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This Week at Newman – September 14

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 Baptist Camp on Mt. Lemon 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.

CONFIRMATION
Interested in becoming confirmed in the Catholic Church? The Confirmation program at Newman meets every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks beginning September 23 from 7-9:30 pm. The last day to submit an application is September 16. To fill out an application for Confirmation, please visit http://www.uacatholic.org/confirmation/. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth O’Donnell at 520-327-4665 or 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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
There are a few spots left for the Saturday, Sept. 20 trip to serve breakfast to migrants at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. All volunteers must have a valid US passport. We meet at Newman at 5:30 am and return to Newman by 1 pm. Anyone who is interested in helping out, may contact Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu.

Richard Garnett, professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School will present a Hesburgh Lecture titled “Law, Religion and Politics: Understanding the Separation between Church and State” on Friday, September 19 at 7 pm in Room 168 at the UA Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. Garnett is a graduate of Yale Law School and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He currently serves on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Religious Liberty. The presentation, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Tucson and the University of Notre Dame Law School, is free and opened to the public.

FAITH AND SCIENCE
The more we know about the Universe the larger we find it. On Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm in Green Hall, come hear astrophysicist Fr. Paul Gabor, SJ, Ph.D., Vice-Director of the Vatican Observatory help us get in touch with our reactions: Does the Universe feel menacing or comforting?

GRAD STUDENTS/YOUNG ADULTS
Join graduate students and young adults on Monday, September 15 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 15 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 pm in the Chapel.

Join us on Friday, September, 19 for recitation of the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

COMMUNITY BUILDING
Our next Football Tailgate will be Saturday, September 20 beginning at 5 pm on the front lawn before the Wildcats take on the California Golden Bears at 7 pm.

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!

This Week at Newman – September 8

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 La Purisima Retreat Center in Hereford, 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.

CONFIRMATION
Interested in becoming confirmed in the Catholic Church? The Confirmation program at Newman meets every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks beginning September 23 from 7-9:30 pm. The last day to submit an application is September 16. To fill out an application for Confirmation, please visit http://www.uacatholic.org/confirmation/. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth O’Donnell at 520-327-4665 or at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) For those who want to share their faith with another, who is willing to be a companion on this spiritual journey, there will be an informational meeting Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm in the Newman Classroom. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org, or Jessica Kiesling at 515-291-8699 at jroh180@gmail.com.

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
There are spots left for the Sunday, Sept. 14 trip to Primavera Men’s Shelter. We meet at Newman at 4 am, serve breakfast to the men at Primavera and return to Newman by 6:30 am. Anyone who is interested in helping out, may contact Andy at hgonzalez@email.arizona.edu.

Richard Garnett, professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School will present a Hesburgh Lecture titled “Law, Religion and Politics: Understanding the Separation between Church and State” on Friday, September 19 at 7 pm in Room 168 at the UA Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. Garnett is a graduate of Yale Law School and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He currently serves on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Religious Liberty. The presentation, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Tucson and the University of Notre Dame Law School, is free and opened to the public.

FAITH AND SCIENCE
The more we know about the Universe the larger we find it. On Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm in Green Hall, come hear astrophysicist Fr. Paul Gabor, SJ, Ph.D, Vice-Director of the Vatican Observatory help us get in touch with our reactions: Does the Universe feel menacing or comforting?

MUSIC MINISTRY
If you are interested in participating in our liturgical music ministry, please attend the Music Ministry Information Night on Monday, September 8 at 7 pm in the Chapel.

GRAD STUDENTS/YOUNG ADULTS
Join graduate students and young adults on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for Theology on Tap at O’Malley’s Bar at 247 N. 4th Ave. Come by for food and conversation at 6 pm followed by a discussion on the life of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman at 7 pm led by Fr. James Thompson, OP. All are welcome! For any questions, please contact Elizabeth at edelcurto@email.arizona.edu.

WORD ENCOUNTER
Looking forward to encountering Christ in Scripture?! Word Encounter are small groups that meet weekly to read the Word of God and grow in faith. The last day to sign up is Monday, September 8. Please pick up a sign up sheet at the front desk to sign up.

THINKING WITH THE POPES
On Wednesday, September 10 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.

LITURGY
On Friday, September 12 at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, join us in praying the Holy Rosary. For questions, please contact Andy at hgonzalez@email.arizona.edu.

COMMUNITY BUILDING
Our next Football Tailgate will be Saturday, September 13 beginning at 6 pm on the front lawn before the Wildcats take on the Nevada Wolfpack at 8 pm.

