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Website fosters faith

first_imgThe Notre Dame Alumni Association launched a new website, FaithND, to extend the University’s spiritual resources beyond campus in an effort to fill a void for religious guidance online. Spirituality program director Angie Appleby Purcell said the site is available to people of all faith traditions interested in exploring Catholicism, even if they are not affiliated with the University. “As a Catholic university steeped in rich tradition, with wonderful resources of faculty, staff, students and alumni trying to live the University’s mission in terms of how to be a people of faith, a Catholic community into the world, we want to be able to provide good quality resources and enrichment for the spiritual and faith journey that we all are on,” Purcell said. FaithND offers a variety of informative services, such as video reflections on liturgical seasons and scripture passages, online courses and opportunities to ask questions about the Catholic faith, Purcell said. One of the best ways to stay engaged with one’s faith is to sign up for the daily email newsletter that includes the day’s Gospel reading, a written reflection on it, a short prayer and a profile of a saint, she said. “[Every morning] I grab my iPhone on the side of my bed, and I read the reflection and the prayer and the saint of the day, and many people start their day with that first step,” Purcell said. More than 9,000 people have signed up for the daily email subscription thus far, Purcell said. Another important feature of the website is the ability to submit prayer requests at the Grotto, a service that existed even before FaithND but is now streamlined. The Alumni Association received more than 24,000 of these requests last year, Purcell said, and they still manage to light a candle for every one. “The Grotto is a significant part of the spiritual imagination of people who are formed here,” she said “They can’t be there in that sacred space, but they certainly can allow us who are here on campus to pray on their behalf.” While most of these services fall under the sphere of prayer, the FaithND website includes three other sections: “Live,” “Serve” and “Explore.” The “Live” section provides monthly themes for reflection on how to live a life of faith, Purcell said. “This month, because we’re very mindful of November being All Saints [Day] and remembering holy people in our lives, we’re focusing on the call to holiness, not from the standpoint of ‘I have to be a Mother Teresa,’ but, ‘In my daily life, how am I called and how can I make decisions based on how to be a better, more holy person?’” she said. The “Serve” section focuses on ways to give back to the community of faith, Purcell said. “[It] talks about how through our faith we are called to service through Catholic Social Tradition, what does that look like, how are we at Notre Dame forming leaders for the Church?” she said. The “Explore” section addresses the intellectual aspects of faith, Purcell said, and it strives to answer the questions, “How do we explore the Catholic intellectual side of what we offer on campus, and how can that inform us as we move forward in life?” Purcell said FaithND was developed after months of research on the spiritual desires of the Notre Dame community, especially those of young alumni. “This came about ultimately from our constituency, our larger Notre Dame family, internally and externally, as to where Notre Dame could help them in continuing to grow in faith,” she said. “It was really a mandate from our constituency and our Notre Dame family.” Those interested in exploring the resources available though FaithND can visit Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson continues hot start with performance against Boston College

first_img Related Stories Dina Hegab propels SU to 7-0 win against Boston College using improved backhand Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcocenter_img Gabriela Knutson set her feet and waited for teammate Valeria Salazar to serve. Knutson leaned on her toes to avoid being caught flat-footed. The serve went to the other side of the court, and a quick return by Knutson’s opponent struck her in the hand. She winced in pain and went over to talk to Salazar, trying to stay focused.“I burned my hand two days so I had burn marks,” Knutson said. “I started bleeding after I got hit. (Getting hit) happens all the time.”But Knutson said the pain went away, going on to win her doubles set with Salazar 6-3. The momentum stuck with her, as she rolled past her opponent in singles 6-0, 6-3. It was not before long that No. 62 Syracuse (7-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) would sweep the rest of its singles matches, shutting out No. 48 Boston College (4-4, 0-2) 7-0.SU is off to its best start of the year since 2009, when the team started 7-0 as well. Pacing Syracuse during its undefeated start are Knutson and Dina Hegab, who have yet to lose a match in singles play. Saturday’s match was just like the past six games for Knutson, as she jumped out to a commanding lead and didn’t look back.Up 3-0, Knutson bent her legs and bounced off the balls of her feet, waiting for the serve from BC’s Emily Safron. With each return, she shuffled between her backhand and forehand, making her opponent run across the baseline.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(My opponent) wasn’t handling my hard shots as well as she should have,” Knutson said. “And my serve was working. I had a lot of aces, which really helped me get the point easier.”Knutson stepped forward, leaned back and spiked the ball to win the volley. Safron turned her back to catch her breath. Knutson served the next point. Another ace and another deep breath for Safron. Two volleys later, Knutson took a 5-0 lead, walked to the bench and sat down. She reached for her purple Gatorade and towel with a large smile on her face.Knutson went on to win the first set 6-0 and kept cruising until the middle of the second. She had back-to-back returns that bounced off the net and back onto her side.She dropped her head, turned around, and let out a sigh. Knutson began to talk to herself to try and calm herself down.“I got flustered because I was being so dominant. I let myself get flustered. Usually when it’s a tight match, you can’t show your weakness to your opponent,” Knutson said. “I let myself do that a little bit so I could then get it out of my system and play better.”A few backhands later, Knutson defeated Safron 6-0, 6-3. A huge smile was on her face as she went to shake her opponent’s hand. Her undefeated record in singles play was still alive.“Her backhand is a big weapon of her game,” head coach Younes Limam said. “And I thought she did a great job serving. She is very smart at placing her serve. It sometimes doesn’t come with a lot of pace, but she places it so well that she keeps her opponent guessing quite a bit.” Commentslast_img read more

8th Graders Take Care of Local Roads Cleaning Up Garbage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis8th Graders of Mrs. Romel’s Science class got down and dirty to help keep Alpena clean.The students participated in a community service project and the Thunder Bay Junior High’s ‘Pride Program,’ which stands for: “Personal Responsibility of Our Community.” Mrs. Romel said it’s important to teach students to care about their community while they are young. “I think that it’s important for students to show their pride and ownership in whatever they do. For them to be able to experience how to give back to the community in such a small way of cleaning up an intersection I think that’s a sphere head for future engagements, and giving back,” Romel said.Becoming inspired by her own hobby, Adopt a Highway; Mrs. Romel said doing service starts within your own home.“Well you know it starts with pride in your own home, and outside your home. You just give you don’t have to ask to do something and so if you start from a very young age they feel that reward, that gratification that they’ve done something good. When students drive by that intersection they’re going to know that they helped clean it up and in the future they will take more pride in their community around their home and not have to have their parents ask them to do things, they will naturally do it,” Romel added.Thunder Bay Junior High seems to stay very busy when it comes to community service. 6th Graders clean up the beach, and other students help maintain the local trails.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Adopt a Highway, Garbage, Local Roads, Thunder Bay Junior HighContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena ‘Get’s Growing’ With Chamber Annual BreakfastNext 6th Graders of Thunder Bay Junior High Travel to Lafarge for an Educational Triplast_img read more