Mass of the Holy Spirit

Invitation to the University Community
and Adjusted Class Schedule for the Day


It is a tradition among Catholic colleges and universities to open each academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, to seek God’s guidance and blessing in the quest for learning.  Our Mass of the Holy Spirit is a “learning Mass,” with periodic explanations of Roman Catholic traditions and rituals, so that all members of our University community may feel welcome and included in our celebration.

On Monday, August 25, 2014, we will follow an adjusted class schedule, as follows:

If your class is scheduled to begin at... IT WILL MEET INSTEAD FROM...
7:45 a.m. 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
9:45 or 10:15 a.m. 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:00 noon
12:30 or 12:45 p.m. 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
1:45 or 2:00 or 2:30 p.m. 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
3:45 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

(All classes scheduled to begin after 4:00 p.m. will meet as regularly scheduled.)

At 11:30 a.m., all members of the University community* may begin to proceed to the Physical Education Center, in which our Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at 12:00 noon.

(* Offices and services deemed essential will remain open.)

Special seating areas will be designated for all of our First Year Seminar (FYS) sections and new transfer students.  Ushers will be available to direct all FYS and new transfer students to their sections.

After Mass, all members of the University community and special guests are invited to a free and festive luncheon at the Student Center, lasting until our adjusted class schedule resumes.

Start Date: 8/25/2014
End Date: 8/25/2014
Location: PEC
 
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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.



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