Newman Catholic Community @ RIT

September 13 , 2015 -Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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I will miss you this weekend. I am currently at at development/fundraising conference in Florida to continue to learn how to be most effective in sustaining the Newman Catholic Community here at RIT financially. You might or might not know that 90% of our budget for the Newman Community comes from donations. RIT does not support our ministry. As a result, each dollar donated to the Newman community is truly appreciated and used well. This is one of the reasons that we pray for all those who are so good to the Newman community each weekend at Masses.

On another note, it won't be long before we have many opportunities to participate in one of the many retreats we have to offer this semester. Here is a sampling.

Letchworth State Park Retreat Day

Sunday, October 4 9 am—4:30 pm

This one day opportunity begins with a pick up breakfast as we gather in the Center for Religious Life and we then head out to the “Grand Canyon of the East” Letchworth State Park (about an hour from campus).

We will have the chance to experience the beauty of God’s creation as the leaves are turning and hike a bit through the gorge. Wear hiking shoes and dress comfortably. We will have a chance to get to know new people as well as participate in a conversation about meeting God in everyday kinds of ways. (no limit on numbers, although we need drivers)

If you are interested in helping plan this retreat day, please email Trevor or Meg mkm6080 or Alice

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)

If you are interested in any of these retreat, please email Alice at

Peace and all good,

Alice Miller Nation

Would you like to serve our community as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion (Eucharistic Minister), A Lector or A Server?

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Here is a place to get involved! We need ministers to assist with Newman Liturgies on Sundays.

We are looking for Lectors (readers at Mass) Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (assist distributing the Eucharist) and a Sacristan (sets up for Mass) or two for the 10 am Mass

Are you interested in getting more involved in the Mass? Here is a great way! Think about participating in Mass by serving as a Lector or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist or Sacristan.

We will offer training! Sign up at Masses this weekend and we will contact you for training! (if you have already been trained in your home parish, we will just do a refresher and talk about specifics here at RIT Newman.

You can sign up for either of these ministries at Masses this weekend or by emailing Trevor Brudz or Meghan Marchione

Intersted in helping as a Sacristan? This training is best done hands on as we prepare for Sunday Mass. Let Trevor or Meghan know that you are interested and we will get you trained and scheduled!

the Newman Catholic Community will be welcoming the Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives to RIT!

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

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.

We have invited him to come to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 13 and 14. We will have a dinner in the Skalny Room on Tuesday, October 13 at 5 pm and then he will talk in the Allen Chapel that evening at 7 pm. All are welcome! On Wednesday, October 14, Fr. Pat will celebrate a Mass with us in the Allen Chapel at noon.

Patrick Conroy SJ: Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives

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.