Feast of St. Louis – 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Welcome (back) to campus!  Our regular schedule has resumed, including 11a and 5p Sunday Masses with Confessions an hour prior to each.  Looking ahead, we’ve got a full week of fun and food planned.  All are welcome.  Let Newman support your spiritual needs and your fun needs.

Check out this week’s bulletin for the full schedule, plus St. Thomas Aquinas’ super-awesome prayer for students: Bulletin-2013-08-25

Here’s a sneak peek of next week’s Gospel reading:

Luke 14:1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

To Nourish Our Faith

It is not always easy to believe all the time, to practice this virtue of faith. There are many things in our Catholic Faith that may rub us the wrong way on certain occasions. The Church’s teachings on contraception, the death penalty, and the indissolubility of marriage, for example, are not the ways of the world. The ways of the world, however, would be much “easier” to accept and embrace. Instead, the theological virtue of faith asks us to submit not to the world but rather to truth himself. Faith requires us to submit our entire intellect and will to the Lord, and not to the latest polls in the New York Times.

This might be one reason why the Lord blesses us with his Church, so that we would have a place where we belong, where our life is being lived in union with other people living the same way. The Church strengthens our lives of faith by reminding us of those who have lived this faith before us. The saints, the martyrs, and perhaps even members of our own families have been examples to us for living the faith. The Church brings us all together in that one act of profession of faith.

– Father James M. Sullivan, O.P.

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Five Students Receive Sacrament of Confirmation

On the night of Saturday, March 30th, five of our students received the Sacrament of Confirmation. From the YOUCAT, an accessible expression of the Catechism:

“Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.

“When a coach sends a soccer player onto the playing field, he puts his hand on his shoulder and gives him final instructions. We can understand Confirmation in a similar way. A hand is placed upon us. We step out onto the field of life. Through the Holy Spirit we know what we have to do and we have been given the power to do it. He has motivated us. His mission resounds in our ears. We sense his help. We will not betray his trust or disappoint him; we will win the game for him. We just have to want to do it and listen to him.”