This Week at Newman for December 2

Hello everyone, and Happy Liturgical New Year! Be sure to keep in mind ways for you to grow in your faith during this season of Advent, especially as we continue the Year of Faith. This week includes the last few days of classes, Dead/Reading Day, and the beginning of Finals, so students, know that we’re praying for you! I hope to see all of you at Gaudeamus this Friday!

Events this Week:

Advent Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 4 at 7 PM
Join us on Tuesday night for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which Cardinal Dolan, President of the USCCB, calls “the Sacrament of the Year of Faith.” We will have many visiting priests, and it will be an opportunity for you to receive this Sacrament of God’s mercy as we prepare for the coming of our Lord in Christmas!

Adoration after the Wednesday Night Student Mass
Wednesday, December 5 at 9 PM
Immediately following our Wednesday Night Student Mass, we’ll have a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning around 9 PM. There will be worship music mixed with quiet to guide this time of prayer during adoration. It will be a great way to begin the season of Advent!

Footprints of God
Thursday, December 6 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.

Parking Permit Applications Due
Friday, December 7 at 6 PM
Applications for spring parking permits are now being accepted through Friday, December 7. Spring parking permits are $100. Those receiving permits will be notified by December 14. There will be no special status granted to people who’ve had a permit in the past. A Newman Center parking permit grants the right to park in a Newman Center lot from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday only. No overnight parking. A permit does not guarantee the availability of a space.

Friday, December 7 at 6:30 PM
The entire Newman Center community is invited to our annual Advent celebration named Gaudeamus, which means “Let us rejoice!” in Latin. It combines dinner, musical performances from those in the community, and celebration! The cost is $8/person and $15/family, and tickets need to be purchased in advance at the Newman Center front desk.  If you are interested in performing a Christmas/Advent themed song, contact me at by Monday, Dec. 3. Depending on the amount of interest we may or may not be able to accommodate all performances.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday, December 8
This Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, where we honor Mary as she was preserved from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception. Since it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, you treat it as a Sunday and make sure you go to Mass to celebrate this great feast day! We will have Masses at 8 AM and 12:15 PM, in addition to a Vigil Mass on Friday at 5:15 PM (the usual Daily Mass on Friday will count for the obligation). The 5:15 PM Mass on Saturday will still be a Vigil Mass for Sunday.

Serve Breakfast at Primavera Foundation
Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 AM
Not far from the University, the Primavera Foundation shelter provides men with a place to stay for a given amount of time, hot meals and resources to help them find employment. On Sunday, we will meet at 4:30 AM at the Newman Center to prepare breakfast and serve it to the men. We return to the Newman Center around 7 AM. Hearing the stories of these men is inspiring and a wonderful opportunity to make authentic human connections. If you are interested in going, contact Ryan Nussbaum 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 Night 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 6 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:

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!

Giving Tree
Until December 17
The Social Justice Team is once again sponsoring the Primavera Christmas Giving Tree, where over 700 gifts are given out to needy families through the help of our generous community members. Primavera Foundation is a Tucson non-profit organization that provides pathways out of poverty through affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. The Newman community provides the monthly breakfast at the Men’s Homeless Shelter and through the weekly food donations. This year, Primavera will allow family participants to select a gift at a Santa’s Village so the gifts do not need to be wrapped or placed in a gift bag! You may select a tag and return your gift no later than December 17.

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.

“The Virgin Mary perfectly embodies the spirit of Advent, which involves listening to God, and a deep desire to do his will in joyful service to others. Let us be guided by her, because some are closed to or distracted from God. May each of us extend a little of his kingdom of love, justice, and peace.” – Pope Benedict XVI (Angelus, Dec. 2, 2012)

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister

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