Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.