Mass of the Holy Spirit

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Monday, August 23, 2010

It is a tradition among Catholic colleges and universities to open each academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  This year's Mass of the Holy Spirit will be a special "learning Mass," with periodic explanations of Roman Catholic traditions and rituals.  We hope this will help all members of our University community feel welcome and included in our celebration.

There will be an adjusted class schedule on Monday, August 23, 2010 as follows::

Classes that begin at:      Will Meet:
7:45 a.m.                           7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.                           8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.                           8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
10:00 a.m.                         9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.                         10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

12:00 p.m.                         1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.                           2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.      3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
3:00, 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.     4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. classes will meet as ordinarily scheduled

At 10:45 a.m., all members of the University community** may begin to proceed to the Physcial Education Center, in which our Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. (**Offices and services deemed essential will remain open)

Special seating areas will be designated for all of our First Year Seminar (FYS) sections and new transfer students.  Ushers will be available to direct all FYS and new transfer students to their sections.

Faculty and administrators who wish to participate in the opening academic procession should report to the Center for Student Life by 11:00 a.m. and be robed and ready to process before 11:15 a.m.

Members of the Administration and special guests should report to the Shander Room by 11:00 a.m. and be robed and ready to process before 11:15 a.m.

After Mass, all members of the University community and special guests are invitied to a free and festive luncheon at the Student Center, lasting until our adjusted class schedule resumes.

Start Date: 8/23/2010 09:00 am
End Date: 8/23/2010 6:15 pm
Location: Main event - PEC
Contact: Student Activities

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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