Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

Fourth Sunday of Lent + March 15, 2015


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Lent 2015

How is Lent going? This past week I spoke to a student who had not made any decisions about what to do for Lent. He was expressing some remorse about this piece of the Lenten journey. Our conversation went on to talking about his family and the upcoming Spring Break. Students who are going home for the break sometimes find the days long, desiring more independence and less accountability (in this case, the words used were along the lines of being treated like a child). I can tell you, sometimes the struggles are equally difficult for the parents as well as for the college students!

This conversation inspired me to take a few minutes to write a letter to my sophomore in college son who is currently home on Spring Break. In the letter, I expressed my appreciation for him coming home and working extra hours at his job. I told him how much I appreciated his interest in his younger siblings and their activities. I chose not to mention the dishes left in the kitchen sink each night after I go to bed and the other things that sometimes bug me. As of this writing, he has not found the note yet...he has chocolate in it!!

You know, I am often in awe as I walk to my car after a day on campus. You inspire me and encourage me to do and be better. I thank you for trusting me with your struggles as well as with your celebrations! And, I really think this is what Lent is all about...taking a bit of time to see the face of God in the eyes and hearts of those around us.

We have just passed the half way point in Lent. If your Lent is lacking passion, you might start with a letter to someone who is important to you, but maybe you have not let them know lately. It just might spark a conversation that might not have happened otherwise.

It's not too late to make this the best Lent ever! Yes, Lent is More!!

Peace friends!

Alice MN

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Bethany House Dinner Preparation - Sunday, March 15 @ 3:30 pm

If you are interested in helping to prepare the meal for Bethany House on Sunday afternoon, stop by the kitchen in the lower level of the Schmitt Interfaith Center. We will be preparing food from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

An on campus Retreat Opportunity...again, for busy people

A Lenten Experience of the Sacred and The Mysteries of Life

· What gives us hope?

· What saps the life out of us?

· How does kinship with others help us

do more than survive?

One last week of the Lenten Lunchtime Retreat

March 16 @ RIT – Jones Chapel

Noon – 1 p.m.

will be the facilitators for the retreat.

Free will offering to be shared between St. Mary's of Malawi, Africa and Newman Catholic Community @ RIT
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RIT RELAY FOR LIFE - Newman Catholic Community Team!

Join the fun...

We have had three generous people offer to help us put this team together. Two are offering help with the $10. registration fees, one is offering matching monies for what we raise! Come along, it will be a great time!

Do I have to run? No. Do we pass a baton from one person to the next? No. Do I have to stay up all night? No. Can I stay up all night? Yes. Will it be fun with games and activities and food? Yes.

The Relay for Life is an all night event 6 pm - 6 am to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Games, activities and food for participants. Team members will walk around the field house throughout the night (but you don't have to walk all walk as long as you want to walk) while at the same time participating in activities and games and other such nonsense! It's fun! It's big (hundreds of people) and it is for a good cause!

Relay for Life is a global event sponsoredby the American Cancer Society. Cities all over the world host a Relay for Life event during the Spring and Summer. This fundraiser is an organized walk that can last up 24 hours. Members of the team walk around the track during the fundraiser, in addition, there are activities, food, and a great atmosphere to make it fun-filled and entertaining event. The RIT Relay this year is a 12 hour event from 6 pm- 6 am on April 11th in the Gordon Field House. The goal of RIT Relay is 50,000 dollars and this money goes to American Cancer Society for research on cancer and to support cancer patients in many ways.

Join the fun. Relay is coming to RIT and we have the chance to make it the largest fundraiser on the campus!

To sign up and find out more information, go to:

If you are hesitant to join the team, no worries...the Newman community will sponsor some fund raising events to raise money for our team. We can work on this one together! Join the fun and bring a friend.

Scripture Reflection continues!

Each Thursday evening, a group of students gather with Deacon Phil to consider and talk about the scriptures for the coming weekend. Think about joining them on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Religious Life in the Sun Room (upstairs). Email Deacon Phil if you have questions...all are welcome, come when you are able!

Interested in praying the Rosary?

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Each Tuesday, a group will gather at 5:15 pm to pray the rosary. This is a great way to stop a busy day and gather with others to quietly reflect on God's goodness in your life and in our world.

Don't know how to pray the rosary? That is ok, we will have some rosaries and booklets for those who need a refresher or would like to start from the beginning.

Think about stopping by for a few minutes of quiet before the evening gets underway.

Planning ahead...

Holy Week Liturgies

Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 29-10 am and 5 pm in Allen Chapel

Holy Thursday - Liturgy of the Lord's Supper - Thursday, April 2-7 pm in Allen Chapel -adoration in Jones until 10 pm

Good Friday - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion - Friday, April 3-noon in Allen Chapel

Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 4-8 pm in Allen Chapel

Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 5-10 am and 5 pm in Allen Chapel

Daily Mass anyone?

There has been some interest by some students for a daily Mass they could attend. If there seems to be an interest, at some point, we might be able to offer a daily Mass on campus. How about we "test the waters" as they say and each Wednesday morning, gather by the chapels in the Center for Religious Life at 7:45 a.m. and head over to Guardian Angels for the 8:15 a.m. Mass. Daily Mass lasts about 30 minutes. You could be back on campus about 9 a.m. Alice Miller Nation can take 4 people and if others are available to drive, that would be great. If you want to go, drop me an email: so I know who to look for on Wednesday mornings.
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Sunday Mass is each Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Center for Religious Life. (Just off the quarter mile by the bridge.)