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!

 

Pastor’s Corner

LITURGY CORNER 3
with Fr. James

Here is another “Pop Quiz” question about Vatican II’s teachings on the Mass.

3. The nature of the Mass is primarily:

a. Catholic entertainment.

b. Praise of God.

c. Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

d. None of the above.

ANSWER: d. None of the above.

“The liturgy, then, is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. It involves the presentation of man’s sanctification under the guise of signs perceptible by the senses and its accomplishment in way appropriate to each of these signs. In it full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.” (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #7)

Commentary. It is in the Eucharist’s nature to be a sacrificial thanksgiving offering to God, and the offering is itself Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us at his paschal mystery, re-presented for us and by us in the Eucharist. As it says in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal:
“The celebration of Mass, as the action of Christ and the People of God arrayed hierarchically, is the center of the whole Christian life for the Church both universal and local, as well as for each of the faithful individually. In it is found the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and of the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him though Christ, the son of God, in the Holy Spirit.” (GIRM #16)
Sadly, for some people the subjective entertainment value of the music at Mass has priority over almost everything else. You may never have thought of this before, but whether or not we “like” the music at a Liturgy is secondary to whether it serves the purpose of the Mass.

 

This Week at Newman April 8, 2014

This Week at Newman

 

Tuesday, April 8 – THEOLOGY ON TAP- Sister Leonette Kochan, Assistant Superintendent for the Diocese of Tucson Catholic Schools, will talk about the role of Catholic Educations. Arrive at 6:30 PM for food and drink.  Talk begins at 7:00 PM.

 

Thursday, April 10 – Reconciliation Service We will have the Lenten Reconciliation Service at 7:00 PM.  Please join us at 6:00 PM for our community dinner.

 

Sunday, April 13 PRIMAVERA BREAKFAST TRIP – This is the final Primavera Men’s Shelter breakfast trip for the semester. If you are interested in helping out, contact Andy at hgonzalez@email.arizona.edu.  The group meets at 4:00 AM and returns to Newman by 7:00 AM.

 

 

Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden.  Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space.  Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

 

 

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 Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu

 

IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY.  CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM.

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES

Father Bart Hutcherson, OP

Wednesday at 8:00 AM

Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy.  Each session will last one hour.

 

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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Holy Thursday, April 17 – 8:00 AM Solemn Morning Prayer

                                      7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, April 18 – 8:00 AM Solemn Morning Prayer

                              12:00 PM Stations of the Cross

                              1:30-3:00 PM Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ
7:30 P.M. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 19 – 8:00 AM Solemn Morning Prayer

                              10:00 AM Decorate the Church

                              7:30 PM Easter Vigil Mass


Easter Sunday, April 20 – Masses: 8:00 AM; 9:30 AM, and 11:15 AM

                            No evening Masses

GRAD UPDATES –

Hike – Saturday, April 19. Contact Ben at bjohnd@email.arizona.edu

Social Event – The next social event will be on Friday, April 25.  The theme will be celebrating those who are graduating or leaving town this semester.  Contact Ben at bjohnd@email.arizona.edu to let him know if you are graduating

 

Upcoming Events

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 COMMUNITY SPRING FORMAL – Please join us at 7:00 PM for a cocktail hour with good food and company, followed by a dance.  The theme this year is masquerade.  Come dressed in your formal attire.  Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the front desk.


SAVE THE DATE – Casino Royale, May 10 from 6-11PM at the Skyline Country Club. Hosted by The Sustaining Board.

 

SAVE THE DATE – FAREWELL MASS & RECEPTION FOR FATHER BART

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 SPECIAL MASS at the 11:15 AM Mass, followed by a reception from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

 

THREE THEOLOGICAL THRILLERS – Book discussions led by Fr. James. Monday at 7:00 PM

Monday, May 5 – G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

 

 

DISCERNMENT DAY FOR WOMEN - The Diocese of Tucson Women Religious Vocations Team is offering a retreat for those interested in discerning God’s call. The retreat day is on Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  For information contact: sr.paha@diotuc.org or call/text Sister Lois Paha 520-609-5672.

 

RELIGIOUS LIFE DISCERNMENT – Join other women and live within a religious community for one week.  The discernment week will be held in Douglas, Arizona on June 23-30.  For details, contact Sister Lucy Nigh, SSND at (414)510-1998.

