Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2017-2018 Year in Review

It appears, from the lack of updates on the website, that we were either not at all busy, or so busy there wasn't time to get information out here.  The good, and bad, news is we were just that busy!  From a Spirit-filled Lent to Baccalaureate, we were in almost constant motion!

Here is a look at how our year went!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dash for the Ash on Ash Wednesday!

Where is this semester going already?  Almost before we knew it would be here, Lent is coming quickly.  There are many opportunities for you to take on your Lenten Journey.  Please join us for any, and all, of the opportunities that you choose! 

We begin on Wednesday, February 14.  Dash for the Ash on Ash Wednesday and begin the fast that will last!

There will be opportunities for Stations of the Cross, a weekly Lenten mini-retreat, Adoration and Reconciliation available for all.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

The United States Council of Catholic Bishops has called for the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to be a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children.  As individuals, we are called to a day of fasting, prayer and/or giving alms.  For our local parish, we will be gathering at the daily Mass at the Church of the Holy Redeemer at 5:30pm.

Please join us in prayer today, even if you cannot attend the Mass because of your schedule.

There will be NO 8pm Mass at the CRC tonight.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Totus Tuus Opportunity

Just as everyone was leaving campus, information was received for you all about an opportunity to live and work your faith for the summer of 2018.  We would like you to have it now to help you discern, during this Advent season (and your semester break) if you might be called to serve the youth of the Diocese of New Ulm by working for the Totus Tuus program.

Totus Tuus is Latin for "Totally Yours".  This is an outreach program where teams of four young adults (typically college students and seminarians) spend time in a parish setting, sharing the Good News of Christ through energetic, engaging and enjoyable activities.  Totus Tuus is a paid program and will run from June through early August.

We will be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, at 7pm at the Campus Religious Center.  Please join us for a meal and discussion with Kevin, the coordinator of the program for the New Ulm Diocese.  Here is a link to the event so you can get reminders it is happening:  Totus Tuus

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Please join us at one of the Mass times listed below.  Please note, there will be a Vigil Mass at the Campus Religious Center on Thursday, December 7, at 8pm.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Breaking Bread Donation

Since we have moved to using screens at the Campus Religious Center on Sunday evenings, we have not replaced or updated the Breaking Bread books which are used for Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Ali, this year's Newman Club President, arranged for her home parish (St. Catherine's Catholic Church, in Luverne, MN) to donate the 2017 copies of their Breaking Bread when they updated with the 2018 edition.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Focus on Faith! Marty Seifert: Being Catholic at the Capitol

Marty Seifert, an SMSU alum and long-time member at Holy Redeemer, was our "Focus on Faith" featured speaker for November.  From serving on the Student Senate at SSU, to serving as the Minority Whip at the Minnesota House of Representatives, to two runs for the Republican nomination for Governor of Minnesota, Marty has a long and story filled history with the Capitol.  Tuesday evening, he spent more than an hour with Newman Club members, other students on campus, and members of our parish community in the William Whipple Art Gallery, sharing insights, personal stories, and challenging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, and put it into action.

Along with sharing stories about how each day in session is opened, how they changed schedules to be more family and constituent friendly, and the challenges of special sessions, Marty took the time to remind us all that the little decisions we make are the ones that have the greatest long term impacts.  For example, if we say we will get to Mass when we can, we are more likely to miss Mass than not.  If we say Mass is a priority and we will get there no matter what, we look for solutions to solve problems that would get in the way of attending Mass.  When he was a legislator, he had to advocate for a later start to Sunday sessions so there was time to attend religious services for the Representatives.

He also discussed how important it is to have a network of people who have a similar belief system and will support you on your faith journey.  He had a group of colleagues with whom he regularly attended Mass when he was required to be at the Capitol on a weekend.  Marty was honest about the challenges, but direct in his approach when he said it is all ultimately up to us to make the best decisions and follow through on them.

Thank you, Marty, for sharing with us!