Monday, February 6, 2012

Martyrs of Japan - Catholic University Students' Week: Visit to Carleton University RC Chaplaincy


O God, strength of all the Saints, who through the Cross were pleased to call the Martyrs Saint Paul Miki and companions to life, grant, we pray, that by their intercession we may hold with courage even until death to the faith that we profess. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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The Magnificat missalette features a monthly presentation on a work of art, this time the work of Tanzio da Varallo's The Martyrs of Nagasaki (above).  To read this wonderful commentary, see:

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Last Wednesday at the Carleton University Catholic Chaplaincy (under the direction of Father Tim Mccauley), Father Joseph Muldoon and I began the visitation of St. Margaret Mary Parish (Old Ottawa South) with Mass at midday on the campus.  Some thirty students and staff were present.

After Mass, we invaded the chaplain's office (rather crowded quarters for those attending) to take part in light refreshments.  The students presented us with the Catholic Student Prayer for this week on campuses across the country (we prayed it at the close of the Sunday anticipated Mass on Saturday at 5 o'clock at St. Margaret Mary, where most of the minstries (music, lectors, servers) were conducted by Carleton students.

The photos follow; here is the prayer for this week:

Lord, we ask that you enter our hearts and minds to be our guiding light throughout Catholic Students' Week.  Give us the strength and wisdom to reach out to others, to fulfill our vocations as students, followers of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.  Be with us to guide our thoughts, actions and words and let your Spirit be present in us as we unite all people as one body in Christ. Amen.

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