This Week at Newman for September 30

Hello everyone, this week begins Respect Life month, where for the month of October we pray for a greater respect for human life in our society, especially with such issues as abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and the death penalty that the USCCB (United States Bishops) has brought to attention. Be sure to include these petitions in your own prayers this month. Have a great week!

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. You can sign up now at the Newman Center front desk until next weekend!

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.

24 Hour Adoration for Life
Wednesday, October 3 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.

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 at 10 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

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:

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.

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.

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, / by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him” – Dt 30:19-20

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares

Campus Minister

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