For the past five years, the Notre Dame community has marked the coming of the Christmas season with an annual tradition of Las Posadas. During this year’s celebration, students and others in attendance will meet at the Grotto at 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights for a walk, prayer, singing and food.Las Posadas, which is Spanish for “the inns,” reenacts a passage from the Gospel of Luke where Mary and Joseph search for shelter before Jesus is born, Becky Ruvalcaba, assistant director of multicultural ministry in Campus Ministry, said in an email.“[It] is an advent celebration revolving around the concept of hospitality,” she said. “ … We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus in our midst.”The walk will end at Stanford Hall on Monday night, the Coleman-Morse Center on Tuesday night and Farley Hall on Wednesday night.Junior Audrey Immonen, the spirituality commissioner for Farley Hall, said in an email that the event will feature one leader, three readers and two people to play Mary and Joseph.Ruvalcaba said the tradition is typical in Latin American countries and is usually held the nine days before Christmas.Besides Campus Ministry, Ruvalcaba said Farley and Stanford Halls play large roles in the event, but people from across campus participate.Campus Ministry plans the date at least two months in advance and then coordinates with Farley to set the locations each night, Immonen said.. She plans for the night when Farley hosts.“I recruit Farley’s Finest to read Bible passages and play Mary and Joseph,” she said. “We also order delicious Venezuelan food from the Mango Cafe here in South Bend — the night is full of empanadas, arepas and hot chocolate.”Elaine DeBassige, the rector of Farley, helped bring the tradition to campus several years ago.“I come from a state and culture that celebrates their faith through pilgrimage at Advent and Lent,” she said in an email. “Pilgrimage helps us to think about the journey we all make in our faith life.”DeBassige said her family always welcomed strangers.“When we open Farley’s door to let the pilgrims in for a prayer and food, it reminds me of home and the way this cultural tradition shaped my faith,” she said.Immonen said her favorite part of the event is when people remember that Mary and Joseph were refugees.“Nowadays, refugees are vilified and marginalized, and people forget that God was once one,” she said.Ruvalcaba and Immonen both said the community is one of their favorite parts of the event as well.“This event reminds students that we are called to walk with each other on the journey,” Immonen said.DeBassige ultimately sees the celebration as a time for the campus to come together.“One of the greatest gifts of a college education is the exchange of ideas, culture and life,” she said. “These things expand who we are when we dare to share. … The table that Christ sets then becomes more accessible to more people because it is another way to access the Catholic faith.”She said that making these traditions accessible helps make strangers seem less intimidating and more like friends or family.“Isn’t that what Notre Dame is all about?” she said.Tags: christmas, Faith, Las Posadas, Pilgrimage
NBC Sets Premiere Date for Working the Engels, Starring Andrea Martin & Martin Short NBC has set the premiere date of new sitcom Working the Engels, which stars Andrea Martin and Martin Short. According to TVLine.com, we’ll be able to see the Tony winners first do their thing in the comedy series on July 10 at 9.30PM. Happy #WorldTheatreDay It’s World Theatre Day today so we’re highlighting two new international productions that we’re intrigued to see. Baz Luhrmann’s long-in-the-works Strictly Ballroom the Musical began performances at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia, March 25. And then there’s the X Factor parody tuner I Can’t Sing!, which had a starry opening night March 26 as scheduled at the London Palladium, despite initial preview delays. We need some air miles! See Sherie Rene Scott Sing For Free! In celebration of the release of Sherie Rene Scott’s new album, All Will Be Well: The Piece of Meat Studio Sessions on Sh-K-Boom Records, a special new 22-minute Lovestream concert is available online. Check it out below and hear the two-time Tony nominee sing four songs from the album: “5 Years Time,” “Oh Sean,” “I Am an Animal” and “Devotion.” Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Andrea Martin Star Files Hedwig Does Good The Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch announced March 27 that it will donate a portion of the ticket price of every ticket sold to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping LGBTQ youth. The show, starring Neil Patrick Harris, begins performances this weekend at the Belasco Theatre.
