Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Fall Decorating

The Campus Religious Center is getting into the fall spirit!  Our grateful appreciation to Joyce for all of her efforts to make our space beautiful!

LIVING the Corporal Works of Mercy: Angie

In our continuing series "LIVING the Corporal Works of Mercy", Angie, the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Lyon County, presented to the Catholic Stangs about Feeding the Hungry.

Angie has volunteered for the food shelf for more than 25 years, at various locations and serving in most of the volunteer roles needed to keep the organization going.  In addition to the Kitchen Table Food Shelf, Angie has experience with volunteering for Ruby's Pantry and Meals on Wheels.  Those volunteer options, along with discussion about the Mustang Market, SNAP and WIC as other food resource options, gave our students many things to consider as they think about ways they can help in their community.  

Thank you,  Angie, for sharing!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Thank YOU, Sioux Council!

 With grateful appreciation for the full hearts, and stomachs,  of our college students,we thank the Sioux Council BSA and Lewis and Clark Scout Reservation for their generous donation this week!  As they prepared camp for winter, the Catholic Stangs received a variety of dry goods that will be used directly for meals for students as well as support for students on campus facing food insecurities.  

We also thank Jason Braucht and the Wood Badge group for the donation of leftover pork chops!  

Many people will benefit from you kind and generous actions!

Saturday Retreats

 This past weekend, we held our first Saturday retreat of the semester.   Each retreat begins with Mass, Rosary and Reconciliation.   We have breakfast together.  Then, we watch speakers on topics relevant to the lives of our college students.  We mix in small group discussion and relationship building before concluding with Adoration. 

We hope you can join us the first Saturday in November, beginning at 8am at Holy Redeemer Church. 

Holmberg Orchard

On a beautiful fall afternoon, the Catholic Stangs traveled to the Holmberg Orchard.  We were able to enjoy the corn maze, hay rides and all the goodies, including getting pumpkins for a pumpkin carving event later this month.  We hope to see you for pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting and the roasting of pumpkin seeds!

Catholicism 101: Til Death Do Us Part or the Canon Law Will Kill You

In our second Catholicism 101 of the year, Father Tony addressed the questions our students had regarding the Sacrament of Marriage.   Father was able to help the students understand the importance of free will and the removal of impediments a person freely choosing to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage.   Additionally,  it was discussed the visible sign of marriage is the couple, not a unity candle or poured sand.  Finally, the differences between annulment and divorce were discussed.

Join us on Sunday, October 29 for the next Catholicism 101, where the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit will be discussed.

LIVING the Corporal Worls of Mercy: Kelly

This year, on the second Tuesday of each month, the Newman Club will be featuring a speaker focused on each of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy.  This month, Kelly joined us to shared about "Visiting the Sick."

One way to visit the sick is through the donation of blood products.  Kelly shared her story of being a long time blood donor, as well as her connection to the importance of organ donation.  She lost her brother to an accident.  Their family made the decision to donate his organs for others to have a chance at living their best lives.

We appreciate the time Kelly took to share with us how we can each live out our baptismal call to love and serve each other.

Family Weekend

A time honored tradition at SMSU is Family Weekend.  Parents have the chance to visit Campus and see what has been happening in the lived one's life since they left home.  Catholic Campus Ministries offered homemade pie (and The Catholic Card Game) to all who stopped by.  We were happy to welcome families to the Campus and Campus Religious Center 

Sunday Suppers

Sunday evenings are always a chance for our students to share supper and build community.  We are so very grateful for all of our parishioners who support the meal ministry.  If you would like to join our ministry team, please click HEREto sign up!

Eco-Spirituality with Fr. Santosh

The Secular Order of the Franciscans hosted an event with Fr. Santosh Ekka OFM, discussing St. Francis spirituality and its cooperation with the eco-system.  It was an opportunity for our college students to be introduced to a secular order, as well as to see how our spirituality impacts and is impacted by the world around us.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas 85th Anniversary

 Our Catholic Daughters of the America's (CDA) St Joan of Arc #1291 celebrated their 85th anniversary with a lovely sit down dinner and program.  In order for the women of the Court to be able to fully enjoy the evening, our Catholic Stangs volunteered to help with service for the night.  Our grateful appreciation for Ashton, Bernyce, Levi, Maria, Olivia and Stephen!

The Wild Goose: Women's Group

Our college women's group has begun their fall semester study:  The Wild Goose.  It is an opportunity for our women to gather to learn more about the Holy Spirit, as well as to explore how they can individually deepen their relationship with God, the Spirit.