The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chiles Center. Graduates and faculty will assemble at 4:30 p.m. in the north corridors of the Chiles Center. The academic procession will begin promptly at 4:50 p.m. Academic regalia will be worn. According to campus ministry, this will be the only Mass celebrated on campus during commencement weekend; there are no Masses in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on Sunday, May 5. For more information contact campus ministry at 7131 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Rev. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., on his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, April 6, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Mark will return to Portland next week, and he will celebrate his first Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on Sunday, April 21, at the 9 p.m. Mass. A reception in St. Mary’s Student Lounge will follow. For more information contact campus ministry at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortly after his untimely death in 1989, University president Rev. Thomas Oddo, C.S.C., was memorialized by faculty, staff, students, and friends with the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund named after him. Every year the University awards scholarship funds in Fr. Oddo’s name to one or more students who meet a set of criteria which includes demonstrated commitment to service and to service learning. Criteria for the Father Thomas C. Oddo, C.S.C. Memorial Scholarship are:
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Demonstrated financial need
- Junior or senior student standing in the 2013-2014 school year
- Demonstrated commitment to service and service learning
- Open to any academic major.
A nomination form is available at http://tinyurl.com/abu4o2m and is due to Theresa McCreary, campus ministry, by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. For more information contact McCreary at 7131 or email@example.com.
The University will celebrate Holy Week with the following services in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher:
- March 24: Palm Sunday Mass, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Monday, March 25: Mass, 12:05 p.m.; Reconciliation, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 26: Mass, 12:05 p.m.; Campus Wide Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 27: Mass, 12:05 p.m.; Reconciliation, 5 to 5:30 p.m.
- March 28: Holy Thursday, Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 4:30 p.m.; the Chapel is left open until midnight for individual prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
- March 29: Good Friday—the Chapel is open all day for prayer; Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.; The Passion Service, 3 p.m.
- March 30: Holy Saturday—the Chapel is open all day for prayer; Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Easter Vigil, 8:30 p.m.
- March 31: Easter Sunday, Mass at 10:30 a.m. only, no 9 p.m. Mass.
For more information contact campus ministry at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University offices will be closed and no classes will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013, in observance of Good Friday, according to Tom Greene, provost. The closing actually begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28; no classes should continue beyond that time, and other events, apart from those connected with the religious observance of Holy Week, should not be scheduled from that time through Monday, April 1. Even though classes are not scheduled for Easter Monday, offices will be open.
The early closing on Holy Thursday is intended to allow students, faculty, and staff to attend the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which will be celebrated in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher at 4:30 p.m. The University’s custom of closing on Good Friday is in acknowledgment of the special religious character of the day. In Catholic tradition, Good Friday has always been recognized as one of three important days (the Sacred Triduum) of religious observance: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. For more information contact the provost’s office at 7105 or email@example.com.
As the campus ministry office prepares for its annual Spring Encounter with Christ Retreat from March 22-24, faculty and staff are asked to consider writing letters of support (palanca) for the students they know who wil participate in the retreat, according to Beth Barsotti, campus ministry. Each retreatant will receive an envelope of surprise palanca—unexpected expressions of appreciation and support that lift someone’s spirits; they usually take the form of a brief note or letter. This is an opportunity to encourage students and express appreciation for them outside the classroom. Please do not discuss this concept with any students, whether or not they are on this Encounter. A list of retreatants and instructions for writing and submitting palanca can be found at www.up.edu/campusministry/palanca.
Please submit to the campus ministry offices in the Pilot House or St. Mary’s, marked “Encounter Retreat—(student’s name)” by Wednesday, March 20. For more information contact Barsotti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7463.
Are you curious about the papal retirement and how we elect a new Pope? Come. Learn. Participate. Join campus ministry for a panel discussion on the history, process, and implications of Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising resignation. Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Bauccio Commons. Info: Beth Barsotti, campus ministry, 7463.
All are welcome to join campus ministry for the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent, at 4:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Stations of the Cross is an ancient devotion of the Church in which Catholics walk through the events of the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is an excellent opportunity to enter into Lent for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Dates are Friday, February 22, March 1, and March 22.
Campus ministry has also partnered with alumni relations to offer a web-based presentation of the Stations of the Cross at http://tinyurl.com/b4qr8b4. The accompanying images take you on a virtual tour of the 10 chapels on campus where the stations are displayed. For more information contact campus ministry at 7131 or email@example.com.