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Campus Ministry: February 20th eNewsletter


Staff Reflections

The Creed: Testimony or Trivia?
By Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP, Associate Chaplain

If you had just 60 seconds to write something before you died, (like right now!) what would you write? Now it's just 60 seconds so there isn't

a chance to write a long note. No time for long goodbyes. No time to right all the wrongs of your life or to say you're sorry to all those whom you have wronged. No time to profess your undying love to someone. No time to share with the world the wisdom you have collected. Just 60 seconds. Go. No seriously, go!... Continue Reading

God wants to speak to you: Are you listening?
By Vanessa Walsh, Retreat & Communications Coordinator

We now find ourselves a week into Lent. How are you doing with your Lenten commitments? During Lent I find it helpful to step back and examine my priorities in life. I've been struck a lot lately by the noise that constantly surrounds us. Walking across campus we are on our cell phones; at the gym we have our headphones in, sitting in our rooms we turn on music or the TV. Where does silence play a part in our lives? How often do you find yourself in silence?... Continue Reading


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.

   The Mass Explained

Sunday, February 24 at 5 pm
Rogge-Leyden Dining Room, 3rd floor ASC

Want to learn more about the Mass? Come delve into the sacred mysteries of the Mass during this Lent. Join us for a simple soup dinner and to hear Fr. Michael Joncas present. For more information, contact Kellen O'Grady.

   Thanksgiving Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

Thursday, February 28 at 12:10 pm
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Daily Mass will be celebrated in Thanksgiving for the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.  Join us on his last day as Pope to give thanks for the blessings of the past eight years.

   Sede Vacante


In the coming days, look for a webpage on the Campus Ministry website devoted to the Papal transition.  It will include information on conclave, voting procedures, white smoke, and eventually, the new pontificate!


Rediscover: On Campus

Monday, March 4th, 7:00 pm
ASC Woulfe Hall

Are you looking for greater meaning? Are you searching for respite from the storms of life? There is a path to greater meaning and purpose. There is a way to find inner strength, true freedom, and peace. The beautiful thing is that it's where it has been for 2,000 years. Join us for an opportunity to Rediscover the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith! Open to all.

Interact with students from all over the Twin Cities and hear a talk from Fr. Michael Becker on "Spiritual Intoxication and the Meaning of Life."

   Senior Retreat

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 by Sunday, February 24th!

   Come & See Event On-Campus

Monday, February 25th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ASC Hearth Room

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will be on campus for dinner and discussion.  Come hear them share about their life and charism and discuss tips for vocational discernment. Dinner will be provided. Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry. For more information, contact Sr. Peter Marie at 651-256-0147 or vocation@op-tn.org

   Peer Ministry Events

Journey in Faith Begins next week. 

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 meet every other week.  

Spring 2013 Dates:
February 25, 9 pm - 10 pm ASC Hearth
March 11, 9 pm - 10 pm ASC Hearth
April 8, 9 pm - 10 pm ASC Hearth
April 22, 9 pm - 10 pm ASC Hearth
May 13, 9 pm - 10 pm ASC Hearth

"Come Follow Me" Discipleship Retreat Registration Open

March 15-16, 2013
Gainey Conference Center
Registration now open! Click here to register.

A disciple was a student (and follower) of Jesus during his ministry. The word disciple derives from the Latin word discipulus meaning "a learner." As Christians and followers of Jesus, He calls us to do and be many things. What does it mean to follow Jesus? During this retreat, participants will explore what Jesus says in the scriptures about being a disciple and following Him. Contact Molly Bird for more information or register now.

Campus Alpha Begins this Wednesday

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (meets every other week)
ASC Hearth Room

The Peer Ministry Team is hosting a bi-weekly study of Campus Alpha -- a seven week course that introduces young adults to Christianity. Includes prayer, video talks, and small-group sharing. Email Steve Joerger for more info.

REDISCOVER Book Discussion Group

Wednesdays from 7:00m pm - 8:00 pm (meets every other week starting February 20th)
ASC 240

Join in this bi-weekly discussion group led by Peer Ministers to discuss the book by Matthew Kelly, Rediscovering Catholocism. Come enjoy good company and good conversation about the Catholic Faith! Email Caroline Stiles or Allen-Michael Muench for more information.


What Are You Doing For Lent?

What are you doing for Lent? Watch the video to hear about what other Tommies are doing, then share your own Lenten promises with us by commenting!

   Men's & Women's Archdiocesan Retreats

Women's Lenten Retreat

Saturday, February 23rd, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Holy Spirit Catholic Church (515 Albert St. S, St. Paul)

Join in the spirit of Lent and explore Faith in the New Evangelization. Visit the website or call 651-291-4489 for more information and to register! Walk-ins welcome!

"Marathon, not a Sprint" Men's Conference

Saturday, March 16th, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Confession beginning at 7:00 am)
UST Field House

Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

Inspiring talks, faith testimonies, and a Keynote address featuring Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, Coach Glenn Caruso, Fr. Bill Baer, and Raymond de Souza. Visit the website or call 651-291-4488 for more information and to register!

   RCIA Update

At the 11:00 am Mass this past Sunday, we celebrated the Rite of Sending with our RCIA candidates.  The Rite of Sending is an opportunity for our community to acknowledge the spiritual progress of our catechumens and candidates and to send them forth for recognition by Archbishop Nienstedt with assurance of our care and support.  Archbishop Nienstedt, and Catholic bishops throughout the world, welcomed those sent by their parishes (and universities) in a gathering known as the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion.

The Rite of Election, celebrated by those who are unbaptized, signifies that they have been called by Christ and from this point forward, they are no longer catechumens but are now known as the "elect."  They have been chosen to enter into the final period of preparation for initiation, and are called by the bishop to the holy mysteries to be celebrated at Easter.

All of our students in the RCIA program this year have been baptized; therefore, the reality of being chosen and claimed by Christ took place at their baptism.  These candidates celebrated the Call to Continuing Conversion with the intention to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.  They have been moved by this rite into an intense period of purification and enlightenment, as we all are during this season of Lent. 

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