Thursday, April 27, 2023

Justice Park Clean-Up

The Newman Club and Catholic Campus Ministries partners with the City of Marshall in our third year of providing service through the monthly clean-up of Justice Park.  It is a great opportunity for our students to get a little more familiar with their "home away from home" community while providing a valuable service to those who use the park facilities.

How do you support people who are serving their community?  Feed them!  Special thanks to Dave for supplying the pizza to feed the clean-up crew!

Thank you to Abbey, Ethan, James, Jon, Luci, Maria and Olivia for their help keeping Marshall beautiful!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (and a surprise concelebration!)

The Marian Devotion of prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a part of our Tuesday noon Masses at the Campus Religious Center on a weekly basis. It is an opportunity to ask our Blessed Mother for her intercession on our behalf for both our needs and where we are thankful.  It is a time to take a serious look at those around us and pray they feel the peace and comfort the Mother of Our Lord can bring us.  

This past Tuesday, we had a scheduling challenge that gave us the blessing of a concelebrated Mass, which happens so very rarely at the Campus Religious Center.  Our grateful appreciation to our presider, Father Tony, and our concelebrant, Father Denny, for all of the ministry they provide and support for our students, faculty and staff.  

Our final Tuesday daily Mass, with Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be next week, May 2, with our final daily Mass of the semester on Thursday, May 4.  We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Game Night!

 We ended a very busy and campus-involved day with some time for just our students.  As they prepare to move into finals week, this is the last time some of them will be able to gather in this group for this school year.  We were able to squeeze in a round of "The Catholic Card Game".  We will have one more opportunity this year to gather in Tuesday night fellowship.  We look forward to our final supper and games of the year on May 2.  We hope to see you all there!

Closing Worship

Another event of this week, as we are winding down the year, was our closing Ecumenical Worship Service.  We had an opportunity to celebrate all the good of this year, while looking forward to all of the good that will come this summer.  All of our attendees will be returning for classes in the fall, so summer plans involved summer jobs and time at home with family.  

We are especially grateful for the musical gifts of Amy and Quentin, as well as the ecumenical presence provided by the pastoral leadership of Pastor Mike and Father Tony.

Year-End Grill-Out

It feels like just last week we were welcoming students to campus with a grill-out, and here we are, helping them Finish Strong!  Last night, we had our annual year-end grill-out.  We served just over 50 people as we wrapped up the year.  We have a debt of thanks to our benefactor who donated 20 pounds of hamburger.  We are also thankful for Olivia, Dave, Doreen and Shanda who assisted us with prep, serving and clean-up.  May all who shared in our community meal have a blessed and restorative summer break, or a smooth transition into the work force after graduation.  We were so happy to have hosted!

Friday, April 21, 2023

Summer Stangs 2023

Students planning to begin at SMSU this fall are invited to join our existing students for our summer events.  We will meet each Tuesday evening, beginning at 5:30p, for supper and an activity.  Our first gathering will be Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30p, where we will be planning the activities we will be doing for the rest of the summer.  In past years, we have gone geocaching at Camden, played lawn games at the CRC, played Frisbee golf at Garvin and a variety of other activities in Marshall and the surrounding communities.

Beyond The Bin 2023

 In celebration of Earth Day, Holy Redeemer hosted a "Beyond The Bin" recycling event for the young people, of all ages, served by our Faith Formation programs.  Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere, who is the Environmental Technician Educator Coordinator for Lyon County, presented on a variety of initiatives people can be apart of regardless of their age.  

Everyone was served an environmentally friendly meal and learned how to compost what was left.  They also had the opportunity to learn about how clothing can be handled to reduce its environmental impact.  Finally, they addressed the implications of our electronic waste.

Thank you to Stephanie for presenting, Mandy and Deidre for their support of the event, and all of our young people who attended.  We greatly appreciated the way our college students were able to demonstrate how they are already utilizing composting at the Campus Religious Center.