Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

Fifth Sunday of Lent + March 22, 2015


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Lent 2015

When this edition of Newman Notes arrives in your inbox, many will be well on their way to destinations other than RIT! As you enjoy being somewhere other than Rochester or as you enjoy a relaxed week in Rochester, I invite you to consider two things: take care of those around you and know that even though you are not here physically, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers here at the Newman Catholic Community. Have a great week!

When you arrive back on campus, Holy Week will begin. Palm Sunday is March 29 and we will have our usual 10 a.m and 5 p.m. Mass. I will also have some directions on how to make your palm into a cross for those who are a) looking for creative outlets or b) avoiding getting back into the routine of a week of classes!

The Triduum, begins with Holy Thursday, April 2nd. We will celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. in the Allen Chapel. This is a beautiful liturgy where we remember Jesus' last night with his disciples. A unique piece to this Mass is the Washing of the Feet. Jesus washed his disciples feet the night before his death as an act of service. He then invites us to do the same...Yes! You and I are to be known and recognized as Christians by the manner in which we serve others. We will invite anyone who wishes to have their feet washed to come forward during this service for this meaningful ritual. This liturgy ends in silence after a procession with the Eucharist to the Jones Chapel where all are welcome to come and pray until 9 p.m.

Good Friday is a regular day of classes here at RIT. We will celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at noon in the Allen Chapel. Because many need to get back to classes and work, we will do our very best to keep this liturgy to one hour. Please feel free to come for whatever you are able. This is the one day each year where the Mass is not celebrated. This service does include a time to venerate (honor) the cross - the method used to kill Jesus- and communion (reserved from the evening before) is distributed.

And we's an uncomfortable time...just like the uncomfortableness you and I sometimes feel in our lives. And yet, you and I know the rest of the story....

Holy Saturday we will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. in the Allen Chapel. If you have never been to an Easter Vigil, it is a rich and meaningful service. We being outside around a fire. The Easter Candle - a symbol of hope and promise- is lit for the new year and as we make our way into the church, the first readings are proclaimed in the dark. This night we hear stories of God saving God's people throughout history. The Easter water is blessed and we welcome the new members of our community. The Mass then begins to be very familiar as we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Easter Sunday we will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass and 5 p.m. Mass.

Please feel free to join us for as many Holy Week liturgies as you are able.

Have a great spring break and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you travel this next week.


Alice MN

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RIT RELAY FOR LIFE - Newman Catholic Community Team!

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.

The link to register for the Relay for Life is fixed! 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.

Planning ahead...

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Intercollegiate Retreat at Mt. Irenaeus - April 17-19

Join other college students from Nazareth, Geneseo, St. Bonavenure, Hilbert and Houghton Colleges for a weekend retreat at Mt. Irenaeus in West Clarksville, NY. "The Mountain," as it is called is out in the middle of nowhere, about 90 minutes from RIT along RT 86 (near the Pennsylvania boarder) east of Olean, NY. It is 400 acres of woods and meadows, ponds and ten miles of hiking trails. You can stay in the House of Peace (sleeps about 14) or stay in one of the many cabins places throughout the land. If you want to take a peek at the place, go to

RIT can take 8 or 9 students on this retreat. $10. per student for the whole weekend. We will leave campus between 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Friday and return mid afternoon on Sunday. Transportation will be provided. To sign up or for more information, see Alice.

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

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.)