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St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Newman Newsletter
Spring, 2018
Students in Action - Newman Involvement
 
Students Making An Impact
 
Student involvement at Newman consists of more than the obvious Sunday night dinners, Food & Finals, and the Duck's Football watch parties.
 
This year, the students at Newman have given back to the community and to Newman in various ways.  We are pleased to share with you several stories of student stewardship in this Spring newsletter.  From working with kids at O'Hara Elementary, to helping out the Carmelite nuns with parking at their annual dinner, these stories will show you how Jesus has touched the hearts and souls of our youth here at Newman.
 
Enjoy the newsletter!
 
Andrew Roybal
Development Director
 
Making a Retreat Happen 
It takes a village...
Article Imageor at least a  bunch of students to make a retreat into something really special.  May 4-6 was the Student Spring Retreat at St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge.  With over 45 students in attendance it took many hands to keep everything running smoothly. 
 
The new Peer Ministers for 2018-19, along with student leadership team and FOCUS team planned and ran the retreat.  This year's theme was Fearless.  There were student-led talks on Fear, Healing, Salvation, Foot Prints, and Moving On.  After each talk the students broke out into small groups lead by their peers.  
 
The students were fed by Kevin and Celismarie Stevens.  Keven and Celismarie will be moving to Wisconsin this summer, as Kevin graduates from the UO Law School this month.  They wanted to give back to Newman by cooking for everyone at the retreat.  
College Knights in Action 
Helping Where Needed
Article ImageOur College Knight of Columbus are no strangers to service.  Their motto is, "we save lives and we change lives."  Ryan Grace, Grand Knight for 2018-19, said that Knights sit down each year and plan out what they can do in the community to serve others.  
 
Each quarter they have volunteered at Catholic Community Services in Springfield.  They work at the food pantry sorting and passing out food to those in need.  Being there for others, they take the opportunity to lend a friendly ear.  Sometimes they will talk about religion and othertimes they talk about sports.  They feel that taking a moment to truly connect is an important part of their service.
Student Volunteers 
Supporting the Webfoot Gala
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Over 20 students volunteered their time to support this year's Webfoot Gala.  They greeted guests, sold raffle tickets, and worked the many stations needed to make the event happen.  Emily Bly and Taylor Kissinger gave of their talent and passion by taking photos of the evening.  Their work can be seen by following this link:  View Gala Photos
 
From the minute the guests parked their cars at the Ford Alumni Center on the UO Campus they were greeted by students in their Catholic Ducks tee shirts.  Mike Patton, a graduating senior & 2017 Casanova Scholarship recipient, said that he was going to miss being a part of this event next year. 
 
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Parishioner Appreciation BBQ 
Students Give Back
The 2017-18 school year started off with a Parishioner Appreciation BBQ that was hosted by the returning Newman students (with a little guidance from the development director). 
 
The students helped to shop and prepare food for 120 parishioners last September.  Several of the College Knights of Columbus manned the BBQ while the other students helped set up tables, the bar, and a buffet of brats, sauerkraut, potato salad and coleslaw.  It was a way for the students to give back and show their appreciation for all that the permanent community does for them throughout the year.  
Serving the Homeless 
Interfaith Breakfast
Madeleine Monkewicz, S.A.L.T. (Student Activities Leadership Team) social justice coordinator and chair, organized students to serve the homeless at the First Christian Church's Sunday Interfaith Breakfast.  
 
Over two weekends last Fall, almost a dozen students gave of their time starting at 6:30 in the morning.  They prepared food on Saturday and returned on Sunday to serve breakfast to those in need.  
 
The Interfaith Breakfast is a community response to hunger that includes participation by Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, and Quaker faith communities in partnership with Food For Lane County.  The breakfast serves up to 400 people each Sunday.
College Catholic Daughters of the Americas 
Unity and Charity
Our College Catholic Daughters of the Americas at Newman has about two dozen members.  Established in 2016, they were the first campus court chapter in the state of Oregon.  They believe in helping those in pain, poverty, sorrow, or sickness.  
 
Just in time for Christmas, the Catholic Daughters held their annual Catholic Jewelry & Rosary sale.  Proceeds from that sale went to hosting a local family for Christmas.  Members of the Catholic Daughters purchased gifts, clothing, and food to bring to the family.  
 
In January, in partnership with the College Knights they sponsored a clothing drive to benefit Hosea Youth Services.  A local non-profit that provides resources such as food, clothing, and showers for homeless youth.
 
This Spring, the Catholic Daughters had a bake sale.  The profits were used to purchase school supplies for students at O'Hara Catholic Elementary School.  In April, the college women visited O'Hara and taught the kindergarten class about God's creation using interactive learning techniques. It was a joyful use of their time and talents and was a happy experience for all. 
 

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