Week 5 Announcements – Oct 15th – 21st

Sandwiches for the Homeless:

We are having our second installment of Sandwiches for the Homeless this semester (2nd of more to come!!!) and you are cordially invited (or not so cordial, but still very much invited) to join us in spreading the joy and goodness of food all around downtown Montreal. Now, especially with the winter coming, we may also be giving out articles of clothing to hopefully help keep our lovelies around Montreal warm.

Just like the last time and forever will be, details as follows:

PREPARATION = 12:00 – 1:00 pm

DISTRIBUTION = 1:00pm – 2:00pm

WHERE? Newman Centre – along Peel just below its intersection with Docteur-Penfield. and of course all round downtown Montreal.

We also take DONATIONS of food, bottled water and some small warm articles of clothing (proper clothes guys, like socks, mittens, yada yada-be creative). Feel free to fill in the google doc right here being the kind person that i know you are, with your donations.

P.S. the preparation and distribution is by no means a block activity, feel free to pop in and out of the separate events, if you aren’t too comfortable with going out into the streets of Montreal, we would love your help with preparation or will take donations and vice versa or any way around (you get the drift).

Clothing Drive:

Are you settling in all right? Moved into your new residence yet? (Of course you have… it’s the end of the first month already.) Well, following the big move, I’m sure there’ll be some extra stuff that just may not fit, or things that you may realize that you don’t need anymore. And if part of that stuff consists of articles of clothing, we might just be able to help you there! We’re here to lighten your load – literally.

The Newman Catholic Students’ Society (NCSS) is holding a Clothing Drive that is running at this very moment and going till the 17th of October (the Friday after Thanksgiving, so those extra clothes from home…), with all donations going to the Benedict Labre House. The current drop-off location is in the Bagelounge in the Newman Centre. We accept anything you can come up with, trousers, undershirts, socks? Just make sure you wash them first and we’ll be happy to take them off your hands.

Threads of Hope:

The NCSS is running a fundraiser for our partner parishes El Divino Rostro and St. Padre Pio in the Phillipines. We are doing that with an initiative with Threads of Hope bracelets that are currently for sale at 2CAD per bracelets (the profit of 1.35CAD will go directly to our partner parishes). These bracelets will be sold on Wednesdays and Fridays during soup and bagel, SNS or just anytime, you feel like it really, just make sure to contact our VP Social Justice – Jody Wong at 514-232-3425 or catch her running around the Newman Centre.

Apple Picking:

Saturday, October 18th @9:30am-4pm

Autumn is full upon us! To make the most of the season, join us this coming Saturday for Apple Picking at L’Abbaye Cistercienne de Rougemont. Bring a packed lunch, pocket money, and your wonderful smiles 🙂 Meeting time is 9:30am at the Newman Centre, and the estimated time of return will be by 4pm (just enough time before SNS at 6pm!). Hope to see you there!


Saturday, October 18th @ 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Happy Belated Turkey Day! To celebrate the gobblers we will be eating turkey and all the fixings! Join us at 6 pm and bring your 5$ in order to enjoy the edibles.

Theology Thursday: Dealing with Divorce:

Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 pm in the main hall of the Newman Centre (3484 Peel)

Check out the Facebook event

What does the Catholic Church teach about marriage and divorce, and why does it matter so much? What the heck is an annulment? Is it okay to remarry? What pastoral challenges arise in a society where divorce and cohabitation is commonplace? Is there a place in the Church for divorcees?

The NCSS is pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought and chair of the Bachelor of Theology program at McGill University, who will be leading an informal, Q and A discussion on the topic of DIVORCE as part of our monthly series, “Theology Thursdays” (occurring the third Thursday of each month). We would be delighted to have your presence, so please bring your questions and your friends 🙂

Inter-denominational Prayer Mornings:

PRAYER MORNINGS are starting this week!!

The NCSS is joining our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in hosting prayer groups throughout the week.  Find a time and a place that works for you and don’t be shy to swing by and pray with us!

• Tuesday 9 am in 4th floor SSMU clubs lounge with Esther (MCF)

• Early bird Wednesday 8 am at Christy, Lucy and Grace’s place {620 prince Arthur Apt. 4}

• Friday 10 am at the Newman centre (3484 Peel) with Katie and Julian

~ If you have any further questions regarding prayer mornings, email Christy Frost

RCIA – Right of Christian Initiation for Adults

Sunday, October 26th @ 6PM

The RCIA program (or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) presents the teachings of the Catholic Church to those preparing for adult Baptism or Confirmation; it is also open to anyone who is curious about Catholicism. Classes are led by Richard Bernier and will begin on Oct 26 after Mass. For more information, email

YOUCAT on Tap!: Can we make “sense” of faith?

Friday October 17 @ 5:30

If you ask a random person on the street, what they think is the relationship between faith and reason, they would probably say that faith and reason don’t correspond together. They might say that faith was the pre-modern way of understanding natural phenomenon and the meaning of life, but is gradually being replaced by reason and the empirical sciences. Many people in fact drift away from the faith because they feel that they are forced to choose between faith and reason. But what does the Catholic Church teach in regard to the relationship between faith and reason, between faith & science? As post-modern Christians, can we still make sense of faith?

Parish Vitality Conference:

13th – 15th November, 2014


Have fundraisers become an important source of revenue for your parish? Do you feel too dependent upon them to make ends meet? Christian stewardship offers an alternative approach. Everyone has something to offer be it time, talent or treasure.

The Parish Vitality Conference will feature five workshops that explain how Christian stewardship can go to work for your parish and its mission. Check out why Peter Nols, member of the Newman Centre board of directors and our treasurer, wants to know more about stewardship under WHY: View from the Pew at

Scheduled for Nov. 13-15, the conference is open to everyone involved or interested in parish life. Brochures and registration forms are available from your parish; for up-to-date information and online registration, go to:

By Newman Catholic Students' Society Executive

For more information about the Newman Catholic Students' Society executive, please consult the Executive Committee page under the About menu on this website.