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This Week at Newman – October 20

MONTH OF THE ROSARY
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. We invite you to use this month as a special time to pray, and meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary daily and to be part of this great Marian devotion. For a history of the Rosary, as well as how to pray the Rosary, please see the links below.

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm

EVENINGS WITH RATZINGER
Monday, October 20 at 7:30 pm in the Library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek.

ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
Monday, October 20 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Church.

CATHOLIC INQUIRY
Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Why we do what we do? What is involved in becoming a part of the Church? Join us for Inquiry on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

WORLD YOUTH DAY MEETING
On Wednesday, November 5 at 6 pm in Green Hall, there will be an organizational planning meeting for those interested in attending the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. We will also be watching a film on St. Pope John Paul II. For questions, please contact Kendra at kdadisman@email.arizona.edu.

FAITHFUL READING
Join us on Wednesday, October 22 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. Fr. Jacek will be leading the discussion.

PHILOSOPHY OR LIFE
On Friday, October 24 at 3 pm in the Library, we will be reading the book Religion. If there is no God… by Leszek Kolakowski. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek.

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY
And on Friday, October 24 join us as we pray the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

NEWMAN UNDERGRADUATE RETREAT: GOD’S CHURCH-MADE FOR ALL MANKIND
We will be prayerfully reading excerpts from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes and engaging in meaningful dialogue. Gaudium et Spes discusses the Church in the modern world; specifically about the dignity of the human person, the community of mankind, and man’s activity throughout the world There will be plenty of opportunities for prayer both as an individual and as a community. We hope to see you there!
The retreat will take place at Huachuca Oaks Camp on October 24-26, in Hereford, AZ. The cost of the retreat is $95. Sign ups are open at the receptionist desk. Scholarship assistance is available. A $20 deposit is due at sign up and will be deducted from the total cost of the retreat. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 22.

RCIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to sign up to provide lunch on Sundays for the RCIA group, which includes candidates, sponsors, team members and members of the Dominican community. Volunteers who provide receipts, will be reimbursed for expenses. Sign up sheets and instructions are available in the back of the Church. Questions? Please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

ON-CAMPUS OUTREACH
The Newman Center will be tabling out on the UA Mall this upcoming week. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Pastor’s Corner – October 19, 2014

LITURGY CORNER 8
with Fr. James

THE MASS AS SACRIFICE

The Mass has many aspects to it. We think of it as commemoration of the Lord’s Last Supper. We rightly consider it to be a communal exercise of our human duty to give praise and worship to God. But its deepest and most enduring aspect is that of Paschal Sacrifice: we quite literally are offering to God the Father the sacrifice of Jesus Himself, our Passover Lamb, who willing gave up himself for our salvation.

Since the 16th Century many Christians have disputed this emphasis on sacrifice, claiming it to be a Medieval invention, and not part of the pristine original Christianity. Some claimed that holy communion is not a sacrifice and therefore we have a table, not an altar. Many also challenge the Catholic theology of Jesus’ presence in the transubstantiated bread and wine, that communion is the body and blood of Christ.

Last Friday we celebrated the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, a highly important witness to the beliefs and practices of the early Catholic Church. He was quite explicit that the Eucharist is a sacrifice, and that it comprises the body and blood of Jesus. Here are a couple representative quotes.

In reference to a group that broke off fellowship with Catholics:

They abstain from Eucharist and prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ who suffered for our sins, which the Father raised up by his goodness. (Ignatius to the Smyrneans VII.1)

St. Ignatius also said the bishop offered this sacrifice on the altar:

Be careful therefore to use one Eucharist, for there is one flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup for union with his blood, one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and the deacons my fellow servants, in order that whatever you do you may do it according unto God. (Ignatius to the Philadelphians IV.1)

By our participation in the Mass we are participants in Jesus’ own priestly and sacrificial offering of himself to the Father. And so the Vatican II documents are not exaggerating by calling the Eucharist the “source and summit” of our Christian worship.

 

 

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This Week at Newman – October 13

MONTH OF THE ROSARY
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. We invite you to use this month as a special time to pray, and meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary daily and to be part of this great Marian devotion. For a history of the Rosary, as well as how to pray the Rosary, please see the links below.

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm

COMMUNITY BUILDING
There will be a hike to Seven Falls trail on Saturday, October 18. Please meet at Newman at 7 am so we can leave promptly at 8 am.

