Dear Newman Community,
Our student leaders have been working in earnest over the last couple of weeks to get Campus Ministry things going. While the large majority are events for students by students, we are excited to share about an opportunity for the entire parish to get involved!
The first is with our Care Packages for Veterans initiative. Last semester students cleaned the yards of parishioners for a donation. This semester students will be using the donations to purchase items for care packages to send to our parishioners who are currently in the military, serving in active zones. This is where you come in! Do you have a family member who is serving in an active zone? Let us know so we can send them a care package. Students will be available after all the Masses this weekend to take your information or you can email me at email@example.com.
Students will be gathering for our monthly Service Saturday on February 11th to pack and prepare the care packages for shipping. Please join me in keeping the students, this initiative, all veterans and current members of the military, their families and friends, and all impacted by conflicts around the world in your prayers.
Prayer for Those Who Await a Soldier's Return
God of all goodness,
Look with love on those who wait
for the safe return of their loved ones
who serve in the armed forces
of their country. In faith and hope,
we turn to you for comfort.
Grant that we may trust in your mercy
and send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Refugees & Victims of War
Lord God, no one is a stranger to you
and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness, watch over refugees and
victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost,
and those who have left home or
who have run away from home.
Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
I always appreciate the respite while students are away for break during the Christmas holiday. The hectic season is different from the day to day ministry during the semester, but there is ample time for planning, reflecting and praying. Of course this week, the focus is on family and celebrating the birth of our Savior. As I reflect on the many ways Christ is born anew in our world, I’d like to share this reflection by Fr. Andy from Creighton Online Ministries:
Our religious memory reminds us of why we celebrate Christmas. We could be imagining the holy couple - Joseph and Mary - having made their way to Bethlehem, late and with nowhere to stay. Today, the scene can become very vivid for us, whether we plan to celebrate Midnight Mass tonight or to celebrate tomorrow morning. The crib scene has a story. Our Savior - God with us - did not come into a wonderful palace, like the one David built. Jesus was born into a very lowly place. This is the wonderful sign of God's self-emptying. This is how God chose to come and be among us - as a new born baby, in a manger, a feeding trough. Our Savior comes in this way, and it can become most meaningful today, if we let ourselves chew this good news, in the midst of whatever we are doing. It can mean so much if we let it. It can be a part of what we celebrate tonight and tomorrow. Yes, there might be people and parties, and there might be gifts shared. But, we can be filled with something our world will likely not be celebrating - that our God is a God who desires to meet us in the lowliest places in our lives. God with us, Jesus, comes to "save his people from their sins."
Let us approach the manger of our salvation tonight and tomorrow with great openness to the graces each of us can yet hope for and receive - for our own inner peace, and that we might bring peace to others in our lives, because of what we ourselves have embraced.
Sharing the 'Good News' of Campus Ministry!