Young Adult Christmas Formal


The 2nd annual young adult Christmas formal was a definitely a merry and bright night! Everyone dressed to the nines, and looked quite dapper. The evening featured two live bands, the first a string trio playing classical Christmas songs, and the second was a jazz band for swing dancing! We had around 175 young adults attend, and we partied on until midnight! If you missed the formal, but still want an opportunity to meet other undergrads, don't stress! You can come to U-District Young Adult Mass, followed by dinner, on January 4, 5:45PM at Blessed Sacrament; or you can come to Saturday Night Alive on January 17 (more info here).

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Giving Tree: Thank you for over 70 gifts of joy!


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 For more community service opportunities, please visit our Social Justice team's Facebook page here.