In This Issue:
Links of Interest
Welcome to the first issue of our new Spirituality Newsletter whose goal is to inform and inspire and to share the programs, events, and resources that can help keep you connected to the University and help alumni grow in their vocation to be "men and women for others." Please be in touch and let us know what you'd like to see in the Spring issue.
Join us online for a series of weekly Reflections for the season of Advent. Our guest author is Sr. Maryanne Confoy, MEd'78, PhD'81, who will help us reflect on "Living into the Reality of Advent," with an emphasis on hope as a Christian virtue. A new Reflection will be posted each week throughout Advent, beginning November 27 and culminating in a Christmas message.
On Eagles' Wings
Submit your prayer intentions online and have your prayers brought to St. Mary's Chapel each week to be included in communion with all BC Alumni. On Eagles' Wings is a complimentary and confidential online prayer request service for alumni, parents, and friends of Boston College. Submit your prayer here. The living flame of our Alumni Association's maroon and gold prayer candle burns for all intentions received during the week.
Upcoming Spirituality Events:
Alumni Memorial Mass
Sunday, November 6, 11:00 a.m.
Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus
Alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass to honor the memory of all deceased alumni. A complimentary light lunch reception will immediately follow in Stuart Commons dining hall adjacent to Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus. Register online or call 617-552-4700.
11th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony
November 11, 9:30 a.m.
St. Ignatius Church, Boston College Lower Campus
Join the BC community in honoring veterans who gave their lives in the service of this country and in celebrating the men and women who continue to serve in the armed forces. The event will continue on Burns Library Lawn immediately following Mass at St. Ignatius Church. All are welcome. No pre-registration is required.
Between Heaven and Mirth: Joy, Humor, and Laughter in the Spiritual Life
with Jim Martin, S.J.
December 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater, Boston College Lower Campus
Who says religion has to be gloomy? Fr. James Martin, author of a new book on joy, will show how the saints used humor in their spiritual journeys, how laughter is an element of healthy spirituality and how joy is the inevitable result of faith. Pre-registration required. Click here to register.
Mustard Seed Community Mission Trip
Please join us in Jamaica for the fifth annual Boston College Alumni and Friends Mustard Seed Communities Mission Trip, January 21–28, 2012. Spend a week in service, reflection, and renewal as you care for the abandoned, disabled children of Mustard Seed and work with other volunteers in the simple activities of painting, gardening, building, or moving rocks for the benefit of others. For more information, please visit the web site at www.mustardseed.com or contact Elizabeth McCarthy '74, MA'08, at email@example.com.
Day of Reflection
Save the date and plan to join us on Saturday, March 3, for a Day of Reflection for alumni to be led by Sr. Mary Sweeney, Campus Ministry, and Fr. Michael Ford, S.J. The day will include presentations by both Sr. Mary and Fr. Mike on the theme of "Hope for the Lenten Journey," as well as time for reflection and sharing. Registration opens in January.
Alumni Put Faith into Action
STM alumnus Rev. Kevin F. O'Brien, S.J., was named Georgetown's new vice president of mission and ministry. Learn more here.
Liz McCartney '94, cofounder of the St. Bernard Project and 2009 Alumni Award recipient, continues her rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and has expanded the initiatives to assist community members. Learn more here. Liz was a CNN 2008 Hero of the Year award winner as well.
Rev. John McLaughlin '80 has been appointed chaplain at Boston University and has begun to leave his mark on the Catholic Center. Learn more here.
Prayer for the Season
For Appreciation of Each Other
We thank you, Father, for the gift of Jesus your Son who came to our earth and lived in a simple home. We have a greater appreciation of the value and dignity of the human family because he loved and was loved within its shelter. Bless us this day; may we grow in love for each other in our family and so give thanks to you who are the maker of all human families and our abiding peace.
–From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley
[Used with permission from Servant Books, Ann Arbor, MI]
Share your thoughts
Please share your thoughts about this newsletter, ideas for future issues, and suggestions for alumni who are living their faith and whom we can highlight in future issues by dropping a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org.