A Spook-tacular Newman Halloween!

On Friday, October 31st, over 50 students showed up for “A Spook-tacular Newman Halloween Party” hosted by the Fellowship Team. Decked out in scary, creative, and funny costumes alike, the students dined on some freaky foods including fried zombie eyeballs, spider eggs, and mummy hotdogs. Afterwards, they were ushered into the Siena Room to the haunted house for some scares. The rest of the night consisted of many more activities including a donut eating contest, costume contest, and a monster mash dance party!

A big thanks to the Fellowship team for putting on such a fun event, and to Brady Thompson and Josie Gardner for donating props for our haunted house!

Check out these pictures from our event (more will be uploaded to the facebook page soon):

Freshman Retreat 2014: You've Got a Friend in Me

This past weekend, Saturday October 18th, the Freshman Group leaders welcomed 21 students to our annual Freshmen Retreat held at the Newman Center. The theme: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” was a creative spin-off to Disney’s “A Toy Story.” It focused on giving the students a chance to come together in community. The retreat featured testimonies split up into various talks inspired by the different trials the leaders experienced themselves in college.

The first talk, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” explored the challenges the leaders experienced with community, and how the Newman community positively impacted them. The next talk, “There’s a Snake in my Boot,” focused on the temptations that are oftentimes faced in college and how to battle them. The talks ended with rooting the freshmen back into bringing all these challenges together and encouraging students to continue to pursue their relationship with Christ in the “To Infinity with God” themed talk. By using their own stories of struggles and triumphs, the leaders hoped to relate to and assure the students that they were not alone and always have this Newman community to lean on. These testimonies ended with small group breakout sessions where the freshmen got a chance to delve deeper into these topics together.

The first year of college is a very pivotal time, when students find themselves faced with many changes and new opportunities to get integrated into different communities.  The Freshmen Retreat with it’s many fun icebreakers, games, and small groups, hopefully provided a space for these students to grow in community, and in turn, in their faith.

The Freshman Group leaders will be hosting a Spring Retreat for freshmen May 9-10, 2015.

Thank you for your prayers!

Cafe Newman: Bringing Talent and Funds Together for a Worthy Cause

On Friday, October 10th, Newmanites gathered in the Newman chapel for our quarterly talent show and fundraiser, Cafe Newman, hosted by Newman's own Social Justice team! Performers displayed their talents - ranging from singing and playing the piano to performing science experiments. Even Fr. Jordan shared his talent- dancing to "Papa loves Mambo" while sporting a fruit headdress and some colorful sleeves!

Kelly Hickman from the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle was also present and gave a short presentation on our charitable organization of the night-Catholic Relief Services. The bake sale raised $500 to benefit Catholic Relief Services! Thank you to all who donated baked goods!

We'd love to have you join us for the next Cafe Newman- to share your talents and/or to support the performers and our fundraiser- on Friday, January 23rd! 

Happy Feast Day, Blessed Cardinal Newman!

October 9 is the feast of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, our beloved patron, so we had a rousing celebration. The Veritas undergraduate ministry and Frassati Grads & Young Adults co-hosted Dr. Sam Rocha from the University of British Columbia, who spoke on education, spirituality, and the human person. He found his inspiration in the works of Cardinal Newman, and encouraged his audience to develop taste, and to seek and support beauty when they find us. He told the attendees to "love the world. That's what made Newman special - he really loved the world." We finished the day with cake and pie, and discussion of how important education is to our faith. Happy feast day, Cardinal Newman!

First U-District Young Adult Mass

Last night, Frassati kicked off with our first monthly ‘Young Adult Mass’ at Blessed Sacrament Church and by all accounts it was a smashing success. We came together as young professionals and graduate students from in and around the U-District of Seattle to meet at the altar. There is something powerful about the way gathering to partake of the bread at the table of the altar in Mass, and then sitting and breaking bread afterwards at a meal binds us together. Christ’s ministry with his rag-tag group of young disciples certainly set a precedent for this, and, like our Lord, we had the opportunity to eat with and hear the stories of people from all along this narrow way we seek to walk (though nary a tax collector declared his/herself). The very simple pasta dinner was a hit and there are rumors of the November 2nd Young Adult Mass being followed by a South and South East Asian curry-palooza! Stay tuned here for more updates on the goings on of the people that are Frassati, but don’t stop at reading. Join us!

Undergraduate Programs Return this Week!

Now that Welcome Week is over and the first week of classes is out of the way, it’s time to reintroduce our much-loved programs for undergrads- Freshman Group and VERITAS Undergrad Nights.

