A message from Fr. Dennis
Dear Members of the Santa Clara Family,
The beginning of this spring quarter is unlike any other in Santa Clara’s history. On-line classes and a local “shelter in place” order have turned our beautiful campus into a ghost town, except for a few visitors who are venturing out to get a breath of fresh air. But beauty is still there, with the wisteria in bloom and the roses beginning to bud, even though relatively few are around to see that beauty.
The month of April is also the time when Easter, Passover, and Ramadan were to be celebrated this year. These religious observances and periods of prayer are usually supported by Campus Ministry in various ways, with religious services in the Mission, the Seder Service on campus, and Iftar events to break the fast in the evening. Unfortunately, such events cannot occur physically on campus this year.
Campus Ministry will continue to sponsor various meetings, though virtually, during the spring quarter, including daily morning meditation, weekly gatherings for the examen and candlelight yoga, and a variety of liturgy aids to stream, zoom, or watch recordings. Next week we will share with you virtual retreat offerings and unique opportunities to engage in Holy Week in creative ways.
The Campus Ministry website now includes a special page for on-line spiritual resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The offerings listed below are geared for students, though we invite colleagues to make use of our website or reach out to us. All campus ministers are also available for conversations. Please contact us via email directly to set up a virtual meeting time.
Passover reminds us that, by faith in God, an enslaved people were led to freedom, and Easter reminds us that after the pain of Good Friday, new life is possible. May our faith sustain us during these difficult and unsettling times. In the midst of the uncertainty that surrounds us, we should also remember that we have each other for support, even though we may lack the day-to-day contact we enjoyed a few weeks ago. Let us continue to care for each other in whatever way is possible, let us keep those who have died or are infected in our thoughts and prayers, and especially let us pray that God help scientists and researchers find ways to control COVID-19.
On behalf of SCU’s Campus Ministry staff,
Dennis Smolarski, SJ