Lent at St. Catherine’s

Stations of the Cross

Join us Fridays at 6 PM to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Soup or fish fry served afterward.


Rosary with St. Catherine of Siena

Monday through Friday during Lent we will be praying rosary with special meditations written by St. Catherine of Siena. Join us after daily Mass (around 12:40 pm).



Sacrament of reconciliation is available Saturdays 4-5 PM, Sundays 6-6:30 PM, and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM. We encourage you also to contact any of the priests or the parish office to make a confession appointment any time that works for you.

Lenten Retreat at St. Catherine’s

February 18-21, 2018

It has become our tradition here at St. Catherine’s to mark each liturgical season with a retreat or a vigil night of prayer. This year, as we begin the Lenten journey, we invite the entire St. Catherine’s community to “Go And Learn What This Means”, a retreat with Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, the editor of Magnificat.

Sunday, 2/18: 6:30 PM Mass and Homily
Monday – Wednesday, 2/19-21: 6 PM Talk followed by Adoration



Ash Wednesday at St. Catherine’s

This Wednesday, February 14, we are entering the holy season of Lent. Masses with distribution of ashes will be offered at 12:10 pm and 6:30 pm. We will also be distributing ashes at the University of Utah Library Plaza 11-11:45 am and 1:30-2 pm, and at Westminster College (in front of Shaw) at 11:30 am – 12:15 pm.

Youth Group Updates

It’s hard to believe that we are already half of the way through this year! The youth group has had a jam-packed and grace-filled handful of months so far, and we are all very excited for the spring to come.

Early in the year, we took a hike up to Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Fr.  Marcin, where he celebrated Mass. It was a great to explore nature together, pray together, and spend a day together after being apart for the summer.

In October, we put together a youth group fall festival at the Cathedral to raise money for the youth group. There were games, food, a photo booth, and raised money to throw a pie in Fr. Martin’s face. Overall a good time.

We have been meeting weekly throughout the year, discussing various different topics about faith and life, and learning how to live out life as a Catholic teenager. These meetings are full of joy, community, and many good questions. The ways that this group of teenagers loves and supports each other will always amaze me.

In December, 10 of our teens attended a Kairos retreat that we put on in collaboration with Judge Memorial and St. Joseph’s high schools. This retreat was three days long, and was filled with talks, activities, and small group discussions. This retreat created amazing community with each other, and was an opportunity for these teens to realize just how much they are loved by those around them.

These 10 teenagers are now working with me and Catherine to learn how to give talks and lead small groups, so that they can be on the main leadership team for our second Kairos retreat which will be held April 13-15 at Camp K. This retreat will be open to any 9-12 grade student, and registrations will be due March 1st.

Aside from Kairos, which we are incredibly excited for, our youth group is also looking forward to our trip to Anaheim in March for Catholic Youth Day! We are taking 40 people to California this year (which has more than doubled from the 15 we took last year!) This trip was an amazing experience for many teens last year, and we are looking forward to once again spending a few days with each other and with God on this trip!

Looking forward into the spring, we are also very excited for 5 of our youth group members to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April- please keep them in your prayers!

If you are interested in joining the youth group, contact [email protected], or come on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 – we’d love to have you!


Faith Sharing Communities

Several adult groups have been meeting over the past year to discuss books about faith and share with one another. The groups are small and enjoy the conversation, not to mention the occasional glass of wine. Last year they read a book about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a book and accompanying video series on the Gospel of John, and a book on living a life of prayer from an English Dominican. Right now, they’re reading “Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration” by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). These lively discussions give our parishioners a chance to not just learn from some amazing writers, but also grapple with Catholic concepts and grow in faith with one another. It’s fellowship and faith formation, friendship and spiritual growth. A new book and invitation to join or start a group will be coming in a few months – look for it in the bulletin.

Campus Ministry Winter Updates

This semester, campus ministry has been off to a great start, with the creation of the St. Martin de Porres Street Ministry, which focuses on outreach to the homeless. This ministry was developed out of the Fall and Spring Break mission trips with Christ in the City in Denver. After the mission trips, the students decided they wanted to do something similar in the Salt Lake City community. The way the ministry is set up is that every Friday about nine students and staff go to the main branch of the public library. They talk to people experiencing homelessness, and hand out snacks, handwarmers, and other necessities as well . This is a relational ministry which centers on providing for the emotional and spiritual needs of the poor. This type of ministry is important because there are a lot of services that provide for the material needs of the poor, but few strive to alleviate the loneliness and need for love that the people on the streets experience. The group tries to emulate St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican Saint who cared for the sick and poor in Lima, Peru. St. Martin was aware of the plight of the poor, and was able to see Christ in them. In our street ministry, we try to encounter Jesus in the people on the streets, and bring His love to those who are often ignored and forgotten by society. After leaving the library, we talk about who we encountered, where we saw God, and the joys and challenges related to the experience.

We are also sponsoring every week Tuesday afternoon Adoration from 1:00pm-5:30pm. This gives students and other members of the community the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It’s challenging to develop a life of prayer in today’s busy world. By encouraging students to sign up for a holy half-hour, we hope that they are able to make their relationship with God a priority in their life.

