The elves have arrived at the Campus Religious Center. The trees are up, the lights are twinkling, the garland has been hung! We are so grateful for all of the work that went into turning the building into the beautifully decorated home away from home it has become!
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Thanksgiving Dinner was served without a hitch to more than 50 students. We are very grateful for the Johnson family who did the serving again this year. Our heartfelt appreciation to Dave, Christian, Emily, Carter, Maegan, Jennifer, and Katie for all the work for the day. Everything from finishing food prep to food service to dishes (and dishes, and dishes) were easily managed by this crew.
We hope your Thanksgiving was as special as the one here!
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
2022 will mark our 7th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the college students at Southwest Minnesota State University. A traditional meal is served at no cost for our students. This year, we have a slightly lower number signed up, although we are still getting notices of people who are coming.
This is a labor of love for the students, volunteers and staff. It is many hours of preparation since everything is homemade from family recipes. This year, we will be serving our dinner to go. We are so thankful to the students who cooked, parishioners who made donations, staff and faculty of SMSU who passed the word to the students, and the priests who support this mission on Campus.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Hill Street Place held their Holiday Bazaar last Friday. The Newman Club and Catholic Campus Ministries was invited to wrap any gifts purchased for a free will donation. Lots of conversations, a few laughs, and a round of singing was enjoyed by all. We look forward to supporting Hill Street Place in their future Holiday Bazaars!
Monday, November 21, 2022
We have been quiet on the social media front, but we haven't been quiet in the day-to-day activities of campus life. Over the next week or so, the goal is to get caught up on all that has happened recently. Today, though, we are so thankful for our college students who stayed after Mass last night to help with the switch from the 2022 Breaking Bread to the 2023 Breaking Bread.
For many, I am sure, it is just a part of the process of coming to Church to grab their missal from the cart. It is our access to the prayers and readings of the Mass. Few ever think about how those missals are made available to them. Last night, for five college students, they got to have a hands-on experience as we recycled last year's books and put the new year's books into the binders.
I am appreciative of them because we were done with the process, from beginning to end, in less than 15 minutes. If I had been doing it on my own, it would have been an hour or better.
Special thanks to Amanda, Emma, Jon, Olivia and Taylor! You are all people I am thankful for in this week of Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With the encouragement of Father Tony, our Catholic 'Stangs took their first road trip of the year! Mother Teresa: No Greater Love played in select theaters for Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. The closest one to us was in Sioux Falls, SD. Six Catholic 'Stangs loaded into a vehicle to make the 1.5 hour drive. All reports are it was worth every minute of the drive!
The movie was a well-done documentary that moved many of our students to tears as it followed the life and vocation of Mother Teresa on her path to sainthood. The movie raised awareness of the poverty and related issues faced by many throughout the world today. It also gave great hope about the impact that we can have on those around us. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for promoting this unique experience for our students!
Homecoming 2022 brought the Catholic Stangs a busy day! The day started with six students and four others running and walking the Veterans Club Legacy 5k.
After the 5k, we gathered for breakfast at the Campus Religious Center. Father Tony's special recipe egg bake was served to help our runners regain their protein :)
Breakfast was finished with just enough time for four of our students to take the Newman Club float through the Homecoming Parade.
The day wrapped up with games and snacks at our Homecoming Game Night. It was great to see Father Shawn join us for the evening.
We look forward to seeing you at the CRC soon!