Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of November 8th-14th.
Highlights this week:
- YOUCAT on Tap
- Social Activity: Brunch with Newmanites
- NCSS Advent Retreat
- Saturday Night Supper
- Soup and Bagel Lunch Program
Events and Activities This Week
YOUCAT on Tap: What is the Church?
Friday, November 13th (5:00-7:00pm)
Believing in a Church that has authority, standards, and expectations of us is very inconvenient. Consequently, many people today – including many baptized Catholics – opt out of Church all together (except during Christmas and Easter!). They tend to self-identify as spiritual but not necessarily religious, and say things like, “well, what really matters is being a good person; what you believe, or what Church or religion you follow is secondary.”
This, in turn, begs the question: “Why do I need the Church?” Join us this Friday for YOUCAT on Tap as we explore the origins of the Church and her mission. As usual, beer and pizza service starts at 5:00pm followed by the topic discussion at 5:30pm. All are welcome!
Social Activity: Brunch with Newmanites
Saturday, November 14th (10:00am)
Whether you’re still in the midst of midterms and need a break or you’d like to treat yourself for getting through them all, come join us at brunch this Saturday! We’ll be meeting at 10:00am at Eggspectation on St. Catherine Street to enjoy a delicious meal and some great company!
If you need directions to get to the restaurant, please contact VP Social Activities Charlotte Vester at . Hope to see you there!
NCSS Advent Retreat: Real Connections – Relationships and Prayer
Saturday, November 14th (1:00-6:00pm)
The NCSS advent retreat is an opportunity to reflect, pray for, and work on the relationships in your life. We’ll be exploring how to make meaningful relationships matter and how prayer offers ways to make them even more. The afternoon will feature guided reflections, quiet prayer time, Eucharistic Adoration and opportunity for Confession, and a service activity (decorating cards for families in the community). Gayle, the new spiritual director at the Centre, will be present to share her insights and be available for those interested in learning more about spiritual direction or in a brief consult.
Following the retreat, participants are invited and encouraged to celebrate the fruits of the retreat together at SNS which is happening right after. The cost of the retreat is $5.
Saturday Night Supper
Saturday, November 7th (6:00pm)
The Newman Catholic Students’ Society has a longstanding tradition of hosting a supper every Saturday night, prepared by members of the Newman community. For only $5, you get a full meal, including dessert. Please come join us and share a great meal and great conversation!
If you’re interested in signing up to help prepare a meal in the future, please contact our VP Saturday Night Suppers, .
Soup and Bagel Lunch Program
Every weekday, from 12:30-2:00pm, enjoy all-you-can-eat hot soup and Montreal bagels in the Newman Centre’s Bagelounge for the low price of $3.50, courtesy of our administrative coordinator, Linda Diez.
Events and Activities Later This Month
Religion and Conscience in Court
Wednesday, November 18th (9:30am-7:00pm)
Three panels will examine important questions arising from recent Supreme Court rulings on religious freedom and euthanasia and how they impact the legal understanding of conscience in Canada. The symposium will conclude with the keynote lecture “Three Foundations of Law” by Rémi Brague (Sorbonne), author of The Law of God and numerous other works, including provocative articles such as “The Impossibility of Secular Society.” Other guest speakers include our own Margaret Somerville.
The panels will take place at the Birks Building, located at 3520 University Street. Read more at www.catholicstudies.ca.
Newman Bible Study on Mercy
Wednesday, November 18th (7:00pm)
Join us for the fifth session of our Newman Bible Study, exploring God’s mercy throughout the Bible. The study is led by Samuel Farrugia and Julian Paparella and takes place every two weeks. See you there!
Thursday, November 19th (7:00pm)
Make your voice heard! Did you know that every member of the NCSS is also a member of Council, the Society’s legislative body? Tell the executive about your new event idea at our next biweekly Council meeting.
Become a Newman Catholic Students’ Society Member!
Membership in the Society is open to everyone and comes with the following benefits:
- one free Saturday Night Supper (normally $5),
- right to attend Council meetings,
- right to vote in Society elections (if you are a SSMU or PGSS member), and
- a snazzy red membership card!
Memberships cost $2 and can be purchased from our VP Finance, .
Parking at Newman
Parking spaces are reserved for staff, all others by permission only. Fees apply. See a member of staff before parking.
Unidentified vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
The Newman Centre has Mass every Sunday at 5:00pm. Weekday Masses are held from Tuesday to Friday at 4:00pm, with Eucharistic Adoration from 4:30-5:30pm. Confessions are heard before all Masses.
The Newman Centre is open weekdays from 10:00am-5:00pm (extended hours on some days) and on weekends during scheduled events such as Mass