Catholic Center updates for May 2019

Holy Week and Easter Sunday

The Holiest week of the liturgical year is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, with services being held from Thursday, April 18 through Sunday April 21. Our Chaplain, Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv, washed the feet of six students at our Holy Thursday Mass just as Jesus did to his disciples, and he invited those six to wash the feet of six other students, exemplifying Jesus words in the Gospel of John “as I have done, so you must do.” We baptized four students into the faith of the Catholic Church and another five students received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion at our Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 20. On Sunday, April 21 over 800 students joined us to celebrate Easter Sunday Masses at the Catholic Center and Hendricks Chapel!

 Students gathered on Hendricks Chapel steps on Easter Sunday  Father Gerry Waterman washes student's feet on Holy Thursday


Final sandwich-making gathering

Thursday, April 25 was our final sandwich-making gathering of the year, following our weekly Thursday Mass and dinner. We welcomed the SU Baptist Campus Ministry for dinner, and they assisted us in making 435 salami and cheese sandwiches, which were donated to the Assumption Food Pantry and downtown Samaritan Center. We would like to extend our gratitude to Chaplain Devon Bartholomew, wife Kate and the Baptist community for all their help!  

 Students and staff making sandwiches at Catholic Center


Baccalaureate Mass

Following SU Commencement on Sunday, May 12, we celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass with the graduating class of 2019, along with their families and friends. This was a beautiful opportunity to celebrate our seniors while taking a moment to show love and gratitude to their families and loved ones for their support. Following Mass there was a sumptuous reception made possible by members of the St. Thomas More Foundation Board.

Student and family pose together at Catholic Center