This Week at Newman for January 13

Hello everyone, I hope your first half-week of classes went well! We have a couple of events this week, and I would like to invite all of you in particular to the Tucson March for Life on Saturday, as a way for us to remember the lives lost from abortion and for us to pray as a Tucson community for an end to abortion. Our “culture of death” needs for us to promote the dignity of all human life!

Events this Week:


Newman Center Intramurals

Until Tuesday, January 15 at 6 PM

Join one of our Newman Center intramural sports teams! The teams that we will have this semester are Outdoor Soccer (Sundays at 3 PM or Monday at 9 PM), 5 vs. 5 Basketball (Mondays at 7 PM or Thursdays at 8 PM), Ultimate Frisbee (Mondays at 7:30 PM or 8:30 PM), and potentially Tennis. The cost is $10, and you can sign up at the Newman Center front desk through Tuesday.

Campus Renew Signups

Until Tuesday, January 15

You can still sign up for a Campus Renew group for this 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 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! The last day to sign up for Campus Renew is Tuesday, January 15 at 5 PM!

TOMS Documentary and Coffeehouse

Tuesday, January 15 at 7 PM

Join us as we serve coffee and show a documentary on TOMS, a shoe company that is committed to giving to those in need. Also, you’ll be able to find out more about our TOMS “Style Your Sole” event, where you’ll be able to purchase a pair of TOMS shoes, design and paint them, listen to live music, support the mission of TOMS, and support the Newman Center, which will be on Sunday, February 17 in the U of A Student Rec Center!

Footprints of God

Thursday, January 17 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, January 19 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 Brigid Heffernan at or Connie Lira at

Tucson March for Life

Saturday, January 19 at 8 AM

Every year in memorial of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, the Diocese of Tucson gathers to pray for an end to abortion and for the lives that have been lost. The Tucson March for Life is a witness to show the Tucson community our commitment to the protection of all human life. It will begin with Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral at 9 AM, then we will walk together to Holy Hope Cemetary where there will be a memorial service at 12:30 PM. It will end around 1:30 PM. We will meet at the Newman Center to carpool. If you are able to drive, let me know by replying to this email or sending an email to me at “The March for Life call for alternatives to the taking of innocent life and for respect for all the potential and possibilities of those yet to be born. Even though you may not be comfortable with public demonstrations, society needs to hear from you.” – Bishop Kicanas

Free Student Dinner by the Newman Center Sustaining Board

Sunday, January 20 at 6 PM

The Newman Center Sustaining Board, an organization that raises money to support the Newman Center, is preparing a free dinner for students after the 5 PM Mass this Sunday. Free food! Tell your friends!


Weekly Events:


Daily Mass

Monday – Friday at 5:15 PM

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.


Fridays at 4:30 PM

We invite everyone to join us as we pray a weekly rosary in the Blessed Sacrament chapel.

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:


Diocese of Tucson Year of Faith Conference: Rediscovering the Second Vatican Council

Saturday, January 26 from 8 AM – 4 PM

The Diocese of Tucson is hosting a Conference Day at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish here in Tucson on January 26, which will feature Dr. Massimo Faggioli (Assistant Professor of Theology at University of St. Thomas). The cost of the day is $10, but students will be able to attend at no cost.

Liturgical Ministers Training

Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 PM

If you are interested in becoming a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Minister), or Altar Server and have never been trained, we will have a training session on Sunday, January 27 immediately following the 11:15 AM Mass.

Confirmation Applications

Until Monday, 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 last day to sign up for Confirmation this semester is Monday, January 28 at 5 PM!

Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 3 at 4 PM

Come watch the Super Bowl (and/or the commercials) on the big screen in Green Hall! We’ll have food and drinks, so bring your friends!

Sustaining Board Scholarship

Until March 1

Students, you can apply for the Newman Center Sustaining Board Scholarship now! The Newman Center Sustaining Board is an organization that raises money to support the Newman Center, and every semester, the Sustaining Board provides two scholarships of $2500 to Newman Center students. The application consists of the application form, short essays, and two letters of recommendation. The scholarship application can be found at

Wildcat Awakening Retreat

April 5-7

Undergrad students, mark your calendars for our first Awakening retreat! Space will be limited, so we will announce soon when signups will begin.

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience…The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister
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