Meetings to discuss faith offered in chapel

By Robert Kallwass
October 6, 2006

Father Michael Bielecki, the resident Chaplin, welcomes all students to attend weekly spiritual meetings in the Bruckmann Chapel of Saint Joseph. Students will meet together to discuss scriptures and their faith. These meetings were a success in the past, and now is a new year to begin meeting again. Bielecki says that this time is devoted to reviewing the coming Sunday’s readings, in order to aid in its understanding for the students and the clergy. A very interactive atmosphere helps in properly directing teachings and life lessons towards real life and spiritual attunement.

Meeting in small groups is intended to help find one’s faith, not only through education but through the living world. Converting scriptures into real life experiences is a different approach, which for some can strengthen religion in their lives. An informal and relaxed scene is ideal for all students. This is a different environment then the usual church mass, and is directed towards a more personal level of communication. One in which students discuss their thoughts or ideas amongst themselves, as opposed to only listening to the preaching during mass.

The Sunday readings, which the meetings are focused around, are based on “The Lectionary.” Lessons from these scripture excerpts are taught during mass. They explore what the gospel preaches and its interpretation of daily life. Discussions are designed to extract the valued lessons, and how they pertain to the modern world. Spiritual awareness is expressed so that others may find a more profound knowledge of faith.

The student view is of much value to fellow students and also to Bielecki. It provides different angles to be considered for their meaning. Students are also able to share thei own experiences with or without religion and how it impacts their lives.

The spiritual meetings welcome all students with interest to participate. According to Bielecki, meetings will help those “people who are trying to know more about their faith.” Also students looking to deepen their knowledge of faith, seeking an understanding of spirituality, or are just curious with something on their mind, may find some answers alongside of their peers within the Chapel.

Bielecki will be hosting meetings this year, starting in early October. Students interested have informed him by email or in person of convenient times to meet. Times and dates are made in order to accommodate the student life. They meet one evening a week on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, which is to be determined for this year. There is no mandatory attendance, students come and go as they wish. There is a place for all ideas and open minds amongst friends and students of all age.

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