This Week at Newman for February 19

Hello everyone! We begin Lent this week, so I hope this liturgical season will be a time of spiritual renewal for all of you. As a part of that, I want to encourage everyone between the ages of 18 and 29 to sign up for our Spring Retreat. This is the last week you can sign up! Be sure to stop by the Newman Center front desk, because this retreat is one you won’t want to miss!

Events This Week:

Ash Wednesday
February 22
For Ash Wednesday, ashes will be distributed at all Masses and prayer services. The schedule for the day is: 7:30 AM – Morning Prayer, 12:15 PM – Mass at the Newman Center, 12:15 PM – Mass on the UofA Mall, 5:15 PM – Evening Prayer, 7:00 PM – Mass at the Newman Center, 8:00 PM – Mass on the UofA Mall. Emmaus will also take place on the mall that evening at 7 PM.

The Images of Jesus in the Gospel
Thursday, February 23 at 7 PM
The next three weeks, Fr. Bart will discuss 2 different images of Jesus each week that emerge in the Gospel, such as Jesus the healer or Jesus as the New Moses. He will only focus on the Gospels themselves, so he won’t look at other scriptural texts or later theological development. Each discussion will stand on it’s own, so you will be able to attend any or all of them.

Social Justice Speaker Series
Thursday, February 23 at 8 PM
Join us for our monthly Social Justice Speaker Series, which includes a speaker and refreshments. All are welcome to join as we discuss different aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. This month, Dr. Anna O’Leary, who is a U of A professor in Women’s Studies specializing in migration and immigration, will be speaking on the topic of immigration.

Saturday, February 25 at 8:30 AM
Join other students as we embark on another hike! BYBOL stands for “Bring Your Bag Of Lunch,” so be sure to bring a sack lunch. We will meet at the Newman at 8:30 AM. Also, be sure to bring a lot of water, sunscreen, and good shoes.

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 will be on the U of A Mall Stage this week! 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:

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

Sign Up for the 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. The cost of the retreat is $75, and you can sign up anytime before February 27 (next Monday)!

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,

Bilingual Women’s Retreat
Friday, March 10 – Tuesday, March 13
Are you a woman between the ages of 18 and 40? The Diocese of Tucson Women Religious Vocation Team is offering a bilingual women’s retreat to help you discern if you have a vocation to the religious life. The retreat will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM at the Bishop Moreno Pastoral Center, 111 South Church Avenue (park at the Cathedral). The cost is $10.00 at the door, and a pizza lunch is included. R.S.V.P. to Sr. Rina Cappellazzo, OP, at 520-838-2524 or Please respond by February 20.

Spring Formal
Friday, April 13
Mark your calendars for the best social event of the year, the Spring Formal. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. More info is TBA, so stay tuned!

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“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” – Romans 8:14-15

Your brother in Christ,

David Mares
Campus Ministry Intern

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