Week of April 7th, 2019


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.

Sunday’s Gospel is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). What did the woman think of Jesus? Fr. Colin Davis, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception wrote for us a reflection on this gospel and the choice we have to be grateful.

The story of Jesus' demonstration of unconditional love to the woman caught in adultery is timeless and beautiful. Had you ever considered that it is possible, in fact, that the woman did not experience gratitude?

Don't you know people who seem to have everything going for them and they're depressed? There's countless Christians who pray frequently and receive the Sacraments and are still bitter people.

And have you ever met a person who comes from the most difficult background and is full of light and joy?

That's because the grace and blessings Our Lord is continually pouring out on us cannot either be perceived nor received without the proper "dispositions" - that is, without the right habits of soul.

Even more than that, contrary to popular belief, feelings, emotions, and sentiments CAN be cultivated, so that emotions like peace, joy, patience and gratitude become more and more pervasive.

It is true that emotions happen to you. But they can also be produced deliberately by you, and then turned into good habits. Gratitude can become an emotion you feel more frequently, almost all the time, if you practice at it.


Glad you asked. There are 8 things you can do to produce emotion in yourself:

  1. Move your body, breathe better, and change your posture (back, shoulders, head, facial expression) in accord with desired emotion - smile and it actually causes the "happy" parts of your brain to light up.

  2. Choose which thoughts and ideas to focus on  - all the small things that are great in this situation or all the terrible things and imagined bad intentions of people around me.

  3. Choose from the many possible larger meanings for your life when events happen and stick with the one that fits best with the goodness of God our Good Father. For example, I get sick and that means that I miss out OR that God has better things in store and it's an opportunity for a little rest.

  4. Create an "image-trigger" (like imagining the Holy Spirit in a cloud descending on you) and deliberately feel an emotion like gratitude, associating the image with that emotion.

  5. Do a mental, image-driven exercise like Ignatian Contemplation of a Gospel like this Sunday's, or going through old happy memories and thanking God, or thinking of hopeful future things and thanking God that they will happen.

  6. Reinforce your willed belief in the goodness of God by repeating hopeful verses from Scripture with feeling and conviction. these are great resources: Joy- Open Bible, Promises of God- Open Bible.

  7. Do some problem-solving and come up with a plan of action to solve the problem that is bothering you (just be sure to dwell more on the solution and the feeling of hope than you dwell on the problem).

  8. Make sure you get enough sleep and nutrition - but don't eat just to feel better, only eat after you've tried these other ways to feel better.

Give these a try. You'll be grateful you did.

-Fr. Colin Davis

May God bless you!

Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff



Calling all students! Time to get the word out! We are getting close to our cap for the Gala & Silent Auction! Remind your parents to purchase their tickets ASAP! We have over 30 baskets to be bid on including A FIVE NIGHT stay at a beach house, hand carved fire pits, a day out at a NATS GAME! Just to name a few of the baskets! There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a Balloon pop where prizes can be won!


Next week is Holy Week, the most important week of the Church’s liturgical year. We invite all to join us for our Holy Week liturgies as we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord.

April 14 - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Mass - 5:30 PM

April 15 - Monday of Holy Week

Mass - 4:00 PM

April 16 - Tuesday of Holy Week

Mass - 4:00 PM

April 18 - Holy Thursday

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7:00 PM

April 19 - Good Friday

Stations of the Cross - 12:45 PM

Confessions - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Liturgy of Our Lord's Passion - 3:00 PM

April 20 - Holy Saturday

Morning Prayer - 10:00 AM

Confessions - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Easter Vigil Mass - 8:30 PM

April 21 - Easter Sunday

Mass - 11:30 AM

Reception- 12:30 PM RSVP HERE


Prayer for the Church

We pray You,

O almighty and eternal God!

Who through Jesus Christ

hast revealed Your glory to all nations,

to preserve the works of Your mercy,

that Your Church,

being spread through the whole world,

may continue with unchanging faith

in the confession of your name.



Want to feed your souls and your stomachs with great food and fellowship? Join us at Supper Social, held every Thursday at the UMW CCM! We begin at 4:30pm with mass and give thanks to God and follow with a great meal/talk at 5:00 pm. This week on April 11th at 4:30pm we will be having a Q&A style discussion by Father Vaccaro and Katrina Oteyza on Catholics and Mary and enjoying a (catered) tasty meal from Chick-fil-A with a delicious dessert made by Birthright! Next Thursday, April 18th we will not be having Supper Social to celebrate Holy Thursday. We encourage you to spend some extra quality time with the Lord that day and join us for Mass! We look forward to welcoming you to these events!


Thank you everyone for coming out to our annual Disney Night! Star Wars Trivia and Disney Jeopardy was so much fun. The next two weeks we will have no Friday Fun because of the Gala and Holy Week, but we will end with a massive kickball night. Join us in Ball Circle April 26th for a Sunday Bar, Kickball, and an amazing block party! See you there!


Need a break from homework? Join us tonight at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall Room 411 for the Sunday Talk series! The topic of the night is Love Fulfills and Restores Harmony. After the Talk join the carpool to McDonald’s for food and fellowship. Our last Sunday Talk is next week so mark your calendar!

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