This Week at Newman for December 16

Hello everyone, it’s been a great weekend to be a Wildcat, with two last second wins at the New Mexico Bowl for the football team and against #5 Florida for the men’s basketball team! Congrats to all of the seniors and graduate students who graduated this weekend, we’ll be praying for you as you take your next step in life! Have a great break everyone, a great rest of Advent, and a Merry Christmas!

Winter Mass Schedule
Until January 12
The Weekend Masses will be 5:15 PM(Saturday Vigil), 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 5 PM. There will be no 5:15 PM Daily Mass from Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28. The regular Mass Schedule will resume on January 12. The Holy Days of Obligation during this time are as follows:

Monday, December 24 – 5 PM, 8 PM (Christmas Eve)
Tuesday, December 25 – 12 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM (Christmas Day)

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Monday, December 31 – 5:15 PM (Vigil Mass)
Tuesday, January 1 – 5:15 PM

Campus Renew Signups
Beginning this week, you can sign up for a Campus Renew group for next semester! Campus Renew groups are small faith-sharing groups that meet once a week to read, reflect, and pray with the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. You have the option to join either an Undergrad group, an Upperclassmen Undergrad group, or a Grad student/Young Adult group. You can sign up after Monday either at the Newman Center front desk or online at It’s a great way to grow in your faith, so be sure to sign up soon!

Confirmation Applications
Until January 28
If you have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are now accepting applications for Confirmation in the Spring. We have an 8 week program specially suited for college students, with it culminating in Confirmation Mass on April 14. To apply, download the form at and submit it to the front desk.

Help Decorate the Chapel for Christmas
Monday, December 24 at 8 AM
We welcome anyone who is willing to lend us a couple of hours and help create our Christmas environment. Join us on Monday, December 24 at 8 AM. It will be a great way to prepare ourselves one last time for our joyous Christmas celebration!

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!

“While our hearts reach out towards the annual celebration of the birth of Christ, the Church’s liturgy directs our gaze to the final goal: our encounter with the Lord in the splendor of glory. This is why we, in every Eucharist, “announce his death, proclaim his resurrection until he comes again”. We hold vigil in prayer. The liturgy does not cease to encourage and support us, putting on our lips, in the days of Advent, the cry with which the whole Bible concludes, the last page of the Revelation of Saint John: “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20)” – Pope Benedict XVI

Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister

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