This Week at Newman for Feb. 5

Hello, I hope this last week was a time of God working in your life!  Also, I offer my congratulations to all of the New York Giants fans on their Super Bowl win and condolences to the Patriots fans.  I hope all of you have a great week, and don’t forget to continue to pray for our entire community.

Events This Week:

“You Have a Right to What?”
Thursday, February 9 at 7 PM
This week is the final part of Fr. Bart’s 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?” Last week’s session dealt with “Marriage Equality,” and this week’s will deal with “Reproductive Rights.” If you intend on attending this week’s session, the first session was the foundation for the other two discussions, so you first need to watch the session online. If you reply to this email I can send you the link. The discussions last from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.

Valentine’s Bash
Friday, February 10 at 7 PM
We invite all students this Friday for a movie, a heart-shaped dessert walk, and the chance to make Valentines cards. This event is BYOD – Bring Your Own Dessert (not needed, but if you want to bring one (Any good cooks? Any favorite desserts from the store?) it would help). Bring a friend as well!


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. 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. 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, David Mares will be speaking on the topic of Scripture in the Christian Life 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:

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 focus on how we view our sexuality as Catholics, and how through it God calls us to a greater holiness. We will begin sign-ups for the retreat soon!

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

“And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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