Newman Student Guidebook 2021-2022

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A college ministry serving Mizzou, Stephens College and Columbia College

St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish

Serving the Catholic community at the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College since 1963. 602 Turner Avenue | Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 449.5424 | Mass Times Saturday: 5 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday: 8:30 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Student Mass, when MU is in session) Weekday: Noon Reconciliation Tuesdays: 5-5:30 p.m. Saturdays: 4-4:30 p.m. Reconciliation also available by appointment Eucharistic Adoration Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays: 9:05-10:05 p.m. Wednesdays: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Please visit our social media and read the bulletin for the most up-to-date information at Newman!

Dear Students, Welcome! On behalf of the entire Newman Parish, we would like to welcome you to the Catholic Church on the University of Missouri campus. Whether you attend Mizzou, Columbia College, or Stephens College, Newman can be your faith home while in college.


In this booklet, you will find information about some of the events and ministry opportunities that we have for students. No matter what you’re looking for, we have something here for you! Looking for friends? Check out the small groups, Ephesians 3 (E3) Weekly Fellowship, and social events! The Awakenings Retreat is another great way become part of the community!


Want a quiet place to pray? Daily Mass at Noon every weekday is a great addition to your schedule. Adoration is also available, as is the church for personal prayer.

Want to serve? Newman has monthly service opportunities around Columbia including packing food at the local Food Bank, cooking and serving at the soup kitchen, and mentoring at-risk youth. What about leadership? In addition to many volunteer roles within our college ministry, the parish also turns to students to serve as religious education teachers, core members for the youth group, and ministries during Mass. What about Sunday Mass? We have many Mass times throughout the weekend, but our 8 p.m. Sunday night Mass is geared specifically towards students. On average, 400 college students attend each week and all of the Mass ministers are students (lectors, musicians, Eucharistic ministers, greeters, etc.). We hope to see you there! We look forward to meeting you!

Angelle Hall & Yvonne Chamberlain

From A Student Leader From all of the Catholic Student Association, welcome to Mizzou and the St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish (also known as Newman)! I am so excited that you are here! A new year means new opportunities, change, and transition, all of which can be overwhelming. I want you to affirm you on this journey and remind you to be patient. When I first came to Mizzou, I did not know anyone and it took me a while to find a community that I could call home. For me, that was Newman. I experienced an abundance of friendship, love, and growth. You are always welcome here and I hope that you will join us on this walk to heaven. We are praying for you! I want to invite you to join us for the Ignite Retreat for incoming students. The retreat will be on September 10 and 11 and will help you dive deeper in faith and fellowship. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the community right away! “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Angela Resch President - Mizzou CSA

Welcome Week

What better way to start off the school year than by plugging into events at Newman!? Come hang out, make new friends, and start the semester off right!

Root Beer Floats Come say hello at our first event! We’ll have root beer floats and games for all. When: Wednesday, August 18 Where: Newman’s Front Porch (Tiger Ave entrance) — 7 p.m.

Backyard Games It’s time for a yard party! Come play spikeball, washers, cornhole and more! When: Thursday, August 19 Where: Newman’s Front Porch (Tiger Ave entrance) — 7 p.m.

IGNITE Lite All incoming students are invited to Ignite Lite Retreat, a Welcome Week introduction to the Newman Community. When: Friday, August 20 Where: Newman’s Front Porch (Tiger Ave entrance) — 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Barbecue Don’t miss out on a chance to relax, meet new people, and enjoy free food. When: Sunday, August 21 Where: Newman’s Front Porch (Tiger Ave entrance) — Noon

Mass on the Quad It’s our annual Mass on the Quad! We will be celebrating a student Mass towards the beginning of the semester on Traditions Plaza, located near Jesse Hall and the Business School. When: August 29 Where: Traditions Plaza — 8 p.m.

Our Campus Ministry Staff

Fr. Dan Merz, SLD

Fr. Paul Clark

Angelle Hall

Yvonne Chamberlain

Pastor frdan

Director of Campus Ministry angelle.hall

Associate Pastor frclark

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry yvonne

Kevin Myers

Director of Worship kevin.myers

What is FOCUS? Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is an organization that sends recent college graduates to universities after training and faith formation in the summertime. At Newman we also have several FOCUS missionaries who help serve our students by leading Bible studies, coordinating mission trips, spreading the Gospel and living out the New Evangelization. Pictured here is our FOCUS Team Director, McKenna Kukla! Look out for her and the FOCUS Team this year!

Fellowship Opportunities SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES Join one today! Looking for a place to talk about faith this semester? Join a small group Bible Study! They’re a great place to meet new people and have discussions about your faith life. Discussion and activities are based around scripture and church teaching, but who knows where the conversation may lead! We have many Bible Studies during the week so you’re sure to find one that will fit your schedule! If you’re interested in joining a small group Bible study, contact McKenna at AWAKENINGS RETREAT One each semester! Come experience God’s love in a powerful way at our Awakenings Retreat! Meet other students and build relationships at this student-led retreat. Take a break from the busy college schedule and grow in faith and fellowship.

