This Week at Newman for January 20

Hello everyone, enjoy the three day weekend! You can pick up some new Newman gear right now at the Newman Center, since we’re taking orders for Newman Center polo shirts and TOMS Shoes(see below for more info). Also, I have some Newman Center Pro-Life shirts ($17) left, so email me if you’re interested. We also have a new Catholc Wildcats shirt in the works, so keep an eye out for that!

Events this Week:


Newman Center Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 21

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Newman Center will be closed. There will not be any regular weekly events, and there will not be a Daily Mass.

“Uniquely Luke” Bible Study

Wednesday, January 23 at 8 AM

This week, Fr. Bart will begin a weekly Bible study focusing on scripture passages that are unique to Luke’s Gospel. Join him Wednesday mornings at 8 AM!

Footprints of God

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 PM

Join us as we watch the documentary titled “Footprints of God” and have a discussion about important people of Christianity. It is a great way to learn more about the Catholic faith! It will take place every Thursday night at 7:30 PM except on days of the St. Albert Sessions.

Diocese of Tucson Year of Faith Conference: Rediscovering the Second Vatican Council

Saturday, January 26 from 8 AM – 4 PM

The Diocese of Tucson is hosting a Conference Day at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish here in Tucson on January 26, which will feature Dr. Massimo Faggioli (Assistant Professor of Theology at University of St. Thomas). The cost of the day is $10, but students will be able to attend at no cost.

Liturgical Ministers Training

Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 PM

If you are interested in becoming a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Minister), or Altar Server and have never been trained, we will have a training session on Sunday, January 27 immediately following the 11:15 AM Mass.


Weekly Events:


Daily Mass

Tuesday – Friday at 5:15 PM

I want to encourage all of you to come to Daily Mass whenever you can as a way to deepen your spirituality and relationship with God, so that Mass doesn’t become a Sunday obligation but a way to grow closer to God. In addition, you may always join us for Morning Prayer at 7:30 AM and Evening Prayer at 5 PM (right before Mass).

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 Sr. Elizabeth at

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

Serve at Casa Maria Catholic Worker House

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


Fridays at 4:30 PM

We invite everyone to join us as we pray a weekly rosary in the Blessed Sacrament chapel.

Thinking With the Popes: Dives in Misericordia

Fridays at 6 PM

All undergrad students are invited as Fr. Jacek Buda, OP, leads a study of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Dives in Misericordia.” The encyclical is about Catholic Social Teaching, and encourages all to live out the faith with those principles. There will be no outside reading required, since it will be read through together.

Upcoming Events:


Confirmation Applications

Until Monday, January 28

If you have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are now accepting applications for Confirmation in the Spring. We have an 8 week program specially suited for college students, with it culminating in Confirmation Mass on April 14. To apply, download the form at and submit it to the front desk. The last day to sign up for Confirmation this semester is Monday, January 28 at 5 PM!

Order TOMS for TOMS “Style Your Sole” Event

Until Wednesday, January 30

Right now at the Newman Center front desk you can order TOMS Shoes to support the Newman Center for the “Style Your Sole” Event on Sunday, February 17 in the U of A Student Rec Center! TOMS Shoes is a company that gives away shoes to those in need throughout the world for every shoe that is purchased. At the TOMS “Style Your Sole” event, there will be live music and artists who will design the shoes for you if you’d like, or you can paint yours yourself. Be sure to stop by and order either a pair of White Canvas TOMS (for painting, $44) or a pair of U of A TOMS ($50). For more information or to download an order form, go to

St. Albert Science, Faith and Spirituality Sessions

Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 PM

The St. Albert Science, Faith and Spirituality Series will kick off its spring-semester schedule this coming Thursday evening, January 31, at 7:30 PM in the Chapel. Fr. Bill Stoeger, S. J., of the Vatican Observatory Group at the University, will give a presentation entitled “Seaching for Explanation and Understanding Beyond the Natural Sciences: The Cosmological Limit, Philosophy and a Creator.” As human beings we have been very successful in gradually unraveling and understanding some of the key mysteries of the universe. Those same rational abilities enable us use philosophy and theology to come to know and love God. Come and share an interesting and informative evening with us!

Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 3 at 4 PM

Are you ready for some football?! Newman will be hosting a Super Bowl Party on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 beginning at 4 PM. Kickoff is at 4:30 PM. Come down to Green Hall to cheer on your favorite team (or just watch your favorite commercials) with snacks, plenty of team spirit, and awesome company!

Benedictine Monastery “Come and See” Weekend

March 15-17

Are you a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 and 47? Is God tugging at your heart, urging you to consider a religious vocation? If so, join the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration here in Tucson for a weekend of prayer and discernment. There is no cost for the weekend, but space is limited, so if you’re interested, contact Sr. Lupita Barajas at or 520-325-6401.

Sustaining Board Scholarship

Until Friday, February 22

Students, you can apply for the Newman Center Sustaining Board Scholarship now! The Newman Center Sustaining Board is an organization that raises money to support the Newman Center, and every year the Sustaining Board provides four scholarships of $5000 ($2500 each semester) to Newman Center students. The application consists of the application form, short essays, and two letters of recommendation. The scholarship application can be downloaded and mailed or completed online at

Wildcat Awakening Retreat

April 5-7

Undergrad students, mark your calendars for our first Awakening retreat! Signups will begin on February 20. Space will be limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can after Feb. 20!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.”
-Ephesians 1:3-6

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 Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister