Campus Ministry answers call for ‘Year of Faith’

first_imgPope Benedict XVI declared this liturgical year a “Year of Faith,” a time of faith renewal for Catholics worldwide. Building off this theme, the Office of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame has sponsored a number of projects and events to encourage students to reexamine and deepen their relationships with God. Kate Barrett, assistant director of undergraduate ministry, said recent activities include the “Think you know Moreau?” scavenger hunt and “Retreat on the Run,” a program that will continue through February that helps students incorporate prayer into their busy lives. Barrett said the scavenger hunt was a success with almost 200 participants. “We challenged participants to travel the campus as quickly as possible, finding clues and along the way learning more about Blessed Basil Moreau, … the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as other remarkable Holy Cross priests such as Fr. Edward Sorin … and St. Andre Bessette,” she said. Annus Fidei, a liturgical music series incorporating all the Basilica of the Sacred Heart choirs, began Feb.10. “Annus Fidei” means “Year of Faith” in Latin. “[Annus Fidei] combined readings and songs to highlight some of the themes Pope Benedict outlined at the beginning of the Year,” Barrett said. In the second half of the semester, Barrett said Campus Ministry will focus on programming to assist students in keeping their prayer lives active during the summer months away from campus. “That will be called ‘Portable Prayer’ and will have very practical tips and suggestions for students,” she said. Barrett said she believes the Year of Faith calls for both personal and communal renewal, and Campus Ministry is offering activities that will assist in both. “A personal call will end up enlivening all of our communities of faith,” Barrett said. “When any of us feel renewed, recommitted, reenergized in our faith, and then we come together for Mass or to engage in service to the poor or to welcome the lonely, then the Church as a whole – and in each and every parish, or hall chapel – is renewed and re-energized.” Barrett said the response to Campus Ministry’s Year of Faith activities has been positive. “We’ve had good responses from residence halls who are following our themes when they plan events in the halls,” she said. “For example, back in November when our theme was ‘Sacred Places,’ several halls started Grotto walks in which groups of students walk over to the Grotto together to pray.” Despite the successful programming across campus, Barrett said the Year of Faith is meant to focus on long-term faith development. “However, our hope was always for the Year of Faith to be quietly durable rather than splashy,” Barrett said. “We hope that people take away from the Year good habits of faith that remain with them for a long time.” Information about past and upcoming activities for the Year of Faith can be found at read more

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist discusses relationship between religion, China

first_imgIan Johnson, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, discussed the role of religion in Chinese society during his lecture titled “Religion in China: Back to the Center of Politics and Society.” The event was sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life and the US-China Catholic Association and took place in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium on Monday.Johnson moved to Beijing in 2009 and has lived there since, working for publications such as The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, as well as for the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. His most recent book, “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao,” was released in 2017 and discusses these issues.Johnson began his discussion with a historical background of China’s relationship with religion during the late 19th century reform movements.“This was pretty much a top-down enterprise driven by elites in China who felt that their country was losing ground to the West — that there was something wrong with Chinese culture, especially with Chinese religion,” Johnson said.He described this general trend of governmental distaste for religion as continuing into the 20th century communism under Mao; however, he cited a recent modern shift in government view of religion from avoidance to acceptance of traditional Chinese religious practices.“I think the government’s policy, broadly speaking — and there are exceptions to all of this — is support of some religions and suspicion to downright hostility toward other religions,” Johnson said. “The religions that are supported are the traditional religions.”Johnson described the government’s renewed interest and support of traditional cultural religions through propaganda and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage projects.“[The Chinese Government] redefined folk religious practice as intangible cultural heritage,” Johnson said. “Not all of intangible cultural heritage is religious but a fair amount of it is.”Johnson discussed the large implications of such cultural heritage projects for acceptance of previously scorned traditional religions.“[These religions] are no longer declared superstitious,” Johnson said. “They have the benefit of government support … it is that government support that matters and gives prestige. They are no longer looked down upon.”Johnson then discussed religions facing persecution in China — particularly Christianity and Islam — which he referred to as the “foreign faiths.” He presented the audience with images of crosses on buildings being removed, video surveillance of religious sites and government-run re-education camps for Muslims living in China.However, Johnson asserted that many ordinary religious practices, particularly related to Christianity, are still carried out throughout the country.“There are real problems going on, but there is also a lot of normal religious life that goes on despite the problems,” he said. “Not to try to whitewash it or sugarcoat it, but I think it is important to remember in a big country like China, when we are talking about religions with millions and tens of millions of numbers, it’s not as if everybody is under pressure.”Despite the continuing persecution of religious groups in China, Johnson expressed optimism regarding the recent increase of religious practice in the country.“What I find more interesting is that religion, from being a marginalized part of Chinese society, is back in the center,” he said. “It is back in the center in a good way — people search for values and search for meaning in life, things that are important issues in our own society — but also in the nitty gritty political world as well.”Tags: China, McGrath Institute for Church Life, religion, US-China Catholic Associationlast_img read more

