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April 7, 2021

"...Until Christ Be Formed in You"

A weekly e-newsletter from Campus Ministry to help students and other members of the Assumption community grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and learn about opportunities for prayer and worship, service and justice, and spiritual growth and development.

A Letter from
Rachel Dean

He is Risen! What a gift to be able to say these words in person this Easter. I have such clear memories of Holy Week last year and the contrast to this year is striking. We were a month into quarantine, and I streamed my church’s service alone from my apartment in Alumni. I tried to keep reminding myself that my feelings in the midst of all of the unknowns of the upcoming weeks and months were far more like what the disciples were experiencing that first Triduum than my “normal” worship experience, but I must admit I did not want perspective.  

One year later, I am able to see what The Lord has done in this past year. It has been disorienting and overwhelming at times, but I have a renewed sense of hope and perspective for what Jesus is doing in me and in our midst. I have been drawn to John 20 and Mary Magdalene this week, in reflecting on what it meant for her to encounter the Risen Lord, hear him call her by name, and to be sent by Him. I cannot imagine all of the emotions she was feeling, but what we do know is that she responded and went to the disciples and told them “I have seen the Lord!”  

My prayer is that we may respond, like Mary Magdalene, and share with those around us how we have seen the Lord at work in the midst of this past year.  

(Rachel Dean is the Athletes InterVarsity representative on the Campus Ministry staff and the Minister in Residence for Alumni and Desautels Halls.)

Easter is a Season, Not a Day 

The season of Lent that leads up to Easter is 40 days long.  Like Lent, Easter is a season, not a single day.  The Easter season starts on Easter Sunday and lasts for 50 days until Pentecost Sunday.  Learn more about the Easter season at https://www.usccb.org/prayer-worship/liturgical-year/easter.

Congratulations to Assumption's Newest Christian!

At the Easter Vigil in the Chapel on Saturday night, April 3, John Brennan '21 celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  This was the culmination of a journey in faith that has unfolded over the past two years.  We rejoice at John's Christian Initiation and thank him for the model of growing in faith that he has provided to all of us over the past two years.

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