Dear Newman Community,
Already our trip to Chicago for Campus Ministry Leadership Institute is off to a great start. As I shared last week, it's an excellent opportunity for the students going to experience a larger sense of church as they meet and connect with other young Catholics from colleges across the country. On our travel day to Chicago I realized it was also an opportunity for students to gain some practical life skills as well! One student had never flown before, another had not flown since she was seven years old.
The hustle and bustle of announcements directing so many people as they hurriedly traveled in all directions seemed to be eye opening to the group. It was a good reminder that, as we often say in campus ministry, is more than about the knowledge and skills one gains in the classroom but also about life experiences that helps students encounter new places and people. Please continue to pray for us!
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.
Sharing the 'Good News' of Campus Ministry!