 

RELIGIOUS LIFE LIVE-IN & IMMERSION DISCERNMENT EXPERIENCE WITH THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MSJ: July 25-31, 2014 For young women, interested in participating in discerning their call to religious life and who desire to give themselves to mission outreach.  Participants will stay in a convent and work 3 days at St. Anthony’s Foundation in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. Cost: $200 donation (partial scholarships are available) For more information contact S. Marcia Krause, OP at 510-502-5797 orsistermarci@gmail.com  Space is limited so reserve now.

 

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Yours in Christ,

Sister Angelica Velez

SrAngelica@uacatholic.org

St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center

1615 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719

(520)327-4665 ext. 113 | uacatholic.org

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Letter From the Pastor April 6

Dear Friends -

In the Dominican world, we operate according to the general principle that “nothing is real until it is written down…” And even then, hardly anything is ever written in stone. While we have been operating according to some assumptions regarding the future of the Newman Center staff for several months, our assumptions were confirmed by written text this morning (Friday) when our Provincial published the list of assignments for next year.

As has been previously announced: Fr. James Thompson will assume responsibilities of Pastor when I depart this summer.

Fr. Donald will remain assigned here in Tucson and will continue to work half time at the Newman Center. Fr. James and Fr. Donald will be joined by Fr. Jacek Buda who will return and resume his former duties as Associate Pastor.

As for yours truly, it is now official (written) that I will continue to be assigned to the Tucson Dominican Community for another year while I am on Sabbatical. Here is the Basic Outline of my Sabbatical Plans:

I will depart on June 23 and head to Oakland for our Province Assembly.
July, August and Early September: I will be in Mobile, AL reconnecting with family and friends
Late September – Christmas: I will be in Jerusalem studying St. Paul
November 4-15, I will be leading a St. Paul-themed pilgrimage in Greece and Turkey
January-Early April: Studying Spanish and living with the Dominicans in Salamanca, Spain
Late April-Early June: Walking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in France and Spain
June: return to Tucson to move to my new assignment.

I am very blessed to be afforded the time and resources to fulfill these plans, including some life-long bucket-list type dreams (Christmas in Bethlehem and Walking the Camino). I am organizing the St. Paul Pilgrimage even now (information on an insert in today’s bulletin) and a number of people have expressed interest in walking at least part of the Camino with me (more on this later). A Sabbatical is primarily a time of rest, reflection, and retreat [and, for me, study]. I look forward to the break from active ministry but I also expect to be gathering tools to enhance my ministry when I return to the US next Summer.

I ask for your prayers for myself and for the Newman Staff as we continue in this time of transition.

Peace,

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This Week At Newman February 23, 2014

This Week at Newman

Friday, February 28 – Freshmen Checkpoint #3 – Meet at 6:00 PM at Newman!
Saturday, March 1 – Undergrad Hike to Seven Falls, meet 8:30 AM at Newman
Monday, March 3 – Fr. James will begin leading a monthly Book discussion starting Monday March 3rd at 7:30PM in the Newman Library. At the first meeting C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength will be discussed.

Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden. Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space. Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.

WEEKLY EVENTS:
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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

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 Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu

IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY. CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM.

WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES
Father Bart Hutcherson, OP
Wednesday at 8:00 AM
Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy. The session will last one hour and begins on Wednesday, January 29.

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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

Upcoming Events
SPRING BREAK SERVICE PROJECT – The Social Justice Team will be leading a service trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Three Links Ranch to work on Saving the San Pedro River in southern Arizona. Contact Jeff at jsjohannesmeyer@email.arizona.edu. Space is limited so get your application in. Applications will be accepted in order of submission.

Theology on Tap
The next installment will be on Tuesday, March 11th. Arrive at 6:30PM for food and drink. The talk will begin at 7:00PM

SUSTAINING BOARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Newman Sustaining Board is offering two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application forms can be found at: www.uacatholic.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are to be delivered to the Newman Center office by no later than Noon, Friday, March 14, 2014.

THREE THEOLOGICAL THRILLERS – Book discussions led by Fr. James. Monday at 7:00 PM
Monday, March 3 – C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength
Monday, April 7 – Charles Williams’ The Place of the Lion
Monday, May 5 – G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

A LENTEN RETREAT FOR THE WHOLE NEWMAN COMMUNITY- Retreat Master, Catholic Recording Artist & Speaker: Michael James Mette
Friday, March 7 -5:15 PM Mass, 6:00 PM Soup Supper, 7:00 PM Presentation 1, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday, March 8 – Meet at San Miguel High School 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast; 9:00AM Morning Prayer; 9:30 AM Presentation 2, 11:30 AM Midday Prayer; 12:00 PM Lunch; 1:00 PM Presentation 3; 4:00 PM Sunday Vigil Mass
There will be separate tracks for adults, teens (6-12) & children (K-5)
Cost: $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family

SAVE THE DATE – FAREWELL MASS & RECEPTION FOR FATHER BART
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 SPECIAL MASS at the 11:15 AM Mass, followed by a reception from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Location TBA

For more updates, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/uacatholic) and follow us on Twitter (@uacatholic).

