We are blessed to have two of our young adults engaged in mission work for the Lord. I would once again like to introduce you to Brennan Robinson and Kaitlyn Russo. Brennan is serving as Mission Leader at Saint Paul’s Outreach Minnesota at the University of St. Thomas, and Kaitlyn is a Student Missionary at the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University. I am happy to include “Part One” of how these young Catholics are engaged in
bringing the message of Jesus Christ and His Church to those around them. I encourage you to pray for them and consider supporting the efforts they are engaged in.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Morgan
Part 1: Mission Reports from Kaitlyn Russo and Brennan Robinson
Hello St. Jerome Parish Family!
My name is Kaitlyn Russo. I am a senior at Florida State University where I am double majoring in French and Religious Studies. I feel very blessed (and admittedly a little proud) to call St. Jerome’s my home parish. Attending the 9:00am Sunday Mass with my parents, my two younger sisters, and my younger brother is always a highlight of my time spent at home. Since moving up to Tallahassee in 2015, a priority of mine has been to find an equally vibrant and faith-filled community. As always, the Lord provided and has gifted me with an incredible community to belong to. This group, the Catholic Student Union, (known around campus as CSU), has played a tremendous role in leading me to Christ and in my own personal conversion. It is a group of hundreds of college-aged men and women who are on fire for Christ, dedicated to bringing His light onto FSU’s campus. Trust me when I say, this group is as countercultural as it sounds. Right in the heart of a large, secular, college campus, this community strives for excellence by responding to Jesus’ call to discipleship in today’s world. As a group, we meet several times each week for prayer, worship, adoration, Scripture study, Mass, volunteering, and often to hang out and enjoy one another. It is hard to say just how much of an impact this group has had in my college career and, more broadly, in my life. CSU has provided the space, the tools and the support for me to grow in my personal relationship with Jesus, while also providing me with many of what I can confidently say are lifetime friendships. This year, I am so excited to say that I have been given an opportunity to give back to this group that has changed my life by serving as their Vice President.
(Part II: To be continued next week)
Florida State University
Hello Brothers and Sisters, my name is Brennan Robinson, and I am a fellow parishioner at St Jerome Catholic Church. I am currently serving with Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO), which is a college campus ministry dedicated to bringing the Gospel life to the college culture. I first encountered SPO at Florida State where I received my undergraduate degree (Spring of 2017), and have been sent since to the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota as a Missionary. Being a Missionary on this college campus has been one of the biggest joys of my life. From 200 person retreats, to one-on-one Bible studies and discipling, to taking a 15 person van 22
hours to Zion National Park, there is no shortage of adventure. Through it all I have come to realize that Jesus is tenacious in his love, calling people out of sinful lifestyles and into the joy of a relationship with him. I have been able to witness students’ lives being transformed, as well as my own, and I am overjoyed to continue this mission. The mission is not possible without the prayers and support of many of you, whom are both financially and prayerfully with me everyday. Please know that you are in my prayers! May the Peace of Christ be with you. Alleluia!
(Part II: To be continued next week)
Mission Leader, University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul’s Outreach Minnesota
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Prayers and Devotions
Question & Mission of the Week::
What part of you must die in order for new life to come?
In one of St. Paul’s letters, he asks us to say “no” to bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, reviling and malice. Target one of these for removal from your life. Then consider Paul’s “yes” list: kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. Pray intensely for one of these gifts to be given to you.