This Week at Newman for February 3

Hello everyone! If you were at the Newman Center this weekend you already heard, but I want to let all of you know that within the next month I will no longer be working for the Newman Center as Campus Minister since I have taken a position as the Music Coordinator at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa. I know that God has been calling me to full-time music ministry, but know that I will miss all of you at the Newman Center very much. I have been very humbled and thankful to have served all of you during my time here in Tucson, because this is truly a community that God’s love pours through. With this transition, Fr. Bart has also announced that he will now be staying at the Newman Center for one more year after this year, and Fr. Jacek will be moved to another campus ministry after this semester. I ask for your prayers for myself, Fr. Bart, Fr. Jacek, and the rest of the Newman Center staff, and know that I will always keep the Newman Center campus ministry and each one of you in my prayers, that you will continue to grow in relationship with God.

Events this Week:

Adoration after the Wednesday Night Student Mass

Wednesday, February 6 at 9 PM

Immediately following our Wednesday Night Student Mass, we’ll have a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning around 9 PM. There will be worship music mixed with quiet to guide this time of prayer during adoration. It is a great way to spend time in prayer to grow in relationship with Jesus!

Footprints of God

Thursday, February 7 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.

Party Gras Madness!

Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

Join us for Party Gras Madness on Friday, February 8th! The official festivities will go from 7:30 to 11:00 in Green Hall. This carnival-themed night will be full of awesome games, food, and crafts. Bring your friends and come to win prizes, throw pies, make masks, and have a great time!!

Music Ministry Day Retreat

Saturday, February 9 at 8:30 AM

All musicians are invited to a day retreat at the Newman Center focused on instrumentalists and vocalists who already play/sing at any one of our Masses, or if you’re interested in becoming more involved with music ministry even if you have yet to join a choir. This day retreat will discuss such topics as “What is Liturgy?”, “Why Do We Sing at Mass?”, and “What Makes a Great Song for Liturgy?”. Since we will be serving lunch and refreshments in the morning, we need to know how many will come. Please email me at to let me know if you are coming by this Wednesday, February 6! In addition to these sessions for discussion and teaching, we will have time to prepare for Lent, Triduum, and the Easter season. The retreat will officially conclude at 3 PM, but afterwards, there will be a time for all of us to share songs in order to learn new ones. Because of this, bring your instruments. Hope to see all you musicians there!

Serve Breakfast at the Primavera Foundation

Sunday, February 10 at 4 AM

Not far from the University, the Primavera Foundation shelter provides men with a place to stay for a given amount of time, hot meals and resources to help them find employment. On Sunday, we will meet at 4:30 AM at the Newman Center to prepare breakfast and serve it to the men. We return to the Newman Center around 7 AM. Hearing the stories of these men is inspiring and a wonderful opportunity to make authentic human connections. If you are interested in going, contact Andy Gonzalez at

Free Student Dinner from the Sustaining Board

Sunday, February 10 at 6 PM

The Newman Center Sustaining Board, an organization that raises money to support the Newman Center, is preparing a free dinner for students after the 5 PM Mass this Sunday. Free food! Tell your friends!

Weekly Events:

Daily Mass

Monday – 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).

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 Sr. Elizabeth at

“Uniquely Luke” Bible Study

Wednesdays at 8 AM

Some of our most beloved Bible stories appear only in Luke’s Gospel, such as the Annunciation, the Visitation, and some of his best known teaching stories (the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan). In Liturgical Year C, the year of Luke, we will explore some of these uniquely Lucan take on the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each session will stand on its own, so even if you cannot make all the sessions, you are welcome to those you can make. All are invited to this Bible study in the Newman Center classroom.

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.

“Jesus of Nazareth” Study

Fridays at 11 AM

We invite all undergrads to join Campus Minister David Mares in a study of Pope Benedict XVI’s book, “Jesus of Nazareth”!

Thinking With the Popes: Dives in Misericordia

Fridays at 3 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.


Fridays at 4:30 PM

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

Upcoming Events:

Theology on Tap

Tuesday, February 12 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).

Benedictine Monastery “Come and See” Weekend

February 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.

TOMS “Style Your Sole” Event

Sunday, February 17 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Everyone is invited to come to the TOMS “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. If you ordered a pair of shoes for the event, they will be available there to pickup. If you didn’t get a chance to order shoes, you can still order shoes through the TOMS website by following the instructions at Even if you didn’t order shoes, come to enjoy this community event and live music!

Wildcat Awakening Retreat

Signups begin February 20

Undergrad students, mark your calendars for our first Awakening retreat, which will be April 5-7 at Southern Pines Camp on Mount Lemmon! Signups will begin on February 20. Space will be limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can after Feb. 20!

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

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
-John 15:11-17

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister