Dear Newman Community,
Wow, it’s hard to believe Lent has arrived! And with Lent comes one of my favorite initiatives of the year, our Parish Lenten Almsgiving. A collaborative effort between Campus Ministry and Newman Social Ministry, our Lenten Almsgiving is an opportunity to intentionally engage the ‘Give Alms’ pillar of Lent (the three pillars being Praying, Fasting and Almsgiving). This Lent we partner with Catholic Relief Services to reach out to refugees. See the special bulletin insert or our website (stalbertnewmancenter.org) for more details about how you can get involved.
Also coming up this Wednesday is our trip with students to the “Two Nations One Faith” event at the UTEP Sun Bowl in El Paso. While we are not overly excited to go into Miner territory (Go Aggies!) we’ll make an exception for this special event. Please keep us in prayer as we seek to gather with the community of faith from our Borderland to welcome Pope Francis. It is likely to be a very uplifting and inspiring experience!
Lenten Reflection for
Students, Faculty & Staff
“Behold, now is the very acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.” -2 Corinthians 6:2
How is today “the very acceptable time”
to receive and share God’s love?
drive to campus ~ walk down the Imall
sit in class ~ do homework at Zuhl
how is God present
in the people you meet
the beauty of creation
the new ideas you learn
the challenges you face?
Now is the very acceptable time!
Dear Newman Community,
The semester is off and running! The Campus Ministry calendar is getting more full by the day as students and staff plan for recurring and new ministry events. These events and activities typically fall under one of several areas of ministry as part of our comprehensive approach to campus ministry: Retreats, Mass & Liturgy, Spiritual Growth, Campus Outreach, Socials, and Social Justice & Service.
In the area of Social Justice, we are offering a monthly service opportunity called Service Saturdays. On the first Saturday of the month students will visit one of two local organizations in our community- Camp Hope tent city and Casa del Sol nursing center.
These visits will be an opportunity for students to respond to the call to serve the “least of these,” a call based in Scripture (Matthew 25) and echoed in Pope Francis’ encouragement to reach out to those on the “margins” of society.
We may typically think of charity/service as donating clothing or serving food, however, students engaging in Service Saturdays will give something just as, if not more precious, their time and presence. We hope the conversations and interactions they have with the people at Casa del Sol and Camp Hope will be a tangible experience of several core teachings of our Catholic faith:
-We are all made in the image and likeness of God and are all deserving of respect, regardless of gender, age, social status, etc.
-While it is tempting to think first of ‘I’ and ‘me’, we are instead called to think of ‘we,’ of the larger community we are a part of, called to ask what is best for the common good.
Please pray for us as we move out of our comfort zones to meet people we might not normally meet and go places we might not normally go. In the spirit of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, may we find the courage to be merciful like the Father (Lk 6:37-38).
Greetings Newman Community!
After a long Christmas break, the Spring Semester has finally begun! The first order of business in prepping for the new semester was gathering our student ministry team for a day of reflection and planning this past Tuesday. Our calendar of events is filling in quite nicely and we trust that the Spirit will fill and enliven the many events we are planning: Tuesday Mass on
Campus, Mid-Week Mass and Dinner, Thursday Night Theology gatherings, Aggie Awakening VIII, Service Saturdays, and the Spring Break Service Trip to list a few. We are looking forward to a busy semester in Campus Ministry!
In addition to planning, we spent time prayerfully reflecting on the blessings of a good, restful Christmas break. The Gospel story (Luke 9:28-36) of Jesus leading the disciples up the mountain top where they witnesses Jesus’ meeting with Moses and Elijah served as our source of inspiration. As we look to a new semester, a new year, I invite student and resident parishioners alike to read the passage and reflect on the Christmas holiday. A couple of reflection points to ponder:
1) The disciples recognized that it was good to be on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah – Peter even offered to build tents so they could stay longer – what goodness did you experience during this break that you would of wanted to
build a tent around?
2) What of your time this break/time away from school will you continue to ponder in the silence of your heart in the coming weeks? And how do you anticipate it influencing your study, prayer, work, and/or ministry efforts this semester?
We will be sending out prayers for a successful semester for our university community, and ask that you all keep our ministry efforts in your prayers as well!
Happy New Year, happy new semester!
