Alternating Mondays 7:30pm – 9:00pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Sanctuary
Ignite exists to allow the CSM students to create an event that gives the UVA and parish community a chance to encounter Christ through adoration, confession, and personal testimony. It uses music to facilitate prayer and a more intimate level of communication with God. As Catholics, we believe that during Mass the bread and the wine truly become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, and Ignite gives us a special time to pray in word and song in His presence.
Regarding Ignite and Mere Catholicism: These events do indeed take place at the same time, but only one happens a week. Keep an eye on the Weekly email and CSM Google Calendar to see which event is happening each week!
Alternating Mondays 7:30 pm – 9:00pm
STA Classroom 12
Mere Catholicism is an opportunity to listen to discuss an array topics and particular aspects of the Catholic faith in greater depth. Discussions will be sparked by talks, short presentations, and/or videos. This is a time where all questions are welcome and very much encouraged. Mere Catholicism topics will vary based on degree of interest and/or current events. For example, some of the topics discussed in the past include same-sex marriage, Laudato Si (Pope Francis’ second encyclical), and vocation discernment. Some kind of tasty snack is always provided.
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall
Tuesday Supper is a great time to hang out and enjoy a great meal together. The food is especially great for upperclassmen not on a meal plan and first years that are tired of dining hall food. The food served at Tuesday Supper varies week to week, so keep an eye on the Weekly email and the Google Calendar to see what’s on the menu, or you could just let yourself be surprised. Feel free to invite any and all of your friends, since non-Catholics supposedly eat food as well.
Thursdays 9:00pm – 10:00pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Sanctuary
Fireside Mass is a student-led candlelit mass with simple music, led by the Fireside Mass Choir. It features simple, easy to learn music, and one of the most prayerful environments that you’ll ever experience. We also often hold a social event after fireside, like playing dodge ball, hosting a board game night, or going to Cookout. Check out the The Latest in CSM
to see what we’ll be up to!
Sundays 9:00pm – 10:00pm
9PM Chapel Mass is our single largest weekly event – as it should be. We celebrate Mass at the UVA Chapel, located in between the Rotunda and Alderman Library. Come to a mass that is filled with students of all years and backgrounds, all brought together by the Catholic faith. The mass is entirely student led, so the lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, choir, and greeters are all students that simply love their faith and want to share it with others. If we could get a student priest, we’d probably do that too. The music ranges from contemporary Christian songs to simple, traditional Taize pieces, all led by the 9PM Chapel Mass Choir.
In addition to our weekly events we have tons of additional events throughout the semester, including cookouts, tailgates, movie nights, hikes, laser tag, broomball, IM sports, retreats, service days, mission trips, small groups…and the list goes on! For more information, check out our calendar, as well as the following pages below: