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How Can I Pray for You This Week?

According to St. Augustine, we need not pray for what we need because God already knows what we need before we even ask. Instead, we ought to pray, he suggests, to increase our desire for God, and so that we might be able to receive what He is preparing to give us.

"The deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire, the larger will be our capacity to receive the gift, which is very great indeed. .... The more fervent the desire, the more worthy will be its fruits. When the Apostle tells us: Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:16), he means this: Desire unceasingly that life of happiness which is nothing if not eternal, and ask it of him alone who is able to give it."

— (Letter 130)

These words are taken from our web page on Augustinian Spirituality which contains even more information about prayer and how St. Augustine has influenced our lives with his understanding of prayer.  In the first book of his Confessions, he begins praying in a style that was uniquely his, recognizing God’s power in his life and how that power has changed him forever.

“Great are you, O Lord and worthy of praise; how limitless is your power, how immeasurable your wisdom! You have so made us that we long for you, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you”

—St. Augustine--Confessions Book I

As we continue to move forward during Lent as a community of faith we must continue to minister to one another through prayer and good works. The question for this week calls upon all of us to ask those whom we know and love but also those who might be strangers among us, how can I pray for you this week?  This question may seem odd at first but it gives the person whom you ask the opportunity to share with you a need or want that you can place before God even they, themselves, are unable to do so. 

Prayer is essential to our Lenten journey. It can often take the form of public prayer or private prayer. It should always provide us with the opportunity to dialogue with God but that dialogue does not always need to contain words. Prayer can be as simple as sitting quietly with the Lord remembering all of those we know and love but also those who have no one to pray for them. What better way could we continue our Lenten journey than to include in our daily prayer, those in our lives and in our world that need someone to pray for them.

If this is going to be a Lent to remember, remember to ask someone each day this week and beyond—How can I pray for you today?

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen. 

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

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Sunday Mass
St. Thomas of Villanova Church
7:30AM, 10:30AM, 5:30PM, 7PM, 9PM

Saturday Night Vigil Mass
Corr Chapel 
5:30PM 

Daily Mass
Corr Chapel 
12:05 & 5:30PM
Monday through Friday

Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Thomas of Villanova Church  
3:30–4:30PM—Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Rosary (student led) 
Corr  Chapel 
5PM—Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Evening Prayer
Corr Chapel
5PM—Tuesday & Thursday

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monastery Chapel 
11:30AM–1:30PM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

For Weekends:

No Saturday 5:30 pm Mass: February 28, March 7, April 4
No Sunday 5:30 pm Mass: March 1, March 8, April 5
No Sunday 7:00 pm Mass: April 5
No Sunday 9:00 pm Mass: March 1, April 5
(The weekend Mass schedule to the summer schedule – 7:00 pm Sunday only – the weekend of May 10).

For Daily Mass:

No 12:05 pm Mass: April 2, April 3, April 6, May 15
No 5:30 pm Mass: March 2 – March 6, April 1 – April 3, April 6

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Stations of the Cross

 

Stations of the Cross (or the Way of the Cross) refers to a series of artistic representations, very often sculptural, depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion in his final hours, and to devotions commemorating the Passion, often moving physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the church. The devotions may be done at any time, but are most commonly done during the Season of Lent.

The Stations of the Cross originated in pilgrimages to Jerusalem. A desire to reproduce the holy places of Jerusalem in other lands seems to have manifested itself at quite an early date. During the 15th and 16th centuries the Franciscans began to build a series of outdoor shrines in Europe to duplicate their counterparts in the Holy Land.

The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's suffering and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for sin. 

During Lent 2015, Stations of the Cross will be held in the church on Wednesdays at 7:30PM (there will be no Stations of the Cross on Ash Wednesday):

February 25
Led by the Campus Ministry Interns

Campus Ministry interns will offer contemporary reflections at each station. Reflections will be written by staff of various offices and departments throughout the University. 

March 4
Led by the Parish Community of St. Thomas of Villanova

St. Thomas of Villanova Parish representatives and members of the Parish Council will lead Everyone’s Way of the Cross this evening. The stations will include intentions for various forms of healing.

