From Our Chaplains
Fr. James Peter Trares, OP
A Time to Rejoice
"This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
As a Church, we're in the midst of a 50-day long celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, the Easter Season. Here at the University of St. Thomas, we started off our Easter celebration with a beautiful night of prayer and praise at the Easter Vigil Mass. One of the highlights of this night was welcoming five of our students to full communion with the Catholic Church and celebrating with them the Sacrament of Confirmation and their first Communion.
I had the joy and blessing of walking with these five young men and women (and another who was celebrating with his parish back home) over the past few months, as they discerned and prepared for this major step in their lives. All of them had grown up within various Christian traditions, but had eventually decided that the Catholic Church was "home" for them.
While each has their own unique story, I do notice several common themes. First, they are hungry for the truth and found here an openness to their questions as well as answers that, even if sometimes incomplete or challenging, make sense to them. Second, they realize there is a desire and a call to be the best they can be, and they have found that the Church provides support and direction to help them in their spiritual growth. Third, other people were essential. It was the example of friends and conversations with them, the inspiration of mentors and professors, and the questions and ideas discussed in classes that drew our newest Catholics to deepen their faith and make a mature decision about who they want to be as adults.
The joy that evening was palpable in the smiles on their faces and on the faces of their family, friends, and others from the UST community who shared this important moment with them. For them, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was so tangible and real, and they continue to unpack what it will mean as they continue through life. For me, the clearest sign of their rejoicing was when they went to the back of the chapel to bring up the bread and wine for their first time receiving at the altar. There, out of sight of most people (except us priests in front!), they exchanged congratulatory high-fives, and then came forward with the gifts that representing their very selves that they were offering to God. This is rejoicing in the Lord...college style!
Center for Campus Ministry Alumni Return to St. Thomas
On Saturday, April 14th Sr. Maddie Shogren and Adam Weinzetl who both graduated last year, returned to St. Thomas to share their experiences with this year's seniors as part of the Senior Retreat.
Tommie Catholic Tuesday
Come join us Tuesday Night
Tuesday April 24th, at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.
Join Peer Minister Emily Dalsky
Looking for a snack on Thursday night? Stop by for...
Hosted by Peer Minister Sam Shay
Alpha is a program where we'll be taking a really, really genuine look at the Christian Faith. You don't have to know anything about the Faith, you don't have to believe in Jesus' promises or person, and you don't have to walk away from the program any different than you came in. The purpose of putting on this program is merely to supply you with the knowledge of a Goodness and Truth that has changed the life of the programs organizer, and billions of people throughout history. And, if you do walk out changed from these meetings (as the organizer hopes you will) you will not regret having done so. That's a promise.
During Alpha, students will gather to watch a clip that introduces a question and then goes about explaining the answer as it pertains to Christianity. After this video (usually around 30 minutes or so), the next hour will be devoted to discussing the problem and proposed answer. Perhaps most importantly, there will be snacks (and occasionally dinner!) provided.
Positions are Now Available in the Chapel
Campus Ministry is looking for students to work as a Liturgical Assistant and Music Assistant. If you are interested in joining a team of students and staff that work to prepare and assist at all liturgies at the University of St. Thomas please consider applying on-line.
Liturgical Assistant Music Assistant