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1pm Sunday, March 2
Vocations find their true meaning in Christ
Three young men share their stories as they are just days away from receiving an irreversible grace of being ordained priests. They speak about how they were influenced by others and how they could not avoid the call from God to be men who serve others.
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Friday, February 28 – Freshmen Checkpoint #3 – Meet at 6:00 PM at Newman!
Saturday, March 1 – Undergrad Hike to Seven Falls, meet 8:30 AM at Newman
Monday, March 3 – Fr. James will begin leading a monthly Book discussion starting Monday March 3rd at 7:30PM in the Newman Library. At the first meeting C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength will be discussed.
Dedication Bricks – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Newman Center Church, we are creating a new outdoor Marian Devotional Space within the existing rose garden. Students, alumni, parishioners, parents, and benefactors are invited to purchase engraved bricks which will pave the renovated space. Each brick is $100.00 and can be ordered at the front office.
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 to join us every Tuesday Night at 7:00 PM. We meet in the Newman Center library. If you have any questions, contact Sr. Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Casey at email@example.com
IF MONDAYS OR THURSDAYS DO NOT WORK IN YOUR SCHEDULE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO ON YOUR OWN ANY DAY. CASA MARIA IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK FROM 8:30-11:45 AM.
WEDNESDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE SERIES
Father Bart Hutcherson, OP
Wednesday at 8:00 AM
Fr. Bart will begin by examining the Prophetic Tradition of Ancient Israel. Participants will examine texts from the Prophet Isaiah associated with the Lenten Cycle of Readings in the Church’s Liturgy. The session will last one hour and begins on Wednesday, January 29.
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 have different types of snacks and invite everyone to hang out.
SPRING BREAK SERVICE PROJECT – The Social Justice Team will be leading a service trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Three Links Ranch to work on Saving the San Pedro River in southern Arizona. Contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so get your application in. Applications will be accepted in order of submission.
Theology on Tap
The next installment will be on Tuesday, March 11th. Arrive at 6:30PM for food and drink. The talk will begin at 7:00PM
SUSTAINING BOARD UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Newman Sustaining Board is offering two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application forms can be found at: www.uacatholic.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are to be delivered to the Newman Center office by no later than Noon, Friday, March 14, 2014.
THREE THEOLOGICAL THRILLERS – Book discussions led by Fr. James. Monday at 7:00 PM
Monday, March 3 – C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength
Monday, April 7 – Charles Williams’ The Place of the Lion
Monday, May 5 – G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
A LENTEN RETREAT FOR THE WHOLE NEWMAN COMMUNITY
Retreat Master, Catholic Recording Artist & Speaker: Michael James Mette
Friday, March 7 -5:15 PM Mass, 6:00 PM Soup Supper, 7:00 PM Presentation 1,
followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday, March 8 – Meet at San Miguel High School 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast; 9:00AM Morning Prayer; 9:30 AM Presentation 2, 11:30 AM Midday Prayer; 12:00 PM Lunch; 1:00 PM Presentation 3; 4:00 PM Sunday Vigil Mass
There will be separate tracks for adults, teens (6-12) & children (K-5)
Cost: $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family
SAVE THE DATE – FAREWELL MASS & RECEPTION FOR FATHER BART
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 SPECIAL MASS at the 11:15 AM Mass, followed by a reception from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Location TBA
DSPT will be hosting a Lenten reflection led by Br. Justin Gable, OP at DSPT (2301 Vine Street, Berkeley) on Saturday March 22 at 10 am. Please print this color flyerand post and share with others.. Free and open to the public.
Also, beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, we will be posting a series of Lenten Gospel Reflections by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, DSPT President that will be posted and emailed on the Fridays before each Sunday in Lent. To receive these reflections by email, make sure you have signed up for our electronic newsletter here. The videos will be posted at www.dspt.edu/gospelforlent upon release date.
