August is here and the beginning of another school year is just days away! As NMSU and DACC campuses gear up for the busy-ness of a new semester, we too are ready to welcome students to St. Albert and NMSU Catholic Campus Ministry. Mona and I are preparing for a retreat for the student members of the ministry team, which begins this Friday at Holy Cross Retreat Center. We will spend time in prayerful reflection on Jesus’ call to share his love and mercy with our campus communities and planning the initiatives and events that respond to His call. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our preparations!
We have already reserved space on the NMSU Horseshoe for our annual celebration of Mass on the Grass. The first Mass of the year on campus has become a much anticipated event for our parish community and provides a great opportunity to gather as a community of faith to celebrate Mass and to pray for the needs of our students, faculty, staff and administration. In addition to the all the excitement and anxiety a new academic year brings, the current situation on campus, namely the budget cuts that are affecting many departments, programs and individuals calls for our prayer. All are invited to join us on Sunday, August 21 at 7 pm to gather around the Eucharistic table, celebrate God’s presence on our campus, and to ask for the courage to bring His light to campus in all we do this year!
Our U.S. Bishops highlight that it is very important for us to ask and explore this very question. They offer a resource for how to do this called, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. In the coming months our parish will use Faithful Citizenship as a framework to reflect on our rights and duties in our democracy. Look for more info on how you can get involved in the bulletin and pulpit announcements at the end of Mass.
If you'd like to help plan learning and prayer opportunities related to Faithful Citizenship, email me at monastalbertnewmancenter.org.
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