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Faith

Campus Ministry invites you to participate in all our faith and service opportunities which may be your meeting place with God.

As St. Vincent de Paul teaches us, “we should abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God, and believe that His providence disposes everything that He wishes or permits to happen to us for our greater good.”

Liturgical Ministry

Campus Ministry welcomes Altar Servers, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to serve at campus Masses. There is a training program each semester and Commissioning Mass each fall. On-going formation is offered through an Evening of Recollection to keep up-dated on newest developments in Church Ministry and to reflect upon your role in the worshipping community. 

For more information, or if you are intersted in serving in any of these ministries, please contact:

In Queens, contact Andrea Pinnavaia at 718-990-3346, [email protected]
In Staten Island, contact Stephen DeBlasio at 718-390-4473, [email protected]

Music Ministry

Singers and musicians are an integral part of Campus Ministry. Become a part of our music ministry program by sharing your time and talent at our Sunday Night Community Mass, weekday Mass, and other special University celebrations.

In Queens, contact Dennis M. Gallagher, Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation,  at  718-990-2125, [email protected]

  • On the Queens campus, the choir meets at 4:00pm on Sundays during the school year for rehearsals in St. Thomas More Church. We serve at the 5:30pm Sunday Night Mass as well as at the 12:15pm Masses Monday through Friday. All are welcome to join.

In Staten Island, contact  Theresa Volastro at 718-390-4469, volastrt@stjohns.edu

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The R.C.I.A. process is available for those students who are thinking of becoming Catholic and for Catholics who wish to receive First Communion or Confirmation. R.C.I.A. begins in September of the Fall Semester and meets weekly. Participants must start the program together in the early fall semester.

R.C.I.A. Experience from our students 2017-2018--click link for their story.

https://netny.tv/episodes/currents/college-students-become-part-faithful/#.WxgM-m5BX5s.facebook

The R.C.I.A. experience has been an enriching and constant reminder that Jesus is part of every aspect of my life,” said Leslie Cameron ‘15C.  “My actions follow Jesus’ example of living justly.  It has been especially encouraging to take these steps with other students in my St. John’s family.”

“We are because He is, “said Jackie Gonize ‘16C. “I’m excited to know God, love God and serve God.”

Come and pray with our Sunday 5:30pm Mass faith community during this sacred journey of faith.

For more information, please contact Andrea Pinnavaia at (718) 990-3346 [email protected] 

About R.C.I.A. from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Miraculous Medal Novena

Every Monday before the 8:00am Mass and after the 12:15pm Mass in St. Thomas More Church, our faith community gathers to pray the Novena of the Miraculous Medal. Join us as we pray this nearly two-century old devotion, manifested to St. Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity, and kept alive by the worldwide Vincentian community since 1830. 

In November, we pray the 9-day Solemn Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. This year, the Solemn Novena will be held November 13-21. Please visit St. Thomas More Church during this time to pray the Novena with our communtiy before the 8:00am Mass and after the 12:15pm Mass on weekdays, and to submit your petitions you wish to be remembered. At the conclusion of the Solemn Novena, the petitions will be carried to the central Shrine of the Miraculous Metal in Philadelphia by our Vincentian priests. If you cannot join us for the Novena, we encourage you to pray it on your own. You can find the Miraculous Metal Novena prayers at cammonline.org.

For more information contact, Andrea Pinnavaia at [email protected] or 718-990-3346 OR Dennis Gallagher at [email protected] or 718-990-2125.

Rosary

Join us every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. during the semester for the recitation of the Rosary. Rosaries and prayer sheets are provided.

Time: 8-8:30 p.m.
Location: St Thomas More Church

For more information contact Norm Gouin at (718) 990-2125, [email protected]

How to pray the Rosary: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm

Bible Study

If you are interested in studying scripture and are looking for some guidance and direction, please contact Campus Ministry at 718-990-1849 and check out the following resources:

Mass

Queens Campus

St. Thomas More Church
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - Weekday Mass

Sundays
11 a.m. - Community Mass
5:30 p.m. - Student Mass

Reconciliation

Monday - Friday
11:50 a.m.

Sundays
5:00 p.m.

Also by appointment: call (718) 990-1849.
Also, Advent and Lenten Reconciliation Services are offered.

