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Celebrating the Church Year on Campus

Virgin Mary's Birthday Sept. 8 marks the birthday of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of MSMC, and the college celebrates it with cakes all around campus. Enjoy a yummy treat and learn more about this special woman.

Mass of the Holy Spirit Bring out your red shirts, shoes, and dresses for this all-college prayerful celebration of the beginning of the academic year! A community lunch follows the Masses, held on each campus in September.

All Saints' Day November begins with All Saints' Day, and we celebrate it by coming together for Mass, learning about saints with fun posters around campus, and the Vote for Your Favorite Saint contest. 

First Sunday of Advent It's New Years Day in the liturgical calendar! Usually falling at the end of November, we celebrate the season of Advent by making Advent wreaths out of real pine, and enjoying hot drinks and snacks. Wear your purple to celebrate!

St. Nicholas Day Around Dec. 6, Leave your shoes out in front of your office or dorm room, and St. Nick will come and visit with a treat. It's also a toiletries donation drive, so leave some unused soap, shampoo, toothpaste or other similar items for St. Nick to pick up.

Candlemas Who has been a light in your life? Tell them that this year on Candlemas, Feb. 2, the feast where candles are traditionally blessed at Mass.

Mardi Gras Beads! Sweets and music! Decorations on campus! Face painting and mask-making! Celebrate the day before Lent begins with your purple, green and gold.

St Joseph Day The women who founded MSMC 8 decades ago have a special feast day on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Bread blessings a Mass, and parties celebrate the wonderful women who continue to inspire us at the college.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week The most important time of the church year is Holy Week and the Triduum; Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Chalon campus with the community waving palms (that come from the Mount's own palm trees!) and praying with each other at Mass.

Easter Season Eggstravaganza Easter only begins on the great feast of Easter! Lasting until Pentecost, we commemorate the season with an afternoon of yummy food, visiting animals from the West LA Animal Shelter, egg decorating, contests and more!

Reading Materials describing more about the Liturgical Year and feasts and celebrations are available for your use in brochure racks around campus. The leaflets are free, so please help yourself. If you cannot find what you are looking for, feel free to come by Campus Ministry and let us help you find one that suits your needs.

We also strive to educate the community about celebrations from other faith traditions. Watch for emails about Ramadan, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, and other holy days.

People of all faith traditions are welcome in Campus Ministry. Come visit and find out how you can be involved!


For more info on any Campus Ministry activities, contact us at (213) 477-2672 or (310) 954-4125 or email us at