Yours in Christ,
Sister Angelica Velez
SrAngelica@uacatholic.org
St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center
1615 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)327-4665 ext. 113 | uacatholic.org
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This Week At Newman February 15, 2014

This Week at Newman

Friday- February 21 -Wildcat Awakening Retreat Weekend at La Purisima Retreat Center.
Saturday, February 22 – Grad Social Event-hosted by Dan Sargeant. Contact Dan at dgsargeant@gmail.com to RSVP and for directions.

Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden. Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space. Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.

WEEKLY EVENTS:
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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

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 Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu

IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY. CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM.

WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES
Father Bart Hutcherson, OP
Wednesday at 8:00 AM
Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy. The session will last one hour and begins on Wednesday, January 29.

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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 20- 6:00 PM-9:00 PM – Steward Observatory, Room 210
Rev. Jose G. Funes, SJ, Director, Vatican Observatory “To the Edge of the Universe”
Dr. Buell T. Jannuzi- Director, Steward Observatory and Head, Department of Astronomy, “A New Steward Observatory Collaboration with the Vatican Observatory: The Arizona Robotic Telescope Network”
Rev. Paul Gabor, SJ- Vice-Director, Vatican Observatory “Are We Alone in the Universe? Astrobiology Seeks Answers to an Ancient Question”
Rev. Jean-Baptiste Kikawaya, SJ – Vatican Observatory “Observing NEOs and Meteors”
Please RSVP to (520)621-2289 or michelle@email.arizona.edu. This event is made possible through the generous support of friends of the Vatican Observatory Foundation and the Jesuit Community of the Vatican Observatory.

SPRING BREAK SERVICE PROJECT – The Social Justice Team will be leading a service trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Three Links Ranch to work on Saving the San Pedro River in southern Arizona. Contact Jeff at jsjohannesmeyer@email.arizona.edu. Space is limited so get your application in. Applications will be accepted in order of submission.

SUSTAINING BOARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Newman Sustaining Board is offering two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application forms can be found at: www.uacatholic.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are to be delivered to the Newman Center office by no later than Noon, Friday, March 14, 2014.

THREE THEOLOGICAL THRILLERS – Book discussions led by Fr. James. Monday at 7:00 PM
Monday, March 3 – C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength
Monday, April 7 – Charles Williams’ The Place of the Lion
Monday, May 5 – G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

A LENTEN RETREAT FOR THE WHOLE NEWMAN COMMUNITY
Friday, March 7 -5:15 PM Mass, 6:00 PM Soup Supper, 7:00 PM Presentation 1, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday, March 8 – Meet at San Miguel High School 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast; 9:00AM Morning Prayer; 9:30 AM Presentation 2, 11:30 AM Midday Prayer; 12:00 PM Lunch; 1:00 PM Presentation 3; 4:00 PM Sunday Vigil Mass
There will be separate tracks for adults, teens (6-12) & children (K-5)
Cost: $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family

For more updates, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/uacatholic) and follow us on Twitter (@uacatholic).

Yours in Christ,
Sister Angelica Velez
SrAngelica@uacatholic.org
St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center
1615 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)327-4665 ext. 113 | uacatholic.org
If you would no longer like to receive “This Week at Newman,” UNSUBSCRIBE HERE

This Week at Newman February 9, 2014

This Week at Newman

Tuesday, February 11- Theology on Tap – Tuesday, February 11th 7:00 PM – Presentation by Michele Grantham on the topic of “Theology of the Body”. Arrive by 6:30 PM for food and drink!
Saturday, February 15 –
Casa Maria, 8:15 AM meet in the lobby
Grad Hike –Contact bjohnd@email.arizona.edu.

Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden. Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space. Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.

WEEKLY EVENTS:
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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

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 Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu

IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY. CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM.

WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES
Father Bart Hutcherson, OP
Wednesday at 8:00 AM
Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy. The session will last one hour and begins on Wednesday, January 29.

