This Week at Newman for August 26

Hello everyone! I hope your first week went well, especially for the Freshmen with your first week of classes. By the way, Freshmen, be sure to sign up for the Freshman Retreat (more info below)! We’re off to a great start of the semester, and thanks to all of the volunteers who have helped out with events the last few weeks. This weekend was Ministry Sunday, where everyone had the opportunity to sign up for Liturgical Ministries (Altar Server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Sacristan, Music Ministry), reply back with your information and I can forward it to the appropriate staff member.

Events this Week:

Holy Land Pilgrimage Information Meeting
Tuesday, August 28 at 7 PM
Father Bart Hutcherson has been invited to serve as Spiritual Director on an 11 day Holy Land Pilgrimage. He will co-lead with Mrs. Erin Blanchette, the director of Vine of Grace, a local women’s spirituality ministry. The pilgrimage will visit many of the sites in Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem associated with the life and ministry of Jesus. Additionally, it will visit numerous sites associated with the Hebrew Scriptures and our religious heritage. The cost of the trip is $3996 per person. This price will include airfare (from Phoenix), all lodging (double occupancy) and ground transportation in Israel, all breakfasts and dinners, all portage fees, tips. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Bart ( for more information and attend the meeting. If you cannot make this meeting, there will be another informational meeting held on September 9 at 2 PM. Pilgrimage brochures are available at the front desk of the Newman Center. A $400 deposit will secure a place on the pilgrimage. Full payment will be due January 15, 2013.

Capture the Flag
Friday, August 31 at 7:30 PM
All students are invited to meet at the Newman Center at 7:30 PM, and we’ll walk over to the U of A Mall where we’ll play Capture the Flag on campus! Come, especially if you’ve never played before, and be sure to wear clothes and shoes you’re comfortable running in.

Sign up for Campus Renew
Deadline: August 31
Be sure to join one of our small-faith sharing groups that meet weekly to reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture as a way to grow in faith with one another. You can sign up at the Newman Center front desk or online at until August 31.

Football Game Tailgate Party
Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 PM
Come to the Newman Center for hamburgers, hot dogs, and a good time before our football team takes on Toledo for the first home game of the season!

Weekly Events:

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 Sr. Angelica at

Pope Benedict XVI Reading Group
Mondays at 7:30 PM
All Graduate Students and Young Adults (ages 22-35) are invited to the Pope Benedict XVI Reading Group with Fr. Jacek Buda, OP. During each meeting, you’ll read a portion of Pope Benedict XVI’s book Introduction to Christianity and discuss. It is a great way to learn more about the Catholic faith!

Eucharistic Adoration
Mondays at 9 PM
We invite you for a time of quiet prayer during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday night in the Newman Center Chapel.

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. We will meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Donald at

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

Upcoming Events:

Freshmen, Sign up for the Freshman Retreat!
The Freshman Retreat will be on September 21-23 at La Purisima Retreat Center near Sierra Vista, AZ. You don’t want to miss it! You can sign up at the Newman Center front desk (in the lobby) whenever the Newman Center is open. The cost of the retreat is $75, but if you sign up this week you get 10% off! Get ready to Get Rocked!

Labor Day – Newman Center Closed
Monday, September 3
For Labor Day, the Newman Center will be closed all day on Monday, September 3rd. There will be no Daily Mass that day.

St. Albert Science, Faith, and Spirituality Sessions
Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM
We invite students, faculty, and anyone else interested for a time to engage current issues where faith, science, and spirituality share a common ground. This week will be a discussion session on “The Church on Science and Faith – A Brief Summary and Discussion with UA Scientists of Faith.”

Fight for Justice: Social Justice Dinner and Info Night
Sunday, September 9 at 6 PM
Come for a free dinner and learn about the different Social Justice Ministries at the Newman Center!

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, September 11 at 7 PM
Theology on Tap is a speaker series every second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM that takes place in the fun, relaxed setting of your favorite local pub. “ToT” focuses on topics of faith and contemporary issues that directly affect the lives of young adults, located at O’Malley’s Pub on 4th Ave. (247 N 4th Ave).

A word about the Construction on 2nd St.
There is construction going on right now on 2nd St., which makes walking to the Newman Center a little confusing. If you’re south of the Newman Center on campus, then the best way to get to the Newman Center is by crossing 2nd St. at Mountain (the Student Union). You can also walk up Warren Ave. (it intersects the Mall as a bike path to the east of Cherry Ave., but turns into a street). If you’re driving, the Newman Center is accessible from Cherry Ave. and Warren Ave.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister