February 19, 2018
Center for Ministry E-News: Feb 19, 2018
It is the Season of Lent in the Center for Ministry
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Center for Ministry E-News: Feb 19, 2018
From Our Chaplain
A Different Sort of Fast
Last Wednesday Christians around the world began the 40 days of Lent. Catholic Christians observe abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. They also fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday eating only one full meal during the day. In fact each weekday during Lent except if a Solemnity is being observed is a day of penance which may include; fasting, prayer and acts of charity.
The prophet Isaiah reminds us that there is also a different sort of fast to be observed by God's people. He writes in chapter 58:6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 "Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
The fasting that Isaiah proposed had very deep social implications. It was not to be simply about me and my personal relationship with God, but about me and my relationship to others especially to those who seek justice, those who are hungry and poor. Many opportunities are available for this sort of fasting through volunteer organizations. The student chapter of Catholic Relief Services is one of these and there are others.
As you work your way through Lent, observe the dietary regulations and consider how you might make a different sort of fast that has impact on the life of another.
Abstinence: So Why Aren't You Eating Pepperoni Pizza on Friday?
"You love pepperoni pizza. You eat it all the time. Suddenly, you can't have it on Fridays?! What could possibly be going on? It must be that Catholic thing, again. Absolutely! On Fridays during Lent, we particularly remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In memory of this great sacrifice, we continue the tradition of penance and sacrifice - abstaining from meat on Fridays is an outward manifestation of an interior reality: the conversion of our hearts. As Pope John Paul II has said, "In fact, the external aspects of fasting, though important, do not convey the full measure of the practice. Joined to the practice should be a sincere desire for inner purification, readiness to obey the divine will and thoughtful solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the very poor." Christ himself fasted and prayed in the desert. Through fasting and praying, we unite ourselves with the sacrifice of Christ and offer him reparation for our sins and failings. It's a little thing to give him in the face of his ultimate sacrifice, but what a grace that our God accepts and loves little gifts!" (usccb.org, "Six Ways to Evangelize During Lent")
Each Friday [February 24, March 2, 9 and 16] during Lent, the Liturgical Ministers in the Chapel will lead the Stations of the Cross at 5:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
Reminders about Abstinence and Fasting
The following regulations should be observed by Catholics during Lent:
Abstinence - Catholics 14 years of age and older must abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. It is only on other Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, that a Catholic may substitute another form of penance instead of abstinence.
Fasting - Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days one full meal is allowed. Food may be taken at two other times during the day, in order to maintain strength according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. Liquids, including milk and fruit juices, are allowed, however.
Sacrament of Penance - All the faithful who have reached the age of reason (second grade) are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year. Lent is a good time to fulfill this precept of the Church. Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion without previously having been to sacramental confession (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1457). Of course, frequent confession, even of venial sins, is highly recommended to grow in God's grace (CCC, #1458).
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)
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.
There are still a limited number of spaces available. 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.
Highlights from the recent Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
On February 3-6, roughly 500 Catholics from around the nation convened for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington DC. We sent our very own Tommies to represent, learn, pray, connect and advocate. Bridget Carey, Mary Ennis, Ruth Umanzor, and Emily Dalsky participated in the conference, networked with fellow advocates, and lobbied on Capitol Hill for current pressing issues including the Clean Dream Act, food nutrition programs, and affordable housing. They even were able to speak with Senator Amy Klobuchar herself as she dashed between sessions in Congress. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed their time in DC and are looking forward to sharing their experiences and knowledge with St. Thomas
Tommie Catholic Tuesday
Join us for "That Awkward Moment" as we explore how to overcome difficulties in conversation and experience real communion with one another!
Join us on Tuesday Feb. 20th, at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.
Interfaith Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy
Engaging the Diverse, the Devout, and the "Nones"
Undergraduate Leadership Conference
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