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Campus Ministry Nov. 28th: E-Newsletter


   Advent Events

 Advent Tree-Lighting Service

Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 4:30 PM
Lower Quad

Join the St. Thomas community for the annual tradition to light the quad and creche scene atop the arches.  Dr. Deborah Savage, faculty at the Saint Paul Seminary, will give a reflection.  Musicians from the Department of Music will lead songs and refreshments will be served following. 

Day of Adoration and Confession

Thursday, Dec. 17th
Aquinas Chapel

Mark your calendar for the Day of Adoration and Confession in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.  This is an opportunity to prepare more fully for the joyful celebration of Christmas!

Adoration following 7 a.m. Mass until 8:30 p.m.
Confession available from 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The hours of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) celebrated throughout the day.
The day concludes with the Study Monday Mass at 8:30 p.m.

UST Schola Cantorum

Sunday, Dec. 9th from 3-4 PM
Aquinas Chapel

The UST Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Aaron Brown,will collaborate with local organist Kraig Windschitl to present a concert of J.S. Bach solo organ works based on Gregorian Chant. This concert is in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Gabriel Kney organ.

Advent Retreat for Daily Living

Offered on the Minneapolis campus by law professor Susan Stabile.

Monday November 26th, December 3, 10 and 17th
12:30-1:30, MSL (Law School) Room 242

Advent is an important time for Christians. It is a time of preparation. A time during which we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus. Even though we approach the end of the fall semester (and exams) it is important that we take some time to enter into this wonderful season.

This retreat is designed to both explore what it means to wait in joyful hope and to prepare ourselves to welcome the Christ child into our hearst and homes. We will do so by reflecting on the meaning of Advent and on the invitation it offers us. We will look at some models of response to that invitation presented to us in Scripture and talk about what it means to us to accept God's invitation to transformation. We will gather weekly for some sharing on the fruits of our prayer during the week (material for daily prayer will be provided) and a talk on the week's prayer theme.

As lunch will be served, please RSVP to Bethany Fletcher at moel1277@stthomas.edu.

Advent Food for Thought Reflection
During Advent, the Church encourages us to prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of Christ. Come and share a meal at the Advent Food for Thought Reflections as we meditate upon our anticipation of Christ during this blessed season. Advent Food for Thought will be held in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Leather Room on Tuesday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 11 from 6-7 PM. If you have any questions, contact Kristin Gottron at gott1311@stthomas.edu.

   Holy Day of Obligation:
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Saturday, Dec. 8th at 9AM
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Join us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception for Mass at 9 AM.
Evening masses on Saturday do not fulfill this Holy Day of Obligation.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 12:10 PM
Aquinas Chapel

Join us to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe for Mass at 12:10 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Reception to follow in the Hearth Room in the Anderson Student Center.  Sponsored by Latinos Unidos, Latino Leadership Program, and Campus Ministry.

   Liturgical Assistant Applications

We are currently accepting applications for student worker Liturgical Assistants for the Spring 2013 semester.  You may apply at the following link: https://jobs.stthomas.edu/postings/13868.

    Peer Ministry Events

See the following link to all upcoming Peer Ministry events (Theology of the Body, Relationships Discussion, Journey in Faith, United We Praise, etc.): http://www.stthomas.edu/campusministry/peer-ministry/events/

   Finding God in All Things: Silent Ignatian Retreat

February 15-17, 2013 at Gainey Conference Center
4 PM Friday Feb 15 to 4 PM Sunday Feb 17

Do you have a yearning to deepen your personal relationship with Christ? Do you desire to spend more time in prayer and reflection? Register now for the Ignatian Spirituality Retreat sponsored by Campus Ministry. This silent retreat focuses on St. Ignatius of Loyola's meditations and spiritual practices. The retreat is set for February 15-17 at the Gainey Conference Center and costs $15.  Register now to reserve your spot!
Register here.


Grill the Newlyweds!

Monday, Dec. 3rd from 6-7:30 PM
ASC Hearth Room

Get the Scoop on Married Life!  Come find out everything you've ever wanted to know about marriage by talking with 2 couples who will share their experiences.  Pizza and ice cream will be provided.  This event is sponsored by UST Students for Marriage.

Questions? Contact Annie Kopacek at kopa0349@stthomas.edu.

   Archbishop's Vocation Retreat 2012

December 21st at 6:30 PM - December 23rd at 12 PM
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo

Have you considered becoming a diocesan priest? Join the Archbishop for a retreat for those discerning.  Register with the Vocation Office: stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org, or 651-962-6890. Find more details at www.10000vocations.org.

   March for Life

On the fortieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade
Tuesday, January 22nd - Sunday, January 27th

This year, students are taking a trip out to Washington DC to participate in the March for Life on the fortieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade.  Contact Tom Kasza at tom.kasza@spoweb.org if interested. The deadline to apply is December 1st.

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