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This Week at Newman – November 3

FOOTBALL TAILGATE
In order to get ready to cheer on the Wildcats as they go against the Colorado Buffaloes at 6:00 pm on Homecoming weekend, we would like to invite everyone to the Football Tailgate we will be hosting on Saturday November 8, 2014 starting at 3:00 pm. As always, we will have food, refreshments and games on the lawn and we hope to see you there as well! All are welcome!

VOCATIONS NIGHT WITH BISHOP KICANAS
The Newman Center will host a dinner with Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson and Fr. Jorge, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Tucson, on Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 PM in Green Hall. If you are discerning a possible vocation to religious life or the priesthood, come and meet others who are also exploring their calling. Please contact Fr. James to reserve a place at FrJames@uacatholic.org.

EVENINGS WITH RATZINGER
Monday, November 3 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, November 3 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
Wednesday, November 5 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, November 7 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, November 7 join us as we pray the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

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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This Week at Newman – October 27

SUSTAINING BOARD DINNER THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, October 26 after the 5:00 PM Mass, the Newman Center Sustaining Board will be providing a Halloween themed dinner for all students downstairs in Green Hall. All are welcome!

EVENINGS WITH RATZINGER
Monday, October 27 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 27 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 29 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 31 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 31 join us as we pray the Holy Rosary at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

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 26, 2014

LITURGY CORNER 9
with Fr. James

THE MASS:
SELF-EXPRESSION OR SELF-SURRENDER?

Sometimes the Mass is boring; sometimes it just doesn’t click. Reasons vary. Perhaps a particular liturgy was especially inept and distracting. At other times we are tired and inattentive. Another factor may well be that our participation is a passive one, and not the “full and active participation” that the liturgy by its very nature demands of us. We may well approach Mass with an attitude of attending an entertainment rather than engaging in worship of the Father through the sacrifice of his Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. Is my attendance at this Mass more a matter of self-expression than an act of self-surrender to the divine will for me?

The same question can also be asked whenever we have responsibility for planning a liturgy. Therefore a general principle for liturgy planning is the fact that the Mass does not belong to us, but to the whole Church. As stated in The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council:

Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See, and, as laws may determine, on the bishop…Therefore no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority. (SC, n.22)

This is not because the Council desired to enact oppressive and legalistic strictures, but rather to express the truth that it is not up to us to tell the Church how to celebrate Mass; rather, it is up to us to listen to the Church to learn how better to celebrate the Mass. The General Instruction to the Roman Missal references the above passage from Vatican II and says, “the priest must remember that he is the servant of the sacred Liturgy.” (n. 24) So while we express our belief through the Mass, the Mass itself is an instrument for our salvation, not a tool for expressing our own personalities.

 

 

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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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