Dear Newman Community,
While our experience in Chicago at Campus Ministry Leadership Institute was excellent, we are glad to be back home to start our summer events! Many students return to their home towns in other parts of the state or country, but some do stay in Las Cruces to work or take summer classes. Throughout the rest of the June and July we'll gather this summer community for weekly social and prayer opportunities.
On Monday nights at 7pm, we will gather at Baskin Robbins for ice cream then head on campus for volleyball, soccer, or other sports activity. On Thursday nights at 6pm, we will gather for different types of prayer experiences. This will likely include prayer like Lectio Divina (prayer with the Sunday Gospel), the Rosary, walking the Labyrinth at Holy Cross Retreat Center, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. If you know any students in town for the summer, please invite them to join us!
Lord, in our work and play
we know your goodness and love.
Bless us with joy
as we set out for our days of vacation.
Let them bring us rest and refreshment.
Protect us as we travel.
Give us gentle weather and peaceful times.
Be with us at the meals we enjoy
and in the activities we share.
In all we do, let us grow in our love
for you and for each other.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
—Fr. Michael Kwatera
Greetings Newman folks!
It was good to be a part of the Parish Ministry fair last week! There was such positive energy and interest from so many to engage in the various Newman ministries. Thanks go out to all who were involved in putting the ministry fair together.
I would like to extend the invitation to anyone who wasn’t able to stop by the Campus Ministry table last weekend to partner up with us in providing both literal and figurative ‘nourishment’ to the student parishioners. On the literal side, anyone who possess the talent of baking and cooking is welcome to share the fruits of their labors in our various hospitality events, such as Midweek Mass and Dinner and After Mass socials. On the spiritual side, we would like to meet with resident parishioners interested in witnessing their faith or sharing their professional expertise by giving a talk; mentoring a student; or helping to organize and facilitate outdoor activities. If you are interested, contact us via email, email@example.com or call us in the office.
Easter Greetings to all!
Our Lenten journey reached its conclusion with our beautiful Holy Week celebrations. I still vividly remember the first time I participated in all the Holy Week services at Newman as a young college student (with a full head of hair!). I was so moved by the Holy Thursday call to service in the communities participation in the washing of the feet, the solemn, prayerful veneration of the Cross on Good Friday, and the movement from darkness to light at the Easter Vigil as we were beckoned to come to the water, singing Alleluia. Our Lord’s passion, death and Resurrection took on a whole new meaning back then, and I continue to be nourished by our community’s prayerful celebrations of His saving actions.
It is this Pascal Mystery – His living, dying and rising that nourishes me as I serve as a campus minister. And it is this graced power that animates the many students that are busy preparing for next weekend’s Aggie Awakening 8. It is quite fitting that this semester’s retreat will happen during the Easter Season. At the very heart of the retreat experience is the hope, and thus the focus of all the staff’s efforts, that retreatants may recognize a deeper desire for relationship with Christ, be drawn into an experience of Christ and be awakened to a new way of life, following and loving Christ more deeply.
As you bask in the glory of the Resurrection, please keep staff and retreatants for Aggie Awakening 8 in your prayers. If you are, or know of any student who is interested in the retreat, there are still a few spots available, shoot us an email to get more info, or to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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