Veritas Undergraduate Ministry and Frassati Graduate Students and Young Adults came together last night to cohost a talk by Carl Olson, editor of the Catholic World Report. Carl may be from Eugene, but the Catholic Huskies had a good time listening to his journey to becoming Catholic, and learning how to discuss our faith with those who may be skeptical. A big thanks to Carl for speaking for us!
This past Saturday, around 100 young adults convened at St. James Cathedral in Capital Hill to kick off the second season of SNA. The only thing more beautiful than the weather was the beauty of seeing so many young adults excited to have the opportunity to attend. The evening began with evening prayer in the Cathedral, followed by adoration and music, with the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Afterwards, there was a social in the nearby fireside room, which featured an impromptu Disney song sing-a-long. The evening ended with Compline (night prayer) and the opportunity to continue socializing at a nearby bar. The night was a rousing success, and hopefully the beginning to another great year of SNA. If you missed the event, it happens every third Saturday of the month, at Blessed Sacrament Church. We hope to see you there in October for the next edition!
Because of your generous efforts, our Social Justice Team was able to fill up a car and haul over 70 gifts to Holiday House. Wow! The gifts ranged from learning toys and sports equipment, to basic (but very needed) items like coats, shoes, and backpacks.
Here are some words that Hiep Nguyen, the Social Justice Team's Giving Tree coordinator this year, wanted to share with the community!
"The tradition of the Giving Tree has been a very important aspect of the ministry at the Newman Center and it is an honor for the Social Justice Team to take lead on the project this year, and the many years before.
"This Christmas, we were honored to work alongside Holiday House. This organization donates gifts to low income families by presenting parents with the opportunity to provide gifts for their children. The unwrapped gifts are set up in a way that parents still get to 'shop' for Christmas presents! But the Social Justice Team could not have done so without the generous support of the Newman community.
"The countless gifts donated and the number of children receiving these gifts depicts the abundance of generosity the Newman community offers. Your contribution to the Giving Tree project brings me a feeling beyond amazement and joy. To share these feelings with the family as they received their gifts reminds me of the wonderful love that God provides to all of us.
"I would like to show my appreciation for the Holiday House organization as well as my utmost gratitude for the Newman community and their unceasing generosity. Thank you, and God bless you abundantly."
If you have any questions or would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more community service opportunities, please visit our Social Justice team's Facebook page here.
On the evening of October 19th, 2013, the Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington launched the first installment in its newest young adult program, Saturday Night ALIVE. Based on the model of the popular Catholic Underground program, Saturday Night Alive seeks to bring together young adults from the whole greater Seattle area for a night of prayer, fellowship, and entertainment.
The evening consisted of an hour of adoration, a brief intermission for coffee and socializing, and a performance by local Catholic artists. Over 100 people showed up for the event and filled the Newman Center’s chapel. Adoration began with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Evening Prayer from the Divine Office. Adoration continued as a pleasant combination of hymns, prayers, and silence. The chapel was illuminated simply by candles and a spotlight on the Blessed Sacrament. Three priests were offering Confession during this time of prayer, and many of those assembled chose to receive this sacrament.
As adoration concluded, the Blessed Sacrament was reposed and the lights came on. The attendants were told that there would be a brief intermission before the performance portion of the night. Nearly everyone in attendance proceeded to squeezed into the Newman Center’s lobby for tea, coffee, snacks, and socializing. Young adults from all over Seattle met and talked with one another.
Soon after, the attendants were told that the performance was starting. Those who wanted to listen returned to the chapel while those who were still socializing continued to do so in the lobby, separated by glass wa
lls. The music was performed by Dawn and Orlando, two Newman Center choir alums. Dawn and Orlando’s music helped the crowd encounter God’s love in a different way than adoration. By expressing their faith through the medium of music, they became a testament to God’s presence all around us – He is not just in the silence of adoration, but also in the joyous sounds of passionate music. And when the music ended, the people stayed. They still had conversations to finish, friends to meet, and a community to build.
This event was a pilot program to gauge the interest of local Catholic young adults in a program that combines prayer and culture. The success of the first Saturday Night ALIVE has shown that there is indeed a demand for this type of event in the Seattle area. The next Saturday Night ALIVE is planned for November 16th, and starting in January it will continue on the third Saturday of the every month. The volunteers who helped put on this program hope that Saturday Night ALIVE will develop into a city-wide event that will reinvigorate the faith of Catholic young adults all over the Seattle area.
(Article originally posted on opwest.org)