Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

December 7, 2014

December 7, 2014

Newman Christmas Party

Sunday, December 7, 2014 after the 10 am Mass

Join us for our annual Christmas Party after the 10 a.m. Mass. You can anticipate a delicious lasagna dinner with lots of laughter and great people! Please bring non-perishable canned goods to share with others in the Henrietta Community. In addition to a canned good, how about purchasing a boxed dessert item for the food pantry? Cake mixes, cookie mix, canned frosting? Everyone likes something sweet to eat this time of year, and typically, the food pantry does not get many of these items. Our canned good donations will be taken to the Henrietta food pantry.

Feast of Immaculate Conception

Monday, December 8th

Noon Mass in the Allen Chapel

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

Coffee Hour and conversation

Next 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. Here is a chance to talk about the Newman Community, our experiences and dreams for how we want to grow as a community. All are welcome

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


Wednesday, December 10 @ 9 pm in Allen Chapel

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What is Blessing of the Brains?

The night before reading day the Newman Community will offer "Blessing of the Brains". Bring your friends, gather with others who would like to "pull it together" before finals. The simple candlelight prayer service is one way to help slow down the cycle of anxiety that often accompanies final exams. It's a great way to "catch your breath" before heading into the end of the semester. Blessing of the Brains will last about 30 minutes, giving all lots of time to head over to Gracie's for the Late Night Breakfast. All are welcome!

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.