Mission and Ministry Center

Welcome to the Mission and Ministry Center at Saint Mary’s College! Come explore your faith with us today!

As a part of a Lasallian Catholic College this Center welcomes and serves students of ALL faith traditions who are seeking deeper understanding and expression of their faith and relationship with God.  The core areas of focus in the Mission and Ministry Center include: faith formation, Lasallian mission education and formation, liturgy and prayer, justice education and immersions, a Lasallian Living and Learning Community (intentional community integrating faith, service and community), retreats, promotion of interfaith literacy and awareness--religious diversity, and the development of student leaders as ministers.

Department Updates in Response to COVID-19

Update on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Bishop Michael Barber of our DIOCESE OF OAKLAND has suspended all public Masses. In this decision to protect the Catholic faithful and the wider community, he has dispensed the obligation to attend Sunday Liturgy.

In compliance, Saint Mary’s College will not hold any public masses until this suspension is lifted by Bishop Barber, and in consultation with the directives of local public health authorities.  This includes both Sunday and Daily Masses. Please, know that you are welcome to visit the Chapel and take a moment for private, personal, prayer.

You're invited to our SMC Mass!

Live stream the celebration of Mass at 8:00pm on Sunday evening, with Fr. Hai Ho, OFMCap, chaplain at St. Mary's College of California.  Though we won't be on campus for the regular student-led liturgy, join the Capuchin Franciscan Friars virtually in prayer and spiritual communion as we strive for faith over fear.

watch live

 

Pope calls for Rosary at 9pm, pray for the protection of our families:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/18/pope-calls-for-9-pm-rosary-for-protection-of-our-families/?utm_medium=aleteia_en&utm_campaign=english_page&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3xeo0MMaKLkn8dIvqlKYkmLW0Kim5oqD9vkz9d9nCu-er105Piq3wb1-4#Echobox=1584552888

Join Lasallians Worldwide in Prayer for those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Every Day at 5pm, through May 15th (Feast Day of St. La Salle):

https://www.facebook.com/lasalleorg/photos/a.10150677593118056/10159400369373056/?type=3&theater

Message from the Superior General on COVID-19 Pandemic:

https://www.lasalle.org/en/message-from-brother-robert-superior-general-on-the-covid19-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1pYQyyWBh8kUJD0fQrp-q1SUh0ovC3MJvdpEDFMU42Zl15bFB0OOrYhB0

 

Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

MISSION AND MINISTRY CENTER OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT:
 
At the direction of the Cabinet, the Mission and Ministry Center will remain closed until the end of the county wide "mandatory shelter in place" is lifted.   Our office will be closed through April 7th, WITH ALL STAFF WORKING REMOTELY, and still available via email for support and to continue appropriate work/ministry.  
 
The GAELPANTRY has been moved to the MMC Lounge (to the right of the Chapel) temporarily and will be open Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's from 10am to 2pm.  Food service continues to be provided on campus by Sodexo, but we are concerned with the accessibility of food for our off-campus students who remain in apartments and may have decreased income due to the mandatory shelter in place directive.
 
We will continue to place updates and appropriate resources on our this website as we gather and/or create them, including links to live streaming of Sunday liturgies.  Please know that on March 16th Bishop Barber, SJ (the Bishop of Oakland) directed all the Catholic faithful in the Diocese to discontinue liturgies until further notice.
 
Please contact our office (925-631-4366) if you have any questions or need assistance.  Or email one of our staff directly, we are operating within our normal work schedules, with a few exception.  Please be patient, but we do promise to return your calls or emails in a timely manner.
 
Blessings,
 
Karin McClelland           (x4013) klm14@stmarys-ca.edu
Director, Mission and Ministry Center
Staff Directory:
Br. David Caretti, FSC   brotherdavid@stmarys-ca.edu
Carrie Davis                  cak6@stmarys-ca.edu
Colleen da Silva           (x4366) cao6@stmarys-ca.edu
Fr. Hai Ho, OFMCap     hmh3@stmarys-ca.edu
Katie O' Leary               kmo5@stmarys-ca.edu
 
RESOURCES during mandatory Shelter in Place

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Below you will find a link to a mass celebrated this morning (thank you Capuchins!), a lovely Lenten Liturgy of the Hours resource for use at home/in residence hall (script for today is in the link with reference to scripts for next 2-3 weeks coming!), a link to schedule of masses with live streaming (Diocese of San Jose is all we could locate at this time), and finally...a podcast done by Dr. Edward Sri on how we can respond to the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on our liturgical and communal prayer lives.
 
 
 
 

 

 

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The Mission and Ministry staff also offers this reflection and prayer for all connected to our SMC community:
 
It is understandable that many of us are anxious at this time when the health and well-being of our worldwide community is affected.  Especially, since COVID-19 has impacted us right here in the Bay Area, we are all the more on high alert.  
 
Perhaps it is also important during times like these to remember that we are in the holy presence of God, even as difficult as that thought might seem.  Just as we are preparing ourselves mentally and physically, we also want to be spiritually prepared as a community of faith.  We turn our minds and hearts to God in prayer, trusting that all our actions will be guided and impelled by love, rather than fear.  
 
Those who have died, those who mourn their loss, those quarantined, those who are most vulnerable to be infected, those in the healthcare profession, and so many more are in need of our prayers at this time.  We also offer a prayer of gratitude for all who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our campus safe, healthy, and ready for such an uncertain time.
 
Please know that the staff of the Mission & Ministry Center is available to be a resource for you and your students.  We also invite you to take a moment to consider this prayer offered by Pope Francis to seek for protection of all during this pandemic.  Prayer to Our Lady by Pope Francis   As we take the necessary precautions, let us not be paralyzed by the distress or dismay, for our faith is our strong foundation.
 
St. John Baptist de La Salle...pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick...pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts...forever.
 
Together in prayer.
 
The Mission and Ministry Staff
 

Volunteer and Student Leadership Opportunities

 

Resources and Upcoming Events:

 

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The GaelPantry is temporarily relocating to the Mission and Ministry Center Lounge, found to the right of Chapel. It will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from March 16th through April 9th from 10am to 2pm. The GaelPantry is available to all students who live on or off campus.

GaelPantry temporary hours, COVID-19

 

8 pm Livestream Mass

Initiation Sunday Flyer