November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry News for November 13, 2017

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Center for Campus Ministry News for November 13, 2017

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Words from Our Chaplain

Tommie Catholic Presents: Night Fever

Advent Morning of Reflection

Catholic Studies Monte Casino Night

Chapel Holiday Hours

Kairos Update

Fight the New Drug

Words from Our Chaplain

Fr. Larry Blake

On Gratitude

Last Friday I took a day off to try and finish raking the yard.  It was cold out and overcast but not windy I layered up with a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a fleece cap.  It actually felt good to be out in the cold air.  From there my thoughts wandered down the street to my neighbor.  Two years ago she survived a snowmobile accident which left her paralyzed from the waist down.  She spends most of her waking hours in a motorized wheel chair.  Her husband has had to renovate the house, adding an elevator so she can get from one floor to the next and a small apartment where the woman's caregiver can stay overnight. 

Occasionally, when the weather is warm my neighbor gets outside and travels around the circle in her wheel chair enjoying sunshine and fresh air.  She is always pleasant when greeting the neighbors and never complains to anyone about her life.  My thoughts turned to gratitude.  On a cold day spent raking leaves, I am grateful that I am healthy and my loved ones are healthy. 

I have a friend who practices 30 days of gratitude in November.  Each day she posts on Facebook what she is thankful for; spouse, family, friends, etc.  It's a nice lead in to Thanksgiving. 

 St Paul native and author, Melody Beattie writes:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."

Try ending your day by recalling the moments of the day that you are most grateful for.  It's a wonderful way to be at peace at the end of each day.

Tommie Catholic Presents:  Night Fever

Tuesday November 14


Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

*Note the location change*

 Join us in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas this Tuesday, November 14th for "Night Fever," and Evening of Invitation, Confession, and Adoration! Meet at the Chapel at 7:45 p.m. to be put on one of the invitation teams, and then join us for an evening of intercession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!

Advent Morning of Reflection with Fr. Michael Joncas

Mary in the Church's Advent Prayer: Texts, Hymns and Devotional Practices


9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Library Leather Room LIB 108

Advent is an important time for Christians.  It is a time of active waiting during which we prepare ourselves to welcome Christ into our hearts and into the world as Mary did.

This Morning of Reflection for St. Thomas faculty and staff is designed to help us live the Advent liturgical season more deeply.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the rich tradition of Advent texts, hymns and devotions with a special focus on Mary as a model of waiting as we prepare to welcome Christ this Christmas

Please RSVP at

Change to Chapel Hours for Thanksgiving

Kairos Update


Kairos Retreat took place last weekend. St Thomas students joined us for three days of spiritual growth, prayer and spiritual fellowship. We thank our retreat volunteers and all those who participated on this beautiful weekend.

Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug event was held last Thursday. This was a powerful presentation on the effects of the use of pornography and how porn kills love. This event was brought to St Thomas by Life's Edge Solutions and Fight the New Drug, a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of the harm caused by pornography use. The event was co-sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Ministry.

Ministry Opportunities Available

If you are interested in learning more about the Mass and what it takes to bring the liturgy to our St. Thomas community, there are positions available beginning in the new year. Liturgical Assistant positions are posted on the St. Thomas Student Job Board. Read the details and submit your application here.