February – random thoughts of a Campus Minister

Reflecting on the month that has just past by, I am wondering where the time went. January is just a blur, or perhaps I am just blinded by one snowstorm after another.  Some things that I am thinking/praying about:

Newman Center Ministry: This is of course primary, since it is what I am called to do.  We are in a rebuilding stage trying to get more student involvement but also opening the ministry up to young adults.  We are slowly building up programing: a daily rosary every day except Thursday at 12:30pm in the Church, and Lectio Divina on Thursdays at 12:15 in the Newman Center.   Student Mass every first Sunday, with the next one at 5pm on Feb 6 (yes, we are bowing a little to the culture  – an earlier time to accommodate the Superbowl).

Another thing in the works is something I am calling Cocoa, Cookies and Catholicism.  We will use the “Rediscovering Catholicism” as a starting point for conversations about Catholicism and Catholic teachings (and yes, I do plan to make my famous real hot cocoa (none of this instant stuff!).  And of course students will still get together on Sunday evenings for fun and fellowship.

I am still reflecting on this year’s March for Life.  We flew this year which was much more convenient, safer and less stressful than the bus trips from previous years.  But I missed our kids from the youth groups.  It changed the dynamic  – we were less of a community and more of a bunch of adults who found it convenient to travel together.   The March itself was awesome as always and ignored by the media as usual.   Creative Minority Report had a humorous take on the March.  Ave Maria TV did a cool timelapse of the hour and a half march: .

Other things on my mind this past week is the new translation of the Roman Missal.  The new translation will start to be used on the First Sunday of Advent, and we need to start preparing.  There is the USCCB site for those who want to have a look. One thing I am using to prepare a UStream Talks by the Daughters of St. Paul.

Then there is the Holy Father’s message for the 45th Anual World Communications Day titled Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.  More on this in a future post.

Other than that, we continue to deal with snow here in New England, and so, as the next storm moves in,  I am praying for an early spring.  In the meantime, to keep you laughing, here’s an old news clip, especially for those of us who remember a time before the internet:(hat-tip to the above mentioned Creative Minority Report): 

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