Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

October 4, 2015 Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

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RIT Nation

It has been a big week for the American Catholic Church - I will admit, I was caught up in POPEMANIA! Although I could not always get to a tv or computer, I found myself searching the texts of Pope Francis' speeches and homilies from the past week. I will continue to read and pray over the words our Pope invites us to consider in the months ahead.

Personally, I was very touched by his genuineness and attentiveness to others. Being a fan of Thomas Merton, I was thrilled when he referred to Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, JR, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Each offering different gifts to the American Religious Landscape and yet significantly unique gifts to Christians in America. This reference came in his comments to the joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 24th.

In just two weeks, Fr. Patrick Conroy,SJ - the Chaplain of the US House will be visiting RIT. Fr. Pat had the opportunity to greet Pope Francis before entering the joint session of Congress. In the weeks leading up to the visit, Fr. Pat gave a good amount of thought about what he would say to the Pope in the few minutes he could speak with him. Fr Pat decided to ask Pope Francis if he could bless him. Both Fr. Pat and Pope Francis are Jesuit priests, which means they are brother Jesuits. The Pope agreed and here is a picture of Fr. Pat blessing the Pope. (I think I am going to ask Fr. Pat to bless me when he comes....anyone else want to get in line with me?)

Two students traveled to Boston College this week to witness and learn about a program called Agape Latte. It is monthly and engages students into faith conversations over coffee and desserts. You will be hearing more about this in the months ahead. It is the plan to begin Agape Latte here at RIT second semester.

Don't forget ROAR DAY on Thursday! You can help the Newman Catholic Community and get free ice cream at Ben and Jerry's!

We have an opportunity coming up on October 1st that would benefit Newman in a huge way. ROAR DAY. Roar Day stations will be set up throughout campus. Students, staff and faculty can make a donation at one of the stations to RIT and designate it to the Newman Catholic Community.

Gifts must be made by students, faculty, and staff at one of our ROAR Day tables on campus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or online at

Gifts of $5 to $40 per person will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Gifts over $40 will receive a $40 match.

Gifts must be made between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2015.

This is a great way for the Newman Community to benefit in a HUGE way. For the donation to be matched, it must be made on October 1 either on campus or on line.

Have a great week. Know that we are here for you and we pray for you daily!

Peace friends!

Alice MN

Help us welcome Fr. Pat Conroy, SJ to RIT!

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Dinner with Fr. Pat Conroy before the presentation in Allen Chapel

Join other students for dinner in the Skalny Room at 5:30 pm with Fr. Pat Conroy. Chili and salad, bread and cookies. Sign up at Masses this weekend. All are welcome!

Watch this 4 minute video to meet Fr. Pat Conroy, SJ

Patrick Conroy SJ: Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives
I met Fr. Pat about thirty years ago while serving as a Jesuit Volunteer on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwest Montana. Fr. Pat is now the Chaplain for the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, October 14, Fr. Pat will celebrate a Mass with us in the Allen Chapel at noon.

Wednesday morning Mass 8:15 am at Guardian Angels Church

Last semester, a group of students gathered on Wednesday mornings for Mass at Guardian Angels Church in Henrietta. You have been asking again, so let's get it started! We meet at the Center for Religious Life at 8 am and are back on campus for 9 am classes.

If you are interested, email Alice . This year we have two cars going, so we can take up to 9 people. We will begin next week, October 7.

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Brick City Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday, October 17th 4 pm in Allen Chapel

Sunday, October 18th 10 am and 5 pm in Allen Chapel

For Brick City Weekend, the Newman Catholic community will add a Mass on Saturday at 4 pm in the Allen Chapel.

This Mass is scheduled so that families and alums are able to worship together before family members and alums begin to head home.

Looking for a little time away from campus?

Several Retreats - Many Different Twists on Time Away!

Intercollegiate Retreat at Mt. Irenaeus

Friday, October 23– Sunday, October 25

This weekend retreat includes students from six local colleges in western New York. It’s a great chance to meet new people, share in our Christian faith, have fun and enjoy some wonderful food! Mt. Irenaeus is located on 400 acres which includes a pond and many miles of trails for hiking and running. (8 students)

Sister of St. Joseph Service Weekend

Friday, October 23– Sunday, October 25

This weekend opportunity is a service retreat. We will gather at a beautiful old home located next door to St. Bonafice Church in Rochester. Dinner, prayer and community on Friday evening before heading out to three places to serve the poor and marginalized in Rochester on Saturday. When we return Saturday evening we will have a delicious meal and debrief the day. A great opportunity for community and meeting new friends as the Newman Community at Brockport will join us for this adventure. (8 students)

Mercy Center for Spirituality Retreat

Friday, October 30—Sunday, November 1

Last chance for a retreat this semester! Located right next to Highland Park in Rochester, this weekend will offer a chance to learn more about yourself, prayer and others in our community. Delicious food, great conversation and time to do some homework too! (15 students)

Welcome Home!

The Newman Catholic Community welcomes you to RIT!

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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.)

10 a.m. Mass is interpreted.