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Campus Ministry: May 15th eNewsletter

Pentecost Vigil Mass   

Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas 

Join us as we celebrate the mystery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation by our students, and the close of the Easter season.

The Pentecost Vigil Mass takes on the character of the Easter Vigil but emphasized the descent of the Holy Spirit. At this Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Lee Piché, Auxilary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, nine student will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow in the Koch Fireside Room.

Please note that there will be no 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, May 19th.

Staff Reflections   

Pentecost Sunday Reflection
By Christine Griffith, Coordinator of Weddings and Sacramental Preparation

This coming Sunday, Christians throughout the world will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.  Pentecost Sunday, considered one of the greatest feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, comes fifty days after Easter Sunday and ten days after the Ascension of our Lord. The Day of Pentecost marked a turning point in the early Christian church.  Pentecost, a Jewish feast, was celebrated fifty days after Passover, and pilgrims had come to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate the event. Continue Reading...

Church Spotting: 4 Marks of the Church
By Fr. Patrick Tobin, O.P., Associate Chaplain

How do you know when you've found THE church of Christ? Jesus the Christ, Second Person of the Triune Godhead and the anointed one of God, came to earth to redeem the human race and to gather to Himself the holy ones or first members of what we now call a church. Yet there are many groups of people that claim to be a church, even the church founded by Jesus. So how do we know if a church is actually THE church of Christ? Answer: the Creed! Continue Reading...

Study Monday Activities   

Monday, May 20, 2013
Upper Quad, St. Paul Campus
(rainsite: Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas)

  • 6:45 pm: Ice Cream Sundaes sponsored by the USG Spirituality Committee

  • 7:30 pm: United We Praise on the Quad with the Peer Ministry Team

  • 8:30 pm: Study Monday Mass with Campus Ministry

Ask Campus Ministry: Is NFP the same as Birth Control?   

You asked, we answered! Watch the most recent episode of the "Ask Campus Ministry" video series, then submit your own questions via email or facebook message! You can find more videos at Campus Ministry's YouTube channel.


Commencement Mass

Friday, May 24, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cathedral of St. Paul

Join the graduating class of 2013 at this special Mass marking their graduation.
Administrators, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Commencement Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Attendees may wear their academic regalia and process with the other Mass participants. Processing members should gather in the sacristy (behind the sanctuary) by 7:00 pm to vest and for instructions. Coats and bags may be left in the vesting area.

Campus Ministry is also seeking volunteers to serve as greeters.

Additional information about commencement activities may be found on the commencement website. For more information or to volunteer as a greeter, contact Kellen O'Grady (651-962-6572).

Rediscover book club with the Cathedral   

It’s time to rediscover the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith - founded 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ and embraced by more than 1.2 billion people across the globe. Are you ready to rediscover? 

Please join the Cathedral of St. Paul and the University of St. Thomas for a book study of Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism.  Invite a Catholic friend who may be struggling with his or her faith.  This series includes six presentations on aspects of Kelly's book followed by small group discussions.  Some topics included are The Catholic Identity, Catholicism and the Culture, Knowing and Following the Will of God and more!

Sessions will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on the following Tuesdays:

  • May 28 (McNeely Hall 100 at the University of St. Thomas)

  • June 11 (Hayden Hall at the Cathedral)

  • June 25 (McNeely Hall 100 at the University of St. Thomas)

For more information, contact Mark Croteau at the Cathedral of St. Paul or Vanessa Walsh at the University of St. Thomas.

Prayer For Finals   

As classes wrap up and exams begin, remember that the Lord is always with you, even in the midst of stressful exams. Here is a prayer to help you stay focused and to recall all of the knowledge you've stored up this semester:

Loving Father,
Source of all wisdom,
help me to use my time
and my intelligence wisely
as I prepare for exams.
Help me to dispose myself
to listen to your Holy Spirit
so that you, as my loving Father,
may place me in a state of prayer
and lead me to understand
that the supreme wisdom
is knowing I am your child.
Help me to remain serene
so that my work may truly reflect
this profound truth
Mary, Mother of my spiritual life,
guide me in the ways of your Son,
so that my work may help
to transform this world for His glory.

Upcoming Events   

A quick reminder of recurring events and groups meeting this week:




Soul Sisters

Wed. May 15, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

OSF Leather Room

"How to Find Your Soulmate"

Wed. May 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

ASC 238

Rediscover Discussion Group

Wed. May 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

ASC 240

Campus Alpha

Wed. May 15, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

ASC Hearth Room

You can find out more information about these and other regularly occuring meetings at the Campus Ministry Events page.

May you have a restful and blessed summer. If you're on campus, stop by ASC 207 any time! Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

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