Campus Ministry Newsletter
Election Day is tomorrow! If you haven't done it already, now's the time to get out and VOTE! Many of you have been very engaged in this election season. Campus Ministry, with many other offices on campus, are offering programs throughout the week to support you and your critical engagement around this election this year. Check out the Election Round-Up below, followed by all of our other programs to support you and our community and we journey together in faith and justice.
All Souls Day Mass
Join us at Mass on the day the Catholic Church celebrates All Souls Day. This day of prayer for the dead provides the opportunity for us to surround our beloved dead with our prayers, especially through the celebration of the Eucharist. This mass will be live-streamed from Alumni Memorial Chapel. To submit intentions for loved ones: https://alumni.loyola.edu/s/958/16/interior.aspx?sid=958&gid=1&pgid=5747&cid=9966
Contact: George Miller, Dir. of Liturgy and Music
Dia De Los Muertos Virtual Ofrenda
Sun. Nov. 1- Mon. Nov. 2
Join our Loyola community in our celebration of Dia de los Muertos when share about our loved ones who have passed on our virtual ofrenda!
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of Mexico's most magical and popular traditions, including two days of celebration. At 12am on Sunday, Nov. 1st began Dia de Todos Santos or Dia de los Angelitos, to honor the children who have passed and at 12am on Monday Nov. 2nd, Dia de los Difuntos, honors the adults who have died. Families celebrating the holiday create a physical ofrenda to honor their loved ones, including in them objects representing a special memory or specific things that characterizes loved ones who have passed. Mariana Carrillo is celebrating the holiday with her family this weekend at home in Mexico and shared this image of her family's ofrenda.
We invite you to post pictures and memories/words about your own loved ones in the Spirit of Dia De Los Muertos. Include a brief description of different objects you would choose to put in their ofrenda. If you've created an ofrenda in your home, describe or post a picture of that here as well. We also honor Black Lives and remember those who have died due to police brutality and racism.
For more information about the holiday, check out this link about providing an Ofrenda (https://dayofthedead.holiday/traditions/the-ofrenda), or this link for more education about Dia de Muertos (https://artsandculture.google.com/project/dia-de-muertos).
Examen for Civic Life
Rosary For Our Nation
Mon. Nov. 2 at 8pm
Students and faculty will come together to host this rosary prayer, a contemplative Catholic prayer shared in community on the eve of the 2020 election. The gentle repetition of the words and prayers help us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells.
Register on Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/81849758794.
Contact: Josh Fitzgerald, CM Sacristan, j
CM Student Support Drop-In Hours
To request a general appointment, email Seán Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up to schedule a time. We look forward to hearing from you!
Election Reflection Circle
Fri. Nov. 6th at 4pm
Campus Ministry is offering a virtual prayer reflection circle following Election Day. We would love for you to join us virtually for support, reflection, and community. Register on Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/89390018274.
Contact: Sean Bray, Director of Campus Ministry
Archive of Interfaith Civic Engagement Panel
The panel recording is available here: https://youtu.be/3A3PW7rQ01U.
Messina's Pop-Up Election Debrief
Thurs. Nov. 5th at 7pm
The Pop-Up Election Debrief event will serve as an opportunity for students to reflect on the election, what happened, why it happened, and how to move forward. This processing space will include discussion facilitators from various offices across the university.
Post-Election Roundtable Discussion
Join ALANA Services and the Counseling Center for a safe, and supportive space to process your post-election feelings. Join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 512 297 4172).
Contact: ALANA Services, ALANA@loyola.edu
Election Distress Support at The Counseling Center
Every Monday from 2-3pm
Every Wednesday from 11am-12pm
The Counseling Center is offering a group drop-in space to provide support for students who are experiencing distress related to the upcoming election. This is not a therapy space, but rather a chance for students to talk with a counselor and peers about distress or concerns related to the election. Information about additional counseling services can be shared, if needed, during the drop-in session. Join here via Zoom
Post-Election Panel: Contemplation and Political Action
Mon. Nov. 9th from 12pm-1pm
Loyola will be hosting a post-election panel on the theme of Contemplation and Political Action: Reflection, Connection and Commitment After the 2020 Election. Details are forthecoming.
My vote is a prayer.
I pray with my vote for a leader of our country and its government, who will carry out their responsibilities honestly and fairly.
I pray with my vote for a leader of our country and its government who understands that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom are achievable not only for the privileged few, but for all of us — citizen, immigrant, and refugee.
I pray with my vote for a leader of our country and its government, who banishes hatred and bigotry forging a common bond across our differences and uplifting the oppressed.
I pray with my vote for a leader who restores and safeguards the ideals and institutions that are the pride of our country that they may be our glory and an abiding influence for good throughout the world.
Let us pray together. And through praying with our votes, let all people walk everyone in the name of their god (Micah 4:5)
By Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Joseph
published first by Interfaith Alliance on Feb. 28, 2020 for Super Tuesday
Catholic Volunteer Network Post-Grad Service Fair
Next month, the Catholic Volunteer Network will host a virtual Post-Grad Fair to help you discern post-graduate service opportunities and connect with 50+ domestic and international organizations! Through Info Sessions and Support Spaces, you’ll learn about how a “volunteer year” can make a long-term difference in your life and in the lives of others. No prior experience or knowledge required… come as you are. The Virtual Volunteer Fair is a chance to learn and participate in the way that feels most comfortable to you. To register, please visit the Catholic Volunteer Network website: https://virtual-volunteer-fair.heysummit.com/
Contact: Megan Linz Dickinson, Asst. Dir. Campus Ministry
Roots of Refuge Soul Food Sunday
Sunday, Nov 15th at 3pm
Every third Sunday at 3pm
Roots of Refuge Ecumenical Christian Community gathers for a Sunday Worship Service and Gospel Choir performance. Lay leadership positions are available.
Contact: Rev. Scott Adams, Assistant Director
Presence for Christmas
It may feel early, but Presence for Christmas is already gearing up and has gone virtual!
Sign up to be a part of one of Loyola’s longest-standing holiday traditions by purchasing a gift for a local Baltimore City youth. To donate a gift (or two!), sign up here. All gifts (unless otherwise specified) will be purchased online through an online gift registry and delivered to Loyola’s campus.
After you register, you will receive an email from CCSJ with further information about your matched gift and a hyperlink to purchase the gift online. All gifts are to be purchased by November 18th as we anticipate significant delays in shipping due to COVID and holiday shopping.
Chosen Generation Gospel Choir Retreat: Influence of Black Gospel
Chosen Generation is Loyola’s one and only gospel choir that engages in worship through song and praise! They will be offering a virtual retreat on the theme: The Influence of Black Gospel, with speakers Rev. Scott Adams, Maurice Carroll, Patrick Austin and Leah ....
Contact: Cayla Wilke, Gospel Choir President
Weekly & Ongoing!
Friday Journal Prompts
Every Friday - Pause, Rewind, & Play
Each Friday, Campus Ministry will be posing three questions inspired by the Ignatian Examen to our Instagram (@loyolacampusmin) page to inspire our community to pause, rewind, and lay as we close up the week together. We hope you will join us.
Community Conversations: A bible study on race, identity, justice & peace
Join Rev. Scott for a weekly bible study to address these and many other questions, as we seek substantive insights for restoration, empowerment, justice and peace in the ancient, but still very relevant, wisdom deeply rooted in the Word of God!
- What does it all mean—what really matters?
- How can I effectively respond to my reasonable fears, anxieties and even anger that often consumes me?
- Where can I find nurturance in these moments of depletion?
- Why is God silent in the space of desolation?
Join on Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/6173727497
Contact: Rev. Scott Adams, Assistant Director
Quick Convos with Father Jack
Father Jack will be hosting quick conversations with Loyola students throughout the semester on topics relevant faith, humanity, and this current season we are in. Quick Convos will be shared each week to the Campus Ministry Instagram Story, on @jackdennis53!
Check out last week's convo featuring Sam Branyan, '23, reflecting on peace!
Contact: CM Intern, Flor Paniagua-Peart, email@example.com
By request for any club, class, office, meeting or group!
Campus Ministry continues to offer pop-in Examens for any students, student groups, classes or clubs to give a space for our community to pause and reflect on their day and their week with a guided student or staff-led Ignatian Examen.
Contact: Erica Marshall, Grad Assistant
Join the Liturgical Ministry Community!