THEOLOGY ON TAP
Theology on Tap will be held on Tuesday, October 14th at O’Malley’s on 4th Ave. The topic will be Medical Missions with Dr. Grantham, Dr. Wilson & Dr. Crunkleton. Arrive at 6:30 pm for food and drink. The talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

For more information on Graduate Student events, please contact Elizabeth at edelcurto@email.arizona.edu.

EVENINGS WITH RATZINGER
Monday, October 13 at 7:30 pm in the Library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek.

ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
Monday, October 13 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Church.

CATHOLIC INQUIRY
Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Why we do what we do? What is involved in becoming a part of the Church? Join us for Inquiry on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

WORLD YOUTH DAY MEETING
On Wednesday, October 15 at 6 pm in Green Hall, there will be an organizational planning meeting for those interested in attending the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. For questions, please contact Kendra at kdadisman@email.arizona.edu.

FAITHFUL READING
Join us on Wednesday, October 15 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. Fr. Jacek will be leading the discussion.

PHILOSOPHY OR LIFE
On Friday, October 17 at 3 pm in the Library, we will be reading the book Religion. If there is no God… by Leszek Kolakowski. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek.

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY
And on Friday, October 17 join us as we pray the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

NEWMAN UNDERGRADUATE RETREAT: GOD’S CHURCH-MADE FOR ALL MANKIND
We will be prayerfully reading excerpts from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes and engaging in meaningful dialogue. Gaudium et Spes discusses the Church in the modern world; specifically about the dignity of the human person, the community of mankind, and man’s activity throughout the world There will be plenty of opportunities for prayer both as an individual and as a community. We hope to see you there!
The retreat will take place at Huachuca Oaks Camp on October 24-26, in Hereford, AZ. The cost of the retreat is $95. Sign ups are open at the receptionist desk. Scholarship assistance is available. A $20 deposit is due at sign up and will be deducted from the total cost of the retreat.

ADOPT-A-STUDENT PROGRAM
Students! Would you like to spend some time each month with a Newman Center community member/family? Have dinner together in a real home? If so, this is the program for you. It’s as simple as filling out a form so we can match you up with a family or individuals. Please contact Rosalie if you are interested at rmilano1@cox.net.

RCIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to sign up to provide lunch on Sundays for the RCIA group, which includes candidates, sponsors, team members and members of the Dominican community. Volunteers who provide receipts, will be reimbursed for expenses. Sign up sheets and instructions are available in the back of the Church. Questions? Please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

ON-CAMPUS OUTREACH
The Newman Center will be tabling out on the UA Mall this upcoming week. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Pastor’s Corner – October 12, 2014

LITURGY CORNER 7

with Fr. James

MOTIONS & POSTURES

The Sign of the Cross. Why do we make the Sign of the Cross? What is that all about? If a non-Catholic friend would ask you that, what would you say? The first gesture made by the entire community during Mass is the Sign of the Cross. With that motion goes the words, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This constitutes a confession of faith in Jesus Christ the Crucified. It also indicates that we are willing to pick up our daily cross and follow Jesus (see Mark 8:34), all the while invoking the Trinity upon our prayers and actions. This simple signing of ourselves makes visible all that is distinctively Christian!

After bringing non-Catholic friends to Mass for the first time, they might well ask, “What’s with all the standing, sitting, kneeling throughout Mass?” Could you articulate the symbolic meaning for these actions?

Standing: Standing in the Bible is the usual position for prayer. This posture is used for petitions or praise. It signals our desire to be upright in the presence of God. We begin and end Mass in the standing position, and stand when we petition God at the Prayer of the Faithful.

Sitting. Sitting in the Bible often means ‘to dwell.’ When we are sitting in Mass we are “dwelling on” and assessing what we receive in this place of living faith.

Kneeling. This is the most intense prayer posture regularly used in Mass. In Scripture (e.g., Ps. 95:6; Luke 22:39-42), as in Mass, this is the normal posture to express intense adoration or supplication. It is a posture of vulnerable self-offering to God.

Genuflecting. Upon entering or leaving a chapel that has the Blessed Sacrament reserved in a tabernacle, it is Catholic practice to genuflect. This word comes from a Latin word meaning ‘bend the knee.’ This echoes the utter exaltation of Jesus, because God “gave him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil. 2:9-11). Bending the knee to Jesus is an acknowledgment that Jesus is Lord in our lives.

