This Week at Newman for Jan. 29

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend, despite a disappointing loss for the men’s basketball team against Washington.  Close games are always exciting though, and I’ll always be proud of the basketball tradition here at the U of A.  As always, I encourage you to check out Emmaus on Wednesday nights, our retreat that lasts all semester!

Events This Week:

“You Have a Right to What?”
Thursday, February 2 at 7 PM
Last week, Fr. Bart will begun his three part adult formation series on the discussion of two very important contemporary social (moral) issues: “marriage equality” and “reproductive rights.” He is approaching both subjects from the standpoint of rights that are claimed in our culture today. In the first of the three sessions (Jan 26), Fr. Bart looked at the historical, philosophical and theological question: “Where do rights come from?” This session was the foundation for the other two discussions, so if you intend on attending any of the rest of the discussions, you need to first watch the session online. This week’s session will deal with: “Marriage Equality” (Feb 2) and next week’s will deal with “Reproductive Rights” (Feb 9). The discussions last from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

Holy Hour
Sunday, February 3 at 5:45 PM
We invite everyone to a time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament this Friday immediately following the 5:15 PM Mass. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed as soon as the Mass concludes, so if you plan on coming we recommend attending Daily Mass that day as well. While the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, there will be praise and worship, scripture meditation, and quiet prayer time. It will be a great way to conclude your week, and begin the month, with this tradition of adoration of our Lord Jesus, as well as an opportunity to spend time with Jesus. It is in spending time with Him that we can grow in relationship with Him.

Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 5 at 4 PM
Come to the Newman Center and watch the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in this year’s Super Bowl! Even if you don’t like football, come for the commercials! Kickoff is at 4:30 PM, and we’ll be showing the game on the big screen in Green Hall (downstairs). We’ll have pizza, drinks, and all kinds of food, so we hope to see you on Sunday!

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
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. This semester, they will be reading Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City by Fr. Bob Burns, O.P., a priest in residence at the Newman Center and a professor in Religious Studies at the U of A. It will be held on Monday evening for two weeks, January 23rd and 30th, then on Tuesday evenings beginning February 7 through April 17. 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! It is open to everyone, both permanent community and students. Coffee will be provided.

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. This week, the Katelyn McElhany will be focusing on the topic of Discipleship as we continue our journey of conversion. 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:

Buy Sees Candy and Support the Social Justice Team!
Until February 5
The Social Justice Ministry will begin a pre-sell Valentine’s candy sale next week to help raise funds for the Alternative Spring Break activities and the Justice Walking program. The pre-sell will be from January 17th thru Feb 5th. Candy will be delivered by Feb. 11th. Order forms can be picked up at the front desk.

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!

Alternative Spring Break
Friday, March 10 – Tuesday, March 13
We are offering two different programs for Alternative Spring Break this year. The first is with Casa Maria, where you will spend four days in South Tucson getting to know the Casa Maria community and learning about social issues the poor in Tucson face every day. Food and lodging will be provided! The second is with the organization Borderlinks. This trip will include education on food justice and sustainable agriculture as well as education and direct action in response to the issues immigrants face on the border. We will be fundraising for this trip and lodging and food will be provided as well. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Kelly, or Sr. Angelica,

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

“For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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