This Week at Newman for December 9

Hello everyone! I apologize if you received numerous emails last week and/or an email stating that you’ve been deleted from the Listserv. The U of A is changing their email list service, so all email lists are required to migrate their list off the old service and into the new service. As you can see, you’ll continue to receive This Week at Newman. Students, good luck on finals, and have safe trips home, whether home is across town or in another state!

Theology on Tap

Tuesday, December 11 at 7 PM

Theology on Tap is a speaker series every second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM that takes place in the fun, relaxed setting of your favorite local pub. “ToT” focuses on topics of faith and contemporary issues that directly affect the lives of young adults, located at O’Malley’s Pub on 4th Ave. (247 N 4th Ave). This month will focus on “Guadalupe, the Unofficial Story: Popular Accounts of the Virgin from 1531-Present,” which will be presented by grad students Ben DuMontier and Laura Zambrano.

Footprints of God

Thursday, December 13 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.

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.

Winter Mass Schedule

Beginning December 15

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:

Christmas
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

Giving Tree

Until December 1

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.

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 uacatholic.org/campusrenew. 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 uacatholic.org/confirmation and submit it to the front desk.

Weekly Events:

Daily Mass

Monday – Friday at 5:15 PM

We have 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. 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 srangelica@uacatholic.org.

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 djbramble@aol.com.

Wednesday Night Student Mass

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Every Wednesday night we invite all students to our Wednesday Student Mass! Since it’s Finals Week, we are beginning Mass right at 7:30 PM. 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.

“…We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister
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