Young Adult Christmas Formal

 

The 2nd annual young adult Christmas formal was a definitely a merry and bright night! Everyone dressed to the nines, and looked quite dapper. The evening featured two live bands, the first a string trio playing classical Christmas songs, and the second was a jazz band for swing dancing! We had around 175 young adults attend, and we partied on until midnight! If you missed the formal, but still want an opportunity to meet other undergrads, don't stress! You can come to U-District Young Adult Mass, followed by dinner, on January 4, 5:45PM at Blessed Sacrament; or you can come to Saturday Night Alive on January 17 (more info here).

(Photos courtesy of GlimmerGlassPhoto.com)

Happy Feast Day, Blessed Cardinal Newman!

October 9 is the feast of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, our beloved patron, so we had a rousing celebration. The Veritas undergraduate ministry and Frassati Grads & Young Adults co-hosted Dr. Sam Rocha from the University of British Columbia, who spoke on education, spirituality, and the human person. He found his inspiration in the works of Cardinal Newman, and encouraged his audience to develop taste, and to seek and support beauty when they find us. He told the attendees to "love the world. That's what made Newman special - he really loved the world." We finished the day with cake and pie, and discussion of how important education is to our faith. Happy feast day, Cardinal Newman!

Saturday Night Alive Resumes

Holy Hour featured Evening Prayer, meditative music, and the opportunity to go to Confession

This past Saturday, around 100 young adults convened at St. James Cathedral in Capital Hill to kick off the second season of SNA. The only thing more beautiful than the weather was the beauty of seeing so many young adults excited to have the opportunity to attend. The evening began with evening prayer in the Cathedral, followed by adoration and music, with the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Afterwards, there was a social in the nearby fireside room, which featured an impromptu Disney song sing-a-long. The evening ended with Compline (night prayer) and the opportunity to continue socializing at a nearby bar. The night was a rousing success, and hopefully the beginning to another great year of SNA. If you missed the event, it happens every third Saturday of the month, at Blessed Sacrament Church. We hope to see you there in October for the next edition!

The young adults pray Compline in the courtyard outside the Cathedral

Frassati Fall Retreat

Two weeks ago, we took 37 graduate students and young professionals on a retreat titled "To Praise, To Bless, To Preach: Deepening Your Faith Through Dominican Spirituality". Through a series of eight talks by Dominican friars, a member of the Dominican laity, and fellow young adults, these retretants explored the four pillars our beloved priests use to balance their spiritual lives: prayer, community, study, and apostolate. They also gained some insight into how to apply these pillars to their own lives to bring them closer to Christ, and spent some time building up their own young adult community through games, movies, marshmellow roasting, and other fellowship. This retreat got us so excited to kick off another year of ministry to grads and young professionals through our Frassati ministry! For more information on what Frassati is up to, click here

Saturday Night [Comes] ALIVE!

On the evening of October 19th, 2013, the Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington launched the first installment in its newest young adult program, Saturday Night ALIVE. Based on the model of the popular Catholic Underground program, Saturday Night Alive seeks to bring together young adults from the whole greater Seattle area for a night of prayer, fellowship, and entertainment.

The evening consisted of an hour of adoration, a brief intermission for coffee and socializing, and a performance by local Catholic artists. Over 100 people showed up for the event and filled the Newman Center’s chapel. Adoration began with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Evening Prayer from the Divine Office. Adoration continued as a pleasant combination of hymns, prayers, and silence. The chapel was illuminated simply by candles and a spotlight on the Blessed Sacrament. Three priests were offering Confession during this time of prayer, and many of those assembled chose to receive this sacrament.

As adoration concluded, the Blessed Sacrament was reposed and the lights came on. The attendants were told that there would be a brief intermission before the performance portion of the night. Nearly everyone in attendance proceeded to squeezed into the Newman Center’s lobby for tea, coffee, snacks, and socializing. Young adults from all over Seattle met and talked with one another.

Soon after, the attendants were told that the performance was starting. Those who wanted to listen returned to the chapel while those who were still socializing continued to do so in the lobby, separated by glass wa

lls. The music was performed by Dawn and Orlando, two Newman Center choir alums. Dawn and Orlando’s music helped the crowd encounter God’s love in a different way than adoration. By expressing their faith through the medium of music, they became a testament to God’s presence all around us – He is not just in the silence of adoration, but also in the joyous sounds of passionate music. And when the music ended, the people stayed. They still had conversations to finish, friends to meet, and a community to build.

This event was a pilot program to gauge the interest of local Catholic young adults in a program that combines prayer and culture. The success of the first Saturday Night ALIVE has shown that there is indeed a demand for this type of event in the Seattle area. The next Saturday Night ALIVE is planned for November 16th, and starting in January it will continue on the third Saturday of the every month. The volunteers who helped put on this program hope that Saturday Night ALIVE will develop into a city-wide event that will reinvigorate the faith of Catholic young adults all over the Seattle area.

(Article originally posted on opwest.org)