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Memorial Mass commemorates life of junior Theresa Sagartz

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first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Students and other members of the Notre Dame community attended Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday night in memory of junior Theresa Sagartz who died last week.“As we situate Theresa’s death into the fabric of our day-to-day lives, we are invited to look back, not with sadness or regret, but with gratitude, to be thankful for the way she touched our hearts, both directly and indirectly [in] her love of her family and friends, the resilience with which she lived her life,” McCormick said.“Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, he demonstrated how far he would go to prove God’s love and lasting commitment to each of us. Jesus’ testimony and God’s desire to be in relationship with us now serves as the basis for our prayer tonight, to commend a sister, a daughter, a friend, a role model, back to God.”McCormick said Sagartz was a woman who lived selflessly and was known for both her compassion and leadership — evident in her multiple roles on campus, which included being an “honorary mom” to section 2A in Zahm House who brought oranges to soccer games.“The list could go on forever of the things that made Theresa, Theresa,” McCormick said. “But what we celebrate is her turning back to God, a God who so deeply loves each of us that he has created a space for us in him to return. Theresa’s life has changed. It has not ended.”Sagartz’s life was a manifestation of God’s grace, McCormick said.“God blessed Theresa with the precise amount of time needed for her to make an impact on this world. We no doubt would have preferred more of it, yet so goes the delicate and precious nature of life. And while we are tempted to measure the quality of life in years, the true measure of life is what you do in the time that you have,” McCormick said. “If a person with 75 years mostly wraps himself in anger and greed, what good is that? Is it somehow better than 21 years filled with love and service to others? … No matter the time we have here, five minutes or 100 years, we are invited to look forward, mirroring God’s love that extends beyond us and extends beyond death.”The fullness of Sagartz’s life can serve as inspiration, McCormick said.“Leaving the Basilica tonight, my sincere hope is that each of us might be changed in some way,” he said. “Perhaps we may express a deeper gratitude for the family, friends and those lives that we come in contact with on a daily basis. … Or maybe, we develop a deeper trust through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection — that we do not mourn Theresa’s death as if it were the end, but rather, prayerfully, as she begins her journey to eternal life.”Senior News Writer Catherine Owers contributed to this report.Tags: memorial, memorial mass, Student death, Theresa Sagartz Family, friends and members of the Notre Dame community filled the Basilica of the Sacred Heart Wednesday evening to honor the life of Theresa Sagartz, a junior and former resident of Pangborn Hall, who died last week in her off-campus apartment due to apparent natural causes related to a medical condition.University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated the memorial Mass, and Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, delivered the homily. The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir provided music for the Mass.last_img read more

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Rodwell vows to keep winning

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first_img Press Association Manchester City know they can do little but watch and hope this weekend as they await opportunities to get back into the title race. The champions could again find themselves 15 points behind leaders Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League by the time they face struggling Aston Villa on Monday. That was the deficit they faced prior to playing Chelsea last Sunday after United’s victory the previous day and their rivals can strike another blow as they host Norwich on Saturday. With just 11 games remaining there is little time to turn the situation around but manager Roberto Mancini has suggested cutting the gap to six points before the April derby trip to Old Trafford could reignite the battle. And City midfielder Jack Rodwell said: “We hope they slip up.” center_img Yet although United were beaten by Norwich in November, they have not lost in the league since and Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are in control of their destiny. Rodwell added: “All we can do is win our games. If we don’t win our games and United don’t then we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We’ve just got to focus on our side.” Finishing second would be a clear disappointment for City after last season’s dramatic title success but the club still remains in fine shape. There is still the possibility of FA Cup glory and, if 2012 was removed from the equation, a runners-up spot would be a best final position since 1977. Striker Sergio Aguero believes there is plenty to build on. The Argentina international said: “With experience we’ll be able to grow even more year by year and whatever happens this season, we will learn from it and use it to our advantage.” Mancini will give a fitness update on captain Vincent Kompany as he meets media to preview the trip to Villa Park. The Belgium defender has been out longer than expected after suffering a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke five weeks ago. It had been hoped he could return against Chelsea last weekend but Mancini revealed he had also injured his other calf. The 26-year-old has a history of trouble in that area. Mancini said: “It is not the same injury, it is a different calf. He has been unlucky and that means we are unlucky but we hope he will be back very quickly.” last_img read more

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