This Week at Newman for Dec. 4

Hello everyone, I hope all of you have had a great week. For the students, this week is a culminating moment of the semester when we finish classes and begin finals, but we must remember to keep our focus on God, and that will keep away anxiety and fear. I encourage you all to remain in prayer for yourself, your studies, and our community through personal prayer time, as well as the Sacraments. Every day, we celebrate the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist, and this week we have our Advent Reconciliation Service. I’ll be praying for all of you as we move into finals.

Events This Week:

St. Albert the Great Forum on Theology and Science
Monday, December 5 at 7:30 PM
This Monday evening, December 5, at 7:30 PM downstairs in Green Hall, Fr. Christopher Corbally, S. J., Vice-Director of the Vatican Observatory Research Group here at the U. of Arizona, will speak at the St. Albert the Great Forum on Theology and Science. His talk is entitled, “Heroic Galileo and the Message of the Stars.” Was Galileo a hero battling clerical obscurantism? What is a true relationship between faith and science? Come and explore this old yet ever new universe of ideas! Please access Green Hall by using the stairs just inside the middle outside door on the north side (alley side) of the Newman Center.

Advent Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM
As we prepare for the coming of our Lord in Christmas, one of the ways that we prepare is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On the evening of December 6, we will gather as a community to experience God’s mercy through this Sacrament. Every one is invited to attend!

Last Emmaus of the Semester
Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM
Emmaus is our “mid-week retreat that lasts all semester,” and it’s named after the town in Luke 24 that two disciples were traveling towards when they encountered a stranger. As they were walking with him, he revealed scripture to them, and in the breaking of the bread, they recognized him as the risen Jesus. Emmaus begins with praise and worship, and then we have either a student or guest speaker. This week, photography undergrad Meredith Amadee will be speaking. We usually have time for reflection and then more worship that transitions us into 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 worship with us!

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation
Thursday, December 8
Since this Thursday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, it is a Holy Day of Obligation where you treat it like a Sunday and go to Mass. There will be Masses throughout the day at 8 AM, 12:15 PM, and 5:15 PM. In addition, the 5:15 PM Mass on Wednesday and 8 PM Candlelight Mass within Emmaus will be Vigil Masses for the Immaculate Conception.

Baccalaureate Mass
Thursday, December 8
If you’re receiving a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or Doctorate we would like to honor you at the 5 PM Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, December 11. Please leave your name and information with the office by calling 520-327-4665.

Pasta Supper
Sunday, December 11 at 6 PM
This Sunday, we have a free pasta supper! Come and enjoy great food and time with your Newman family!

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:

Spring Semester Parking Permits
Until December 9
Applications for spring parking permits are now being accepted through Friday, December 9. The cost of a Spring parking permit is $100. Those receiving permits will be notified by December 16. Even if you’ve had a permit in the past, you will still need to purchase a new one, and there will be no special status granted to people who’ve had a permit in the past. A Newman parking permit grants the right to park in a Newman lot from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. A permit does not guarantee the availability of a space.

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.

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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“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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