Monday, April 15, 2013

Prayers for Boston

This has been an unbelievable day. I would like to share with you the letter that I sent out to the Catholic students this evening and have posted on the campus ministry blog:

April 15, 2013


Dear Friends,

Once again we are witnesses to just how cruel human beings can be towards others.  Patriots Day is a day of great celebration in our beloved Commonwealth.  We look forward to the Sox, the Boston Marathon and the Bruins. Many go to Boston to be a part of this great day first hand.  Today’s tragic events have hurt us all. We pray for those who lost their lives or who were injured.

I am mindful that as I am writing this, many of you are still awaiting word from loved ones who went to Boston today.  It will be a long evening as our family and friends finally make their way out of the city and are able to reestablish communication with us.  If you have not been able to reach somebody please be aware that cell towers in part of the city have been shut down for safety purposes.  If you know of somebody who was running the marathon, you can call (617) 635-4500 to get information.

As this event is still playing itself out, I invite you to take some time this evening to say a prayer for the victims of today’s attack, the first responders and all those who are searching for their loved ones.  Tomorrow evening (Tuesday) a special Mass will be offered at 8PM in the Reflection Room.  You are invited to join us as take some time as a family of faith to pray for the victims of today’s violence as well as for an end to such violence.

If we can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.  The office number is 508-999-8872. You can also reach us through Facebook or by cell.  Go to www.umassdcatholics.com. 

This time of the semester is already a stressful time and today’s events can certainly make things seem overwhelming.  As Catholics, we are mindful of Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20).  In times like this we come together to support and encourage one another, to remind us that the darkness that exists at times in our lives will not have the ultimate say.  Please make use of this family of faith so that we may persevere as a people of faith and joy even in this time of darkness.

Peace,
Fr. David

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2000 Years of Eucharist

 

This is an interesting read.  I posted this over at Catholic Corsairs, the blog for Catholic Campus Ministry at UMass Dartmouth.  It contains the text from the Office of Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter from Justin Martyr: