Announcements: Week of November 1st-7th

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of November 1st-7th.

Highlights this week:

  • Newman Bible Study on Mercy
  • Lunchtime Discussion: Philosophy and Faith
  • Council Meeting
  • Uncover McGill
  • Saturday Night Supper
  • Fall Coffeehouse
  • Soup and Bagel Lunch Program

— Michael


Events and Activities This Week

AnchorNewman Bible Study on Mercy

Wednesday, November 4th (7:00pm)

Join us for the fourth 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!

AnchorLunchtime Discussion: Philosophy and Faith

Thursday, November 5th (12:00pm)

Have you read this interesting post from a McGill Christian student in philosophy?

We’ve had a lot of interesting discussion and feedback, so we are inviting all students to join us for a lunch-time discussion on the intersection of faith and philosophy with special guest Dr. Robert Di Pede (Director of Newman Centre of McGill and instructor in theology and philosophy at McGill).

Bring your own lunch (or purchase soup and bagel lunch at Newman for $3.50), coffee and tea will be provided. All are welcome!

AnchorCouncil Meeting

Thursday, November 5th (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.

AnchorUncover McGill

Saturday, November 7th (2:00-5:00pm)

“You are the salt of the earth…” [Matthew 5:13a] But what does that really mean? On the afternoon of November 7th at Peoples Church, all are invited to a seminar that dedicates its first two hours (2-4pm) on providing information about mission, and offers its last hour (4-5pm) to teaching on evangelism. Led by Alycia Wood (from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries), it is a great opportunity for all students to further explore and learn how to share their faith!

AnchorSaturday 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, .

AnchorFall Coffeehouse

Saturday, November 7th (7:30pm)

On November 7th, please join us for our semesterly coffeehouse, a vibrant celebration of the Newman community’s diverse talents. You’ll be sure to enjoy the wonderful acts as well as some tasty treats! As always, please bring a few dollars to make a donation to El Divino Rostro, our partner parish in the Philippines.

Have a hidden talent you’d like to share, or perhaps a performance you’d been working on? Here’s your chance to show us what you can do! Please contact our VP Social Activities, . Otherwise, please help us out by signing up to donate some desserts!

AnchorSoup 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

AnchorYOUCAT on Tap: What is the Church?

Friday, November 13th (5:00-7:00pm)

Join us for next week’s YOUCAT on Tap, when we’ll be discussing the nature of the Church. As usual, beer and pizza service starts at 5:00pm followed by the topic discussion at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

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.


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

Special Event: Advent Retreat: Real Connections – Relationships and Prayer

Advent Retreat

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.

Special Event: Fall Coffeehouse

Fall Coffeehouse

Saturday, NFall Coffeehouseovember 7th (7:30pm)

On November 7th, please join us for our semesterly coffeehouse, a vibrant celebration of the Newman community’s diverse talents. You’ll be sure to enjoy the wonderful acts as well as some tasty treats! As always, please bring a few dollars to make a donation to El Divino Rostro, our partner parish in the Philippines.

Have a hidden talent you’d like to share, or perhaps a performance you’d been working on? Here’s your chance to show us what you can do! Please contact our VP Social Activities, . Otherwise, please help us out by signing up to donate some desserts!

Announcements: Week of October 25th-31st

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of October 25th-31st.

Highlights this week:

  • Theology Thursday: Synod on the Family
  • Q&A on Euthanasia
  • YOUCAT on Tap
  • Sandwiches for the Homeless
  • Saturday Night Supper
  • Soup and Bagel Lunch Program

— Michael


Events and Activities This Week

Theology Thursday: Synod on the Family

Thursday, October 29th (6:00pm)

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’s Theology Thursday is a panel discussion on the Synod on the Family, which is concluding on October 25th and will produce one of the most significant documents to affect the ordinary life of Catholics since Humanae Vitae was promulgated in 1968. Prof. Farrow will be joined by two other expert panelists: Prof. Solange Lefebvre (from the Université de Montréal) and Fr. Eric Nicolai (from the Riverview Study Centre). The event is open to everyone – Catholic or non-Catholic – and refreshments will be provided. See you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The time of Theology Thursday has changed from 7:00pm to 6:00pm.

“What does dying with dignity really mean?”: Q&A Seminar with Dr. Hazel Markwell

Friday, October 30th (10:00am)

Dr. Hazel Markwell is the Director of the Centre for Clinical Ethics and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. In a special seminar at Newman Centre, she will offer students an opportunity to discuss the recent euthanasia ruling and where we go from here — particularly important for anyone aspiring to work in the healthcare. Coffee/tea & pastries will be served. For more information, please visit the Newman Centre’s website .

YOUCAT on Tap: How Do We Know God Exists?

Friday, October 30th (5:00-7:00pm)

Many young Christians are often uncomfortable having conversations with their atheist friends about the existence of God. Within the cozy confines of the Church, we take it for granted that God exists; we spend most of our time talking instead about who He is and what this implies for our lives. But outside, our atheist friends remind us that from their perspective it is far from evident that God exists; in fact, to many of them, belief in God seems irrational or superstitious.

Does God exist or not? Can His existence be explained rationally without necessarily appealing to revelation? How do we approach Christian apologetics to atheists and agnostics? We’ll be tackling each of the questions at this week’s YOUCAT on Tap. As usual, beer and pizza service starts at 5:00pm followed by the topic discussion at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Sandwiches for the Homeless

Saturday, October 31st (11:00am-2:00pm)

Have you ever passed by a Montrealer experiencing homelessness, and wondered how to serve and love these people as Christ calls us to do? This year, the McGill Anglican-United Chaplaincy/Aumônerie Anglicane-Unie à McGill, Newman Catholic Students’ Society of McGill University, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of McGill University, and ICON are teaming up to provide students an opportunity to learn more about Christian street ministry with an ecumenical service project: making and distributing sandwiches to Montrealers living without a home.

  • 11:00am — Sandwich making at the Newman Centre. If you are able, please bring a sandwich-making item (most needed are lunch meat, tuna, cheese).
  • 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, October 31st (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

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

Newman Bible Study on Mercy

Wednesday, November 4th (7:00pm)

Join us for the fourth 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!

Council Meeting

Thursday, November 5th (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.

Fall Coffeehouse

Saturday, November 7th (7:30pm)

On November 7th, please join us for our semesterly coffeehouse, a vibrant celebration of the Newman community’s diverse talents. You’ll be sure to enjoy the wonderful acts as well as some tasty treats! As always, please bring a few dollars to make a donation to Saint Padre Pio, our partner parish in the Philippines.

Have a hidden talent you’d like to share, or perhaps a performance you’d been working on? Here’s your chance to show us what you can do! Please contact our VP Social Activities, . Otherwise, please help us out by signing up to donate some desserts!

Uncover McGill

Saturday, November 7th (2:00-5:00pm)

“You are the salt of the earth…” [Matthew 5:13a] But what does that really mean? On the afternoon of November 7th, all are invited to a seminar that dedicates its first two hours (2-4pm) on providing information about mission, and offers its last hour (4-5pm) to teaching on evangelism. Led by Alycia Wood (from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries), it is a great opportunity for all students to further explore and learn how to share their faith! Location TBD.

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.


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

Special Event: Theology Thursday on the Synod on the Family

Theology Thursday: Synod on the FamilyThursday, October 29th (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’s Theology Thursday is a panel discussion on the Synod on the Family, which is concluding on October 25th and will produce one of the most significant documents to affect the ordinary life of Catholics since Humanae Vitae, promulgated in 1968. Prof. Farrow will be joined by two other expert panelists: Prof. Solange Lefebvre (from the Université de Montréal) and Fr. Eric Nicolai (from the Riverview Study Centre). The event is open to everyone – Catholic or non-Catholic – and refreshments will be provided. See you there!

Special Event: Board and Card Games

Weekly Social Activity: Board and Card Games

Weekly Social Activity: Board and Card Games

Friday, October 23rd (7:00pm)

Need a break from the stress of midterms? Come join us for an evening of board games and card games this Friday, October 23rd at 7:00pm! Take a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the company of some fellow Newmanites. If you have any board games you wish to bring, feel free to do so! The location is yet to be determined, so check out our Facebook page for further updates. Hope to see you there!

Announcements: Week of October 18th-24th

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of October 18th-24th.

Highlights this week:

  • Dinner with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!
  • Newman Bible Study on Mercy
  • Weekly Social Activity: Board and Card Games
  • Council Meeting
  • Saturday Night Supper
  • Soup and Bagel Lunch Program

— Michael

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Announcements: Week of October 11th-17th

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the week of October 11th-17th.

Highlights this week:

  • Thanksgiving Clothing Drive
  • Jesuits & Globalization Lecture
  • YOUCAT on Tap: “Why all the fuss about Mary?”
  • Allez!Go! Leadership Training
  • Visit to Montreal’s Botanical Gardens
  • Saturday Night Suppers

— Michael

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Special Event: Botanical Gardens

Friday, October 16th (6:30pm)

Join us this Friday, October 16th at 6:30pm, as we make a trip to the Botanical Gardens! The Chinese and Japanese Gardens have been beautifully decorated for the Garden of Lights event and will be even more magnificent as night falls! We’ll be meeting at the Newman Centre so that we can all travel there together. The cost is $14.25 plus taxes for students. Hope to see you there!

