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Campus Ministry October 31st: E-Newsletter



Liturgical Events   

The Month of the Dead
During the month of November, the Church traditionally remembers in a special way all those who have died. You are invited to write the names of your deceased loved ones in our Book of the Dead and light a candle for their intention throughout this month. The altar of remembrance is set up in the back of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Solemnity of All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)

Thursday, November 1st
Masses at 7 AM, 12:10 PM, 5 PM in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)
Friday, November 2nd
Masses at 7 AM and 12:10 PM
The 12:10 PM mass will be celebrated partially in Latin

Upcoming Election   

Nine Days of Prayer for Election
Please join us in praying for peace and justice as we approach the upcoming election. Prayer cards can be picked up in the Campus Ministry Office (ASC 207) or in the Aquinas Chapel. Extended prayers and reflections for each day can be found on our Facebook page.

Election Prayer Vigil
Monday, November 5th at 7 PM in Florance Chapel
Join us to pray for our country on the verge of the presidential election. This vigil will be interfaith and nonpartisan: an opportunity to ask for the Lord's guidance and blessing of our country and our leaders.

Kairos 7 Retreat Sign Up   

November 9-11th
Gainey Conference Center

Do you seek to grow more deeply in your relationship with God and God's people? Join other students for a dynamic weekend of prayer, reflection, talks, and fun that will challenge you to examine God's presence in your life.  The retreat is open to all undergraduate students.

4:15 PM Friday Nov. 9th - 4:30 PM Sunday Nov. 11th


Peer Ministry Events   

Men & Women's Retreat

November 3rd from 9 AM - 3 PM
ASC Woulfe Alumni Hall South

Come spend the day being inspired by what it means to be a man or woman of Christ as a college student. We will share fellowship and food. There will be talks and small breakout time for Q&A, praise and worsip, and a raffle for fun giveaways. A light breakfast and lunch will be included. This retreat is led by the Peer Ministry Team.

Register through the Peer Ministry Events page.

Theology of the Body Study

Every Thursday 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

Meets Tuesday, November 13th 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:

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


Right of Welcome   

What is happening at Mass this Sunday for those in the RCIA process?

This Sunday we will celebrate the Rite of Welcome with those in the RCIA process seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

Those celebrating the Rite of Welcome are baptized Christians who are ready to declare their intention to continue their journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. At this Rite, they are asked if they are ready to listen to the apostles' instruction, gather with the worship community in prayer, and join that community in the love and service of others. They are also signed with the Cross to show that they belong to Christ.

Your prayers are critical for these candidates as they continue their conversion journey. Please join us at the 11:00 AM Mass this Sunday, November 4th and extend to them a welcoming presence.

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