Week 15 Announcements – Feb 3rd – Feb 9th

Newman Lent Retreat:

For the first time ever, we will be holding a lent retreat here at the Newman Centre. It will be great to meet people to journey with over the 40 days to grow in faith together. It will be held on Saturday, February 21st from 10:30 until 3:30pm. You will receive some amazing tools from highly knowledgeable guest speakers to build your personal relationship with God. For more information please email


Looking  to give some good intentions? Want to give that special someone something this Valentines Day? Maybe your friend needs a little “intercession”? The NCSS is having our annual prayer-grams again. Find the hearts by the round table with the lamp, head up to the chapel, pray for  the recipient, then toss them into the jar just outside the chapel. Wait. Prayer-grams will be distributed at the Valentines Day SNS.

Winter Coffeehouse

February 21 @7:30pm

It’s that time of year again – this coming February, the NCSS will be hosting our Winter Coffeehouse! And we are looking for ACTS! Can you sing? Can you dance? Can you pull a rabbit out of a hat? Whatever your talent is, we’d love to see you do it. If you’d like to sign up to perform, please contact Angie via email at We can’t wait to see/hear/gape in awe at the wonderful gifts that God so graciously bestowed on you!

2015 Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social thought

Breaking the silence about child sexual abuse: How to provide safer places for our children

Delphine Colin-Vezina, PhD

Director, McGill Centre for Research on Children & Families

Thursday February 12 @ 5:30pm @ The Newman Centre

A clinical psychologist and leading Canadian expert in cases of child sexual abuse, Dr. Collin-Vézina is Director of McGill’s Centre of Research on Children and Families and one of a handful of scholars who has helped to deepen our understanding of trends in child maltreatment, and to improve intervention for victims through protection agencies and healthcare centres around the world. Her ​2015 Claude Ryan Lecture will explore the problem of silence in the area of child sexual abuse and comment on the role adults can play in reversing this trend by creating safer environments into which children may grow.  For more info, visit or call 514 398-4106.

Open to the public and free of charge. ​

Arm Chair Retreat – 6 weeks of one-on-one spiritual direction

Lent 2015

The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal is once again pleased to offer students at the Newman Centre the Arm Chair Retreat. During the 6 weeks of lent, students are paired off with Jesuit trained spiritual directors from the Ignatian Centre for weekly one-on-one spiritual direction at times that fit your own schedule. Spiritual direction meetings normally take place at the Newman Centre, but could also take place at other locations depend on what is most convenient for directors and directees. For more information or to signup please contact our campus minister @ This retreat which mostly happens at your own time, begins with a group meeting on Sunday February 15 from 2pm to 4pm where we will receive an orientation and get paired off with our spiritual directors, and ends with a wrap-up meeting Sunday March 29 from 2pm to 4pm.

YOUCAT on Tap: No youcat this Friday

Youcat on Tap will return on Friday February 13

How Others Worship by McGill Interfaith Student Council (MISC)

Friday Feb 6

This Friday students of various faith traditions will have the opportunity to experience how each other worships/prays. Here is a list of services/events and times. Everyone is welcome!

8:00 to 9:00 – Zen Practice @ Birks Chapel

11:00 to 12:30 – Sihk reading from the Guru Grant Sahib @ Newman Centre

1:00 to 2:30pm – Mulism Student Association – Jumma & service @ SSMU Ballroom

4:00 to 5:00pm – Catholic Mass & tea reception @ Newman Centre

7:30 to 9:30pm – Ghetto Shul – Shabbat service & dinner @ the Bagg Street Shul (3919 rue Clark, Montreal, qc, H2W1K2)

For more info, contact our campus minister @

Sarboro Mission – 1 year mission program

Do you feel called to serve or be a presence to help make the world a better place, but don’t know where to get information? Are you interested in gaining valuable experience for cross-cultural employment? the one-year Mission program at Scarboro Missions is a way of introducing adults, who already have an interest in mission, to Scarboro Missions and to mission. The one-year missioners will go to countries in continents where Scarboro Missions has strongly established relationships and where there are active lay missioners and/or partners such as South America, Asia and Africa.”For more info check out their website: or contact our campus minister


July 6 to July 19

The Christian Life Movement (CLM) Mission trip is an opportunity for university aged young adults to deepen their faith through an experience of community and a participation in a social justice construction project in a developing country. This years CLM Canada Mission trip will be taking students to the slums of San Jose, Costa Rica, in Central America for two weeks in July. In addition, to the construction project, the mission trip will also include home visits for prayer and house blessings in the local community, and opportunities to do catechists with school children. CLM mission trips also include spiritual and intellectual formation. Participants will have ample opportunity for worship and prayer together including daily Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Evening Prayer, and large & small group discussion. We will also have opportunities for classes on topics such as: Human Anthropology; Evangelization; the Social Teachings of the Church; Vocation; and a theology of Reconciliation. Last but not least, CLM mission trips include cultural exploration. Participants will be immersed in Costa Rican culture, exploring it’s many unique qualities through cultural outings. We will also embark on a two day trip to El Salvador to explore the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero. For more info, or to register please visit: and email our campus minister at

“Salvation for the Many?: Biblical and theological considerations in a pluralistic world” a Symposium

Friday February 13 @ 7pm – John Molson School of Business room MB 1.210 @ 1420 Guy st. (Corner de Maisonneuve)

The Concordia University Department of Theological Studies, the Roman Catholic Archdioces of Montreal, and Christian Direction are co-sponsoring this symposium at Concordia. The key note speaker is Dr. Ralph Martin from the Sacred heart Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The evening lecture is titled “Salvation and the Scope of Divine Mercy”. This event is free of charge! for more information contact our campus minister @

“My Neighbour’s Faith: visit to a Quaker meeting”

Thursday February 19 – from 5:30pm to 7pm @ the Newman Centre

The evening will include: an introduction, Quaker silent group meditation, and Q&A with snacks! Quakers meet in silence expecting the divine. During this time, members may feel moved to offer a simple spoken message that is inspired by this encounter. Registration is required for this event at: My Neighbour’s faith is a collaborative effort by the Concordia Multy-Faith Chaplaincy and the McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Visit www.fb/morsl or email for other events and programs related to religious literacy, spiritual wellness, and various other faith communities on campus and around Montreal.

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.