 

 

 

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This Week at Newman – October 6

ADORATION FOR LIFE
This month we will be doing All Day Adoration for Life to commemorate October as “Respect Life Month”. Starting at the commencement of Morning Prayer at 7:30 am, until 5:15 pm before Daily Mass. Please take this opportunity to worship, pray, and reflect in the presence of Jesus. During this time, we would like for at least 2 people to be present each hour throughout the day. If you find that you have time, we would greatly appreciate it if you could please sign up on this Google Doc so that we know who is present during each shift. There will also be a poster in the Newman Center, where you can also sign up. Of course anyone is welcome to take more than one shift!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HtxMRl5-8oARdqnFJEOV6Gdj9HvS1pYNb_4RN3AYoJo/edit?usp=sharing

MONTH OF THE ROSARY
In addition to October being ‘Respect Life Month’, October is also the Month of the Holy Rosary. We invite you to use this month as a special time to pray, and meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary daily and to be part of this great Marian devotion. For a history of the Rosary, as well as how to pray the Rosary, please see the links below.

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm

FAITH AND SCIENCE
On Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm in the Church, come hear Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ, Ph. D., of the Vatican Observatory speak about his new book, Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?…and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory. Hope to see you there!

PHILOSOPHY READING GROUP
Join us on Fridays at 3 pm in the Library for a reading of the book, Religion. If there is no God… by Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek. All are welcome!

COMMUNITY BUILDING
We would like to invite everyone to the tailgate we will be hosting on Saturday October 11, 2014 starting at 4:30 pm. Take advantage of Family Weekend by bringing guests and family (who are always welcome!) and introduce them to the wonderful community that is found at the Newman Center. As always, we will have food, refreshments and games waiting on the lawn and we hope to see you there as well! And then get ready to cheer on the Wildcats as we go against the USC Trojans at 7:30 pm. God bless and Bear Down!

GRAD STUDENTS/YOUNG ADULTS
Join graduate students and young adults on Monday, October 6 at 7:30 pm in the library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek.

Theology on Tap will be held on Tuesday, October 14th at O’Malley’s on 4th Ave. The topic will be Medical Missions with Dr. Grantham, Dr. Wilson & Dr. Crunkleton. Arrive at 6:30 pm for food and drink. The talk begins at 7:00 pm.

For more information on Graduate Student events, please contact Elizabeth at edelcurto@email.arizona.edu.

NEWMAN UNDERGRADUATE RETREAT: GOD’S CHURCH-MADE FOR ALL MANKIND
We will be prayerfully reading excerpts from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes and engaging in meaningful dialogue. “Gaudium et Spes” discusses the Church in the modern world; specifically about the dignity of the human person, the community of mankind, and man’s activity throughout the world There will be plenty of opportunities for prayer both as an individual and as a community. We hope to see you there!
The retreat will take place at Huachuca Oaks Camp on October 24-26, in Hereford, AZ. The cost of the retreat is $95. Sign ups are open at the receptionist desk. A $20 deposit is due at sign up and will be deducted from the total cost of the retreat.

ADOPT-A-STUDENT PROGRAM
Students! Would you like to spend some time each month with a Newman Center community member/family? Have dinner together in a real home? If so, this is the program for you. It’s as simple as filling out a form so we can match you up with a family or individuals. Please contact Rosalie if you are interested at rmilano1@cox.net.

CATHOLIC INQUIRY
Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Why we do what we do? What is involved in becoming a part of the Church? Join us for Inquiry on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

RCIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to sign up to provide lunch on Sundays for the RCIA group, which includes candidates, sponsors, team members and members of the Dominican community. Volunteers who provide receipts, will be reimbursed for expenses. Sign up sheets and instructions are available in the back of the Church. Questions? Please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

DOMINICAN SISTERS RETREAT
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose will be having their Young Adult Fall Retreat: Praying God’s Word in Scripture on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. This retreat is for men and women, from college aged to 40. The presenters are Sister Evelyn Long, VDMF & Sister Charisma Sulbise, VDMF with the Dominican Sisters Retreat Team. The retreat will take place at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose at 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Pl.), Fremont, CA, 94539. There is a $15 registration fee that includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP online at www.msjdominicans.org.
THINKING WITH THE POPES
There will be no reading of Lumen Fidei this week due to the presentation by Fr. Paul Mueller. Please see above.

ONGOING WEEKLY LITURGICAL EVENTS
Join us on Monday, October 6 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Chapel.

