It is a tradition among Catholic colleges and universities to open each academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit to seek God’s guidance and blessing in the quest for learning. 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 29, 2011 as follows:
Classes that begin at: Will Meet:
7:25 a.m. 7:25 – 8:15 a.m.
7:45 a.m. 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m. 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Mass of the Holy Spirit 11:30 a.m.
12:45 p.m. 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. classes will meet as ordinarily scheduled
At 11:00 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 11:30 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 11:15 a.m. and be robed and ready to process before 11:30 a.m.
Members of the Administration and special guests should report to the Shander Room by 11:15 a.m. and be robed and ready to process before 11:30 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.
Contact Student Activities for more information.