Weekly Update: Dec. 6 – 15

Featured Events:

Las Mañanitas

The CU Latino Student Association cordially invites you to join in their commemoration of Las Mañanitas, a Devotion to Mary in Latin America. Mass will begin at 5:30 am in Saint John’s Church followed by a reception in Lower Saint John’s with traditional food.

Prayer for an End to Global Hunger

Caritas Internationalis is calling on people around the world to pray at noon local time on Dec. 10 for an end to global hunger. This “wave of prayer” across time zones will mark the beginning of a campaign for Roman Catholic-related charities, called “One Human Family, Food for All.” Pope Francis, who is supportive of the campaign, will issue a video message on that day. Saint John’s will have a moment of silence on this day before noon mass for this cause. All are welcome to attend! More information about this global event can be found here.

Events this week:
Las Mañanitas
Talk on Justice: Public Info Session
Senior Perspective Course Taught in West Virginia Info Session
Prayer for an End to Global Hunger

Events More than One Week Away:
Holiday Helper Volunteers Needed

Service and Justice Opportunities

Friday, December 6th
Las Mañanitas

The CU Latino Student Association cordially invites you to join in their commemoration of Las Mañanitas, a Devotion to Mary in Latin America. Mass will begin at 5:30 am in Saint John’s Church followed by a reception in Lower Saint John’s with traditional food.

Saturday, December 7th
Talk on Justice: Public Info Session

Our planet’s health is under attack. Corporations pollute and threaten to pollute our lands, air, and water for increasing control of the lands and their people. Organize Omaha along with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation are proud to bring you T.R. McKenzie of Deep Roots United Front to share his experiences in organizing to protect the earth. Deep Roots United Front focuses on environmental and social justice issues. We invite you to hear T.R. offer his advice on what can be done in the fight for environmental justice in Omaha and Nebraska as we face continued assaults from our publicly owned coal and nuclear plants and potential threat in the Keystone XL Pipeline. This talk will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation located at 3448 Evans St. To watch the talk live visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/organize-omaha.

Sunday, December 8th
Senior Perspective Course Taught in West Virginia Info Session

Students in this class will travel to West Virginia and live with a community that serves those of the area in various forms of outreach. There will be opportunities for assisting in home repair, tutoring children, gathering and cooking for community night, visiting elderly and/or homebound…and coming to know the particular strengths and perspectives of those who deal with poverty day to day, all their lives. The community we live with emphasizes the importance of simplicity, prayer, service, community and sustainability and they integrate these into the work they do in the surrounding areas. This is a senior perspective and certified writing course offered during summer pre-session. There is limited availability and the applications are due by January 20th, 2014. Come to an information meeting at the CCSJ Office Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 pm or Tuesday, December 10th at 8:30 pm. Cookies will be served! If you are interested, have questions or would like an application, please contact Alice Smith at 280-3623 or e-mail her at alices@creighton.edu. You may also download the application form from the Education Department’s website or get a hard copy from Carol Sudduth in the Education Department (Hitchcock Building, room 106).

Tuesday, December 10th
Prayer for an End Global Hunger

Caritas Internationalis is calling on people around the world to pray at noon local time on Dec. 10 for an end to global hunger. This “wave of prayer” across time zones will mark the beginning of a campaign for Roman Catholic-related charities, called “One Human Family, Food for All.” Pope Francis, who is supportive of the campaign, will issue a video message on that day. Saint John’s will have a moment of silence on this day before noon mass for this cause. All are welcome to attend! More information about this global event can be found here.

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Helper Volunteers Needed

As the holiday season approaches, life gets busy – with shopping, parties, travel and other special events. But for many, this time of year also brings to mind our neighbors-in-need, and the organizations that make our community a great place to live all year long. Give the gift of YOU this year, and join United Way’s “Holiday Helpers”, a merry band of people coordinated by United Way of the Midlands who want to volunteer a little or a lot of their time to: cheer up those in hospitals and retirement centers, sort toys donated for local children, wrap presents for the homeless, deliver gifts to a family in need, serve a meal at a shelter, decorate rooms and windows for someone who can’t do it themselves, and help out at a community holiday event. Click here to check out specific holiday-related volunteer projects.

Please Note:
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

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