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Souls and Goals - 2015 Soccer Game

STEAL NOTHING BUT PHOTOGRAPHS: 2014 - Souls and Goals &emdash; Souls and Goals-103

The 'Souls and Goals' soccer match is now in its third year! The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions will battle against the Clergy and Company team (comprised of a bunch of priests and a few friends, like me!).

The game will be held at St. Dominic High School on Thursday, November 5, with a kickoff at 7 p.m. The game is free to anyone, and concessions will be available. More info is available on the Souls and Goals website (with a fresh new design for 2015).

I'll be playing in goal again this year (as part of the 'and Company' on the Clergy side), wearing my Vatican-yellow jersey! The Seminarians won the past two Cups—we'll see if we can pull off a victory this year!

Souls and Goals - 2014 Soccer Game

Update: Photographs from the game were posted online by one of the game's photographers: 2014 - Souls and Goals.

Souls and Goals - Jeff Geerling Kevin Schroeder Goal
Yours truly, sitting down on the job. Image from the St. Louis Review.

It's almost time again for what is now an annual tradition—the 'Souls and Goals' soccer match in St. Louis, where the seminary soccer team will play against a team of 'clergy and company'; last year's match was a close game until late in the second half, when the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions took a 2-0 lead and with it, the cup.

Souls and Goals Clergy vs. Seminarian Soccer Match - November 7

[Update: There is now a simple website where the latest information can be found: Souls and Goals.org.]

On November 7, 2013, there will be a soccer match between 'clergy and company' (archdiocesan priests, a bishop, and some of their friends) and the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions (the seminary's soccer team) at St. Dominic High School.

The match is free and open to all the faithful in the Archdiocese, and will be a friendly match with concessions, some special visitors, and prayers for vocations.

KGS Priests Souls and Goals soccer match

Details:

Great video on Altar Servers

Through Facebook, I discovered this great video on one young man's experience as an altar server:

I definitely agree that the altar server can distract from the liturgy if he is not focused on his duty, and that priests should encourage the use of cassocks and surplices instead of albs. A large reason for my joining the Seminary was my experience as an altar server, assisting some very humble priests who were great representatives of the Church and very close to Jesus—and this was reinforced by how reverent and dedicated they were to the celebration of Holy Mass.

In Kenya, Catholic Seminary Has Priorities Straight

I finally had time to read through a brief article on St. Thomas Aquinas (great patron!) major seminary in Nairobi, Kenya—a seminary with computers disconnected from the Internet, mostly because the $8,000 USD fee to wire the building is outside the limits of the seminary's budget.

I'm guessing the post's author decided to focus on the Internet (or lack thereof) in order to draw readers' attention (I guess it worked, since I'm mentioning the article...), but the best part of the article was in the last paragraph.

Msgr. Francis Blood (director of the Mission Office here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis) asked Cardinal John Njue about what his priorities should be for sending missionary support to Nairobi. Cardinal Njue responds:

Pictures and Reflections from Papal Audience with Youth and Seminarians [UPDATED]

Well, at long last, here is the posting I promised earlier. I'll begin with our morning Mass:

The Morning

Kenrick-Glennon Seminarians at Mass

After departing from the hotel, all the 100+ seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary went over to Archbishop Stepinac High School for Mass; the chapel was very nice, especially considering how little room for decoration there was. We then proceeded to the Yonkers raceway, which was converted from a raceway into a large parking lot full of charter busses and youth waiting to be ferried over to St. Joseph's Seminary (also called Dunwoodie).

At the Seminary

On the Bus Again... Just Saw the Pope!

(Note: I wrote this posting on the bus, but only recently was able to post it to the blog due to a lack of Internet access...) I'm back on a bus again, and just three hours ago I was saying hello to Pope Benedict along with around 25,000 seminarians, religious, priests and youth at the Youth and Seminarian Rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York. I don't have the time (or the energy) to work on all the pictures right now (including pictures of all the performers on stage before the Pope's arrival), but I will post them all as soon as I can. For now, please pray for a timely and safe return for al those travelling back home today.

WYD 2005: More Reflections

Now more than halfway through the Pilgrimage to Koln (Cologne) for World Youth Day 2005, I thought it might be a good idea to reflect a little on the happenings and developments of my journey so far.

Trip to the German Countryside

The seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon had a day planned (the 16th, to be precise) during which we were going to visit a castle (Neuschweinstein I think), tour the countryside on train and visit the wood-carving town of Oberammagau (I think I spelled it wrong). Unfortunately, we did not have much luck doing most of what we had originally planned on doing. It was raining steadily for most of the day, and, after an eight hour train and bus ride, we found that we wouldn't be able to go inside the castle because of the amount of people in line.

Food for Thought

Today I was quite moved by the whole Mass celebrated by Archbishop Burke. I especially loved his homily and the Holy Sacrifice on the altar. His statement, “This seminary is the heart of our archdiocese” (i.e. you seminarians are the heart of the archdiocese), REALLY struck me as something important.

He is exhorting us, as Christ did, to live out our lives to their fullest in order to perfectly imitate Christ. Not fifty percent. Not seventy-five. One hundred percent. To the cross.

How miniscule are our sufferings and complaints compared to the suffering Jesus went through! We have nothing to complain about. Jesus has redeemed us through his death on the Cross, and now we MUST work to acheive eternal salvation through our actions on this Earth.

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