Resident Village Prayer Rooms

Residence students are invited to use our Prayer Rooms in Century Hall, Hollis Hall and Donovan Hall for private prayer. For more information, call 718-990-6327

Staten Island Campus

Weekday Mass

St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Lavelle Hall
If you are interested in being a part of the liturgical life of our campus as a lector, Eucharistic Minister or altar server, please contact Stephen DeBlasio at 718-390-4473 or [email protected]

Sunday Night Mass

St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Lavelle Hall
Come together each Sunday as we celebrate Mass as a campus community with a spirited, college student-focused Mass. A community dinner follows in the Campus Center Cafeteria following Mass.

Contact Stephen DeBlasio at 718-390-4473, [email protected].

Liturgical Ministry

Campus Ministry welcomes Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Altar Servers to serve at our daily and special campus-wide Masses. Training for new ministers, as well as a meeting of former ministers will take place at the beginning of each semester.  We also have on-going formation for updating in Church ministry.

For more information, please contact Stephen DeBlasio at 718-390-4473, [email protected].

Music Ministry

Singers and musicians are an integral part of Campus Ministry.  Join our music ministry by sharing your talent at our Sunday Night Mass, daily and campus-wide liturgies and other special University celebrations.

For more information, please contact Stephen DeBlasio at 718-390-4473 or [email protected]

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment.  Please call 718-390-4305 to schedule a time to meet with our Chaplain.

Book of Prayer

You are invited to list the names of family, relatives and friends for whom you wish to pray for in our Book of Prayer located in the back of St. Vincent de Paul Chapel.  These intentions will be prayed for at Mass each day.  Prayers can also be sent by calling 718-390-4475.

If you would like to have a Mass said for a loved one, living or deceased, please inquire within Notre Dame House or Lavelle Hall 108.

A Shelter from ‘The Storm’

St. Vincent de Paul Chapel and Notre Dame House are open Monday - Friday throughout most of the day for personal prayer and private meditation.  Whether you need an extra prayer before an important test or presentation or you seek a few moments with our God of many names, we invite you to stop by and take time for yourself away from the frenzied pace of life.

Catholic Student Community

The Catholic Student Community is an opportunity for prayer, community, friendship and conversation with others who love their Catholic faith and share similar values and beliefs. Come check out our monthly general body meetings and get more information on our programs. Welcome to your new home for Catholics on campus!   We meet every other Thursday during common hour in St. Thomas More!

For more information, please contact Sr. Nora Gatto at [email protected] or 718-990-6426.

Sinai's Dance

Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry is a Christian-based ministry which seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout campus. In accordance with the biblical text, the gift of dance is used to spread the message of Christ’s love and salvation. As a student run organization, that worships and prays through dance, Sinai’s offers several opportunities to get involved that include:  offering this unique form of prayer at University wide prayer services and events, participating in Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry.

Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry is a Christian-based ministry which seeks to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout campus. In accordance with the biblical text, the gift of dance is used to spread the message of Christ’s love and salvation. As a student run organization, that worships and prays through dance, Sinai’s offers several opportunities to get involved that include:  offering this unique form of prayer at University wide prayer services and events, participating in Vincentian service and hosting a Sinai’s Showcase each semester in the academic year.

The group’s motto is: When God speaks We Move.

For more information, contact Angela Seegel, [email protected]

Interfaith

Campus Ministry seeks to foster the faith development of all of our students and offers opportunities to participate in interfaith services. These services seek to promote fellowship, understanding, and respect for all faiths. We invite all religious groups and students, commuter or resident, to join us for interfaith dialogue and worship through song, scripture, drama and reflection. 

Each year, Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Student Affairs, sponsors an Interfaith Dialogue & Dinner.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to speak of their faith from the various world religions represented on campus and to have the opportunity to learn about other faiths that make up our pluralistic campus and neighborhoods.  "There is unity on our diversity, more that we have in common than what makes us different. " Dialogue with each other brings us all together for understanding, respect and peace in our neighborhoods and world.

Our next Interfaith Dialogue & Dinner will take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in D'Angelo Center, 4th Floor, Room 416.  We hope to see you there!

Questions--Contact: Dennis Gallagher at [email protected] or 718-990-2125 in Campus Ministry.

Sign up to be on the Interfaith Dialogue Planning Committee by clicking on this link.