This Week at Newman for March 18

Hello everyone, welcome back from Spring Break! I hope it was enjoyable and relaxing. Be sure to pray for safe travels this week for the students going to RE Congress in California, and buy your tickets to Spring Formal this week!

Events This Week:

Buy Your Tickets to Spring Formal
Until Sunday, April 1
Be sure to purchase your Spring Formal tickets this week! The theme is Casino Night, and it will be held on Friday, April 13 at Knights of Columbus Hall (601 South Tucson Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85716) from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. The prices are $10 for a single ticket and $15 for a family until April 1st, and after April 1st the prices will go up to $15 for a single ticket and $20 for a family. Stop by the Newman Center front desk to get you tickets for the best social event of the year!

Catholicism Series
Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM
Every Tuesday night for the next 10 weeks, we will show a portion of the Catholicism video series by Fr. Robert Barron. The video that will be shown this week is “The Ineffable Mystery of God: That Than Which Nothing Greater can be Thought.” This will take place in the Newman Center classroom, and there will be a discussion following each video.

The Images of Jesus in the Gospel
Thursday, March 22 at 7 PM
Every week, 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 its own, so you will be able to attend any or all of them.

Bear Down Against Hunger
Saturday, March 24 at 9 AM
In connection with the national organization, Stop Hunger Now, approximately 400 UA students will be packaging meals on this date for famine relief in developing countries. We are looking to have 100 Newman Center students help with this event! If you are interested in volunteering on this day, please either sign up at the front desk or email

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, student Cass Osborne will be speaking on “New Name, New Life.” 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 Foundation Scholarship
The Newman Foundation at The U of A will award several scholarships for the 2012-2013 Fall Semester to U of A students affiliated with the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center. If you are interested in applying, send an email to request application information:

Reconciliation Service
Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM
Join us on Thursday, March 29 for our Parish-wide Reconciliation Service: Celebrate Forgiveness, at 7 PM! In this season of Lent, be sure to experience this Sacrament of God’s love and mercy.

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“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” – James 4:10

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares

Campus Ministry Intern

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