Campus Ministry Newsletter

Staying Connected

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.

Cross with sun streaming through stained glass in the background

-----This Week in Campus Ministry-----

Stations of the Cross Gathering

Fri. April 10th at 5pm EST on Zoom https://loyola.zoom.us/j/987362680


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 .


Contact: litmin@loyola.edu

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!

There's still time! Apply Now at www.loyola.edu/leaders!


Fall

  • Ignite Retreat Leaders Application due Tues. 4/7
  • FIRST Pre-Fall Program Leaders Application due Tues. 4/7

Both:

  • 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

Spring:

  • 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.


Contact: Rev. Scott Adams

Sunday Morning Worship at 10 AM

Sundays at 10am EST : https://www.facebook.com/belovedcommunity3106


Join Rev. Scott for Sunday Morning Worship, live-streamed from his church, Heritage United Church of Christ in Baltimore, MD.


Contact: Rev. Scott Adams

----Connection & Celebration----

Continuing Connection

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.


We’ll stay in touch! Follow us on Campus Ministry Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for:


  • Weekly Campus Min Connection Videos and Reflection Prompts
  • Thursday Evening Prayer and Song with George Miller

Loyola University Prayer Wall

Campus Ministry invites all members of the Loyola community to offer prayer intentions for loved ones, joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also encourage members of the community to visit and add the intentions of others to your own daily prayer. To submit an intention, visit our Prayer Wall and click on the pink plus symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

Resources from across campus are here for you!

Offices across Loyola's now virtual campus are ready to serve, accompany and assist you. Visit Loyola Today regularly for information and opportunities. Follow department and office accounts on social media.


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!

The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the country, regardless of immigration status, age, nationality, or ability. But you have to make sure you are counted!


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

8 of our Loyola Students have been mentoring youth in Baltimore this year through the Elijiah Cummings Youth Project in a partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council designed to inspire interfaith communications among young adults in Baltimore. Learn more about this awesome project!


Contact: Rev. Scott Adams

Loyola Online Engagement Survey

Take a minute to share how you would like to be engaged and what Loyola Student Development offices can do to support you during this time!