5/21/2013: Three New Clergy Appointed to SJCNC
Monsignor Ketcham is pleased to announce that Bishop Daniel Jenky has appointed 3 new clergy to St. John's Catholic Newman Center!
Fr. Jim Pankiewicz will begin service on June 12. Fr. Jim is originally from St. Joseph, MO. He discovered his vocation while pursuing a Masters degree in History at Western Illinois University, where he was involved at St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on May 29, 2010 and has been serving at St. Joseph Parish in Pekin, IL.
Three Salesian priests, yet to be named, will be joining the Diocese of Peoria with service and residency at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign. One of these Salesian priests will be full time at St. John's Catholic Newman Center as an assistant chaplain beginning on July 1.
Deacon Jim Brewer was ordained to the diaconate on May 19, 2013 and has been assigned to St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Deacon Jim hails from Ivesdale, IL where he serves as the fire chief and city administrator. Deacon Jim is married to his wife Jeni, and they have 3 sons (Luke, Mark, and John Paul).
Finally, also joining the pastoral staff at SJCNC is Sr. Theresa Samson, FMA. Sr. Theresa is a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco and has a degree in Spiritual Direction. She will be joining us in August.
We look forward to the arrival of each of these 4 new pastoral staff members!
5/6/2013: Summer Mass Schedule
Our Summer Mass schedule is as follows:
Monday - Saturday 12:05 P.M.
Saturday (Vigil Mass) 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:30 A.M.
Confessions are heard Saturdays from 4:00-4:45 P.M. or by appointment (217-344-1184)
4/30/2013: SJCNC To Launch New Campus Food Pantry
Sadly, one of the fastest growing trends found on college campuses today is hunger. In fall of 2013, the St. John's Catholic Newman Center will launch a food pantry exclusively serving the students of the University of Illinois and Parkland College.
The Newman Shares! Food Pantry has sought and received accreditation from the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, and is working in collaboration with other campus units, registered student organizations, and campus faith ministries to identify students in need, staff the volunteer positions, and support the new program through food drives and other activities.
Although there are a number of food pantries in the Champaign-Urbana community, Newman Shares! will be the only one of its kind specifically serving needy college students. Community food banks are often underutilized by students, due in part to transportation concerns, operating hours, embarrassment, or misconceptions about eligibility. In contrast, the Newman Shares! pantry will explicitly serve students, in a convenient location on campus, steps away from public transportation hubs, with hours most convenient to college students’ schedules. The Newman Shares! pantry will conduct outreach on campus to identify students in crisis through partnerships and collaboration with campus staff, student organizations, and other campus faith-based ministries.
We need your help! Be a part of this groundbreaking new effort by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org today! We are seeking students to help with food drives and donation pickup, managing logistics, performing campus outreach, and much more. Learn more at: http://facebook.com/NewmanShares.
4/18/2013: A Life of Faith & Science: Dr. Jerome Lejeune
Dr. Jerome Lejeune: Servant of God & Founder of Modern Genetics
Join us on Saturday, April 20 as we explore the amazing life and science of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the founder of modern genetics and a devout Catholic. Dr. Lejeune is best known for the discovery of the link of diseases to chromosomal abnormalities. Dr. Lejeune's science informed his faith, and a case has been opened for his canonization.
Dr. Mark Basik and Dr. Ombretta Salvucci will share how Dr. Lejeune's life and scientific approach have changed their lives as scientists and people of faith.
The event begins with Mass at noon, followed by a light lunch and talk in the Swetland Assembly Room beginning at 12:30.
This presentation will appeal to all, but especially those in the sciences. Find out more information and RSVP to the event at http://on.fb.me/14bvwQB
4/15/2013: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception is May 11
Congratulations Class of 2013! Join us as we celebrate your years of hard work, and welcome you into the St. John's Catholic Newman Center Alumni family!
SJCNC will host Bishop Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet to help celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at 5PM on Saturday, May 11. A special reception for graduates and their families will immediately follow the Mass.
If you are graduating this Spring and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart at email@example.com or by calling the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 6th.
4/3/2013: Restless Heart
The Service & Justice Outreach ministry at St. John's Catholic Newman Center presents the film RESTLESS HEART at The Arts Theater Co-op on Church Street in Champaign.
RESTLESS HEART uses a historic backdrop to tell the true story of Augustine of Hippo – one of the Catholic Church’s most beloved and well-known Saints. Its message is as timely today as it was only a few generations after Jesus walked on Earth. It is the story of one who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass – and the changes that occur when events lead him to see the light. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe.
There will be two performances. The first will be on Monday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. and the second will be on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and all tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. No credit cards accepted; please make checks payable to Service and Justice Outreach. For more information, contact Sr. Maryann Schaefer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-255-6629. Benefits will help provide a refrigeration system for our university students' food pantry.
4/3/2013: Tridentine Latin Mass
4/3/2013: Benedict XVI & The Crisis of Christianity in Western Culture
Join Dr. Kenneth Howell for this month's Howell Hoot night for a discussion of Benedict XVI's legacy and the crisis of Christianity in the western culture today. The event takes place at 7PM on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Lewis Lounge.
4/2/2013: Memorial Mass for Philip Edgerley
Philip Edgerley, a much beloved member of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center family and longtime resident of Newman Hall, passed away last week. A Memorial Mass in his honor will be offered at St. John's Chapel on Wednesday, April 3rd at 5PM. Philip had a heart made out of gold, and brought joy to all who knew him. Please join us as we celebrate the gift of Philip's life and friendship, and to pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. A reception will follow immediately after the Mass in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly Room.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace.
3/22/2013: Holy Week Schedule
2013 Holy Week Schedule
Monday, March 25
12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass
Tuesday, March 26
12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass, 7:30 PM Tenebrae
Wednesday, March 27
12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass
Holy Thursday, March 28
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday, March 29
12:00 PM Stations of the Cross on the Quad, 3:00 PM Good Friday Service, 4:00 PM Confessions, 7:30 PM Good Friday Service
Holy Saturday, March 30
7:30 PM Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31
10:30 AM Mass, 5:00 PM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass
3/14/2013: Mass for the Repose of Gail Davis
On Thursday morning, March 14th, Gail Davis, a beloved former member of the Newman Dining Room staff, passed on to the Lord. The 12:05 pm Mass on Thursday will be offered for the repose of her soul. All are invited to attend.
Eternal rest grant to her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.
3/8/2013: Spring Break Mass Schedule
Our Spring Break Mass Schedule will be as follows:
Sunday, March 17 - 10:30 AM
Monday, March 18 - 12:05 PM
Tuesday, March 19 - 12:05 PM
Wednesday, March 20 - 12:05 PM
Thursday, March 21 - 12:05 PM
Friday, March 22 - 12:05 PM
Saturday, March 23 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)
Sunday, March 24 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM
2/26/2013: Celebrate Pope Benedict XVI
Celebrate Pope Benedict XVI with us on his last day as our Holy Father. The festivities include Masses, reflections on his life and papacy, and lots of food, fun, games, and prizes!
Wednesday, February 27th
5 PM Mass celebrating Pope Benedict XVI
Thursday, February 28th
8 AM Eucharistic Adoration & Morning Prayers featuring brief reflections
Plus, a special breakfast will be served in the Dining Room. Open to all (free for residents)
9 PM Mass celebrating Pope Benedict XVI
9:30 PM Reception & Celebration featuring food, games, and prizes!
2/22/2013: Vatican Scientist to Critique Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
On March 7th, St. John's Catholic Newman Center will host an exciting lecture event featuring Br. Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit brother and astronomist and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. The lecture, entitled "A Critique: What's Right & Wrong About Stephen Hawking's Grand Design" will explore Hawking's theories of the creation of the universe. The event will be held at 7PM in Foellinger Auditorium and is free and open to the public. More information about the event and Br. Consolmagno can be found on the Facebook event page located at http://on.fb.me/Z0eNN9.
A Critique: What's Right & Wrong About Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. of the Vatican Observatory
Thursday, March 7 at 7PM
Free and open to the public.
2/20/2013: Is Faith Reasonable?
Join Fr. Charles, Shawn Reeves, and Molly Power on Wednesday, 2/20 at 7PM for this month's Truth & Lies event on the topic of Faith and Reason. Challenge your definition of faith and reason, and examine the true nature of each in this interactive discussion. We will also discuss Fr. Luigi Giussani's approach to faith. The event will be at 7PM this Wednesday, February 20 in the Monsignor Swetland Room.
2/13/2013: Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday of Lent in the Chapel at 3pm.
2/13/2013: 2013 Lenten Resolve: Prayer & The Mass
Lent begins today! A time for fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. This year, the SJCNC Lenten Resolve focuses on prayer - specifically, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! Join with us this year and resolve to attend Mass one additional time per week beyond your Sunday obligation.
Are you up for the challenge? Visit the SJCNC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SJCNC for daily inspiration and encouragement, information and resources. We'll also be sharing many other ways that you can focus on your prayer life this Lent.
Masses are held each day at 12:05, at 5pm on MTuWF, and at 9pm on Thursdays!
2/11/2013: Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Statement from the Diocese of Peoria:
After hearing the news that Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign his ministry on February 28th, the Most Reverend Daniel Jenky, C.S.C, Bishop of Peoria was shocked: “I was completely surprised when I heard the news.” These are truly historic times and without recent precedent. When reading the pope’s official statement, Jenky was moved by the Holy Father’s deep faith in Christ and love for the Church. The resignation of Pope Benedict will be a great loss to the Church.
Jenky has had the privilege of meeting Pope Benedict many times including his ad limina visit in February 2012. With each visit he was moved by the Pope’s brilliance, wisdom and holiness. Jenky reflected that over the last few months, the Holy Father has looked a bit more tired. This announcement confirmed this. Jenky called upon all Catholics and people of good will to pray for the Holy Father’s health and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as a new pope is elected.
Statement from Monsignor Ketcham:
I, like so many others, was shocked to hear the news that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from his ministry as the Bishop of Rome and Successor to St. Peter on February 28th. When elected in 2005, many anticipated his pontificate to be one merely of transition after such a long pontificate by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. However, Pope Benedict inspired many by his own identity as the Vicar of Christ and his holiness and teaching lead many to the Heart of Jesus. We at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are so grateful for his leadership and tireless service. We pray that bright days are ahead for his continuing contribution to Holy Mother Church in prayer and writing.
Pope John Paul II announced the coming “New Evangelization” in the Church. Pope Benedict XVI got us out of the blocks. Now, we as Catholics are confident the Holy Spirit will give us a new and dynamic Pope to take the “New Evangelization” into a sprint! May God Bless Pope Benedict XVI and may God Bless the future of His Holy Catholic Church.
Sincerely in Christ,
Msgr. Gregory Ketcham
1/18/2013: Ash Wednesday Schedule
Ash Wednesday is February 13, 2013. Our Ash Wednesday schedule will be as follows:
8:00 AM Mass - Main Chapel
12:00 PM Mass - Parkland College (location TBD)
12:05 PM Mass - Main Chapel
12:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms
1:45 PM Ash Service - On the Quad
3:45 PM Exposition - Main Chapel
4:00 PM Confessions - Main Chapel
4:45 PM Benediction - Main Chapel
5:00 PM Mass - Main Chapel
5:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms
9:00 PM Mass - Main Chapel
9:10 PM Ash Service - Msgr. Swetland Assembly Rooms
12/10/2012: Christmas Break Mass Schedule
Dec 22 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Dec 23 - 10:30 AM Mass
Dec 24 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mas
Dec 25 - 10:30 AM Mass
Dec 26 - 12:05 PM Mass
Dec 27 - 12:05 PM Mass
Dec 28 - 12:05 PM Mass
Dec 29 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Dec 30 - 10:30 AM Mass
Dec 31 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 1 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 2 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 3 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 4 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 5 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Jan 6 - 10:30 AM Mass
Jan 7 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 8 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 9 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 10 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 11 - 12:05 PM Mass
Jan 12 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Jan 13 - 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass
Jan 14 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule
12/4/2012: Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule
Saturday, December 8th is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is always a Holy Day of Obligation. Following is the Mass schedule:
December 7 - 5:00 PM (Vigil)
December 8 - 9:00 AM
December 8 - 12:05 PM
The 5:00 PM Mass on December 8 is the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday in Advent.
11/27/2012: Am I Good Enough for God?
<p><span itemprop="description"><span class="fsl">Join us for this month's Catholic Illini Comm[UNITY] Night as FOCUS's very own Travis Todd explores what's standing between you and a closer relationship with God through the question "Am I Good Enough for God?" The event will be held at 7:30 on Wednesday, November 28th in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly Room. We hope to see you there! RSVP for the event at:http://on.fb.me/Y053lY.
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11/26/2012: Christmas Concert & Mass
Join us for the annual Christmas Concert & Mass this Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 in the Chapel! The concert begins at 7:30, followed by Mass at 8:30.
11/16/2012: Holy Day Vigil Mass & Celebration in Downtown Chicago
Join us for the annual St. John's Catholic Newman Center Holy Day Vigil Mass and Christmas celebration in downtown Chicago with alumni, family, and friends of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois.
Where: The Library (40th Floor, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago - LaSalle & Adams)
When: Friday, December 7th
What: 6:00 pm: Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
6:45 pm: Reception featuring drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and brief remarks by Newman Center students and staff.
Tickets: $25/person RSVP today!
11/13/2012: Daughter of a King Women's Night, Thu 11/15
Ladies: We are true daughters of God. Being daughters of the King is a beautiful honor bestowed on us! But wait. What does it mean to be a true daughter of God? How should this change us? And what does this mean for our lives?? Join us Thursday at 7:30 in Lewis Lounge to find out!! More info and RSVP at http://on.fb.me/QCewMF.
11/12/2012: How Do I Find Happiness in Love & Sex?
Love, sex, and relationships are the focus of the November Truth & Lies series. Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge for an interactive discussion on finding true happiness in love and relationships.
11/12/2012: Thanksgiving Dinner, Thurs., 11/15
We are thankful for every member of the St. John's Catholic Newman Center family! Celebrate Thanksgiving with your campus and Newman Center family at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, this Thursday, November 15th! We'll celebrate in style with the full meal deal - turkey and ALL the trimmings, candlelight, and music. Tickets are $5 for non-Newman residents, and all are welcome. Dinner begins at 4:30 with hors d'oeuvres, and continues through 7pm.
11/7/2012: Fall Break Mass Schedule
Saturday, November 17 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday, November 18 - 10:30 AM Mass
Monday, November 19 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass
Tuesday, November 20 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass
Wednesday, November 21 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass
Thursday, November 22 - 9:00 AM Thanksgiving Mass
Friday, November 23 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass
Saturday, November 24 - 12:05 PM Daily Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday, November 25 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM Masses
Monday, November 26 - Resume Normal Schedule
11/5/2012: Vocations Fair, Thursday 11/8
Curious about religious life? Are you discerning a call to a religious vocation? Representatives from several Illinois dioceses and religious orders will be at Newman Center on Thursday, November 8 to discuss vocational discernment and opportunities. Join us at 6pm Thursday evening for dinner, presentations, and conversations. The event will be held in the Monsignor Swetland Assembly room. RSVP to email@example.com so we can plan for food!
10/29/2012: All Saints Day: Mass & Eucharistic Procession Schedule
On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. The Mass schedule for this Holy Day of Obligation includes a Vigil Mass at 5pm on Wednesday, October 31st, and 3 Masses on Thursday (12:05 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.).
A Eucharistic Procession to the Quad will be held at 3:30 on Thursday. Please join us at the Chapel at 3:30 as we being our joyful procession and bring Christ to the Quad.
10/24/2012: Annual Eucharistic Procession, 11/1
"For all the saints, who from their labors rest..." Mark your calendar to join us for the annual Eucharistic Procession to the Quad on All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1. Meet at the Chapel at 3:30!
10/24/2012: Homecoming Tailgate, Saturday 10/27
Join us after the Illinois Homecoming Game for the annual Newman Center Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, October 27th. The party begins after the game in the North Courtyard of Newman Center, on the corner of Sixth and Chalmers.
Reconnect with old friends, meet current Newman Center students and residents, and enjoy food, music, and fun for the whole family.
After the party, join us for Mass at 5pm in St. John's Chapel. A Memorial Mass honoring the late Monsignor Duncan will be held at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, October 28th.
10/24/2012: What's So Catholic About Interfaith Initiatives?, 10/25 at 8pm
Please join Service & Justice Outreach in the St Paul room at 8pm Thursday evening for a discussion about interfaith dialogue and service! This is our second J-Session of the year and will feature presentations by Fr. Charles, Ellie Brick, Kaitlyn Taylor (both sophomores at Newman) plus Masood Haque who is active with the RSO Interfaith in Action. All are welcome to attend!
10/22/2012: Support SJO & Get FroYo
It's FroYo Week at Newman Center, October 22 through 26! TCBY will be in the Newman Dining Room all week long, from 11am-2pm, serviing 6 flavors of frozen yogurt, with 6 toppings. Each serving is $5, and all proceeds benefit Service & Justice Outreach, and the excellent work they do in bringing Christ's love to the less fortunate in our community. Stop by this week, get some froyo, and support SJO!
10/17/2012: Winter Break Mission Trip to Tampa, FL
Make a difference in a child's life this Winter Break. Service & Justice Outreach (SJO) is hosting their first Mission Break Trip for Tampa, FL - Jan. 7-12, 2013. During the trip, you'll have a chance to impact lives through outreach to homeless, helping in classrooms, and working with children. Get on-board for this great experience of serving Christ in others and complete your application by Oct. 24th. Applications are available at the St. John's Catholic Newman Center Hall Office at Sixth & Armory. For questions, please contact Sr. Maryann Schaefer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Monica Marry (email@example.com)
10/16/2012: Catholic Arts Festival, Saturday 10/20
Join us for the Catholic Arts Festival this Saturday from 9am to 3pm in the Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory, Champaign)! Come enjoy the beauty of the Catholic faith as expressed by student and professional artists! The festival will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and a talk on "Art, Beauty, and the Catholic Faith" by Fr. Charles Klamut at 2pm.
10/15/2012: RA Applications open
RA applications are being accepted now. Please review the following application packet.
To submit the RA application, please complete it online here by the deadline of October 29th at 8am.
10/1/2012: Run for Justice 5k, October 6
Get your running or walking shoes on and join us this Saturday, October 6th at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana for the 10th annual Run for Justice 5k! The Run is one of the primary fundraisers for Service & Justice Outreach and helps support the many local charities that SJO works with.
The first 100 runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Sign-up the dayof the race, or in advance at the Newman Center Hall Office anytime, or in the Newman Dining Room during meal hours this week. The cost is $20.
Run or walk - it's great excercise and a good time, while supporting great causes!
What: SJO Run for Justice 5k
When: Saturday, October 6th starting at 9 am
Where: Crystal Lake Park in Urbana
10/1/2012: Morality & Love October 10
Join us as the Truth & Lies Lecture series "Semester of Love" continues with a talk on love and morality. Come explore answers to questions like: "How is morality about love?" and "Can morality make me happy?", Wednesday, October 10th at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge. Hear insights from a panel of Newman Center pastoral staff, and have an chance to ask your own questions on the topic. See you there!
What: How is Morality About Love? (And, Can it Make Me Happy?)
When: Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm
Where: Lewis Lounge at the St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory Ave, Champaign)
9/11/2012: Lord of the Rings Discussion Group
You are cordially invited to a weekly discussion group concerning The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien!
Come explore the glories of Middle-Earth with Frodo, Gandalf, et al! The group will be led by Fr. Charles, a Tolkien enthusiast with 8 years of experience teaching a Lord of the Rings course to students at Peoria Notre Dame High School. We will discuss a few chapters a week with the intent of finishing the books by the end of the academic year. Each week a student will help lead the discussion.
The group meets every Sunday evening, beginning September 16th, from 7-8:30PM in Lewis Lounge.
9/10/2012: What Does It Mean To Love?
Join us on Wednesday, Sptember 12 at 7pm for the first Truth & Lies session of the semester. The Truth & Lies series shares insights about areas of the Catholic faith from a panel of pastoral staff members. This semester's theme is "A Semester of Love," discussing various ways in which the Catholic faith is focused on love,
On Wednesday, the panel will discuss "What Does It Mean to Love, and Where Do I Find It?" The event will be held in Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Join us as we ask questions, explore our faith, and grow more deeply in our understanding of the Catholic faith.
9/7/2012: Calling All Artists!
Attention artists and artisans! St. John's Catholic Newman Center is seeking painters, sculptors, and other visual media artists to submit works for the revitalized Cathlolic Arts Festival on October 20th. The theme of the festival is Mary, but artists are invited to submit other works on topics relevant to truth, beauty, and goodness.
9/4/2012: Talk on Suffering & Evil, Wed. 9/5
<p>Join us on Wednesday, September 5th at 7pm for the first Howell Hoot night of the year! The topic of this month's event is "If There Is a God, Why So Much Evil & Suffering in the World? The talk will be held at 7pm in the Lewis Lounge at St. John's Catholic Newman Center.</p>
8/13/2012: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held at 12:05 PM in the Main Chapel. Fr. Joel Phelps will be the celebrant.
5/11/2012: Summer Mass Schedule Begins May 13, 2012
Please note: The summer Mass schedule begins Sunday, May 13, 2012. The summer Mass schedule is as follows:
Monday - Saturday - 12:05 PM Daily Mass
Saturday - 4:00 PM Confessions
Saturday - 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday - 10:30 AM Mass
4/30/2012: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception Set for May 12, 2012
On Saturday, May 12 at 5:00pm, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 8, 2012.
4/16/2012: Position Open for Director of Marketing and Communications
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center (SJCNC) seeks a full-time Director of Marketing & Communications. The Director will work with the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center team to implement a diversified marketing and communications plan that will spread the message of the Center to key organizational constituents and raise awareness among its various audiences. The Director is charged with developing and overseeing a new and comprehensive marketing strategy for all communications (online, offline, internal and external) to consistently and constantly articulate the mission and message of SJCNC. The Director will work closely with ministry, hall operations, and development staff to reach out to and engage new students, keep current students informed and connected, and maintain strong connections with alumni, parents, and other organizational partners and friends. Must be a practicing member of the Roman Catholic Church and be thorough in their knowledge of the Catholic faith
To apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a graphic design sample via email to: email@example.com. Application deadline: May 10, 2012.
4/11/2012: Join us for Catholic Illini Comm[Unity] night!
Catholic Musician Danielle Rose is coming to Newman Hall!
Join us for a night of music, food, fellowship, and fun.
7pm Thursday April 19th in the Msgr Swetland Assembly Room
4/9/2012: 1st Annual Summer Homecoming!
Join us July 20-22, 2012 for our 1st Annual Summer Homecoming event!
Registration is now open for the 2012 SJCNC Summer Homecoming. Join us for this fun filled weekend on campus. You will be able to connect and reconnect with friends, classmates, alumni, and staff.
This summer you can enjoy an affordable stay at Newman with great food in our dining room and memorable activities, there will be lots of reunions, and plenty of opportunities for Adoration, Confession, and Mass.
This enjoyable weekend will conclude with a Sunday Memorial mass and reception honoring our late Chaplain Emeritus, Monsignor Duncan.
If this sounds good, visit the registration page for more information, a schedule or the weekend, and to sign up.
4/8/2012: Calling Catholic Illini 2012
Thank you to everyone who participated in Calling Catholic Illini 2012. It was a blessing to have 25 religious from 13 different congregations present to help increase awareness about religious vocations. This joy filled encounter enabled the 40 students in attendance to learn valuable information about discernment.
The evening began with a welcome dinner followed by Fr. Lampitt’s keynote address on religious vocations. Two future seminarians from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center also gave their testimony on responding to God’s call to the priesthood. The event included question and answer opportunities with the various religious and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
Special thanks to Newman’s Dining Hall staff, Service and Justice Outreach, Grad Rosary, FOCUS and Koinonia for their collaborating efforts in making this event possible.
4/3/2012: Holy Week Schedule
Holy Week Schedule
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass, 7:30 Tenebrae Service
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass
Holy Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:00 PM Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad, 3:00 PM Good Friday Service, 7:30 PM Good Friday Service
Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 4:00 Confessions, 7:30 PM Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 10:30 AM Mass, 5:00 PM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass
3/29/2012: Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad-Good Friday
Join us for Living Stations of the Cross on the Quad
Good Friday, April 6, 2012
Meet in the south courtyard of Newman Hall. We will process to the Quad where the Stations of the Cross will be reenacted. All are welcome to attend!
3/9/2012: Calling Catholic Illini 2012
3/9/2012: Spring Break Mass Schedule
Saturday, March 17 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday, March 18 - 10:30 AM Mass
Monday, March 19 - 12:05 PM Mass
Tuesday, March 20 - 12:05 PM Mass
Wednesday, March 21 - 12:05 PM Mass
Thursday, March 22 - 12:05 PM Mass
Friday, March 23 - 12:05 PM Mass
Saturday, March 24 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Mass
Sunday, March 25 - 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass
2/16/2012: Veritas Forum Welcomes Peter Kreeft to Campus
Between Muhammad and Jesus: an Interfaith Dialogue
March 8, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
ARC Multipurpose Room 6
Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
Zeki Saritoprak, Director of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies, John Carroll University
Reception to follow
2/6/2012: Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
The February 22, 2012 Ash Wednesday schedule will be as follows:
8:00 AM - Mass
12:00 PM - Mass at Parkland College
12:05 PM - Mass in Main Chapel
12:10 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Room
1:45 PM - Ash Service on the Quad
3:45 PM - Exposition
4:00 PM - Confessions in the Main Chapel
4:45 PM - Benediction
5:00 PM - Mass with Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC in Main Chapel
9:00 PM - Mass in Main Chapel
9:05 PM - Ash Service in Swetland Assembly Room
1/12/2012: Homily Honoring Chaplain Emeritus, Msgr. Edward J. Duncan, P.A.
Dear Friends of SJCNC,
1/4/2012: Chaplain Emeritus, Monsignor Edward Duncan Passes Away at 96
Wake and Visitation at Hurst Funeral Home, LaSalle, IL on Tuesday, January 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
12/6/2011: Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule
Thursday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be held Wednesday, December 7 (Vigil) at 5:00 PM and Thursday, December 8 at 12:05 PM, 5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.
11/28/2011: St. John's Annual Christmas Concert & Mass
Please join us for St. John's Annual Christmas Concert & Mass!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
7:30 PM Christmas Concert
8:30 PM Mass
Cookies and punch will be served in the Social Hall (beneath St. John's Chapel) following the Mass.
11/8/2011: Fall Break Mass Schedule
Please note our Fall Break Mass Schedule:
Saturday, November 19 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil)
Sunday, November 20 - 10:30 AM
Monday, November 21 - 12:05 PM
Tuesday, November 22 - 12:05 PM
Wednesday, November 23 - 12:05 PM
Thursday, November 24 - 9:00 AM
Friday, November 25 - 12:05 PM
Saturday, November 26 - 12:05 PM, 4:00 PM (Confessions), 5:00 PM (Vigil)
Sunday, November 27 - 10:30 AM, 9:00 PM
Monday, November 28 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule
10/18/2011: Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout
SJCNC welcomes Mr. Patrick McCaskey on November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Swetland Assembly Rooms. Mr. McCaskey is currently the Senior Director with the Chicago Bears. He is chairman of Sports Faith International, an initiative that honors exceptional athletes who lead exemplary lives at the professional, college and high school levels. He is a frequent speaker known for his sense of humor and his Christian devotion. Come join us and hear Mr. McCaskey as he honestly shares his faith and life-lesson experiences. Refreshments will be served - bring a friend!
9/27/2011: SJCNC Welcomes Matthew Kelly to Campus!
Matthew Kelly is coming to the University of Illinois
Monday, October 17th at 7:00 P.M., Foellinger Auditorium
The event is FREE!
Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, where he began speaking and writing in 1993. Since that time he has travelled in more than fifty countries and spoken to over four million people. He has written twelve books which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists and have been published in twenty-five languages. His titles include: The Rhythm of Life, The Seven Levels of Intimacy, The Dream Manager, and Building Better Families.
His core message, regardless of whether he is speaking in a business, a school, or at a church, invites listeners to become the-best-version-of-themselves. Kelly convincingly communicates this message as God's desire for each of us.
Please come out and join us in welcoming Matthew Kelly!
9/7/2011: Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit at St. John's
8/22/2011: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Returns to Campus
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, former Director and Head Chaplain, returns to campus the weekend of September 17-19, 2011. Msgr. Swetland will preach all of the weekend Masses as a prelude to 24 Hours of Grace which will take place September 23-24, 2011. Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on September 18th, a reception in honor of Msgr. Swetland will take place in the Swetland Assembly rooms on the lower level from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM. Please RSVP to Vickie Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Chapel office at 217-255-6641.
Msgr. Swetland holds the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is also the Vice President for Catholic Identity of the University and serves as the Executive Director for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.
6/28/2011: A Message from our Director & Head Chaplain
Dear Friends of SJCNC,
4/26/2011: Annual Graduation Mass & Reception
On Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 5:00pm, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the Annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in the Newman Hall Dining Room (with appetizers and a buffet dinner) in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. There is no cost to attend the reception. We just ask that you notify us of the number in your party. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart @email@example.com or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by 5-9-11.
4/12/2011: Announcement from the Director
Dear Friends of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois,
4/8/2011: Walking Stations of the Cross on the Quad
Join us for our annual Walking Stations of the Cross held on the University of Illinois Quad (behind the Illini Union). St. John's Catholic Newman Center students reenact the 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Those wishing to attend should gather in the south courtyard of St. John's Catholic Newman Center (604 E. Armory Avenue). The faithful will then process to the Quad.
4/7/2011: Wonder What It Is Like To Work In The Vatican?
Msgr. Richard Soseman, priest of the Diocese of Peoria and currently a member of the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican will come to speak at St. John's on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Msgr. Soseman will talk about what it is like to work for and in the Vatican. Following Msgr. Soseman's talk he will take questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
3/18/2011: Spring Break Mass Schedule
The Spring Break Mass Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, March 19 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday, March 20 - 9:00 AM Spanish Mass, 10:30 AM Mass
Monday, March 21 - 12:05 PM Mass
Tuesday, March 22 - 12:05 PM Mass
Wednesday, March 23 - 12:05 PM Mass
Thursday, March 24 - 12:05 PM Mass
Friday, March 25 - 12:05 PM Mass
Saturday, March 26 - 12:05 PM Mass, 4:00 PM Confessions, 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday, March 27 - 9:00 AM Spanish Mass, 10:30 AM Mass, 9:00 PM Mass
Monday, March 28 - Resume Normal Mass Schedule
3/15/2011: The Day to Day Experiences of Working For & In The Vatican
Monsignor Richard Soseman, a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, will be present to speak with students on Monday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Swetland Assembly Room. Monsignor Soseman will give a 40 minute presentation on "The Day to Day Experiences of Working For & In The Vatican." Monsignor Soseman will then field questions from the audience.
3/11/2011: Stations of the Cross during Lent
2/25/2011: Ash Wednesday Schedule-March 9
|8:00am||Mass with Ashes|
|12:05pm||Mass with Ashes|
|12:10pm||Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word|
|1:45pm||Ash Service on the Quad|
|2:00-3:00pm||Confessions on the Quad|
|5:00pm||Mass with Ashes|
|5:05pm||Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word|
|9:00pm||Mass with Ashes|
|9:05pm||Ash Service with Liturgy of the Word|
2/15/2011: Announcement from the Director
Dear Students, Staff, and Friends of SJCNC,
The Superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception notified me a number of weeks ago that Sr. Sarah Roy would become the full-time Vocations Director for their Order next year. Thus, leaving us with only one full-time Sister available next year to minister to the students of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois. Although I care very much for Sr. Sarah and Sr. Janice Keenan and have let them know that, my pastoral concern and love for the students must be my priority. Thus, after consultation with the Catholic Diocese of Peoria and the Superior of the Franciscans, a decision has been made to bring our relationship of full-time ministry with the Franciscans to a conclusion this coming summer. We THANK Sr. Janice Keenan, Sr. Saray Roy, and all the other Franciscans who have previously served in ministry at St. John's! We will enjoy Sr. Sarah's frequent visits in doing vocations work in the years to come and I anticipate seeing both Sr. Sarah and Sr. Janice at many Koinonia Reunions and the like. They are always welcome at St. John's! Be assured, ALL ministries of St. John's Catholic Newman Center will continue on! Because of my care and concern for all of our students, and especially in this care, for our young ladies, please keep me in your prayers as I pursue discussions with other Religious Congregations who can join our Pastoral Staff and meet the needs of our students. May God continue to Bless us now and in the future!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
11/23/2010: The Healing of Deacon John Sullivan
On Monday, February 7, 2011, St. John's Catholic Newman Center will host Deacon John Sullivan. Deacon Sullivan, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, received miraculous healing with the intercession of Cardinal Newman. It was through this miracle that the Church declared Newman “Blessed.”
Join us to hear Deacon Sullivan's story at 7:00 p.m. in the Swetland Assembly Rooms. Following Deacon Sullivan's talk, time will be allotted for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.
11/1/2010: Jack Roeser to Speak at St. John's
SJCNC welcomes Mr. Jack Roeser, renowned Champaign News Talk Radio host. Jack shares his views on "Faith and Politics" at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9th in the Swetland Assembly rooms. Jack is an entrepreneur in business and politics and is the Chairman and founder of Otto Engineering, Inc. in Carpentersville, IL. For decades Jack has put his money where his mouth is in the political arena and he has issued a call for more good men and women to step forward and join in the work for positive reform.
10/20/2010: SJO's 5K Run for Justice in Crystal Lake Park
10/7/2010: Fr. Jeff Grob-Exorcist to Speak at St. John's
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from the sky"
Fr. Jeff Grob, exorcist for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will speak at St. John's Catholic Newman Center on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Last year, St. John's exorcist speaker filled Foellinger and we are once again expecting a full house this year. Fr. Grob will speak of his training and experiences. Time for questions and answers will follow Fr. Grob's talk. Refreshments will be served in the Newman Hall Dining Room following the event. The event is free of charge.
10/7/2010: 24 Hours of Grace
From 11:00 a.m. on October 1st until 11:00 a.m. on October 2nd, St. John's Catholic Newman Center held its second annual 24 Hours of Grace. Confessions were heard in the Chapel for all 24 hours. A Procession of the Divine Mercy image to the Quad preceeded 2 1/4 hours of non-stop Confessions on the Quad. Students also signed up for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock.
8/25/2010: Hear Fr. Co's Radio Interviews!
Our own Fr. Anthony Co has been a guest on Relevant Radio four times during 2010. Click here for links to each of his recent interviews.
8/19/2010: SJCNC's Shawn Reeves Featured in EWTN Story
Our Director of Religious Education, Shawn Reeves, was the focus of a story about an education conference recently held at Franciscan University of Steubenville:
Nice work, Shawn!
8/10/2010: Fr. Anthony Co Returns from Mission Trip
Last month, Fr. Anthony Co served as the chaplain for a FOCUS mission trip to the Philippines. Among the FOCUS missionaries leading the trip was Newman alumnus and 2003 Illinois graduate Miko Sy. Check out their brief retrospective video below:
7/30/2010: Update on Dr Howell's Reinstatement
Dear Friends of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center,
I want to share with you how the conversations that have taken place between our Newman Center and the University of Illinois have recently borne fruit. I invite you to read the public statement from the Diocese of Peoria found below. Thank you for your patience with us during the confusion of recent weeks—your support has been greatly appreciated as we strived to do what was necessary to defend our tradition, chart our future, and retain a healthy relationship with the University of Illinois.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Msgr. Gregory K. Ketcham
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria
July 30, 2010
DIOCESE OF PEORIA CONFIRMS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS’ DECISION
TO REHIRE CATHOLIC PROFESSOR KENNETH HOWELL
For Immediate Release
PEORIA- The University of Illinois has confirmed with officials from the Catholic Diocese
of Peoria that they will comply with the Diocese’s request that Dr. Kenneth Howell be allowed to teach courses at the University. Chancellor, Patricia M. Gibson, stated, “The Diocese of Peoria has met with and had several discussions with the University of Illinois officials since their decision in May to terminate Dr. Howell’s ability to teach at the University. We have had several meetings and discussions with University officials and are very pleased that the outcome of these efforts resulted in a return of Dr. Kenneth Howell to the classroom.
“In recent years, Dr. Howell has done an excellent job teaching at the University and both Monsignor Gregory Ketcham, Director of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, and Diocesan representatives staunchly advocated that he remain the adjunct professor of courses in Catholicism.” Gibson further stated, “The University of Illinois also wishes to consult with St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese in the future regarding these courses.
“St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese of Peoria adamantly embrace the whole of Catholic teaching as decreed by the Magisterium of the Church. The University of Illinois has indicated that they value a relationship with the Newman Center and plan to continue to offer these courses in Catholic studies. They have also asked that they be allowed the freedom to pay Dr. Howell’s salary for instructing these courses
and this decision was met with no objection from the Diocese, the Newman Center, or the Alliance Defense Fund, which has been actively involved in assisting Dr. Kenneth Howell in this matter.”
Gibson further stated, “Most Reverend Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, is immensely grateful that the University of Illinois was willing to listen to our concerns and has decided to act in what he believes is a very appropriate manner in allowing Dr. Kenneth Howell to return to the classroom. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and the Diocese of Peoria have had a rare and proven relationship with the University of Illinois for decades and we look forward to further discussions with them as we chart our future, and maintain a healthy relationship. Overall, it is important that we work together to determine how St. John’s Catholic Newman Center can best serve the University and the Catholic students there.”
St. John’s Catholic Newman Center intends to meet with Dr. Howell next week to determine an ongoing role for him at the Newman Center which will complement his work teaching at the University.
7/16/2010: Announcement Regarding Dr. HowellStatement from the Diocese of Peoria
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria
July 15, 2010
Patricia M. Gibson
“Diocese of Peoria to Meet with University of Illinois Officials Over Termination of Catholic Professor”
For Immediate Release
PEORIA- The Diocese of Peoria has confirmed that they will be meeting with University of Illinois officials to discuss the termination of Catholic Professor, Kenneth Howell, who had taught courses in the Department of Religion. St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois employed Professor Howell to teach the Catholic courses at the University under a previous arrangement with the University. Howell was informed at the end of the spring semester that he would no longer be allowed to teach in the Department of Religion.
The Chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria, Patricia M. Gibson, stated, “The Diocese has been seeking contact with the University of Illinois since the time we were informed of the decision to terminate Professor Howell. Only last week did the University contact the Diocese to arrange a meeting. The University has given us every assurance that they intend to continue to offer Catholic courses in the Department of Religion. They have also indicated that they are open to a discussion concerning who will teach these courses in the future.
“The Diocese has had direct contact with the President of the University of Illinois, who has reiterated that academic freedom is at the core of their teaching and he is willing to have a review of this action so that all the details related to this situation can be investigated.
“The Diocese of Peoria is committed to pursuing this matter and looks forward to cooperation from the University of Illinois so that a just resolution can be obtained.”
7/4/2010: 200 campus ‘missionaries’ trained at U. of I. Newman
As published in The Catholic Post:
CHAMPAIGN -- Curtis Martin likes everything about St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, from the hospitality of Msgr. Gregory Ketcham, chaplain, and his staff to the beauty of the chapel.
“The facilities are second to none,” said the founder and president of FOCUS -- the Fellowship of Catholic University Students -- who brought 200 full-time “missionaries” to St. John’s for a second summer of training in Scripture, evangelization and apologetics. The five-week session ended July 2 with a commissioning Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. ... [Read the full article by The Catholic Post here.]
5/17/2010: Follow that priest... on Twitter!
That's right, our own Fr. Anthony Co has started using Twitter. Check out his latest tweets here: http://twitter.com/FrAnthonyCo
Get updates via SMS (after you sign up for an account) by texting follow FrAnthonyCo to 40404in the United States.
5/6/2010: Graduation Festivities - May 15
Congratulations, Class of 2010!
On Saturday, May 15 at 5:00pm, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Priests of St. John’s Chapel will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC. A special reception in the Newman Hall Dining Room (with appetizers and a buffet dinner) in honor of our graduates will immediately follow the Mass. There is no cost to attend the reception. If you are graduating and would like to be recognized during the Mass and Reception, please contact Vickie Hart @firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chapel Office at 217-344-1184 by May 10, 2010.
4/5/2010: Pictures from Living Stations of the Cross
Check out pictures from our annual Living Stations of the Cross at the Catholic Illini blog:
3/9/2010: Catholic-Muslim dialogue on Mary
Mary: Muslims and Catholics in Conversation
Though many may not be aware, both Catholics and Muslims hold Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in high esteem. On Wednesday, March 17th we’ll have an opportunity to discover the various similarities and differences between the Muslim and Catholic views of Mary. A representative from the Muslim community and a representative from the St. John’s pastoral staff will speak on the significance of Mary in each of their respective faiths, followed by a meal with time for discussion.
The event will begin at 6pm in the Msgr. Swetland Room at SJCNC. So that we might prepare enough food, we ask that you RSVP to Shawn Reeves at email@example.com by Monday, March 15.
3/8/2010: We've got a blog!
Check out the new Catholic Illini blog at www.catholicillini.com! Several members of the SJCNC team - including Fr. Luke, Shawn Reeves, and FOCUS team director Travis Todd - will share their insights with the rest of the world on a regular basis. We'll also use the blog to share pictures and videos of recent events and to promote our upcoming activities. Take a look and join the conversation.
2/18/2010: Video & Audio of D'Souza-Loftus Debate Available Here!
Click here to download the full audio (55.9MB) of the February 9 debate between John W. Loftus and Dinesh D'Souza:
2/9/2010: Dinesh D'Souza and John W. Loftus debate TONIGHT!
Watch Dinesh D'Souza and John W. Loftus debate tonight at 7pm in Foellinger Auditorium! If you're snowed in or otherwise can't make it to campus this evening, you may watch it live here:
By week's end, we plan to have audio and video recordings of the event available here. Stay tuned!
If you attend the debate in person, be sure to join both speakers at the Newman Center (one block west of Foellinger Audtorium) immediately following the event for a special book signing. Illini Union Bookstore staff will be on hand, selling copies of D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity? and Loftus' Why I Became an Atheist.
2/5/2010: 40 Hours Devotion with Fr. Tom Holloway
The weekend of February 19-21, former SJCNC chaplain Fr. Tom Holloway will return to campus to lead our Forty Hours Devotion.
The full schedule for the weekend may be found here: http://www.sjcnc.org/fortyhours.aspx
1/13/2010: The Great God Debate comes to Univ. of Illinois
12/11/2009: FOCUS team prepares to lead over 100 students to Orlando
The six FOCUS missionaries serving our campus have been hard at work preparing for the national 'Made for More' conference, with a little help from some SJCNC staff:
Several thousand college students from around the country will gather in Orlando for prayer, fellowship, and instruction in Christian leadership, morality, and more. More than 100 U of I students have registered thus far. Details may be found at www.focusconference.org.
12/7/2009: December 8, Holy Day of Obligation
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. A Catholic is obliged to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in honor of Our Lady under penalty of grave sin if one misses without a serious reason. Our Mass schedule will be:
12/2/2009: Advent Reflections
SJCNC's Director of Religious Education, Shawn Reeves, has begun offering reflections on his blog as we prepare for Christmas. Periodically each week of Advent new mediations will be added and linked at the bottom of the preceding meditation post
Follow the link to Within the Garden:
11/12/2009: Illini Market to close
11/4/2009: 5K Run for Justice this Saturday!
10/28/2009: "The Real Exorcist" draws crowd of nearly 1700
On Monday, October 26, 2009, Fr. Vince Lampert returned to campus to share the unique experiences and insights afforded him by virtue of his being one of only 12 exorcist priests in the US. Nearly 1700 students and community members turned out for "The Real Exorcist," and the question-and-answer portion of the program lasted for more than 90 minutes.
The Daily Illini's story may be found here.
Local TV station WICD also covered the event--watch here.
You can watch the formal portion of the presentation (in three parts) on our Youtube channel here.
You can listen to an mp3 of the full presentation here.
10/22/2009: Return of "The Real Exorcist"
Fr. Vince Lampert, official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will return to campus on October 26, 2009. At 7pm that evening in Foellinger Auditorium, he will expound on the Church's understanding of exorcism, demonic activity, and the like. The event, "The Real Exorcist," is open to the public and a Q&A session will follow the formal portion of Father's presentation.
Fr. Lampert is one of only 12 officially trained and recognized exorcist priests in the US, and has been serving in this capacity for four years. He is also a full-time pastor of a large parish in Indianapolis.
Last year, Fr. Lampert spoke at SJCNC to an overflow crowd of nearly 300 students for two-and-a-half hours. A much larger crowd is expected for this year's event.
10/7/2009: New movie on Fatima miracle to be screened at SJCNC
9/30/2009: Fr. Wade Menezes to speak during 24 Hours of Grace
Fr. Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy--often seen on EWTN--will visit SJCNC this weekend during our '24 Hours of Grace' event. On Friday, October 2nd, Fr. Wade will give a talk on the power to overcome sin that is found particularly in the sacrament of reconciliation.
The talk will begin at 7pm in the Chapel and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments at 8pm in Lewis Lounge. All are encouraged to attend.
9/30/2009: Newman RAs featured in Daily Illini
See the full story in the DI Housing Guide here:
9/22/2009: '40 Days for Life' Begins Today
Champaign, IL – “On September 22, Champaign area pro-life advocates will hold a kick-off event at the Newman Center’s Lewis Lounge at 604 E. Armory Ave. at 8pm to once again join together with people of faith and conscience from many other communities for the area’s third 40 Days for Life campaign starting on September 23,” said Ross Johnson, spokesman for the Champaign effort.
“We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in the Champaign area,” said Johnson. “Here are just a few of the positive results of our previous campaigns: At least six lives that we know of have been saved from abortion, hundreds of students and community members participated in this peaceful vigil for the first time, and thousands of hours were spent in prayer for the unborn and their mothers."
40 Days for Life is an intensive pro-life initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and 40 days of grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.
“40 Days for Life has generated proven lifesaving results since its beginning in 2004 in Bryan/College Station, Texas,” said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “During four previous coordinated campaigns, more than 240 communities have participated in this effort. More than 200,000 people – representing some 5,000 churches – have committed to pray and fast. And we know of at least 1,561 unborn children whose lives were spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.”
9/18/2009: Need forgiveness?
24 Hours of Grace
Join us for 24 Hours of Grace, October 2-3. Confessions will be heard in the Chapel beginning at 11:00 a.m. on October 2 and will continue until 11:00 am on October 3. Also, Confessions will be heard on the Quad on October 2 from 1-3:00 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will also occur during these 24 hours. The regular Mass schedule will be in place for the weekend. Materials for perparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be found in the Chapel or by calling 217-344-1184.
8/30/2009: Flood Situation Update
We have received approval from the Fire Dept. to allow students to return to their rooms in the north wing of Newman Hall.
The following were accomplished today:
- The temporary back-up generator has been installed and tested.
- The fire alarm system has been tested and is in service.
- The sprinkler system was approved by the Fire Dept.
- Hot water has been restored to both wings of the Hall.
On Monday we will re-stock the kitchen. The first meal available that day will be dinner. Newman residents may still go to Illini Tower for breakfast and lunch.
A/C will not be available in the Dining Room or offices as the air handling equipment was damaged.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
With questions, call 217.344.1266.
8/28/2009: Flooding at SJCNC
On the night of Thursday, August 27, a severe thunderstorm dropped several inches of rain over Champaign-Urbana in a very short period of time. The volume of precipitation caused flooding over large portions of the University of Illinois campus.
8/21/2009: Welcome Home!
Newman Guides swarmed the vehicles of new residents from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, the official Move-In Day for the 2009-10 academic year. As usual, the Newman Guides proved the adage "many hands make light work" as these returning students helped new Newmanites find their rooms, move their belongings, and navigate the check-in process. In the meantime, parents were generally left with little to do but take a well-deserved break in the Dining Room.
Newman Guides: "We can do it!"
6/2/2009: Listen to Cardinal George's Grad Mass Homily
On May 16, 2009, Francis Cardinal George delivered an excellent homily on friendship at our Graduation Mass. Click here to listen.
You may also listen to the following remarks from the SJCNC Graduation reception:
Brock Perkes, Head RA, Class of '09
Ned Zerwic, father Megan Zerwic ('09)
5/27/2009: Cardinal George to Newman grads: Friendship is more than Facebook
By Tom Dermody
4/14/2009: Dr. Howell on EWTN Radio
Shortly before Easter, SJCNC's own Dr. Kenneth Howell appeared on EWTN Radio's "Open Line" to share his conversion story and talk about his recent book on St. Ignatius of Antioch. To listen to a recording of the show, click here.
3/30/2009: 'Legacy Liturgy' planned for May 16
On Saturday, May 16 at 5:00pm, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George of Chicago will celebrate the annual Graduation Mass at SJCNC with Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria. A special reception in honor of our graduating seniors and marking the end of our 80th year of ministry will immediately follow the Mass, and will be attended by both of our honored guests. Friends and students of SJCNC are invited to attend and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Those seniors wishing to be recognized at the Graduation Mass should contact Vickie Hart in the Chapel Office at 217-255-6641 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/24/2009: Two students spend Spring Break 'Biking for Babies'
SJCNC students Mike Schaefer ('11) and Jimmy Becker ('09) are in the middle of a six-day, 600-mile bicycle trek across Illinois. Instead of lying on a beach or basking in the glow of the TV, the two have chosen to sacrifice Spring Break in order to raise money and awareness for mothers and their unborn children.
Schaefer, Becker, and a number of fellow students have spent the last several weeks planning and promoting Biking for Babies in the hopes of raising funds for the Living Alternatives Preganancy Center and for Students for Life of Illinois (run by SJCNC alumnus John-Paul Deddens).
3/13/2009: Author Joseph Pearce to speak at SJCNC
2/20/2009: Schedule for Divine Mercy Weekend
SJCNC is very pleased to welcome Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy for a special weekend of preparation for Lent. The purpose of this weekend is to introduce students and staff to the Divine Mercy devotion and deepen their understanding of the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All are welcome!
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- Homily entitled “Fundamentals of the Divine Mercy”
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
- Reception to follow
- 9:00am - Conference for Staff and Student Leaders: “Leadership in Evangelizing The Divine Mercy”
- 10:30am - Conference on “Church, Vessel of Mercy”
- 12:05pm - Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
- Confessions to Follow Mass
- 4:00pm - More Confessions
- 5:00pm - Fr. Stephens celebrates Mass and gives Homily
2/20/2009: Catholics at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Join Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. and the Illinois Bishops on March 4th for Catholics at the Capitol, a unique opportunity to come to Springfield to discuss key issues that promote the common good by defending human life and working for social justice.
Faithful Citizenship calls each one of us to live our faith every day, not just on Election Day.
YOUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!
2/3/2009: Missionaries Plan for Illinois Summer
The training--which begins May 30--consists of five weeks of prayer, hands-on training in evangelization and team building. This cooperative effort, between one of the largest Catholic centers of its kind and the most expansive Catholic campus outreach in the United States, builds on an eight-year history of collaboration.
"The University of Illinois was one of the first major campuses to have a FOCUS team," said Curtis Martin, FOCUS President and Founder. "We were enthusiastic, even back in 2000, because of the Newman Center's reputation and the need for outreach at a school of 40,000 students."
SJCNC was dedicated in 1928 and has the only Catholic residence hall on a secular campus in the US, which currently houses almost 600 students. For 80 years the Newman Center has provided students at U of I with spiritual, social, and intellectual formation, as well as valuable Catholic fellowship with their peers.
Angela Telthorst, a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois and current FOCUS Midwest Regional Director, was very excited about the news. She cites that the witness of young Catholics at SJCNC "propelled" her to serve as a missionary with FOCUS beginning in 2004.
"My two and a half years at the University of Illinois were some of the most significant of my life. Upon my arrival at SJCNC, I encountered a vibrant Catholic community where I found the support, encouragement and formation I needed to develop my faith… Uniting in such a beautiful facility on a Big Ten University will be an excellent environment for our staff to pray and prepare for their work on campus," stated Telthorst.
Fr. Gregory Ketcham, SJCNC Chaplain and Director, also shared in the excitement. "Our mission really coincides with that of FOCUS. The partnership just makes sense. Personally, I'm very enthusiastic about their decision to spend the summer here, as the missionaries have a joy and a zeal for Christ that is contagious."
Over the past eight years, 30 University of Illinois graduates have joined FOCUS as missionaries. For the upcoming 2009-2010 academic year FOCUS projects adding several new campuses to their current 39, and hiring dozens of new missionaries, bringing their missionary numbers to more than 250. See www.focusonline.org for more information.
12/18/2008: Dr. Howell publishes new book on Ignatius of Antioch
We are happy to announce the release of Dr. Kenneth J. Howell's most recent book, Ignatius of Antioch: A New Translation and Theological Commentary.
Ignatius of Antioch succeeded St. Peter as bishop of Antioch and was the spiritual son of St. John the Apostle. Martyred in Rome, Ignatius stopped to visit seveal bishops of the churches in Asia Minor as he traveled under Roman guard from his home in Antioch of Syria. Along the way, he penned seven letters which give us snapshots of the faith and life of the churches of Asia Minor in a way equaled only by the Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation. Understanding Ignatius of Antioch is the key to truly knowing the Christians of the first two centuries and what they believed.
Dr. Howell's book provides new translations of Ignatius's seven letters from the original Greek. His commentary and accompanying notes on each letter draw out the connections between Ignatius and the New Testament, especially Paul. The introductory essays explain the teachings of this church father who is still celebrated by eastern and western Christians alike and show his relevance to the modern world.
Ignatius of Antioch: A New Translation and Theological Commentary is available for purchase at the Illini Market.
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