Newman Catholic Community @ RIT
September 6 , 2015 -Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
By now, many of us have settled into the first weeks of the semester. The last few days have offered me some wonderful conversations that got me thinking about life.
I was talking to a first year student the other day and I asked if an event felt comfortable to her. She smiled and said, "nothing feels comfortable!" At first I was taken back, and then I began to think about all the changes and adjustments one has to make when moving away from all that seems familiar. After giving it some thought, she was right...nothing feels comfortable when we are making our way in a new place.
Then, just hours after that conversation I was talking to my son who recently moved into his first apartment at the school he attends. He said to me, "apartment living is very different from the dorms. Now, I have to be much more responsible...entertainment is not as convenient, food is not as easy to acquire and I have to walk twenty minutes to class." Yep, more adjustments.
And then, a few days later, I was talking to a Mom who just dropped her youngest child off to college. "I have to redefine my purpose now. I no longer have children living in the home for whom I am responsible. I can eat when I want, go to bed when I want, no competition or compromise about what we will watch on tv." Yes,another person learning to live a new life.
Look around. Each of us is adjusting to something -- we often hear others say, "I don't like change." And yet, change is one thing that we can count on in all of our lives. And so, if you find yourself grumpy or frustrated, if you discover that your roommate or good friend seems out of sorts, give them the benefit of the doubt. Good chance, especially early in the semester, they are adjusting to change. Walk gently with yourself and those around you. Hang in there and know that you have many places and people who will support you through the ups and downs of college life.
Life is all about falling down and getting back up. And falling down and getting back up. And falling down and getting back up. And falling down and getting back up. Falling down and getting back up. I think, one of the things we are invited and challenged to do on this journey of life is to be gentle with ourselves when we are getting back up and to offer a hand to another as they get back up. I invite each of us to be good to one another in the process.
The Newman Catholic Community is a great place to find yourself...we understand falling down and getting back up!
Have a great week. We are here for you! While you are at RIT and beyond!
Peace and all good,
Alice Miller Nation
Are you a Graduate Student?
Gathering for Graduate Students
pizza and conversation
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 5 PM IN THE SKALNY ROOM
ALL ARE WELCOME! RIT'S NEWMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY wants to meet the religious and spiritual needs of grad students. Let's talk and see what we can develop together over pizza.
Let me know if you can come...
Deacon Phil Yawman - Chaplain
(EdD candidate, University of Rochester)
Here is a place to get involved! We need ministers to assist with Newman Liturgies on Sundays.
We are looking for Lectors (readers at Mass) Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (assist distributing the Eucharist) and a Sacristan (sets up for Mass) or two for the 10 am Mass
We will offer training! Our first round of training will be WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th in the Jones Chapel (small chapel). Lectors will begin at 6 pm and go until 6:45 pm and training for Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic (Eucharistic Ministers) will begin at 6:45 pm and go until 7:30 pm.
If you are unable to attend training on Wednesday evening, please let us know. We will schedule another time for you.
Intersted in helping as a Sacristan? This training is best done hands on as we prepare for Sunday Mass. Let Trevor or Meghan know that you are interested and we will get you trained and scheduled!