Liturgy and Sacraments
You will find many opportunities for prayer and reflection at Dominican University, where University Ministry offers a rich variety of experiences for worship and the sacraments. We encourage you to take time for silence and reflection during your busy days, especially when the stress seems greatest, and to explore the various ways that we encounter the divine in our everyday lives.
Sunday Mass, 7 p.m.
Join a vibrant worshiping community which gathers to pray, sing, and share in Eucharistic celebration. All are welcome on Sundays at 7 p.m. in Rosary Chapel during the Academic Year, Sunday, September 6, 2015 to Sunday, May 1, 2016.
You are invited to share your gifts and talents with our worshiping community in a special way: play your instrument or sing with the choir, proclaim the Word, be a Eucharistic minister or sacristan, create a beautiful worshiping space on our art and environment team, or welcome the gathering community as a minister of hospitality.
During academic breaks such as fall, winter, and spring break, Mass will continue to be celebrated on Saturdays at 5 p.m. in Rosary Chapel. All are welcome.
Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 5 p.m. in Rosary Chapel. Because of occasional changes, the most up-to-date liturgy schedule is always posted on the university calendar on Campus News: Campus News Calendar.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Students, staff, and faculty who are interested in deepening their Catholic identity through the sacrament of Confirmation are invited to visit with a University Ministry staff member. Together we can arrange a process that will suit your specific needs as you prepare to receive this sacrament at Dominican University.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
University Ministry invites all students, staff, and faculty who are interested in formally joining the Catholic community or who have already been baptized into the Catholic Church and would now like to receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation, to visit with a University Ministry staff person. The process of RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, may be the right fit for you. Through this process of initiation, you will journey with others as you explore, learn about, and are formed in the faith, the community, and the mission of the Catholic Church.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered regularly on campus, with dates and times posted on Campus News and in Rosary Chapel. If you would like more information about receiving the sacrament, please visit University Ministry.
This choir comprises a group of students who love to sing and contribute their musical gifts for our worshiping community. The group sings a wide variety of musical styles. They rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and sing on alternate Sundays during the academic year, as well as for one or two special events each semester. There is a wonderful spirit among the women and men who are part of the choir and it is a good way to feel part of a smaller group within the University.
Students may also elect to take the liturgical choir for one academic credit, per semester, if desired. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Amy Omi.
You are invited to share your gifts and talents with our worshiping community in a special and unique way. We invite you to consider participation in the variety of ministries that make up and support our liturgy:
Art & Environment
Student leaders of Art & Environment are responsible for working with the Student Coordinator on thoughtful decoration of the chapel to reflect the various liturgical seasons and special university events. They care for our sacred space in a special way and seek to make Rosary Chapel beautiful, prayerful, and inviting. Students with gifts for visual design or with interest in creating prayerful environments are always needed!
Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Eucharist at Mass under both forms of the Body and Blood of Christ. Through their service, they strive to maintain prayerful connection to the community and encourage the building of the Body of Christ at Dominican University.
Students involved in Hospitality ministry are responsible for welcoming worshipers into our prayer community and creating thoughtful preparations of the Ministry Center for social gatherings following weekly liturgy. Through gifts for building relationships and shaping environments in which all feel a sense of belonging, these leaders create a community where all are truly welcome and they embody the spirit of hospitality modeled by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa.
Student Lectors serve as readers during liturgy, sharing their gifts for preaching through the proclamation of the Word and in leading communal prayers of petition. Through their thoughtful preparation for and reflection on the weekly scripture readings, these leaders bring the Word to life in the midst of our community.
As part of the liturgical choir, students use their gifts for music to enrich and enhance the worshiping life of the University. There are opportunities for singing with the choir or small ensembles, being trained as a cantor or song leader, playing your musical instrument, and developing greater understanding of the liturgy and the role of liturgical music at Mass.
Sacristans serve as acolytes during liturgy, assisting the presider at the altar during Mass and helping to thoughtfully prepare the chapel and various liturgical supplies for worship. In both behind-the-scenes and participatory roles, these leaders ensure that everything runs smoothly during Mass and helps to create a prayerful environment for all.
*If you are interested in finding your place in a particular ministry or would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the liturgy, please contact University Ministry student interns Katie Nicholson or Rosario Hernandez, or University Minister for Liturgy & the Arts, Amy Omi.
Interfaith Prayer Room
Two Interfaith Prayer Rooms are available for use at Dominican University. The Main Campus Interfaith Prayer Room is located on the second floor of Mazzuchelli Hall, adjacent to the Noonan Reading Room and Rosary Chapel. The Priory Campus Interfaith Prayer Room is located on the first floor just inside the Main Entrance on the left. These interfaith spaces are open and available to all students, staff, and faculty for personal prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Special Annual Liturgies
Throughout the academic year, there are numerous special liturgies for the University community:
Mass of the Holy Spirit during Welcome Weekend
Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - Lund Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
We gather as a University community to welcome all new students and their families to campus and to call upon the Holy Spirit’s blessing as we embark on another year of study. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a long standing tradition at Catholic colleges and universities. Originating in the Middle Ages with the founding of the great European universities, this special Mass continues to commemorate the opening of the academic year. All students, families, staff, and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Family Weekend Mass
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 11 a.m. - Rosary Chapel
All students, their families, and guests are invited to worship together during the University-sponsored Homecoming & Family Weekend. Brunch in the Social Hall will follow for those students and families who have reserved tickets. (Note: There will be no 7 p.m. Sunday evening Mass in Rosary Chapel during Family Weekend.)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Each year, the University community gathers to honor and celebrate the life of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P., the founder of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. Don't miss the Founder's Day annual dinner in the Dining Hall, a special Founder's Week Bagel Day, or the annual Mazzuchelli Lecture.
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 11 a.m. - Rosary Chapel
Dominican University remembers the deceased members of the university community from the previous year at the annual Memorial Mass in Rosary Chapel. The names of the deceased are included in the Book of Remembrance and are remembered in all of the Masses celebrated in Rosary Chapel during the month of November. The Memorial Mass is followed by a brunch hosted by Alumnae/i Relations.
Remembrance Masses of the Deceased
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 11 a.m. - Rosary Chapel
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 11 a.m. - Rosary Chapel
Dominican University remembers the deceased members of the university community at a special Remembrance Mass in Rosary Chapel, followed by a reception hosted by Alumnae/i Relations.
El Dia de los Muertos
Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - Noonan Alcove, Lewis 2nd floor
The university community is invited to bring pictures of deceased loved ones to the University Ministry Center as part of El Dia de los Muertos Altar and Prayer Service. El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 8, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - Rosary Chapel
Lessons and Carols is a traditional form of ecumenical Christian worship celebrating the expectation and hope of Advent, culminating in Christ’s birth. In this beautiful ceremony, scripture readings and reflection are interspersed with hymns and carols. The most famous Festival of Lessons and Carols is broadcast each year by the BBC on Christmas Eve from King’s College, Cambridge, England. The Dominican University Liturgical Choir will lead us in song and prayer.
Wednesday, February 10, 2015 - Rosary Chapel
The University community gathers at the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent in a spirit of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to mark this 40-day season.
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - Lund Auditorium
The annual Baccalaureate Mass is a celebration that honors all graduates, their families, and friends in thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom and for gifts given and received during the years at Dominican University. The Mass is a special way of giving thanks and asking for God’s blessing on the graduates. No tickets are necessary, and guests of all faiths are invited to attend.