Have a holy Lent. God bless,
Director of Communications, DSPT
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We extend our prayerful congratulations to Msgr. Peter Smith
upon his appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon!
Vatican City, 4 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Portland (area 85,541, population 1,379,000, Catholics 207,300, priests 168, permanent deacons 42, religious 347), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He holds a degree in law from the University of Natal Law School, a master's degree in theology from the Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon, a bachelor's degree in theology from the St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, and a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, U.S.A. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including: priest of the “St. Rose of Lima” parish in Portland, archdiocesan delegate for the charismatic movement, adjunct judicial vicar, local superior of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise and vice chair of the presbyteral council. He is currently vicar general and moderator of the Curia.
…O fiery abyss of charity!
…O mad lover!
And you have need of your creature?
It seems so to me, for you act as if you could not live without her,
in spite of the fact that you are Life itself,
and everything has life from you and nothing can have life without you.
Why then are you so mad?
Because you have fallen in love with what you have made!
You are pleased and delighted over her within yourself,
as if you were drunk with desire for her salvation.
She runs away from you and you go looking for her.
She strays and you draw closer to her.
You clothed yourself in our humanity,
and nearer than that you could not have come.
(Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue, translated by Sr. Suzanne Noffke, O.P.)
God the Father, the Eternal Truth, revealed to St. Catherine of Siena in The Dialogue that “…you are she who is not, and I AM he who is.” This means that God is the source of our very existence. St. Luke also tells us pretty much the same thing when he says that “…it is in him that we live and move and have our being…” (Acts. 17:28) Would we even last for a fraction of a millisecond if God forgets about us? Obviously not! ===>>
Catholic Outlook Letter March 2014 of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
“Asceticism” has been defined as “extreme self-denial and austerity”. It sounds scary. It calls to mind some gaunt guy living in a desert cave, dressed in an animal skin or nothing at all, scratching himself with a rock and with only a pet lion or crow for company. Or some grim-faced aunt who strongly disapproves of ‘sin, the flesh and the Devil’ and seems to equate these with parties, the internet, dancing and anything that makes you smile.
On this view the holy ascetic is someone who renounces all the fun things of life and approaches it through gritted teeth. But there’s another Catholic view of asceticism.
St Thomas Aquinas taught that if God is good anything He creates is good – and that must include the world, the body, eating, drinking and the rest. When Christians engage in temporary penances or life-long renunciations they recognise – or should recognise – that what they are giving up is good in itself and they should only give it up for the sake of some greater good. ===>>
Maslenitsa and Preparing for Lent
By: Br. Nicholas Schneider, O.P. | March 4, 2014
Mardi Gras, Shrovetide, Carnival, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday – the names for today, the day before Ash Wednesday are many and varied, but they all say essentially the same thing. It is a time of great festivity and celebration before the somber season of Lent commences. Such celebrations are also common among the Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholics. By a quirk in the calendars, Easter falls on the same day this year for both the East and the West, which means that our Eastern brethren are actually celebrating the second day of Lent today. However, last week, they held their own festivities.
The last week before Lent is called “Maslenitsa” in Russian, and in imperial Russia it was a time of great celebration. Maslenitsa marked the close of the winter balls in the major cities and was a time of outdoor revelry with sleigh rides, snowball fights, and the visiting of family and friends. Snow jumps were often constructed in St. Petersburg. Maslenitsa was and still is most famous for its pancakes, from which the feast gets its name.
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From the Dominican Order Website
Within the framework of the series of preparations for the Dominican Jubilee, the Master of the Order has written a letter about the Lay Dominicans and preaching. In this letter, Brother Bruno invites the Order to renew the zeal for evangelization, in accord with the advocacy of the Church in these times of recognizing and promoting the place of the laity in the Dominican charism of preaching.
Thus, we invite all in the Dominican Family to read and to share this letter, personally and in our communities, as part of the Order’s journey for renewal that is being proposed to us for the Dominican Jubilee.
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