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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

Upcoming Events
SPRING BREAK SERVICE PROJECT – The Social Justice Team will be leading a service trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Three Links Ranch to work on Saving the San Pedro River in southern Arizona. Contact Jeff at jsjohannesmeyer@email.arizona.edu.
WILDCAT AWAKENING RETREAT, February 21-23. Sign—up at the front desk. There is a $20 deposit. The retreat cost is $100 per person and the deposit applies to that cost. There are scholarships available. Space is very limited so sign-up ASAP! The retreat will be February 21-23 at La Purisima Retreat Center.

SUSTAINING BOARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Newman Sustaining Board is offering two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application forms can be found at: www.uacatholic.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are to be delivered to the Newman Center office by no later than Noon, Friday, March 14, 2014.

SAVE THE DATE! Parish Community Retreat – March 7 and 8. More details to come.

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Yours in Christ,
Sister Angelica Velez
SrAngelica@uacatholic.org
St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center
1615 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)327-4665 ext. 113 | uacatholic.org
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Letter From the Pastor February 9

Dear Friends,

We are almost a month into the Spring Semester and the ministry programs of the Center are up and running. I invite your prayer for all those who are preparing for Sacramental initiation this spring: the children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion, those in RCIA preparing for baptism or to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil, and those who have just begun the journey towards Confirmation. Offering the various kinds and “levels” of Christian Initiation is an important ministerial function of the Newman Center. Our university setting gives us a unique opportunity to encounter the current generation, which is often described as a generation of “religious seekers.” The experience that these young men and women have in our community is a vital component of their choosing to begin or complete their sacramental initiation in the Church. Many have grown up either unchurched, or marginally churched and they are seeking a community in which to satisfy deep longings of their soul. We can help them in that experience, but only if we remain open to them, their questions, their insecurities, their seeking. As long as we do not try to offer them the easy answer and as long as they can experience the authenticity of the Gospel as it is lived out in our lives. So our prayers for them, our embracing them, our inclusion of them goes a long way towards our fulfilling our mission and helping them to find a place in the Church.

Peace,
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This Week at Newman – February 2, 2014

This Week at Newman

Tuesday, February 4 – 7:00 PM. Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers
Thursday, February 6- 7:00 PM. Altar Servers
Saturday, February 8 – 10:00 AM. Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers
Each of the trainings will take place in the Church. Come join us!
Saturday, February 8 – Kino Border trip. Contact Connie at cylirasaavedra@email.arizona.edu
Saturday, February 8 – Undergrad hike (sponsored by Community Building Team). Meet at Newman at 8:30 AM.
Sunday, February 9 – Primavera breakfast trip, 4:30 AM to 7:00 AM– Contact Andy at hgonzalez@email.arizona.edu

Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden. Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space. Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.

WEEKLY EVENTS:
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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at srelizabeth@uacatholic.org.

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 Casey at charlesrhoyack@email.arizona.edu

IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY. CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM. Starting Saturday, February 1st, we will make it possible for students to serve at Casa Maria on the weekend. If interested, contact Casey or show up at Newman beginning Saturday, February 1st.

WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES
Father Bart Hutcherson, OP
Wednesday at 8:00 AM
Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy. The session will last one hour and begins on Wednesday, January 29.

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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.

Upcoming Events
SPRING BREAK SERVICE PROJECT – The Social Justice Team will be leading a service trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Three Links Ranch to work on Saving the San Pedro River in southern Arizona. Contact Jeff at jsjohannesmeyer@email.arizona.edu.
Theology on Tap – Tuesday, February 11th 7:00 PM – Presentation by Michele Grantham on the topic of “Theology of the Body”. Arrive by 6:30 PM for food and drink!
Grad Hike – Saturday, February 15. Contact bjohnd@email.arizona.edu.
WILDCAT AWAKENING RETREAT, February 21-23. Sign—up at the front desk. There is a $20 deposit. The retreat cost is $100 per person and the deposit applies to that cost. There are scholarships available. Space is very limited so sign-up ASAP! The retreat will be February 21-23 at La Purisima Retreat Center.

SUSTAINING BOARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Newman Sustaining Board is offering two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application forms can be found at: www.uacatholic.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are to be delivered to the Newman Center office by no later than Noon, Friday, March 14, 2014.

SAVE THE DATE! Parish Community Retreat – March 7 and 8. More details to come.

For more updates, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/uacatholic) and follow us on Twitter (@uacatholic).

Yours in Christ,
Sister Angelica Velez
SrAngelica@uacatholic.org
St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center
1615 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)327-4665 ext. 113 | uacatholic.org
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