Mass welcomes new students

Chasity Pugh

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Loyola University welcomed students old and new with the annual Welcome Mass on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m.

The Welcome Mass is always the first Mass of the academic year and wraps up the four-day Wolfpack Welcome program for new students.

Ken Weber, associate chaplain of liturgy and music, said the Mass serves as an opportunity to socialize, re-connect and meet new people.

“It is geared toward introducing the 9 p.m. Mass community and style of worship to new students, and to welcoming back returning students from their summer away from Loyola,” Weber said.

Student groups affiliated with University Ministry were also present to introduce themselves, including Ignacio Volunteers, Christian Life Communities, Awakening and the First Year Retreat.

“Students were also informed of opportunities to serve as readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, musicians and hospitality ministers,” Weber said.