Department of Catholic Campus Ministry
Welcome! As the Director for Catholic Campus Ministry at the Citadel, I extend to you my warmest greetings. Our dedicated volunteers and I are committed to the mission of the Catholic Church in speading the Gospel and working towards fulfilling the mission Jesus Christ left to His disciples. Our campus ministry is open to everyone, especially to those cadets who are Catholic or are considering becoming Catholic. During the week we hold a series of events that explore our Catholic faith and open our understanding of Sacred Scripture in its importance. We here to assist, help and console as Jesus did for those who sought him. We are a resource for everyone who wishes to know more about the Catholic Church and we hope you will join us in our celebration and the deepening our of understanding of Catholicism. God bless!
Sincerely in Christ,
Joshua R. Shane, M.A.
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
2019-2020 Citadel Mass Schedule
(Due to the recent events concerning COVID-19 and public health, all campus ministries and public masses have been canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience.)
The Department of Catholic Campus Ministry is located on campus, room 350 in Mark Clark Hall. Office times vary throughout the week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Monday and Thursday, 11:00pm to 4:00pm. Appointments may be arranged through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at the Office number: 843.953.7693.
Catholic Bible Study and Monday Night Meetings
Our Catholic Bible Study on Thursday Nights and the Catholic Monday Night Fellowship meetings will begin the week of August 29th. All are welcome to attend these meetings. The Bible Study focuses on the Catholic approach to interpreting Sacred Scripture – a threefold approach that is based in Sacred Scripture, the Magisterium, and Sacred Tradition. Our Catholic Monday Night meetings focus on a program to help Catholics become stronger in their faith life. All of our meetings are filled with fellowship, fun, good food, and most importantly the sharing of our Catholic Faith. Meetings are held in either the Pipe Band Rehearsal Room, or in the River View Room in Coward Mess Hall.
Sacramental Preparation and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Catholics who wish to be Confirmed or those who wish to become Catholic are encouraged to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on Thursdays evenings from 1815 to 1930 in the Catholic Office, room 350 of Mark Clark Hall. Deacon (Ret. Professor) Paul Rosenblum leads the class each week. All persons interested should contact him at email@example.com. All are welcome!
Catholic Campus Minister's Office
The first year at the Citadel can be a difficult one, and the Department of Catholic Campus Ministry offers resources to make it a little easier. On the third floor of Mark Clark Hall, room 350, we offer an environment that allows the cadets to grab a snack, relax, and an opportunity to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. This resource is open to everyone and all are invited.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus Council 6900 serves the local Charleston and Citadel community with great zeal and identity. Members range from 30 to 40 at the present moment, and new knights are formed every year. To become a Knight in the Citadel's council, a cadet must be a practicing male Catholic, or a male cadet intending on becoming Catholic. For more information, please contact the campus minister, Joshua Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION
All baptized and confirmed Catholics are obligated to attend Sunday Mass. It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass. This follows from the fact that in the Mass it is Christ Himself who worships the Father, joining our worship to His. In no other way is it possible to adequately give thanks (eucharistia) to God for the blessings of creation, redemption and our sanctification than by uniting our offerings to that of Jesus Christ Himself. Following the example of the Old Covenant the Church does this weekly, on the day of the Lord's Resurrection. Since a "grave cause" is needed to excuse one from this obligation it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church has always taught. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one's family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion. Those who have continuing reason to be excused should consult their pastor. This Sunday Mass obligation can not be fulfilled at a service of any other Christian denomination. Catholics are not to receive communion at Protestant services of any kind.