This Week at Newman – February 16

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

7:30 am Morning Prayer
12:15 pm Mass in the Newman Center Chapel
12:15 pm Mass on the stage north of Student Union & adjacent to 2nd St. Garage
5:15 pm Evening Prayer
7:00 pm Mass in the Newman Center Chapel
7:00 pm Mass on the east side of the Old Main.

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent beginning Friday, February 20 at 12 pm in the Church. Join us as we Lord’s Passion. For questions, please contact Fr. Jacek.

Soup, Bread, and Prayer Night

Soup, Bread, and Prayer Night will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm in Green Hall. Come, bring your family, and share soup and bread. Enjoy table conversation on Lenten themes with fellow parishioners and a prayer meditation (provided by Newman) To sign up, please click here. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth.

Lenten Longings

Don’t give up chocolate or dessert this Lent! Instead join a small community for six weeks during Lent to participate in Lenten Longings to read Scripture and share your faith. Small groups will meet once a week for 90 minutes at someone’s home. Why would you want to join a small community for Lent? Maybe you’d like to meet new people. Maybe you’d like to spend more time learning about your faith from others. Maybe you’d like to grow spiritually. Maybe you’d like to improve your relationship with God. Whatever your reason—it’s the right one. Sign-up by February 15 to join St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Parish for your Lenten Retreat experience, to last the six weeks of Lent. Groups will be formed according to your availability, will meet in parishioner’s homes (or Newman, if necessary), and will be led by parishioners.

An information night will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 pm; followed by a training session for leaders leading Lenten Longings at 6:30 pm. Both will be held in the Newman Classroom. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth , or Jessica Kiesling at 515-291-8699. To sign up, please click here. For more information about the Lenten Longings program, click here. You can find a sample of the weekly reflection guide here.

Links for Lent

As you prepare for the season of Lent personally and as a family, you may find the following resources helpful. You may wish to have the daily scripture readings sent to your phone for you to reflect on throughout the day, you may wish to get together with friends to pray, read scripture, and discuss, or you may wish read a daily reflection. You will find ideas and supports for these and more ideas in the links below.

Busted Halo Fast, Pray, and Give
CRS Rice Bowl Support Catholic Relief Services daily through out Lent.
Liguori Press Resources for Lent
The Word: Includes podcast of daily readings, reflections
Loyola Press: Daily 3-minute retreat
Sacred Space: Daily prayer online
USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops): Daily scripture readings with podcast of the readings. Online subscription available for the readings to be emailed to you directly each day.

Smart phone applications (free):
Laudate – A free app which includes daily Mass readings; Liturgy of the Hours; the New American Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and more.
Lectio Divina- Daily readings for Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Saint of the Day.

Knights of Columbus Camping Trip

The University of Arizona College Knights of Columbus are formally inviting all men 18 years or older to join them for a camping trip February 20th-22nd! The trip is free of charge to any participants. Come join these young men for a fun-filled camping trip! If you are interested please go to the front desk at the end of any Mass this weekend or you may contact Danny for more information.

Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry

Come join the Knights of Columbus for our First Annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 27 after Mass downstairs at the Newman Center, beginning at 6:15 PM. $5 (per person) gets you a plate of fish, fries and a drink!

Sustaining Board Scholarship

The Newman Sustaining Board Scholarship application is now available for completion by anyone who wants to apply for one of two $5,000 scholarships for next year. This is the first time the application has been online and it can only be completed online this year. The deadline for applications is March 13th.

Sustaining Board Dinner

The Sustaining Board will serve a wonderful meal in Green Hall on Sunday, March 1 at 6:00 PM. Come eat, drink, and be merry! All students are invited! The meal is free of charge and a great opportunity to fellowship with other Newman students.

LAUDATE: Exploring Liturgy & Sacred Music

Brother Cody invites all music ministers, and anyone interested in liturgy and music at Newman to a new weekly event. What is liturgy? What is sacred music? We will read and discuss a few texts through the semester, to understand more deeply liturgy and especially Catholic sacred music. We will also listen to different examples of sacred music, from the various traditions of the Church. Tuesdays at 7 pm in Green Hall. For more information or questions, please contact Brother Cody.

Kino Border Initiative

The Newman Center provides meals to the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national ministry in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico that supports migrants who have been recently deported from the United States. Recently, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Kino volunteers, applauding them for their work on behalf of migrants. We are in need of volunteers to travel to Nogales to serve meals to the migrants on February 21, March 7, April 4, April 18 and May 2. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Casey.

Primavera Men’s Shelter

We are still in need of volunteers for upcoming trips to Primavera Men’s Shelter. If you are not familiar, we meet at the Newman Center at 4AM to prepare breakfast for the Primavera Men’s Shelter here in Tucson and usually return by 6:30AM. The next dates for Primavera are March 8, April 12; and May 10. Please contact Andy or call him at (956) 458-7588 if you are interested in volunteering.

RCIA Lunch

Each Sunday, the Newman community is invited to serve lunch to those preparing to enter the Church through RCIA. If you are interested in volunteering to serve lunch, please fill out this link. For questions, please contact Sr. Elizabeth.

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal

This is our opportunity as a Catholic community and PEOPLE OF FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY to answer the challenges given to us by Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and to share God’s message of love. In these next week, please take time to prayerfully reflect on the gifts that you have been given by God and respond to the ACA as generously as you can. Your participation is essential to the success of the ACA. Please join other Catholics from throughout the diocese in supporting this very important appeal. For questions, please contact Fr. James.

Western Dominican Province “Come and See” Weekend

The Western Dominican Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is hosting a “Come and See” Weekend for any man interested in joining the Dominicans. It will be held at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, California from February 27-March 1, 2015. To register or for more information, please contact Fr. Steve Maekawa, OP.

Veritas Forum Lecture

Join the Veritas Forum as they welcome J. Budziszewski, Professor at the University of Texas-Austin as he gives a talk on February 26, 2015 at 7 pm in Crowder Hall on “Why I am Not An Atheist.” For questions, please contact Fr. Jacek.

Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference

The premier Catholic spiritual, educational, and inspirational conference in Arizona will take place at the Tucson Convention Center March 5-7, 2015! Keynote Speakers will be: Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson; Fr. Robert Barron, STD, Rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago; Mons. Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, Bishop of Zacatecas, Mexico; Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, PhD of the Diocese of Albany, NY; Padre Alfonso Garcia, priest of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. For more information click here.

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. See here for an important video that shows you how to be proactive against cancer.


Daily Rosary

The Holy Rosary is prayed daily at 4:30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Evenings with Ratzinger

Monday, February 16 at 7:30 pm in the Library for a reading of A New Song for the Lord by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Join us adoring Jesus in the Eucharist; Monday, February 16 at 9 pm.

Philosophy or Life

Friday, February 20 at 3 pm in the Library for a reading of Religion. If there is no God… by Leszek Kolakowski.