This Week at Newman for November 25

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a relaxing week away from classes for Thanksgiving. This week is the last full week of classes, and next week is Gaudeamus, so be sure to buy your ticket soon!

Events this Week:

Interested in Student Leadership?
Until Monday, November 26
Are you an undergrad student who is involved, committed, and passionate about the Newman Center’s mission of serving the students of the University of Arizona through campus ministry? We invite you to become a part of one of our Campus Ministry Leadership Teams (CMLT) that serve the Newman Center through Community Building (Planning social events), On-Campus Outreach (tabling, promoting the Newman Center on campus), and Social Justice (planning team for Social Justice events). While you serve on these leadership teams, we also work to develop you as a future leader in the world. If you are interested, stop by the Newman Center front desk this week to fill out an interest form by November 26. Detailed information will also be provided at the front desk.

Social Justice Speaker Series
Tuesday, November 26 at 7 PM
Join us for our monthly Social Justice Speaker Series, which includes a speaker and refreshments in the Newman Center Classroom. All are welcome to join as we discuss different aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. This week will feature Margi Ault-Duell from BorderLinks, who will speak on “Sustainable Future of Food Systems.” BorderLinks Sustainable Futures Program ”seeks to not only model a just, delicious, and nutritious way of eating, but also to create dialogue and understanding about the connection between the economic realities of the border and the impact of one’s daily consumer choices”

St. Albert the Great Science, Faith, and Spirituality Sessions
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 PM
The St. Albert Science, Faith, and Spirituality Series will resume this Thursday evening, Nov. 29, at 7:30 PM in the Newman Chapel with questions and discussion about the meaning of divine creation and God as creator in light of Big Bang cosmology, biological evolution and the laws of nature. This will be a follow-up to the presentation and discussion of this subject in the session on Nov. 8. Of course, later on people are free to raise other faith-science issues and topics for discussion, too. Come and share an interesting and informative evening with us!

Game Night
Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM
All students are invited to come hang out at Game Night in Green Hall (downstairs) of the Newman Center. We’ll have large group games, board games, and even a ping pong tournament! If you need a way to relax after the last full week of classes, come and bring a friend!

Kino Border Initiative Trip
Saturday, December 1 at 5 AM
Kino Border Initiative is a Jesuit run organization just south of the Mexico-US border in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora that serves recently deported migrants with two meals a day for 15 days. On certain days they also provide basic first aid and clothing to those in need. The Newman Center helps with this organization by preparing and serving a breakfast for the migrants. On Friday, anyone can come to help prepare food after the 5:15 PM Daily Mass until 7:30 PM. On Saturday, those traveling meet in the kitchen to cook, travel to Nogales,Mexico to serve the food (you need a passport), and return to the Newman Center. There are only about 5 spots available per trip, so if you are interested in helping this Saturday, email Yemil Andrade at

Preparing for Advent in the Year of Faith
Saturday, December 1 at 9 AM
During the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI has asked us to focus on the teachings of Vatican II and The New Evangelization. As a way to begin the season of Advent, Fr. Bart Hutcherson, OP, will present on these topics, specifically The New Evangelization and Vatican II’s “Apostolate of the Laity,” in a morning retreat that will last from 9 AM to noon. Coffee and pastries will be available at 8:30 AM. During this time, Fr. Bart will propose a spiritual program for the Year of Faith as a way to begin Advent with joy and anticipation. The entire community (permanent community and students) is encouraged to attend.

Weekly Events:

Daily Mass
Monday – Friday at 5:15 PM
You can go to Mass every day! 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 Fr. Donald 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.

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:

Friday, December 7 at 6:30 PM
The entire Newman Center community is invited to our annual parish-wide Advent/Christmas celebration called Gaudeamus, which means “Let us rejoice!” in Latin. The cost of the evening is $8/person and $15/family and tickets can be purchased in advance at the Newman Center front desk. It combines dinner, musical performances from those in the community, dancing, and celebration! If you are interested in performing a Christmas/Advent themed song, contact me by Monday, Dec. 3. Depending on the amount of interest we may or may not be able to accommodate all performances.

Serve Breakfast at Primavera Foundation
Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 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 Ryan Nussbaum at

Dominican Volunteers USA Application Open
Dominican Volunteers USA is an Americorps-sponsored post-graduate service program sponsored by the Dominican Order. Based in Chicago, this year they have 19 volunteers in 7 cities across the United States who commit to a year-long service program which begins each year in August. In addition to being the only domestic program sponsored by the Dominicans, DVUSA is also one of the few programs where volunteers live in community not only with other volunteers but also vowed religious. They strive to be a no-cost program since they provide all travel and baggage fees to and from the 3 yearly retreats and service sites, room, board, travel, health insurance, and optional spiritual direction during the year, and the volunteers receive a $5550 AmeriCorps education award stipend at the end of the year. They have also begun partnering with graduate schools across the country to provide free or reduced tuition to numerous graduate programs. For more information or to apply, go to The priority deadline is December 31.

“This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him.But if we deny him he will deny us.” – 2 Timothy 2:11-12

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Your brother in Christ,
David Mares
Campus Minister