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Celebrate Spirit! 2020

Celebrate Spirit! is the official welcoming event to the new school year and part of a long tradition dating from European universities in the Middle Ages. At the Celebrate Spirit! Mass, we call on God’s Spirit for inspiration and blessing as we begin a new academic year. Learn more about the tradition.

Join us this year VIRTUALLY: Sept. 10, 2020 at 12:35 p.m.

Theme: In Solidarity

The Pope defines intergenerational solidarity as the notion of the common good extended to future generations. He comments that: “Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us” (#159), adding that our very dignity is at stake. (based on Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si: On care for our common home)

Understanding solidarity:

“[Solidarity] is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the 
common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
—St. John Paul II, On Social Concern (Sollicitudo rei Socialis), no. 38

12:15 p.m. — Procession from Shiple Hall to St. Ignatius Chapel

12:35 p.m. — Welcome and Introduction to Detroit Mercy community video reflections on Solidarity and a Call to Action

  • Speakers:
    Elaine D. Webber, Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions
    Batoul Shinawah, 3rd Year Student, Biology Major
    Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC, Professor & Chair, Department of Counseling & Addiction Studies
    Call to Action Talk: Nicholas J. Schroeck, Associate Dean of Experiential Education, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Environmental Law Clinic

  • Everyone is invited to contribute their prayer, name, thought for the Healing Wall.

  • Student Spirit mission grants are new this year. Your student organization may receive funds for an event or program that lives out Solidarity this year.

1 p.m. — Virtual Mass of the Holy Spirit / Special Blessing for all students and employees  (Presider: Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ)

 

Celebrate Spirit! Revised class schedules

Morning classes that normally meet

  • 8 to 8:50 a.m. will meet 8 to 8:50 a.m.
  • 8 to 9:50 a.m. will meet 8 to 9:50 a.m.
  • 8 to 11:50 a.m. will meet 8 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will meet 8 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. will meet 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.
  • 9 to 9:50 a.m. will meet 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. will meet 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 9 to 10:45 a.m. will meet 9 to 10:45 a.m.
  • 9 to 10:50 a.m. will meet 9 to 10:50 a.m.
  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. will meet 9 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 9 to 11:50 a.m. will meet 9 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. will meet 9 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 9:55 to 11:10 a.m. will meet 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.
  • 10 to 10:50 a.m. will meet 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.
  • 10 to 11:15 a.m. will meet 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will meet 9:30 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. will meet 10 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. will meet 11 to 11:20 a.m.
  • 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. will meet 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Afternoon classes that normally meet

  • 1 to 3 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 3 p.m.
  • 2 to 2:50 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 2 to 3:50 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.
  • 2 to 4 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • 2 to 4:45 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • 2 to 4:50 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 4:50 p.m.
  • 2 to 4:55 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 4:55 p.m.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • 2 to 5:50 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 5:50 p.m.
  • 2 to 6 p.m. will meet 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Student looking up in crowd at Celebrate Spirit! 2018
Students holding processional banners before Celebrate Spirit! 2018 ceremony begins.
Celebrant of Celebrate Spirit! 2018: Fr. Pat Kelly, S.J. '83
Procession into 2018 Celebrate Spirit!

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    Mass of the Holy Spirit tradition

    Celebrate Spirit!, the official welcome to the new school year for Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students, is part of a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages. These institutions would celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of a new school year. Following this tradition we call on God's Spirit for inspiration as we begin a new academic year. This festive event gathers the entire University community together to rededicate ourselves to Detroit Mercy's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members.

    Eucharistic Liturgy (the Mass)

    Every Mass follows the same general form, and the Mass of the Holy Spirit is no exception. We gather to listen to some portion of the sacred story handed on in the gospels and other sacred writings. Then we bring forward bread and wine, symbols of our gifts received and shared with all in need. The priest, an ordained representative of the entire church community, prays over and shares those gifts in a holy communion with God and with one another. In the "missa," or "sending," at the end of the mass, the people disperse to their ordinary lives strengthened for the task of carrying what they have heard and shared to the rest of the world.

    Procession

    A procession is symbolic movement through time and space. Our processional banners carry medallions of major world religions:

    Spirits

    • the Star of David (Judaism),
    • the cross (Christianity),
    • and the Star and Crescent (Islam) represent the three sister-communities who trace the origins of their faith to Abraham.
    • The Yin-yang symbol (Confucianism),
    • the Dharma Wheel (Buddhism),
    • and the Om (Hinduism) represent the great religions of the East.

    All faiths recognize the reality of the transcendent and attempt to engage believers with Ultimate Reality. The medallions are a sign of welcome to every expression of Spirit in this celebration as we move together through this coming academic year.

    Liturgy of the Word

    The Liturgy of the Word is a time of listening to some portion of the Bible, reflecting on it through prayer, song, and preaching, and then offering prayer for the needs of the church, the world and the local community.

    Liturgy of the Eucharist

    The word "Eucharist" comes from the Greek word for "thanksgiving." The gathered community first brings forward bread, the staff of life, and wine, a festive drink. We place these symbols of our life and joy into the hands of the priest, a chosen representative of this community and of the larger Church. He calls down the power of the Holy Spirit over the gifts, recalling the story of Jesus' own gift to us and asking that God transform them. Then with Jesus and the community he gives thanks to God. Our great "Amen" at the end is the sign of our acceptance of all that we have said and done together.

    Communion Rite

    In the communion rite believers share the consecrated bread and wine which makes Christ present within each of us and all of us together. Through this communion we become Christ's living Body present in time and space. Before we approach the holy table, we pray together as brothers and sisters and offer one another a sign of the peace we hope to realize in this communion.

    Interested in more information on the Mass?

    If you would like to learn more about the liturgy and its historical origins, or about the meaning of the Eucharist (communion), check out these web sites:

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    More about our speaker: Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos

    Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos earned her doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She has been involved in Jesuit Higher Education for almost 30 years, having taught most recently at Seattle University, where she was an Associate Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department and inaugural director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, a role that enabled her to discover her passion for collaborating with others to create opportunities to explore Catholic intellectual and wisdom traditions and their implications for the issues of our day. Her work in the US has shifted her interests to include Fil/Fil-Am theology, Catholic social traditions and Catholic higher education in the US. She is also a spiritual director, trained in the Ignatian tradition.