April 29, 2019
Center for Campus Ministry: April 29
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Center for Campus Ministry: April 29
Prayer and Solidarity
We continue to pray in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who suffer from the evil of religious intolerance. We were devastated to hear about the shooting that took place in a synagogue outside San Diego where once again life was taken as a result of a lack of religious tolerance. We are united with our Jewish community in this difficult moment. This tragedy and the events of the last weeks around the world are the result of division and lack of understanding. We stand in solidarity with all victims of these hate crimes and acknowledge our call to nourish communion, tolerance, and peace, that impacts our community, our nation, and our world.
Changes Coming to the Chapel Schedule
Over the next several months, the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas will be undergoing renovation. Because of that, our weekend liturgies will be celebrated at alternate sites on campus. The weekend Masses on May 4 and 5 will be the last ones in our Chapel for this semester. During the month of May, weekend liturgies will be celebrated in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (except Saturday, May 11 which will be at 5:30pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall of the Anderson Student Center). Daily Masses will be celebrated at 12:10pm in the chapel of St. John Vianney Seminary on the north end of campus.
During the months of June, July and August, our weekend liturgies will be held in the chapel of St. John Vianney Seminary. Daily Masses will be at 12:10pm in the Albertus Magnus Chapel in Sitzman Hall.
In September we will joyfully move back into the renovated Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
From Our Chaplain
The shooting at the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California came six months to the day of the shooting at Pittsburg Tree of Life Synagogue. The shooting in California took the life of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, as congregants gathered for the last day of Passover. Three others were wounded including an 8 year-old child.
In the past six months, we have witnessed horrific attacks on places of worship beginning with Pittsburg, followed by the attack on Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at Christchurch, New Zealand, followed last weekend by attacks on several Christian Churches in Sri Lanka on Easter morning.
I am not certain that there was ever a time when places of worship were completely secure from attackers, but the rise in violence against worshippers of all faiths in places considered to be sanctuaries has been truly shocking and disturbing. It is sad to think that this represents a new normal for the 21st century.
This past Friday members of the Campus Ministry team gathered with students and staff at noon in Dorsey Commons for Prayers for Peace. This will take place again in May before the end of the school year. We invite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus as well as those who do not identify with a particular faith to stand together in solidarity with one another praying that religious differences will be respected and religious rights protected.
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