Campus Ministry Happenings
November 18, 2020
Black Catholic History Month
November is Black Catholic History Month! Check out Campus Ministry’s website highlighting Black Catholic History, events to mark the month, and stories of inspiring Black American Catholics. We’re partnering with our neighbor, Immaculate Conception Church, for Black Catholic History Month this year. Each Sunday at 10 a.m., tune in to Immaculate Conception Church’s Facebook page for their livestream Mass, followed by an opportunity to learn about Black Catholic History from a different speaker each week. On November 22, Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Seattle University, will speak after Mass about her experiences at Xavier University of Louisiana, the only Catholic historically black college/university (HBCU).
Virtual Altar for Dia de los Muertos
On All Souls’ Day and throughout the month of November, Christians remember with love those who have died and pray in hope for them. Here at Seattle University, we traditionally mark this month with an altar for Dia de los Muertos in the Chapel of St. Ignatius but this year, the altar will be virtual! All members of our community are encouraged to add the names, picture and stories of their loved ones to the virtual altar and bear witness together to the grief of our community by praying with those names.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a cultural celebration rooted in indigenous and Christian traditions throughout Mexico and parts of Latin America. It is a time to celebrate and reconnect with our ancestors and loved ones who have died. We pray that all those who have died may be embraced by God and that all those who mourn may be comforted.
Starting up again on Thursdays in Winter Quarter, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Join the MSA for weekly meetings where we attend to our community's social, spiritual, and religious needs. This will be a chance for us to check in and see how finals week is shaping up. Our new off-campus advisor and SU alumnus, Naz Harb (famous for starting the first MSA at SU!) will be there so we hope you can join us!
Friday, November 20, 1 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join the Muslim Student Association for their virtual Jum'a Khutbah and Prayer as the fall quarter comes to a close. Seattle U's MSA founder, Nazir "Naz" Harb Michel will deliver an informative and inspiring khutbah that you don't want to miss. Please RSVP by 5:00 pm today!
Weekly Mini Retreat Opportunities - Posted Fridays on Instagram
This is an ongoing retreat on Campus Ministry's Instagram page that offers you opportunities to engage with the present moment through quick and open-ended activities. New exercises are posted every Friday at noon. Make sure to tag @sucampusministry in photos of you retreating yourself!
Fridays, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Join the Rosary Group for a half hour of praying the Rosary every Friday at 1:30 pm.! The Rosary is a Catholic contemplative practice meditating on the life of Christ, in which prayers are recited using rosary beads as guides. Bring your own rosary, or use your fingers instead! All are welcome. Questions? Contact Fr. Vincent, Campus Minister.
Sundays, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Join Campus Ministry's Liturgy Team for an hour of scripture, song, and connecting with community on Zoom every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. in the Fall quarter. This program is open to current students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. All are welcome! Reach out to JoAnn Lopez with questions, or to share your gifts (music, reading, etc.) as a volunteer.
Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Looking for a space to unwind and connect? Join Campus Ministry on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. for Lunch on the Couch. We'll spend some time together catching up, playing games, and having a good time. We can't be physically in the same space this quarter, but we can still gather from our own respective couches for community and lunch. Drop in with your lunch (or without it) to catch up with our staff and friends.
Weekdays, 12:30 p.m. & Sundays, 4:00 p.m.
In person mass has resumed at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. This liturgy is open to current students, staff, and faculty only. Preregistration is required to limit capacity to 25, and attendees must present their Seattle U ID. Registration closes at 4p.m. the previous day. See the link for full requirements and to register. You must be logged in to ConnectSU in order to RSVP.
Ann Seth, a third year nursing student, says "InterVarsity has impacted my own personal faith journey in that I've really come to own my faith for myself for the first time in my life. This group has shown me God's love in such a way that I have never been taught before, how much justice and mercy surrounds that love, and how we are a part of sharing that love with our community and the SU campus"
- Sign up for Loved into Life: An Ignatian Retreat Experience! This retreat will run from January 18 - February 6, and invites participants to engage in a contemplative lifestyle, incorporating prayer and reflection into the rhythms and commitments of daily life. Sign up on ConnectSU before January 13!
- Join OMA this Friday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for a chance to hold space on Trans Day of Remembrance. There will be a slideshow presentation memorializing trans lives lost this last year to transphobia, and an honoring of those who are still with us working to create change.
- Come join the class of THTR 4200 Directing for their showcase "The Zoom Where It Happens" today, Thursday 11/19 at 7:30pm PST. The student directors in this class have been responsible for every aspect of this presentation including selecting the plays, auditioning, casting, and leading rehearsals, and are very excited to share it with you! Click here to join the Zoom room.