March 11
Led by the Liturgical Council

Members of the Liturgical Council will offer reflections that focuses on Jesus’ actions in his Passion and relating them to our everyday life. The reflections help us ponder the question “how do we meet the challenge of the cross in our life?”

March 18
Led by the Augustinian Pre-Novices

This devotion is not limited to the walls of the Church. Tonight, we walk the Way of the Cross around campus. Using the Stations of the Cross as celebrated by St. John Paul II in 1991, we reflect on the needs of the world, the needs of our campus community, and our own personal needs.

March 25
Led by Villanova University Pastoral Musicians

Reflections on Christ’s Passion in word & song with excerpts taken from Mozart’s Requiem.

April 1
Led by the Parish Community of St. Thomas of Villanova

As we move closer to the Easter and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Stations of the Cross will be led by the Parish RCIA team and those being initiated into the Catholic Church during the Easter Season.

 

The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday & Good Friday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat. Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between. Then, to continue this penitential emphasis throughout Lent, Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Fridays of Lent.

The practice of fasting and abstaining from meat is not simply a form of penance; it is also a call for us to take stock of our spiritual lives. As Lent begins, we should set specific spiritual goals we would like to reach before Easter and decide how we will pursue them—for instance, by going to daily Mass and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often. See our full schedule of Lenten activities. 

Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2015, 8:30AM Morning Prayer, 12:05PM Mass, 3PM Ecumenical Service, 5:30PM Mass, and 7PM Mass.  All liturgies will be held at St. Thomas of Villanova Church and will include distribution of ashes. Mass will also be celebrated in Rm 102 in the Law School at 12:05PM.

Daily Mass
in Corr Chapel, 12:05PM & 5:30PM Monday— Friday & Wednesday at 12:10PM in the Law School Chapel.

Sunday Masses
are at 7:30AM, 10:30AM, 5:30PM, 7PM and 9PM in the church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the Monastery Chapel from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

Rosary
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5 PM in Corr Chapel.

Evening Prayer
Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM in Corr Chapel.

Meditation & Centering Prayer
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30PM – 1PM and Wednesdays at 8:30 – 9AM in St. Rita’s Community Room.

Breaking Open the Word
Wednesday at 3–3:45PM in St. Rita’s Community Room.  Join us in reflecting and praying with the upcoming weekend’s Scriptures.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Tuesday & Wednesday at 3:30 to 4:30PM and every Wednesday evening during Lent from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Church or by appointment in Campus Ministry beginning February 24.

Stations of the Cross
Every Wednesday during Lent at 7:30PM in the Church beginning February 25–April 1.  Stations will be held by different groups each week.

Prayers for Peace
every Monday from 4:30 – 5PM in the St. Rita’s Lower Level Lounge.

Lent 2015—Daily Reflections by Our Villanova Community—printed copies available in Corr Chapel, Campus Ministry, St. Thomas at Villanova Church or online at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/office/publications/reflections/lent.html

                                                           

                                                            (* see Campus Ministry website for liturgy over break)

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5:30PM, 7 & 9PM
St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Saturday Vigil Mass
5:30PM
Corr Chapel

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12:05 & 5:30PM
Corr Chapel  

Sacrament of Reconciliation
3:30–4:30PM Tue & Wed
St. Thomas of Villanova Church  

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In the spirit of St. Augustine, who urged his followers to search for God together, please consider this reflection on Sunday’s Gospel: Before the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus is taken by God’s Spirit into the wilderness. Mark describes this with two unique phrases: Jesus was “with the wild beasts” and “the angels ministered to him.” In the wilderness, Jesus gets a foretaste of the threat and chaos he will encounter as he lives out God’s way in a hostile world. Here he is called to be with the ‘beasts’ of fear and brokenness that are part of every human life. But here too he finds angels – and is reminded that God’s abiding presence accompanies him every step of the way. What beasts are you confronting in your spiritual journey? How might you know God’s ministering presence, even in the wilderness?

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