Nazareth Catholic Community

September 8, 2015 ~ Feast of the Nativity of Mary

CHAPLAIN'S CHATTER: THOUGHTS, REFLECTIONS AND MUSINGS FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN

Greetings Everyone,


Today, September 8, is the Feast of the Nativity of Mary celebrating the birthday of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Next Tuesday, September 15, is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows when we commemorate Mary witnessing her son's death on the cross.


Just as Mary witnessed the suffering and violent death of her son, we too are witnessing much suffering and violence in our world today. Ongoing violence in the streets of Rochester, tens of thousands of migrants fleeing Central and South America, hundreds of thousands of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria flooding Europe are only a few examples. Additionally, this Friday also marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Our world is in desperate need of prayers that lead to social action. May we use this week between these two feasts to pray for Mary's intercession to help inspire each of us to work for change in our world.


Litany of Mary of Nazareth

Glory to you, God our creator...Breathe into us new life, new meaning. Glory to you, God our savior...Lead us in the way of peace and justice. Glory to you, healing spirit...Transform us to empower others.


After each of the following Marian titles, the response is, "Be our guide":

Mary, wellspring of peace...

Model of strength...

Model of gentleness...

Model of trust...

Model of courage...

Model of patience...

Model of risk...

Model of openness...

Model of perseverance...


The response to the following is "Pray for us":

Mother of the liberator...

Mother of the homeless...

Mother of the dying...

Mother of the nonviolent...

Widowed mother...

Mother of the political prisoner...

Mother of the condemned...

Mother of the executed criminal...


The next response is "Lead us to life":

Oppressed women...

Liberator of the oppressed...

Marginalized woman...

Comforter of the afflicted...

Cause of our joy...

Sign of contradiction...

Breaker of bondage...

Political refugee...

Seeker of sanctuary...

First disciple...

Sharer in Christ's ministry...

Participant in Christ's passion...

Seeker of God's will...

Witness to Christ's resurrection...


The next response is "Empower us":

Woman of mercy...

Woman of faith...

Woman of contemplation...

Woman of vision...

Woman of wisdom and understanding...

Woman of grace and truth...

Women, pregnant with hope...

Woman, centered in God...


Mary, Queen of Peace, we entrust our lives to you. Shelter us from war, hatred, oppression. Teach us to live in peace. Inspire us to act justly, to revere all God has made. Root peace firmly in our hearts and in the world. Amen.


Prayer by Pax Christi USA

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Mass of the Holy Spirit 2015 - OUTSIDE THIS SUNDAY

THIS, Sunday, September 13th at 7:00PM, we will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit OUTSIDE. The Mass will take place outside in the Meditation Garden, located behind Linehan Chapel (weather permitting).


The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition that dates back to 1548 and is usually celebrated at the beginning of an academic year. As part of this liturgy, we will ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit as we begin this semester. A special blessing will be offered for all students, faculty and staff. Hope to see you at Mass!


PS: Remember to bring a jacket or sweatshirt!

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies at Nazareth College Presents: Fr. John Dear

Disarming the Heart, Disarming the World: The Peacemaker’s Work Today
September 10, 7 p.m.
Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center


Peace Be With You: Practicing Nonviolence in a World of Violence and War
September 11, 1:30 p.m.
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, where he counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. Dear has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.


His most recent books include Walking the Way: Following Jesus on the Lenten Journey of Gospel Nonviolence to the Cross and Resurrection(2015); Thomas Merton Peacemaker (2015); The Nonviolent Life (2013); and A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World(2008). He is featured in the film The Narrow Path. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Senator Barbara Mikulski. He works for Campaign on Violence, is a priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California., and lives in New Mexico.


To learn more about this year's lecture series, check out: https://www2.naz.edu/shannon-lecture/speakers/

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Fall Retreat 2015!

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4pm to Sunday, Oct. 4th, 3pm

231 Monastery Rd

Pine City, NY

Meet new people ~ Get off campus ~ Enjoy home cooked food ~ Meet Real Live Monks! ~ Chase some sheep ~ Spend time outdoors ~ Discover more about yourself and God's hopes and dreams for your life.


Cost ONLY $15.00 (scholarships available if needed)

To RSVP see below!

Note: We will leave campus at 4:00 on Friday and return by noon on Sunday.

You can bring homework with you! Space is limited and will fill up fast!!!!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Do you like to sing? Do you play an instrument? Our Church Choir is for you!

Rehearsal every Sunday before Mass at 6:00PM.
Come again or for the first time!
If you play an instrument bring it along!

Questions?
E-mail Jessica Wojcinski, choir director, at nazcatholicmusicministry@gmail.com

Are You Free on Wednesdays at 12:30? Come to Mass!

Every Wednesday, we will celebrate Mass at 12:30PM in Linehan Chapel. Don't worry, you have the time! This Mass is shorter than a Sunday Mass, only about 25 minutes! What a wonderful way to find balance and spiritual nourishment in the middle of your busy week!

Divine Doughnuts

Tuesdays @ 9:15AM in GAC 151
Coffee. Sprinkles.Prayer

Joint weekly gathering of the Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities

“Lord, take me where You want me to go, let me meet who You want me to meet, tell me what You want me to say, and keep me out of Your way.”

~ Simple prayer of Fr. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan friar who served as chaplain to the NYC Firefighters. Fr. Judge was killed by falling debris while administering the sacrament of last rites at the site of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.

Nazareth College Catholic Community

Sunday Mass 7:00PM
Wednesday Mass: 12:30PM
Gluten free hosts available upon request.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please e-mail one of our priests to schedule an appointment.

Jamie R. Fazio, M.Div., Catholic Chaplain, Office: GAC 162

The Nazareth College Catholic Community is part of the Nazareth Center for Spirituality. All are always welcome!

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