March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: March 12, 2018

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Center for Campus Ministry E-News: March 12, 2018

From Our Chaplain

Fr. James-Peter Trares, OP
Associate Chaplain

I recently watched a fascinating nature documentary on hummingbirds. These amazing creatures have adapted to living--even thriving--in some of the most challenging environments, such as high altitudes and deserts.  

We are in solidarity with Christians around the world, who are part-way through Lent, 40 days with Jesus in the desert in preparation for Easter, the most important Christian feast day of the year. It's a good time to ask, are we thriving or just barely surviving?  

It's hard to live in the desert. The scarcity of food and water, the loneliness and harshness of the terrain, and the exposure to dangerous weather and creatures all make it an arduous task. So too, living Lent with intentionality can be hard. Fasting from things we're used to, holding ourselves to praying even when we think we have more important or interesting things to do, and giving of ourselves and our resources beyond just the excess can leave us feeling exhausted and uncomfortably exposed. Yet this time in the desert is not meant to be suffering for its own sake; rather, it's meant to be a preparation, a means to living a fuller, richer life. 

So, what can we do to avoid burning out or giving in to the temptation to quit and run away from the desert?Maybe we can learn something from the hummingbirds. Through their unique physical abilities, they are able to find and acquire the food they need to survive. Even in the desert, there are flowers, there is sweet nectar to keep them going. 

We have been given the tools we need to survive trials and make them fruitful--not just in Lent but any time we are challenged by them. Even in the desert, there are flowers--little joys and little helps--to give us the boost we need, if we just notice and pursue them. For now, it's just a sip, just enough, but we know there is more to come. It is but a taste, to increase our desire for that source of all goodness and joy for which we are made. 

"Come to me, you who desire me, 
    and eat your fill of my fruits. 

For the memory of me is sweeter than honey, 
    and the possession of me sweeter than the honeycomb. 

Those who eat of me will hunger for more, 
    and those who drink of me will thirst for more." 

 --Sirach 24:19-21


Palm Sunday and Symbolism: 

"Sometimes, one of the hardest things to explain as a Catholic is our attachment to symbolism. Palm Sunday is a great example of that. We come home from Mass holding palm branches, and we tuck them behind a crucifix or next to the picture of the Last Supper. To anyone who does not know our faith, it looks as though we stuck a few weeds on the wall... imagine their questions! The truth behind this tradition, however, goes to the story of Palm Sunday, when the people heard that Christ was coming and "they took out palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, [even] the king of Israel.'" (John 12:13) . It was a tradition to spread palms before a king as he processed into his city. It was a way to welcome him, to show him glory and homage. Thus, Christ, the true King, was welcomed into Jerusalem. This fulfilled the prophecy in the Old Testament, which declared, "Behold: your king is coming to you, a just savior is he, humble and riding on a donkey." (Zech. 9:9) It revealed that Christ was a great king, but also a humble king. The people greeted him with wild joy and cheers of Hosanna. But one short week later, they crucified him. We celebrate this feast and carry palm branches home with us to commemorate the great humility of Our Lord, who loved us so much that he chose the cross for our salvation." (, "Six Ways to Evangelize During Lent")



Lent Opportunities

Volunteers are Still Needed

Preparations are already beginning for Holy Week and the Triduum. If you are interested in participating in any of these liturgies through reading, hospitality, participating in the feet washing ritual or another way, please contact Dr. Valentino Piran to find out what opportunities are available. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to participate in these events. or 651-962-6563

Open House and Dedication of the Minneapolis Meditation/Prayer Room

Everyone is welcome to join us this afternoon as we dedicate our new meditation/prayer room on the Minneapolis campus.

Minneapolis Opus Hall, Room 200

Monday, March 12th

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Open House with Dedication at 4 p.m.

Tommie Catholic Tuesday

Come join us this upcoming Tuesday March 13.

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The Least of Us is a night to dive into who the poor are, where they are, and how to see Jesus in the eyes of every person. Join us to hear from guest speaker and UST alumna Samantha Vosters, have discussion time, and learn how to truly encounter the poverty in our brothers and sisters. 

Tuesday March 13th, at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.‌



It's simple: We gather in fellowship, pray with the Word, and go out as disciples charged with Jesus' love. Join us every Monday in Sitzmann Hall at 5:45 pm for a meal, prayer in the form of Lectio Divina, and community. Email Emily Dalsky for more information. 


Join the Catholic Studies community for our annual talent show! Share your gifts and creativity in a performance, or simply come with your friends and family to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter! Submit acts to Alejandra Chavez ( by Friday, March 23. 




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Holy Hours for Vocations

Tuesday, March 13
7 - 8 p.m.
Church of St. Charles Borromeo

2739 Stinson Blvd., St. Anthony, MN  55418

All people of the Archdiocese are invited to participate in the Holy Hours for Vocations, a new program sponsored by the Office of Vocations. This year's seminarian poster shows the calendar of the Holy Hours for Vocations that will be taking place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. 

Each month, the Holy Hour for Vocations will take place at a different parish in the Archdiocese. Come spend an hour with Jesus each month to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and diaconate. For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or visit

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  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.

Catholic Rural Life

Catholic Rural Life is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of capacities during the national conference they are hosting at St. Thomas from March 21-23 titled A Noble Vocation: Integrating Faith, Food and the Environment. The conference will draw theologians, farmers, priests, scientists, food advocates, and students to explore the implications of integrating faith, food and the environment. All volunteers will be given free access to the entire conference. Please use the following link to sign up for a time slot as you are able. Thank you!

Internship Opportunity at First Baptist Church - Minneapolis

We will be recruiting five interns at First Baptist Church - Minneapolis, each will be paid, each will serve in a different ministry role and each will start in August. We are hoping to create a cohort of sorts among the interns, and Pastor Jeremy Adelman will be providing the primary direction for the overall internship program, with more specific direction from the appropriate pastor for each given ministry area. Each week, Jeremy will meet with all the interns together for some ongoing training and development, in addition to the experience they will get from the ministry they do. Applicants may apply here.