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Week of Nov 14 - Nov 21

Greetings, fellow Newmanites!

The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students' Society for the upcoming week(s). Please be sure to sign up for our various programs for the school year, including RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

— Belle

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This Week from the NCSS This Week from the Newman Centre   Other Announcements including our updated Mass schedule!
Please note that the Mass schedule is subject to change based on restrictions/regulations established by
McGill University, and the Provincial and Federal Government.

Activities from the NCSS

Multi-Lingual Rosary

Every Wednesday, 6 PM

Come join the NCSS in praying the Rosary! This event is both scriptural and multi-lingual - if you have a language you prefer to pray in, you are encouraged to do so! Note that you also have the option of leading a decade of the Rosary in your preferred language 😃 Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there ❤
Facebook event:

2021 Fall Coffeehouse

Saturday, November 20, 6:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

On Saturday, November 20th from 6:30-9:30 pm, join us for our annual Fall Coffeehouse! Coffeehouse is a vibrant celebration of everyone’s diverse talents, featuring acts such as singing, dancing, musical performances, dramatic monologues, poetry readings, and stand-up comedy.
We will provide some snacks and plenty of coffee 😋 We will also be collecting donations for charity so please consider contributing! The suggested donation is $5. Hope to see everyone there! 😄
If you have an act that you would like to share with us, please sign up here BY WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17:
If you plan to attend (either as a performer or as a guest), please register in advance for contact tracing purposes here:

If you are interested in being an emcee for this event, please shoot us a message on our Facebook page, or email us at!

Accessibility: Unfortunately, the Newman Centre has many stairs. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns and we will try our very best to make arrangements.

For more information, visit our Facebook event page!

Activities from the Newman Centre

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Looking to learn more about what Catholics believe? Consider participating in our year-long RCIA program! Contact Raj at for details.

Prayer with the Bible [ICON]

Every Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Association (ICON) of McGill University

ICON is a Christian club. We have around 20 regular attendees. Our purpose is to offer a religious group on campus and to create a community that is friendly and welcoming to everyone. We encourage people to share opinions about their faith and develop enlightening discussions. We hope that through this, people learn more about the Christian faith, if they wish to do so. Meetings take place at a weekly basis in the Newman Center. We offer various kinds of activities throughout the semester that are both spiritual and secular as well.

"The Platonic Contemplation in the Roman Triptych by John Paul II" by Professor Mateusz Stróżyński


Friday, November 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event is VIRTUAL ONLY. All are welcome! Link:

Roman Triptych: Meditations is the last poetic work by Karol Wojtyła, John Paul II (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2003, transl. J. Peterkiewicz). I will argue that it is, essentially, a contemplative poem, comparable to the early mystical poetry written by Wojtyła during WWII and published anonymously. However, the poetic character has drastically changed, since the Roman Triptych is not a subjective, imaginatively rich description of the experience of the mystical prayer in the vein of John of the Cross, like Wojtyła's early Song of the Hidden God, but the Triptych, in its simplicity bordering on naivete, does not appear to concern the contemplative experience at all. I will show that not only is the Triptych deeply embedded in the tradition of contemplative poetry, but also that it is essentially a poem expressing the Platonic, philosophical model of contemplation and, in particular, the Augustinian meditative tradition.

The English translation of the poem is available here:

Bio: Mateusz Stróżyński is a classical philologist, philosopher, psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working as an associate professor in the Institute of Classical Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Since January I'm also the Director of the Institute. I'm interested primarily in the Platonic tradition (spiritual exercises, contemplation, mysticism, psychoanalysis, and myth).

Mentor Meet-Up [Newman Fellows Program]


Sunday, November 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Mass Presided by Cardinal Michael Czerny


Monday, November 22, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University
[Priority will be given to McGill students and to members of the Newman community]
Join us for a Mass presided by Michael Cardinal Czerny followed by a get-together on November 22, 2021 @ 4.30.
Please sign up for the event (limited capacity):

‘Communicating the Faith in a Digital World' Marybel Mayorga, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal


Friday, November 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Summary of presentation: The Catholic Church is living in a digital age. It considers it necessary to improve its communications and offer spiritual education through online platforms, such as social  media and mobile applications. The recent covid-19 crisis has led to an increased sense of urgency to address the question of how the Church should be present online and adequately respond to people’s spiritual needs. The Church considers it necessary to learn effective communication methods, ensuring a social media presence that bears witness to the “style” of the Gospel.

Speaker’s bio: Marybel Mayorga has been in the artistic world for 15 years. A graduate of UQAM and UDEM in Communications - Public Relations, she has worked on stage with many artists. In 2009, she had the pleasure of working during the shooting of the American film Camp Rock 2 alongside the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to Switzerland to participate in a tribute event for Michael Jackson. She also participated as a dancer for the European tour with Véronic Dicaire. She then managed to secure first roles as an actress on TVA and Radio Canada for 3 years in Auberge du chien Noir and Toute la vérité. With a specialization in journalism, she had the opportunity to work as an anchor for Météo Média (Weather Network) in the city of Montreal and for Sel et Lumière Média, a Montreal-based catholic tv channel. After being selected by the Dicastery of Communication at the Vatican to participate in the project called : Faith communication in the digital world, Marybel will share her experience at the Vatican, future projects and tools to communicate our faith well in the Digital World.

Facebook event:

Advent Retreat


Satday, November 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for a day of rest, prayer, fellowship and reflection at our Advent Retreat. The retreat will take place from 10am - 5pm at the Newman Centre on November 27th.

All are welcome, but all participants must register in advance:

‘Waiting in Hope, Longing for the Word: What can the Pandemic Teach us about Advent?', Rev. Dr. Anthony Atansi, Newman Centre of McGill University


Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

About the speaker: Father Anthony Chukwuemeka Atansi is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology (Ph.D. and S.T.D) in 2020, with the greatest distinction, from KU Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Christ, the Image of Social Transformation: Towards a Transformative Christology in the African Context". He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He brings to Newman years of pastoral and academic experience in Nigeria, Belgium and United States of America. Email:

Christmas Decorations


Friday, December 1, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for our Christmas decoration! All are welcome.

Church & Coffee Crawl: Notre-Dame Basilica (Old Port)


Sunday, December 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Notre Dame Basilica @ 9am followed by a trip to a local coffee shop

Students who wish to travel together can meet at the Newman Centre at 8:00am. All are welcome! Facebook event:


Other Announcements

Mass Schedule

Subject to change according to restrictions placed by the University and Quebec

Centre Hours

The Newman Centre is open weekdays from 10:00AM-5:00PM (extended hours on some days) and on weekends during scheduled events such as Mass.

Parking at Newman

Parking spaces are reserved for staff, all others by permission only. Fees apply. See a member of staff before parking. Unidentified vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
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