Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

November 16, 2014


Pancakes and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child - Sun., Nov 16 after the 10 a.m. Mass

Choices, choices, choices...

Operation Christmas Child—the packing of boxes will take place after Mass tomorrow November 16. If you would like to bring items to donate to children, bring them with you. If you are not able to bring anything but still want to eat pancakes and pack boxes, please come!

Res. Life and the Center for Religious Life are partnering to provide the poor and homeless of Rochester boxes of daily living items at Christmas. We will be collecting travel size hygiene supplies (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, disposable razors, deodorant, mouth wash, shaving cream, hand lotion, foot powder, etc), t-shirts, tube socks, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves.

We will begin collecting these items the weekend of November 22 or you can drop off items in the Center for Religious Life anytime before December 8. On December 8 from 4—6pm there will be a stuffing party to pack the shoeboxes in the Fireside Lounge.

This time of the semester can be tough. If you find yourself discouraged, reach out to someone. If you see others who could use assistance, reach out. Know that you can always come to the Center for Religious Life for support in addition to the Counseling Center.

Thanksgiving!!! Are you staying on campus? Would it be fun to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with others? Several have offered their homes and tables to those who are on campus over the Thanksgiving holiday. See Alice or email for more information.

Thanksgiving Weekend there will be two Masses, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Also, the Newman Community will be serving dinner at Bethany House on Sunday evening, November 30. We are looking for a few people to prepare the dinner and a few people to take the dinner to Bethany, serve and eat with the residents. Bethany House is transitional housing for women and their children in Rochester. Let us know if you are interested in helping.

Have a great week! Peace. AMN

Looking for some LEADERSHIP?

An Opportunity for Second Semester

Are you an organizer?

The Newman Catholic community is looking for one or two people who would be interested in creating the schedules for liturgical ministers. We already have the trained ministers. We need a few people who would be good at scheduling ministers for each liturgy and be a contact person if someone is not able to attend their scheduled Mass.

We would love to have a way where the minister who needs a sub contact others who serve in the same capacity so we don't find ourselves scrambling at the last minute.

If you want to talk more about this or if you have any questions about what this entails, please see Deacon Wil this weekend or email him or email Alice


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

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We still have space for 4 people on the Intercession Service Trip. Email Alice for information.

January 17 - 22, 2015

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

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

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.

Save the date: December 10, 2014 @ 9 pm in the Allen Chapel

Blessing of the Brains

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!