Lent 2017


Pray, Fast, Get Dusty! - Pope Francis

In November 2013 Pope Francis issued a document called Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In the second paragraph he writes:


“The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.”


He then writes “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.” (EG#3)


Such an openness will challenge us to let go of our preconceived notions about God, ourselves and the world.  In uniting ourselves to the Lord more in a bond of Love, we are able to see Christ in others, not just our family and friends, but in the stranger, the poor and the person who sits next to us in class and annoys us to no end.


We become aware that our faith is not a nice quiet time we set aside once a week, but is commits us to living faith in the chaos and stress of life.  “Dusty Catholics” is meant to remind us that our faith is about our growth as a child of God and growth can often be messy as we give up our view of things and also work to change the world we live in.  However, this work isn’t something we do ourselves, Jesus Christ promises to be right there with us, to give us the strength to persevere through it all.


We invite you this Lent to accept Pope Francis’ challenge, become a Dusty Catholic!  It is a decision that will change your life forever!

There are many opportunities for learning more about your faith, discerning your vocation and spending time in prayer and service this Lenten season at UMass Dartmouth. Please join us! 

Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunities During Lent

Sunday              - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Center for Religous and Spiritual Life - Room 202 Campus Center

Thursday           - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Newman House

or by appointment (X8872) or before or after any Mass on campus.  Room 202 - Center for Religious and Spiritual Life - 2nd floor of campus center. Newman House is located at 359 Old Westport Road (1500 feet west of the campus entrance.)

Lenten Reflections - During this Lenten Season, Fr. David is offering to email parishioners a daily spiritual reflection. These reflections will be emailed to participants by 12 PM each day for enrichment and prayer. Any adult or teen with a valid email address is invited to complete the registration form located here

The What Next? Finding Answers with Faith Retreat for those in their 20s and 30s.  Register for this retreat to explore the transitions that define our past, present, and future. Take time away to reflect with others and on your own, listen to the experiences of a young adult team, and closing Eucharist. 

Sunday Readings for Mass - Make a commitment to reading the Sunday readings before you go to Mass. In the same way that reading up on football players, opposing teams, and coaching strategies will help you experience a game more fully, familiarizing yourself with the readings ahead of time can allow you to experience them in a deeper way on Sunday. Don’t have time to read all three readings? Then just read the Gospel. (Find the Sunday readings here.)

Stations, Soup and Sandwiches - Join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm for the Stations of the Cross at Newman House. Following the Stations of the Cross, we'll gather for dinner of soup and sandwiches. Join us for this special Lenten prayer and community opportunity. 

Busy Persons Retreat - Each semester the Busy Person’s Retreat (BPR) takes place on campus and it’s for exactly who it sounds like--busy people like you and me! Busy Persons Retreat runs from April 2-6, 2017. BPR occurs over the course of five days on campus.  What makes BPR unique is that the retreat schedule depends on  your schedule.  Each retreatant commits 30 minutes of personal prayer (we'll give you a guide to follow) and 30 minutes meeting with a spiritual director at least twice during the five days. It’s a great way to learn to pray within your busy lives. A spiritual director is someone who listens to your faith story and someone who guides you through reflection and prayer.  

Jeremiah's Journey - Vocation comes from the Latin word voco, vocare meaning "to call." Each person has a calling from God, an indication from God about where they are being led. The Catholic Church identifies three primary vocations: single life, married life, and religious or ordained life. Catholic Campus Ministry offers many different opportunities for vocational discernment including Jeremiah’s Journey. Jeremiah’s Journey is offered on a one-to-one basis. [ Details ]

Refreshing Catholicism - We are happy to offer an opportunity for everyone to deepen (Refresh) their understanding of the Catholic faith through a review of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Refreshing Catholicism is offered on a one-to-one. [ Details ]


Journey to Truth and Light - Learn what Catholics believe and why. Discover the full meaning of the faith. The Journey to Truth and Light involves watching a video on some aspect of the Catholic Faith and participating in a discussion through a blog and other platforms.  We realize that as college students that you probably aren't looking to take a theology course.  The material though isn't taxing and in fact you may be surprised that you find yourself energized!. Online on your time.  

Adoration and Applebees - You are invited to a night of worship and fellowship with God and with friends. Join us for Eucharistic Adoration, where we will encounter our savior in the appearance of bread. We will participate in the rich and beautiful traditions of the church through various forms of prayer, whether that be the rosary or Liturgy of the Hours or contemplation and meditation. 

Following Benediction, we will move to Applebee’s for an opportunity to enjoy good food and good company.  1st Monday of every month at 5 pm - Reflection Room

Corsair Catholic Outreach 

Give of your time and talent this Lenten season by volunteering for one of these two Corsair Catholic Outreach programs.

  • My Brother’s Keeper, located in Dartmouth. My Brother's Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in which delivers furniture to local families in need. Tuesday afternoons from 2-5 pm is the UMass Dartmouth Student Day each week. Please consider helping out on Tuesdays. If another day works better for you, please let us know and we’ll work out a schedule for you. [ Sign-up ]

  • Soup Kitchen Once a month, on the fourth Thursday of February, March and April, join us at the Salvation Armin in New Bedford. Please register for each date so that we know how many of you will be participating. If you'd prefer, you may register for one date at a time. It's only a few hours a month and you'll feel good about it…as will those whom we serve! [ Register ]
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