Liturgy and Sacraments
Liturgical worship and communal prayer are essential to the spirituality of Barry University. Daily and weekly we assemble as a community of faith to encounter God and one another. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in both formal and informal worship events throughout the year. Many of these take place in historic Cor Jesu (Heart of Jesus) Chapel, located in the heart of the main campus
- International Mass – Homecoming week- Feb 20th
- Baccalaureate Mass- May 8th @ 5:00pm
- St Thomas of Aquinas- Jan 28th Mass @12:00pm
- St. Blaise- Feb 3rd Mass @12:00pm – Blessing of the throats
- St. Joseph- March 19th Mass @12:00pm – Blessing of Fathers
- St. Catherine of Siena- April 29th Mass @12:00pm
Beginning September 20:
Weekday Mass- Monday - Friday 12PM
Sunday Mass - 11 AM
Sunday Student Mass 7:30 PM "Come in your PJ's!"
The Baccalaureate Mass is a beautiful liturgical ceremony offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon the graduates and their families. Graduates participate in the academic procession with faculty and administrators and must wear their gowns but not their caps or hoods.
Founders’ Week Mass- Nov 10th @ 3:00PM
The traditional Founders' Week Mass in Cor Jesu Chapel honors the vision and legacy of Mother Mary Gerald Barry, Bishop Patrick Barry, Monsignor William Barry, John Thompson, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters for whom Barry is a sponsored institution.
Mass of the Holy Spirit - Sept 3 @4:00PM
The University community marks the beginning of the Academic Year by celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a tradition dates back to the 16th century. Members of all faiths are invited to this common prayer for the Spirit's inspiration and guidance in living out our mission of educating leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world for all.
Wednesday 4-5 PM
Vespers is the sunset evening prayer service in the Liturgy of the Hours. There is traditional chanting, reading of the Word, and preaching. This year we celebrate it on October 7th, 4:30pm
Charles Heising Music Scholarship
The Charles Heising Music Ministry Scholarship is a merit-based, service scholarship established by the Department of Campus Ministry to encourage and develop student leadership in music ministry within Barry University. Applications for this scholarship are open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following criteria to become Heising Scholars:
- Must have successfully completed at least one year of academic study at Barry University and must be a full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in the current academic year at Barry University
- Maintain a cumulative GPA minimum of 3.25
- Applicant must demonstrate financial needs. (Barry Office of Financial Aid FASFA form completion and review.)
- Applicants must agree to participate as music ministry interns under the supervision of the Coordinator of Worship for 5-15 hours per week, each semester in accordance with the amount of scholarship award as determined by the Department of Campus Ministry. (Hours include rehearsal times, Sunday Mass times, Liturgical formation presentations, and special worship events and University Masses)
Campus Ministry encourages student involvement as liturgical ministers in all of our community worship events and sacramental celebrations. Students are invited to be part of music ministry, or to serve as readers, communion ministers, acolytes, or hospitality ministers. Recruitment and training sessions are offered at the beginning of each semester. For more information or to volunteer contact Campus Ministry at 305-899-3650.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a journey that women and men take who are interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic faith community. RCIA is available for students interested in preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion (Eucharist), and Confirmation. This process is one marked by prayer, inquiry, instruction, and reflection culminating in the Sacraments of Initiation on Holy Saturday, the eve of Easter Sunday. RCIA Classes meet on campus once a week beginning the 3rd Week of October. Classes will finish at the end of the Spring Semester before final exams. Meeting days will be determined based on the candidates’ schedules.
To join, please fill out an application form available at the Campus Ministry office or contact Christina Leano at email@example.com or 305-899-3632.
Liturgical Formation Series
A series of Liturgical Formation Classes will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. These talks are open to all students, faculty and staff. For information on dates and times, and to RSVP, contact JoEmma Urena at JUrena@barry.edu
Fall Semester 2014:
Introduction to Liturgy and Music Ministry
The Word of God in Liturgy and Song
Liturgy as teacher and expression of faith.
Spring Semester 2015:
Introduction to Vatican II, especially documents pertaining to Liturgy
What is the Mass?
The Liturgical Cycles, sometimes called the Church Year
Lent at Barry University
Spiritual Spring Cleaning: Lenten Challenge: February 12-April 10 (Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM or Fridays 3:00-4:00 PM)
Does your soul need a spring cleaning? Are you ready to receive Jesus’ amazing Easter gift to us: His love and redemption? Prepare your heart for Easter by committing to daily prayer, weekly meetings, and an ongoing spiritual inventory. We will also be exploring different spiritual practices such as fasting, meditation, and service. Warning: only for those willing to be transformed by God.
Ash Wednesday - Feb 18th @12:00pm & 5:00pm
In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. During Mass, the ashes which give Ash Wednesday its name are distributed. The ashes are made by burning the blessed palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday; many churches ask their parishioners to return any palms that they took home so that they can be burned.
Social Justice Stations of the Cross
Join us for an evening procession of reflection as walk together the “Way of the Cross” which traces Jesus’ path from the Garden of Gethsemani to the tomb where he was laid after his crucifixion. We call to mind his suffering against the background of the social and political turmoil of his day, and we reflect on the suffering that is caused today as we pray for the victims of violence, hunger, disease, homelessness, abuse, unemployment, inequality, or the countless other social evils that rack our world today.
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion- March 29th @ 11:00am & 5:00pm
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. It is celebrated the Sunday before Easter. Palms are blessed and distributed before Mass.
- Holy Thursday: April 2nd @ 7:30pm
- Good Friday: April 3rd @ 3:00pm
- Easter Vigil: April 4th @ 8:30pm
- Easter Sunday: April 5th @11:00am
The Easter Triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening.
Easter Sunday Mass- Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of His Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with Him in new life on Easter.