Join us on Friday, October 10 for recitation of the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

ON-CAMPUS OUTREACH
The Newman Center will be tabling out on the UA Mall this upcoming week, Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Pastor’s Corner – October 5, 2014

LITURGY CORNER 6
with Fr. James

And now for our final “Pop Quiz” question about Vatican II’s teachings on the Mass:

6. The primary criterion for evaluating the music used at Mass is:
a. Its antiquity and traditional use.
b. Its popularity with the regular congregation.
c. Its suitability to the sacred liturgical action.
d. None of the above.

ANSWER: c. Its suitability to the sacred liturgical action.

“Therefore, sacred music is to be considered the more holy, the more closely connected it is with the liturgical action, whether making prayer more pleasing, promoting unity of minds, or conferring greater solemnity upon the sacred rites.” (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #112).

This “suitability to the sacred liturgical action” is why Gregorian chant is held in such esteem. The main places where we should have congregational singing is in praying the so-called “Ordinary” parts of the Mass. These are the “Kyrie” after, or part of, the penitential rite, the “Gloria,” “the Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation,” the “Holy, Holy” (Sanctus), the “Great Amen,” and “Lamb of God”. The ideal set before us by the Church is that the melody of each of these should fit the various distinctive liturgical actions that they are in themselves.

In a short, bumper-sticker sort of phrase: “The Church calls us to sing the Mass, not simply sing at Mass.”

OK, so what am I as Pastor advocating? That we scrap all our music and only sing Gregorian chant? No, that would not be a very practical idea.

What I would love to see, myself, is an intentional development of more integrated liturgical planning for the Sunday liturgies. At the strictly musical level, as individual singers in our choirs, I would love to see everyone involved in stretching themselves to grow in their vocal or instrumental skills, particularly inspired to make the Sunday liturgies more beautiful. I would love to see us as a community expand our repertoire of hymns, not simply in adding more things from Breaking Bread, or the Praise & Worship scene, but also realize that Church music existed before the 1970s, and did not start with the St. Louis Jesuits. The Second Vatican Council, and the popes since, urge us to mine the vast treasuries of Church music from the past. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy specifically proclaims: “The treasury of sacred music is to be preserved and cultivated with great care.” (SC #114). We should, even at Newman, at least give an occasional nod to this desire of the Council Fathers and the popes that followed.

So, primarily what I am advocating is that we seek to grow ever more mindful of what we are doing when planning and executing our liturgical music.

 

 

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This Week at Newman – September 28

CATHOLIC INQUIRY
Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Why we do what we do? What is involved in becoming a part of the Church?
Join us for Inquiry on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

THINKING WITH THE POPES
On Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm in the Library, join us for a small group reading and discussion of the encyclical Lumen Fidei, or “Light of Faith” co-written by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Fr. Jacek Buda, OP will be leading the discussion.

RCIA LUNCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to sign up to provide lunch o Sundays for the RCIA group, which includes candidates, sponsors, team members and Dominicans. Volunteers who provide receipts, will be reimbursed. Sign up sheets and instructions are available in the back of the Church. Questions? Please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

ADOPT-A-STUDENT PROGRAM
Students! Would you like to spend some time each month with a Newman Center community member/family? Have dinner together in a real home? If so, this is the program for you. It’s as simple as filling out a form so we ca match you up with a family or individuals. Please contact Rosalie if you are interested at rmilano1@cox.net.

FAITH AND SCIENCE
On Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm in Green Hall, come hear Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ, Ph. D., a member of the Vatican Observatory speak about his book, Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?.

GRAD STUDENTS/YOUNG ADULTS
Join graduate students and young adults on Monday, September 29 at 7:30 pm in the library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek Buda, OP.

Theology on Tap will be held on Tuesday, October 14th at O’Malley’s on 4th Ave. The topic will be Medical Missions with Dr. Grantham, Dr. Wilson & Dr. Crunkleton. Arrive at 6:30 pm for food and drink. The talk begins at 7:00 pm.

For more information on Graduate Student events, please contact Elizabeth at edelcurto@email.arizona.edu.

LITURGY
Join us on Monday, September 29 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Chapel.

Join us on Friday, October 3 for recitation of the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

DOMINICAN SISTERS RETREAT
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose will be having their Young Adult Fall Retreat: Praying God’s Word in Scripture on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. This retreat is for men and women, from college aged to 40. The presenters are Sister Evelyn Long, VDMF & Sister Charisma Sulbise, VDMF with the Dominican Sisters Retreat Team. The retreat will take place at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose at 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Pl.), Fremont, CA, 94539. There is a $15 registration fee that includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP online at www.msjdominicans.org.

