Week of March 17th, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF

Hello Students!

Through this season we have the blessing and honor of receiving articles from different priests and revered holy men and woman in our community that were chosen by our own student leaders! We will be reposting them here, so more of the community has access to them.

This Sunday’s Gospel tells of Christ’s transfiguration before Peter, James, and John (Luke 9:28-36). What a beautiful gift the Lord blessed them with in that moment. In preparation for Sunday’s Mass, Fr. James Hudgins, Pastor at St. Jude Parish, wrote the following reflection on the transfiguration and the humbling privilege we have to put ourselves in the presence of the Lord.

St. Thomas Aquinas once defined joy as “the conscious possession of a good.” Joy, therefore, has two prerequisites: that one possesses something good, and that one be fully aware of it. Every person alive, without exception, is blessed abundantly by God. We all possess not only some good, but many, very great blessings. However, very few people are consciously aware of just how blessed they are. This is why very few people can find joy in ordinary things. The secret of living joyfully is to grow in conscious awareness of one’s blessings.

Recognize that everything in life is an unmerited gift. Every breath, every heartbeat, even your very existence is a complete unmerited gift. The greater your humility, the greater will be your awareness of this. That awareness is gratitude itself. It’s the taproot of joy.

Joyful people never feel entitled. Entitled people think everything is owed to them. They see nothing as a gift. They have no humility, no gratitude, and therefore no joy. When Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured before their eyes, they knew the greatness of God, and how much they had been given. They learned humility at that moment. Let’s put ourselves in God's presence as they did. That’s where we will learn humility. Humility is the soil in which the fruit of gratitude can grow, and the flower of joy can blossom at last.

-Fr. Hudgins

May God bless you!

Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff

STAFF UPDATE

Hello everyone! During Lent we are taking time to remove what is in excess in our lives through fasting and almsgiving, so we can grow in gratitude to the Lord for what we do have. It is a time to challenge ourselves spiritually and to focus on the Lord’s passion and recognize all that our Good Shepherd has sacrificed for us to be fed. In this time come to him in the Eucharist and give thanksgiving for his nourishment that brings us joy and sustains us through the “deserts” of our lives.

Enjoy a video from one of our very one student leaders that tells us how to find joy and gratitude in this Lenten Season!

MASS UNDER THE LIGHTS

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April 4th we will be having our annual Mass Under the Lights on Campus on the Intramural fields at 8:00pm.  Make sure to come out for this wonderful opportunity to evangelize and be a witness to the faith to so many athletes on campus who may have never experienced Christ! What a blessing to share our faith with so many of our peers and give an explanation for our joy! Invite all your friends and make sure to RSVP

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

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Sunday – Students, Faculty, and Staff of UMW

Monday – Nicolasa Hogon +

Tuesday – Milagros Valencia +

Thursday – Sophomore Class

Friday – Christian Maimone +

Saturday – Poor Souls +

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Prayer about St. Patrick

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God our Father,
you sent Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim your love to all men.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

SOPHOMORE CLASS MASS

Mass this Thursday, March 21st, is being offered particularly for the sophomores of the community. All sophomores are invited to come to Mass at 4:30. We hope to see you there.

FRIDAY FUN UPDATE FROM ALLISON MCCRUMB

Last week we had our annual Swing Dance Night and it was amazing! We learned how to swing dance at the beginning and then had a great time dancing for the rest of the night. This week we will be having our Men’s and Women’s Formation Night. The men will be meeting at the Saint John Bosco Center at 4:30 for a dinner night at St. Mary’s. Make sure to wear a tie. The women will be having a night at the Saint John Bosco Center at 7:30 with a talk given by Mari Tere titled “Prayer in a Busy Life” followed by a paint night! Here is the link to sign up for the ladies to get canvas supplies for painting.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPPER SOCIAL TABLE

Looking for a way to grow more in the faith while fostering relationships and enjoying tasty, home-cooked meals? Come on down to Supper Social, held every Thursday at 4:30 at the UMW CCM! This week, as we continue the Lenten season, we will be having a Penance Service, which is a wonderful opportunity to receive some grace in preparation for Easter! We will also be enjoying a tasty meal cooked by Birthright of vegetarian and meat shepherd's pie. We will also have green bean, tomato, and cucumber salad, as well as delicious homemade rolls and butter, and dessert! Next Thursday, March 28th, Supper Social will feature a Gathering-style dinner, in which you can enjoy some quality time in faith and friendship, accompanied by delicious food and fun games! We look forward to welcoming you to these events!

WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT GROUP

Calling all ladies! Our Women’s Discernment Group meets this Monday, March 18th at 6:00 pm in the Saint John Bosco Center Lounge! After the discussion, girl’s night continues with dinner at Primavera. RSVP for dinner here

Those interested in learning more about the group can contact Father Vaccaro at fathervaccaro@umwccm.org.

TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK

Looking for an entertaining and engaging Sunday night activity? Look no further! Join us tonight at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall Room 411 for the Sunday Talk series! The topic of the night is “Legalized” Sin and the Spirit of the Law. After the Talk join the carpool to McDonald’s for food and fellowship.

If you want a recap of previous Sunday Talk discussions, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Google Play