Masses are celebrated daily and twice on Sundays during the school year in the Abbey Church. Mass is also celebrated at 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Lower Church when classes are in session. Special occasions (e.g., Family Weekend, Palm Sunday, and vacation periods) may require the rescheduling of Masses; please consult the Campus Ministry Office at those times. For a schedule of Masses, please visit our Mass Schedule page.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
When school is in session, Confessions are heard in the Lower Church Sundays 6:15-6:45pm, and Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to go to confession at another time, you may arrange for an appointment with a priest on staff or any one of the priests on campus.
During the seasons of Lent and Advent there are communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At these services, participants have the opportunity to make a private confession to one of the several priests who assist with this service.
Christian Initiation: Entering the Catholic Church
Members of the college community interested in preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, or reception into the Catholic Church in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) are advised to contact the Office of Campus Ministry at their earliest convenience. Classes begin in the fall semester and the Sacraments of Christian Initiation will be celebrated at a Sunday 7 p.m. mass on May 1, 2011.
Sacrament of Marriage
Full-time students and alumni of the college are permitted to be married in the Abbey Church. Since times available for weddings are limited, advance planning is needed. For more details, contact the secretary in the Office of Campus Ministry at (603) 641-7130.
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Servers
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to serve as lectors, eucharistic ministers, and altar servers at the Sunday evening Mass. If you are interested in serving the worshipping community as a liturgical minister, please leave your name with the secretary or with one of the campus ministers at the beginning of the school year. The dates for the training sessions will be announced at the weekend masses.
The Saint Anselm College Choir
The Choir is one of the most active and popular groups on campus and most students who are involved say that it is one of the most important parts of their time at Saint Anselm. The choir is primarily a liturgical choir and sings each week at the Sunday Choral Eucharist at 7 p.m. The choir also performs on feast days and special occasions such as Family Weekend, Alumni Masses, New Student Orientation Weekend, the Baccalaureate Mass, and at a annual spring concert.
The choir's repertoire includes a variety of folk, contemporary, and traditional choral music. Membership is open to students who have had no choral experience as well as those who have sung in choirs before entering college. A brief, simple audition is required. Inexperienced students will receive tutoring in vocal technique and music reading.
Rehearsals are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lower Church and at special times as needed. There are no rehearsals after Thanksgiving in the fall semester or after Easter in the spring semester so that members can concentrate on preparing for their final exams. Membership is limited to 100 students.
Requests for Masses or Prayers
Masses can be celebrated and Mass cards sent for someone who is sick or for the repose of the soul of a deceased relative or friend by contacting a member of the Campus Ministry staff. The customary offering for a Mass is $5. Candles may be lit for special intentions in the Lady Chapel in the Lower Church. The offering for candles is $3.
Names of family or friends whom you wish to be remembered at prayer can be brought to the office or inscribed in the Book of Intentions located by the statue of Our Lady in the Lower Church.
In case of the death of a close family member, campus ministry desires to be informed as soon as possible so that we can be of assistance. Please contact us at the Office of Campus Ministry at (603) 641-7130.