There is always something so refreshing about a new year. We set resolutions, challenge ourselves to grow more, love more, do more, and to once again take up our crosses. It is, of course, the same on a college campus; except it's like we get a fresh start TWICE each year!
Following a semester where we saw incredible amounts of growth in the lives of our students, we certainly have goals on what we would like to see happen next on the SFA campus. The day before classes began, we met with our Student Leaders (students involved in our Core Team, Knights of Columbus, Kappa Upsilon Sigma, Dancers of the Son, and FOCUS disciples) for a day long retreat. We focused on basic leadership skills like team work and knowing our mission and purpose, while also providing ample opportunities for prayer and recreation. Our hope is that our students will continue to take more ownership of St. Mary's and the mission of the Church, and that they will be able to pass this on to the next generation of students.
Another goal this semester is an increased presence on campus, as we continue to participate in the New Evangelization. We have already been active by tabling outside the student center, handing out water bottles, and engaging students in conversation. This semester, we have plans to be out there even more. As we approach Ash Wednesday (our largest Mass attendance of the year!), we will be engaging other SFA students and encouraging them to come home this Lent! Core Team member Keara King (junior) has played a large role in this aspect of the ministry.
Another goal is to be more active in Corporal Works of Mercy. We have a week of service planned at the beginning of Lent, and students Brittany Betik and Caitlin Newman (both sophomores) have been working hard to coordinate various projects that week and for the rest of the semester.
The Church, of course, has provided us with the perfect goal for the year: to communicate the Mercy of the Lord to the world. This past month we began our weekly Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Tuesdays at 5:45 and our monthly nights of Recollection on the Works of Mercy. These formative events will continue all year long!
In the book of Revelation, Our Lord tells us, "Behold, I make all things new (21:5)." May he continue to do that great work in the ministry of St. Mary's! Thank you, once again, for supporting us.
St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry, SFA Campus
“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart … don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love.
Receive Communion often, very often … there you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux