Welcome to the Orientation Information Hub! Use this page to access vital information needed for our virtual Orientation!
COVID-19 and Safety Protocols
Before you begin your travel, consult the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for information about limiting your risk while traveling. What your quarantine looks like, will vary slightly based on the state you are traveling to. Consult the health advisories and mandates in your new state below. There may be small tasks you need to attend to during your first weeks and months in your locale, consult these guidelines for running small errands after your 14 day quarantine is over or after your entire community has received a COVID-19 negative test result.
Our Orientation will occur over three time zones- from our most western locales in Alaska Time to our furthest east locales in Mountain Time. Below, access the schedule that aligns with your time zone.
Click below to access the individual link to access Zoom for live sessions each day. Your detailed schedule notes the “location” of each gathering in the virtual world. Community Meetings will be held over Google Meet via your community Gmail account. Consult your schedule for information about your community meeting and your personal email for log in information for your community google account.
Throughout Orientation, we will host Meet Ups for individuals to gather to build community, ask questions, and be a resource for one another throughout the year. JVC Northwest staff members will convene each of these meetings. Consult your schedule to know when each meet up is occurring for your timezone and use the below links to access these gatherings. The below gatherings are listed in order of when they occur throughout the week.
During orientation, we will have Accompaniers that you can schedule a time to meet with via phone. While some Accompaniers are trained spiritual directors and counselors, these individuals are simply meant to be conversations partners in processing your transition into your year of service with JVC Northwest. You may also appreciate unpacking the material discussed during sessions at Orientation with them. Accompaniers will be available to meet with from August 5-11 for all JVs and additionally on August 4 for Additional Year (AY) JVs. Click the links below to read through our Accompaniers’ bios, and sign up for accompaniment during free time.
Ways to Reflect and Pray
Throughout Orientation there are ways for you to pray and reflect with your JV community, as well as with the broader program- through Ignatian Examens, Spirituality/Reflection Nights, and our Sending Forth Service, to name a few. Additionally, we encourage folks to find ways to personal reflect and care for their spirit in ways that are joyous and life-giving during this transition. We look forward to accompanying and supporting you in your spiritual and reflective journey during your JV year.
Live Mass Options
- Weekdays- St. Aloysius, Spokane, WA offers mass in English at 7 a.m. AK/ 8 a.m. PT/ 9 a.m. MT streamed here on Facebook
- Sunday, August 9- Santa Clara University offers mass in English at 9 a.m. AK/ 10 a.m. PT/ 11a.m. MT streamed here on Youtube
- Sunday, August 9- St. Francis Xavier Parish, Missoula, MT offers mass in English at 9 a.m. AK/ 10 a.m. PT/ 11a.m. MT streamed here on Facebook
- Sunday, August 9- Holy Cross Parish, Anchorage, AK offers mass in English at 11 a.m. AK/ 12 a.m. PT/ 1p.m. MT live here on Facebook
- Sunday, August 9- St. Pius X Catholic Church, Portland, OR offers mass in Spanish at 12 p.m. AK/ 1 p.m. PT/ 2 p.m. MT live here on Facebook
Recorded Mass Options (for personal or free time):
- Xavier University offers weekday masses recorded on here YouTube
- St. Andrew Catholic Church (Portland, OR) Sunday mass (English and Spanish) recorded here
If there is a faith or spiritual service that you would like to attend that conflicts with the timing of a scheduled session for Orientation, connect with your Program Coordinator to chat through the request. If looking for spiritual resources in your locale, reference your Community Info Sheet, found on your community Google Drive.
Sending Forth Service
During the Sending Forth Service on Tuesday, August 11, we have an opportunity to gather together in a space of reflection, sharing, and prayer. This is the culminating event of Orientation, when Jesuit Volunteers are sent forth from Orientation into their year of service, accompanied by all they have learned and experienced during Orientation. To help set the tone and create space for this event, we invite you to create a sacred place within your home. Light your Community Candle, lay out your altar cloth, display your completed Community Mandala, and set out the Sending Forth Pendants –to be blessed and presented to you during the service. You can also bring meaningful objects from your own spiritual/personal journeys to add to your community altar. What other practices have you found helpful for creating an intentional, reflective, and sacred space? Maybe you could share these with your community mates and incorporate them, too!
Prayers of the People
As we seek to support one another during this week of Orientation, we hope to provide space for us to collective lift up our prayers and intentions submitted by you, the Jesuit Volunteer Cohort of ’20-21. To facilitate this, we encourage you to submit prayer requests through a Google Submission Form. Additional Year JVs will incorporate these submissions –if consented upon by the submitter– into the Prayers of the People, a section of our Sending Forth Service.
Recorded Sessions and Resources
Throughout Orientation, you will be instructed to access recorded training videos and sessions. These sessions are recorded to be an on-going resource for you throughout the year. Return to these sessions and training modules as needed.
To Do Lists and Sign Ups
Use the below links to access sign ups for Orientation!