Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Family Weekend 2010

Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Family Weekend Mass on the Terraces and following luncheon a great success.  We are truly grateful to all our students, their families, the many generous community members, parish ladies' clubs and Knights of Columbus councils #11205 and #1111 for their much appreciated donations of time, talent and treasure!  Please enjoy these photos from the day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Great Message from Pope Benedict on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

I have a special devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, so it's nice to see this great encouragement from our Holy Father on her feast day.
Pontiff Tells Youth Not to Fear Cross

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 15, 2010 ( Referring to today's feast of Our Lady of Sorrows,
Benedict XVI is encouraging youth to stay next to the cross like Mary did.

The Pope made this recommendation at the end of today's general audience, during his
traditional greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

"Today we remember Our Lady of Sorrows, who with faith stayed next to the cross of her Son,"
he said. "Dear young people, like Mary, do not be afraid to stay next to the cross. The Lord will
instill in you the courage to overcome every obstacle in your daily life."

Referring to the sick, the Holy Father made a similar recommendation: that they find in Mary the
"consolation and support to learn the salvific value of suffering from the crucified Christ."

Finally, he encouraged newlyweds to have confidence in turning to the Virgin of Sorrows in
moments of difficulty. "With her maternal intercession," he said, she "will help you to face" such

I love this antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah from morning prayer in the breviary for today:
"Rejoice, O Sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings, you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son."
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Pope John Paul II's Biographer Releases New Book

George Weigel has released a new book about the late Pope's final years. If any of you have come to our Theology of the Body studies here on campus, this is the author who wrote that TOB is a "theological time bomb... set to go off... in the third millenium of the Church" meaning that TOB has the ability to do amazing things for the new evangelization. His biography of Pope John Paul II, "Witness to Hope", is great and if you can find the time (because it's quite long) you should definitely read it - and from this news article you'll probably also want to pick up a copy of his new book, too.

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2010 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than a
decade after writing “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II,”
noted Catholic author George Weigel is releasing a second book on the late
Pope, continuing the story where he left off. “The End and the Beginning: Pope
John Paul II – The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy” goes on sale
today. In an interview with CNA, Weigel recently reflected on the legacy of the
beloved Pope that is chronicled in his latest book.

“At my last meal with John Paul II, which was on December 15, 2004, I promised
the pope that, if he didn't bury me first, I'd finish what I started in the matter of his
biography,” Weigel explained. “'The End and the Beginning' is the fulfillment of
that promise: it's both the completion of the story, and an amplification of 'Witness
to Hope.'”
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Living Hope 5K Run/Walk

Join CCM for our 1st Annual Living Hope 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 9th at 9am!

Register by September 27th to guarantee your t-shirt!

Early Registration Fee: $15
Race Day: $20
Kids Fun Run: $7

All proceeds will go to benefit student programs, events and retreats!

Register by printing the form at
Or pick up a registration form in the Chapel on campus.

Fr. Patrick interview for