Crawford County on schedule for April 4 Deery Series opener

first_imgDENISON, Iowa (Jan. 23) – The 2015 Deery Brothers Summer Series will take its first green flag at Crawford County Speedway. After inclement weather washed out numerous attempts to bring the series back to Denison last spring, the upcoming IMCA Late Model tour travels to Crawford County for open­ing night action on Saturday, April 4.In all, the 29th annual series currently has 16 dates. The first 15 of those events pay $3,000 to win and a mini­mum of $300 to start. Additional tour dates are still pending. “It’s nice to have our highest paying race as the series finale at the Yan­kee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “That feature pays $7,500 to win so it should make for an exciting conclusion to the series.” The one previous Deery race at Denison was held in 1994. Kossuth County Speedway in Algona has also hosted just one tour event, in 2008, and brings the series back for a July 2 show. “If we get all our races in, this year’s schedule is geographically balanced within our Late Model area,” Yoder noted. “That should give more drivers in central and western Iowa the chance to follow the series.”Four events are on the initial series schedule before the start of the weekly IMCA Late Model point season: April 4 at Denison, April 11 at West Liberty Raceway, April 17 at Farley and April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.The series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on May 3 and at Boone Speedway for the traditional Memorial Day show on May 25. Marshalltown Speedway hosts the June 2 race. After visiting Algona, the series is at West Liberty Race­way July 7, Independence Motor Speedway on July 8, Dubuque Speedway on July 12 and back at Quad City on July 22. Liberty 100 shows are qualifying on Sept. 4 and two $3,000 to win features on Sept. 5. The Sept. 7 Labor Day feature during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s brings the tour back to Boone with that even­ing’s winner earning a bonus based on their number of sanctioned weekly starts during the season and a possible $4,500 payday. Farley’s Sept. 18 and 19 Yankee Dirt Track Classic brings the series to a close.Non-qualifier pay at each of the first 15 races is $100. Sunoco Race Fuel feature qualifier draw­ings for $250 in cash will be held each night and drivers with perfect attendance earn shares of $2,000 in cash after the series season is complete. Casey’s General Store is also back on board as title sponsor of the redraw and will give $100 gift cards to all drivers with perfect attendance throughout the series.“There are no changes in race night procedures and most sponsorship programs are back in place,” Yoder said. “We have a very good series again in 2015. We always sharpen the pencil and look for ways to make it better every year.” The Deery Brothers Automotive Group returns as title sponsor of the series. The champion will earn $5,000, with point fund shares to the top 10 and pro-rated for drivers not competing at all events. Drivers finishing outside the top 10 in points but with perfect attendance are guaranteed $500.Defending champion is Justin Kay of Wheatland. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has perfect attend­ance through the series’ first 434 events.last_img read more

Cavani outshines Neymar as PSG win again

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani shoots and scores his second goal during their match against Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on August 25 in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 26 – Neymar for once played a more restricted role as Edinson Cavani scored twice and Thiago Motta once in Paris Saint-Germain’s comfortable 3-0 home win over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Friday.The world’s most expensive player — scorer of three goals in his first two games since his 222 million-euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona — still had a considerable influence, with his pass preceding the foul on Cavani that led to a first-half penalty scored by the Uruguayan. And it was following a Neymar free-kick that Motta netted a rare goal after half-time to make it two before Cavani completed the win at the death as PSG maintained their perfect start to the French season with four wins from four outings.“We have achieved our objective of being top of the table after this game,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“This match has given us lots of information about how to improve and to help Neymar adapt to the league and the different opponents.“He felt really good in the first two matches. This was different but it will help him learn.”Saint-Etienne had travelled to the Parc des Princes with a perfect record and without having conceded a goal in their opening three games, but while they were well organised defensively they lacked quality at the other end.Neymar was not the only sporting megastar to appear on the pitch at the Parc des Princes as Steph Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors gave the ceremonial kick-off before the match itself got under way.Emery chose to rest Neymar’s Brazil team-mates Dani Alves and Thiago Silva at kick-off while Marco Verratti was suspended following his red card in last Sunday’s Neymar-inspired 6-2 demolition of Toulouse.Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar eyes the ball during their match against Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on August 25 in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEJavier Pastore, who scored a fabulous goal in that game, was one of those to come into the home line-up. The Argentine playmaker’s influence was limited by a Saint-Etienne side playing with a five-man defence, but a controversial penalty decision allowed PSG to make the breakthrough 20 minutes in.Attempting to connect with a deflected Neymar pass, Cavani went down under the slightest of contact from Saidy Janko as he entered the area. A spot-kick was given and the Uruguayan converted his fourth goal in as many league games this season.Alphonse Areola then denied Jonathan Bamba at the other end to ensure PSG held the lead at half-time, before the second goal arrived six minutes after the restart.Neymar whipped in a free-kick and Marquinhos chested the ball back into the path of Motta, who finished for his first league goal since January last year.Angel Di Maria then saw a free-kick come back off the post before Cavani applied a classy finish to a Thomas Meunier cross to make it 3-0 as the clock ticked to the 90th minute.Defending champions Monaco are the only other team in France’s top division still with a 100 percent record, although they face a difficult test at home to Marseille on Sunday evening.Having not featured in either of his side’s last two games amid speculation about his future, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim hinted on Friday that Kylian Mbappe could play a part in that game.Still undefeated Lyon can leapfrog Monaco into second place with a win at Nantes on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more