Prayer and Worship
Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an alternate schedule has been put in place for all in-person religious services on the UIW campus. Please see the schedule below.
Please download and read " A Prayer of Hope in a Time of Trial" from UIW's Office of Mission and Ministry.
The University of the Incarnate Word offers a variety of worship opportunities, formal and informal, Catholic and Ecumenical, to provide a means for students to participate in prayer on campus. Opportunities are available daily, weekly, monthly, and through our special university-wide celebrations throughout the year.
There are two Sunday Masses held on campus in Our Lady's Chapel (located on the first floor of the Administration Building):
- Morning Mass - 11 a.m. Virtually and In-person.
- Due to the current social distancing protocols, seating in Our Lady's Chapel is limited and we strongly encourage registering for Mass each week to ensure we have space. We invite you to register with Flocknote, our community communication app to receive the weekly registration link and up to date information. Register for Flocknote today.
- Evening Mass - Due to the pandemic, our evening Mass is suspended until further notice.
- Daily Mass - 12:00 pm Monday - Thursday ( except during holidays or breaks)
- No prior registration is necessary at this time.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held every Friday at 11:30 a.m. or by appointment with our Chaplain or Associate Chaplain.
The Sacrament of Confirmation for those wishing to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church is offered through a 7-month program beginning in September each year. For more information, please contact Beth Villarreal, Director of Campus Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org - (210) 829-2736.
The University of the Incarnate Word offers a variety of ways to become involved in the worship life of the campus. Whether you are a seasoned minister or new to ministry, training is provided each semester. We invite you to participate in any of the following ministries:
Altar servers assist the priest at his direction in preparing various details of the liturgy. These may include carrying the cross in procession, assisting the presider with the Sacramentary, helping to prepare the altar table and vessels, lighting candles, preparing incense and other sacramentals.
Members of the environment team assist in preparing the chapel for the liturgical seasons - Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful during the Eucharistic celebrations.
Hospitality ministers welcome people as they arrive, hand out hymnals, take up the collection, and distribute the bulletin.
Lectors proclaim Sacred Scripture - the Word of God - to the assembly. They may also assist in reading the Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful) of the community.
The music ministry contributes to the worship life of the campus by offering a variety of musical styles - contemporary to traditional, vocal and instrumental - which prayerfully serve and enhance the sung prayer of our liturgies, both Catholic and ecumenical. Our choirs include students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. Each choir rehearses weekly during the academic year in preparation for Sunday Masses and other liturgical services. Both choirs welcome instrumentalists. Those who serve in our cantor ministry participate regularly in the prayer life of the campus and are typically members of one of our choirs. Additional formation is provided for those interested in this ministry.
St. Isidore Virtual Ministry
During these times of uncertainty and constant change, we look to St. Isidore of Seville, patron saint of the internet to guide us as we continue to serve our UIW community. Although apart, we can still connect through prayer, song, and community, supporting and lifting up our UIW family near and far. This semester provides opportunities for us to live our ministerial call in different ways. Below are short descriptions for some of the different opportunities that will be offered through UMM: More will be added.
Sunday Morning Mass (Sundays at 11 a.m.): Through a hybrid prayer service (livestreamed via Zoom and in-person for UIW students) we are now able to join our virtual community that gathered together during the pandemic and our in-person student community to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist in Our Lady’s Chapel. Each week a registration link is sent out to our virtual participants while students attending in person register through Flocknote. Opportunities to serve through music ministry and liturgical ministries virtually are available.
Ps 98 Music Ministry: Though traditional choir rehearsals will not be possible for a time, new and returning members of the UIW family can still "Sing a new song" in a virtual space. This music ministry will help facilitate the music of our Sunday Morning Prayer along with other opportunities (e.g., Taizé Prayer, devotional prayer such as the Chaplet, rosary, etc.) throughout the semester, including a collaborative venture at the end of the semester with the UIW Music Department.
For more information or to sign up, please contact:
Lena Gokelman, Director of Music Ministries and Coordinator of Liturgy
Carmen Aguilera, Liturgy and Music Assistant