November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017

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From Our Chaplain

The Season of Advent is Upon Us

Sign Up for Advent & Christmas Reflections

Advent Morning of Reflection

Paint n Faith Night

VISION SAYS: Plan Ahead for Spring Break!

Let's Meet More VISION Leaders

Retreat Oppotunities

From Our Chaplain

Fr. Larry Blake


The last Sunday in Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar is Christ the King Sunday.  This solemnity, celebrated on November 26 this year marked the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another.  On Sunday, December 3 the new liturgical year will begin with the first Sunday in Advent. 

Before we leave the past year behind and turn our attention to the festive days in December it is helpful to take another look at the gospel reading for this past Sunday. The gospel is from Matthew 25.  It is Jesus' teaching on the judgement at the end of time.  Of all the failures that we might imagine stand out on Judgement Day, one rises above all others:  The failure to see Christ in our sister or brother. 

The condemned ask, rightly so, "When did we see you Lord?"  To which the Lord replies, "I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink.  I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, ill or in prison and you did not visit me."  Matthew 25. 

The Jesuit, Father John Kavanaugh, now deceased, wrote once: "In all the ways that God has been revealed to high human consciousness, there has been one abiding theme: the dignity and value of the human person." 

I thought about this as I read a story about the rise of homelessness in our suburban cities.  Cities including Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Woodbury are seeing an increase in homelessness. The number of young adults, and adolescents is also increasing.  The Wilder Foundation's study on homelessness in 2015 reported 361 homeless young adults and unaccompanied minors who were homeless in Ramsey County and 343 in Hennepin County. (see

The psalmist writes: For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor." (Psalm 72). 

As we prepare for the great celebrations of this month, let us remember to also see the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially among the poor of our city.

The Season of Advent is Upon Us

The Advent season begins next Sunday, December 3rd.

Have we considered adding times of silence during our busy day?

Have we considered visiting the Chapel and praying or attending daily Masses during this season that prepares us for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ?

Let us use this beautiful season to renew our spiritual life and to spend more time in prayer.

-Dr.Valentino Piran
Asst Director of Liturgy & Music


 As Advent starts, we would like to invite you to subscribe for the Advent/Christmas reflections which will be send daily to those who would like to receive them. This reflections come from different contributors from the St Thomas community, which include, staff, faculty, alumni and students.

Those who have received them previously have expressed how our reflections inspire their day and offer spiritual nourishment for the season.

To subscribe visit:

Advent Morning of Reflection

All faculty and staff are inviting to attend  this Advent Morning of Reflection with Fr. Michael Joncas

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP by sending an email to the Office for Spirituality.

VISION SAYS: Plan Ahead for Spring Break!

Sometimes it's nice to plan ahead early.  If you've been thinking about what you would like to do for your spring break, please consider applying for a VISION trip.  This year, our global community-building service trips will be taking us to the following sites: Alamosa, Colorado; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Chicago, Illinois; White Rose Farm, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee.

Applications are not due until February 16th, but it is never too early to start thinking about it!


Meet the Guatemala Trip Leaders!

Learn more about the Alyssa, Brenna, and Yusuf.  They will be leading the trip to Guatemala this year.  Keep reading to learn why they chose VISION.


For me, VISION started as an opportunity to travel to a new country with my best friend. It quickly became something much bigger than that. In applying for the program as a participant, I was excited to experience Bolivia, but as I did more research on the sites, it became obvious that my heart was being pulled to a place a little closer to home. I ended up spending two weeks in El Paso, Texas exploring the heated and extremely sensitive topic of immigration. The people we met there came from horrible conditions and were being held in a treacherous state of limbo with the looming change in administration. This did not for one second keep them from opening their lives to us and inviting us to be part of their community. We shared meals, conversation, music, and games with those staying in the homes, but most of all we shared hope. Hope that they would find a safe home; hope that their families would be together again; hope that the world could be better. It was this hope that inspired me to apply to be a leader for VISION this year and I know the journey has only just begun.



I joined VISION because I was looking for a community. I thought I'd meet new people and make a few new friends. What ended up happening was so much more than that. I have found a family with VISION. I have found people who are kind, beautiful, and caring. I look around at the people I've met through this program and I'm inspired. I'm inspired by the sites we visit, the passion of the people we interact with, and the entirety of experiences that VISION has provided for me. VISION has reminded me to travel the world, get uncomfortable, try new things and help everywhere I can. It has helped me focus more on what I am passionate about and focus less on the extraneous. I would highly recommend VISION for anyone, whether it is your first trip or your fifth trip, this is an experience of acceptance, community and love.



I joined VISION because I believe in doing service globally and not just locally. VISION provides me the opportunity to do that. It is a program where you get to volunteer in another country, and provide them with your time and effort. It is an opportunity for you to get engaged in another country's culture and be able to escape for a little while outside the American bubble. I am super excited for this year's trips and what it will do for me and so many others! I hope no one who hears about this enlightening experience misses out, join VISION!!

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