This Week at Newman for September 23

Hello everyone, thanks for all of your prayers for the Freshmen on retreat this weekend, because it was a great retreat! Undergrad students, be sure to mark your calendars for our next retreat, the Undergrad retreat, which is coming up in October!

Events this Week:

Sign up for the Undergrad Retreat
October 12-14
All Undergrads are invited to his year’s Undergraduate Retreat, which will take place at La Purisima Retreat Center on October 12-14! It will be titled “The Door of Faith,” and it will focus on Pope Benedict XVI’s call to a deeper faith during the Year of Faith. Sign ups will begin on Wednesday, and you can sign up at the Newman Center front desk! You only have 2 weeks to sign up!

Social Justice Movie Night
Thursday, September 27 at 6 PM
Join us as the Social Justice Team will show the movie “Under the Same Moon,” which describes the hardships of an immigrant. There will be popcorn and baked goods, so come for a perspective on immigration and enjoy a movie!

Footprints of God
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 PM
Join us as we watch the documentary titled “Footprints of God” and a discussion about important people of Christianity. It is a great way to learn more about the Catholic faith! It will take place every Thursday night at 7:30 PM except on days of the St. Albert Sessions.

Bowling Night
Friday, September 28 at 8:30 PM
As is tradition, on the Friday after the Freshman Retreat we go bowling! All students are invited to meet at the Newman Center at 8:30 PM to carpool to Fiesta Lanes for a time of cosmic bowling and hanging out with your Newman Center family! The cost is $11, which includes unlimited bowling and shoe rental.

Liturgical Ministry Training
Saturday, September 29 at 9 AM
If you are interested in serving on any one of the Liturgical Ministries, such as being a Lector, Altar Server, or Eucharistic Minister, you need to attend one of the Liturgical Ministry Training sessions, even if you have served on one of these ministries in previous years. This will be the last training session, so if you are interested be sure to attend.

Football Game Tailgate Party
Saturday, September 29 at 3:30 PM
Come to the Newman Center for hamburgers, hot dogs, and a good time before our football team takes on Oregon State. The Newman Center is the place to get ready and excited for the game!

Time change for the 11:15 AM Mass
Sunday, September 30 at 11:00 AM
On Sunday, September 30 the 11:15 AM Mass will begin at 11:00 AM. Come directly to the front lawn of the Newman Center where we will gather to welcome persons on their journey to full initiation as Catholic Christians. As a community, in the name of our whole St. Thomas More Parish, we will promise our support and prayer to these men and women who join us on our journey of faith, who ask for our prayers, and who inspire us to live our faith more deeply. The Rite of Welcome and Acceptance into the Catechumenate will take place at the beginning of Mass. We will assemble outside in front of our church and celebrate this meaningful ritual. Then as a whole community we will process inside to continue the Liturgy. The following week, the Mass will resume to begin at 11:15 AM.

Weekly Events:

Daily Mass
Monday – Friday at 5:15 PM
You can go to Mass every day! I want to encourage all of you to come to Daily Mass whenever you can as a way to deepen your spirituality and relationship with God, so that Mass doesn’t become a Sunday obligation but a way to grow closer to God. In addition, you may always join us for Morning Prayer at 7:30 AM and Evening Prayer at 5 PM (right before Mass).

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 Sr. Angelica at

Pope Benedict XVI Reading Group
Mondays at 7:30 PM
All Graduate Students and Young Adults (ages 22-35) are invited to the Pope Benedict XVI Reading Group with Fr. Jacek Buda, OP. During each meeting, you’ll read a portion of Pope Benedict XVI’s book Introduction to Christianity and discuss. It is a great way to learn more about the Catholic faith!

Eucharistic Adoration
Mondays at 9 PM
We invite you for a time of quiet prayer during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday night in the Newman Center Chapel.

RCIA Inquiry
Tuesdays at 7 PM
We invite anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic and anyone who is not Catholic but interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. We will meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Donald at

Wednesday Student Mass
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Every Wednesday night we invite all students to our Wednesday Student Mass! At 7:30, we begin with a time of praise and worship to prepare our hearts as we transition into Mass. The Mass is unique since it features a discussion homily. After Mass, we always have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

Thinking with the Popes: Dives in Misericordia
Fridays at 4 PM
All undergrad students are invited as Fr. Jacek Buda, OP, leads a study of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Dives in Misericordia.” The encyclical is about Catholic Social Teaching, and encourages all to live out the faith with those principles. There will be no outside reading required, since it will be read through together.

Upcoming Events:

Baby Blanket Making
Wednesday, October 3 at 7 PM
October begins Pro-Life Month at the Newman Center! Come a few minutes early to help make knot blankets for newborns at Maggie’s Place: a Catholic center that provides dignified hospitality for expecting mothers.

St. Albert the Great Science, Faith, and Spirituality Sessions
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 PM
There will be a St. Albert Science, Faith and Spirituality Session on Thursday evening, October 4, at 7:30 p. m. in the Newman Center Chapel. Everyone is invited. There will be a brief summary of Fr. Bart’s excellent presentation in our last session, “A Catholic Reading of the Creation Literature of the Old and New Testaments,” followed by questions and discussion of the key ideas he presented (the Word of God, the importance of relationships, etc) and their importance for relating our faith to our scientific understanding of nature. All are invited!

Kino Border Initiative Trip
Saturday, October 6
Kino Border Initiative is a Jesuit run organization just south of the Mexico-US border in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora that serves recently deported migrants with two meals a day for 15 days. On certain days they also provide basic first aid and clothing to those in need. The Newman Center helps with this organization by preparing and serving a breakfast for the migrants. On Friday, anyone can come to help prepare food after the 5:15 PM Daily Mass until 7:30 PM. On Saturday, those traveling meet in the kitchen to cook, travel to Nogales, Mexico to serve the food (you need a passport), and return to the Newman Center. There are only about 5 spots available per trip, so if you are interested in helping this Saturday, email Yemil Andrade at

Sunday, October 14 at 8 AM
If you will not be attending the Undergrad Retreat, the Newman Center will have a team for the AIDS Walk this year, and you can sign up at If you sign up, the team name is: St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center.

Benedictine Monastery “Come and See” Weekend
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21
Are you a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 and 47? Is God tugging at your heart, urging you to consider a religious vocation? If so, join the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration here in Tucson for a weekend of prayer and discernment. There is no cost for the weekend, but space is limited, so if you’re interested, contact Sr. Lupita Barajas at or 520-325-6401.

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister

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