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“Jake loved and was loved. While Jake loved, our faith reminds us that God is love. Despite our struggles that God took a beloved member of our community away too soon, we can’t help but see how God poured his love into Jake’s heart, and man, did it change lives,” Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, said in his homily at the memorial Mass to celebrate the life of junior Jake Scanlan. Scanlan, a resident of Siegfried Hall, died unexpectedly in his sleep Wednesday morning from what appear to be natural causes. Scanlan’s family and friends, residents of Siegfried Hall, and students, faculty and staff from across campus attended the Mass, which was celebrated by University President Fr. John Jenkins at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday evening. McCormick described the 20-year-old mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland, as a “man for others.” “Jake was deserving of the spotlight, being a great athlete, great academic, loyal friend, faithful brother, loving son. Jake preferred to use his God-given talents to make others happy, living his life so authentically that he could not help but inspire others to do the very same,” he said. “In fact, it was pointed out that having an entire Mass for Jake would be enough for him to turn in the exact opposite direction, so not wanting to draw attention to himself, so rather being invested in others.”McCormick said he led a procession from Siegfried Hall on Wednesday evening to the Grotto after attending a standing-room only Mass in the Siegfried Chapel. “As we rounded the corner into the Grotto, coming down the steps, I realized that we were no longer just a group of Mass-goers having left Siegfried,” he said. “Instead, we were joined by hundreds of people from around campus who had come together to pray for this young man. All standing in silence, all standing in honor and prayerful respect of their friend and their brother.”After everyone had lit a candle, Fr. John Conley, rector of Siegfried, brought together those gathered at the Grotto, McCormick said.Margaret Hynds | The Observer “In that moment, though, something happened that I will never forget, as I stood there, huddled in the cold, my hands buried in my pockets, looking down in prayerful reverence. I immediately felt a large arm over my right shoulder and then another one over my left shoulder,” he said. “And as I looked up, what I realized was that not only were we drawing closer to the front rail of the Grotto, but we were doing so together, with arms outstretched …“And I thought to myself, how fitting that a young man who has committed himself to loving others, to giving of himself to others, to bringing others together, even in death, has the ability to, last night, bring so many together — and this night to bring so many people that we literally could not fit them all in the Basilica. What a beautiful thing that is.” Scanlan’s death leaves his family, friends and the Notre Dame community with “big, substantive questions,” McCormick said. However, he said people of faith are ultimately challenged to consider that a loving God would not leave Scanlan at death. “That we understand just as God has blessed Jake with life … he will not leave him alone, abandoned,” he said. “And just as we support one another, as we continue to do now and into the future, God, too, calls Jake to himself, and invites him on a new journey — a journey to a deeper and fuller understanding of God, of life eternal. To a place prepared for us all, by Jesus, through his death and resurrection. … Jake’s life has not ended, it has merely changed.”Those whose lives have been touched by Scanlan can best honor him by building community, McCormick said. “In the minutes, and hours, days, weeks, and months and years ahead, all of us will be impacted by Jake and his death, in unexpected and sometimes confusing ways,” he said. “When those cases occur, instead of sinking into grief and despair, perhaps each of us might challenge ourselves to honor Jake’s life by reaching out to a friend, being intentional about helping others in need and, you know what, not always taking ourselves seriously. Because as Jake’s life demonstrated, sometimes what this world needs most is a good laugh.” After the concluding rites of the Mass, McCormick read a statement from the Scanlan family. “On behalf of the family, we’d like to thank everyone for the prayers, love and support shown during this difficult time. We all love Jake and are much better persons for having known him. And we are now better equipped to complete our mission on God’s behalf to achieve lasting eternity in heaven. May we always cherish and remember Jake’s humble demeanor, his big smile and his witty sense of humor. May God bless.” Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Pete McCormick, Student death
Aer Lingus has received backing from shareholders to inject €150m into a new defined contribution (DC) fund, signalling an end to a protracted dispute over the €715m deficit in the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).The airline, which convened this week’s extraordinary general meeting to approve the recommendations of a government-backed expert panel, saw an overwhelming majority of shareholders approve the deal.In June, the expert panel said IASS sponsors – Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority – should put aside more than €200m to address the needs of active members who would suffer benefits cuts if the defined benefit fund wound up.If the scheme were to wind up under the current priority order, which no longer grants pensions in payment absolute priority, the fund’s deficit would fall to €197m. The airline has agreed to inject €147m into a new DC arrangement for IASS members, as it is barred from making deficit reduction payments to the fund.In its third-quarter results, Aer Lingus noted that once shareholders had signed off on the deal, the Pensions Authority would need to approve the Section 50 benefits cuts put forward in the IASS funding proposal.It is unclear if the Authority will approve the Section 50 request before the end of the year, as the airline had hoped the restructuring would be complete by 1 January 2015.Aer Lingus could not be reached for comment.