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Weekly Update, March 15, 2015

Mar 24, 2015

I continue this week with the text from Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2015.

“Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another.   ‘If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.’ (1 Cor. 12:26).

The Church is the communio sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.”–Pope Francis, Message for Lent for 2015

Thank you to all who came out for the 40 Days for Life Theology Day.  We had a great turnout for a very wet morning. I will be leading the group with Fr. Rozembajgier this Saturday departing from the Dining Room at 7:30a.m. 

Thank you to all who made the annual PCJ Wine Tasting such a success.  Msgr. Christopher Schreck, Fr. John Allen, and I, very much enjoyed spending the entire evening with you.  The event serves as a sign of our thriving fraternity in the Theologate.

I would like to welcome the following individuals this week:

Mr. Seth Huffman, a friend of Austin Hill from the Diocese of Columbus, visiting from Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20.

Fr. Paul McNulty, alumnus of the Josephinum and priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, visiting from Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, March 20.  

Fr. Daniel Morales, Director of Vocation for the Diocese of Victoria, visiting from  Thursday, March 19 – Thursday, March 26.  

Fr. Bryan Stitt, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, visiting from Friday, March 20 – Monday, March 23.

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

Tomorrow, Monday, March 16, there will be a house meeting which will begin in Conrardy Hall at 6:55p.m, followed immediately by a formation conference at 7:10p.m.  Fr. John Allen will be giving the conference, which is entitled:  “The Diocesan Priest as Engager of Diverse Publics”  to Theology I, II, and III.   Fr. Joseph Murphy, S.J. will be giving the formation conference to Undergraduate Pre-Theology and Pre-Theology which is entitled: “The Intellectual Life of the Diocesan Priest” in Library Classroom III.  These conferences are noted in your formation handbook. Please look at the discussion questions prior to the conference in order that you may be properly prepared to enter into discussion which is an expected component of these formation evenings

Monday, March 16, registration for the fall semester will begin. Please be attentive to the directives from the Academic Office regarding registration.

Wednesday, March 18, is a Financial Aid Workshop for any Undergraduate Pre-Theology seminarian who is interested from 1:00 – 1:30p.m.  in the A.V. Room.

Thursday, March 19, is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary.  There are no classes.  The schedule for the day will begin with Morning Prayer at 9:00a.m. in St. Turibius Chapel.  Morning Prayer is required and attire is Pontifical Cassock.  Mass will begin at 10:30a.m. in St. Turibius Chapel followed by a luncheon in the Jessing Center.  This luncheon is required as we celebrate our patronal feast as a community and honor staff and faculty.  Attire is Pontifical Cassock.  There is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 4:45p.m. which is optional.  Evening Prayer is at 5:45p.m. in St. Turibius Chapel.   Evening Prayer is required and attire is classroom dress.

Fridays throughout Lent, Stations of the Cross will be at 12:55p.m. and 7:00p.m. in St. Turibius Chapel.   One of these two options are required.  As we walk with Our Lord to Calvary, may our sufferings be conjoined to that of Our Crucified Lord.

Saturday, March 21, will be our optional semester community rosary at the Abortion Facility.  The departure time will be from the Dining Room at 7:30a.m.  and the community will be lead by Fr. Oxley and Fr. Rozembajgier.  Strive to become a priest dedicated to ending abortion through prayer and sacrifice. 

Saturday, March  21, our communal Rosary begins at 9:10a.m. in St. Turibius Chapel followed by Mass at 9:30a.m.  Please remember that the Rosary is required for the community.

Saturday, March 21, the PCJ Soccer Team will be competing against Ohio Dominican University at 4:15p.m. at ODU Stadium, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio.  Please come and support our soccer team to victory.

Saturday, March 21, the Senate will be hosting a Trivia Night in J.J’s Publik Haus. Please check the day board for details.  Come out and join in on the fraternity.

Sunday, March 22, there will be a PJHL sponsored cookout for the homeless near Holy Family Church departing at 12:00 Noon from the Theology Kitchen. Please see sign-up sheet posted by the day board.   

Undergraduate Pre-Theology, Pre-Theology, and Theology 1: your self-evaluations are due to your formation advisor on Monday, March 23 instead of Friday, March 20. Please refer to the email you received on February 24 from Ms. Nicole Nicholson for instructions on completing this evaluation.

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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