Greetings, fellow Newmanites! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break. The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of January 3rd-9th.
Highlights this week and later this month:
- The Newman Centre Reopens!
- Is Political Forgiveness Possible? Lecture by Prof. Nigel Biggar
- The Position of Canadian and British Courts on Euthanasia: Q&A with Profs. Margaret Somerville and Nigel Biggar
- Faith Studies Resumes
- Call for Previous Semester’s Reimbursement Forms
Events and Activities This Week
The Newman Centre Reopens!
Thursday, January 7th (10:00am)
The Newman Centre reopens on Thursday, January 7th at 10:00am! The first Sunday Mass of the year will be celebrated on January 10th, while the first weekday Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 12th.
Events and Activities This Month
Is Political Forgiveness Possible?: Lecture by Prof. Nigel Biggar
Tuesday, January 12th (6:00pm)
Motivated by deep scriptural reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son, Oxford University’s Prof. Nigel Biggar has been at the forefront of peace processes in Northern Ireland and South Africa. He has advised Truth and Reconciliation committees around the world and has written insightfully on forgiveness in Forgiving Enemies in Northern Ireland and Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict. His insights are as pertinent to personal forgiveness as they are to political forgiveness
Please join us for this public lecture (which is free of charge) to inaugurate the Year of Mercy at the Newman Centre. Reception to follow. Visit the Newman Centre’s website for more information.
The Position of Canadian and British Courts on Euthanasia: Q&A with Profs. Margaret Somerville and Nigel Biggar
Wednesday, January 13th (3:00pm)
Why did the legalization of euthanasia fail in Britain, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland? What cases were cited in these contexts that raised serious concern? And why instead did it succeed in Canada? Margaret Somerville, author of Death Talk, and Nigel Biggar, author of Aiming to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia, will analyze the court rulings and, with reference to some recent court cases, will comment on the judicial reasoning and the relative roles of the judiciary and the legislature in both countries. Visit the Newman Centre’s website for more information.
Faith Studies Resumes
With the new semester comes a new opportunity to grow in faith, friendship, and virtue through a faith study! Faith studies are small groups of students, led by a trained student guide, that meet once a week over the course of six weeks during the semester to learn about the Catholic faith using specially prepared study guides from Catholic Christian Outreach.
If you’re interested, please sign up for this semester here. Please read the instructions carefully as it asks for the times you’re NOT available to meet. You will be contacted as responses come in so please sign up as soon as you can!
Call for Previous Semester’s Reimbursement Forms
As the new semester begins, please help us bring the last semester to a close. If you have spent money cooking for an SNS or organizing a Newman activity, and wish to be reimbursed, please submit your requests to our VP Finance, Tim Vuksic, by Saturday, January 16th. Reimbursement request forms can be found in the NCSS mailbox or on the NCSS website, and Tim can be contacted for more information at .
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.