Welcome back students, faculty and staff! While it is always good to have time away from the university, it is also good to be back responding to the call to learning, growth, and development. I hope your Christmas break has been restful so you are rejuvenated for a new semester, no doubt soon to be abounding with classes, assignments, and many other activities.
Campus Ministry staff and students leaders are also back and getting ready for the new semester. This week we will be gathering with our Student Leadership Team for our spring retreat, a time to reconnect, pray, and plan for the spring semester. We pray the coming months are going to be full of rich opportunities to grow in our relationships with God and one another, including an Alternative Spring Break service trip and our eighth Aggie Awakening retreat.
Please keep our university community and campus ministry in prayer as we embark on this journey!
Happy Advent &
May your time be restful and joyful!
See you in January for the spring semester.
Hello Newman Community!
What a pleasure it is to wish our new graduates a heartfelt congratulations!
Graduates, your hard work and persistence has borne fruit. You leave your college years with a degree, but hopefully also a richer experience of life, others, self, and God. Our community has been so blessed by your presence, gifts, and talents. It is bittersweet to see you go, to see things change. But, as is the promise of Christ in all things, we know that with every loss there is life, with every challenge there is blessing. What a gift you will be to the next communities you are a part of!
Blessings and joy as you continue on your journey. May you continue to grow in relationship with God and others. Know you always have a home at the Newman Center.
Hello Newman Community!
The final week of the semester has arrived! This time of the year seems to always have a paradoxical feel. On the one hand, there is the season of Advent, with its themes of expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation, and cheerful preparation for Christmas. On the other, is the mad dash to the end of the semester filled with finals study sessions, paper writing, and project work. In campus ministry, we are aware of this tension and offer a place for students to find some Advent peace in the midst of the stressful conclusion of to the semester. This past Friday, students gathered for an evening of Advent prayer and reflection. This weekend, we will be distributing Finals Stress Relief Packages to faculty and students. These simple care packages are filled with snacks, but just as important, they are a reminder that our faith community offers our care and prayers for a successful exam week. On Monday evening at 8 pm, students are invited to gather for an hour of quiet, reflective prayer time with Taize Prayer, followed by a breakfast themed meal. We conclude our activities with a Christmas Party on Thursday at 7 pm in the Parish Hall, complete with a meal and a white elephant gift exchange. Please keep students and faculty in your prayers this week!
Hello Newman Community!
It’s hard to believe Advent is upon us, especially since many students and others active in the NMSU community are square in the final push to the end of the fall semester. However, in a way it is fitting. Advent is time of hopeful anticipation and preparation as we look forward to the second coming of Christ at the end of time and the anniversary of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Likewise, for many students these next couple of weeks are a time of anticipation as they look forward to the end of classes, final grades and, for some, graduation and the end of their time as college students.
But why prepare? Especially when we know Christmas and the end of the semester are going to come regardless? Perhaps it is so this end is also a hopeful beginning...For students, this beginning may appear in the form of renewed energy and passion for their studies next semester. For graduating seniors, in the promise of soon being able to share their gifts and talents with our community through their careers. For all of us, that the birth of Jesus at Christmas may also birth new hope and love in our lives.
How fortunate we are to have a faith tradition that encourages us to intentionally enter into this time of prayerful, hopeful preparation. As we bless advent wreaths, let us also bless the students as they study (cram) for final exams. As we bless our manger scenes, let us also bless our graduating seniors as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. And in and through it all- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
Well, the pies are done!! Hopefully, San Pasqual (patron saint of cooks), interceded on our behalf and cut the caloric value of the pies in half! We are especially grateful to all who donated various ingredients, purchased pies, and paused for a moment to offer a prayer while we were busy baking this past weekend. Baking 300 pies is quite a task, and could not be done without the many students who spent time baking before they headed out for a much needed break from school.
The whole process is quite involved, and while it is primarily a fundraising endeavor, there is a great sense of community that is both engendered and celebrated over the 30 plus hours spent baking. Students share their time and talent, and pick up some new baking skills all while we laugh, joke, listen to some high energy music, and drink plenty of coffee. We do all this with a sense of purpose and faith. All kidding of San Pascual and calories aside, his faith journey is the story of a person who found a sense of divine purpose simply by preparing food for others. I hope all who helped prepare the pies will have enjoyed the time spent together, and trust that all who purchased pies will enjoy them!
Sharing the 'Good News' of Campus Ministry!