Campus-wide Stations provide Lenten reflection

first_imgIn a public display of devotion, students and faculty traversed campus last night to participate in the annual campus-wide Stations of the Cross.Assistant director of undergraduate ministry Kate Barrett said if students have not previously participated in Stations as part of their Lenten experience, the event provides the opportunity to see “one of the oldest and most treasured ways that we as a Church throughout the world enter into Jesus’ passion.”“Even if they have grown up participating in the Stations of the Cross in their home parishes, this is a unique way to celebrate the holiest week of the Church year,” she said.According to Barrett, the event began 20 years ago through the efforts of Notre Dame Folk Choir director Steve Warner and Fr. Tom McDermott.In recent years, Barrett said most of the planning starts in the winter and involves getting as many people as possible involved as readers, cross-bearers and musicians.“The Glee Club, the Chorale and groups of trumpet players from the Notre Dame Band all help provide music along with the Folk Choir,” she said. “Typically groups of students from many halls, led by the hall liturgical or spiritual commissioners, take on the responsibility of ‘sponsoring’ the various stops along the way – so they find the readers and cross-bearers for each station.”Reflections for the event are written by Holy Cross priests Kevin Grove and Drew Gawrych, Barrett said.“[The reflections] are beautiful and give us a great connection to the spirituality of our founding religious community,” she said.Over the years, Barrett said students have visited residence halls including Sorin and Lyons, academic buildings such as Bond Hall and campus landmarks such as the reflecting pool at the Hesburgh Library.“Even when it’s really cold out, like this year, the experience is well worth it,” she said. “They may never have the opportunity again to participate with such a large group of people.”Senior Maria Corsaro said she attended the Stations of the Cross event the past two years.“I go to this event year after year because I think it’s a good way to connect with my faith and to remind myself of Jesus’s journey on Easter,” she said. “I think that sometimes we forget just how much Jesus went through on Easter for all of us.“The campus-wide Stations of the Cross helps me to remember everything that Jesus suffered through. I really like the feeling of being a part of the large community of people on this journey around campus.”Corsaro said her favorite part of the experience is the sense of community that accompanies the journey around campus with a large group of people.“I love the sense of community that comes from so many people being together like this,” she said. “With students and families from South Bend, I really feel that everyone comes together for this event.”Even after the Easter season, Corsaro said she continues to associate different areas on campus with the Station of the Cross she saw there.“I think that this is something special and unique to this event,” she said.Junior Katelyn Virga said she decided to partake in the campus-wide event for the first time this year.“Stations of the Cross is a powerful way to honor the passion of Jesus,” she said. “It reminds us of Jesus’s sacrifice in a very tangible way, and it provides us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the season.”Virga said she would absolutely recommend the event to other students.“Stations of the Cross is a moving way to celebrate your faith with others, and to ‘walk with Jesus’ in an almost literal sense,” she said. “Notre Dame is a great place to grow in faith, and Stations of the Cross is a unique way to do that.”Tags: Easter Season, Lent, Stations of the Crosslast_img read more

Zack Greinke leaves Dodgers for the birth of his first child

first_imgIndeed, Zack Greinke was calling to say he wouldn’t be at the ballpark Thursday. His wife, Emily, was about to deliver the couple’s first child. Since Emily Greinke is in Los Angeles, Zack probably wouldn’t be back in time to make his scheduled start Friday.This was wonderful news for the soon-to-be parents, not so wonderful for the Dodgers. Brandon Beachy had been lined up to start Saturday’s game against the Mets until he was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday. Brett Anderson was lined up to start Sunday until he hurt his ankle.With one early-morning phone call, the Dodgers were suddenly down three starting pitchers for the next three days.Ian Thomas will start Friday instead. The left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the fourth time this season Tuesday. He will become the 13th different pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers this season.Thomas has a 7.20 earned-run average (five innings pitched, four earned runs) in two appearances for the Dodgers, both out of the bullpen. He pitched 24 1/3 innings in five starts at Triple-A, posting a 5.55 ERA. NEW YORK >> Don Mattingly’s phone rang ridiculously early Thursday morning, around 5 a.m.Not his cell phone, either — his house phone.“The house phone doesn’t hardly ever ring now, ever, either the one at home or the one on the road,” the Dodgers manager said. “House phones just don’t ring anymore. I forget that we had one at home. The only reason we have one is because the alarm has to be linked to something.”Odds were this was something fairly serious. It was not a false alarm. As for Greinke, “you never know what’s going to happen with Emily,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see where it goes. There’s the potential that he’ll possibly pitch this weekend. … Maybe he’ll get back for Saturday, maybe he’ll get back for Sunday. He may not get back for either one.”Greinke, who has a 43 2/3-inning scoreless streak, will be placed on paternity leave through the weekend, unless he comes back sooner. That will allow the Dodgers to call up a player from the minor leagues without sending anyone down.Anderson updateAnderson wouldn’t rule himself out for making his scheduled start Sunday after playing catch and doing a light workout at Citi Field before the game.“I was able to push off, balance on my back leg, make sure it was stable and I got it taped up,” he said. “I’ll go in tomorrow and throw my bullpen, go on, and they’ll tell me when they want me to pitch.”Anderson pitched just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday before leaving the game against the Washington Nationals. An MRI revealed inflammation in the sheath surrounding his left Achilles tendon, and he’s still wearing a walking boot away from the field as a precaution.Beachy could always come back and start Saturday’s game, though the organization would prefer he continue to get work at Triple-A. Should the Dodgers tap the Oklahoma City pipeline, veteran left-hander Eric Stults is scheduled to start Friday, followed by Zach Lee on Saturday and Joe Wieland on Sunday.Also …Chris Hatcher (oblique) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday. Carlos Frias (back) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday. It will be the first minor-league rehab appearance for both pitchers. … Pitchers Josh Sborz and Philip Pfeifer, two of the Dodgers’ top five picks in the June draft, were assigned to rookie-level Ogden. … The Dodgers claimed three of the top 21 best-selling individual jerseys, based on sales from between Opening Day and the All-Star Game. Clayton Kershaw ranked fourth, Adrian Gonzalez 20th and Yasiel Puig 21st.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more