Encounter Christ

EPHESIANS 3 Ephesians 3 (E3) is a place where students have the opportunity to encounter Christ weekly through prayer, music, small group discussion, and faith sharing. E3 is a great way to take a break from classes and spend some personal and communal time growing in faith and spirituality. Come here talks from other students! E3 meets on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the church. Check out previous talks on the Catholic Campus Ministry Facebook page.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Come and spend some face time with Jesus! Eucharistic Adoration is simply adoring the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and contemplating of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us. There is Adoration every weekday as follows: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays: 9:05-10:05 p.m. Wednesdays: 12:30-1:30 p.m. KEMPER LIBRARY The Kemper-James Memorial Library, located on the second floor, has books, periodicals, audio tapes, and videos that cover topics such as theology, church history, and spirituality. There is a reading/study room adjacent to the library. The library is self-service and open when the building is open. Instructions are posted for checking out books and other materials. Please consult the weekly bulletin for hours to access the reference section. SPIRITUAL DIRECTION This is an opportunity to schedule a meeting with a certified spiritual director to talk about prayer, faith, and everyday life.

Fun & Fellowship

Social events and intramural sports will be coordinated by the Catholic Student Association. In the past, social events have included hiking, bowling, ice skating, dancing, and more! The Mizzou Catholic Student Association has also had intramural teams for football, volleyball and basketball. Stay tuned to see what your Catholic Student Association plans for this semester!


ADULT BAPTISM Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) assists adults who are interested in becoming Catholic or returning to practicing the Catholic faith. RCIA sessions meet weekly throughout the academic year. The sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation are celebrated at the Easter Vigil. Contact Lisa Rose with any questions about the RCIA process. EUCHARIST We have low gluten hosts available for Communion. If you are in need of one, please contact the parish office in advance of Mass. ADULT CONFIRMATION If you are a baptized Catholic who has completed high school and who has celebrated First Communion, but did not receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are invited to prepare for and be Confirmed at Newman. Classes for Confirmation begin in February or early March with the Confirmation Mass in April or May. RECONCILIATION Reconciliation is offered on Tuesdays from 5-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 4-4:30 p.m. Reconciliation is also available during most adoration times and by appointment


Music and liturgical ministers can serve weekly, monthly, or as a substitute during one of the five weekend Masses.


The CoMo College Worship Collective is the worship music ministry at Newman. The collective includes two groups: College Schola - The student choir which provides worship leadership for the 8pm Masses and other outreach opportunities in the community. Exsultate! - The contemporary worship team which provides worship leadership for E3, retreats, and other outreach opportunities in the community. Contact Dr. Kevin Myers if you’re interested in being a part of a group!

Liturgy EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION Eucharistic Ministers share the Body and Blood of Christ with the assembly. GREETER Greeters welcome all who come to the Mass, extending a smile and friendly “hello.” LECTOR After careful preparation and prayer, lectors proclaim the Scriptures during Mass. MASS COORDINATORS In service to the assembly and the presider, Mass coordinators facilitate the smooth flow of liturgy through careful preparation of the altar and cleaning of liturgical vessels and elements of worship. SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR During Mass, the operator controls the mixing board for all microphone sound levels and runs the PowerPoint slideshow.

Parish Programs HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY Life Teen is a national program for Catholic high school students. Our tri-parish Life Nights are on Sunday evenings. Volunteers join the Core Team to help plan and lead Life Nights or the Confirmation program. MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY EDGE is our program for sixth to eighth graders. EDGE nights are typically on Sunday. Volunteers join the Core Team to help plan and lead EDGE nights, Bible study, and small group activities. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (PRE-K TO FIFTH GRADE) The Catholic Education Program (CEP) and Children’s Liturgy is for children in grades Pre-K through fifth grade. Volunteers lead or assist classes for CEP on Sundays or Wednesdays. Children’s Liturgy is designed to help children understand the Sunday Scriptures at their own level. Typically volunteers lead or assist groups for Children’s Liturgy during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses. See the bulletin for the most current information.

Service & Social Justice

We are committed to helping all parishioners grow in compassion through education, action, reflection, and prayer on social justice concerns. Newman offers everyone an opportunity to reflect and pray about volunteer and advocacy experiences in the context of our Catholic faith. There are many service and justice efforts such as the Sister Parish relationship with a community in El Salvador, mentoring at-risk youth, days of service, blood drives, and more.

