Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

September 21, 2014 ..... 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Is Peace Possible?

This Sunday is International Day of Peace.

Sometimes, peace in our world just seems like a wish or a dream. Sometimes peace in our families or apartments seems unattainable. And yet, as followers of Christ, I'm not sure that we want to give up on that dream quite so fast.

What if, each of us attempts to live moments of peace each day? What if, each of us tried to deal with the difficult moments of our day by choosing calm, or patience or for just a moment, looking at the situation from another's perspective?

There is a great reading from Paul's letter to the Colossians that gives us a hint at how to attain this peace...

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:12-15

Yes, world peace might seem like a dream, but each one of us can be instruments of peace in our lives as well as in the lives of those around us.

It is indeed a wonderful world...

Between the rain clouds, we have had some moments of absolutely wonderful fall weather this week! This picture was taken on the quarter mile on Tuesday afternoon as many were making there way to one of the many places to eat dinner on campus.
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Service to is our chance!

Several have asked what Newman might do this year in service to others. Tuesday evening, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m., anyone interested in planning some service opportunities for our community to participate in both first and second semester is invited to come to the Center for Religious Life for some pizza, soda and planning.

We often think about being a light in what sometimes seems like a world that is dark at times. Here is our chance to shine brightly! Come with others and plan a few opportunities to be a light in our world and on the RIT campus! Feel free to bring a friend.

...A chance to retreat off campus...

Saturday, October 4, Newman will host the annual Letchworth Park Retreat Day. We will meet at the Center for Religious Life at 10 a.m., have some donuts and juice and head to Letchworth State Park (about 45 minutes south of Rochester). We will have a day of fun, food, discovery and getting to know ourselves and others a bit better. This day is perfect for someone who wants to experience a retreat, but getting away for a whole weekend might be difficult.

A group of student leaders met this week to plan the day. It looks like it will be a great day! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes good for hiking or walking. You might want to bring a blanket or chair if you have one.

To register, email Alice at or sign up on the door of Alice's office in the CRL.

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Interested in Scripture Reflection/Bible Study?

Thursday in the CRL 6:30-7:30 pm

Each Thursday evening, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. you have the chance to gather with others who want to learn more about the readings we hear each weekend. Here is the chance to look at the Scriptures, figure out what the reading is about and what it has to do with our lives and issues that we face each day.

If you would like more information, contact Deacon Phil at