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the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you. LUKE 17


Academic Year Liturgy Schedule

Coming Up


October 4–6 | Homecoming Weekend October 11–13 | Parents & Families Weekend November 1 | All Saints

Saturday | 4pm

Sunday | 9:30am 11:30am 9pm

Worship Hall pasquerilla

Weekday Monday–Thursday 8:55am Morning Prayer & 9:15am Mass | Holy Family Chapel paterno 5:05pm Mass | Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla Friday 9:15am Mass [All-day Adoration follows] 5:05pm Mass or Service | Meditation Chapel pasquerilla

Confessions Wednesday–Thursday 4–5pm Meditation Chapel pasquerilla (or by appointment)

Special Masses



phone 814.865.4281 fax 814.865.2972 main office 205C Pasquerilla Spiritual Center The mission of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State is to give witness to a Catholic Presence in University Life and to promote and sustain the well being of the whole Catholic Person. We welcome students, faculty, staff, resident community members, and alumni. Grounded in the tradition of the Church, Catholic Campus Ministry provides an environment and fellowship that challenge members to encounter the Living Christ and be transformed by His Spirit. Liturgies, retreats, service projects, Bible studies, prayer groups, programs for Catholic critical thinkers, and other activities nurture our faith and open our hearts to hear God’s message for us today.

Spanish Oct. 13, Nov. 10 | 1pm Holy Family Chapel paterno

Korean Saturdays | 4pm (bi-weekly) Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla

Byzantine Oct. 27, Nov. 17 | 3pm Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla Schedules subject to change, contact the office for details

Staff Fr. Matthew Laffey osb Fr. David Griffi n osb campus minister Deacon Laszlo Ivanits director of music & liturgy Phillip Torbert office manager Irene Wells director

campus minister

Twenty-Seventh Sunday | ordinary

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Faith is a gift. When the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, they were going to the source of that faith with their request. God is the giver of all good gifts, including faith. When we put our faith in Christ, we believe that God is with us, even though we cannot physically see God. Or can we? If we are attentive, we see the evidence of God’s presence in the love of family and friends, care poured out in service of our neighbors, the living beauty of creation. This is not blind faith, but rather is the result of seeing with the eyes of faith. Followers of Jesus look beyond what is apparent to see what is possible with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit within and among us.

Are you simply curious about our faith? Do you know someone who is interested in Catholicism? Do you want to increase your knowledge of Catholicism?

Faith Through the Holy Spirit

If you are a Penn State student and not confirmed, join this year's Confirmation class! Confirmation is the sacrament whereby the Holy Spirit fills us with the gifts we need to be people of strong faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that Confirmation roots us more deeply in our identity as God’s children, unites us more firmly with Christ, increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, binds us more closely to the Church, and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith (#1303).

Jesus and the disciples had been together for quite some time when the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” Even though they had witnessed the miracles, heard Jesus’ teaching, and eaten with him at table, they sought greater faith in him. The same might be said for us. In the waters of baptism, we were drawn deeply to Christ and filled with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and still we often struggle to have faith, or enough faith, or the faith that we need in the circumstances of our daily lives. In his second letter to Timothy, Saint Paul urges us to rely on the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, as we are challenged to live in faith and witness to the love of Christ. We hear this same sort of reliance in faith in today’s first reading from Habakkuk: “For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.”

What is Your Mulberry Tree? We often limit what we believe we are capable of, rather than trusting that God will guide and strengthen us to do what we are called to do. A familiar phrase captures this sentiment: “God does not call the equipped, but equips the called.” Uprooting a mulberry tree may seem impossible. So, at times, may living as a Christian in the world. What is your mulberry tree today? What situation needs you to take a leap of faith in order to respond in Christ’s name? With faith and through the presence of the Holy Spirit, there is no limit to what we can do as Christian disciples.

Today’s Readings Hb 1:2–3, 2:2–4; Ps 95:1–2, 6–9; 2 Tm 1:6–8, 13–14; Lk 17:5–10


is not the dying for a faith that’s so hard — every man of every nation has done that — ’tis the living up to it that’s difficult. William Makepeace Thackeray


lmost everything said of God is unworthy, for the very reason that it is capable of being said. St. Gregory the Great Have an announcement for the bulletin? If you have an event or activity that would be of interest to our community, please let us know! Deadline is Noon on Tuesday for the upcoming weekend. cover image tobias tullius | unsplash

If you are interested in learning more about Catholicism, please contact the office soon! more info CCM Office

2019 Confirmation Class

Why pass up the opportunity to come to a fuller experience of God’s love and grace? It is the completion of our Baptism. The process is simple and we will schedule the time of the meetings around the schedules of all the interested parties. more info Fr. Matthew