Freshman Group is for all first year students, and meets on Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm, starting tomorrow, Sept. 30th. This program is led by upperclassmen and offers freshmen the opportunity to create a small, close knit community within the overwhelmingly large population of UW, as well as grow in faith and their relationship with Christ. Each week, the Freshman Group leaders will introduce new topics and throughout the year will offer exciting opportunities for freshmen to grow in friendship- through volunteer projects, retreats, and even bubble tea/fro-yo outings! To learn more about Freshman group, contact the Freshman Group leaders.

VERITAS is our dynamic new ministry that focuses on developing a sense of community, searching for Truth and preparing students to be true Disciples of Christ. VERITAS has two components: Undergrad Nights and Small Groups. Undergrad Nights meet every Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm (the first meeting is Oct. 2nd!). Each meeting will have a different main component- a guest speaker, presentation from a student or community dinner, but all will offer the chance to experience Christ through prayer, discussion and fellowship.

For up-to-date information about Undergrad Nights visit our Facebook page.

VERITAS small groups are just that- small groups of students who get together on a weekly basis to discuss a chosen topic- a Bible passage, book, or other relevant writing. Together the small group will read, discuss and pray together, building a community and relationship with Christ. This is a great opportunity for students who wish to develop their faith in a small community of peers.

Are you interested in joining a small group? Register here.

Want more information about VERITAS Undergrad Nights or Small Groups? Contact veritasteam@uwnewman.org or visit the VERITAS webpage.

Please pray for our students and ministry leaders, that they might encounter Christ and grow in community this year.    

Saturday Night Alive Resumes

Holy Hour featured Evening Prayer, meditative music, and the opportunity to go to Confession

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!

The young adults pray Compline in the courtyard outside the Cathedral

Frassati Fall Retreat

Two weeks ago, we took 37 graduate students and young professionals on a retreat titled "To Praise, To Bless, To Preach: Deepening Your Faith Through Dominican Spirituality". Through a series of eight talks by Dominican friars, a member of the Dominican laity, and fellow young adults, these retretants explored the four pillars our beloved priests use to balance their spiritual lives: prayer, community, study, and apostolate. They also gained some insight into how to apply these pillars to their own lives to bring them closer to Christ, and spent some time building up their own young adult community through games, movies, marshmellow roasting, and other fellowship. This retreat got us so excited to kick off another year of ministry to grads and young professionals through our Frassati ministry! For more information on what Frassati is up to, click here

Annual Catholic Appeal :: Thank you!!

Each year the Archdiocese asks us to join together and invest in the 60 critical ministries of our Catholic faith, such as emergency services for the poor, seminarian formation, education, youth camps, and our very own Newman Center.

We're very happy to report that our students and community raised over $30,000 to the Annual Catholic Appeal! Thank you!!

With our rebate from the ACA, we are remodeling a room to accommodate the addition of a sixth Peer Minister for this coming school year. Watch our fun promo video above that helps describe just how much our sixth Peer Minister needed your help!

If you didn't get the chance, please prayerfully consider making a gift online today, and help us further our mission to the University of Washington.

Thank you for your prayerful support, and God bless!

Crazy Talent Show, New Peer Ministers, and a Barbecue

 

This past Friday, Newman hosted its quarterly Cafe Newman talent show where the best and/or bravest talented performers show what they can do while raising money for charity. This quarter we were able to raise $331.50 for the American Cancer Society so thank you to those who came out and supported the show. Our next Cafe Newman will be happening Autumn Quarter 2014 so everyone has enough time to develop a talent to share.

Towards the end of the year, school gets more difficult due to senioritis and the approaching summer. It is only the exciting announcements, friendships, and events that keep us going. If you have not already heard, the Peer Ministers for 2014-2015 have been announced! Next year there will be six people living upstairs. The study room will be converted to a bedroom to accommodate the additional PM. Next year's group of Peer Ministers includes Kenny Nguyen, Daniel Corona, Mariam Matthew, Monica Kim, Andra Amador, and Han Hoang. Congratulations!

Summer is approaching and Spring has already arrived. Less rain and more sun means it's time to barbecue! If you are a graduating high school senior or know someone who is graduating this year, the Newman Center is hosting our first annual Graduating High School Senior Barbecue. This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the ways college students are able to maintain and further develop their faith in college. Current UW students will be giving their testimonies about how our Newman Center has helped them on their faith journey and how other students can do it too. Please spread the word as the barbecue is happening this Friday May 16th at 5:30 PM. Please check our Facebook event page for more information.

Saturday Night Alive is also happening this Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church so please come out and join us for prayer and social time to help grow towards a closer Catholic Seattle community.

There is still a lot of stuff going on at Newman before the end of the school year so if you have any questions please email us, browse the website, or visit our official Facebook page. God bless!