Campus Ministry Newsletter
Celebrating Holy Week During COVID-19
As we come to the end of Lent and approach the celebration of Easter in the Christian tradition and Passover in the Jewish tradition, we are acutely aware of how our distance as communities of faith will impact each of us during this Holy Week. Ordinarily we would have gathered in person with our extended families and faith communities to pray, reflect and celebrate these holidays. There is no doubt the loss of our personal interactions will be felt but as these holy days remind us...God is with us and with God all things are possible. We pray our experience this holy week affirms our faith, fills us with hope and inspires us towards loving responses in the world.
We hope you will utilize our Lenten Resources for this liturgical season and join us for our communal prayer offerings this week.
-----This Week in Campus Ministry-----
Stations of the Cross Gathering
On Good Friday, the Campus Ministry Sacristans will lead a communal prayer of The Stations of the Cross to commemorate Jesus' last day on earth. The 14 stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station and prays on a specific event from Christ's last day, from his trial, condemnation, crucifixion to death .
Sunday Mass Livestream
Easter Sunday, April 12 at 11am
Mass will continue every Sunday at 6pm this Spring!
Even if we're apart, we can still worship together. Mass will be live-streamed from Alumni Memorial Chapel each week. Visit the Livestream Mass website or Campus Ministry Facebook to join in a community of over 1000 students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and friends worshipping together. Archives of past masses are available on the Campus Ministry website.
Contact: Fr. Jack Dennis
Volunteer Leader Applications Due!
- Ignite Retreat Leaders Application due Tues. 4/7
- FIRST Pre-Fall Program Leaders Application due Tues. 4/7
- Koinonia Small Group Leaders Applications due Fri. 4/17
- Ecumenical Worship Leaders, Contact: Rev. Scott Adams
- Interfaith Leaders, Contact: Rev. Scott Adams
- Immersion Peer Facilitator Applications due Mon. 4/6
- Interfaith Retreat Leader Application opens Fall 2020
- Women's Retreat Leader Application opens Fall 2020
--This Week In the Community--
Passover (beginning Weds. April 8)
Passover, one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year, commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Ancient Egypt. At sundown Wednesday, Jewish people around the world would typically gather at a table to observe a religious feast called a Seder. This year, amid COVID-19 concerns, many Jewish communities and families are hosting virtual Seder meals. If you're looking for a Seder meal to join, consider connecting with one of these communities.
- Shazy and Cantor Thom King and Beth El Congregation invite you to a Virtual Community Seder
- Jews United for Justice Virtual Freedom Seder
- Post or Find a Virtual Passover Seder on OneTable
Contact: Rev. Scott Adams
----Connection & Celebration----
Campus Ministry staff is available remotely for support and spiritual conversations during weekdays 9am - 5pm EST. To reach out to specific staff members, you can find their contact information under About Us.
- Weekly Campus Min Connection Videos and Reflection Prompts
- Thursday Evening Prayer and Song with George Miller
Loyola University Prayer Wall
Reflection & Self-Care Resources
Reflect using Ignatian Tools to navigate this time of uncertainty.
- An Examen for These Unprecedented Times from Campus Ministry Director, Sean Bray.
- Examen for Life During COVID-19
- Guided Examen with a Body Consciousness Meditation
- Ignatian Spirituality Resources
- Retreat in Everyday Life from Creighton Online Ministries
Take care of your mental health. Utilize the online resources of the Loyola Counseling Center.
Resources from across campus are here for you!
Just a few examples:
- RecWellness is hosting Instagram Quarantine Workouts
- Career Services has transitioned all services online!
- Relay for Life will be Virtual on 4/18
- The Counseling Center is offering virtual appointments
- The Study has online tutoring available
- CCSJ will have a 2-week Community Reflection Opportunity: Socially Distanced, Socially Engaged
2020 Census- Every Person Counts!
Amidst the changing realities of COVID-19, it is important that each member of our Loyola community understand what they need to do to be counted. The Census is based on where you resided BEFORE COVID-19 changes. Please visit Loyola Votes for information to ensure you understand the process.
The online Census questionnaire: https://my2020census.gov/ is online!
Contact: CCSJ Assoc. Dir., Elise Gower
Weekly Prayers from the Campus Ministry Team
Members of the Campus Ministry team will be recording Weekly Messages and Prayers for our community. The prayers will shared on our social media pages and archived on our website.
Elijiah Cummings Youth Project
Contact: Rev. Scott Adams