REMOTE MINISTRY

Case Catholic recognizes that the coronavirus quarantine is greatly affecting students in a multitude of ways. See below for resources to help you thrive during this difficult time, from community aid to inspirational videos!

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
  • COVID-19 COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS RESOURCES: Click here for a comprehensive list of resources available to students still living on campus and to those now living at home. This list is updated constantly, and contains information on academic resources such as tutoring, and practical resources like hygiene kits and meal deliveries!
  • MEAL DELIVERY FORM: Please fill out this form if you are in the University Circle / Cleveland Heights / Little Italy area and are in nee of a fresh meal delivered to your door!

  • STUDENT ACTIVITIES FEE COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND (SAF-CEF):  The Student Activities Fee COVID-19 Emergency Fund has been established to assist students with unexpected financial burdens which may have arisen due to the changes in the remainder of the semester. This fund is able to accommodate purchases ranging from lodging, supplies (textbooks, laptops, etc.), flights, and other numerous expenditures which may be necessary during this time. This funding will be available with minimal stipulation and will occur in a manner which properly respects the privacy of students requesting funds. For those who are in need of the fund, the form to request resources can be found here: http://cglink.me/s27252. Please reach out to secacfinance@case.edu for any further information or assistance that is needed. NOTE: This fund is separate from the Division of Student Affairs' Emergency Fund, but students in need are encouraged to apply to both.

  • COVENANT CLOSET (FOOD PANTRY AND OTHER RESOURCES): Covenant Student Ministries offers undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing food or economic insecurity non-perishable food items (enough food for 3 days), hygiene kits (soap, shampoo, deodorant, menstruation products, etc.), and clothing and coats (gently used/resale quality). Students wishing to use the Covenant Closet should contact campus chaplain Kevin Lowry at kjl85@case.edu or text/call (330)988-0490 to schedule a time to "shop" for pick-up or delivery.

RESOURCES TO KEEP YOUR FAITH ALIVE
REFLECTIONS, VIDEOS, AND ARTICLES

"Was Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac a Good Thing?"

by Steve Perry

April 16th, 2020

What can we learn from the story of Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac, and how can apply what we learn to our lives? Watch this video to find out!

"Reflection on Isaiah"

by Brandon Lee

April 14th, 2020

See below for a reflection by Labre Co-President Brandon Lee on one of last week's readings from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The passage reads:

 

"1 Hear me, coastlands,

listen, distant peoples.

Before birth the LORD called me,

from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.

2 He made my mouth like a sharp-edged sword,

concealed me, shielded by his hand.

He made me a sharpened arrow,

in his quiver he hid me.

3 He said to me, You are my servant,

in you, Israel, I show my glory.

4 Though I thought I had toiled in vain,

for nothing and for naught spent my strength,

Yet my right is with the LORD,

my recompense is with my God.

5 For now the LORD has spoken

who formed me as his servant from the womb,

That Jacob may be brought back to him

and Israel gathered to him;

I am honored in the sight of the LORD,

and my God is now my strength!

6 It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,

to raise up the tribes of Jacob,

and restore the survivors of Israel;

I will make you a light to the nations,

that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

-Isaiah 49: 1-6

 

We are given weapons that God wants to use to spread His word. I think God tells us in this passage that He has given the tools and willpower to introduce other nations and peoples of salvation. God wants everyone to know that He has salvation within reach to all, but so far was unable to find the best servant to carry out His mission. Today, God turns to us, "I will make you a light to the nations," people who have kept faithful especially in these trying times. 

During this Octave of Easter (and beyond), think about what you can to be that light. Is it by war? Probably not, but you likely have gifts that you are able to share with others. Maybe have an impromptu check-in on your friends, or reach out to a healthcare worker you know hard at work.

"Keeping This Week Holy"

by Steve Perry

April 6th, 2020

        We are entering an unprecedented moment in the living memory of the Church, time in which there will be a Holy Week with no gatherings, an Easter Sunday with no Masses, a time of year when we're typically obliged to receive the Eucharist, when this year we simply cannot. We could be tempted to think that, with all of this considered, Holy Week is cancelled.

