Campus Ministry Update March for Life: Thirteen students and three adults from the Xavier community will be attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. January 22-26. This pro-life pilgrimage includes Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Rally and March up Constitution Avenue to the steps of the Supreme Court. The March for Life is held on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion in the United States. Those who attend send a powerful message to our legislators, Supreme Court Justices, and our President about overturning the decision to legalize abortion. This also is a powerful witness to other students about the importance of standing up for life. Tune to EWTN to see live coverage of the March. Kairos #11 will be held for Xavier juniors on January 26-29 at the American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls. Please pray for the thirty-five juniors making the Kairos retreat as well as the seven seniors and seven Xavier faculty members leading the retreat. Fr. David O’Connor will serve as the spiritual director for the retreat.
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated January 29- February 5. Activities for the Week include: January 31 – Metro-Catholic Liturgy 10:00 a.m. Students from LaSalle, St. Joseph, Regis and Xavier High School will gather at Xavier to celebrate the Catholic Schools Week liturgy.
forward as young adults. Dates for upcoming TEC retreats can be found at www.Arch. pvt.k12.ia.us. Registration forms are available in the Campus Ministry office at Xavier, on-line and at all the local parishes.
This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools. Faith. Academics. Service. Further activities are being planned. Watch the Xavier web site for updates. The community is welcome to join us at all events of the week. Lent 2012: Ash Wednesday Liturgy: February 22, 2012 at 9:50 a.m. Lenten Reconciliation: March 15 and 16 from 12:25-2:45 p.m. Senior parents: Please encourage your student to attend one of the TEC (Teens Encounter Christ Weekends) held throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This three day retreat centers on the Paschal Mystery. TEC is a great opportunity for seniors to reflect on their relationship with Christ as they complete their high school career and move
St. Blaise: Patron of Those Suffering from Ailments of the Throat Submitted By: XPX Spiritual Committee
St. Blaise was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith and love of God. As a physician, bishop and martyr, the courageous life of Saint Blaise inspires us in our mission of “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow and Serving Forever.” Have you ever received the special blessing of the throat on the feast day of Saint Blaise? The priest uses two consecrated candles tied with ribbon in the shape of an X. He positions these candles next to the person’s throat and gives this blessing “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from the ailments of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.” Born of noble parents, Blaise had been a physician before he was ordained a priest. He was later named bishop of Sebastea, which is now central Turkey. Blaise lived during a time of intense persecution of the Catholic Church. He received a divine message to go into the hills to escape. His captors found him in a cave healing sick wild animals. On the way to imprisonment, he rescued a poor woman’s pig from the jaws of a wolf. While in prison, a mother brought her son to Blaise because he was choking on a fish bone and was close to death. Blaise prayed over the child and he was healed. This led to the blessing of throats on Blaise’s feast day. Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of this blessed saint. St. Blaise, pray for us!
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