Christmas 2017 at Newman

Go to Mass on Sunday AND on Christmas! Why? Read here.

Saturday, December 23

4 pm Confessions

5 pm Vigil Mass (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

 

Sunday, December 24

8:30 am & 10:45 am Fourth Sunday of Advent Masses

6:30 pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass

 

Monday, December 25: CHRISTMAS

12 am Midnight Mass

10:45 am & 6:30 pm Christmas Day Masses

 

Neighborhood Interfaith Christmas

Neighborhood Interfaith Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 12 PM

Join us for the third annual Neighborhood Interfaith Christmas with the LDS University Ward. Following the 10:45 am Mass (around noon), both the Catholic and Mormon congregation will gather at St. Catherine’s for a reflection and Christmas caroling. Next, we will move over to the LDS social hall for a potluck lunch and networking. We need volunteers to provide soups and desserts! If you would like to help, please contact Angie at [email protected]

Europe 2018

Young Adults (18-35) Road Trip Summer Pilgrimage

Behold, Newman 2018 Summer Trip! This time it’s going to be a road trip through fascinating, culturally diverse (and yes, relatively affordable!) cities of Central and Eastern Europe. Vienna and Salzburg (Austria), Prague (Czechia), Budapest (Hungary), Split and Dubrovnik (Croatia). It’s hard to believe that a hundred years ago, until 1918, all these places were one country, the Austro-Hungarian Empire… We will explore world-class art, stunning architecture, great food, and finally the picturesque Adriatic coast. Why? Because we want to feed our CATHOLIC IMAGINATION: to behold the Beauty, to try to understand its ways, and to shape our lives in response to it!

Who is this trip for? Young adults (students and young professionals, ages 18-35)

Dates: May 8-24, 2018

Budget: ~$750 + airfare ($600-700)

Respond “interested” to this facebook event and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Itinerary:

5/8 departure from SLC

9 Wednesday: Munich

10 Thursday: Salzburg

11 Friday: drive to Prague

  • Drive to Cesky Krumlov, 2h30m (visit the castle)
  • Drive to Ceske Budejovice, 30m, for lunch (baroque cuteness, plus home to Budweiser)
  • Drive to Prague, 2h
  • Check in, evening old town walk & dinner

12 Saturday: Prague

13 Sunday: drive to Vienna

  • Drive to Sedlec, 1h, (visit the ossuary)
  • Drive to Vienna, 4h
  • Check in, old town walk & dinner

14 Monday – 16 Wednesday: Vienna

17 Thursday: Vienna – Jak – Budapest

  • Drive to Sopron, 1h, walk around the city, lunch
  • Drive to Jak, 1h (mass)

18 Friday: Budapest

19 Saturday: Budapest – Orebic

  • Drive to Split (8h), Diocletian’s Palace and Roman temples
  • Drive to Orebic, 3h30m

20 Sunday: lazy day in Orebic / Korcula

  • Beaches, games, walks, naps, food & drinks, more naps…

21 Monday: road trip to Dubrovnik

22 Tuesday: another lazy day in Orebic / Korcula

23 Wednesday: Orebic – Munich

24 Thursday: departure from Munich

Questions? Email Fr. Lukasz at [email protected]

 

Advent at St. Catherine’s

Walk with the Church through this holy season of longing! Here at St. Catherine’s, we will have diverse opportunities to help you tune your heart to the mystery of God’s coming.

Advent Vigil Night of Prayer

Saturday, December 2, 7 – 9 PM

Drawing from prayer traditions of both the Christian West and East, Rome and Byzantium, we will be “breathing with both lungs of the Church” in joyful expectation of the Messiah. The night will consists of Adoration, the prayer of the psalms, meditation on ancient Advent readings, and a powerful 6th century Byzantine chant named Akathist to the Theotokos. See more details on Facebook.

 

Psalms, Readings, and Adoration

Monday, December 4, 7 – 8 PM

Come, meditate on the Scripture and the ancient Church writers in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Penance Service

Tuesday, December 5, 7 – 9 PM

What better way to make your heart ready for Christmas than to go to confession? We will have multiple priests available that night to make sure that everybody can experience God’s healing presence through the sacrament of reconciliation.

 

Young Adult Advent Reflection with Bishop Oscar Solis

Wednesday, December 6, 6:15 – 8 PM, Cathedral of the Madeleine 

Our very own bishop Oscar will be leading us in this reflection on the meaning of Advent. All young adults in their late teens, twenties, and thirties from across the diocese are welcome!
6:15 p.m. Refreshments and Snacks – Cathedral’s Social Hall (Scanlan Hall)
7:00 p.m. Reflection, Adoration with Taize Music and Reconciliation (Main church)
For more info go to Facebook.

 

Neighborhood Interfaith Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 12 PM

Join us for the third annual Neighborhood Interfaith Christmas with the LDS University Ward. Following the 10:45 am Mass (around noon), both the Catholic and Mormon congregation will gather at St. Catherine’s for a reflection and Christmas caroling. Next, we will move over to the LDS social hall for a potluck lunch and networking. We need volunteers to provide soups and deserts! If you would like to help, please contact Angie at [email protected]

 

 

Undergrad Search Retreat- Here I Am Lord

Come take a break from school and grow deeper to Christ at the Search Retreat at Camp Utaba. We will be meeting at St. Catherine’s at 5pm on Friday, November 10th, and then head to Camp Utaba later that evening. We will return around 2:00pm on Sunday, November 12th. There will be talks given by your fellow students and young adults, small group discussions, time to enjoy the outdoors, Adoration, Confession, and more! The cost of the retreat is $50, and it covers the cost of food and lodging. Please sign up for the retreat here by November 3rd.

If you have any questions, please contact Angie at [email protected]

A Cathedral, a Think-Tank, and a Coffee Shop

How did St. Catherine’s begin this new ministry year? What has changed since the Dominican friars revamped their leadership model? What’s new at Newman?

What’s new? Certainly the variety of Dominican friars you can see around St. Catherine’s! For the last two months our parish has had not two but three resident friars getting involved in diverse ministries, both local and diocesan. As brothers of St. Dominic, we believe that our genuine investment in common life is the only solid foundation of a fruitful preaching. With the lay leaders of the parish we have been also discussing how to best imagine what our Newman Center is, and here is what we came up with: “A Cathedral, a Think-Tank, and a Coffee Shop”.

Let me explain this seemingly strange set of images. We would like to develop our parish community as a place of rich prayer life shared with the university and with the entire city (“cathedral”). Shared prayer, shared immersion in God’s beauty and goodness, would create a foundation and framework for an authentic dialogue and intellectual growth in pursuit of truth (“think-tank”), which would hopefully spill over to daily social interactions not only through programs and events but primarily through spontaneous conversations and time spent together (“coffee shop”).

How do we make this happen? It always takes time to let a new vision sink in, but we have already launched some new projects, as well as continued some old ones, that I believe may show what the cathedral, think tank, and a coffee shop is like in action.

A Cathedral:

Liturgy of the hours: that’s how the Church breathes, with the daily rhythm of psalms and readings from her Tradition. We just changed the schedule of these chanted prayers to give our busy parishioners multiple opportunities to participate. Monday through Friday we pray Morning Prayer at 7:30 AM (~15 minutes), Office of Readings at 9:00 AM (~15 minutes), Midday Prayer at 11:50 AM (~10 minutes), and Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM (~20 minutes).

Adoration: we invite you to spend some time in quiet adoration before Blessed Sacrament, to listen more attentively to the voice of the One Who Is. We offer two adoration times a week, on Wednesday night (7:30 – 8:30 PM, with confessions available), and on Sunday evening, just before the Candlelight Mass (6:00 – 6:30 PM).

Blessed Sacrament Chapel: our sacred art project is progressing slowly but surely. In a month we will be able to open the chapel for personal prayer while our artists will continue their work on stain glass and the central panel. Today for the first time you can see a preview of our work.

A Think-Tank:

What Is the Church? Fr. Jacek will be leading monthly Adult Faith Formation discussions on Church origins, significant events, and influential persons.  All are invited to join any of the series discussions.  Meet in Cate’s Cafe on Sundays at 12:30 pm (bring a lunch if you wish): September 24, October 15, November 19.

Parents Group: Fr. Jacek will continue the program for our CCD parents that Fr. Lukasz started last year. Every Sunday, whenever classes are in progress, the parents are invited to Cate’s Café at 9:30 – 10:30 am for coffee and faith related conversation.

Better Founded Faith: Fr. Marcin started a program for young adults who would like to explore in-depth the foundations of the Catholic faith. Every other Thursday at 7 pm he gives a presentation based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, followed by small group discussion and sharing.

Social Justice: in addition to several service projects sponsored by St. Catherine’s (Family Promise, monthly donation to the Weigand Center, sandwich making), our Social Justice Committee is inviting us to reflect on the current priorities in how Catholic Social Teaching may apply to the issues that our city and our nation face. Towards that end we will be having a presentation by Jean Hill, the diocesan government liaison, on October 3 at 7 pm in the Gathering Space.

A Coffee Shop

Hike & Mass: there are two upcoming outdoor Masses, designed to bring our community together, surrounded by beauty, to worship the Creator. The first one is a parish-wide hike to Lake Catherine on September 23 (meet at Newman at 8 am), the second is a high school youth group hike to Cecret Lake on September 30 (email [email protected] for more info).

New Vans: have you been surprised by how much our ministry travels? Hikes, national park retreats, annual student leaders training, road trip pilgrimages… It has been on our mind for a while to purchase cars that would serve better the needs of our mobile community. It is my joy today to announce that our Dominican community decided to replace their old cars with two minivans that will be used for big ministry trips as well as for daily rides to and from campus. The funds for the vans came from the Dominican community savings. Fathers Lukasz and Marcin have already offered several “Dominivan” rides to Sunday Mass and weeknight ministry events. 

Tailgate, Fruit of the Vine, Aquinas weekend, St. Patrick’s, April BBQ…: our development committee has planned social events for the whole year. The upcoming Tailgate Party (September 16) is the first of that series, followed closely by our annual fundraiser, Fruit of the Vine, on October 14 (get tickets here). We hope you will be joining us!

I pray that this new year of ministry brings us closer to Christ and to one another.

In Christ,

Fr. Lukasz, OP

 

Fruit of the Vine 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mark your calendars for our annual wine tasting fundraiser.

Enjoy delicious wines, fantastic food, and socializing with other St. Catherine’s parishioners. Bid high and bid often on a wide variety of silent auction items and experiences. This event will be dedicated to raising funds for the wonderful campus ministry and educational programs that St. Catherine’s provides for our community.

The online ticket sale is now closed but you can still get tickets at the gate! It’s $30 and $50. Babysitting will be available for $20 per family.

The event begins at 6:30 pm.

New Students!

Are you new to the U? Do you want a faithful, fun community that will support you in as you enter a new stage in your life? Are you looking to return to or investigate the Catholic faith?

Whether you are new, returning, or seeking, the Newman Center welcomes you!

Meet new friends and deepen your faith at our Fall Semester events!

Blessed BeansAugust 24, 7-9pm: Join us for a curated coffee tasting, live music, and games

Mass on the Grass & Sunday SupperAugust 27, 6:30pm

Kickoff Undergrad Night with dinnerAugust 29, 6:30pm

Tailgating for Utah vs. San Jose StateSeptember 16, 6-7:30pm

Denver Homeless Outreach Service Trip – Fall Break

Search RetreatNov 10-12

Newman Hike & Mass in the Mountains – date TBD (soon!)

 

Want to get more involved? Join us for our weekly liturgies and events!

Student Mass & Sunday Supper –  Sundays, 6:30pm

Undergrad Night with dinner – Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions – Wednesdays, 7pm

Small Groups – various days and times. Topics include philosophy, Theology of the Body, book groups, knitting, and more

Catechesis and Faith Formation – date TBD

 

Questions? Contact Angie Hall at [email protected]

Mass on the Grass 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 6:30 PM

Come, let’s start off a new academic year St. Catherine’s style! We will celebrate our annual Mass on the Grass across the street from our church, to pray for the U campus community and for all our parishioners, especially welcoming the new students.

Mass will be followed by a delicious FREE Italian dinner provided by Valter’s Osteria.

Please spread the word!

Onward and Upward: Newman on the Way of St. James

This past May 28 students and young adults from St. Catherine’s backpacked a part of the Way of St. James in Spain. The pilgrimage on this ancient trail was led by Fr. Lukasz and his Dominican friend from Poland, Fr. Dawid Kolodziejczyk. Read a story by one of those young people, John Esquivel, about what this experience was like.

As you may know, we walked 322 km (just about 200 miles) this past May in Spain in what’s called El Camino De Santiago, the pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James. We walked as little as 13 miles and up to 24 miles during certain days. I can certainly say it’s been an experience like no other for I learned so much about my community and myself by doing this walk. I will not lie to you; this walk is tough as it takes of a lot of perseverance, faith, hope, and endurance to do.

I learned many valuable lessons for life. This is a walk about learning how to adapt to your environment, how to listen to your body and test your limits, how to train your mind to do things it never thought it could do. It taught me how to be comfortable with being by myself, and at the same time with others and how to properly balance it in order for me to be at peace. It taught me how to just keep walking, and walking, and walking. I learned to not complain and not to think about the walk in terms of “how much is left?” or “Is it over soon?” too much, because at the end of the day, you’ll be with your community bonding over experiences and enjoying mass with them in gorgeous churches. Sometimes you will walk alone, and you’ll have time to sort out your problems and pray, sometimes you will walk and not think at all just walk, and sometimes you will be sharing experiences and enjoying other people’s companies. You will undoubtedly meet people from all over the world, and see why they do the Camino.

In the Camino you will be challenged to reach distances you never thought you could and make sacrifices. You will grow closer to God, but the way you will not be the same as others, just follow the signs leading you. There were points where I felt deep helplessness only to see the end goal nearby and seeing hope and how God strengthened me with perseverance, because in the end it will all be fine. Among the most valuable lessons I learned were how to be enduring, persistent, and resilient in the Camino. God will never forsake you. I learned how to smile after the hardest days, because sometimes people need that reassuring smile. I learned how to get inspiration from people, and how to inspire people to keep going and to realize that we cannot make it to the end goal without others. I feel blessed to say we walked thought it all; rain, fog, cold, strong wind, intense sun, thunder, perfect weather etc. I learned to accept myself and my limitations as well as the good qualities that pulled me through the Way. Things in the Camino will sometimes be disappointing, but patience is key to overcome this.

Finally, while the Camino did not change my life, it gave me the tools to change my life, and for that I am most grateful to God. I was really scared to do this walk, thinking I would not be able to do it…yet here I am talking about I walk I did about a month ago. I strongly recommend doing El Camino de Santiago if you seek personal growth and to grow closer to God and others.

Above: visiting St. Teresa’s shrine in Avila

Above: walking through the farmlands of Leon

Above: Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross), the highest point on the Way. At the foot of this cross pilgrims are encouraged to leave little rocks they have been carrying, symbols of their sins and struggles

Above: celebration of daily Eucharist in Samos

Above: singing Taize chants after a long day of backpacking in the mountains of Galicia