This Week at Newman for Jan. 15

Hello everyone, I hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of the new year and the first week of classes. I hope you are all enjoying the three-day weekend as well. At the Newman Center, we have a lot to offer this semester, some of which are starting this week, such as Fr. Bart’s Bible Study, Coffee with St. Mark, and Fr. Jacek’s undergrad book study, “Redeemer of Man.” Be sure to also check out a new feature on our website, “Ask a Priest,” where you can ask a question about the Catholic faith and one of our priests will make a video with the answer ( Also, this weekend, I encourage to focus your prayers this week for the end to abortion, since the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion took place 39 years ago as of this Sunday, January 22. I also invite all of you to attend the Tucson March for Life this Saturday to pray for and promote a greater respect for human life!

Events This Week:

Newman Center Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 16
The Newman Center will be closed all day in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be a Daily Mass at 5:15 PM.

Flash Mob – We Need Your Help
Tuesday, January 17 at 12:20 PM
We need as many people as possible to do a flash mob on the U of A Mall between the cactus garden and Old Main. At exactly 12:20 PM, after one person begins on the central walkway through that portion of the Mall (that’s an extension of the walkway between the bookstore and U-Mart), everyone will “Tebow,” which is named after Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow. Everyone will get down on one knee, bow your head, and pray for our campus! In addition, wear a Newman Center shirt if you can. Also, be sure to stay out of the main walkways so that we’re not a hazard to bikes and longboards. After a few minutes of prayer, everyone will continue walking wherever they were going. There is a facebook event, so more information is provided there at It will be a great opportunity to promote the Newman Center and pray for our campus!

Winter Welcome Back
Friday, January 20 at 7 PM
All students are welcome to join us in Green Hall for a night of large group games, hot chocolate, pizookie, and fellowship. Come, meet other students, and relax after your first full week of classes!

March for Life
Saturday, January 21 at 8 AM
The Tucson March for Life has been an annual testimony to life since 1993, and this will be Tucson’s 18th memorial of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. It begins with a Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral at 9 AM, a march from the Cathedral to Holy Hope Cemetery, and a memorial service at Holy Hope Cemetery. If you plan on going with the Newman Center, email David at so we can organize transportation. Join us as we promote and pray for a greater respect for life!

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

Thinking with the Popes: “Introduction to Christianity”
Mondays at 7 PM
Join other Graduate students as they study “Introduction to Christianity” by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI in a group led by Fr. Jacek Buda, O.P. Come if you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith!

Women’s Faith Sharing Night
Tuesdays 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.

Coffee with St. Mark
Wednesdays at 8 AM
Join Fr. Bart in a weekly Bible study focused on the Gospel of St. Mark!

Wednesdays 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. 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!

Thinking with the Popes: “Redeemer of Man”
Thursdays at 4 PM
Join other Undergraduate students as they study “Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis)” by Pope John Paul II in a group led by Fr. Jacek Buda, O.P. Come if you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 28 at 9 AM
Join other students as we hike at Seven Falls! BYBOL stands for Bring Your Bag Of Lunch, so be sure to bring a sack lunch. We will meet at the Newman at 9 AM. Also, be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and good shoes.

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 online at! The deadline to sign up is on January 25 online, and January 26 at the front desk. Groups will begin meeting soon. 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 .

 Sign Up for Intramurals
Until January 18th
You can now sign up to play on one of the Newman Center’s intramural sports teams! The sports that are available this season are Co-Rec Basketball (Mondays at 7 PM), Co-Rec Softball (Tuesdays at 7 PM), and Ultimate Frisbee (Time is TBA). If you are interested in any of these sports, you can sign up at the Newman Center front desk for $10 per sport. If you have any questions, you can email Cass Osborne at

Apply for the Newman Center Sustaining Board Scholarship
Until March 1
Students, the Newman Center Sustaining Board provides two scholarships of $2500 every semester, so be sure to apply. For more details, go to

Spring Retreat
Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4
This year’s Spring Retreat is titled “Male and Female Created He Them” and it will take place at Southern Pines Camp. The retreat will be about how we view our sexuality as Catholics. More information is TBA, so mark your calendars now!

Spring Formal
Friday, April 13
Mark your calendars for the best social event of the year, the Spring Formal. More info is TBA, so stay tuned!

For more updates, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the Newman Center or email me at

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? …Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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