This Week at Newman for October 14

Hello everyone, as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the 20th anniversaries of the Catechism of the Catholic Church this past week, we began our Church’s Year of Faith! For the next year, Pope Benedict XVI has called us to deepen our faith, in particular through the teachings of Vatican II and the Catechism. Links to more information on the Year of Faith can be found at We also continue to pray for a greater respect for all human life from conception to natural death during Respect Life Month!

Events this Week:

Social Justice Speaker Series
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 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 week will feature Wes Cosgrove from Kino Border Initiative.

Baby Blanket Making
Wednesday, October 17 at 7 PM
October is 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.

20 Hour Adoration for Life
Wednesday, October 17 at 7 PM
Since the month of October is Respect Life Month, one of the ways that we are observing this time for a greater respect for all human life from natural conception to natural death is through prayer. Following the Wednesday Night Student Mass at 9 PM, we will expose the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel continuously throughout the night and day until 5:15 PM on Thursday. We need at least one person with the Blessed Sacrament the entire time, so sign-ups are in the back of the church. Everyone is welcome to stop by whenever to pray for this intention of the Sanctity of Life. The prayer schedule during this time is as follows: Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) – 12 AM, Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) – 3 AM, Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) – 6 AM, Morning Prayer – 7:30 AM, Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) – 9 AM, Midday Prayer – 12 PM, Chaplet of Divine Mercy – 3 PM, Evening Prayer – 5 PM.

Footprints of God
Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
Join us as we watch the documentary titled “Footprints of God” and have 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.

Kino Border Initiative Trip
Saturday, October 20 at 5 AM
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

Football Game Tailgate Party
Saturday, October 20 at 3:30 PM
Come to the Newman Center for hamburgers, hot dogs, and a good time before our football team takes on Washington. Since it’s Family Weekend, feel free to bring the whole family since the Newman Center is the place to get ready and excited for the game!

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:

Volunteer for YouthFest
Saturday, October 27 at 9 AM
Youthfest is the Diocese of Tucson’s yearly gathering for high school and middle school students, this year featuring Catholic speaker Chris Padgett. There are workshops throughout the day, and it concludes with Mass with the Bishop, usually around 4 PM. If you are an undergraduate, they need volunteers, especially with the inflatables, so it’s a great way to help…and get free food! If you are interested, email me back and let me know.

Dance Party!
Friday, November 2 at 9 PM
Students, get your costumes ready and mark your calendars! More info is TBA, so get excited!

“…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith…’ – Acts 14:27

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister

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