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Campus Ministry: February 6th eNewsletter

Welcome Back!

We're glad you’re back.  Stop by our office in ASC 207 to say hello, catch up, and grab some coffee or espresso.  We pray that this spring semester will be filled with abundant blessings and will offer opportunities for you to grow in your commitment to faith, social justice, and community.


 


   Ash Wednesday

Please join us for one of several liturgies to mark the beginning of Lent:

February 13, 2013
Masses: 7 am, 12:10 pm, 5 pm
Ecumenical Service: 7 pm
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas


   

 Peer Ministry Applications Due February 7th for the 2013-2014 Academic Year!

Student Peer Ministry -- Servant Leaders Guided by the Gospel

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 a welcoming, compassionate, and faith-filled support and guidance 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 to students for listening and referral opportunities

  • Empowering and engaging students to be leaders

For more information email Molly Bird  or visit the Peer Ministry web page.


   Peer Ministry Events

With the launch of a new semester, we're happy to announce our upcoming events:

  • United We Praise (begins 2/18)

  • Journey in Faith reflection groups (begins 2/25)

  • Discipleship Retreat (3/15-3/16)

  • Campus Alpha

  • Dating & Relationship Discussion

  • Women's Discussion Group

  • REDISCOVER Discussion Group

 

Check out the Peer Ministry website for detailed information about all of these events!


 

   VISION

Put your faith into action this Spring!

Spring break is closer than you think and Campus Ministry's VISION program is collecting applications for their Spring break trips. Learn more about all six amazing service trips, find an info session, and download an application at http://www.stthomas.edu/VISION.

Deadline for spring applications is Friday, February 15th

Spring Break Sites:

  • Experience an urban immersion in Denver, Colorado

  • Work with the people from the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes in Fort Belknap, Montana

  • Help teach in a local school in the middle of Chicago

  • Try out your green thumb in a community garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Swing a hammer on a home building project in Canton, Mississippi

  • Experience the culture of rural Appalachia in Cranks Creek, Kentucky

Scholarships Available! Applications on the VISION website.


   UST Liturgical Choir

Liturgical Choir is still seeking new members for Spring 2013.  The choir rehearses 1:30-3:10 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sings for the 11 am  Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Contact Aaron Brown for more information and to schedule an audition.


   Lectio Divina

Sunday, February 10th, 8 pm
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Lectio Divina with Archbishop Nienstedt will be offered this Sunday, February 10th at 8 pm. Join us for time to reflect on the Holy Scriptures. All Christians are especially encouraged to join us as we will be praying with Biblical Texts. Members of all faiths welcome.


   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 yearn 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 here.

Registration closes Sunday, February 10th.


   

 Senior Retreat: Confident in God's Plan

March 1st - 2nd 
Gainey Conference Center

Join your fellow seniors to celebrate your time at St. Thomas and look ahead to many blessings to come. 4:30 pm Friday March 1 to 5 pm Saturday March 2. Only $15. Register on Campus Ministry's Retreat page.


   Soul Sisters

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm every other week starting February 20th.
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.


   Staff Reflections

Check out our latest staff reflections:

Irish Blessings and Thin Places: It Matters
By Megan Smith, Office Manager

It is -10 degrees today and my thoughts naturally turn toward spring, which can only mean one thing: St. Patrick's Day is approaching! I feel a sudden urge to find a flight to Ireland in order to fully celebrate my cultural heritage. My family is very proud of being Irish and I grew up going to the St. Patrick's parades in downtown St. Paul dressed in green while eating soda bread. We even chose an Irish terrier as our family dog and named him Cork, after the county in southwestern Ireland that my ancestors are from. In the early 1990s, we took a family summer vacation to Ireland and I recall seeing a lot of scenery, a lot of cemeteries, and a lot of sheep... Continue Reading

Reflections on the Creed
In honor of the Year of Faith, Fr. Patrick Tobin, O.P. will be offering a series of reflections on the Creed and why it matters.

The Creed: Are you in or out?
By Fr. Patrick Tobin, O.P., Associate Chaplain

Imagine the church as a dartboard, except there aren't any markings on the board at all. There's no bull's eye or inner ring or outer ring. There aren't any wedges to aim at. There aren't even any numbers around the outside for scoring. Confused yet? A dart can hit the board anywhere from the dead center to the outermost rim for the same amount of points. Whether the dart hits the board at the 12 o'clock position, the 2 o'clock position, or the 8 o'clock position the same amount of points is given. In fact, there is only one relevant criteria for the ecclesial dartboard: did you hit it or miss it. Did your dart land on the dartboard or off of the dartboard? Are you in the church or out of the church? It is a binary question that permits only one of two possible answers. There is no inbetween... Continue Reading


   Feast Day Menu at The View

Thursday, February 14th

Campus Ministry will once again be partnering with The View to celebrate Catholic feast days. On Thursday, February 14th, we're offering a special Slavic menu in celebration of the feast of St. Cyril & Methodius. Stop by The View on Thursday for lunch or dinner to enjoy this delicious food.


   Rediscover

Are you searching for deeper meaning? Do you long for a greater purpose in your life?

There is a way to find inner strength, true freedom, and peace. Campus Ministry invites you to rediscover the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith.

Look for our special edition eNews next week with more information.


   FOCUS Interview

February 22-24.

Are you a senior who is discerning where to go and what to do next year? FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is currently accepting applications. They hire a diverse group of leaders, train them, and then send them back onto college campuses to introduce students to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. They will be hosting a Twin Cities interview weekend February 22-24.  Application deadline for that interview weekend is Friday, February 8.  More info at www.focus.org/apply

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