Lent Begins this Week
Our Lenten Seasonal Daily Reflections will begin with Ash Wednesday this week. If you have not yet had an opportunity to subscribe to the series, you may do so at any time. Just follow this link to sign up.
We will also share with you six common questions Catholics hear during Lent and some evangelizing answers from a recent article posted on www.usccb.org.
What's with that dirt on your head?
"Who hasn't gotten that question on Ash Wednesday before? Do you feel silly when people ask you about your ashes? And is it hard to answer their questions? Having ashes on your forehead isn't just some weird Catholic thing: it's a tradition that finds its roots in the Old Testament. "I turned to the Lord God, to seek help, in prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes" (Daniel 9:3). When the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, it is a reminder of several things. First, it is a call to repentance: a physical sign that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, which is how the prophets used it in the Old Testament. Second, it is to remind us that God created us from the earth and when we die, we will return to it. But here's the best part: As Pope Benedict XVI has said, "Man is dust and to dust he shall return, but dust is precious in God's eyes because God created man, destining him to immortality." God so loves us that, even when our bodies return to the dust, our souls are meant to live forever with him. The ashes symbolize all of this." (usccb.org, "Six Ways to Evangelize During Lent")
Ash Wednesday Opportunities
The Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday will be our regular Mass schedule with the addition of an Ecumenical Prayer Service in Woulfe Alumni Hall at 5:00PM. These will all include the imposition of ashes.
Silent Retreat: Living In and With Christ
Deepen your experience of Christ by joining us for our annual silent retreat weekend. (Open to undergraduate and graduate students)
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, MN
Join us for our annual silent retreat weekend, a time to deepen your relationship with Christ and your commitment to laboring with Him to manifest God's Kingdom.
All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. The weekend will include talks and ample time for silent reflection.
Whether you are new to silent retreats or not, we hope you will join us.
To learn more or to register, please visit our website.
Have You Considered Joining Our Peer Ministry Team?
Applications are now being accepted through the Student Leadership Selection process. The deadline is Thursday February 22. See poster below for details.
Information Sessions about Peer Ministry will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday February 14, 3-4pm, ASC 236
Tuesday February 20, 12-1pm, Center for Campus Ministry (ASC 207)
Come hear from the current Peer Ministers and ask any questions you may have about the position.
"...what is a Mass?"
Join us on Tuesday Feb. 13th for Tommie Catholic! We will meet at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.
Something More is brought by LifeEdge, an organization whose mission is to give youth the edge in life leading to their success and happiness by creating a personal vision built on positive and healthy lifestyle choices that lead to success in life.
Something More is a discussion series on healthy relationships presented in two blocks:
Authentic Living: #AStrongerYou (Wednesdays Feb 21, March 1, 7 and 14)
- Communication & Decision Making #AStrongerUs (Wednesdays April 11, 18, 25 and May 2nd.
Something More will take place on those Wednesdays at the Iversen Hearth Room, ASC 340.
Sponsored by Center for Campus Ministry and Student Affairs
Interfaith Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy
Engaging the Diverse, the Devout, and the "Nones"
Undergraduate Leadership Conference
February 23-24, 2018
University of St. Thomas
News headlines and social media posts show the U.S. a divided nation, and religion is one of the fault lines. The divisions surface between practitioners of different religious traditions, within religious traditions, and between the religious and non-religious. One way to heal these rifts is equipping ourselves to tell our own stories and learn to listen to the stories of others with clarity, charity, and hospitality. This conference will provide training in, and a forum for, storytelling and story-listening across differences in core commitments. Students from all perspectives and institutions are invited to attend and to refine their skills in dialogue on their campuses and in their wider communities
Open to all undergraduates
Cost: $5 thanks to the generous donation of USG
For more information and to register visit: www.stthomas.edu/interfaithstorytelling
Sponsored by Augsburg University, Bethel University, and the University of St. Thomas with a generous grant from the Interfaith Youth Core
Franciscan Mission Service's post-graduate service programs
Please see below for specific information about our international and U.S.-based opportunities.
Overseas Lay Mission Program
In the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare, our Catholic lay missioners serve for two or more years in a variety of ministries in solidarity with economically poor and oppressed communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our mission sites this year include Bolivia, Guatemala, and Jamaica. Check out and share this video, "Emily's Mission," which offers more information about the FMS approach to mission, namely our focus on ministry of presence.
Helpful links for students:
DC Service Corps (DCSC)
The DC Service Corps Program offers young-adult Catholics the opportunity to work directly with marginalized populations through organizations that meet specific community needs or to work at FMS headquarters providing critical support for overseas and domestic programs. In the community, volunteers may assist with youth outreach, education, support for people experiencing homelessness, and refugee services. At FMS headquarters, volunteers undertake projects in communications, lay mission formation, recruitment, communications, event planning, and development. All DCSC volunteers participate in weekly professional/leadership development, monthly spiritual direction, and bi-annual retreats. This transformative experience is enriched by an intentional living community with fellow volunteers that includes sharing meals, prayer, and fellowship.
Helpful links for students:
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Want to speak with someone in our office?
If you have any specific questions about either of our programs, please feel free to email or call Rose Urankar, at 202-832-1762, ext. 8 email@example.com. As a current volunteer with our DC Service Corps, I can respond to any questions you may have about our programs. We will also host an informational webinar on Thursday, February 15 at 1pm EST to provide an overview of our programs. Call-in information -- via Zoom -- is available via the RSVP link.
Visiting Women Religious Communities
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Visit different religious communities to meet, learn, share meals, and pray with Catholic Sisters. We will visit local communities of Benedictine Sisters, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of St. Joseph and Visitation Sisters. Carpooling will be arrange. For more information or to register, contact 651-696-2873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.