Friday, September 14, 2018

09.16.18

Demonstrating Faith Through Our Works
In the second reading this Sunday we will hear from the Letter of Saint James.  This letter has been the source of no little controversy over the centuries, perhaps especially because of that famous line: “Faith without works is dead.”  It was because of this that the Protestant reformer Martin Luther wished to distance himself from the letter and even questioned its place in the Bible, calling it an “epistle of straw.”  This was because statements like “faith without works is dead” seemed to undercut the “sola fide” (“faith alone”) pillar of Luther’s reform (i.e. that we are justified before God by our faith alone and not by any of our works).  Since that time Protestants have accused Catholics of believing they could earn their salvation by their good works, and Catholics have accused Protestants of believing that it effectively didn’t matter what one did as long as one professed to believe in Jesus.  Both of these exaggerated positions not only misrepresent the other side, but also miss the mark in terms of the relationship between faith and works.  Thankfully there has been much good dialogue between Catholics and Protestants on this point in more recent decades.  No serious Christian I know believes either that you can “earn” salvation or that our actions are absolutely inconsequential.  In a way, we could say that not only is faith without works dead, but that it isn’t even really faith.  Faith by definition is living and desires to express itself even in the minutiae of everyday choices.  Perhaps this line from Saint James says it all: “I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.”  If we profess to be people of faith, then let’s live as people of faith.  Fr. Thom.
SPECIAL MASS & MORE BLESSING
Wednesday, September 19
Chapel

With it being Homecoming next weekend, we especially invite members of the Football, Cheer and Dance Teams, Color Guard, and Marching Band to join us for Mass & More on September 19 and receive a special blessing.
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Sunday, September 30
After 10:30am Mass

Interested in learning more about joining the Catholic Church or receiving a Sacrament of Initiation (especially First Communion, Confirmation)?  Come to this informational meeting.  Contact Tammy to learn more!
KATE HENNESSY - GRANDDAUGHTER OF DOROTHY DAY
Thursday, September 27 - 6:30-8pm
Christ the King Chapel


Come listen to Kate Hennessy, author of the best-selling book Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty, as she shares her stories and reflections about her grandmother, Dorothy Day (1897-1980) - a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of the Catholic Worker.  Click here to learn more.
LOOKING FOR MORE PEN PALS!

We are expanding our Pen Pal program, and are looking for even more students to commit to writing monthly letters with local children at an after-school program.  Contact Kaitlin if you are interested!
SERVICE ON SATURDAYS
Service projects every Saturday
Contact us to sign up!

DAVENPORT COMMUNITY
FOOD PANTRY
September 15
8 am - noon

Help guests pick out food items for their families. Sign up by Sept 14!
 
RESCHEDULED SERVICE

Due to the abundance of rain we've had, a couple of outdoor service projects have been rescheduled.  Be sure to save the dates!

Living Lands & Waters Tree Project
Friday, September 28, late afternoon

Juan Diez Rancheros Horse Ranch Landscaping
Saturday, September 29, late morning
SELFING: Knowing Ourselves and Treating Ourselves Well
Monday, Sept 17 @ 6pm


Join Amber Dopler from the Counseling Center for a series of workshops to discover new ways to deal with stress.  Contact Amber to learn more!
                   QUICK BUZZ                   
  • BeesKnees is a prayer ministry for the needs of our campus community.  Email us if you have a prayer request or want to join in.
     
  • "Bee" on the lookout for Fall Antioch applications in the coming weeks.  Fall Antioch 2018 is October 26-28.  Mark it on your calendars!
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Friday, September 7, 2018

09.09.18

Finding Peace as Reality Sets In
At Mass & More this past Wednesday, I asked the students how many were already feeling pulled in too many different directions just two weeks into the new academic year.  All of their hands shot up.  It is that time of the semester when reality sets in, as tests, labs, projects and papers begin, not to mention all the practices, rehearsals, games and meets, many of which began well before the first day of classes.  Yes, the “welcome back” honeymoon is over.  But I challenged the students to look at their very busy lives with a little different perspective.  Rather than looking at everything they “have to do” or getting flustered by those things that seem to “get in the way,” I challenged them to see all of these different things as simply folding into their lives.  In this sense, nothing is wasted, nothing is out of place, and those things that we only saw as obstacles before take on new meaning.  In my reading of the Gospels, this seems to be how Jesus handles things.  He never seems put off by any demand of him, but calmly and confidently goes about his life, seeing all as a part of his mission.  Certainly, to the degree that we can exercise control through good time management, and by making healthy choices, we should.  But for those times when we feel particularly stretched, despite our best efforts, this way of approaching life may be particularly helpful.  I pray that as the semester hums along our students, faculty and staff will carve out time for good food, good sleep, and good prayer and find peace even in the midst of their busy schedules.  Fr. Thom.
Liturgical Minister Training
Eucharistic Ministers - Sunday, September 9
Lectors - Sunday, September 16


We are currently seeking out students who want to serve in the various ministries during Mass.  If you are interested in being a Eucharistic Minister, come to a training this Sunday, September 9 after either the 10:30am or 6:30pm Masses.  Lector training will be at the same time next weekend.  Email us to learn more about all our ministries!
JUAN DIEZ RANCHEROS
Wednesday, September 12
3:30 - 5:30 pm


Rescheduled due to weather; come help landscape at this ranch program for children in therapy programs.
SERVICE ON SATURDAYS
Service projects every Saturday
Contact us to sign up!

DAVENPORT COMMUNITY
FOOD PANTRY
September 15
8 am - noon

Help guests pick out food items for their families. Sign up by Sept 14!
 
LOOKING FOR 4 PEN PALS!

We are looking for 2 male and 2 female students to commit to writing monthly letters with a local child at Family Resources in Davenport.
Click here to learn more!
CHRIST OUR LIFE CONFERENCE
September 29

The diocese of Des Moines is
sponsoring the Christ Our Life
Conference. Fr. Thom is willing to
lead a group there for the Saturday
program. Click the picture to learn
more, or click here to sign up!
                   QUICK BUZZ                   
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf is hosting Called & Gifted, a program designed to help you discern your gifts and how God is calling you to use them.  Consists of two 5-week sessions, beginning Monday, Sept 10 from 6:30-9pm.  For more info, contact Mike Cipriano.
  • Looking to become Catholic, or prepare for First Communion or Confirmation?  Contact Tammy to find out more.
  • BeesKnees is a prayer ministry for the needs of our campus community.  Email us if you have a prayer request or want to join in.
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