This Week at Newman – February 8
Primavera Men’s Shelter
We are still in need for tomorrow’s Primavera breakfast trip. If you are not familiar, we meet at the Newman Center at 4AM to prepare breakfast for the Primavera Men’s Shelter here in Tucson and usually return by 6:30AM. Please contact Andy or call him at (956) 458-7588 if you are interested.
Sacrament of Confirmation Class Sign-Up
Applications for the spring semester Confirmation classes are now available here.
Each Sunday, the Newman community is invited to serve lunch to those preparing to enter the Church through RCIA. If you are interested in volunteering to serve lunch, please fill out this link. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth.
LAUDATE: Exploring Liturgy & Sacred Music
Brother Cody invites all music ministers, and anyone interested in liturgy and music at Newman to a new weekly event. What is liturgy? What is sacred music? We will read and discuss a few texts through the semester, to understand more deeply liturgy and especially Catholic sacred music. We will also listen to different examples of sacred music, from the various traditions of the Church. Tuesdays at 7 pm in Green Hall. For more information or questions, please contact Brother Cody.
Kino Border Initiative
The Newman Center provides meals to the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national ministry in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico that supports migrants who have been recently deported from the United States. Recently, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Kino volunteers, applauding them for their work on behalf of migrants. We are in need of volunteers to travel to Nogales to serve meals to the migrants on February 21, March 7, April 4, April 18 and May 2. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Casey.
Contribution statements are now available and may be picked up at the front desk. All statements that are not picked up this weekend will be mailed on Monday, February 9. For questions, please contact Susan.
2015 Annual Catholic Appeal
The ACA kicks-off this weekend Feb. 7/8. This is our opportunity as a Catholic community and PEOPLE OF FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY to answer the challenges given to us by Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and to share God’s message of love. In these next 2 weeks, please take time to prayerfully reflect on the gifts that you have been given by God and respond to the ACA as generously as you can. Your participation is essential to the success of the ACA. Please join other Catholics from throughout the diocese in supporting this very important appeal. For questions, please contact Fr. James.
National Cancer Prevention Month
February is National Cancer Prevention Month. See here for an important video that shows you how to be proactive against cancer.
We are quickly approaching the season of Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. At Newman, we want to offer you some opportunities to enter into this season and find yourself growing closer to God. We have two opportunities we are inviting you to participate in.
Soup, Bread, and Prayer Night
Soup, Bread, and Prayer Night will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm in Green Hall. Come, bring your family, and share soup and bread. Enjoy table conversation on Lenten themes with fellow parishioners and a prayer meditation (provided by Newman) To sign up, please click here. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth.
Don’t give up chocolate or dessert this Lent! Instead join a small community for six weeks during Lent to participate in Lenten Longings to read Scripture and share your faith. Small groups will meet once a week for 90 minutes at someone’s home. Why would you want to join a small community for Lent? Maybe you’d like to meet new people. Maybe you’d like to spend more time learning about your faith from others. Maybe you’d like to grow spiritually. Maybe you’d like to improve your relationship with God. Whatever your reason—it’s the right one. Sign-up by February 15 to join St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Parish for your Lenten Retreat experience, to last the six weeks of Lent. Groups will be formed according to your availability, will meet in parishioner’s homes (or Newman, if necessary), and will be led by parishioners. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth , or Jessica Kiesling at 515-291-8699. To sign up, please click here.
Who Will Fill These Shoes?
The Diocese of Tucson invites any man from 16 to 35 who is interested in the priesthood to attend an open house on February 8, 2015 from 3-5 pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Click here to watch a video on the importance of vocations. To register please fill out this link. For questions, please contact Fr. James.
Open House At Benedictine Monastery
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, located at 800 N. Country Club Road, invite anyone interested in entering the religious life to attend their open house on February 8, 2015 from 2-4 pm. The afternoon will also include a tour of their chapel, areas of the interior of the monastery, gift shop, Liturgical Vestment Department, outside grounds, and craft shop. Refreshments will follow.
Western Dominican Province “Come and See” Weekend
The Western Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is hosting a “Come and See” Weekend for any man interested in joining the Dominicans. It will be held at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, California from February 27-March 1, 2015. To register or for more information, please contact Fr. Steve Maekawa, OP.
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.” For questions, please contact Fr. Jacek.
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.
The Holy Rosary is prayed daily at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Evenings with Ratzinger
Monday, February 9 at 7:30 pm in the Library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Join us adoring Jesus in the Eucharist; Monday, February 9 at 9 pm.
Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 pm in the Library for a reading of Lumen Fidei, or “Light of Faith” by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Philosophy or Life
Friday, February 13 at 3 pm in the Library for a reading of Religion. If there is no God… by Leszek Kolakowski.