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Campus Ministry October 3rd: E-Newsletter


Prayer Service for the Feast of St. Francis   

October 4th, 11:30 AM
Marian Peace Garden (behind the Aquinas Chapel)

Join us for a short prayer service in honor of St. Francis.  We will be reflecting through prayer and song, along with a short meditation by Sr. Katarina Schuth.  Join us to celebrate this great saint!

Discerning Your Vocation?   

Campus Ministry is here to help!  We have a vocations page on our website with upcoming discernment events as well as resources for your discernment.

On our page we have information about:

  • Upcoming vocation events: There are several Come & See weekends happening this fall.  One of them is Fr. Patrick's order; ask him for more info!

  • Discernment groups on campus:  Did you know that there are men's and women's vocation discernment groups taking place on campus?  Check out the page for times, locations, and contact info. 

    We're also running an event next week about the vocation to marriage.  Check out the info below!


    Vocation Stories: The Call to Marriage

    October 9th, 6-7 PM
    OSF Leather Room

    3 married couples share how they met and how they strive to live a Christ-centered marriage.  Light dinner will be provided. 

    Freshman Retreat II   

    We just returned from the first Freshman Retreat and it was a great success!  There is still space to sign up for the Freshman Retreat II held Oct 13-14th.  Registration is open until Sunday, Oct. 7th.  Register on Campus Ministry's website.

    Soul Sisters   

    Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM every other week. Next meeting is this Wed. Oct 3rd.
    OSF Leather Room

    Ladies, come explore deep questions about love, intimacy, and the relationship challenges young women face on campus today.  Join us every other week for an honest, enlightening conversation about how we are called to live out our dignity as women in the midst of our hookup culture.  Led by Molly Bird and Vanessa Walsh of Campus Ministry.

  • VISION Applications Due   

    Guatemala, Jamaica, California, Venezuela, India, or Ecuador: Where will you go?

    Applications for J-term 2013 VISION service immersion trips are due Thursday, October 4th.  Want more info?  Join us Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 PM in ASC 237 for an info session or check out our website.

    Archdiocesan Rosary Procession   

    Friday, October 5th: Gathering at the State Capitol at 6 PM, Procession begins at 7 PM.
    State Capitol steps

    Join other from the Archdiocese to gather to invoke our Blessed Mother's intercession for the many graces we need to strengthen and support faith-filled, holy marriges and holy families.  This year, Danielle Rose, Catholic singer/songwriter and fellow Minnesotan will be performing during the gathering at 6:00 PM.  She will also perform a concert following adoration at the Cathedral of St. Paul (Post-procession concert in Hayden Hall, St. Paul Cathedral.)

    CONCERT DETAILS:  Doors open after adoration concludes.  Good will donation at the door.  No advanced ticket purchases.  Limited Seating (first come, first serve). 

    For more information, visit www.familyrosaryprocession.org


    Year of Faith Mass & Celebration

    Thursday, October 11th marks the opening of the "Year of Fath" declared by Pope Benedict XVI one year ago.  The Year of Faith begins October 11th on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church through November 24th, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.  In the apostolic letter, "Porta Fidei" the Holy Father reminds us:

    "We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16).  The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14).  We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51)."

    With the declaration of the Year of Faith, we are all invited to acquaint ourselves with the rich tradition of the Christian life, whether we are long time believers or just beginning the journey.  Acceptance of the Christian life should change us and it demands action.  Be ready to give a reason for your joy, through which you may catch fish in the net of the Gospel.

    Campus Ministry joyfully invites our whole campus community to join us for the opening of the Year of Faith, celebrated at the 12:10 PM Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, October 11th.  Join us for an open house celebration in the Campus Ministry office (ASC 207) following the Mass for cupcakes, coffee, and hot chocolate until 2 PM. 

    Porta Fidei Link
    Year of Faith Website (English)

    Top 12 Campus Ministry iPhone apps   

    In honor of the launch of the new iPhone 5, we've asked our Campus Ministry staff who have iPhones to share their favorite apps.  Have a favorite app of your own?  Share it with us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ustcampusmin.

    1. iBreviary (recommended by Fr. Rutten)
    As a priest I have made a vow to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day.  But all Catholics are encouraged to do the same.  This app allows me to carry my "breviary" everywhere.  (And it's free).

    2. ThisDay (recommended by Fr. Rutten)
    This app lists significant historical events that have happened on the current date as well as holidays being celebrated by various countries, cultures, or religions.  It includes Catholic feasts.  It also includes famous people celebrating their birthday.

    3. pUniverse (recommended by Fr. Rutten)
    Awesome app that allows you to hold your phone up to the nighttime sky to see where the planets are and identify the major constellations of stars.  Really great when away from the city's light pollution.

    4. FOCUSequip (recommended by Vanessa Walsh)
    Geared towards college students, this app has access to great video clips on evangelization and resources for Bible studies.  UST's own Fr. Michael Keating is on the top of this app's video library.

    5. Pulse (recommended by Molly Bird)
    Pulse brings all your favorite blogs, magazines and newspapers in one place for FREE.  Quick to read, ready to share. 

    6. iConfess (recommended by Aaron Brown)
    Not only is the name ingenious, but it's a helpful tool for the Sacrament of Penance, includig information about confession, an examination of conscience, prayers for confessions, and a sin log.  What's more, it can be password protected so that your failings are known only to you, God, and the priest!

