Blessings on a new semester!
This Monday will be the first day of classes of the spring semester. Most of us had hoped to be back on campus to begin the semester in person, but if there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to whatever plans we might make.
We are reminded to have a spirit of detachment by this Sunday's scripture readings. Below you'll find links to my "minute homily" (something new I'm trying) about detachment, as well as a reflection on the national Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn observed on Jan. 22. There's also a link to sign up for the upcoming Give Your Heart Away service event, which will be a little different this year (more information to come).
Our first Mass on campus this semester will be Sunday, Feb. 7 (after the residence halls open). Small Group Bible Studies will start the first week of February with online and in-person options. We will be resuming our Wednesday night Holy Hours from 8-9 PM starting Jan. 27.
Finally I'd like to remind students of my availability even while you are not on campus. You can schedule time to meet with me by clicking on the "Meet with Deacon Matt" button at the top of this email. You'll be taken to an app that will allow you to choose either an in-person or online meeting time. For those who are on campus, the Catholic Student Center is open for your use with the usual Covid protocols in place (face mask, social distancing, and sanitize your hands). The chapel is also open for prayer until 10:00 pm each evening.
Yours in Christ,