        But of course, that's not the case, it simply falls more on the individual to determine how to make this week holy. But what does it mean to make a week holy, what does it mean to sanctify time? At its most basic level, to make something Holy simply means to set it apart, to "ear-mark" it as distinct and special, as a thing meant to be given to God.

        So how can we, in the midst of this strange situation, still set this week apart? I asked our students who gathered at Newman Night last Thursday a question much like that, and here were some thoughts that they shared:

  • Watch Mass daily, knowing that because they're recorded I can do so at any time

  • Read a chapter of scripture a day with a friend

  • Take a walk every day and say prayers while doing so

  • Donate some of the money I've saved from not going out to a faith-based organization

  • Pray a daily Rosary with my family or those I'm currently living with

  • Practice asking the Lord for trust, rather than clarity or certainty, in the midst of uncertain times

  • Allow God to interrupt me, to step out of my work-focus even if I'm really busy, knowing that time given to God will not lead to my work going undone.

  • Dedicate 15 minutes to watching a faith-based video a day

        On top of any of these things, or any that arose out of your own reflection, below are some things that we're offering or highlighting that you may use to set this week apart as well! 

"The Difference Between Regret and Repentance"

by Steve Perry

April 1st, 2020

Jesus's first words in the Gospel of Mark are, "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel." So often, I think we mishear these words. Often to our ears, this summons sounds to us like "feel badly and believe in the Gospel," but that is not what the Lord is calling us to. But if the repentance to which we're called is not one and the same as feelings of guilt, what then is Christ calling us to do?

"Letter from a Catholic Med Student"

by Peter Liao

March 30th, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are compelled to ask questions of faith, and many others are compelled to ask questions of medicine. A select few of us are particularly equipped to ask questions from both angles. One such person is this letter's author, Peter Liao, who shares his thoughts on how we, as Catholics, might think about our responsibilities during this pandemic.

"Follow Behind Me"

by Steve Perry

March 19th, 2020

        Hello Case Catholic Family!

        Yesterday evening, during our Wednesday night Bible study, we reflected on - among other things - the episode in the Gospel of Mark when Jesus rebukes Peter for his resistance to Christ's coming Passion: the well known "Get behind me, Satan!" Of course, to us, this sounds like a severe rebuke, like something we would never want to hear the Son say to us. While it is certainly a rebuke, we learned, reading it in its original language reveals that this reproval has a very different character than it may seem in the English translation, and one which may be of benefit to many of us as we adjust to this pandemic.

        Dr. Tim Gray, the professor whose lectures our study is based around, pointed out a linguistic connection which isn't apparent in our English translation. What Jesus says in response to Peter's stubbornness is, in Greek, opiso mou. This is not the only time in the Gospel in which Jesus says these words to Peter, nor is it the first. In fact, Jesus says these same words to Peter and Andrew in the very first chapter of the Gospel, where we hear in English "Follow me (opiso mou) and I will make you fishers of men."

        I think we understand the meaning of Jesus' rebuke better if we understand him as reminding Peter of what he said when he first met the disciple, if we understand it as follow behind me rather than get behind me. Read in this light, we see that Jesus' rebuke of Peter does not amount to saying "get out of my sight, Peter," but better, "Remember who is your friend and Master. I came not to follow the plan of Peter, but to bring Peter into the plan of God." Or to say this in shorter form: "Follow behind me, do not try to lead me." 

        Peter's response to the news of Christ's coming Passion is eminently human, I think it would be dishonest to claim that I would have said or done anything different. Jesus presented Peter with something that seemed like a very flawed plan, and Peter told him 'no way, that's not how we're going to do this.' I know that I have, when presented with a plan from God that seemed to be different from my own, done just the same. I think many of us are being, and will be, confronted with those same situations during this pandemic.