Pardew has no doubt the key issue for his side is a lack of cutting edge going forward and has vowed to address the problem. Newcastle rarely looked like equalising after Stoke – who also had a decent-looking penalty shout turned down and hit the post through Marko Arnautovic – went in front via Peter Crouch’s 15th-minute header. Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was only really called into action to push away one Daryl Janmaat strike, although Jack Colback missed a golden chance to level when he hit the bar late on. Pardew, whose team have accrued three points from their six league games, said: “The last third is obviously a problem for us and we have to put that right. “We have to find the answer. We’ll have to have a look at it – make changes, change the system or something. I’ve got to give the team more options in terms of going forward. “We didn’t create enough – I’m not going to make any excuses. We are quite honest with ourselves in the dressing room that we need to create more. “We had a big chance with Jack, who is beating himself up about it. If that goes in, I think we all knew what we were going to do -we were going to get the ball and try to get the winner, because we know that winning was everything tonight. “A draw would have been as bad as a defeat really tonight. We need to get a win and get it quick.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, hailed a “big” win for his side which brought their first points at home of the campaign. “We are delighted with that,” Hughes said. “It was an important win for us today, a big win. “There has been a little bit of negativity around our home form. But we were always quite comfortable in that we felt it was only a matter of time before our home form turned around. “And I think on the balance of play, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke moved up from 17th to 11th in the table and have eight points from their six games. Ahead of the match, Ashley – who Newcastle insist was joking with the comment – said Pardew would be ”finished” if it ended in defeat. The sportswear magnate then watched from the stands at the Britannia Stadium, while several Newcastle fans there held up ‘Sack Pardew’ signs, as the Tyneside outfit’s wait for a win in the Barclays Premier League this term extended to six games. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not quit but accepted his future in the job was uncertain and expects “serious” talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies’ 1-0 loss at Stoke. Pardew’s side have only tasted victory once in 14 league fixtures stretching back to last season, with 10 of those games ending in defeat, and they are second-bottom of the table. Following this latest reverse, the 53-year-old said: ”I have to fight and the team have to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we can turn it around.” He then added: “I think we’ll (he and Ashley) have some serious conversations before Saturday (when Newcastle face Swansea away) because he doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.” Asked how secure his position was, Pardew said: “I don’t know. But I think it’s my job really to show to the players that there are 32 games left to be strong and to show there is a resilience. “We find ourselves in a position where we are not winning games and we have to put that right.” Regarding the Newcastle supporters, Pardew said: “This is a tough job – make no bones about that – and it is tough where we are at the moment. The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. “I looked at them at the end and clapped them to show I respect their views. I’m not going to hide from it. “I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to come up with the answers.” Press Association
I have made no secret of my general dislike of how Blizzard have handled their approach to esports with Overwatch. Credit where credit’s due, however, we have 12 organisations bought in and the inaugural season will get underway shortly. 런던 스핏파이어의 @overwatchleague 첫 단계의 경기 일정이 공개되었습니다! 우리 팬 분들은 어떤 경기가 제일 기대되시나요? 답글로 남겨주세요!스핏파이어의 경기 일정과 시간(한국 시간대)은 여기서 찾을 수 있습니다: https://t.co/axwE9Ei3Bu— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) November 15, 2017The Overwatch League promised a truly global league with representation for the entire world as teams would hop to different locations and compete at each franchise’s local stadium. The initial presentation teased various franchise locations across Europe, Asia as well as the States and South America. What we’ve ended up with is 9 of 12 teams actually being based in the States. Then there’s a Seoul franchise (owned by a chap in Silicon Valley), a franchise in China (owned by Blizzard’s Overwatch distributor) and the good old London franchise – Cloud9. I’ll watch the Overwatch League, but like most of esports it’s unlikely that I will side with one team because I’m overly enamoured with the brand. The OWL is making a big play on the “we are traditional sports guys” card, with jerseys being sold in-game and everyone being encouraged to pick a franchise. I am from London. I should theoretically support the London Spitfire. My local team, representing the only European franchise in a league dominated by North America – let’s go Spitfire! Then I look at the brand. Chosen the name Spitfire, pointing to the history of Great Britain and the war. It almost implies that British flows through the brand. On closer examination, the “London Spitfire” has no presence in London. It has an extremely talented, yet all Korean roster. Half of the brand’s social media is in Korean. It seems as if more effort is being made to retain the roster’s previous Korean fans than it is to represent London. So why are we even bothering with these global franchise spots? Well, at least they did a cool giveaway offering fans tickets to go and watch the preseason. I mean, with $20 million being spent on just entering the OWL alone, it’s a fairly nice gesture to send a couple of fans over from London to support their local team in Burbank, right?Oh, wait. The tickets are basically only available to people who live in the area. There’s no travel or accommodation included so they’ve not even made an effort to involve the “local fans”. It’s just bizarre. With your slot costing so much – what’s a couple of thousand dollars to show the local area you’re making an effort and that you actually want to win the hearts of the local fans? ?GIVEAWAY TIME! ?Want to come watch our team #TakeOff and in the @PlayOverwatch Arena in Burbank, CA on December 7th? The time is now!Follow @Spitfire and RT this tweet to enter!Good luck! ?*Travel expenses and accommodation are not covered. pic.twitter.com/2fGRzsQpqP— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) November 29, 2017As it stands, the more and more I see from the “London Spitfire” social media account, the less and less it makes me want to support them. We’re not used to the American franchise system over in Europe and a global franchise system is fairly unheard of anyhow. It doesn’t feel like the “London Spitfire” are at all representing London – but more feels like what it actually is. An American company with no roots in London who have acquired a top Korean team and are set to compete in the States for at least one, maybe two seasons of a League i’m not particularly excited for. Other franchises are doing the regional representation a lot better – but the Spitfire are failing miserably.