Newman Notes

To receive the 2019 Lenten Reflections,  please sign-up here.

Each year the CSC student leadership board, Catholic Student Union, compiles daily reflections from students, staff and members of the CSC, and they generously share these in booklets and in the form of daily emails. We would be happy to share these with you.


Students  + Community


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CSC Studies in Catholicism





Endings and Beginnings
LGBTQ + Soul
Alleluia Blowout: Mardi Grass Mass and King Cake
Ash Wednesday
Med. Campus Mass and Soup
Ecumenical Service
CSC Mass and Soup
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Calling all Soup-Makers
CSC T-Shirts
Need a BabySitter?
CSC Friends

The Newman Notes are now online!
For all of our programs and events, please visit the CSC
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Adoration at the Medical Campus
Wednesdays, 12 PM
Nowhere near the CSC?  Have no fear!  Adoration occurs every Wednesday in the Danforth Chapel on Wash U's Medical Campus.  Please contact Troy for more info, or stop by his office.

Office Hours: Monday 11:30 - 2:00, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30
Room 114 in McDonnell Sciences Building

Adoration at the CSC
Have you ever been to adoration?
Join us in the CSC Chapel every Wednesday at 8PM.  Be patient, bring scripture, pray the rosary, listen to praise and worship music, and be o.k. with silence.  Please contact Lucas  for more information!

Netflix and Ethics
Monday, February 11,7:00 - 8:00pm
Every other week we like to kick-back to Netflix and see how the shows of our daily lives spiritually connect.  Maybe for the better, maybe for the worst, or maybe you just want to chill because it's been a long week; it's up to you to decide and hear what others are thinking!  Join us in the CSC Commons and for more information, please contact Cody .

Year of Service Fair
Tuesday, February 26th. 4-7PM in the Social Hall
Are you looking for the opportunity to go out into the world and serve after graduation? The CSC is hosting a Year of Service Fair dedicated to bringing you more information on full-time, faith-based volunteer opportunities. Stop by to meet recruiters and learn more about transforming the world - and yourself. Open to all students and community. For more information, contact Cody Strolia ( ).

Ignite: Getting the Most Out of Lent
Wednesday, February 27th. 8-9PM
Every last Wednesday at 8PM the CSC is getting lit.
Ignite centers on a new theme each month to spark Adoration, Praise & Worship, Speaking, Silent Prayer, and Benediction by focusing on topics through the lens of the Catholic Church.

Contact Bryan for more info:

GS/YA March Happy Hour
Friday, March 1st. 5:30-7:30PM on the Patio
Join us for GS/YA Happy Hour! Grad students and young adults (ages 21-39), come thru the CSC for free local brews, wine, and free food. For our March Happy Hour, we're hosting live music on the patio.


CLD Applications now Open!
Deadline: Friday, March 6th. 12:00PM

Please visit the link above to access the application.
Applications are now available for this elite year long program that begins Fall 2019; any undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at WashU are welcome to apply. The application deadline for is March 06, 2019 at noon. (Special consideration will be given to those who submit earlier.)

CLD runs a full academic year with regular leadership sessions, mentorship from the community, exposure to local leaders in both the for profit and non-profit world, and a community based capstone project. Participants in the program will be awarded a $1000 scholarship, through funding from the Kemper Foundation.


CSC Studies in Catholicism
Why Be Catholic:
How is The Church Still Relevant to Young Adults?

What makes Catholics unique in Christianity?
How does Catholicism uniquely speaks in relevant ways to you, the contemporary generation of young people?   This course focuses on the essentials of what it means to be Catholic and why those beliefs are essential not only for our faith but for living a life of fulfillment.

5 Week Course for students (undergrad and graduate students)  going on now during Friday afternoons.  Email Troy for more

Coffee and Lunch with a CSC Intern!
Cody, Patrick, Lucas, and Sarah invite you to coffee or lunch any time during the semester.  Each intern brings their own background and story to their year of service and they are happy to work through any questions on faith and college with you.  If you have not had the opportunity yet to meet in person, feel free to fill out the form! 