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Roydhouse stood facing a wall of American players with a golden opportunity to win the game in overtime.Dan Summers set up a free kick for the Syracuse midfielder when he came barreling down the field and was tripped in the 94th minute. In the process, he drew a yellow card from an AU midfielder and set up the outside-the-box shot.Roydhouse played the free kick perfectly. He had two options in mind — right or left. With all the AU players lined up, the goalkeeper would have to predict which direction Roydhouse would go.He guessed wrong. Roydhouse sent a strike to the left side of the net and the ball snuck inside the post for the game-winner. The Eagles’ goalkeeper didn’t even see it coming.‘In the first half, I had already taken a free kick that had gone to the right,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I had made the assumption right here that he was going to guess I was going the same way. So I just mixed it up and he guessed the wrong way.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoydhouse’s goal gave the Orange (2-2, 0-0 Big East) a 2-1 overtime win over American (1-4-1) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. Forward Louis Clark scored the other goal for SU at the start of the game, a stagnant match highlighted by two bookend goals that proved to be all SU needed to equal its win total from all of last season.The Orange came out aggressive early on, highlighted by Clark’s first goal of the season, an unassisted shot he netted after recovering his own rebound in the seventh minute.‘I should have put it away the first time really,’ Clark said. ‘And I was lucky to get another opportunity to put it away.’But after those first few minutes, the Eagles slowly began to take control of possessions, and it became a defensive battle. The dependable SU defense didn’t let American score in the first half, and the Orange failed to add to its lead.The game turned into a physical battle in which neither team could find the back of the net. Despite outshooting its opponent 23-8, SU couldn’t convert many of its opportunities into goals.That continued into the second half until the Eagles scored a rebound goal into the center of the net to tie the game 83 minutes in. The Orange appeared exhausted before that goal, but picked up its energy afterward with the game on the line.‘In the second half, I thought we were a little bit lethargic and all credit to an American team,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘They wrestled the play away from us.‘I was looking for reaction from the guys, and we got that today.’Roydhouse said SU was quick to the ball offensively after changing to an attack-heavy 4-3-3 formation in overtime instead of the 4-4-2 it had been using. The adjustment gave SU two straight open looks in the extra period.Ted Cribley was in the open field one-on-one with the AU goalie, but his shot was turned away on a diving save. About a minute later, Summers was rolling down the field alone in a similar situation, ready to take an uncontested shot when he was tripped.The trip set the stage for Roydhouse to finish it off on the free kick.Roydhouse’s strike found the back of the net and immediately erased any thoughts of a second straight overtime loss.The shot curved over a line of AU players and into the left side of the net. It was similar to one Roydhouse made last year.After missing on his first free kick try earlier in Sunday’s game, Roydhouse seized his second opportunity.‘That’s what he’s there to do,’ McIntyre said. ‘Overtime goals, you’re looking for an opportunity. And this one was a quality strike. We’re thrilled to have won that game because it could have gone either way.’And after last week’s overtime loss, no one on SU was ready for déjà vu.‘Mac gave us a good talk after 90 minutes,’ Clark said. ‘There wasn’t a prayer that we weren’t going to come out and win today.’[email protected] Published on September 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Comments
Lionel Messi scored the 50th hat trick of his career to help Barcelona twice recover from a goal down and win 4-2 at Sevilla yesterday.Messi’s first came from a superb volley before he curled home from the edge of the area and then clipped in a neat finish to complete his treble.It was the 32nd hat trick of Messi’s La Liga career, while he has notched eight in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and six in international competition with Argentina. He is second in the all-time La Liga list behind former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 34, but the two are tied on 44 club hat tricks in all competitions. That makes them the joint holders of the all-time record for the most hat tricks scored for a club in Spain.Messi leads the statistics for Europe’s five major leagues, with 25 goals and 11 assists so far this season.His treble moved Barca 10 points clear at the top of La Liga ahead of Atletico Madrid’s game against Villarreal today, but speaking after the match, he said they were not getting carried away.“No, that’s not one hand on the title — there is still a long way to go,” he told beIN SPORTS. “But it was an important win because it helps us maintain our lead over our rivals. It’s always tough to win [at Sevilla]. They always make it difficult.“You go through different spells in a season. You can’t always play at a great level. We have been on a run — if we’re being honest — in which we have not been playing our best football. But today we were back to being ourselves.”Barca’s win came after a run of one victory in five games and sets them up for this week’s double-header against rivals Real Madrid.They face Madrid at the Bernabeu twice, first in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg on Wednesday and then in the league on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Messi celebrates with team mate Ousmane Dembele Saturday