- Join OMA on Thursdays at 3 p.m. for Thriving: Community Care for BIPOC Wellbeing! Thriving is a weekly space available for Black, Indigenous, Students of Color to gather, process, and explore what we need to be well and thrive. This is a time for connection, sharing, and cultivating community care – moving us beyond individual wellbeing, but taking care of the collective.
- OMA is offering pre-bagged food from the Seattle University Food Pantry as a way to safely mitigate food insecurity during Covid. If you want to pick up food, fill out the form on OMA's website by noon on Wednesday of each week, and you can select a convenient time to pick it up, as well as enter any dietary restrictions or food preferences.
- Check out SU's Wellness page! Wellness and Health Promotion has lots of great resources for dealing with these difficult times, including virtual office hours.
Each week during the academic year, students and staff write reflections on the week's Scripture readings. We'll be including them here in this newsletter. If you are interested in writing one, contact JoAnn Lopez, Campus Minister for Liturgy.
November 15, 2020, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflection by Nate Ross, BS in Biology, Class of 2021 (Readings)
It is my hope that having listened to the scriptures, you feel disturbed. What a good thing, to be disturbed by the scriptures. How many times can you hear the beatitudes before your brain starts to file it away in a box labelled “Hippie Jesus—Free Love—You Get the Idea“? There is something about the lectionary today that ties us to the chair. There is no easy answer. There is no escape route. There is no “nice” way to interpret this.
“Throw this useless slave into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth”?
“For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich”
“From the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Look friends. Here is the deal. We can do mental gymnastics to make sense of these scriptures in the context of the loving God that we know and have experienced. And if you come to Sunday Word and Worship tonight on Zoom, I will tell you about some of those. But first, we have to acknowledge that these scriptures have been used by men (in particular patriarchal, white, upper class, cishet men like myself) in order to maintain and normalize evil.
I am sure that you can imagine two different scenarios in two different congregations:
In one, much like the congregation here at SU, you will hear the preacher attempting to apologize—that is, to make a defense of—the scriptures. The priest will add context and commentary that soothe our disturbance and allow the scripture to fit into our understanding of a loving God.
In the other congregation, you might hear the preacher using this parable to subtly or not so subtly defend patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.
To be completely frank. I have never witnessed this. Or if I have, I have blocked it out. But I know it’s out there. In fact, I can guess that it’s out there in this country on the scale of roughly 70 million individuals, many of them fellow Christians.
We must reckon with the ways we’ve used and abused scriptures like this in our churches. With how Christianity is complicit in systemic injustice.
So the questions I’m left with today as I begin to wrestle with the scriptures are these:
What do we do with scriptures that seem to perpetuate oppression? Can we ignore them? Do we have a duty to defend them (with all the work that entails)? How do the scriptures challenge all of us today?
- Join the Campus Ministry staffs of Saint Joseph’s University and Santa Clara University for a discussion on Unveiling Religious Life! If you are interested in exploring a call as a Sister, Brother, or Priest, come get more information and meet other college students who are in similar places. Sessions will take place on December 13th, and January 24 at 1:00 p.m., and preregistration is required.
- In light of COVID-19, the Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to virtual Solidarity on Tap on Wednesdays at at 6 p.m. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice—from a screen near you!
- The Center for Community Engagement Seattle Youth Initiative has two positions open! Check them out here and here.
- Graduating seniors from Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply to become a Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellow. The fellowship offers three recent graduates of Jesuit colleges or universities in the United States or Canada the opportunity to develop their literary skills and professional relationships while living and working in the capital of global communications, New York City. O’Hare fellows spend 11 months working at the offices of America Media, where they will generate content for America’s multiple platforms: print, web, digital, social media and events.
- There are two positions open at St. James' Immigrant Assistance! Check out their website to see the full and part time positions.
- Support the work of the Cathedral Kitchen at St. James Cathedral. In an ordinary school year, Campus Ministry would be sending students on a weekly basis to volunteer at the St. James Cathedral Kitchen just a few blocks from campus. Though we can't be there physically right now, we can respond to their call for support in the midst of COVID-19. To learn more about how the Cathedral Kitchen is continuing to care for our neighbors in the midst of COVID-19, check out this video from Fr. Ryan, and consider making a donation as you are able!
Are you a student who is feeling stressed, adjusting to life changes, or just looking for someone to talk to? Campus Ministry welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to seek care and conversation from a member of the Campus Ministry team.
If you or someone around you is experiencing an emergency or are in a crisis, please call one of the numbers below to get in touch with someone right away:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
- ULifeline - Text START to 741-741
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE)
- King County Crisis Clinic - 206-461-3222 or 866-427-4747
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - 888.99.VOICE