This Week's Photo:
An old tradition has returned to St. Thomas... All Saints Day was marked by covering the sidewalks with the names of holy men and women whose lives are models for the faithful.
Thank you to the Peer Ministers and seminarians from St. John Vianney Seminary for your hard work and artistic talents.
Please Remember in Your Prayers
Once again tragedy strikes our community. We mourn the death of another of our students, first year Joia Simpson. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers her family, friends, classmates and all affected by this terrible loss.
Words from Our Chaplain
Meet your 2018-19 VISION Leaders!
Join VIA for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party
News & Announcements from the Archdiocese & More
Words from Our Chaplain
Fr. Larry Blake, Chaplain
November, among many of the world's Christians is a time for remembering the dead. Within the Roman Catholic faith, among Episcopalians/Anglicans and Lutherans, November 1 is observed as the Feast of All Saints. On the Roman liturgical calendar, Nov 2 is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls).
Why do we pause this month to remember those who have gone before us? In Christian teaching we affirm our belief in the communion of saints. This teaching reminds us of the states of the church; pilgrimage, purification and glory. Christians here on earth are in the state of pilgrimage. Those who have died in the faith, are either moving through purification or are in a state of glory.
As the Jesuit scholar Dennis Hamm explains "the teaching on the communion of saints provides the context for these feasts, for it is that doctrine that acknowledges the union, enabled by baptism and Eucharist, that exists between the living and the dead." Death separates us spatially and temporally from one another, but not spiritually. We are still one in Christ.
This acknowledgement of the importance of remembering the dead is found in Judaism as well. Yahrzeit is the Yiddish word for the anniversary of a loved one's death. On that day, candles are lit and the Mourners Kaddish is recited which begins with the words: "Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world..."
While we can recall the dead at any time during the year; Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Memorial Day, on the anniversary of a death, or these two feasts in November, pausing to acknowledge that those who have gone before us still have a communal connection in our lives is a worthy endeavor.
2018-19 VISION Team Leaders
Meet Alaina Marti and Rachel Armstrong, Leaders for the Puerto Rico Trip
Hey you! I'm a junior majoring in Justice and Peace Studies with a Leadership concentration, and Spanish. I'm from Cedar Rapids, IA, and these past two years St. Paul has certainly become my second home!
My freshman year I took a leap out of my comfort zone to go camping on a permaculture farm in California for two weeks with some students from St. Thomas--and it was truly life-changing. That's VISION for you!
My hobbies/passions include running for our XC and Track teams, gardening, mocking, playing piano, traveling, learning, and cooking and eating yummy fresh food. Most of all--I care about listening to stories and building community. So that's why I'm here, and I can't wait to welcome you into one of the most genuine communities that I've been able to find at St. Thomas!
Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm so excited for VISION this year. I am a senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Sustainability.. As a sophomore, I was lucky enough to get to know the wonderful community of Carmen Pampa, Bolivia over J term and the White Rose Farm family over spring break through VISION. In my free time, I love to go to concerts, eat delicious food, and spend time with friends and family. I am passionate about spreading love and I think VISION is a great way to do that!
Tommie Catholic presents Family Feud
Tuesday November 6
Woulfe Alumni Hall-North
Join VIA for a Special Kind of Party
Friday, November 16th - Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party! VIA will be packing boxes for children all around the world. These shoe boxes are the ONE Christmas present they receive so we are filling them to the brim with essentials, toys, and love! Woulfe Alumni Hall South at 6:30pm.
Please RSVP by filling out this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCKG6_UV3j2aJFTHZjGadNMRCjqTbnUFS_6lcG1KqcjF_3kQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. See you there!!!
Wednesday Meditations Continue
Take a mid-week break with Jesus! Join us every Wednesday from 9-10 PM at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration ending with Compline (Night Prayer). Depending on the Wednesday, the Adoration time will be in silence or with music. Come recharge by spending some time with God and your community.
News & Announcements
from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis & St. Paul
Begins with Registration Thursday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.
Concludes Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m.
Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16-24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer, and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. There is no charge for the event. All meals are provided.
Register to attend: https://www.stthomas.edu/vianney/events/visittheseminary/form/ or call 651-962-6825. Please contact Director of Vocations Father David Blume to let him know of your interest in the Vianney Visit. Father Blume can be reached at 651-962-6890 or by emailing email@example.com.
Operation Andrew Dinner
Tuesday, November 20, 6 - 8 p.m., Archdiocesan Catholic Center 777 Forest St., St. Paul
Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 - 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest. Register online at www.10000vocations.org before November 16. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.
Archbishop's Discernment Retreat
Begins Friday, December 28, 6:30 p.m.; Concludes Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m.
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo MN
The Director of Vocations offers this annual retreat with talks by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. In addition to the talks given by the Archbishop, there will be times of prayer, an opportunity for the Rite of Reconciliation, times of recreation, and plenty of great food. The Archbishop's Discernment Retreat is for men who are seniors in high school to age 50 and are discerning priesthood. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to gain clarity in your discernment process and to meet other men who desire to follow Christ and to know his will for their lives. Register online by Dec. 14 at www.10000vocations.org.