Announcements: Week of October 4th-10th

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students’ Society for the upcoming week.

— Michael


Events and Activities This Week

Newman Bible Study on Mercy

Wednesday, October 7th (7:00pm)

Join us for the next Newman Bible Study, exploring God’s mercy throughout the Bible. Our second session will be on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00pm—led by Samuel Farrugia and Julian Paparella, and continuing biweekly. See you there!

Council Meeting

Thursday, October 8th (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 Council meeting on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00pm, continuing biweekly.

Weekly Social Activity: Atwater Market

Saturday, October 10th (10:00am)

Join us this Saturday as we take a trip to the Atwater Market! Whether it be to check out the fresh produce, flowers, chocolate, meat, pastries, cheese, fish (must I go on?) or to admire the architecture of the beautiful art deco building where the Market takes place, it’s sure to be a great time! We’ll be meeting at the Newman Centre at 10:00am, and then we’ll jump on the metro. Hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving Saturday Night Supper

Saturday, October 10th (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. This week’s supper takes place during Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, October 10th at 6:00pm,

In celebration, we will be holding a potluck! If you’d like to bring something, please sign up here. We will be able to reimburse you the costs of the dish you bring, especially if it’s something expensive like a turkey. If you attend without bringing anything, we would ask that you make a donation of $5. 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, at .

Thanksgiving Clothing Drive

September 13th-October 13th

It’s the start of another school year, moving, unpacking from summer, finding space for all your things… maybe it’s time you sorted through your clothes and gave some of that old stuff away. But where to?

Well, we might be able to help you in that department! From September 13th until October 13th, the Newman Catholic Students’ Society will be hosting a Thanksgiving clothing drive. Please drop off any clothing you wish to donate in the Bagelounge, next to the downstairs entrance to the Newman Centre. Everything collected will be donated to Benedict Labre House, a day center for the homeless in Montreal.

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: Synod on the Family

Thursday, October 29th (7:00pm)

The Society is pleased to welcome back Dr. Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought and Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies for our monthly series, Theology Thursdays. This month we’ll be looking at the Synod on the Family. Refreshments will be provided. See you there!

Sandwiches for the Homeless

Saturday, October 31st (11:00am-2:00pm)

Have you ever passed by a member of Montreal’s homeless population and wondered how to serve and love these people as Christ calls us to do?

This year, the McGill Anglican-United Chaplaincy/Aumônerie Anglicane-Unie à McGill, Newman Catholic Students’ Society of McGill University, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of McGill University and Power to Change are teaming up to provide students an opportunity to learn more about street ministry with an ecumenical service project to make and distribute sandwiches for the homeless of Montreal.

11:00am — Sandwich making at the Newman Centre. If you are able, please bring a sandwich-making item (ex. bread, meat, peanut butter). Sign up to bring something here.

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!

Challenge 33

October 23rd-25th

Challenge is a Catholic young adults retreat organized by other young adults and centered around the “challenge” (pun intended) of living the Christian life in today’s culture, spoken through the personal testimony of other young people. The weekend includes a number of talks, as well as, group discussion, prayer, games, food, and fellowship.

A weekend filled with spiritual exploration and enlightenment, Challenge will provide an experience that you’ll never forget! Please visit their website to sign up for the next retreat from October 23rd-25th, or check out their Facebook page for more information.

“Called to Love” – The Canadian Catholic Students Association (CCSA) Central Region Conference

October 23rd-25th

All Catholic post-secondary students are invited to the University of Toronto Newman Centre for the 2015 Canadian Catholic Students Association Regional Conference. Throughout the course of the weekend, there will be opportunities for prayer, worship, talks, workshops, networking with other students, sightseeing, and more!

Our theme is formed around the Synod on Marriage and Family that will be concluding the same weekend as the conference. Keynotes and workshops will aim to give us a better understanding of many of the topics covered during the Synod, and will be given by accomplished speakers from Regis College, St. Augustine’s Seminary and even beyond the Archdiocese! Participants can expect to depart from the weekend having met many other amazing students, being strengthened in their faith, and gaining a deeper understanding of the vocation to marriage and family life, as well as other vocations in the Church and how they spring from authentic and strong family life.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 9, 2015. While everyone is welcome to attend, the NCSS has pledged to sponsor one student to attend and represent the McGill Newman Centre at this conference. If you are interested, please contact our campus minister, Terrel Joseph, at .


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, Tim Vuksic, at finance@mcgillcatholics.ca.

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.