Texas A&M University-San Antonio now hosts Sunday Mass and confessions for students interested in practicing their Catholic faith on campus.
Confessions begin at 6 p.m. in the Vista Room on the fourth floor of the Central Academic Building, with a Mass at 7 p.m.
Bilingual education junior Blanca Mora, the president of the Catholic Student Association, said she is more than happy to see all of the support and positive feedback the organization earned from the new services on campus, especially because the organization was only recognized by A&M-San Antonio this year.
“I am very surprised. I didn’t think [Mass] was going to happen this fall,” Mora said. “I thought it was going to take about a year to maybe have Mass, but no. There was a lot of interest.”
The interest drove members to ask university officials how to hold a Mass on campus. A&M-San Antonio responded promptly, setting the organization up in the Vista Room every Sunday.
“Everything happened all in one semester. I didn’t think it was going to be this fast, seeing it grow from just two people and now we have all this,” Mora said. “I am really happy to see the growth and how people on this campus are wanting to grow in their relationship with Christ.”
The Catholic Student Association’s hard work to fill the demand of religious services on campus is not only acknowledged by its members, but by numerous other students seeking religious fulfillment.
Biology sophomore Hugo Aguilar and criminal justice junior Juan Ortiz were both surprised to learn A&M-San Antonio now provides confessions and Mass to students on Sundays.
“I think it’s a great thing to see here on a college campus,” Aguilar said.
“I would go for sure, and I think other students should go too, especially if they are religious,” Ortiz said.
Religious or not, Mora said the Catholic Student Association welcomes all students to its meetings, Mass, bible studies and any other event they host. All events are listed on Jagsync under the Catholic Student Association and can be found on the event calendar.