Monday
Sep292014

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.    

Monday
Sep222014

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

Thursday
Sep182014

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