    7. Jesus Calling (recommended by Angela Deeney)
    This daily devotional is wonderful and easy to read when you're eating breakfast in the morning.  It is daily meditations based on scripture and written from Jesus' point of view.  These devotionals speak to the heart and assist in your morning prayer.  Listen, Jesus is calling you!

    8. Target (recommended by Pete Nielsen)
    This app is great for students who need to make frequent Target runs.  Stay organized with Target lists, Save money with daily deals, check prices with the barcode scanner and much more.

    9. Words With Friends (recommended by Angela Deeney)
    This app is great because you can pick it up and play whenever you have free time.  you can play this game with anyone who has a smartphone, computer, or ipod.  Using certain letters, create words for points to beat your partner (like Scrabble). 

    10. Merriam-Webster Dictionary (recommended by Vanessa Walsh)
    In honor of my mother, who has carried a dictionary in her purse for her entire life.

    11. Evangelizo (recommended by Fr. Tobin)

    12. The Catholic Directory: Mass times (recommended by Fr. Tobin)

    Catholic Studies Invites You to Lecture on Newman   

    Monday, October 8th, 7:30 PM
    OWS 150 (3M Auditorium)

    On May 12, 1879, John Henry Newman traveled to Rome at the age of 78 to receive the honor of being elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Leo XIII.  In his "Bigletto Speech", Newman thanked the Pope for this honor and in some ways summarized his life's work: His fight against "liberalism" in religion and his firm and sure hope for the future of the Catholic Church.  His words help us to make sense of the current period in the Church and in the world, and Fr. Cipolla will speak that as he presents The Prophetic Voice of Newman in the Bigletto Speech.  Fr. Cipolla is Chair, Classics Department, Brunswick School in Greenwich, and Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, CT.  Free and open to the public.

    Peer Ministry Events   

    Journey in Faith Reflection Groups

    Next Journey group meets Monday, October 15th
    9 p.m. - ASC Hearth Room.
    Who am I? Whose am I? Who am I called to be? How do I pray? How do I grow deeper in faith?

    Journey in Faith Reflection groups are small faith sharing groups where students can explore and grow in faith.  These groups are about praying together and reflecting on faith and life, growing together in love of God, and supporting one another in living out a life of faith.  Journey in Faith groups are not a bible study, but Scripture will be used in discussion and sharing.  Journey in Faith groups are an active response to the call of the Gospel.  Reflection groups will meet every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are led by the Peer Ministry leadership team.

    Sign up here or email Molly Bird for more information. 

    United We Praise

    Monday, Oct. 22nd, 9:15 PM
    OEC Auditorium

    Join in an evening of Praise and Worship with students from St. Thomas and young adults from around the Twin Cities. Led by the Peer Ministry music team and musicians from other Christian groups on campus. 

    Theology of the Body Study

    Begins Thursday, October 4th at 7 PM
    ASC Hearth Room

    The Peer Ministry Team is hosting a weekly study of the Theology of the Body.  Theology of the Body is an in-depth look at the dignity of the human person, specifically geared towards relationships between men, women, and God.  This program, created by Christopher West, is focused on learning about love and freedom in today's society.  Email Steve Joerger or Caroline Stiles for more info. 

    Tennis with a Peer Minister!

    Looking for a fun challenge and a workout? Join Peer Minister Allen-Michael, a 14-year tennis veteran for free tennis lessons.  Hurry, spaces are limited and weather will turn cold soon.  Email Allen-Michael to sign up.

    Dating and Relationship Discussion

    Begins Tuesday, October 2nd at 7 PM.  Meets every other week.
    ASC 233

    Are you interested in learning more about fulfilling dating relationships?  Join in this bi-weekly discussion group led by the Peer Ministers.  Based on the bestselling novel, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Come enjoy good company, good conversation, and free food!  Email Emily Casey or Allen-Michael Muench for more information.

    Interested in Becoming a Peer Minister?

    Student Peer Ministers are a team of undergraduate student leaders within Campus Ministry committed to the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.  The primary responsibility of the Peer Minister is to live out the Gospel message through outreach to the student body by:

    • Offering welcoming guidance, compassion, and faith-filled support for their peers

    • Providing a safe place for the soul to question, ponder, explore, grow, and develop

    • Inviting students to opportunities for spiritual development and faith awareness through prayer, faith sharing, and religious and spiritual programs and activities

    • Helping to build an inclusive and hospitable community

    • Being available for listening and referral opportunities

    • Empowering and engaging students to be leaders

    Interested in becoming a Peer Minister?  Attend an upcoming Peer Ministry info session to learn more:

    • Thursday, Oct. 4th, 12 PM-1 PM in ASC 231

    • Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 11:30 AM - 1 pM, ASC Info Table

    • Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 6 PM - 7 PM, ASC 231

    • Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, ASC 231

    • Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 11:30 AM - 1 PM, ASC Info Table

    School of Healing Prayer Course   

    Begins Friday, Oct. 12th at 7 PM
    OSF 3M Auditorium

    The Healing Prayer course will equip Christians to minister to others through the Holy Spirit.  This course is for anyone intersted in growing closer to the Holy Spirit and desiring to grow in understanding of the gifts of the Spirit.  The Healing Prayer course is facilitated by Father David Smith and seminarian Nathan Tucker.  During the fall the group will meet the following Friday's: October 12th, 26th, November 9th, 30th, December 14th.  Contact Nathan Tucker for more information.

    Upcoming Election   

    Have you adequately prepared yourself for the upcoming election?  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers great resources on Faithful Citizenship

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