Want to get on the awesome weekly emails from the LitMin team? Interested in getting involved at Mass? Sign up to become a Liturgical Minister! Lector positions are currently available for Fall 2020. While we're virtual, the community of liturgical ministers stay connected with weekly reflection and prayer emails and opportunities to connect. If you are interested in being a Eucharist Minister or Minister of Hospitalities once we return to live instruction, you can sign up for those future positions as well!
Contact: CM Interns for Liturgical Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chosen Generation Gospel Choir
Tuesdays at 7:30
Join now--Tenors and Sopranos are needed! Chosen Generation Gospel Choir has a mission to encourage, inspire, and nurture one another towards a deeper faith in Jesus Christ through song and praise while making surprising friendships that authentically cultivate Beloved Community where all can experience a place called home. All faith background and singing abilities are welcome.
Contact: Cayla Wilke, Gospel Choir President for zoom link!
Cura Faith Sharing Groups
Still open for new members! Meet weekly. Sign up now!
Cura Faith-Sharing Groups build off of our Koinonia Small Groups and get their name from the Jesuit value cura personalis. During this time of increased isolation, we hope to provide an avenue of connection, so that we can provide for each other the kind of love and care that can only come from being in community.
Cura groups will gather virtually each week to reflect and pray together, discussing topics that are relevant to your lives as students. Groups include 5-10 participants led by 1-2 student leaders. This year, we'll have affinity spaces for students with shared identities to come process through their experiences together.
Group themes for Fall 2020:
- General groups (all class years)
- LGBTQIA+ identified students
- First Year students
- Racial Equity (affinity spaces for BIPOC and white/white-passing students)
Contact: Cura Grad Assistant, Chanali Sweeper
Thursdays weekly at 7pm
Loyola's Chapel Choir leads sung prayer for on campus Catholic Masses and special campus celebrations like the Festival of Lessons & Carols held every Christmas. While we're virtual, our chapel choir community will continue rehearsals every Thursday night. No auditions are needed, join anytime. All are welcome!
Contact for the zoom link: email@example.com
Resources & Campus Partners
Greyhound Leadership Summit
Nov 9th - 13th, Synchronous and Asynchronous Sessions
Interested in attending this one-week virtual hybrid conference (taking place November 9th-13th) that features workshops, presentations and discussions among faculty, staff, and students with varied levels of leadership experience and knowledge? If so, sign up for the Greyhound Leadership Summit 2020 today! To learn more and to register, click here.
Career Services Drop-Ins
Monday-Friday 1pm to 3pm
Monday-Wednesday 7pm to 9pm
Career Services Drop-Ins are in full effect this semester including Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings! Join one of our trained Loyola Career Ambassadors online via Zoom at https://loyola.zoom.us/my/loyolacareercenter. Drop-ins are a great place to get your resume or cover letter reviewed quickly as well as assistance with Handshake, Loyola Connect and Big Interview. No appointment necessary!
Hygiene & School Supply Drive
Are you looking for ways to support Baltimore students this semester? Guilford Elementary/Middle School, housed on our neighboring York Road, is seeking help in restocking their school supply & hygiene supply closet for their students during this time of online learning. This drive will be ongoing throughout the semester.
To donate, visit their Amazon Wishlist at: https://amzn.to/3iqy70a.
The Bunting Peace & Justice Speaker Series
Tues. Nov 10th at 12:15pm
Arsalan Suleman, Counsel in International Litigation and Arbitration Practice, Foley Hoag, and Former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will speak on "Litigating genocide at the International Court of Justice."
Zoom code for the events: 430-077-6560
Empower is a virtual support group for students of color at Loyola. Empower provides an affinity space for participants to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution such as academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, identity development, and resilience. Participating in this group will empower students and provide an opportunity for connection.
Contact Info & Register here.
In, Out & In Between (IOIB)
Every Thursday from 3-4:15pm
Out? Questioning? Not Sure? No problem.
IOIB is a group that provides space for queer-identifying students and those who may be questioning/exploring their sexual or gender identity. This is a group that is not for allies, as it is an affinity space, allowing folks to speak openly about their experiences connected to queer identity, intersections with other identities, relationships (family, friends, dating), and college life. Conversation topics are selected by student participants. Meetings will be held on Zoom.
Contact: Brandon Muncy, Counseling Center