ON-CAMPUS OUTREACH
The Newman Center will be tabling out on the UA Mall this upcoming week, Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Pastor’s Corner – September 28, 2014

LITURGY CORNER 5
with Fr. James

Continuing our “Pop Quiz” about Vatican II’s teachings on the Mass:

5. What musical style did Vatican II state to be most suitable for use in Mass?
a. An eclectic mix of hymns from different traditions
b. Palestrina-like polyphony
c. Modern folk music
d. Gregorian chant
e. Contemporary Praise & Worship

ANSWER: d. Gregorian chant.

“The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. Other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action as laid down in Article 30.” (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #116)

Why is Gregorian chant “specially suited to the Roman liturgy”? Is it because it’s in Latin? Because it’s really old? Because the bishops are musical fuddy-duddies?

One of the principles of music in the Mass is that the text, the words themselves, along with their meaning are primary. Music functions to enhance, to deepen, even to help interpret the words, but not to overpower them. Music is not used at Mass just for the sake of having music, not just because it’s pleasant to do so. Because the Latin Gregorian chant has centuries of use behind it, and it so closely models the texts, the Vatican Council and the Popes since hold the traditional chant as the ideal toward which new compositions should strive.

The next Liturgy Corner will present the last question in our Pop Quiz.

 

 

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This Week at Newman – September 21

NEW STUDENT OUTREACH

Join us on the New Student Retreat: Anchored in Hope. It will be an opportunity to meet new students, encounter God, and grow in your Catholic faith. We will go to Southern Pines Retreat Center in Mt. Lemmon, Arizona from September 26-28 leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon. The cost of the retreat is $75, though financial aid and scholarships are available. For questions or more information please contact Mary at mmallek@email.arizona.edu.

RCIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to sign up to prepare and bring lunch on Sundays for the RCIA group. Lunch needed for 14-16 each Sunday. Volunteers who provide receipts may be reimbursed for expenses. The sign ups are posted in the back in the church. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth O’Donnell at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

CATHOLIC INQUIRY

Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Why we do what we do? What is involved in becoming a part of the Church?
Join us for Inquiry on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

THINKING WITH THE POPES

On Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm in the Library, join us for a small group reading and discussion of the encyclical Lumen Fidei, or “Light of Faith” co-written by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Fr. Jacek Buda, OP will be leading the discussion.

GRAD STUDENTS/YOUNG ADULTS

Join graduate students and young adults on Monday, September 22 at 7:30 pm in the library for a reading of The Spirit of Liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Fr. Jacek Buda, OP.

LITURGY

Join us on Monday, September 22 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Chapel.

Join us on Friday, September 26 for recitation of the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

ON-CAMPUS OUTREACH

The Newman Center will be tabling out on the UA Mall this upcoming week, Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Pastor’s Corner – September 21

LITURGY CORNER 4
with Fr. James

Here is yet another “Pop Quiz” question about Vatican II’s teachings on the Mass.
4. What musical instrument did Vatican II state to be most suitable for the use in Mass?
a. Piano
b. Guitar
c. Pipe organ
d. Violin
e. Harp
ANSWER: c. Pipe organ.

“120. The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, for it is the traditional musical instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up men’s minds to God and higher things.

But other instruments also may be admitted for us in divine worship….This may be done, however, on the condition that the instruments are suitable, or can be made suitable, for sacred use; that they accord with the dignity of the temple, and that they truly contribute to the edification of the faithful.” (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, #120.)

You may have no idea how controversial it was when guitars were introduced into the Mass in the late 1960s. And there were good reasons for controversy. For one thing, the musical ability of people leading Mass with guitars in most parishes was weak to say the least, and most of the music was lyrically, musically, and theologically pretty lame stuff. Since there was no tradition of American folk-style music used at Mass, the music used was either very recently composed, or borrowed directly from the popular folk and pop song repertoire. We are blessed that the quality of new compositions has greatly improved in recent decades.

But why we use guitars and pianos rather than organs at the Newman Center and many parishes is a sociological question we won’t go into now. Although other instruments are allowed, they are allowed, but not preferred. The Vatican still agrees with the Council Fathers that the pipe organ is to have “pride of place”.

 

 

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