Celebrate Your Faith
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:09
This coming week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 4, The Church in the 21st Century (C21), the center on campus dedicated to educating and discussing critical issues facing the Catholic Church, will be hosting their annual “Espresso Your Faith Week.” Sponsored by the same center as the “Agape Latte” discussion series, Espresso Your Faith Week is “one week to express and celebrate your faith.” Catherine Putko, co-chair of the student advisory board for C21 and A&S ’14, describes the event as an opportunity to discover who we are as individuals and what holds meaning to us in our lives and sharing this with members of the Boston College community.
“Faith is how students connect to life at school, to each other, and to people of the world,” she said. “The purpose of the week is for students to discover and express where they find meaning in their lives.” Putko encourages all those, no matter what their religious affiliation may be, to join in this self-expressive week of activities. The group hopes to build a greater sense of community among students at BC, including all students of varying religions and stages in their lives, even students that wouldn’t consider themselves “religious.” Putko enforces the idea that everyone has something that they are passionate about, and C21 and the rest of the BC community encourages one to express this.
The first day of Espresso Your Faith Week focused around the idea of sharing in the community of faith at Sunday mass. A special Parents’ Weekend mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. in Conte Forum, allowing students to share in the communion of the mass with classmates and family members. Regular Sunday masses were also held in Saint Joseph’s chapel, Saint Ignatius, and Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus. Sunday mass facilitates the building of a community of believers as they grow in solidarity with one another in prayer, Putko said.
Monday’s events are titled “Espresso your faith through Art” and will showcase the ways students can demonstrate their faith through various art forms. Along with professor Mark Cooper and his classes, C21 constructed a larger-than-life coffee cup, which will be displayed on Stokes lawn. Students are encouraged to draw, write, or doodle images of their faith onto this impressive mug, which will demonstrate the collective perspectives and faiths of the student body. Prepare to be serenaded with an a cappella performance as you enjoy dinner in Lower dining hall at 6 p.m. Many different groups will be demonstrating how they express themselves through music and its varying styles.
Tuesday gives students the opportunity to discuss and learn of others’ faiths. The highly anticipated “Agape Latte” series kicks off for the school year on Tuesday in Hillside Cafe where Rev. Jeremy Clarke, S.J., will deliver the first talk. Aimed to engage all members of the BC community in conversations of faith, the Agape Latte series allows students to listen to insightful members of the community and hear their own journeys of faith while enjoying coffee and treats. These discussions allow participants to learn from others’ faith journeys, while creating a sense of community.
Wednesday focuses on the expression of faith in prayer and reflection. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered for prayer throughout the day. A prayer service and Ignatian Examen will also be offered at night, allowing students to develop the importance of faith and the meaning in participants’ lives and uncover his or her true passions and identity.
The fifth day of the week allows the entire community of BC to express their faith and consideration through service with the organization “Spread the Bread.” Overseen by Karen Kiefer, assistant director of C21, Spread the Bread delivers loaves of bread, a quintessential part of most meals, to the hungry in our community. This sharing of bread symbolizes the breaking of the bread many participate in each Sunday when receiving communion at mass. The project seeks the support of students and will be looking for donations in order to purchase the loaves. Attached to each loaf is a note with words of love, hope, and thanks to the recipients. Tables will be set up on Stokes lawn and will offer members of the student body a chance to write messages for the loaves of bread. The day concludes with sunset yoga on Bapst lawn, with Putko serving as an instructor. “The message I want to get across is that you can find something meaningful in all things—in nature, your surroundings, and in yourself,” she said.
The final day consists of expression through gratitude. Putko explains how even the simple act of thanking and showing appreciation for something or to someone is a form of prayer, something everyone has the ability to do.
Students will have the opportunity to send letters of gratitude or thanks to peers, friends, professors, or anyone on campus that they are thankful for. Notes can be written at the Rat and Hillside between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. These notes will build a greater sense of community as students reach out to those that are most important to them at BC. The week ends with a friendly game of frisbee on Stokes lawn with the Jesuits.