This November, we had a lot to be thankful for at St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry. We launched the month with a small pilgrimage to Tyler, where we spent time in prayer before the relics of St. Maria Goretti as she made her Pilgrimage of Mercy throughout the United States. This day of travel and prayer made a great impact on many of our students, and we continue to see the graces received!
At the Circle, we focused on diving deeper into several stories in the Gospels, with time for discussion and Praise and Worship playing a central part in each evening. We continue to see a deepening of faith in the lives of many of our students! Their time in prayer is growing, and their concern for their brothers and sisters is increasing as well.
On November 15th, five women and one young man received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It has been such a joy preparing them for this Sacrament over the course of the semester. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, each of them took a huge step in their relationship with God when they decided to attend our weekly class. I look forward to a new group of students to work with in the Spring! Rite of Christian Initiation continues to grow as well, with three new students approaching me about attending classes, bringing our roster of students actively participating to 11, with a couple others considering it. Of all the blessings I receive working with students at SFA, I think the greatest comes from students making a profession of faith in the Catholic Church, often after great personal struggle and much research.
As we approach the end of the semester, please pray for our students. Papers, projects, and final exams can make it difficult to fully enter into the beauty of the Advent Season. My prayer is that the grace of our kind Lord will sustain them through this time, increasing the joy they will encounter when Christmas finally arrives. May the Lord be so kind to us, as well!
St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry, SFA Campus