the foundation to putting stucco on the walls and shingles on the roofs. During the construction of each house, family members may work side by side with the students. In the evening, reflections and discussions occur. Easter Mass is especially meaningful when celebrated in this context, rich with the spirit of community.
Incoming Freshmen Father-Son BBQ (April)
The Bellarmine Dads' Club welcomes dads and their incoming freshmen sons to Bellarmine with a get acquainted barbecue in the spring!
This is a great day for:
- meeting other fathers and sons
- hearing from current students about their school experiences and opportunities
- purchasing Bellarmine merchandise
- meeting some of your future "Big Brothers"
- learning about the Dads' Club
- enjoying great food, fun and fellowship!