Week of November 11th, 2018


Pope Francis speaks to us about the “joy of being missionary disciples”. If each one of us were fully in love with Christ and had gratitude in our lives for all that God has given us the joy would be so immense that it would be impossible for us to hold it inside! We would feel a tremendous desire to share that joy with all those around us and embrace the baptismal call of each and every one of us to be missionaries. When we think of missionaries, sometimes we think of people going into foreign lands to evangelize; however, mission looks very different for each person.

Practical ways you can be a missionary on our college campus:

  1. Speak to someone in your class about the Catholic Faith- this can include bringing a book that can be a conversation starter or wearing a shirt/religious item like a scapular that may spark intrigue or provoke questions.

  2. Invite a friend to come to the center for an event we may be having, such as Social Supper or Friday Fun.

  3. Inviting people to attend Bible Studies with you, especially if they are Christian or seeking

  4. And being an example of virtue and joy on the campus- We want people want to think, “I want what they have!” The witness of your life can lead to the conversion of others. People are always watching!

All of these actions may seem very small, but they add up over time and seeds are continually planted for the salvation of souls! Remember that the mission to evangelize is not the calling of a few, but the mission of every one of us. Let us be challenged this week to not be complacent and take a moment to truly encounter Him genuinely in prayer, so that we may have the joy and courage to go out and share that love with our friends and family here at UMW.

Have a wonderful week and know of my daily prayers for each of you.

Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff


Now that Vocation Awareness Week is coming to a close, always keep in mind: What were you made for? What’s your target? What are you going to throw yourself, your whole being, your whole person at?



Jesus said the greatest commandment is Love. Most of us have heard the Beatles sing out this common desire written in all of our hearts, “All you need is Love”. Come hear Father Vaccaro next Sunday, November 18th, continue his talk on Love and how it is - A Free Gift to be Given. You won’t be disappointed!!! We will be dining at McDonald’s after the Talk - if it’s your first time at McDonald’s with us, Father Vaccaro will treat you to ice cream! If you haven’t already, check out the Sunday Talk on Apple Podcasts and Google Play


Last week we had a Board Game Night for our Fun Friday Event. We had lots of fun playing board games. We played Mafia and the mafia managed to win a couple of times. This week on November 16th, we will be having our men’s and women’s formation nights. The men will be having a guest speaker and playing video games. The women will also be having a speaker and doing a key holder craft. We will gather together at the end of the night to enjoy a bonfire together complete with s’mores. Coming up on November 30th we will be going to see Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindlewald. The ticket is discounted to almost half priced! The cost is only $9 and you can sign up here. We will also be making a trip on December 7 to go see the National Christmas Tree and the Willard Hotel. The cost for this event is $5 to help cover gas and parking and you can sign up here! If you prefer to pay by cash please bring your cash to the front desk at the St. John Bosco Center.


To the Holy Spirit

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.


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 the UMW CCM! This Thursday, Nov. 15th, Supper Social will feature a big Thanksgiving dinner to show appreciation for all the volunteers who have served us throughout the year, with plenty of delicious dishes and desserts cooked by community and student volunteers. The event will feature a tasty, candlelit meal, a performance by the CCM choir, a presentation by the CCM Communications Committee, and a poem by one of our very own students! Come and partake in the biggest Supper Social of the Fall semester! Our next Supper Social will be after Thanksgiving break, on Nov. 29th, and will be composed of a talk by Colleen Rooney on “Festive Foods,” with a meal cooked by Rocio Atkinson. We look forward to welcoming you to these events!


What are you being called to? Is your vocation to fully give yourself to another in marriage, the priesthood, religious life, or to others in the single life? Regardless of which one you are called to, remember that all require a TOTAL GIFT OF SELF out of love to another. WHAT IS YOUR CALLING?


It's almost time for everyone's favorite time of the semester...finals week!!! Imagine this, you're six books deep, it's 3am, you're stressed and all you want is a snack and note of encouragement. Well, for this December's service event we will be meeting up and making care packages for our fellow Eagles that will include a snack and a handwritten note! The event will be on Saturday, Dec. 1st starting with 11am Mass, then we will head over to the Colonnade Room to put together the packages and hand them out to students in need at the library and all over campus! For more info, contact Michelle at mmunoz@mail.umw.edu