Student government to sponsor teaching Mass for community members

first_imgStudent government will be hosting a “Welcome Back Teaching Mass” to educate students on the workings of Catholic Mass in the Stanford-Keenan Hall chapel Sunday night.Organized by junior Keenan White, the student government director of faith and service, the Teaching Mass will feature a dialogic Mass led by Fr. Lou DelFra, the priest-in-residence at Keenan Hall, who will explain the theology behind the main parts of Catholic Mass.“It’s still just a regular Mass, but the priest is literally explaining everything he’s doing so you actually get a feel for what’s going on on the more theological side,” White said.White said the inspiration behind the idea came from feedback she received signifying that students of different faith backgrounds don’t receive much ministering on campus. After hearing of the quality of Teaching Masses Fr. DelFra has led in the past, White reached out to him during the summer and has been preparing for the event since.“When about 80 percent of the student body is Catholic, I can totally understand how it could be intimidating to come here as a non-Catholic student,” White said. “What we can do to incorporate our Catholic tradition and values with students of different faith backgrounds is to make it a hospitable environment for them to learn about our faith.”All students are invited to attend. DelFra said attendees can stop the Mass at any point to ask what is happening or why he is doing something, saying something or gesturing in a particular way.“[The Mass is] so powerful, it has transformed my and countless people’s lives over the centuries — and I hope students will come to some glimpses of that power and that beauty,” DelFra said. “And also to see that the various components of the Mass are not arbitrary but have deep and really beautiful meaning to them.”DelFra said he hopes students — whether non-Catholic or Catholic — will come to not only a deeper understanding of Catholicism after the Mass, but also a deeper appreciation and love of “the beautiful sacrament.”“I’m really excited that it came at the request of the current student body, showing their growing interest, and even joy, in this sacrament that is at the very heart of our Catholic identity,” DelFra said. “It is such a beautiful gesture of hospitality towards students who are not as familiar with the Catholic faith.”The Mass is expected to last about an hour starting at 7 p.m. Depending on the attendance, White said she hopes student government can continue hosting the Mass annually.“I would hope that it brings awareness to the kind of community that the Mass is at Notre Dame,” White said. “A lot of times we’re dozing off or it’s just mundane because we go every week, so to be more present and engaged in the Mass when it’s being explained to you and you’re getting the behind-the-scenes tour will be cool for Catholic students.”Tags: Catholicism, Mass, Teaching Masslast_img read more

More Sumner County Fair results: 2014 Pedal Tractor pull

first_imgSUMNER COUNTY FAIR 2014 PEDAL TRACTOR PULLSponsors – Home Lumber Company,  C & K Auto Parts,  P & K Equipment, York’s Garage, Prairieland Partners,  LuLu’s Café,  LX Ranch – Carson & Nina Ward,  Sumner County Fair Association…The Pedal Tractor Pull was held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Aug 3, along the 200 block of South Chisholm following the Sand Pile Dig.  A group of parents, friends and family members gathered to watch and encourage 47 eager participants compete in nine age groups from 4 and Under to 12 years.  The top three finishers in each age group qualified to go on to compete at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson at the State Pedal Tractor Pull held in September.First, second, and third place trophies were presented in each age group with every participant receiving a coupon for a soft drink compliments of LuLu’s Café and a yellow ribbon from the Van DeCreek Pedal Tractor Pull of Abilene, Kansas.2014 pedal Tractor Pull Results:AGE 4 and Under ( 7 Entries) Tanner Clark Cooper Stanfield Camden WhiteOthers:  Paysley Lockhart,  Michael Gerstenkorn,  Gabe Oakley,  Denton WestAGE 5  (3 Entries)  Mak Fair,  Zak Eaton,  Keelen EatonAGE 6  (5 Entries) Tim Stevenson Ava Stanfield Anson CreedOthers:  Addi Skaggs,  Ashton MayAGE 7  (4 Entries) Cole VanZant Kooper Kelso Ashton MasonOthers:  Jaz NelsonAGE 8  (8 Entries) Shelby Popplewell Beckett May Jackson RisleyOthers:  Kasen Clark,  Hanna Lee,  Lexie Reilly, Phinnian BrideAGE 9  (7 Entries) Ben McRorie John Allen Furrh Christopher ClarkOthers:  Adrianna Creed,  Kelley Lowe,  Conner Dick,  Dylan DickAGE 10  (8 Entries) Carley Weir Jessie FurrhKaylee LambOthers:  Sam Eaton,  Brody Perkins,  Colby Barton,  Kaleb Oakley,  Lance BlubaughAGE 11  (4 Entries) Matthew Pryce Jody Furrh Phoebe RoopOthers:  Priscilla FoxAGE 12  (1 Entry) Trey CallowayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


first_imgSmall schools, Gaelscoileanna and minority faith schools in Co Donegal are still facing significant cuts to staffing levels and the possibility of closure, despite a “PR announcement” from the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn this week, it has been claimed.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has said the Minister is trying to give the impression that he has rowed back on cuts small schools when he has not.“Minister Quinn announced that small schools facing cuts can appeal these cuts if they can prove their pupil number will rise significantly over the coming years. This is nothing more an attempt to take the heat out of the controversy over this unpopular budget measure. In reality, it will make very little difference to small schools in Co Donegal that are set to lose their teachers,” said the Donegal North East Deputy. “While it is welcome that staffing levels will be based on pupil numbers as of September 2012 instead of September 2011, it will be extremely difficult for many schools to prove they will have significant increases in pupil numbers of the next number of years. Without this proof, at best they will loss staff and class sizes will increase, while at worst they face forced amalgamation and closure.”He said more than half of all primary schools in Co Donegal are still facing increases to the pupil-teacher ratio, which for many will mean losing teachers this year or in the coming years.“Donegal is particularly badly hit, as we have a higher number of small schools in rural communities, gaelscoileanna and Church of Ireland schools facing a disproportionate level of cuts.  The reality is that any school with less than 5 teachers is still in the firing line.  Schools will now need 53 pupils on their roll in September 2012 to retain three teachers – an increase on the current figure of 49.“This is not over. There is no doubt that this will still lead to forced amalgamations and some communities in Donegal losing their local school, and I know that parents and teachers in Co Donegal will not take it lying down,” said Deputy McConalogue.  DONEGAL GAELSCOILEANNA, PROTESTANT SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GAELSCOILEANNAPROTESTANT SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTSSAYS TDlast_img read more