Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent

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Sunday, December 14th after the 10 a.m. Mass

Coffee Hour and conversation

This weekend, Fr. Brian Cool will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at Newman RIT. After the Mass there will be a coffee hour with a conversation with Fr. Brian and Alice Miller Nation. At the coffee hour, Alice and Fr. Brian will share where we currently stand as a community, including financial information as well as how we are growing as a community that is student centered. We'll talk about vision as well as our strengths and struggles. The local/core community will also have a chance to dream along with us as well as share thoughts and reflections of the health/growth of our community. Please consider coming to the coffee hour after Mass and being a part of this conversations. All are welcome

December 14, - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mass

This will be the last weekend Newman Catholic Community will have a 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mass until second semester begins.

The Mass schedule over the semester break will be:

10 a.m. Mass on December 21, January 4, January 11, January 18. There will be no Mass on campus on December 28.

And finally, on January 25, we will begin the new semester with a 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mass.

As always, if there is any need for any pastoral care, please feel free to reach out to me on my cell: 585-350-8434.


Alice MN

Newman Christmas Party

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thanks to the local/core community for all the lasagna, salad and bread and delicious desserts! It was a feast! After were fed, we were able to send some lasagna to the RIT EMT crew working on Sunday and to various dorms and apartments to feed students preparing for finals!

Thanks to Santa who stopped by for a quick visit and chat with the younger members of our community...and, to Santa's elves who were helpful and fun!

Service Trip to the ST. FRANCIS INN, Philadelphia, PA

The January trip filled, so we added another!

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January 17 - 22, 2015 and March 21-26, 2015

The January trip to the St. Francis Inn is filled, and so we are adding a second! March 21 - 26, 2015 will be the Alternative Spring Break trip. 10 students are welcome to join this adventure. Like the January trip, it will cost students $60. to participate. Email Alice for an application.

Ever thought of participating in a week long service trip? Are you ready to have your stereotypes challenged a bit? What about living a bit more simply than an average week?

Here is your chance...January 17-January 22, 2015. Come back to Rochester the week before classes begin for spring semester and join us on this adventure. The cost will be $60. and will include transportation to and from RIT, most meals and housing at the Inn.

Space is limited to 9 participants for this service experience.

St. Francis Inn is a Catholic Franciscan community located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia where they minister among the poor and homeless with a soup kitchen, a thrift shop and a women's center. The community seeks to empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through addressing structural injustices by building relationships, respecting human dignity and helping the guests restore hope in their lives. The Franciscan community lives a simple lifestyle in the neighborhood among the poor and homeless.

Want to find out more about this trip?

There is still room to participate in this experience. If you would like an application, please email Alice Miller Nation at

March for Life - January 22, 2015 - Washington, DC

There will be a bus going from Rochester to the March for Life in Washington, DC. if you are interested in reserving a spot on the bus, the contact person is Jan Armstrong 585.293.1717. Jan can assist you with the price of the bus ticket and student discounts.

Here are a few details: Meet at St. Pius X Church, 3010 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624. There will be a prayer service before getting on the bus. The bus leaves approximately 10 p.m. on January 21. At about 5 a.m. the bus will arrive in Washington DC at the Basilica. Participants will take the metro into the march area. Student/Youth tickets are available for the youth rally/portion of the March for Life by requesting them from Jan Armstrong (first come, first served until the tickets are gone).

Dress warmly and in layers. The bus will have hand warmers and water available for participants. You will need additional money for food and for a metro ticket.

After the March for Life, participants will take the Metro back to the area to meet the waiting bus. The bus will leave about 4 -4:30 p.m. and return to Rochester about midnight/1 a.m.

If you are interested in attending the March for Life and having a seat on the bus, contact Jan Armstrong asap. Seats are not guaranteed until the money has been paid.