Dear Newman Community,
It’s hard to believe the end of another semester is nearly upon us, and with it, a time of endings. Over the course of the entire year we’ve heard seniors bemoaning their ‘lasts.’ Several weeks ago they experienced their last Awakening retreat. This week they will enjoy their last Midweek Mass & Dinner. Next Sunday night will be their last Student Mass as undergraduate students. But it’s also a time of new beginnings– fitting as we are still in the Easter season. Some are on their way to further studies as graduate students. Others are putting their newly acquired skills and knowledge into the workplace.
Campus Ministry is also entering a time of endings and new beginnings. So much of what we are able to do in Campus Ministry is thanks to the volunteer time and effort generously given by our student leaders. Over the next couple of weeks we are preparing for the coming school year by inviting new students to get more involved at Newman by serving on a Ministry Team or helping lead one of these teams as a Ministry Team Servant Leader (‘SL’). Please keep us, both students and staff, in prayer, as we all discern how we are being called to grow in relationship with God and others in our community.
Prayer for Servant Leaders
Christ, our Teacher,
you give us all good things.
You invite us to
service and leadership
as an expression
of your love for us,
and you allow us
the freedom of following
your example of self-gift.
As we seek to respond
to the needs of our world
in our own ways,
make us more like yourself.
We ask this
through Christ, the Lord.
-Called to Servant Leadership Retreat, ACE, Notre Dame
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
It has been such a busy few weeks for our Parish community and Campus Ministry. Beginning with Ash Wednesday a few weeks ago and running through the Parish Mission last week, oh and throw in the buzz of the Papal visit to the borderland…well, the energy and activity seems to be running on hyper speed. The Spirit is a movin’! That movement of the Spirit was evident this past weekend. A group of 20 retreatants made the trek up the mountain for a one day retreat just outside Ruidoso. We spent time rockwall climbing, ziplining, completing a team building challenge course, praying and reflecting. It was a great opportunity to get away from the stress, build community and reflect on the presence and movement of the Spirit in our daily living. One of our reflection activities was to look back on instances when God’s presence was felt/experienced/ known through our five senses. The individual responses and group discussion were rich and profound. Retreatants shared joyful sounds such as ‘a baby’s first cry’, ‘laughter’, and ‘cello/classical music’ that called their attention to God’s presence. They recognized God’s presence in the taste of ‘the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, and a simple meal lovingly made and shared’. The sobering sight of a homeless man, and the heart wrenching memory of a hug shared with a childhood friend who recently passed away were also graced moments. We all came down the mountain, renewed in our belief that while life may be full of ups and downs, God’s abiding presence accompanies us all on our journey.
Dear Newman Community,
Recently one of my good friends and parishioner here at the Newman Center, JoAnna Seltzer, shared the following story about her son, Seth. (Seth is three years old. His primary interests are Thomas the Train, the Giants baseball team, and Star Wars). On the day of the Pope’s Mass in Juarez earlier this month, Seth and JoAnna took a break from playing light sabers in the kitchen and watched the TV coverage of Pope Francis’ trip to Juarez. After watching for a while Seth apparently said, “Pope Francis keeps talking about mercy, when is he going to talk about trains?”
Campus Ministry students and staff had the opportunity to go to the UTEP Sun Bowl for the “Two Nations One Faith” event celebrating the Pope’s Mass. It was such an incredible witness to see nearly 30,000 people from our border area gather- taking time off from work, school, etc.- to be part of the occasion! It was one of those big experiences that is sometimes hard to put into words and the effect of which does not fully sink in until later. In conversation with students after the event, I found different people had different favorite moments. For some it was Pope Francis blessing the cross at the border. For others it was the Pope’s homily, his words on mercy for migrants and victims of violence. For others it was hearing the Pope say “Sun Bowl.” What was the same for everyone was a deep seated understanding of the love and mercy in the experience, a message so evident even a three-year-old can hear it loud and clear.
May we all, young and old, continue to be impacted by Pope Francis’ call to be merciful, during this Year of Mercy and afterward. Please pray for Campus Ministry staff and students as we prepare to engage in works of mercy as we visit with the residents of Camp Hope tent city next week as part of our Service Saturdays.
Greetings Newman Community!
With the arrival of the Lenten season, the pace of activities has increased in Campus Ministry. The Retreats subteam is busy prepping and inviting students to join them on a mini-retreat this weekend up in the mountains. The retreat is titled “Faith Factor” and will include a good mix of prayer and reflection with some rock wall climbing, zip lining, and rope coursing activities. The Faith Activities subteam is hosting a Theology of the Body study and discussion on campus on Thursday evenings. The Service and Justice subteam is busy with our first Lunch Bunch for a Cause this Monday. We will be serving green chile smothered burritos again, and as always parishioners are welcome to stop by from 11:15 to 1:15. All donations collected will be in support of the Parish Lenten Almsgiving partner, Catholic Relief Services and their efforts to meet the immediate needs of refugees in the Middle East. Your continued prayers for the students, faculty and staff at NMSU/DACC are appreciated!
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