This Week at Newman for January 27

Hello everyone! Happy feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Patron Saint of students! Remember that this is the last week to order TOMS Shoes for the “Style Your Sole” event. Hope to see you at our Super Bowl Party this weekend!

Events this Week:


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!

Order TOMS Shoes for TOMS “Style Your Sole” Event

Until Wednesday, January 30

Right now at the Newman Center front desk you can order TOMS Shoes to support the Newman Center for the “Style Your Sole” Event on Sunday, February 17 in the U of A Student Rec Center! TOMS Shoes is a company that gives away shoes to those in need throughout the world for every shoe that is purchased. At the TOMS “Style Your Sole” event, there will be live music and artists who will design the shoes for you if you’d like, or you can paint yours yourself. Be sure to stop by and order either a pair of White Canvas TOMS (for painting, $44) or a pair of U of A TOMS ($50).
For more information or to download an order form, go to

St. Albert Science, Faith and Spirituality Sessions

Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 PM

The St. Albert Science, Faith and Spirituality Series will kick off its spring-semester schedule this coming Thursday evening, January 31, at 7:30 PM in the Chapel. Fr. Bill Stoeger, S. J., of the Vatican Observatory Group at the University, will give a presentation entitled “Searching for Explanation and Understanding Beyond the Natural Sciences: The Cosmological Limit, Philosophy and a Creator.” As human beings we have been very successful in gradually unraveling and understanding some of the key mysteries of the universe. Those same rational abilities enable us use philosophy and theology to come to know and love God. Come and share an interesting and informative evening with us!

Liturgical Ministers Training

Sunday, February 3 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.

Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 3 at 4 PM

Are you ready for some football?! Newman will be hosting a Super Bowl Party on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 beginning at 4 PM. Kickoff is at 4:30 PM. Come down to Green Hall to cheer on your favorite team (or just watch your favorite commercials) with snacks, plenty of team spirit, and awesome company!


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 Sr. Elizabeth 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.

“Uniquely Luke” Bible Study

Thursday at 8 AM

Some of our most beloved Bible stories appear only in Luke’s Gospel, such as the Annunciation, the Visitation, and some of his best known teaching stories (the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan). In Liturgical Year C, the year of Luke, we will explore some of these uniquely Lucan take on the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each session will stand on its own, so even if you cannot make all the sessions, you are welcome to those you can make. All are invited to this Bible study in the Newman Center classroom. This event is usually held on Wednesdays, but this week it will be held on Thursday.

“Jesus of Nazareth” Study

Fridays at 11 AM

We invite all undergrads to join Campus Minister David Mares in a study of Pope Benedict XVI’s book, “Jesus of Nazareth,” in the Newman Center library! In this book, Pope Benedict XVI walks through the Gospels in order to come to knows who Jesus is.

Thinking With the Popes: Dives in Misericordia

Fridays at 3 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.


Fridays at 4:30 PM

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


Upcoming Events:


Party Gras Madness!!

Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

Join us for Party Gras Madness on Friday, February 8th! The official festivities will go from 7:30 to 11:00 in Green Hall. This carnival-themed night will be full of awesome games, food, and crafts. Bring your friends and come to win prizes, throw pies, make masks, and have a great time!!

Wildcat Awakening Retreat

Signups begin February 20

Undergrad students, mark your calendars for our first Awakening retreat, which will be April 5-7 at Southern Pines Camp on Mount Lemmon! Signups will begin on February 20. Space will be limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can after Feb. 20!

Sustaining Board Scholarship

Until Friday, February 22

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 year the Sustaining Board provides four scholarships of $5000 ($2500 each semester) to Newman Center students. The application consists of the application form, short essays, and two letters of recommendation. The scholarship application can be downloaded and mailed or completed online at

Benedictine Monastery “Come and See” Weekend

March 15-17

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.

“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self–control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
-2 Timothy 1:6-8

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister


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