Announcements: Week of November 15th-21th

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of November 15th-21st.

Highlights this week:

  • Pope Francis and Laudato Si: What is the message of the encyclical on climate change?
  • Religion and Conscience in Court
  • Newman Bible Study on Mercy: Marvellous Moses!
  • Council Meeting
  • Social Activity: Poutine!
  • Sandwiches on the Street
  • Saturday Night Supper
  • Faith Studies Celebration
  • Soup and Bagel Lunch Program

— Michael

Events and Activities This Week

Pope Francis and Laudato Si: What is the message of the encyclical on climate change?

Tuesday, November 17th (7:00pm)

Led by Leslie Tomory, Ph.D., this seminar will examine the pope’s statement on climate change and the Vatican’s engagement with scientists and scientific data in today’s age.

Leslie Tomory is an engineer and consultant in the non-profit sector. He is also a research affiliate in the History Department at McGill University. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of technology from the University of Toronto, and has written two books on the subject, including Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry, 1780–1820 (MIT Press, 2012).

Religion and Conscience in Court

Wednesday, November 18th (9:30am-7:00pm)

T​hree 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

Newman Bible Study on Mercy: Marvellous Moses!

Wednesday, November 18th (7:00pm)

Join us Wednesday at 7pm for our next Newman Bible Study on Mercy, this week featuring Marvellous Moses! Together we will delve more deeply into the call of Moses and the mystery of God’s mercy in action — saving His People Israel from their captors in Egypt. Sam will lead a Scriptural reflection followed by a spiritual meditation led by Julian. Have mercy and attend!

Council Meeting

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.

Social Activity: Poutine!

Friday, November 20th (6:00pm)

Join us this Friday, November 20th to enjoy a Quebecois delicacy: poutine! We will be meeting at 6pm at the Newman Centre to then metro over to La Banquise, a diner known for their poutine. Make sure to come with an empty stomach! Hope to see you there!

Sandwiches on the Street

Saturday, November 21st (11:00am)

It’s sandwich time again! Want to learn more about Christian street ministry with an ecumenical service project? Join the Newman Catholic Students’ Society (NCSS), Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), and Just Church/L’Église Juste (Anglican-United) in making and distributing sandwiches to Montrealers living without a home.

11:00am — Sandwich making at the Newman Centre. If you are willing to bring something, we are most in need of tuna, plastic wrap and soft baked goods (we had lots of happy faces when we shared the cake that was brought last month!)

12:00pm — Sandwich distribution (various locations). Teams will be sent into the city (metro passes provided if traveling further than walking distance) to interact with the homeless population in Montreal and give them some of the sandwiches we made.

You are welcome to come for both sandwich making and distribution, or just one portion of the event. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday Night Supper

Saturday, November 21st (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, Josephina Lee.

Faith Studies Celebration

Sunday, November 22nd (6:00pm)

To celebrate the season of growth and fellowship of faith studies this semester, the NCSS is hosting a low-key celebration of cake and refreshments (in lieu of cookies!) after Sunday Mass next week. All are welcome to join! Thanks for all the prayers and please continue to offer them for all involved! 🙂

Soup and Bagel Lunch Program

Weekdays (12:30-2:00pm)

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

Theology Thursday: Is Lying Ever Right?

Thursday, November 26th (7:00pm)

Theology Thursday is a monthly question and answer series on Catholic doctrinal and ethical issues with Dr. Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought and Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies.

This month we’ll be looking at the question: “Is lying ever right?” Most of us are taught from a young age to never lie, but is it actually intrinsically evil? What about cases where it seems necessary to sacrifice the truth to avoid an injustice? We’ll be looking at some of these tough questions on Thursday. Refreshments will be provided. See you there!


Friday, November 27th (5:00-7:00pm)

Join us for next week’s YOUCAT on Tap, which will be our second session looking at the question: “Why do I need the Church?” As usual, beer and pizza service starts at 5:00pm followed by the topic discussion at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Christ is Coming Dinner

Saturday, November 28th (6:00pm)

To celebrate the beginning of Advent and the pending arrival of our Lord (and as a closing event for the Fall semester), the NCSS executive is hosting a special Advent-themed Saturday Night Supper on November 28th! How is it different from your typical SNS, you ask? Well…

  • The NCSS executive will be preparing the meal and serving you;
  • The dress code is semi-formal;
  • There will be a four-course meal; and
  • The music, decorations, and all-around atmosphere will abound with pre-Christmas cheer!

Doors open at 6:00pm, and dinner will be served at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased from any member of the executive. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets in advance. Hope to see you there!

Other Announcements

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.

Mass Schedule

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.

Centre Hours

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.