Faith Building and Service Opportunities Abound at SJC During Lenten Season

This Lenten season, Saint Joseph’s College Campus Ministry has planned several events that will help students get into the proper mindset for Easter. Br. Tim Hemm, C.PP.S. ’70 has been busy organizing retreats, gatherings, and faith-building activities to celebrate this special time. Recent events have included a Kairos retreat, food pantry visit, two youth retreats, and a busy student retreat.

Saint Joseph's College Grotto Stations of the CrossEvery Friday during Lent, Campus Ministry is hosting Soup and Stations at 5:00 pm CDT. When the weather cooperates, the event will begin in the Lourdes Grotto. In the case of inclement weather, it will be held in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel. Those who attend will walk through the Grotto or Chapel following the Stations of the Cross. At each station, there will be a prayer and moment of silence. It is a time to think about Jesus’ sacrifice and one’s relationship with God. After the Stations, everyone is invited into the Gaspar Center in Schwietermann Hall for soup and warm rolls.

On Saturday, March 29, the Women’s Day of Recollection will be held for women on campus. Led by Sr. Joetta Huelsmann, PHJC, the theme of the event is “Taken or Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given.” Kate Hickner, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Flora, Ind., attended the event last year and is helping to organize it this year.

Saint Joseph's College Student Kate Hickner“I was a little apprehensive about attending last year, but I got a lot out of it,” said Hickner. “I enjoyed the personal reflection time the most. I was able to make some decisions that were weighing heavily on me. I also enjoyed getting to know new people.”

The apprehension she first felt has turned into a desire to help others the way she was helped last year.

“I would love people to find some inner peace and be able to get some problems off their chest. Any woman attending the College can attend. Sr. Joetta is a great woman and does an excellent job.”

The retreat is for women to see themselves as God’s beloved. Sr. Joetta wants to help each woman have a “deeper realization that you are loved unconditionally as you are.” There will be presentations, time for reflection, small group sharing, videos featuring Henri Nouwen – now deceased internationally renowned priest and spiritual author – music, scripture, reflection, and more. Sr. Joetta wants those who attend to have a deeper relationship with God, be aware of their blessings, discover true happiness and peace, see their communities’ value in their lives, and notice their giftedness and specialness in the eyes of the Lord.

Saint Joseph's College Students attend a Food PantryCampus Ministry has several other events and service opportunities planned for the Lenten season. A trip will be led to the Sorrowful Mother Wheatfield Food Pantry in Wheatfield, Ind. on Saturday, March 29. On Wednesday, April 2, there will be a Reconciliation Service in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel at 7:00 pm CDT, and on Tuesday, April 8 and 22, there will be a Christian Worship Experience in the Gaspar Center.

On Wednesday, April 16, Campus Ministry will host its annual Tenebrae Service in preparation for the Triduum, the three days before Easter. In Latin, “Tenebrae” means darkness, which is why this service is also called the “Service of Shadows.” This event will be held in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel at 7:00 pm CDT. There will be Gospel readings corresponding with eight lit candles. After each reading is finished, a candle will be extinguished, leaving the Chapel in darkness after the eighth reading.

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