        Our seniors, who may be grieving the loss of their final weeks with their classmates, may want to rebuke Jesus, reminding him that this is not how we imagined our final semester of college playing out. Our families, some of whom may face financial hardship for a time, may want to rebuke Jesus, asking "how am I supposed to serve you when I am stressing about how to pay bills or save." And in the worst of cases, if any of us have to grieve the loss of a loved one, whether during this period of crisis or afterward, may want to rebuke Jesus, saying "how can you ask me to love you when you take the ones I love from me?"

        "No way, that's not how we're going to do this."

        Don't misunderstand me, I am in no way downplaying these thoughts or suggesting that you hide these feelings from God and not bring them to prayer; quite the opposite, if these thoughts are in your heart, I encourage you to bring them to prayer. But if we bring them to prayer with a posture of humility, I think we may hear the voice of the Lord saying to us what he said to Peter: "Follow behind me. Do not try to lead me. I did not come to follow your plan, but to bring you into my Father's plan."  Let us, as we endure temporary sufferings, some small and some great, and as we are confronted with a reality that was not in any of our plans, recall the One who is eternal, the One in whose hands all things lie, and the One whose ambitions for us are far grander than we can conceive of. Though we cannot see what work He intends to do, let us not seek to step in front of him, as Peter did when confronted with the foreknowledge of Jesus' own suffering, but to heed the words of Jesus, to "follow behind" Him, and allow him to lead us through the fantastic designs he has for us.

"What Does It Mean That Public Masses Are Cancelled?"

by Steve Perry

March 18th, 2020

        Hello Case Catholic Family!

        Though it was announced a couple of days ago, many of us are still reeling from the announcement that all public Masses in Ohio are closed, even through the celebration of the highest holy day of our Church year: Easter. The many of us affected by this feel an acute sorrow at the realization that we will not be able to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord for weeks to come, and so will not be able to partake in the regular actualization of our union with one another and with Christ that takes place in our reception of the Blessed Sacrament.

        I think, friends, that maybe that sorrow is a good thing. In my nine years as a Catholic, I've only missed a Sunday Mass once, and working for the Church has given me the blessing of being able to participate in weekday Masses hundreds and hundreds of times throughout that same period. And as profound as that blessing has been in my life, it came at a cost: the Mass became to me something ordinary; God himself breaking through the veil to become physically and sacramentally present to me and to my community, and then to be taken into our very bodies, somehow became an event so familiar to me that, often, I would fully zone out.

        Now, before even the first Sunday has passed at which I will not be able to receive the Eucharist, I already find myself longing for it.

        Perhaps many of you have also become so familiar with the Mass and the Eucharist that you have taken it for  granted. Perhaps many of you have also, intentionally or not, used most of that hour each Sunday to catch up on other thoughts the rest of your schedule didn't leave room for. If that is the case, and if like me, you find yourself feeling a sense of loss and mourning, here is what I would recommend to you: enter into prayer, and ask the Lord to transfigure that sorrow, to make it a hunger. Why? Because sorrow can be static and unmoving, but hunger drives us toward something - and a hunger for the Eucharist will drive us toward what we're ultimately made for: unity with the Triune God.

        Eventually, friends, things will return to normal. We will be able to gather again in chapels, Churches, and Cathedrals to celebrate our oneness with Christ and with one another; yet, if when that happens, we have no more appreciation for the work of God in the Mass than we did before this pandemic reached our communities, then truly this was time wasted. But if we allow God now to tend the seeds of hunger that many of us are seeing starting to sprout in our hearts, then perhaps this disruption to our normal patterns of worship will ultimately be for us a source of great fruit.

        And in the meantime, take comfort in the knowledge that - even if we are not gathering for Mass - priests all around the state are still daily saying the Mass in private, calling on the Lord to do the work he does in our communities, in our country, and in our world.

        If you'd like to read another's thoughts on this, here are Notre Dame Professor Tim O'Malley's reflections: https://mcgrathblog.nd.edu/what-if-public-masses-are-cancelled.

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