Photos are from the Mass of the Holy Spirit, September 2014 to bless the Academic Year 2014-2015. The Most Reverend Robert Deeley, J.C.D. Bishop of Portland, Principal Celebrant and Homilist. Photos courtesy of Tom Fitzsimmons.
It is hard to stereotype the people in any Harvard crowd and that is certainly true at the Harvard Catholic Center. Some students come by for Sunday Eucharist, while others get absorbed with projects and friendships that last for years. Still, all are bound by a common faith in Christ. For Catholic students, Harvard is as much a pilgrimage of the heart and soul as it is a challenge for strong minds.
Over the years, thousands of women and men have brought a rich tradition of Catholic life to the University. As a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston and St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, the Center keeps this tradition alive and flourishing on campus. This is reflected in the Center's mission statement:
The Harvard Catholic Center invites students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community to grow into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic tradition of worship, inquiry, prayer and service to develop informed and compassionate individuals who use their intellectual and spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church and the World.
NEWLY MINTED HARVARD CATHOLIC ALUMNI
EVERY SUNDAY AFTER 9:30 AM MASS
The GSAS CSA invites all graduate students and young professionals to join them for brunch. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass to head over together.
WEEKLY SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP
Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 PM
Summer Schedule (Beginning Sunday, May 24):
Every Sunday at 12:15 PM (after 10:30 AM GSAS CSA brunch and 11:00 AM Mass)
Harvard Catholic Center, Rm 204 (enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)
Grad students and young professionals gather each Sunday as a small church community to read and reflect on the Sunday readings and to share and pray about finding God in everyday life. For more information, e-mail: email@example.com
YOUNG COUPLES & NEW FAMILIES
Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 PM
Harvard Catholic Center Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street)
Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck dinner! Join the e-mail list: StPaulYoungCouples@googlegroups.com
Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 PM
GRAD STUDENTS, POST DOCS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DINNER
THURSDAY, June 11
7:00 PM GATHER; 7:30 PM DINE
Harvard Catholic Center Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street) No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!
Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, August 27
SCHOOL MASS SCHEDULES:
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 8:00 PM ***FINAL HBS MASS FOR SEMESTER*** Harvard Business School Chapel
Ascension Mass: Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 PM, HBS Chapel
SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 5:00 PM ***FINAL STUDENT MASS FOR SEMESTER***
St. Paul Church
BACCALAUREATE MASS AND RECEPTION
SUNDAY, MAY 24 at 11:00 AM (Gather in Student Center at 10:30 AM)
St. Paul Church (Reception to Follow Mass in DiGiovanni Hall)
Congratulations Harvard Class of 2015! St. Paul Parish and the Harvard Catholic Center offer prayerful best wishes to all members of the graduating Class of 2015. All faculty as well as graduates from the College and Graduate programs are invited to march in the Mass procession (wearing academic regalia if possible) - please gather in the Student Center at 10:30 AM. A reception in your honor follows Mass in DiGiovanni Hall.
COMMENCEMENT DAY MASSES
THURSDAY, MAY 28 at 8:00 AM and 12:10 PM St. Paul Church
On Commencement Day, Mass will be offered for all the graduates that God will bless them abundantly as they begin a new and exciting chapter in their lives.
Graduate Students and Young Professionals
The undergraduate group is known on campus as the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, more familiarly as the CSA. Picnics, prayer, discussions, spaghetti suppers and late night study breaks - the CSA combines spiritual and intellectual seriousness with the warmth of community, good fun, and service to people in need in the Harvard Square community and beyond.
The CSA provides a wealth of opportunities to undergraduates: retreats, communal prayer and small groups; discussions of contemporary religious and moral issues; and special liturgical events through the year. Students volunteer in soup kitchens, schools, shelters for the homeless and tutoring programs for inner city youth. Within St. Paul Parish, they teach CCD and serve as liturgical ministers.
There are many ways for the students at Harvard's various graduate and professional schools to become involved in Catholic life in Harvard Square. Many offer weekly discussion groups or Bible studies, and the Law and Business Schools even offer Mass on their respective campuses.
Area young professionals are invited to participate in the programming offered at the Center as well. Some of the most popular events that bring together graduate students and young professionals include monthly Thursday dinners and the Theology on Tap ministry. There is even a group geared towards newlyweds and new parents called Young Couples and New Families: A Work in Progress.
We love the opportunity to meet our alumni and alumnae and encourage you to stop by for a visit whenever you find yourself in Harvard Square.
We also hope you will consider joining us at one of our regular liturgies, celebrated next door to the Harvard Catholic Center in St. Paul's Church. Our summer Mass schedule is below:
Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am
Daily at 8:00am & 12:10pm
We host special events for our alums throughout the year, both here at the Center and around the country. For information about past and upcoming HCC alumni events, please visit the link below.
|A staff of chaplains and
administrative personnel provides year-to-year continuity and support to
the programming that takes place at the Harvard Catholic Center.
The Center is led by Fr. Michael Drea, Pastor and Senior Chaplain. He is joined by two other full-time priests who specialize in ministry with the undergraduates and the graduate students. This past year the Center was fortunate to have three part-time lay chaplains assisting the full-time staff, working with the undergraduates in the areas of small groups and one-on-one ministry.
The chaplains are available for counseling and spiritual direction. Appointments help, but you are always welcome to stop in. To learn more about these dedicated individuals, please visit the link below.
|Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association||Visit the Site for Graduate Students and Young Professionals||Meet the Chaplains|
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How Can I Help?
|The Center is located at 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Center is open daily as well as on many evenings and weekends during the academic year when students are hosting events. If you are coming by to visit during regular business hours Monday-Friday, please ring the bell at the 29 Mount Auburn Street entrance. Use the interactive map at right for detailed directions.||The Harvard Catholic Center receives no financial support from
University. It is funded entirely through the generosity of students,
their parents, interested alumni/ae, and friends. Please consider
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