Service and Social Justice
T he Catholic Student Center is looking for your help to serve the community and promote social justice. Students, please fill out the following Google Form to get notifications on signing up for volunteering this semester! 

Mass and Soup MassSoup
Tuesday.  February 19 and 26.  5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Friday.  February 8 and February 22. 12:05 PM - 1:35 PM

Celebrate Mass with us, and hang out afterwards for a home-made meal!   Mass starts at 5:15 on Tuesday, and 12:05 on Friday.   Contact Rebecka  (   if you'd like to volunteer  to make soup or dessert, and if you have any questions about Mass, please contact Jim  (

Note: There will be no Mass and Soup on these upcoming dates:
3/5 (only Mass) , 3/8, 3/12, 3/15


The RCIA program takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM at the Catholic Student Center. Please email Jim Dryden for information:

RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. The language used in the RCIA process is that of the early Church formation programs. Catechumens are those people who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have been baptized in a Christian tradition but are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation.


Endings and Beginnings
Thursday, February 21. 5:15 - 7PM
Seniors, graduate students, and all those saying goodbye to the Catholic Student Center in 2019: you are most welcome to join us for Endings and Beginnings: Class of 2019 Night!   Register here if interested!

Join us in the living room at the Catholic Student Center for light refreshments (wine, cheese, and crackers), reflections upon your years here with us, prayer and discussions about transitions, and hear a few final words from our staff.   You are welcome to bring friends - whether they are part of our community or not!
L G B T Q + Soul
Monday, February 25, 6:30PM
This ongoing conversation focuses on our personal and spiritual lives from a Catholic perspective.  If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, or if you have a son, daughter, sibling, niece, nephew, friend, etc., who is a member of the LGBTQ community, and you are looking for ways to give and receive support, we invite you to join us!  We meet every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the living room at the CSC.

Please contact Larry G'Sell at, Dianne G'Sell at, or Patrick Mooney at

The Alleluia Blowout:
Mardi Gras Mass and King Cake
Tuesday, March 5. 5:15 - 6:45PM

Instead of our usual Mass and soup on Tuesday, March 5, we're hosting a Mardi Gras Mass followed by a King Cake celebration! Join us for Mass at 5:15 PM and then for King Cake at 6:15.


Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service
  Wednesday, March 6. 12:15 - 1:45 PM

The Catholic Student Center at WashU will hold its annual Ecumenical Service at 12:15 on Ash Wednesday, March 6, which includes distribution of ashes. Our address is 6352 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, and all are welcome!

Give Your Old Shoes New Life
Feb 1 - March 1
 A member of the CSC community, Rachel Ulbrich, has launched a shoe drive to collect 700 pairs of new or gently used shoes.

Soles4Souls is 
a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.

*    Bring your new or used shoes of any kind to the bottom of the staircase leading to the Social Hall and Library at the  Catholic Student Center, 6352 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105
*    For more information, please contact Rachel Ulbrich at

Your Amazon purchase can be a CSC bonus. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Catholic Student Center every time you shop, at no cost and limited hassle.  When you shop at , you'll find the exact same low prices, selection and shopping experience as But, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the CSC!  That's basically free money for the CSC by doing what you already do. PLEASE, set us up once and voila!

Calling All Soup Makers!
This is a wonderful ministry to the students. If you would like to join our team and make soup once a semester, then p lease contact Rebecka Wyrde at  or (314) 935-9191 ext 270

Rep. the CSC with our new T-shirts! 
The CSC has new T-Shirts, and they're awesome.  They're available for purchase at $10 through Bryan Beams if you don't have one already!

Please contact Bryan at for more.

Need a babysitter for a Weekend Get-Away?babysitter
Contact  Sean ( ) if you're on the search for a reliable baby-sitter. 


Building a Strong Community with CSC Friends
The CSC encourages its member to be involved with the community through CSC Friends: a volunteer led engagement opportunity for registered members of the CSC. The objective of this effort is to engage CSC supporters in a variety of experiences which will strengthen both commitment to the mission of the CSC and the sense of community.   If you would like to sign up to receive notifications about CSC Friends or to sign up to volunteer, please fill out this form: