Hello, lovely readers!
Mass is something that is an integral part of Catholicism as a whole, and it is a major part of what we do at Newman House.
During my freshman year of college, I think the major time for Mass for us college kids was Student Mass on Sunday evenings. We also had the tradition of having dinner afterwards. We have continued to have Student Mass on Sundays at 6 pm and we still have dinner afterwards. For a while, we would have dinner over at Newman House. But, with the amount of students coming to the dinners, we’ve had to move it back over to St. Leo’s parish hall. ☺ The majority of the time, Fr. Eugene, our campus minister, is the one that celebrates the Mass for us. Fr. Brandon, St. Leo’s parish priest, will often be there to celebrate Mass as well and will occasionally be the main celebrant.
While dinner after Mass is a tradition, sometimes that tradition gets disrupted. ‘What would cause such a disruption?’ you ask. A Super Bowl, perhaps? 😉 Very rarely have we changed the time for Student Mass during the school year, and the Super Bowl is one of those times. Although we normally have Mass at 6 pm, we moved Mass on February 5, 2017, to 3 pm in order to allow students to fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation and still be able to watch the game. And on top of that, we were able to have fellowship with our fellow Catholic students.
Not only do we have Student Mass on Sunday nights, but we are also privileged to be able to have Mass a couple of times during the week. While St. Leo’s has its own Mass schedule for the weekdays, weekday Masses have become more of a regular occurrence over at Newman. Within the past couple of years, having Mass on Monday and Thursday evenings in Newman’s Chapel have become a part of Newman’s schedule. Newman Mass in the old Chapel (pictured below).
With so many people coming to Mass there at Newman, we would have to move Mass to the then study room, or I think it was even held in the main gathering space once. Having to move the Chapel made sense for Mass sense the seating arrangement could only seat around ten people comfortably. Over the summer of 2016, the Chapel was moved to where the study room used to be (pictured below). The way that we have it now can comfortably seat at least twice as many people as the old one could. And this way, more people may feel more comfortable coming to Mass. ☺
Mass is very important to us as it allows us to encounter God and to do so with friends. And to quote Fr. Eugene: “Very good!”
Until next time!
– Victoria the Catholic