Taking Care of Business When we were kids, my brothers and sisters and I thought that you were not supposed to say the blessing before meals in a restaurant. We were probably afraid of being embarrassed if non-believers saw us praying. I think of that when I hear St. Paul telling Timothy, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control” (2 Tm 1:7). Our readings mention the difficulties that people of faith will encounter, and each reading has its own way of facing those hardships. Jesus gives the practical advice: Look at the difficulties of being a disciple as just part of your job. So if the Lord says I must forgive those who hurt me, or be patient with customers, or share what I have with the poor—no problem; it’s part of the job of a disciple. Too tired to go to church after work on a holy day? Just taking care of business. Paul reminds us in the second reading to stir the gifts of the Spirit into flame. If you take time to pray every day, if you look for God in other people, if you see difficulties as your share of the cross— you will begin to experience those gifts. We can trust that this is more than just wishful thinking by going to the first reading. When the prophet cries out for help with the misery and violence in the world, he hears God’s promise that the vision (of hope for deliverance) will be fulfilled even if it seems to be delayed. We too hear that promise when we start to get discouraged, for God’s promise “will not disappoint” (Hb 2:3). tom schmidt Register with us! If you are a student or community member who regularly attends mass here and have not yet registered, please fill out a form after Mass or at the office!

Upcoming Events oct


Centering Prayer Retreat



Taco Dinner



Theology on Tap


Daughters of Charity Come & See Weekend


October 11–13 Bethany Retreat Center Frenchville, PA

5–7:15pm ST. ANDREWS

6:30–8pm Tailgate Sports Grill

October 25–27 Emmitsburg, MD

With Fr. Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating’s senior student, friend, and adviser, David Frenette, reveals the profound depths of this practice, facilitating a deepening of intimacy with God. Presented by Roberta White and Nancy Cord-Baran. Suitable for all levels. $195 per participant. register online Bethany Retreat Center at Come enjoy tacos, drinks, and dessert, all to benefit Mission Mexico! Tickets are available after masses from any Mission Mexico member or from the office. tickets $6 in advance / $7 at the door Join other young adults ages 21–39(ish) for Theology on Tap! The next speaker is Nick Astle, Theology Teacher at Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy, who will be speaking about "What Teaching High School Taught Me about Evangelization." We hope to see you there! more info Mariah Stollar at or Lydia Hardie at Single Catholic women ages 18-40 interested in a vocation as a Sister are invited to attend. The retreat will be held at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD. more info Sr. Regina Hlavac, DC, Vocation Director, 443-602-2511 or register |

Treasures From Our Tradition

A Little Faith

Sometimes human relationships go awry, but Christ’s choice for us is irrevocable. In marriage celebrations, the Church always recalls God’s faithfulness to help prepare married couples for enduring the inevitable rough spots. The Byzantine liturgy does this by adorning the couple with crowns that remind them of the martyr’s crown. The couple therefore takes on a vocation of witnessing to the sacredness of life in all of its suffering and joy, and of keeping their eyes fi xed on the banquet of heaven.

Today our readings are about faith, frustration, and how much is enough. Habakkuk is a complainer having an argument with God. Timothy is encouraging a community challenged by cowardice and the apostles want more faith than they have. Things aren’t happening fast enough for any of them or for us. All of them and we want God to do something sooner rather than later and we want God to give us a reason to believe that it will all work out. What does God do? God puts it back on them—and us—telling Habakkuk to describe the world he wants; telling the apostles to do more than the expected. Doing more with less is a familiar phrase today and a reminder that a little faith may be enough even for the most difficult times.

In Eastern theology, people have a liturgical vocation to give God praise, and marriage fits within that plan. It is not so much saying prayers that counts, but becoming prayer. Interestingly, in this liturgy the couple never utters a word other than joining in the community’s chants; there are no marriage vows as such. There is therefore not a hint of our Western Christian sense that marriage is a legal contract. Rather, it is all about living out one’s baptismal vocation, embracing the cross, pouring oneself out in love, and opening to the grace of the Holy Spirit. james field

Student Organization Meetings Bread of Life Tuesdays at 5:45pm meditation chapel SNAC Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 7 at 7pm eisenhower chapel Communion and Liberation Thursdays 6–7pm paterno Rossella Di Gioia •

Grad Group Oct. 7 & 28 at 6:30pm paterno Fr. David •

Mission Mexico Oct. 6 at 5pm paterno Nina Rosporski •

Newman Mondays at 7:15pm Jack Ziegler •

Project Haiti Oct. 1 at 8pm 212 pasquerilla Susie Gervolino •

November: Remembering the Dead As is our Catholic tradition, we will honor the deceased with prayer throughout November. There are now forms available in the lobby on which you can write the names of your beloved deceased. All the names will be gathered into a single book that will have a prominent place at all our daily and weekend liturgies. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Readings Twenty-Seventh Week ordinary time mon Our Lady of the Rosary Jon 1:1 — 2:2, 11; Jon 2:3-5, 8; Lk 10:25-37 tues [Yom Kippur begins at sundown] Jon 3:1-10; Ps 130:1b-4ab, 7-8; Lk 10:38-42 wed St. Denis and Companions / St. John Leonardi Jon 4:1-11; Ps 86:3-6, 9-10; Lk 11:1-4 thu Mal 3:13-20b; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 11:5-13 fri St. John XXIII Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2; Ps 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9; Lk 11:15-26 sat Jl 4:12-21; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Lk 11:27-28

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