How Not to Ruin Christmas
Join us Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 7-9pm at the CSC for a special evening all about Advent and preparing for Christmas.
We will start the evening with a light cocktail hour, then Troy Woytek will give an evening reflection called "How not to Ruin Christmas" while dessert is served. We will then conclude the evening with a beautiful selection of Advent songs performed by the CSC choir, led by Joe Schoen, in the chapel. All students & non-students are welcome to attend. Event is free, suggested donations for wine and other beverages. Only 100 seats available!
RSVP to Woytek@washucsc.org
Want a home-cooked meal over Thanksgiving?
If you are a student who will be in town for Thanksgiving and would like to spend the day with a family from the CSC community- we can arrange that! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to host students OR if you are a student who would like to go to someone's house.
Mmmmmm mashed potatoes...
Why Be Catholic?
Someone turned my attention to this op-ed recently.
Sometimes, when people learn that you are Catholic (or in my case, that I work for the Church on top of it), they might be tempted to write you off as foolish and naive at best or even narrow-minded at worst. Issues and hypocrisies like those noted in the op-ed might come to their minds.
How could any intelligent individual participate in an organization like that? Not an entirely unreasonable question, to be fair. My response? In the words of Peter when Jesus asks if he too will leave Him, "To whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." And I don’t mean eternal life as in whatever happens after death. I mean now. To where else would I go? Imperfect though it may be (it’s made up of humans, after all!), the Church has given me the very tools with which I now challenge the Church to manifest its best self. And it is the wisdom, tradition, and community of the Church that time and time again has manifested the best in me throughout my life (almost in spite of me).
I'm not much of a St. Augustine fan, but I can really get on board with him when he says "The Church is a whore, but she's still my mother."
You can’t get mad at me. St. Augustine said it after all
These days, in a world of infinite options and instant gratification, the temptation is always there to jump ship. To run off to the next thing. To think that there is something/one better out there. To think there is something/one perfect out there that will never disappoint me and will always make me happy. Well that stinkin' thinkin' will just hasten the disappointment.
Jesus came and challenged the heck out of what people took for granted as Judaism. He was his own religion's harshest critic. But He was still a Jew. A good Jew. A practicing Jew. And He spent his adult life trying to help his faith tradition manifest its best self and re-discover the immense wisdom that is there and access to the divine that it could offer. Until it finally got Him killed.
So...when we have issues with the Church (as in this New York Times op-ed, which does raise some fair points), I’d say we’re in pretty good company when we are willing to go down with the ship or give our lives to help steer that ship as best as we can help steer it, trusting that, at it its best, it's a darn good vehicle to navigate the stormy seas.
After all, "To whom else shall we go?"
Continue Reading Mark Zaegel's Blog Entry Frank Bruni's Opinion in the New York Times
Spring Break plans look bleak?
Think about signing up for the Spring Break Service Trip with the CSC! We will be learning about both immigration and homelessness with Casa Romero in Milwaukee and it's sure to be a rewarding and inspiring (not to mention super fun) experience
Sign up today!
Mental Health Counseling
Did you know that right here at the CSC we have Lynn Duffield, a licensed clinical social worker with experience in mental health counseling and relationship counseling? Take advantage this great resource. She's here for you to listen and to guide! You can contact her at email@example.com
Sacrament of Reconciliation available
Did you know?...The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available 15 minutes before weekday Mass or by appointment! Contact Cathy (firstname.lastname@example.org)