Monthly Ministries FOOD BANK FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI Parishioners serve at the Food Bank every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Food Bank depends on volunteer groups, such as ours, to repackage food for its recipients. INTERFAITH GARDEN Beth Shalom Interfaith Garden is a garden run by Congregation Beth Shalom Jewish house of worship and St. John Henry Newman Parish in an effort to raise organically grown produce, which goes to the Central Missouri Food Pantry for distribution to low income members of the Columbia community. The garden site is at Congregation Beth Shalom, 500 W. Green Meadows Road. See the bulletin for more updates LOAVES AND FISHES SOUP KITCHEN Newman shops, cooks, serves, and cleans up at the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen on the second Wednesday of the month. Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is located at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. MENTORS AND REFUGEE KIDS (MARK) MARK volunteers form positive relationships with at-risk youth in our Columbia community through academic tutoring, being a positive role model and supportive friend, and encouraging them to achieve their dreams! Volunteers mentor K–8 students twice a week for two hours through Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities

Mission Trips Newman offers several trips over spring break. These service and learning experiences give you the opportunity to engage in mission and immersions. Campus Ministers and FOCUS Missionaries plan and lead a variety of domestic and international trips that incorporate community, fellowship, prayer, and Catholic Social Teachings as core elements of the experience. Past trips have included: visits to our sister Parish, La Immaculada Concepcion Parish, in La Libertad, El Salvador; a pilgrimage under the patronage of Fr. Augustus Tolton to explore the Sin of Racism in America; pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land; as well as trips to New Orleans, New Mexico, Mexico City, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Yucatan. Trip activities have included, but are not limited to, disaster recovery assistance, exploring the plight of immigrant life, engaging in service and accompanying the poor, building projects, evangelizing and home visits. If you are looking for an enriching opportunity to experience a new culture through the Catholic lens, we invite you to join one of our spring break journeys!

Our Location

We are located just west of Traditions Plaza and Cornell Hall/the Business School. The building is open almost every day 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.. What a convenient place to stop and study or relax between classes! Here are just a few of the perks: • Free wireless internet • Student Lounge area (See bulletin for lounge hours) • Quiet study rooms (located upstairs) • Main Chapel is always open • Daily Masses at noon (lasts about 30 minutes) The Main Office is open for assistance 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Parking at Newman On the weekends, parking in the lot and in the garage is free and available. During home football game days, the lot is closed and remaining cars will be towed. There are several yellow visitor spots in the parking lot closest to our building that are reserved for parking if you will be inside Newman. These spots are labeled with a Newman sign. If you park your car in the lot and go to class, you will be towed. If you are at Newman for times other than daily Mass, please sign in your car at the clipboard outside the main office. White parking spots are for permit parking only. Email reception@ if you are interested in being on the wait list to purchase a permit parking space during the school year.




A Note on Emergencies The Safety and Security Committee has worked to prepare documents to inform parishioners about what to do in case of an emergency, such as a fire, tornado, or active shooter. The committee has trained a team of parishioners to help in emergency situations during Mass. • Several First Aid Kits are located around the building including two in unlocked areas (Student Lounge and upstairs hallway near the drinking fountain.) • Maps and flip charts are located in the classrooms and other meeting rooms that contain important information about what to do and where to go in case of emergency. • Door stoppers are hanging in every classroom in case of emergencies. • To sign up for emergency text alerts, contact

About Us

The mission of Newman parish is: With the help of Grace, to form a Catholic community of faith who cultivates beauty, truth, goodness, communion, and justice. Newman is a campus ministry parish comprised of those affiliated with the academic community and Columbia area residents. We challenge and console each other within a welcoming environment of dynamic worship, fellowship, hospitality and witnessing to Gospel values. We seek to know God’s will through Eucharist, prayer, scripture and teaching. Through the Holy Spirit, we are refreshed and become empowered to minister and to serve.

What is “Newman?” Since the beginning of the 1900s, special parishes and centers have been set up to serve the spiritual needs of Catholic students at universities and colleges. These parishes were named after St. John Henry Cardinal Newman. We are a parish that serves both families and college students. Newman provides all the services of a traditional Catholic parish and has a large campus ministry component as well. Newman’s motto is “Cor Ad Cor Loquitor,” which means “heart speaks to heart.” Whether that’s with God, with another parishioner, or through Catholic tradition, we believe in the importance of speaking from the heart.

Who is St. John Henry Newman St. John Henry Newman was an English educator and churchman from the 19th century. Pastorally and educationally, in his published writings and in his correspondence, Newman’s aim was to describe and arouse the Christian mind. His vocation was to help modern people realize the demands of thinking and acting with the mind of Christ and His Church. St. John Henry Newman’s feast day is October 9.

Fall Semester 2021 Campus Ministry Calendar Aug. 18-21 Aug. 29 Aug. 23 Aug. 25 Sept. 10-11 Oct. 29-31 Dec. 13-17

Newman Welcome Week Events (See page 2) Welcome Mass on the Quad (8 p.m., Traditions Plaza) First day of classes at Mizzou First Ephesians 3 (9 p.m., Newman Church) Ignite Retreat Awakenings #42 Retreat (Lake of the Ozarks) Finals food & study space available at Newman all week!

*More fall (and spring) events to come! Please check the bulletin, social media and weekly email for the most current information! While you are in college, Newman is your faith “home away from home.” Please register with us on our website! Registering with Newman allows us to know you will be coming to mass and will help us to serve you and your spiritual needs as best as we can.

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