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November 2020


Dear friends, colleagues, and Santa Clara students,

November is a month with many different associations for those who live in the U.S.  For many Christians, November is the month to remember our beloved dead; it is also the time for national elections; it is also Native American Heritage Month; and it is the month for the U.S. celebration of Thanksgiving.  SCU's Campus Ministry offers resources for all these associations.

Remembering our Beloved Dead

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Santa Clara joins many Christian churches throughout the world to remember all those, especially relatives and friends, who have passed through death into the eternal embrace of God. The preparation of Altars of Remembrance, or Ofrendas, is a custom in many Latin American countries as a way to reverence the memories of loved ones who have passed away. While we are unable to have a physical Ofrenda/Altar of Remembrance in the Mission Church this year, we will have a Virtual Ofrenda We hope that sharing these tangible signs of love and memorial virtually will help us all celebrate the lives of those we love and miss dearly.  


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Book of Remembrance 

  • Submit names of deceased relatives and friends by Friday, October 30. 
  • The names submitted by Oct 30 will be placed near the altar at the Masses from the Mission Church on Sunday, November 1 and at the Misa en español on November 2. 
  • You have the option in this form to note whether to include these names and/or photos publicly in the Virtual Ofrenda as well.

Virtual Ofrenda

  • Share a photo of your family or community's ofrenda, or photos of loved ones who are deceased.
  • Tag @scuspirit #scuofrenda.
  • View the Campus Ministry website in the first half of November to honor and pray for the loved ones we memorialize this year. 


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November is also the time we honor those of Native American heritage throughout the month.

  • We recall the land acknowledgment and prayer (view 21:29 - 37:10) shared just over one year ago by Muwekma Ohlone tribal leaders at the Inauguration of Fr. President Kevin O'Brien, S.J. 
  • We invite you to daily acknowledge the Ohlone and Muwekma Ohlone ancestors on whose land we are privileged to live, work, learn, and pray at Santa Clara University, and learn from the findings of the July 2020 report of the Ohlone History Working Group
  • As we celebrate Día de los Muertos, we recognize how this celebration brings together Indigenous and European traditions and reflects the rich mestizaje of Indigenous and European cultures in México.
  • We are tentatively planning a Native American Heritage Mass with the Native American Coalition for Change on November 15th in conjunction with the Native American Association at Creighton University and Holy Rosary Mission at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Details are forthcoming; please contact Fr. Kyle Shinseki, S.J., for more information. 


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As you all know, November 3 is Election Day in the U.S. We encourage all to exercise their civic duty and vote.

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Campus Ministers will be available on Wednesday, November 4 for a Drop-in Prayer following the Election, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM PDT. You are welcome to spend as little as a few minutes between classes or as much time as you would like in conversation and prayer with us. 



Finally, we invite you to share gratitude throughout this month, well in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, to help you foster Spiritual Wellness. Throughout the month, you can brighten a Bronco's day by posting your words of thanks, acknowledgment, and affirmation. Tag @scuspirit and we'll repost.

For more information or questions, please email or call the Campus Ministry Office at 554-4372.

With warm wishes,

Dennis Smolarski, SJ

Director, Campus Ministry


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