2016 February College Age Ministry Highlights

Special Year of Mercy Lenten issue

Before the holy season of Lent begins on February 10, take some time to prayerfully consider how you plan to use the following six weeks growing in mercy. What will you do differently in your prayer life? What will you fast from? In what way will you participate in alms giving? Here are some resources and suggestions that may be of help during this Lenten journey.

GROW
1) Plan a Mardi Gras party, participate in an online Lenten retreat and other ideas may be found at the Creighton University online site.

2) Matthew Kelly offers a daily email with a short video for each day during Lent to help you have your Best Lent Ever for 2016.

3) Pick one day a week to read one of Bishop Barron’s articles on the Year of Mercy. These are his Top 10 Resources!

PRAY
Each week during Lent offers prayers on Mondays for a particular intention. These are
from Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy calendar from the Dioceses of Steubenville, Ohio and Syracuse, New York.

Week 1: Pray for our president and all world leaders.
Week 2: Pray for the addicted.
Week 3: Pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
Week 4: Pray for the Pope.
Week 5: Pray for those who struggle with their faith.
Week 6: Pray for someone who has hurt you.

SERVE
Put mercy into action by making a plan to do something during this Lent. Many of these ideas were taken from the
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Calendar.

  • Visit residents at a nursing home or retirement facility.
  • Volunteer a few hours at a nearby shelter that distributes clothing.
  • Bake and distribute cookies to those who live in your residence hall.
  • Offer words of encouragement to someone who seems discouraged.
  • Offer to drive international students to the local grocery store.
  • Volunteer for Special Olympics Games in your area.

UNITE
1) Start a six-week “Traveling Bible Study” by meeting at various public places around town (restaurants, coffee houses, bowling alley). Be sure to get permission to hold your meeting at the locations and publish them in advance. A focus Bible study may be found here.

2) Organize a Lenten Movie Night or two on the Fridays during Lent. Begin with a vegetarian soup and then watch a movie with a message and discuss. Movie reviews may be found here.

 

Additional resources:

  • Here are some resources from Dynamic Catholic for this Year of Mercy.
  • The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has many ideas for ways to live the Year of Mercy.

 

2016 January College Age Ministry Highlights

GROW
1) There is still time to register for the Kansas Catholic College Student Convocation taking place at Prairie Star Ranch on February 5-7, 2016. Contact the Office of Faith Formation for scholarship information.

2) Is this the year you want to deepen your relationship with Christ? A great opportunity to spend time getting to know the LORD is on a Teens Encounter Christ weekend. The next weekend takes place February 16-18, 2016 in Wichita.

3) Learn how to discuss the relationship of God and science with your atheistic/agnostic classmates. Check out this video from the Magis Center.

PRAY
1) During this Year of Mercy, find news ways to open your heart with compassion, especially through the spiritual and corporeal works of mercy. Here is a calendar filled with ideas for each day of the year. Here are some resources from Dynamic Catholic for this Year of Mercy.

2) The Liturgical season of Lent begins on February 10, 2016. Consider picking up a copy of The Catholic Playbook with 40 meditations for each day of Lent especially for Catholic singles.

3) Online Ministries from Creighton University has daily prayer meditations and special online resources for the Lenten Season. Check out their online Lenten Retreat from Creighton University. It may be just what you are looking for.

SERVE
1) Applications are currently being accepted for new and returning Totus Teachers for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. This is a fun and meaningful way to grow in your faith while you serve the children and teens of our parishes.

2) Leaderworx is a dynamic program for young adults interested in social justice, grounded in faith. It is a summer program. Contact information may be found here.