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Weekly Update: February 15, 2015

Feb 17, 2015

Dear Theologians,

“Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer.  Above all it is a ‘time of grace’ (2 Cor. 6:2).  God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us.  ‘We love because he first has loved us’ (1 Jn. 4:19).  He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart.  He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him.  He is interested in each of us;  his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us.”

(Message for Lent for 2015, Pope Francis)

With Lent on the horizon,  I would encourage you to review with your spiritual director what penitential practices you will embrace.  Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are disciplines that every seminarian and priest ought to practically define for their Lenten observance.  Please remember to give special attention to prayer and study during this time of Lent, keeping your daily Holy Hour a priority.

Pope Francis’ Message for Lent for 2015 has been sent to you via email.  Please print out the message and use our Holy Father’s message as an instrument for your preparations for Lent.

I would like welcome the following individuals this week:

His Excellency, Most Reverend Roger Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington visiting on Sunday-Tuesday, February 15-17.

Fr. Daniel Shomaker, Vicar General and Assistant Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Covington visiting on Sunday-Tuesday, February 15-17.

Fr. Timothy Hepburn, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Atlanta visiting on Sunday-Tuesday, February 15-17.

In addition, I would like to welcome the following seminaries who will be visiting for the 35th Annual PCJ Helfant Classic Basketball Tournament on Friday-Sunday, February 20-22:

Borromeo College Seminary                              Sacred Heart Seminary

Christ the King Seminary                                     St. Mary’s Seminary                   

Mundelein Seminary                                               St. Meinrad Seminary

Notre Dame Seminary                                            St. Paul’s Seminary

I thank you in advance for your attention in welcoming them to our home.

Monday, February 16, His Excellency, Most Reverend Roger Foys, Bishop of Covington will celebrate Mass at 7:00a.m. in St. Turibius Chapel.  Morning Prayer will be in solitude.  Attire for Mass is classroom dress.

Monday, February 16, there will be no house meeting or formation conference.

Tuesday, February 17, there will be a social hosted by the PJHL at 6:45p.m. in the A.V. Room to kick off the 40 Days for Life Lent Campaign.  Dessert will be provided.  There will be a Mardis Gras Gathering from 7:30-9:30p.m. in J.J’s Pub. All are encouraged to participate, but this is not a required event. 

Wednesday, February 18, is Ash Wednesday.  Mass will be celebrated in St. Turibius Chapel at 7:00a.m. Morning Prayer will be in solitude.  Attire is classroom dress.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and Evening Prayer will be in St. Turibius Chapel beginning at 4:45p.m.

Beginning this Thursday, during the celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer in Spanish, we will pray intercessions in Spanish as well, with everyone responding, “Te Rogamos Señor”.

Thursday, February 19, Evening Prayer begins at 5:30p.m. in St. Turibius Chapel as our Theology IV seminarians take the Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith in preparation for Ordination to the Order of Presbyterate.  Please continue to pray for our Theology IV seminarians as they make this important step closer to the priesthood.

Fridays throughout Lent, Stations of the Cross will be at 12:55p.m. and 7:00p.m. in St. Turibius Chapel.  However this Friday, February 20, Stations of the Cross will only be at 12:55p.m.   If you are not able to attend Stations of the Cross at 12:55p.m., please make a point to pray them in solitude.  As we walk with Our Lord to Calvary, may our sufferings be conjoined to that of Our Crucified Lord.

Friday-Sunday, February 20-22, is the Basketball Tournament. We will welcome 120 seminarians who will participate in the annual basketball tournament.  Please extend hospitality and courtesy.  They will be housed in the hotels across the street and in the college seminary.  Welcoming them is another good occasion for fraternity and mutual support.  Please see the posted schedule of games and events.  The College Seminary will sponsor an evening reception on Friday in Kitson’s Pub and the Theologate will sponsor an evening reception on Saturday in J.J.’s Pub for everyone.  Come out and cheer your brother seminarians to a win!

Please invite all of our guests to move through the buffet lines in advance of ourselves.

In light of all our guests, please be attentive to security matters.  Please leave your doors locked and be aware of guest movements.

Please see the day board for our retreat schedule beginning on Friday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 4 for Undergraduate Pre-Theology, Pre-Theology, Theology I, and II.

May this Lenten season continue to provide us the graces to be the man of God He has called us to be in His Son, Jesus Christ.   May Our Lady, St. Joseph, and our guardian angels be with us as we continue this semester.

In Christ,

Fr. Oxley



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