“The Light of Faith” – new encyclical from the Vatican

Pope Francis has released his first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei,” the light of faith. The letter gleams with hope and reason for a world that is losing faith in many place. He calls the letter a work of “four hands,” his and those of Pope Benedict XVI, who began writing the letter before his resignation.

The PDF is available for free from the Vatican’s website.

Pope-Francis-meets-Media

Photo credit: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat/2013/03/pope-francis-scares-me-because-god-give-us-what-we-need.html

4th Sunday of Lent

It’s the last week before spring break, the beginning of the Papal Conclave, and the fourth week of Lent. Let’s make it a good one! This week’s bulletin: Bulletin-2013-03-10.pdf

Habemus Papam party

Here’s how this will work:

1. Go to www.popealarm.com and sign up to get a text message or email when the white smoke appears.

2. As soon as you hear that white smoke appears and we have a pope, come over the the Newman Center.

3. Gather ’round the Newman game room TV with snacks for the announcement of the new Shepherd of the Catholic Church!

Papal Prediction Raffle

Pick the next Pope! It’s $3 for one pick, $5 for two picks, and $1 for each additional pick beyond two picks. Whoever picks the winning Cardinal will be entered into a raffle for 50% of the money. The other 50% will go to the Spring Break Service Trip (this is part of why the trip is free for students). The “Pick a Pope” cards are available now and until the new Pope is elected. Turn in your card(s) and money to Chelsea at the front office. The raffle will be held the day after the Pope is elected and the winner will be contacted by email. Questions? Email ryne-carman@utulsa.edu.

Sidewalk Counseling for Life

A Newman alum is leading a local sidewalk counseling ministry for families who are considering abortion. The new ministry is looking for volunteers to talk to women directly and/or pray at the abortion clinic. More help is greatly needed. You don’t need any experience in this type of ministry to get involved, and you can try it before committing to a time shift. Finally, prayers are always great, both for the families and the sidewalk counselors. For more info, contact  kelly-fuchik@utulsa.edu, 918-812-8597.

Passion

Next week’s Gospel reading (John 8:1-11):

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”