This Week at Newman for Dec. 11

Hello everyone, Happy Finals Week!  I’m praying for all of you as we move through this week.  If you’re a student, as you’re studying for finals feel free to use the Newman Center Green Hall to study, because we have an improved WiFi and will occasionally have food down there too.  Just remember not to stress too much, and good luck!

Events This Week:

The Giving Tree

Until December 13

In support of the many needy families in our Tucson community we assembled a Christmas Giving Tree (located in the church) containing ornaments with gift ideas organized by age and gender. We invite you to take an ornament, purchase a gift, bring it in a gift bag (including the ornament), and place it under the tree. All gifts will be given to the Primavera Organization, which provides homes, counseling, and other services for needy families and individuals of Tucson. The gifts will be presented to these families at the annual Primavera Christmas celebration. Gifts are due back by December 13.

Sign up for RE Congress

Until December 14

All students are encouraged to sign up for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (RE Congress), the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the nation, which will be on March 23-25.  It takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, and it is a great opportunity to learn more about the faith!  Students who are involved in campus ministry teams or liturgical ministries are especially encouraged to attend in order to become more effective ministers.  Sign ups will begin on Wednesday, November 30, and they will continue for the next few weeks.  All sign ups will require a down payment of $50, and the rest of the cost (registration, travel, and hotel) will need either to be paid in the spring or fulfilled through fundraising.

Candlelight Mass

Wednesday, December 14 at 8 PM

Since last week was the last Emmaus of the semester, this week will have the Candlelight Mass at 8 PM.  The Candlelight Mass is unique since it features a discussion homily, where everyone has a chance to share on the Gospel.  Come and take a study break for Mass.

 Warm Clothes and Blankets Drive

Sunday, December 18

Warm clothes and blankets are needed for those who are out in the streets and in the desert. Stand Up for Kids and Los Samaritanos are in need of hoodies, jackets, thermal shirts, stretchy gloves, hats, warm socks, sweats and blankets, sleeping bags and tarps. If you have any of these items that you’d like to donate, please bring them to the Newman Center on Sunday, December 18.

 Different Mass Schedule

Sunday, December 18

Since this Sunday begins Winter Break, we will have a different Mass Schedule.  The Mass on Saturday will be at 5:15 PM, and the Masses on Sunday will be at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 5 PM.

Weekly Events:

Serve at Casa Maria Catholic Worker House

Mondays and Thursdays at 8:15 AM

Casa Maria is a Catholic Worker House that serves the poor and homeless in South Tucson.  Only a few miles away, this community of workers provides members of the Newman Center with the opportunity to serve and grow in understanding of the mission of the Catholic Workers. If interested, meet us at the Newman Center at 8:15 AM on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you have any questions, contact Matt Campbell at

Women’s Faith Sharing Night

Mondays at 7 PM

Join Sr. Elizabeth and other women for a scripture-based time of support, discussion, and reflection of topics focused on women’s issues in the Wildcat Lounge.  All female student and permanent community members are welcome to come and grow together in our understanding of our Christian faith and our part in it.

Upcoming Events:

 Sign up for Campus Renew

Campus Renew provides ongoing faith formation for college students through a program of weekly faith sharing groups focused on the Sunday Mass Readings.  It’s a great way to be supported in your faith as you grow with your small faith-sharing group.  If interested, you can sign up now at the Newman Center front desk, and beginning on December 2 online at!  Groups will begin meeting at the beginning of the Spring semester.  If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at

Interviews for Confirmation

May college students have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  If you have not been Confirmed, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at 7 PM on Mondays, beginning February 6.  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at the end of the Spring semester at the 5 PM Mass.  The requirements for the preparation process are that you are Baptized, received your First Communion, an active and practicing Catholic, and able to attend all 8 sessions.  Sign up now at the Newman Center front desk to schedule an interview with Sr. Elizabeth.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sr. Elizabeth at .


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“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: rejoice!  Your kindness should be known to all.  The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  – Philippians 4:4-7

Your brother in Christ,

David Mares

Campus Ministry Intern


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