Campus ministry has also continued its weekly undergrad night. This semester we have invited parishioners to be guest speakers and panelists. Paul White, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University, talked to the students about the Catholic response to prejudice and racism. Rebecca Curran, a doctor, spoke about pro-life issues in conjunction with the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. There was also a panel on healthy relationships featuring Trevor and Rachel Woods, and Angela and Richard Green. We are grateful for the shared wisdom of the permanent community and their willingness to share the beauty of the Catholic faith with the students.

Looking forward, we are excited to be preparing for a Spring Break road trip and pilgrimage to the mission churches in California, a camping retreat in Capitol Reef, and a trip to Central Europe in the summer.

Snowshoeing in Millcreek Canyon

At Windrider Forum, a Christian filmmakers seminar and movie festival at Sundance

Undergrad night bioethics conversation with Rebecca Curran, PhD MD

Undergrad night on relationships

High school Kairos Retreat

High School Kairos Retreat
April 13th-15th

Kairos is a three-day, two-night retreat focused on the relationships in a person’s life – their relationship with God, with themselves, and with those around them. This type of retreat has proven to be a significant experience for those who attend, and we are excited to be offering it to teenagers in the Diocese of Salt Lake City. It will be led by a team of high school students who have spent over two months preparing for the retreat, accompanied by adults in the area who have led this retreat experience before.

When: Friday, April 13th, starting at 4 p.m. through Sunday, April 15th ending around 2 p.m.

Where: Camp Kostopulos, 4180 Emigration Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

For every student that attends the retreat, at least one parent or guardian of the student MUST attend one parent meeting. Two will be offered: one on Monday, March 5th and one on Wednesday, March 7th. Both meetings will be held at Cate’s Cafe attached to the St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center at 170 University Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 at 6:00 p.m. If you know that you cannot make one of these meetings but would still like to register your child for the retreat, please contact either Michelle Ahrens or Catherine Coffey.

Payment for the retreat will be due at the parent meeting you attend, and the cost of the retreat will be $100, which includes of the cost of lodging, meals, and materials for the weekend. If cost may be a barrier to your child attending, please reach out to us and we will work with you to make attendance possible!

How to Register: Register at https://goo.gl/forms/fy8abccP2g3J6RiX2 to solidify your child’s spot on the retreat. We will only have room for 35 retreatants, and we will accept students based on the time their registration is submitted. Registration is due by March 1st.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Catherine or Michelle:

Michelle Ahrens
[email protected]

Catherine Coffey
[email protected]

Spring Break Road Trip Pilgrimage



Adventure. History. Beauty. Friendship. Faith (lots of!).

San Francisco. Monterey. CA highway 1. Santa Barbara. Los Angeles.

Camping. Hiking. Ocean swimming.

Join your fellow young adults from Newman for a road trip pilgrimage to California! A pilgrimage is more than just vacation: it’s about traveling to find God in diverse places, in the beauty of nature and in the complexity of human stories. It’s about traveling in order to be changed, transformed, deepened. Go with us to the beautiful coastal California and follow the trail of St. Junipero Serra and the Franciscan missionaries who brought the Christian faith to these lands.

Dates: March 18-24

Cost: $200 (lodging, gas, breakfast & snacks) + whatever you’d like to spend on lunch and dinner

Sunday, 3/18 SLC – San Francisco Evening Mass at the Cathedral in Sacramento
Monday, 3/19 San Francisco & Oakland Golden Gate Bridge, St. Dominic’s, Old St. Mary’s, China Town, Pioneer Park, Ghirardelli, Fishermen’s Warf, hike to Twin Peaks, Mass & Vespers with the OP at St. Albert’s
Tuesday, 3/20 San Francisco – Monterey Stanford University, cloistered Dominican nuns in Menlo Park, downtown Monterey, Mission Carmel
Wednesday, 3/21 Monterey – Lucia (CA highway 1) Point Lobos State Park, hiking on the coast, Camaldoli monks in Big Sur, camping in Limekiln State Park
Thursday, 3/22 Lucia – Los Angeles scenic drive on highway 1, Santa Barbara
Friday, 3/23 Los Angeles St. Dominic’s, Griffith Observatory, Old Mission, cathedral, Getty’s museum
Saturday, 3/24 LA – SLC long ride home 🙂

There are only 14 seats in two Dominivans so sign up ASAP using this form.

Questions? Contact Fr. Lukasz at [email protected]

Farewell Deacon John!

Deacon John has begun his new assignment at St. Thomas More Parish. He will visit on February 4 so that we may wish him a fond farewell and thank him for his years of service to St. Catherine’s. Please join us for a potluck after the 10:45am Mass. By last name: A-E appetizers, F-M main course, N-O salad, R-Z dessert.

Come celebrate with Bishop Oscar!

Our bishop Oscar Solis would love to meet the Newman community! The ministry to college students and young adults is very close to his heart, that’s why he chose the 6:30 pm student mass for his visit to St. Catherine’s. Everybody is invited this Sunday, January 28, to Mass followed by Sunday Supper at 7:30 pm.