Those of us in Campus Ministry are striving this Spring to find creative ways to provide reflection and connection for all the members of our community seeking to find spiritual guidance, to develop spiritual practices, and to connect in community during a time of physical distancing.
If you have yet to check out the Morning Meditations Carly Lynch is leading on instagram, I encourage you to do so. The meditation for each day is a different format. Grounding your day in the slow, simple practices of breathing and mindfulness is a wonderful way to generate calm, intentionality, and resilience. As the quarter continues, we hope to invite students to share in not only participating in, but also offering, these opportunities. The meditations are scheduled for Monday through Friday, 9 am live on @scuspirit.
Later this week our Jewish brothers and sisters begin the holy days of Passover, while those of us in the Christian community enter Holy Week today. You may have seen various members of the Catholic community on social media inviting us to post palms or branches outside our doors for Palm Sunday. Here you can see our family dog, Old Man Will, greeting you behind ours. If you would like to mark the beginning of Holy Week, perhaps today you can find a break in the rain to go outside and grab some greenery. Whether in the shape of a cross or not, displaying a palm or branch on your door can be a gesture for you to make tangible our entrance into this sacred time where we come close to Jesus during the days leading to his death and resurrection.
We have a variety of resources added to our website for Holy Week and will continue to add to them this week. Two particular resources to draw your attention to:
Holy Week at Home from Liturgical Press: you can use this compendium of prayers with your family to create worshipful moments as you stay home this week.
ThePsalm for this Sunday (see below) is one of the most haunting laments in the Bible; alumni Chris Wemp and Ariel Estebez worked together to record the psalm setting composed by our dear Gregory Dale Schultz. We offer it here for your prayer today.
For each of the days of Triduum, that is, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, there will be a live offering. In addition, other videos will be posted throughout Holy Week so that you can pray with and reflect on God's Word. The videos will consist of the various scripture readings, proclaimed by students and other members of the Santa Clara family, as well as reflections by members of Campus Ministry and Religious Studies.
Look for a specific message from Fr. Dennis later in the week regarding the plans for Easter Sunday, as we are still confirming those.
However you find yourself drawn to prayer this week, we ask that you pray for all those ill with Covid-19, all health care and other essential workers fighting to keep people safe and healthy, Fr. Kevin and the leadership of the university, and all those who are especially vulnerable -- elderly, immunocompromised, unhoused, undocumented persons, people who struggle with mental illness and addiction. Even in our distancing may we listen keenly for the needs of others and find creative ways to be Christ's compassion to those who suffer.
Julia Claire Santos
Associate Director, Campus Ministry
Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
The Jesuit School of Theology will be offering online Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. You are welcome to join on zoom.
On Holy Thursday we commemorate the gift of the Eucharist, the meal at which our Lord stooped to wash the feet of his friends and invited them into the table fellowship we celebrate 2000 years later. Join us to worship, pray, and make an act of spiritual communion in community with our SCU family.
Fr. Jack Treacy, SJ, presiding; contact JC Santos with questions.
Good Friday Prayer and Stations of the Cross
On Good Friday we typically gather in the Mission Church to recall our Lord's passion and venerate the massive cross standing at its center. This Good Friday we invite you to join Fr. Kyle and College Catholics to pray the Stations of the Cross as we venerate Christ's cross at home.
As we continue our Lenten journey, join us for this special Holy Saturday virtual retreat, where we will look to explore our experience of waiting during this unusual, yet sacred, time. This 90 minute Zoom retreat open to all undergraduate and graduate students and is free of charge.
Waiting is an experience we all share, and certainly one we collectively are living in a profound way during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this retreat, with the hope of Easter in mind, we'll take time to unpack the various human elements involved with our experience of waiting, and look to rediscover what it might mean to wait in hope, to wait with peace. The retreat will include a reflection, communal time for prayer/silence, as well as small group discussion.
In the life of any Christian, the celebration of Easter Sunday has a singular pride of place. The discovery of the empty tomb on that first Easter morn demonstrated Christ's glorious resurrection and triumph over the grave.
We know that many of you are eager to know when and how to come together with others from the Santa Clara community to honor Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. The details of this service are underway. We will update you all this week.
Sunday, April 12
Look for a message from Fr. Dennis this week.
Please check out our website for more resources that we will continue to add in the coming days, including videos of readings and reflections.
In addition here are some other resources for prayer, reflection and service:
Also, here is an invitation from JVC Northwest for those of you considering a year of service:
Step into the Story with JVC Northwest
We know that your college experience has been upended and it's probably hard to plan too far in advance right now. These are challenging and confusing times for all of us to navigate. As you sort through new realities and consider what to do next, we want you to know that a year of meaningful service and community with JVC Northwest is still an option. The need for long-term volunteers is unprecedented and will only become more urgent in the face of a global pandemic.
As a Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps member, you can respond to local needs in one of 22 locales across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. It’s an opportunity to make an impact alongside others while developing new skills and gaining a fresh perspective on what it means to be part of a community. As an AmeriCorps member, you'll be eligible for a modest living allowance and $6,195 towards your future education or to pay back qualified student loans. So as you consider what your next chapter might look like amidst our rapidly changing landscape, please consider joining us in the Pacific Northwest for service starting in August.
We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Apply soon to secure the best chance at getting a preferred placement. Service begins in August 2020.
Thanks to JB Busey, @heyjb2 for sharing this beautiful image of the Mission on @scuspirit!
“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: “Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you.”
“Hoy, en el drama de la pandemia, ante tantas certezas que se desmoronan, frente a tantas expectativas traicionadas, con el sentimiento de abandono que nos oprime el corazón, Jesús nos dice a cada uno: “Ánimo, abre el corazón a mi amor. Sentirás el consuelo de Dios, que te sostiene.”
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