This Week at Newman – January 18

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, the Newman Center will be closed Monday, January 19. There will be 5:15 PM Mass.

CONFIRMATION CLASS SIGN-UP

Applications for the spring semester Confirmation classes are now available here.

GRAD CATHOS…GRADUATE STUDENT COMMUNITY

Graduate Students and young professionals are invited to a bonfire at Darren’s house on Friday, January 23, 6:30 PM. Bring a dish to share for a potluck dinner. Email Darren at dcmullen@ieee.org to let him know what you plan to bring and to receive directions to his house.

RELIGIOUS ED TEACHERS MEETING

Those interested in working with the K-6th grade Religious Ed program are asked to attend a meeting on Sat., January 24 from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Newman Center.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

Religious Education classes will begin on Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 AM in Green Hall.

FAITH AND SCIENCE

Join us on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM in Green Hall as we host Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, PhD, a planetary scientist from the Vatican Observatory after his presentation on, “What is Life?” (Monday, January 26, Centenial Hall at UofA, 7:00 PM). Throughout history, our definition of ‘life’ reflects our assumptions about how the Universe works – and why we ask the question. The ways different human cultures, ancient and current, have talked about life provide some sense of how we have defined life, and illustrate the aspects of life that fascinate us. Many cultures used life as an analog to explain the movement of winds and currents, or the motions of the planets. Today we use those mechanical systems as analogs for life. Ultimately, we may not really know what life is until we have discovered more than one independent example of it on places other than Earth – we need many diverse examples before we can generalize. But without a definition of what we’re looking for, and why we’re looking, we may have a hard time recognizing life when we find it.

2015 FR. ROBERT A. BURNS LECTURE

The UA Religious Studies Program is happy to announce the program for the 2015 Robert A. Burns Lecture in celebration of the life and work of Thomas Merton (1915-1968) to be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The night will begin with a reading from the writing of Thomas Merton led by UA Creative Writing Professor Fenton Johnson followed by a keynote presentation by renowned Merton scholar Dr. Bonnie Thurston. Dr. Thurston was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president. She has written some 30 articles on Merton and has given retreats and lectured on Merton widely in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Europe. She edited Thomas Merton and Buddhism (Fons Vitae Press, 2007), Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton & Loretto (Fons Vitae, 2010) and Thomas Merton on Eastern Meditation (New Directions, 2012). Her work on Merton has been translated into Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.

VERITAS FORUM LECTURE

Join the Veritas Forum as they welcome J. Budziszewski, Professor at the University of Texas-Austin as he gives a talk on February 26, 2015 at 7 PM in Crowder Hall on “Why I am Not An Atheist.”

CO-WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD CONFERENCE

The premier Catholic spiritual, educational, and inspirational conference in Arizona will take place at the Tucson Convention Center March 5-7, 2015! Keynote Speakers will be: Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson; Fr. Robert Barron, STD, Rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago; Mons. Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, Bishop of Zacatecas, Mexico; Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, PhD of the Diocese of Albany, NY; Padre Alfonso Garcia, priest of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. For more information click here.

YEAR-END DONOR CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS

Continuing Newman Center’s efforts to reduce printing, postage and handling expenses, the Newman Center will prepare tax contribution statements for donors who have made at least one single donation in excess of $250 or for those who request a 2014 contribution statement. You may send your request to bookkeeper@uacatholic.org or by leaving a request at the front desk. Forms are in the pews or at the front desk. Please verify your current contact information, and return your request by Sunday, January 25th.

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